The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League has received a second award at the recent Cheshire County Football Association Awards Evening.
The award was for Inclusion, with the work aimed at equality, diversity, Kick It Out, and LBGTQ in the community.
A further award went to one of the league’s up-and-coming referees who has been outstanding for a couple of seasons.
Dillon Buckley has only just recently turned 18 years old. With him showing so much maturity, he is destined to go to the top following in the footsteps of David Pugh, Mike Dean, and Rob Jones. There is a great bunch of young referees but the league still needs more if the current referees make it to the EFL, the EPL, and beyond.
The weather via Storm Ciaran took a heavy toll on fixtures and the league did manage to get six games played.
Dock AFC, who were last season’s runners-up and are aiming for a fourth success in 11 seasons, made progress in the Cheshire County FA Sunday Challenge Cup after a repeat of the 2022 final when they played fellow league rivals Neston Nomads. Dock AFC ran out winners again to secure a place in the quarter-finals with a 4-2 result. Dean Nunn, Adam Lea, Matty Carlin, and Haydn Cooper all netted for Dock, while Dean Jones and Luke Blondel replied for Neston.
Queens Park‘s quest for an 11th success was curtailed with a 1-0 deficit at George & Dragon, while Cheshire Cheese (Nick Lynch, Kie Frost) also dipped out after hosting Carnforth FC. The game finished at 2-2 at 90 minutes and Cheshire Cheese lost 4-3 on penalties.
AFC Raeburn were unable to motor into the quarter-finals of the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior Cup after a 3-1 loss to Vauxhall Motors Vets. Jonny Cable notched a consolation strike for Raeburn.
Rig Move FC took the honours in Maxwell’s Barber Division One mid-table clash with Prenton FC after Ash Wardle, Daniel Woodcock, and John Britton found the back of the net to earn all three points. Jake Whittaker and Luke Wynne replied for Prenton FC.
Parkgate St Germain had Rory Spires and Matty Bolton to thank after inflicting a first league defeat on Feeneys FC (Nick Amos) who missed the chance to go top of Division Three