The CWFL Queensferry Sports Premier Division title race went down to the final game of the season on Saturday.
Shaftesbury Youth and Blacon Youth Reserves could both have still be crowned champions, having played all their games. Blacon had to watch and hope that Shaftesbury did not win by two clear goals against Waggon & Horses.
Shaftesbury got off to the worst possible start when five minutes in they found themselves one down and now needed three goals without conceding.
Dean Nunn levelled matters midway through the first half when his 30-yard free kick took a slight deflection. Early into the second half and Paul Kane gave Shaftes hope when poking home from close range.
Shaftes then piled on the pressure and despite coming close several times including hitting the bar could not get the third goal and when the final whistle blew it was cheers from the side-lines as the watching Blacon management and players celebrated.
Midweek action was all about the Doug Johnson Vets cup with some juicy looking games taking place, Hooton Vets travelled to Birkenhead Park to take on Division 2 leaders Queens Park Vets (pictured) and it was Dave Rudge who gave Hooton a deserved lead midway into the first half when going clean through to slot past the keeper.
Queens rallied second half but could not find the breakthrough against a resolute Hooton defence and with 10 minutes to go JP Stanhope made it 2-0 when his cross found its way into the net before Dave Rudge fired in his second and Hooton’s third, for a 3-0 victory.
Despite a Joe Crane hat-trick and a Luke Guest strike, Ellesmere Port Town Vets were pegged back by Birkenhead Vets, whose goals came via a Victor Thurgill double and singles from Tony Taylor plus a last-minute equalizer from Jimmy Hodgin as the game finished 4-4 and went to penalties. Victor Thurgill netted the all-important winning penalty as Birkenhead progressed in the shoot-out 5-4.
John Paul Wheadon netted an impressive four timer as Higher Bebington Kelma Vets accounted for Shaftesbury Youth Vets to seal a place in the semi-final.
Warren Kelly continued his fine goal scoring form for Lache Vets as he netted a hat-trick and was joined on the score sheet by Jake Gibbons and Chris Hulse with Lache defeating Capenhurst Vets 5-4.
CWFL Life Presidents Cup third round action also midweek saw Hoole Rangers ruthlessly dIspatch of Shaftesbury Youth 7-0 with doubles from Victor Arogundale and Josh Leach plus singles for Colin Campbell, Azmo Eymond, and Connor Howley.
On Saturday also in the CWFL Life Presidents Cup third Round, Black Horse with goals from Matt Kehoe and Matt Mcardle, defeated Birkenhead Vets 2-0.
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1 action saw plenty of goals starting on Friday night as Hooton Vets hit West Kirby Vets for nine with Dave Rudge continuing his fine form bagging a hat-trick, Kieron Fleetwood and Shaun Cunliffe both netted doubles as Peter Mcnulty and Lee Dunbar both got singles.
Mersey Royal Vets ramped up their title credentials with a 6-4 victory over Capenhurst Vets. Royals’ goals came via a Will Bulpin hat-trick, a Chris Hesketh double, and a Robbo Courtenay single with Capenhurst replying with doubles for both Tony Ashton and Chris Yew.
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 2 saw Tarvin Vets grab their first win of the season with a fine 5-3 win against Ellesmere Port Red Lions. Tarvin’s goals came via doubles for both Sean Taylor and Kevin Rogers plus a single for Adam Butcher, whilst Mark Lowe, Liam Edwards, and Graeme Davidson replied for Ellesmere Port Red Lions.
Congratulations to both Lache Vets and FC Farndon Vets who both won their semi-finals of the CDFA Pele Vets Challenge Cup on Saturday. Lache Vets defeated Ashton Vets 5-1 with both Warren Kelly and Jim Lehman grabbing doubles plus a Jake Gibbons single, whilst FC Farndon Vets defeated Upton Youth Vets on penalties after the game finished 4-4.
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 3 saw Chester Nomads Vets defeat Frodsham Vets 6-2 with Hayden Evans and Simon Andrews both getting hat-tricks, and in Division 3 a Stu Cousins goal for Upton Vets was not enough as Crossway took a share of the points.
Image: Doug Johnson Cup quarter final between Queens Park Vets (black & white) and Hooton Vets (Yellow) Credit: Antonia Toni Jolley
CWFL Queensferry Sports Premier Division
|1||Blacon Youth Club FC Reserves||16||11||2||3||19||35|
|2||Shaftesbury Youth FC||16||11||2||3||19||35|
|3||Hoole Rangers FC||16||8||5||3||8||29|
|5||Waggon & Horses FC||16||7||2||7||1||23|
|6||Black Horse FC||16||6||2||8||5||20|
|8||Neston Nomads FC Reserves||16||3||2||11||-17||11|
|9||Helsby FC III||16||2||3||11||-17||9|
CWFL Olympic Trophies Championship
|2||Newton Athletic FC II||16||11||2||3||44||35|
|3||Chester Nomads FC IV||15||10||2||3||38||32|
|4||Upton JFC Reserves||16||9||1||6||16||28|
|5||Cestrian Alex FC||16||9||0||7||11||27|
|6||Port Sunlight Nomads FC||16||6||0||10||-20||18|
|7||Sutton Rangers FC||16||3||2||11||-27||11|
|8||Orange Athletic Chester FC||16||2||2||12||-93||8|
|9||Hoole Rovers FC||16||1||2||13||-37||5|
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1
|1||Hooton FC Vets||13||8||3||2||25||27|
|2||Higher Bebington Kelma FC Vets||12||8||1||3||21||25|
|3||Mersey Royal FC Vets||9||7||1||1||21||22|
|4||Capenhurst Villa FC Vets||11||6||1||4||6||19|
|5||Shaftesbury Youth Club FC Vets||11||5||1||5||-5||16|
|6||Great Float FC Vets||10||3||2||5||-12||11|
|8||West Kirby United FC Vets||12||0||1||11||-40||1|
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 2
|1||Lache FC Vets||12||9||1||2||17||28|
|2||Queens Park FC Vets||10||9||1||0||17||28|
|3||Ellesmere Port Red Lions FC Vets||11||5||1||5||4||16|
|4||Upton Youth Club Vets Football||11||4||3||4||4||15|
|5||Birkenhead FC Vets||9||5||0||4||-3||15|
|6||Ellesmere Port Town FC Vets||11||4||2||5||5||14|
|7||Farndon FC Vets||11||1||1||9||-18||4|
|8||Tarvin Athletic FC Vets||11||1||1||9||-26||4|
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 3
|1||Neston Nomads FC Vets||9||9||0||0||29||27|
|2||Winsford Town FC Vets||10||7||0||3||11||21|
|3||Chester Nomads FC V Vets||10||5||0||5||4||15|
|4||Hartford FC Vets||9||4||2||3||15||14|
|5||Eastham FC Vets||10||4||0||6||-1||12|
|6||Nags Head Bunbury FC Vets||9||3||2||4||-3||11|
|7||Frodsham Park JFC Vets||11||2||1||8||-29||7|
|8||Great Sutton FC Vets||8||1||1||6||-26||4|
CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 4
|1||Parkfield Rangers FC Vets||10||7||3||0||11||24|
|2||Upton JFC Vets||11||5||4||2||12||19|
|3||Hoole Rangers FC Vets||11||6||0||5||-1||18|
|4||Dee Rangers FC Vets||11||5||1||5||3||16|
|5||MSB Woolton FC Vets||10||5||0||5||-2||15|
|6||FC Vaults Vets||11||3||2||6||-8||11|
|7||Rake and Pikel FC Vets||9||3||1||5||-5||10|
|8||Crossway FC Vets||11||1||3||7||-10||6|