Chester and Wirral Football League round up, 29 April 2023

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

1Blacon Youth Club FC Reserves1611231935
2Shaftesbury Youth FC1611231935
3Hoole Rangers FC16853829
4Lockdown FC16808-1124
5Waggon & Horses FC16727123
6Black Horse FC16628520
7Christleton FC16547-719
8Neston Nomads FC Reserves163211-1711
9Helsby FC III162311-179

CWFL Olympic Trophies Championship

1FC Farndon1514106843
2Newton Athletic FC II1611234435
3Chester Nomads FC IV1510233832
4Upton JFC Reserves169161628
5Cestrian Alex FC169071127
6Port Sunlight Nomads FC166010-2018
7Sutton Rangers FC163211-2711
8Orange Athletic Chester FC162212-938
9Hoole Rovers FC161213-375

CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1

1Hooton FC Vets138322527
2Higher Bebington Kelma FC Vets128132125
3Mersey Royal FC Vets97112122
4Capenhurst Villa FC Vets11614619
5Shaftesbury Youth Club FC Vets11515-516
6Great Float FC Vets10325-1211
7Ashton Veterans10208-166
8West Kirby United FC Vets120111-401

CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 2

1Lache FC Vets129121728
2Queens Park FC Vets109101728
3Ellesmere Port Red Lions FC Vets11515416
4Upton Youth Club Vets Football11434415
5Birkenhead FC Vets9504-315
6Ellesmere Port Town FC Vets11425514
7Farndon FC Vets11119-184
8Tarvin Athletic FC Vets11119-264

CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 3

1Neston Nomads FC Vets99002927
2Winsford Town FC Vets107031121
3Chester Nomads FC V Vets10505415
4Hartford FC Vets94231514
5Eastham FC Vets10406-112
6Nags Head Bunbury FC Vets9324-311
7Frodsham Park JFC Vets11218-297
8Great Sutton FC Vets8116-264

CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 4

1Parkfield Rangers FC Vets107301124
2Upton JFC Vets115421219
3Hoole Rangers FC Vets11605-118
4Dee Rangers FC Vets11515316
5MSB Woolton FC Vets10505-215
6FC Vaults Vets11326-811
7Rake and Pikel FC Vets9315-510
8Crossway FC Vets11137-106

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