Chester and Wirral Football League round up, 4 November 2023

As many clubs will already know this week saw CWFL Hon Secretary Paul Graham resign from his post with immediate effect.

All clubs, referees, and league committee members have thanked Paul for his hard work and fantastic service over the years. Paul has been a rock for the CWFL league and will be sadly missed but due to work and family commitments, he has now decided to step aside and let someone else take on the role.

Stephen Piper will now step into the role until the end of the season and has the full backing of the league Committee.

Hoole Rangers‘ run in the Cheshire Cup came to an end after narrowly losing to Egerton from the Cheshire Premier Division by the odd goal in five. Hoole started brightly but against the run of play, Egerton went one up only for Josh Leach grab an equalizer from the spot right on half time. Christian Cooke then deservedly put Hoole ahead on 70 minutes, only for Egerton to draw level, and then take a 3- 2 lead with six minutes to go. Hoole then chucked the kitchen sink at Egerton but couldn’t find an equalizer as Egerton saw the game out. An excellent performance from Hoole who did the league proud and to every man nothing more could be asked.

The only game to survive the weather in the Premier Division saw a close affair between Shaftesbury Youth and Waggon & Horses. With around 15 minutes to go and Shaftes leading 3-2 an unfortunate injury to goal Shafts goalkeeper Tommy Hardy put an end to the game. The CWFL committee and all clubs would like to wish Tommy a speedy recovery.

Waggon & Horses Reserves extended their lead at the top of the championship to five points with a 5-1 victory against Cheshire Vikings. Trey Lattie bagged a double whilst Aiden Field, Brandon Garlond, and Jake Smith all got singles.

Neston Nomads Reserves had a fine 3-1 win against Hoole Rovers in a win that puts them fifth. Neston’s goals came via an Alex Butterworth double and an own goal.

Cestrian Alex and Upton JFC shared a point each as the game ended 2-2. Joe Williams netted both goals for Upton and Chris Rowntree and Ben Hardman replied for Cestrian.

The only game in Division 3 saw Ashton Vets run riot against Upton Vets with a 5-1 win. Doubles from Ste Whittaker and Will Armstrong plus a single from Matt Edwards did the damage as Andrew Mitchell grabbed Upton’s consolation goal. Ashton’s win now sees them take a four-point lead at the top of Division 3.

Hartford Vets made it four wins from four with a 4-1 win against Dee Rangers Vets. Andy Marlor, Pete Wilson, Jordon Oldham, and David Hewak all netted for Hartford and Carl Fowlie netted for Dee Rangers.

John Brennan bagged a double and in doing so won Man of the Match for FC Vaults as they narrowly defeated Frodsham Vets 2-1. Will Beales scored for Frodsham.

Wirral Masters Vets beat Rake & Pikel Vets by the odd goal in seven in an exciting game. Rake & Pikel’s goals came from Pete Wheeler, Jamie McHugh, and Chris Scutter and at one point led 2-0. Wirral Masters struck back in the second half with a Danny Payne double plus a single from Aiden Ryan and an own goal to steal the points and send Wirral top of the league.

Image: (L) Paul Graham, (R) Stephen Piper

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