On Friday night In the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1, the big two faced off as Hooton Vets and Mersey Royal Vets rolled back the years to play out a classic.
The opening exchanges were played at a frantic pace as both sides looked to break the deadlock. On the twenty-minute mark, Lee Dunbar pounced on a goal-keeping error to put the Hoot one up before JP Stanhope made it two from the spot.
Just before half time, a deflected Danny Edwards close-range effort gave the Royal hope, but not long after the restart Steven Forbes scored a brilliant solo effort to give Hooton a two-goal cushion yet again.
The Royal then made changes with one being ex-Swansea and Tranmere player, Andy Robinson, coming off the bench and the tide gradually started to turn in the Royals favour as first Robbo Courtenay finished off a brilliant team goal before the same player won a penalty ten minutes from time which Will Bulpin smashed high into the net to make it 3-3.
Both teams searched for a winner with the Royal creating several good chances with one Hesketh effort smashing the bar whilst the Hoot also looked dangerous on the break and could have scored themselves when JP Stanhope went clean through, right at the death the Royal had a strong penalty appeal turned down before the full-time whistle blew the game finishing 3-3. Massive credit to both sides for playing out a high-quality entertaining game.
Great Float Vets moved up to third as they defeated Ashton Vets 6-2, with doubles for both Paul Howell and Dave Favagher plus singles from Franny Tolman and Anthony Cotgrave with Mat Kilgallon and Lee Walsh replying for Ashton Vets.
Tony Ashton bagged four times for Capenhurts Villa Vets as they smashed six past West Kirby Vets, Mark Higham and Cam Foster also got on the scoresheet.
Higher Bebington Kelma Vets went one further and hit Shaftsbury Vets for seven with Jonny Sumner netting four and further goals coming from Mark Jones, Ben Ellis, and an own goal as Jimmy Gomes netted a consolation for Shaftes.
In the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 2, despite netting via a Michael New hat-trick plus a single from Timmy Bigland, Birkenhead Vets led 4-2 at half time against Ellesmere Port Town Vets. But Ellesmere Port had other ideas and stormed back to win 7-4 with Ports goals coming from Mike Sewell, Joe Crane, Ben Billington, Gareth Lupton, Charlie Mcdaid, and an own goal.
Lache Vets, with a double from Leon Whitley and a single from Jake Gibbons, went three up against ten men Upton Vets who then regrouped and struck back via a Levi Macken penalty and a Dave Roberts goal before Andy Llloyd hit a last-gasp equalizer to take a share of the points.
Queens Park Vets beat Tarvin Vets 5-2 to make it three wins from three, with Queens’ goals coming from Stephen Abbot, Paul Platt, Paul Dunleavy, Dotty Bolton, and Anton Jolly.
Ellesmere Port Red Lions got their first win of the season away at FC Farndon Vets, with Lions goals coming via two superb James Hudson 20-yard strikes, a volley from Ben Powell, and Scott Riley netting straight from a corner.
Just the one game in the CWFL Queensferry Sports Premiership. Despite scoring via Ian Mcgraa and Stewart Jackson, Shaftsbury Youth had to settle for a point against top-of-the-league Hoole Rangers who replied through Ryan Primrose and Charlie Bell in an entertaining game which could have gone either way.
In the CWFL Olympic Trophies Championship, second-placed Newton Athletic Reserves shared the points against third-placed Chester Nomads in a result that only benefited FC Farndon. On the scoresheet for Nomads were Trey Lattie with a brace and James Hill with a single.
Despite starting brightly, Orange Athletic were stunned by two Sutton Rangers counterattacks and found themselves 2-0 at half time. A Lewis Cooney header gave Orange hope as they desperately searched for the equalizer, that opportunity seemed to have arrived in the 90th minute when Grant Stening was hauled down in the box, but after a tense delay, Iain Thomas’s penalty struck the post and Orange were denied a second point of the season.
There are discrepancies in the league tables emailed to birkenhead.news and in the table on the league website. When the discrepancies have been corrected, we will publish the tables.