Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 12 February 2023

There were wonderful returns in the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Cup quarter-finals for clubs in the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League.

The most notable was Lancelyn Glenavon who saw off the challenge of AFC Prestbury with a resounding 5-0 win and a superb all-round performance thanks to goal-getters Dan Dixon, Chris Lewis, Conor Courtnell (2), and Joe Downey.

Lancelyn Glenavon are now due to meet Woodchurch Hotel in the semi-finals who beat fellow Premier Division rivals Corsair PV after Jordan Deer, Michael Burkey, and Josh Dures all netted with a 3-0 success.

Current cup holders, Dock AFC, also booked their place into the last four with a solid 2-0 at Queens Bredbury with strikes from Haydn Cooper and Joe Brandon. Dock AFC were assisted with a fine goalkeeping display from keeper Will Ebbrell who made two magnificent point blank saves – games are won from all over the pitch, including a goalkeeper.

Dock are scheduled to play their semi-final on Sunday 12 March against George & Dragon who unfortunately sank Great Float S&S 5-0.

Ethan Mort and Lewis Simpson steered Higher Bebington Kelma into The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior Cup after recording a narrow 2-1 win at fellow Division Three rivals Athletic VH. They await the winners from the second semi-final of Eastham Rangers and Bromborough Athletic.

Rock Ferry Social earned maximum points after a solitary goal from Keiron Hughes was all it took to separate the sides. The Ferry men are now level on points with Woodchurch Hotel FC at the helm of the Premier Division and are not giving up the chase to lift the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Memorial Trophy for the second successive season. The Woodchurch gang are just ahead on goal difference and have a game in hand,

Beechwood FC and Dock AFC are also close on their heels and will aim to be in the mix at the business end of the season.

Bushell Athletic are looking for a return to The Premier Division after two seasons out of the top flight after beating Wirral Radio (Matt Lydiate) 2-1. Netting for Bushell were Dean Fleming and Ben Glover.

It was a close shave for Wellington FC in the Maxwell Barbers Division One defeating Upton Town (OG) 2-1, Ellis Byrne with a double for Wellington.

Rig Move accounted for Woodchurch Rovers thanks to a Daniel Page strike. There were no hair-raising moments for Cheshire Cheese, but smiles all round at unlucky AFC Shaftes 10-1 with Cameron Nuttall leading the way bagging four, a brace from Lorcan Rogan and singles from San Hughes, Sam Parker, Adam Ledgerton, and Ant Evans.

Leon Jones and John Mearns bagged a pair each for Division Two leaders Bedford FC to tame Lions FC 4-0.

Second-placed Prenton FC also registered a 4-0 scoreline against Eagle and Stirrup; Jake Whittaker (2), Matty O’Shea, and Callum Riley were on the scoresheet,

Saughall FC (Adam Walker (2), Tom Ashcroft, Joe Unsworth, Tommy Lamb, Owen Kelsey) got back to winning ways with a comfortable 6-2 result with Barkers Armchair FC.

Back-to-back wins for Poulton Victoria S&S have steered them away from relegation places as the won 3-1 at Glenavon Athletic. Netting for Vics were Tom Wright, Tom Price, and Ryan Mason.

Division Three leaders and draw specialists, West Kirby United, could only draw a blank with Eastham Rangers 0-0, while Old Parks FC (Daryl Hellon, Declan Wray) continue to mount a challenge and title charge and are within a point of pole position with three games in hand. Their victims were Parkgate St Germain.

AFC Rangers‘ (Lewis McKnight, Billy Newman) current run of form continues with a firm 2-0 score over AFC Raeburn FC and are also looking for promotion, with a possible late title challenge.

Ben Dunn (2) and Frazier Lucking bagged the all-important goals for North Wirral Saints in their 3-0 eclipse of Wirral Athletic.

The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League are now accepting applications from new prospective clubs to join the League for the 2023-2024 season, a limited number of vacancies are available also a proposed Youth Division for the same season that is scheduled to start in August 2024, any Youth clubs that wish to enter two teams can do so, one team will be known as Youth U/18’s and a second team is normally known as a Colts U/17’s, please visit the League website for contact details.

Images: AFC Shaftes (Blue) v Cheshire Cheese (Red) – Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC1233051084034142028
2.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL1341350091335231228
3.BEECHWOOD FC1121052173125121324
4.DOCK FC1020350070325151021
5.QUEENS PARK FC1121340161427151219
6.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC92111403512116514
7.NESTON NOMADS120152222371426-129
8.LANCELYN GLENAVON120222152371733-169
9.CORSAIR PV121240141381628-126
10.KRCT BIDSTON FC1410801411122254-324

Division One

1.BUSHELL ATHLETIC1331261092229131629
2.JPL JETS92016008013592624
3.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC1040131171241113022
4.WELLINGTON FC1032130162229181120
5.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS104111305412316719
6.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC92112124231716114
7.UPTON TOWN FC81112213322113812
8.WIRRAL RADIO FC112022054071828-1012
9.MSC EASTHAM1300421621101142-317
10.AFC SHAFTES120260130391344-313
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS110270020291239-272

Division Two

1.BEDFORD FC1031060091043103328
2.PRENTON FC127011218224693726
3.BARCODE FC125121126242117420
4.WHITBY RANGERS FC61104005102842416
5.SAUGHALL FC103112035143527816
6.LIONS FC93002135131813516
7.POULTON VICS S&S112221133351828-1012
8.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC113031044071641-2512
9.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC9211104315914-510
10.VICTORIA COLTS101030241271239-275
11.GLENAVON ATHLETIC120060060012549-440

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED1744143187237221531
2.OLD PARKS FC1461032293240221830
3.AFC RANGERS1340135075131191226
4.OVAL FC123123216332819921
5.AFC TIMA123113136243027320
6.EASTHAM RANGERS112213215422016419
7.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA123421024442926316
8.PARKGATE PANTHERS122212144353025515
9.ATHLETIC VH121312233542119214
10.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS122141133272327-411
11.WIRRAL ATHLETIC1421510531102554-2910
12.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN122140232371627-119
13.AFC RAEBURN1311301712101542-275

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