Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 13 November 2022

Dock AFC took the honours of an all Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League clash in the Football Association Sunday Cup round two tie.

Dock took the lead via a Jamie Eaton strike. Neston Nomads hit back from a Luke Blondell penalty only for Ben Wood to hit the winner in the first half and sail into round three.

The Lukes debut trip to play the mighty Lobster FC in Liverpool did not go according to plan and were well beaten 7-1.

AFC Shaftes put their up and down league form behind them to secure a place in round three of The Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup, defeating AFC Stockport on their own ground. The game finished 2-2 with Will Greenlees and Kyle Platt finding the net for Shaftes and then take the tie 4-3 on penalties. They will be joined in the draw by Woodchurch Hotel who beat fellow league rivals Bushell Athletic 3-1, thanks to Josh Dures, Michael Burkey, and Mark Madden.

Great Float S&S (Shaun Parrington 2, Francis Ward, Danny Murphy, Shaun Farrell) also made progress into round three, accounting for Wallasey Wanderers 5-2.

After last week’s postponement, Wellington shot down Gun FC in The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Amateur 4-0, their marksmen being Nathan Leyland, Brad Greer, Ellis Byrne, and Ellis Jones. The cup holders, Wellington FC, claiming a place in the semi finals.

There were good returns in The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior Cup for clubs in the Houlihan’s League. Most notable was Eastham Rangers FC who had Jordan Crowder on hand who bagged a six goal haul in a 9-1 romp over Park Royal FC. The other goals came Kieran Hodgson, Hayden Birch, and an own goal.

A place in the quarter finals was also earned by Higher Bebington Kelma 6-2 after Adam Clarke and Lewis Simpson notched a double each with Liam Atherton and Tom Weaver also on hand.

Last season’s finalists, Oval FC, (Ollie Nicholson 2, John Skipsey, Matthew Higgins) secured their place in the last eight after a 5-4 penalty shootout with the clubs finishing their normal playing time locked at 4-4 with Oxton Celtic. Athletic VH eclipsed Shore Villa Athletic 2-1 to put their name in the hat.

A local derby took place in the David Tacy cup first round with a surprise result for Woodchurch Rovers (James Atherton 2, Liam Guy) over Upton Town (Brendan Doherty 2, Will O’Leary). Woodchurch Rovers won the tie 4-3 on penalties after both teams were locked in a 3-3 draw at 90 minutes.

Second round action saw the top two teams from The Maxwell Barbers Division one clash with Cheshire Cheese taking the honours 3-2 in a keenly fought game, Cam Nuttall with a brace and an Ant Evans strike to shoot down JPL Jets 3-2 with Kev Day and Adam Larway replying.

A solitary strike from Ben Kierman was the deciding factor for Old Parks to gain the decision at hosts North Wirral Saints.

Whitby Rangers also made it through to round three and registered six different scorers: Conor Harwood, Matty Vickers, Harrison Cooper, Sam Cooper, Brad Bland, and Kie Fair, in a comfortable win over MSC Eastham who responded through Eamon Bulhalfaia (2) and Joe Keenan.

Rock Ferry Social took revenge on Queens Park from a few weeks ago in the Cheshire CFA Sunday Cup with a 1-0 win via a Connor Doyle effort to enhance their challenge to win a second consecutive Premier Division Title for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy.

Two clubs battling in the lower echelons had a share of the points; Corsair PV (Jason Bull) 1-1 with KRCT FC Bidston (Wade Sword).

Just one game in the Maxwell Barbers Division One with Eastham Rangers Colts posting a 6-1 success over Wirral Radio (Matt Lydiate). Netting for the Colts were Nathan Saunders with a treble, a pair for Dillon Thomas, and a single from Ollie Lloyd.

Sheridans FC moved into pole position in Division Two via strikes from Leon Jones and Leroy Swift 2-0 at Barcodes FC.

Eagle Stirrup (Carl Griffiths) earned valuable point at Glenavon Athletic to consolidate their mid-table position.

Lions FC found their shooting boots at Victoria Colts (Robbie Campbell) triumphing 7-1 thanks to Mark Young (2), Jay Herbert, Mark Head, Craig Horton, Ameel Al Gamri, and Ryan Sommers.

Division Three leaders West Kirby United, who remain unbeaten in league action, drew their third consecutive game and sixth overall. This time it was a valuable point for Parkgate St Germain (John Gibson, Jake Hennel) 2-2.

AFC Rangers (Sam Burke, og, Lewis McKnight) accounted for Wirral Athletic 3-0 to move up to third place.

The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League are now accepting applications for a proposed Youth Division for the season 2023/24 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

Image: Barcode v Sheridans. Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1.BEECHWOOD FC1021052073023101324
2.DOCK FC930240070223131021
3.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL82123005122315816
4.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC70303103401810813
5.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC81112303412116513
6.QUEENS PARK FC720220140323121112
7.NESTON NOMADS81112213321412212
8.LANCELYN GLENAVON110222142361830-129
9.KRCT BIDSTON FC101061112172240-187
10.CORSAIR PV90230130361322-93
11.THE LUKES FC91050031081129-183

Division One

1.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC830121151225101516
2.JPL JETS61014005012872115
3.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS84110204312114715
4.WELLINGTON FC72202014212112914
5.BUSHELL ATHLETIC7211210421145914
6.WIRRAL RADIO FC82022024041720-312
7.UPTON TOWN FC51102103201541111
8.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC6101112213131307
9.MSC EASTHAM110032152181142-317
10.AFC SHAFTES9023013036927-183
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS7014002016727-201

Division Two

1.SHERIDANS FC82105007103773022
2.PRENTON FC95001216214654120
3.SAUGHALL FC83113006113672919
4.WHITBY RANGERS FC61104005102732416
5.LIONS FC6200211411157813
6.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC7201202403106412
7.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC83011034041127-1612
8.BARCODE FC93120123241014-411
9.VICTORIA COLTS112030242271640-248
10.GLENAVON ATHLETIC9005103108838-303
11.AFC PARK NORTH10004105109853-453
12.POULTON VICS S&S7023002025825-172

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED1113043056028161221
2.AFC TIMA113113036142926319
3.AFC RANGERS92013305312214818
4.OLD PARKS FC831021152122101217
5.OVAL FC92123105222012817
6.EASTHAM RANGERS82212104311612415
7.ATHLETIC VH101212133341816212
8.PARKGATE PANTHERS82111123232315811
9.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA92221023242321211
10.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN72020212231419-58
11.WIRRAL ATHLETIC111151032182147-267
12.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS80141111251621-55
13.AFC RAEBURN90030150181235-231

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