Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 2 April 2023

The race for the Maxwell Barbers Division One title has been blown even further wide open with the top three clubs all losing in midweek.

No doubt there will be a few hair-raising moments over the next four-five weeks when the championship could be won by any of the top seven clubs.

Adam Larway shot a fabulous hat-trick for JPL Jets but could only manage a 3-3 draw with Upton Town who had Tom Ward bagging a pair and a Brendan Doherty strike. JPL Jets finished outside of the automatic promotion places last season but were invited up to get a better balance for the whole league and have remarkably well so far, currently sitting at the top of the table. Upton Town has nine league games to play as do Rig Move who also have a booking in the Frank Robinson Presidents Cup Final and a place in the Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup semi-final on Easter Sunday.

Rig Move scalped leaders Bushell Athletic 3-1 (Stuart Toner) with strikes from Lee Ludgate and Ellis Williams (2).

Wellington FC have secured back-to-back wins; 1-0 at Cheshire Cheese in midweek and a narrow 2-1 success over Woodchurch Rovers on Sunday. Paul Ellison was the hero who knocked the smiles of Cheshire Cheese while Shay Roberts and Nathan Leyland secured the points away from Woodchurch Rovers (Liam Williams).

After their midweek setback, Cheshire Cheese put in a five-star performance. Calling the tunes were Luke Warrington, Sam Hughes, Lewis Gouldson (2), and Lorcan Rogan; 5-1 at Wirral Radio (Aaron Buckley).

It was an Adam Lea strike that separated Dock AFC and Great Float S&S in last season’s final of the Veronica Conway Premier Cup but this time Adam netted twice for Dock AFC and a Kieran Hamm effort with Great Float Sports & Social after both teams finished the game at 3-3.

On the mark for Great Float were Jake Stewart with a brace and a Frankie Ward effort. It then became a penalty shootout and it was the Float goalkeeper, Tom Byrne, who was the hero of the hour anchoring his team with three penalty saves.

Great Float will meet Queens Park on Sunday 16 April at Villa Park (Cross Lane) with a 2.00pm kick off .

It is now looking to be a three-club race to lift the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy. Woodchurch Hotel moved into pole position after securing a 3-0 result over Queens Park, with Danny McLaughlin, Ben Holes, and Danny Povall all netting. They remain unbeaten in their league with four games to go and some are key games and could be title deciders.

Beechwood FC returned maximum points from two games in the last few days and are level on points with Woodchurch Hotel but have played a game more. In midweek, Morgan Woods hit a first-half hat-trick combined with Mitch Duggan strike against Great Float S&S 4-1. The week end saw a 3-0 win over KRCT, with Charlie Macinnes, Rob Cull, and Jack McGrotty on the scoresheet.

Bedford FC continue to head up Division Two after a six points haul the latter being in a 3-0 eclipse of Lions FC. Leon Jones, Mike Sweeney, and Ben Cotgrave all making their mark on the scoresheet.

Prenton FC got back to winning ways after a 4-1 reversal in midweek at Whitby Rangers with a 5-3 result at Victoria Colts. Respective goalgetters were Luke Wynne (2), Tom Fenley, Iain Bennett, and Ryan Youds, Gaz Dickinson (2), and Billy Harrison.

A late surge is expected from Whitby Rangers who have nine games in hand on some clubs and are also in two cup finals. They are currently lying in fourth place, having only dropped two points all season.

Old Parks continue to hunt down silverware; they have a semi-final in The David Tacy Cup this week and are handily placed in Division Three after a resounding 5-0 win (pictured) at AFC Raeburn. A vital point was earned in midweek with Oval FC. Ash Power (2), Jack Harrison, James Kirkham, and Declan Iveson found the net at Raeburn.

Old Parks have five games in hand on West Kirby United who only have one game to play and are just three points behind but have few tough games to play. They are closely followed by AFC Rangers (Ben Hobden, Lewis McKnight, Peter McNulty) who slipped up with a 3-4 reversal with Wirral Athletic (Jake Ives (2), Danny Allen, Joe Roberts). It was the perfect warm-up for Wirral Athletic who have a cup final to play on Thursday 6 April with Athletic VH at Ashville FC with a 7.00m kick off.

Fourth-placed Oval FC (John Skipsey), who are also on 18 games played, had to trade goals and points with AFC Tima (Mike Redgrift).

The Wirral District Football Association was dealt a blow and had to pull The Junior Cup Final that was scheduled for Sunday between Eastham Rangers (Jack Jones, Jordan Crowder pen) and Higher Bebington Kelma but with the co-operation of both clubs, a league was organised with less than 24 hours notice. The game finished with the honours even at 2-2

The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday League has secured a two-year sponsorship extension with Maxwell Barbers that helps to keep grassroots costs down for the clubs.

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 Raeburn (Red) v Old Parks FC (Yellow) – Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC14430610104041142734
2.BEECHWOOD FC15520521104136152134
3.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL16414610102438281032
4.DOCK FC1220370090333161727
5.QUEENS PARK FC142144126262823520
6.NESTON NOMADS162162234392535-1015
7.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC112111423532423114
8.LANCELYN GLENAVON140332152482037-1710
9.CORSAIR PV1522501523102034-149
10.KRCT BIDSTON FC1710811621142666-407

Division One

1.JPL JETS1433160193245162930
2.BUSHELL ATHLETIC1631362193431181330
3.WELLINGTON FC1352140192234201429
4.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC1440251291447153228
5.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS115111306412517822
6.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC114112126232017320
7.UPTON TOWN FC1121133154233201319
8.WIRRAL RADIO FC143032065092239-1715
9.MSC EASTHAM1610521731121343-3010
10.AFC SHAFTES1612611523112650-249
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS1602801503131960-413

Division Two

1.BEDFORD FC13410800121057124537
2.BARCODE FC18622413103542271533
3.PRENTON FC16702322102459223732
4.WHITBY RANGERS FC92106008103773025
5.SAUGHALL FC1342130372442301223
6.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC154123147262321223
7.LIONS FC144122146262425-120
8.POULTON VICS S&S153231244472435-1116
9.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC163141254392556-3115
10.VICTORIA COLTS1711704415112056-368
11.GLENAVON ATHLETIC1801800901171274-621

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED23543641118447311641
2.OLD PARKS FC18730422115250252538
3.AFC RANGERS18412650106248291936
4.OVAL FC1852244196339261333
5.ATHLETIC VH172415237642923627
6.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA1754221375545321326
7.EASTHAM RANGERS133313216522619723
8.WIRRAL ATHLETIC2032540672114364-2123
9.AFC TIMA173143246383742-521
10.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS1741611452103834417
11.PARKGATE PANTHERS1822422644103751-1416
12.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN1731503534101834-1613
13.AFC RAEBURN19115011112161764-475

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