Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 26 February 2023

Old Parks secured their passage to the next round of the David Tacy Memorial Cup with a narrow 2-1 win over close and fellow Division Three rivals AFC Rangers thanks to strikes from John Wellman and Adam Lamb.

Also into round 4 are Bushell Athletic who had Ben Glover on hand with the all-important strike at Division Two high flyers Bedford FC (pictured).

Wellington FC secured their place in the draw for the last eight after Billy Rainbow and Nathan Leyland notched a goal a piece against Eastham Rangers Colts. They will also be joined by Rig Move who eased their way through 4-0 at Higher Bebington Kelma; Josh Lyth (2), Adam Henry, and Josh McEwan all netting.

Tom Ashcroft and Adam Walker with a double each, added to a single from Owen Wharton for Saughall FC to claim a quarter-final spot at the expense of Lions FC.

Great Float S&S and Dock AFC both booked a place in the semi-finals of the Veronica Conway Premier Cup with both registering a 2-0 win each at Beechwood FC and Corsair PV respectively. On the scoresheet for Great Float were Karl Barker and Tom Harris while Dock’s scorers were Kieran Hamm and Adam Lea.

Eastham Rangers booked a ticket into the last four of The Jimmy Core Memorial Cup, beating AFC Tima 3-1, with a single each from Jordan Crowder, Martin Marshall, and James Beddows.

Woodchurch Hotel put daylight between themselves and second-place Rock Ferry Social after a resounding 4-0 win at Queens Park. On the mark for Woodchurch Hotel were Jordan Deer, Ben Holmes, Ben Dufton Kelly, and Josh Dures. Woodchurch Hotel are still unbeaten in league action and are now slight favourites to lift The Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy.

Luke Blondel bagged a four-goal salvo for Neston Nomads in a 7-1 win over KRCT Bidston. Jack Lloyd, Joe Foster, and Dean Jones completed the scoring, with a consolation for KRCT coming from Michael Dobbs. In a bottom half of a Premier Division tussle, KRCT Bidston lost three key players to injury early in the game which had a defining influence on the game.

AFC Shaftes had Matt Walsh to thank for bagging a four-timer, with Eddie Jebb and Travis O’Brien also on hand in their first league win of the season in the Maxwell Barbers Division One. On the receiving end were Woodhurch Rovers; 6-1.

Game of the day in Division Two saw second placed Prenton FC (Luke Wynne) hosting unbeaten Whitby Rangers. South Wirral side Whitby Rangers recorded a fine 3-1 win with Tom Ruffer notching a brace and a single from Brad Bland.

Glenavon Athletic earned their first point of the season in a keenly contested 0-0 draw with Victoria Colts, while Barcode FC (Jake Norton) also shared the points and traded goals with Eagle Stirrup FC (Callum Jones).

The chase for promotion and the title race in Division Three of The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League has been blown wide open with leaders West Kirby United dipping at home to Athletic VH 1-0.

A solitary effort from Ollie Nicholson for Oval FC earned the decision 1-0 at Parkgate St Germain and are now very well placed with a late run to possibly be in the automatic promotion positions.

North Wirral Saints found their shooting boots after Ben Dunn and Callum Sait both registered a hat-trick each added to singles from Will Gill and Lewis Howson 8-1 over Parkgate Panthers.

Wirral Athletic (Joe Roberts, Jamie Conway, Greg Beck, Luke Hughes, Danny Allan) accounted for AFC Raeburn 5-0.

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: Bedford FC (Black/White) v  Bushell Grange Athletic FC (Red) – Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC1333061094038142431
2.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL1341350091335231228
3.BEECHWOOD FC1121052173125121324
4.DOCK FC1020350070325151021
5.QUEENS PARK FC122144016152719819
6.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC92111403512116514
7.NESTON NOMADS131152223372127-612
8.LANCELYN GLENAVON120222152371733-169
9.CORSAIR PV121240141381628-126
10.KRCT BIDSTON FC1510801511132361-384

Division One

1.BUSHELL ATHLETIC1331261092229131629
2.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC1140141181241113025
3.JPL JETS1021160081136102625
4.WELLINGTON FC1032130162229181120
5.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS104111305412316719
6.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC92112124231716114
7.UPTON TOWN FC81112213322113812
8.WIRRAL RADIO FC112022054071828-1012
9.MSC EASTHAM1400521621111142-317
10.AFC SHAFTES131260131391945-266
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS1302701303101446-323

Division Two

1.BEDFORD FC1031060091043103328
2.PRENTON FC1370212182347123526
3.BARCODE FC135221126342218421
4.WHITBY RANGERS FC71105006103152619
5.SAUGHALL FC113212035243628817
6.LIONS FC93002135131813516
7.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC113111144251317-414
8.POULTON VICS S&S122221233451929-1013
9.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC123031144171742-2513
10.VICTORIA COLTS121130341471340-277
11.GLENAVON ATHLETIC140160070113752-451

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED1954243197340251534
2.OLD PARKS FC1461032293240221830
3.AFC RANGERS1440145085133201329
4.OVAL FC1331242173329191024
5.ATHLETIC VH141314235542420420
6.AFC TIMA133113146253230220
7.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA134421025443226619
8.EASTHAM RANGERS112213215422016419
9.WIRRAL ATHLETIC1631520551103255-2316
10.PARKGATE PANTHERS142222154373235-315
11.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS143151134283230214
12.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN142150242391631-159
13.AFC RAEBURN1511401812121649-335

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