Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 28 August 2022

Honours were even in the big clash of the day in The Maxwell Barbers Division One with Bushell Athletic FC and Cheshire Cheese FC both dropping points.

Stuart Toner and Farris Baker were on the mark for Bushells while Cheshire Cheese (Cameron Nuttall, Anthony Evans) have moved into second place after also recording a 4-0 success in midweek.

MSC Eastham, who were on the wrong end of a 7-0 reversal during the week to division leaders JPL Jets, bounced back in a hair-raising game at AFC Shaftes (Andre Santos, Joel Brown, Kassim Jabrin), locking in the points for the canal boys were Josh Worsley, Jack Woods, Ben McWha, Dayne Murphy and Tom Weaver 5-3.

Despite having a free week from fixtures Dock AFC kept pole position in The Premier Division, anything is possible in this blue riband division for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy this season.

After three draws Great Float S&S earned their first maximum points of the season after coming from 1-0 down with a narrow 2-1 win at The Lukes (Ben Crossley) with strikes from Jake Stewart and Lee Bridge.

Last season’s champions, Rock Ferry Social, (Adam ‘Sabu’ Smith) were inflicted a first defeat 2-1 after playing hosts to Beechwood who deposited two penalties one in each half via Jack Ireland and Robb Cull.

Back-to-back wins for Queens Park elevated them into third spot, 5-2 at The Lukes during the week and then 6-2 over KRCT Bidston with Harvey Sample and Andy Rodgers notching a brace each added to singles from Mike Davies and Mike Herbert.

Unbeaten Woodchurch Hotel (Danny McLaughlin) had their chances of staying close to the league leaders dented after sharing the spoils with Lancelyn Glenavon who replied via a 25-yard rocket from Benji Lewis.

After three games on the road, Division Three champions Whitby Rangers have recorded a fourth straight win and sit firmly at the top of Division Two. Finding the back of the net for the South Wirral side were Brad Bland and Kie Fair 2-0 over Eagle Stirrup.

Lions FC‘s much-improved form saw them gain a 2-1 verdict at Barkers Armchair FC thanks to Dave McElroy and Paul Ryan 2-1 to give them a comfortable mid-table position.

Barcodes likewise had to thank Andrew McIver for the only goal of the game 1-0 over Victoria Colts.

AFC Park North (Ash Robinson, Tyler Grattan, Jason Rice) earned their first points of the new campaign 3-1 at Poulton Victoria S&S (Liam Jameson).

Points and goals were traded between Saughall FC (Tom Ashcroft) and Prenton FC (Tom Leyland),.

Goals came in abundance in Division Three. Old Parks hit seven as did Parkgate Panthers, Ben Kierman with a treble, a brace from Tom Briggs with singles from Luke Baugh and Jake Walker for Old Parks to maintain top spot after a resounding 7-1 verdict with AFC Tima.

Despite a hat trick from Danny James for AFC Raeburn they lost an entertaining game 7-3 at new boys Parkgate Panthers (Chris Bushall (3), Nick Jones (2), Alfie Hawkins, Jay Harvey)

Midweek saw Old Parks FC defeat Parkgate Panthers 1-0 by a Declan Wray strike.

Hat tricks from Adam Clarke and Liam Atherton led the way for Higher Bebington Kelma 10-2 against Wirral Athletic (Joe Roberts (2), Harris Randles (2), Aaron O’Hare and an OG completed the rout.

A solitary strike from John Skipsey was enough for Oval FC to gain the decision at Athletic VH.

After registering three draws in their first three games, AFC Rangers recorded back-to-back wins to move in to third place in the table with latter points against Parkgate St Germain thanks to a double from Shaun Anderson in a 2-0 win.

Eastham Rangers (Martin Marshall, Joe Skinner) shared the spoils with West Kirby United 2-2.

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: Saughall FC v Prenton FC. Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division Table

1.DOCK FC4100300400134912
2.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC40102102209548
3.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL31101002109457
4.NESTON NOMADS41001112118537
5.QUEENS PARK FC400120120214866
6.BEECHWOOD FC40201101308716
7.LANCELYN GLENAVON40111101216515
9.THE LUKES FC4102001103512-73
10.KRCT BIDSTON FC4103000103615-93
11.CORSAIR PV4002002004511-60
12.BROMBOROUGH RAKE FC200200000229-70

Division One Table

1.JPL JETS41003004001831512
2.WELLINGTON FC311010021013677
3.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC41011012029546
4.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC31011002019546
5.BUSHELL ATHLETIC300111011123-14
6.UPTON TOWN FC10001001004133
7.MSC EASTHAM4002101103515-103
8.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS3011010021510-52
9.AFC SHAFTES4010012022411-72
10.WIRRAL RADIO FC100100000115-40
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS200200000228-60

Division Two Table

1.WHITBY RANGERS FC40103003102021810
2.SHERIDANS FC41102003102051510
3.PRENTON FC4100111211132117
4.SAUGHALL FC3101100201144106
5.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC32000012014226
6.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC3200001201410-66
7.BARCODE FC41100111214405
8.LIONS FC31000111114404
9.GLENAVON ATHLETIC4002101103617-113
10.VICTORIA COLTS4002020022619-132
11.POULTON VICS S&S4021001022417-132
12.AFC PARK NORTH4002002004316-130

Division Three Table

1.OLD PARKS FC4110200310105510
2.EASTHAM RANGERS420011031073410
3.WEST KIRBY UNITED300021021010467
4.AFC TIMA410110120210826
5.AFC RANGERS401012013010916
6.ATHLETIC VH31000111118534
7.OVAL FC30111001118624
9.PARKGATE PANTHERS40101021126604
10.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN21010001013303
11.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS4003010013511-61
12.WIRRAL ATHLETIC4012001013615-91
13.AFC RAEBURN3002001003312-90

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