Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 30 October 2022

The race for promotion in The Maxwell Barbers Division One is certainly going to go the full distance, with JPL Jets sitting out today, as they are the odd team, but the next five clubs all won.

Second placed Wellington FC were the winners in the local derby at AFC Shaftes (Luke Rollings), thanks to strikes from Matty Croft, Tom Bradshaw, and Billy Rainbow 3-1.

Bushell Athletic (Ben Glover pen, Elliot Spencer, Luke Naylor) who are in third place, even though they have the same points and goal difference, but have scored fewer goals than Wellington FC called the tune 3-0 at Wirral Radio.

Cheshire Cheese had all the answers to inflict a 4-2 defeat on Rig Move FC (Callum Hayes, Josh McEwen) with Nick Lynch, Sam Hughes (2), and Cam Nuttall all netting. With lots of criticism of match officials in the national game at all levels, the referee in this game was outstanding.

Eastham Rangers Colts scalped Woodchurch Rovers 4-0 with Dillon Thomas, Matty Howe, Harry Davies, and Andy Rogers all notching a goal each.

Upton Town, who are the only unbeaten team in the Maxwell Barbers Division One – but have played fewer games, sank MSC Eastham 5-0, Callum Mernock with a brace and singles from Leigh Carter, Danny Andrew, and Sam Sutton did the all important damage.

Fenton Cavanagh bagged a four goal haul for Beechwood FC to take pole position in The Premier Division for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy, with Ben O’Neil and Owen McMahon adding a strike each to make it a 6-0 success at KRCT Bidston.

Last season’s Cheshire Cup finalists met for the first time this season and the first of three meetings inside four weeks in different competitions. Neston Nomads took the honours at Dock AFC (Dean Nunn, Ben Wood), the scores were level at 2-2 and with eight minutes to go, only for Callum Hulmston to score a screamer for the Neston side. Also on the mark for Nomads were Reece Kerr and Luke Blondel.

Current champions Rock Ferry Social had to work overtime to get back to winning ways in a high-scoring game with Lancelyn Glenavon.

Connor Doyle was the main man for the ferry boys who hit a four-goal salvo with efforts from Joe Whittle and Kie Hughes in a 6-4 win with John Adediran, Danny Stephens, Joe Downey, and an own goal replying for Lancelyn.

Both teams will meet again next week in the Wirral Premier Cup at the same venue. Another high-scoring game could be on the cards as Rock Ferry won 5-1 earlier in the season

It is a similar story in Division Two as it is in The Maxwell Barbers Division One with all the top teams winning.

Division leaders, Prenton FC, went goal crazy, romping to a 9-0 win with Luke Wynne hitting a treble, Matty O’Shea and Tom Molloy with a brace each, and further strikes from Leon Jones and Ryan Morris over Barkers Armchair FC.

Sheridans (Leon Jones (3), Leon Bower (2), Max Tattler, Mike Dobbs) who are a point behind Prenton FC with two games in hand certainly know where the back of the net is easing to a 7-0 result over AFC Park North.

Whitby Rangers, who won Division Three last season, have games in hand and still undefeated in the league, earned all three points at Barcode FC (Paul Johnston) 5-1 and had Brad Bland on hand with a hat-trick, supplemented by singles from Tom Ruffer and Sam Cooper.

Victoria Colts (Owen Hughes, Mike Williams, OG) registered a fine 3-0 win over Glenavon Athletic.

Eagle Stirrup FC (Jamie Gaskell, Jack Gibson) moved into the quarter finals of the Tony Smith Memorial Cup winning their tie 4-2 on penalties after finishing 2-2 at normal time with Lions FC (Paul Ryan 2).

There were no tricks or treats for AFC Tima (Kyle Pulford) as they lost to form team Old Parks (Adam Lamb, Anthony Povall, Jack Harrison (2), Declan Wray (2) in Division Three in The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League 6-2.

West Kirby United dropped two vital points with a 2-2 draw at Athletic VH.

A double strike from Loui Fox, with the usual mandatory goal from John Skipsey, earned all three points for Oval FC over AFC Raeburn. While the young referee had a fabulous game, there are also plenty more young referees coming into the game, especially in the Wirral area and they have certainly made their mark.

A treble each for Jay Harvey and Rob Mars (1 pen) with Alex Butterworth also getting on the scoresheet, Parkgate Panthers inflicted a 7-2 defeat for Wirral Athletic (Joe Roberts).

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: Oval FC v AFC Raeburn. Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1Beechwood SC1073023101324
2Dock AFC970223131021
3Rock Ferry Social743021111015
4Great Float S&S83412116513
5Queens Park640223111212
6Neston Nomads83321412212
7Woodchurch Hotel63121611510
8Lancelyn Glenavon112362744-179
9KRCT Bidston FC92251225-138
10The Lukes FC91081129-183
11Corsair PV7016918-91

Division One

1JPL Jets65012872115
2Wellington FC74212112914
3Bushell Athletic7421145914
4Cheshire Cheese74121710713
5Eastham Rangers Colts63211311211
6Upton Town43101321110
7Wirral Radio FC6303131309
8Rig Move FC6213131307
9MSC Eastham102171134-237
10AFC Shaftes9036927-183
11Woodchurch Rovers6015624-181

Division Two

1Prenton FC96214654120
2Sheridans FC76103572819
4Whitby Rangers65102732416
5Barkers Armchair FC84041127-1612
6Barcode FC83231012-211
7Lions FC531186210
8Eagle & Stirrup FC63039639
9Victoria Colts102261533-188
10Glenavon Athletic8107837-293
11AFC Park North9108748-413
12Poulton Vics S&S7025825-172

Division Three

1Old Parks FC862028121620
2West Kirby United954025131219
3Oval FC85121911816
4AFC Tima115153132-116
5AFC Rangers84311914515
6Eastham Rangers84311612415
7Athletic VH93331712512
8Parkgate Panthers83232315811
9H Bebington Kelma93242321211
10Parkgate St Germain5203914-56
11North Wirral Saints71151318-54
12Wirral Athletic91171743-264
13AFC Raeburn90181235-231

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