Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 8 January 2023

It was a stroll in the woods for Higher Bebington Kelma in their quarter-final tie in The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior cup tie, playing hosts to Woodlands FC, running out 7-2 winners.

Paddy Bell led the way with a hat-trick, backed with singles from Liam Atherton, Harris Randles, Tom Weaver, and Joe Batty. Higher Bebington Kelma will meet fellow Division Three rivals Athletic VH, who accounted for Oval FC 1-0 and will guarantee at least one side From The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League in the final.

Eastham Rangers are the third team to claim a place in the other semi-final, but due to postponements, there are two other ties from the 2nd and 3rd rounds still outstanding. AFC Tima could make it a fourth club.

Eastham Rangers saw off the challenge of AFC Shore Villa with a 2-1 success thanks to marksmen James Bedews and Kieran Hodgson.

Domestic cup action saw a tremendous game at Coronation Park, Greasby with Division One outfit Wirral Radio visiting Division Two high flyers Saughall FC. The second-round tie in the David Keith Tacy Memorial Cup finished 4-4 after normal regulatory time. Andy Noonan helped himself to a treble and a single from Owen Kelsey for Saughall, while it was a double each for Conor Egan and Josh Ross. Saughall took the tie 5-4 on penalties.

A slight shock result in The Veronica Conway Premier Cup saw Neston Nomads oust Rock Ferry Social 2-0 with two first-half strikes from Luke Blondel to claim a place in the semi-final.

The top two clubs from Division Two met in the Tony Smith Memorial Trophy, with leaders Prenton FC taking the honours 3-0 over Bedford FC (formerly Sheridans). Doing the damage for Prenton FC were Tom Molloy, Luke Wynne, and Joe Povall.

Strikes from Dylan Palmer, Joe Roberts, and Josh Colton were just enough to seal a place in the semi-finals of the Jimmy Core Trophy for Wirral Athletic in a surprise 3-2 result over AFC Rangers who responded via Peter McNulty and Lewis McNight.

Game of the day in The Premier Division saw Dock AFC beat rivals Queens Park with a 2-0 scoreline after Jack Wood and Kieran Hamm netted. The top four is so close now as The Lukes sadly left the league and with the adjusted league table it has become even more interesting.

Corsair PV registered their first maximum points haul with a fine 3-1 win over Lancelyn Glenavon, thanks to a brace from Lewis Clarke and a further effort from Jason Bull.

Great Float S&S sailed to a 5-1 success over KRCT Bidston (Dega Taylor). Bushell Athletic leapfrogged JPL Jets to take pole position In the Maxwell Barbers Division One after a narrow 2-1 victory at AFC Shaftes (Matt Walsh). Finding the net for Bushell were Will McFerran and Ben Evans.

Woodchurch Rovers earned a very credible point in a 2-2 draw with midtable Eastham Rangers Colts (Nathan Saunders, Nathan Rowe) netting for Woodchurch Rovers as Ryan Thompson bagged a pair.

Another surprise result came in Division Two with Barcode FC (Paul Johno, Jake Norton) inflicting a second league defeat on Lions FC (Mark Head).

It was the fish n’ chips, or sometimes known as the ice cream derby, in their first league meeting of the season. Parkgate St Germain took the honours back in October in the Third Division Cup tie (Jimmy Core Trophy) 1-0, but this time it was the turn of Parkgate Panthers who recorded a narrow 1-0 win with Harris Roberts notching the all-important goal from the penalty spot.

West Kirby United, one of four clubs to remain unbeaten in all whole four divisions maintained their fine form at the helm with a comfortable 4-0 scoreline over AFC Raeburn.

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: Dock FC (green/white) v Queens Park (white) Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1.BEECHWOOD FC1121052173125121324
2.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC1023041064026121422
3.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL1031240071230191122
4.DOCK FC1020350070325151021
5.QUEENS PARK FC92132014142013713
6.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC81111402511915411
7.NESTON NOMADS80122212331215-39
8.CORSAIR PV101240121361422-86
9.LANCELYN GLENAVON110221151371633-176
10.KRCT BIDSTON FC1310701411112051-314

Division One

1.BUSHELL ATHLETIC92114106212071320
2.JPL JETS71015006013392418
3.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC830121151225101516
4.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS94110304412316716
5.WELLINGTON FC72202014212112914
6.UPTON TOWN FC61102203301871112
7.WIRRAL RADIO FC82022024041720-312
8.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC7111112223161608
9.MSC EASTHAM110032152181142-317
10.AFC SHAFTES110250130381234-223
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS90250020271033-232

Division Two

1.PRENTON FC95001216213953420
2.SHERIDANS FC71105006103072319
3.WHITBY RANGERS FC61104005102842416
4.BARCODE FC104120124241214-214
5.SAUGHALL FC721120141226141213
6.LIONS FC7200212412169713
7.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC93021034051232-2012
8.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC721110231399010
9.VICTORIA COLTS101030241271239-275
10.POULTON VICS S&S70220120341025-153
11.GLENAVON ATHLETIC9005004009440-360

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED1333043076033161727
2.AFC RANGERS1030133063125151021
3.AFC TIMA113113036142926319
4.OLD PARKS FC1031022253228181018
5.OVAL FC102123205322315818
6.EASTHAM RANGERS92213105311812618
7.PARKGATE PANTHERS112212134342922715
8.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA102321023342624212
9.ATHLETIC VH101212133341816212
10.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN92040212251422-88
11.WIRRAL ATHLETIC111151032182147-267
12.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS90141121261622-65
13.AFC RAEBURN111030161191439-254

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