Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 9 October 2022

Congratulations to Neston Nomads who made a home debut in the FA National Sunday Cup despite going behind to a worldy goal after only five minutes.

They hit back through a Luke Blondel 25-yarder goal, then with only seven minutes left, Jamie Gardiner hit a rocket of a strike to seal their passage into round two that is scheduled for 13 November. There were scenes of jubilation from the home side at the final whistle.

Also through are Dock AFC who firmed up their place in the draw after seeing of the challenge of Melling for the second consecutive season. Dock took the lead via Kieran Hamm early in the first half, only for Melling to hit back with 10 minutes left to send the tie to penalties. Dock’s keeper, William Ebbrell, made his mind up twice to become the hero of the day to save two penalties that ended 4-1to the hosts.

Queens Park (Harvey Sample, Lewis Willingham, Aaron Rainbow) narrowly missed out on a penalty shoot-out 6-5 to FC Dovecot while there were no bargains with a home tie for Rock Ferry Social dipping 4-2 to Home Bargains.

Three clubs go into the last 64 as the Lukes had a bye in the first round.

Cheshire County Football Association cup action saw decent returns for clubs in The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League. A brace from Rob Cull helped tame Fox Tavern FC supported by a Fenton Cavanagh strike 3-1 for Beechwood FC.

Corsair PV FC earned the decision 3-2 in a local tie over Eastham Rangers Colts (Nathan Rowe, Harry Davies).

Lancelyn Glenavon recorded a fine 3-1 win on the road at Shaw Heath Athletic thanks to efforts from Connor Courtnell, Joe Downey, and Danny Dixon.

Rig Move FC played hosts to Adswood United and took full advantage of being the home team with notching a narrow 2-1 win with Josh Lyth having a birthday celebratory goal allied to an own goal.

Despite a Dega Taylor strike KRCT Bidston dipped out 6-1 at Offerton Green. Upton Town were not able to make the second round, falling to George & Dragon FC 0-3. MSC Eastham (Jack Woods) making their debut in the competition lost out to a strong Wallasey side PLCC FC.

AFC Tima found themselves in the first round of The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Junior Cup after knocking out fellow league and division rivals Parkgate St Germain 4-2 with Mark Goodacre finding the net with a double coupled with Ryan Innes and an OG.

Eastham Rangers had the upper hand 4-3 over West Kirby Athletic with Martin Marshall, Kieran Hodgson, Jordan Crowder and James Beddows making their mark. Also into the hat are last season’s runners up, Oval FC, who progressed 4-3 and had John Skipsey, Owen Nicholson, and Martin Vaggers amongst the goals against Wallasey Wolves.

Another club from Division Three secured a place in the next round, when Athletic VH registered a 2-0 win over Shore Villa FC.

League action from The Maxwell Barbers Division One saw Wirral Radio in fine tune playing all the right notes 2-0 at AFC Shaftesbury, after Suphot Thiamdong and Josh Ross did the damage. Despite an Adam Larway strike for JPL Jets, Cheshire Cheese FC were all smiles recording a 2-1 victory.

Sheridans (Leon Bower, Tom Hodson, Dylan Doyle, Max Tatler, Jack Brookes (2)) moved into pole position in Division two after accounting for Glenavon Athletic 6-1 and remain unbeaten. A Sam Heath hatrick and a single from Carl Griffiths for Eagle Stirrup FC maintained their mid table position after inflicting a 4-0 result on AFC Park North.

Lions FC (OG, Ameel Al Gamri) good league form continues after a narrow 2-1 scoreline with Victoria Colts (Shane Towers). Prenton FC (Lloyd Winkle, Luke Wynne) moved into second spot and also registered a 2-1 success over Barcode FC (Paul Johnston).

Barkers Arnchair FC had to thank Louis Rice, Kieran Davies, and Charlie Weir for netting in a close 3-2 encounter with Poulton Victoria S&S (Tom Price (2)).

Division Three leaders, West Kirby United, (OG, James Shaw) were pegged back and had to share the points with Parkgate Panthers (Alex Butterworth, Olly Akers). North Wirral Saints recorded their first maximum points haul after posting a 4-0 win at Wirral Athletic. On the mark for the Saints were Callum Salt, Tom Fleming, Sean Wright, and Mike Westcott.

Higher Bebington Kelma had Liam Atherton with a double, added to singles from Ethan Mort and Dom Bennett with a fine 4-1 win at AFC Raeburn who replied through Matty Amey.

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: PLCC FC vs MSC Eastham FC. Credit: Bob Shaw

Premier Division

1Dock AFC76011810818
2Beechwood SC7520148617
3Queens Park640223111212
4Rock Ferry Social6330157812
5Woodchurch Hotel63121611510
6Great Float S&S6231151419
7Neston Nomads5221111018
8KRCT Bidston FC82241219-78
9Lancelyn Glenavon82062133-126
10The Lukes FC8107923-143
11Corsair PV6015917-81

Division One

1JPL Jets54011951412
2Bushell Athletic6321115611
3Cheshire Cheese6312138510
4Wellington FC5221151058
5Eastham Rangers Colts5221911-28
6Upton Town32108267
7Rig Move FC521211927
8MSC Eastham82151123-127
9Wirral Radio FC320167-16
10AFC Shaftes8035824-163
11Woodchurch Rovers4013411-71

Division Two

1Sheridans FC65102872116
2Prenton FC74212151614
4Whitby Rangers54102222013
5Barcode FC732297211
6Lions FC531186210
7Eagle & Stirrup FC63039639
8Barkers Armchair FC6303717-109
9AFC Park North6105621-153
10Glenavon Athletic6105732-253
11Poulton Vics S&S7025825-172
12Victoria Colts7025831-232

Division Three

1West Kirby United853023111218
2AFC Rangers84311914515
3Eastham Rangers84311612415
4Old Parks FC64201981114
5Oval FC74121611513
6AFC Tima84042122-112
7H Bebington Kelma73222013711
8Parkgate Panthers7223161338
9Athletic VH62139637
10Parkgate St Germain5203914-56
11North Wirral Saints71151318-54
12Wirral Athletic71151536-214
13AFC Raeburn70161129-181

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