MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 14 January 2023

Current MSC Express West Cheshire League Division One leaders, Mersey Royal , took a step nearer lifting the Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup for the second year in succession after they took the scalp of Govan & University of Manchester.

Glynn Norman’s outfit secured their passage to the 4th round, after efforts from Andy Rogers, Adam Smith, and Kieran Cartwright set up a deserved 3-1 victory.

On an adjacent pitch, Division Two side Mallaby took the lead against Division One title contenders Newton and then came from behind three times in a no-quarters given 5-5 stalemate. Tom Black and Jack Brown both hit doubles with Ellis Byrne also on target for the hosts, with Ryan Beigan (2), Tom Field (2), and Jackson Ellis in reply for Newton, who then went through 4-3 on spot kicks.

Elsewhere, Andy Simpson netted for Division Three minnows Higher Bebington Kelma, but his goal was to no avail after Ashville Res. went through after they won 3-1.

In the Liverpool CFA Saturday Junior Cup 3rd round, it was celebration time for Maghull Res. when goals from Tom Ward (2) and Dan Ricketts sealed a 3-0 decision over Sefton Park Rangers, but on the minus side, despite goals from Freddie Beckwith (2) and Adam Lyons, it was curtains for City of Liverpool who capitulated 7-3 to 7 Elite Academy in the Liverpool CFA Saturday Youth Cup 3rd round.

On the domestic scene, Bootle St. Edmunds scored via Brad Shearwood and Dylan Westerside but failed to assume pole position in Division One after they were eclipsed 3-2 by replies from Litherland Remyca Res.‘ Elliot Taylor, Anthony Griffith, and Josh Rice.

Fourth-placed Mossley Hill Ath. cranked up their challenge when a Dom Murphy hat trick inspired his side to a 7-1 rout of Ellesmere Port Town. Further efforts from Owen Cassidy, Paul Pearson, Will Maddock, and Joe Hornby completed the statistics, with Ben Kelly obliging for the Port.

Colm Lynch and Dave Kelly were on the mark for Rainhill Town who moved up to seventh place in the table thanks to a 2-1 result over Marine U23s who hit back through Owen McDonough.

Jason Bull’s fine double couldn’t prevent Division Two leaders, Poulton Vics, from sliding to their second defeat of the season after efforts from Ryan Burnell (2) and Ryan Bazely anchored Runcorn Sports to a 3-2 triumph.

Nearest rivals, Sutton Ath., also came up short and were denied top spot, after they went down 2-0 to goals from Cheshire Lines‘ Connor Smith and Sam Halpin.

Bootle Res. scored through Salam Djabi but saw their winning sequence interrupted by Mossley Hill Ath. Res., with strikes from Mike Fernehough and Jonathan Liddle clinching a 2-1 result for the visitors.

Top scorers in Division Three were Hooton who romped home 7-0 against Helsby Res., and as a result, eroded Aintree Villa Res.‘ lead at the top to a single point. Liam Smith (3) Paul Byrne, Lewy Dixon, Matt Redmond, and Nathan Saunders shared the goals.

Cam Clark obliged with all three goals as Chester Nomads Res. posted a 3-0 result at Runcorn Sports Res., while West Kirby Res. pocketed maximum spoils, Ben Keane bagging the game’s only goal against Rainhill Town Res.

90 minutes failed to produce a goal in Friday evening’s Youth Division clash between Vauxhall Motors and Poulton Vics, thus preventing Vics from seizing top spot from current leaders, Mossley Hill Ath.

First Division

1Mersey Royal1513024139
2FC Bootle St Edmund’s1612133237
4Mossley Hill Athletic159422231
5Vauxhall Motors Res15915728
6Marine U23s19838927
7Rainhill Town17836-327
9Capenhurst Villa13616219
11Litherland Remyca Res17449-1716
12Chester Nomads12327-911
13Aintree Villa14329-1011
14Ellesmere Port Town143110-2710
16Prescot Cables Res161213-475

Second Division

1Poulton Victoria1513022439
2Sutton Athletic1913061739
3Ashville Res119111428
5Runcorn Sports128041424
6Maghull Res147251223
7South Liverpool Res14716622
9Mossley Hill Athletic Res15609-1218
10Bootle Res13508015
11Cheshire Lines15438-1215
12Poulton Royal11317-610
13West Kirby153111-2910
14Marshalls Res152013-266
15South Sefton Borough10118-264

Third Division

1Aintree Villa Res1311114034
3Runcorn Sports Res171016-931
4Higher Bebington Kelma139311930
5Neston Nomads158521329
6Helsby Res19838-727
7Poulton Victoria Res167541526
8South Liverpool Third147431625
9Capenhurst Villa Res14644022
10Chester Nomads Res16538-1018
11Ellesmere Port Town Res164210-2114
12West Kirby Res204214-2214
13Heswall Res172510-1811
14Groves Athletic163211-2211
15Rainhill Town Res163112-2210

Youth Division

1Mossley Hill Athletic118213026
2Poulton Victoria108112825
3South Liverpool11614419
5Vauxhall Motors12525-117
6Ormskirk West End10406-912
7Runcorn Linnets10406-1112
8Victoria Colts U1810316-1010
9City of Liverpool10235-59

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