MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 17 December 2022

For the second week in succession, the weather won hands down in decimating the MSC Express West Cheshire League’s fixture programme but fortunately, the FIFA World Cup has provided a welcome distraction for many of us.

Nevertheless, a handful of fixtures managed to defy the arctic conditions as artificial surfaces once again came to the rescue.

On the minus side, the postponements have given league Fixture Secretary, Mark Ford, an extra workload in having to re-jig games lost to the weather.

The previous weekend, one game surprisingly got underway, with the rest of the programme cancelled, and it was celebration time for last term’s undefeated Division Two champions, Marine U23s, who recorded their eighth top-flight victory from seventeen starts when Alex Northover and Regan Rhodes applied the finishing touches in a 2-1 victory over Maghull, who had Robbie McDonald on target.

On Friday evening, the Mariners were back in action but despite goals from Northover, Rhodes, and Konstantinos Misios, the hosts were denied elevation to fourth place in Division One by Litherland Remyca Res., who emerged with a point after Kieran Hughes (2) and Josh Rice replied in a 3-3 stalemate.

Mersey Royal assumed pole position in Division One, and served a warning of their intent to retain the title they lifted for the first time last season, following a 5-0 decision over Heswall, inspired by a smart double from Kieran Cartwright. Further efforts from Liam Driscoll, James Ludbrook and Oliver Lloyd cemented the win.

In Division Two, a late consolation from Fenton Cavanagh was all Mallaby had to show for their efforts against an excellent Bootle Res. who were full value for their 5-1 victory, confirmed by efforts from Baf Djabi, Cam Grant, Paddy Kennedy, Joao Gomes, and Jamie Edwards. Bootle’s youngsters show great promise but in the long run, the handicap of seven defeats to date, may weigh against their outside chances of promotion.

Only one other fixture took place on Saturday, and it was thumbs up for Poulton Vics Res. who progressed to the second round of the West Cheshire Shield after Neal Ellison (2), Mick McStein, and Dylan Doyle shared the goals in a 4-2 result over Heswall Res. who had Jack Samuel and Dan Paesler in reply.

At Thursday’s Wirral DFA meeting, attended by the League Secretary, although one quarter final is still outstanding, draws were made for the District cup semi-finals which produced the following pairings :

  • Wirral DFA Senior Cup – Mersey Royal v Vauxhall Motors
  • Wirral DFA Amateur Cup – Black Horse/Hooton v West Kirby Res./Ashville Res.
  • Wirral DFA Junior Cup – Poulton Victoria v Hooton Vets.

With the seasonal break now in session, play is scheduled to resume on Saturday 7 January.

First Division

1Mersey Royal1412024036
2FC Bootle St Edmund’s1411123234
4Mossley Hill Athletic148421628
5Marine U23s178361127
6Vauxhall Motors Res14905727
8Rainhill Town15726-423
9Capenhurst Villa13616219
11Litherland Remyca Res16349-1813
12Chester Nomads12327-911
13Aintree Villa14329-1011
14Ellesmere Port Town12318-2010
16Prescot Cables Res151212-445

Second Division

1Poulton Victoria1413012539
2Sutton Athletic1713042039
3Ashville Res119111428
5Maghull Res147251223
6Runcorn Sports117041321
8South Liverpool Res13616519
9Bootle Res12507115
10Mossley Hill Athletic Res13508-915
11Cheshire Lines13328-1411
12West Kirby143011-299
13Poulton Royal10217-107
14South Sefton Borough9117-254
15Marshalls Res141013-283

Third Division

1Aintree Villa Res1311114034
3Neston Nomads158521329
4Runcorn Sports Res15915-828
5Higher Bebington Kelma128311527
6South Liverpool Third147431625
7Helsby Res17737-224
8Poulton Victoria Res156541423
9Capenhurst Villa Res14644022
10Chester Nomads Res15438-1315
11Ellesmere Port Town Res15429-2014
12Heswall Res16259-1611
13West Kirby Res183213-1911
14Groves Athletic163211-2211
15Rainhill Town Res143110-1910

Youth Division

1Mossley Hill Athletic118213026
2Poulton Victoria98012824
3South Liverpool11614419
4Vauxhall Motors11515-116
6Ormskirk West End10406-912
7Runcorn Linnets10406-1112
8Victoria Colts U1810316-1010
9City of Liverpool9234-49

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