MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 18 March 2023

In the race for promotion from the MSC Express West Cheshire League’s Division Two, a 2-0 victory at Runcorn Sports, confirmed by goals from Fenton Cavanagh and Charlie McGuiness, saw Wirral DFA Amateur Cup and Haworth & Gallagher Bowl finalists, Ashville Res. edge a step nearer top flight football next season.

Second-placed Sutton Ath. had Lee Ludgate and Nicky Monaghan on target, but capitulated 3-2 at home to replies from Helsby‘s Owen Kucharski (2) and Courtney Bushell and with just four games remaining, Sutton’s points advantage is now dwindling, as rivals Helsby and Ashville Res. continue to eat up ground.

A smart double from Isaac Jones inspired Maghull Res. to a 2-1 result at Bootle Res. who had Cam Grant in reply, while honours were shared after a goal from South Sefton Borough‘s Nial McEnery was negated by an effort from Poulton Royal‘s Ryan Slater.

Marshalls Res. finished strongly at Mallaby and had Alex Schultz (2) and Josh Lavender on target but it was the hosts who held out for a 4-3 win, courtesy of efforts from Joe Foster (2), Paul Ellison, and Ben O’Neill.

Elsewhere, goals from Andy Dickson and Sam Halpin failed to prevent Cheshire Lines from going down 4-2 at Mossley Hill Ath. Res.

In midweek an Adam Smith hat-trick anchored Division One leaders, Mersey Royal, to a 3-0 decision over Marshalls and at the weekend. The Royal extended their lead at the top to ten points, after Smith netted again, and was joined on the scoresheet by Kieran Cartwright (2), Andy Rogers, and Liam Driscoll in a 5-0 rout of Litherland Remyca Res.

Despite a double from Chris Sheehan, Rainhill Town finished second best at Aintree Villa who posted a 3-2 result thanks to replies from Jamie Alty, Alex McNab, and Mark Barnes.

Capenhurst Villa, with goals from Ellis Williams (2) and Steve Rowlands recorded their sixth win of the campaign, and edged nearer to mid-table sanctuary, after beating local rivals, Heswall, 3-0.

Newton‘s title bid faltered after they lost 2-0 to goals from Vauxhall Motors Res.‘ Jamie Eaton and Matty Morris and that result enabled third-placed Mossley Hill Ath. to take closer order, Connor Anderson’s solitary strike securing all three points from Friday evening’s clash at Marine U23‘s.

Saturday’s Division Three action saw Aintree Villa Res. re-take pole position after a Dillon Lawless treble set up a 3-2 victory at West Kirby Res., who consoled themselves with a double from Ben Keane, while nearest rivals, Hooton, emerged with a point following a 3-3 stalemate with Neston Nomads. Dec Robert (2) and Cam Meadows were on the mark for the hosts with Owen Kelsey, Joel Whalley and Paul Byrne scoring for Hooton.

Efforts from Zac Rimmer (2) and Louis Downey were enough, as Rainhill Town Res. eclipsed Ellesmere Port Town Res. 3-0, while Harrison Cooper and Jack Sailes applied the finishing touches, as Groves savoured a 2-1 win against Capenhurst Villa Res. McKenzie James was Cape’s marksman.

Leading 1-0 at half time, Chester Nomads Res. were denied a victory over Poulton Vics Res., after a deteriorating pitch led to the match being abandoned.

The points were shared after efforts from Heswall Res.‘ Harvey Forester and Dan Cooper were cancelled out by replies from Runcorn Sports Res.‘ Luca Tron and Liam Morrison.

Third-placed BRNESC registered a 3-0 victory at Maghull in the Youth Division, while Jack Colburn netted for South Liverpool in their 1-1 nail-biter with Ormskirk West End whose marksman was Zach Carberry.

Despite a goal from Rory Aldiss, Victoria Colts were denied a place in this season’s Youth Plate final, after league leaders, Mossley Hill Ath., with goals from Asher Duncan (2) and Cal Jones pulled off a 3-1 victory.

Also through are Lee Gibson’s young charges, Poulton Vics, who overcame City of Liverpool 5-3 thanks to strikes from Jack Bentley (2) Kian Hamm, Liam Grealis, and Jamie Dawson. Adam Lyons (2) and Sam Craig found the net for the losers.

First Division

1Mersey Royal1918014854
2FC Bootle St Edmund’s2114253844
3Mossley Hill Athletic1913423343
5Marine U23s239410931
6Vauxhall Motors Res181017731
7Rainhill Town22859-829
9Aintree Villa217410-825
10Litherland Remyca Res227312-1924
12Chester Nomads206212-3220
13Capenhurst Villa15618-219
15Ellesmere Port Town202117-627

Second Division

1Poulton Victoria2116142449
2Sutton Athletic2414191443
3Ashville Res1713132040
5Runcorn Sports1812152237
6South Liverpool Res211137836
7Maghull Res189271329
9Mossley Hill Athletic Res248214-2026
10Bootle Res188010924
11Poulton Royal18738-124
12Cheshire Lines224513-2817
13West Kirby214215-3314
14South Sefton Borough183411-3013
15Marshalls Res182115-277

Third Division

1Aintree Villa Res1915135046
3Higher Bebington Kelma1712322739
4Runcorn Sports Res231139-2036
5South Liverpool Third1710432934
6Neston Nomads209741134
7Capenhurst Villa Res18945631
8Poulton Victoria Res208571029
9Helsby Res248511-1629
10West Kirby Res258215-1426
11Chester Nomads Res19649-622
12Groves Athletic246216-2820
13Ellesmere Port Town Res226214-3620
14Rainhill Town Res205114-2216
15Heswall Res222713-2713

Youth Division

1Mossley Hill Athletic1310213632
2Vauxhall Motors179351630
4Poulton Victoria138142125
5Victoria Colts U1816817425
6South Liverpool15735524
7Ormskirk West End15618-719
8City of Liverpool14545-119
9Runcorn Linnets144010-2912

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