MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 21 January 2023

Representing the Cheshire County FA, MSC Express West Cheshire League Division One leaders, Mersey Royal, faced the East Riding CFA, represented by Hedon Rangers, in the first round of the Association of Northern Counties Cup Competitions, at Vauxhalls on Saturday.

It was celebration time for Cheshire, after a Liam Driscoll double was supplemented by further efforts from Jimmy Ludbrook, Kieran Cartwright, and Ryan Coles in an impressive 5-1 victory.

On the domestic scene, three of the four Haworth & Gallagher Bowl semi-final places were resolved, spearheaded by consistent performers, Ashville Res., who romped home 5-0 against Cheshire Lines, courtesy of goals from Derek Taylor (2), Dan Whitehead, Leon Jones, and Connor Sandham.

Despite a goal from Louie O’Brien, Maghull Res. were eclipsed 2-1 by a double from Bootle Res.‘ Cam Grant while a solitary strike from Sam Bailey saw Helsby take the scalp of South Liverpool Res.

In a West Cheshire Shield second round tussle, Steve Duckers and Nathan Saunders bagged a goal apiece as Hooton won 2-1 at Neston Nomads, who had Will Sar-Kelly in response, but an Alex McDermott brace failed to prevent BRNESC from making their exit from the Liverpool County FA Saturday Youth Cup third round, after they suffered a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Lower Breck.

Elsewhere, efforts from Ben Ryan, Reece Darling, and Charlie Harland inspired Victoria Colts to a 3-2 decision over Vauxhall Motors in the Youth Plate first round. Jakub Brzostowski claimed both consolations for the visitors.

At Thursday’s Management Committee meeting, semi-final pairings for the domestic cups were drawn out as follows :

  • PYKE CUP Mersey Royal/Capenhurst Villa v Bootle St. Edmunds/Maghull Mossley Hill Ath./ Marshalls v Rainhill Town/Vauxhall Motors Res.
  • HAWORTH & GALLAGHER BOWL Bootle Res. v Poulton Royal/Mallaby Ashville Res. v Helsby
  • WEST CHESHIRE SHIELD Hooton v Capenhurst Villa Res./ Groves Aintree Villa Res./ Higher Bebington Kelma v Chester Nomads Res./ Poulton Vics Res.
  • YOUTH PLATE Maghull/Poulton Vics v City of Liverpool / BRNESC / Runcorn Linnets Victoria Colts v Mossley Hill Ath./ Ormskirk West End/ South Liverpool At the same meeting,

The West Cheshire League also conveyed congratulations to Ashville FC‘s John Dennett on his being awarded the British Empire Medal in the King’s New Year’s Honours List.

On Friday evening, a rampant Newton were elevated to second place in Division One and to within two points of leaders, Mersey Royal, when Jackson Ellis netted eight times in anchoring Lee Kissock’s charges to a 9-0 rout of Chester Nomads.

Tom Field was the other marksman but a goal from Mark Madden counted for nothing, after third-placed challengers, Bootle St. Edmunds, were undone by replies from Maghull‘s James Allen and Nicky Kerr.

On Saturday, an Elliot Taylor hat-trick, allied to an effort from Dan Curran steered Litherland Remyca Res. to a 4-3 result over Rainhill Town and a further step towards mid-table sanctuary. Dylan Hodgkinson, Stephen Melville, and Carl Lownsbrough made the scoresheet for Rainhill.

Sutton Ath. assumed pole position in Division Two, and were indebted to Josh Lyth strike and an own goal for their 2-1 win against West Kirby, who hit back via Tom Davies. Nearest rivals Poulton Vics., however, are three points in arrears, but have five games in hand.

At the other end of the table, South Sefton Borough secured three vital points in their bid to stave off relegation, Sean Robinson’s fine double helping his side to a 2-1 victory over Mossley Hill Ath. Adil Mohammed netted for the visitors.

Only one fixture got underway in Division Three (see pictures), and it proved a profitable run-out for West Kirby Res. who overcame South Wirral outfit, Groves 3-1, as three-goal Ben Keane took the plaudits. The visitors had Harrison Cooper on target.

Images: West Kirby FC Reserves (Black & White) v Groves Athletic FC (FT 3-1) Credit: Bob Shaw

First Division

1Mersey Royal1413014139
3FC Bootle St Edmund’s1612133237
4Mossley Hill Athletic159422231
5Vauxhall Motors Res15915728
6Marine U23s19838927
7Rainhill Town18837-427
9Capenhurst Villa13616219
10Litherland Remyca Res18549-1619
12Aintree Villa14329-1011
13Chester Nomads13328-1811
14Ellesmere Port Town143110-2710
16Prescot Cables Res161213-475

Second Division

1Sutton Athletic2014061842
2Poulton Victoria1513022439
3Ashville Res119111428
5Runcorn Sports128041424
6Maghull Res147251223
7South Liverpool Res14716622
9Mossley Hill Athletic Res166010-1418
10Bootle Res13508015
11Cheshire Lines15438-1215
12Poulton Royal11317-610
13West Kirby163112-3010
14South Sefton Borough11218-247
15Marshalls Res152013-266

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
11West Kirby Res215214-2017
12Ellesmere Port Town Res164210-2114
13Heswall Res172510-1811
14Groves Athletic173212-2411
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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