MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 29 April 2023

Mersey Royal confirmed back-to-back Division One titles and completed the third leg of a possible five-pronged bid for silverware,

MIDWEEK ACTION – Monday 24/4/23 – Division One action saw Vauxhall Motors Res. confirm South Wirral bragging rights after they romped home 6-1 against local rivals, Ellesmere Port Town. A Graham Mort double was supplemented by further efforts from Jack Darlington, Joe Ford, Zak Catesby, and Jamie Eaton as the Motormen secured a comfortable victory. Tom Killilea was the visitors’ marksman.

In Division Three, despite a double from Neal Ellison, Poulton Vics Res. went down 4-2 at leaders Aintree Villa Res. who had Jack Terry (2), Ricky Ager, and Dylan Lawless on target while a smart double from Sam Cooper anchored Capenhurst Villa Res. to a 2-0 result over Chester Nomads Res.

Congratulations to Youth Division champions Mossley Hill Ath. who secured their passage to the LCFA Youth Cup final, after they finished 3-3 with Lower Breck before winning 4-1 on spot kicks.

Tuesday 25/4/23 At Ashville’s venue, Villa Park, it was smiles all round for Wirral DFA Amateur Cup finalists, Hooton, who clinched silverware after efforts from Nathan Saunders and Kyle Jones inspired their side to a 2-1 decision over division Three promotion rivals, Higher Bebington Kelma in a competitive West Cheshire Shield final. Kai Herbert netted Kelma’s consolation. In Division Two, Maghull Res. celebrated a 5-2 win at South Sefton Borough.

Wednesday 26/4/23 Mersey Royal confirmed back-to-back Division One titles and completed the third leg of a possible five-pronged bid for silverware when a goal apiece from Dillon Thomas and Lewy Willingham lay the foundations for a 2-0 victory over Chester Nomads.

John Daley obliged with the game’s only goal as Marshalls beat Litherland Remyca Res., and a double from Marcus Stewart set Maghull up for a 3-2 win over Aintree Villa. Dylan Fitzsimmons was Maghull’s other scorer with Jamie Alty and Mark Barnes in reply for the visitors.

It was third time lucky for Mallaby, who came from behind twice and landed the Haworth & Gallagher Bowl for the first time at the expense of Division Two rivals, Ashville Res. A Billy Rainbow goal was cancelled out by a Paul Ellison effort before Ashville regained the lead through Corey Scarisbrick. After the break, a superb strike from Ellison brought the scores level and with twelve minutes remaining, Levi Chiduku raced clear and sealed the issue for Neil Pickering’s men.

In Division Two, James Harper struck twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Josh Lavender as Marshalls Res. won 3-2 at Mossley Hill Ath. Res. who hit back via Dan George and John Ashton.
South Liverpool 3rds 2-0 result at Heswall Res. (pictured) in Division Three saw goals from Kian Skinley and Dan Forrester.

Friday 28/4/23 The Runcorn & District FA Saturday Cup final played at the Viridor Stadium, featured West Cheshire Division Two opponents Runcorn Sports and neighbours Helsby. Mick O’Neill scored for Sports but it was Helsby who posted a 2-1 result, thanks to a goal apiece from Owen Kucharski and Charlie Wiggins.

Rivals for the Division One runners up medals, Newton and Mossley Hill Ath. both won on the night to keep their respective hopes alive. Newton, inspired by doubles from Ross McDowell and Danny Bulayima together with an effort from Jackson Ellis, eclipsed Capenhurst Villa 5-1. Stephen Rowland scored for Cape while Mossley beat Heswall 3-0, with goals from Caleb Jones, Dom Murphy and Owen Cassidy.

Division Three leaders, Aintree Villa Res. went five points clear at the top following a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Chester Nomads Res. Dylan Lawless (2) and Dave Pursglove were the scorers.

WEEKEND ACTION Newly crowned Division One champions, Mersey Royal, suffered only their third defeat of the season after a solitary strike from Ryan Stamper proved their undoing at Maghull. The same scoreline, with Sandro Maletta on target, saw Chester Nomads over the line at Rainhill Town while the points were shared, after an effort from Marshalls Jacob Till was cancelled out by a reply from Bootle St. Edmunds‘ Mike Wilson.

Second-placed Ashville Res. made the most of another of their games in hand in their aim to pip leaders, Poulton Vics for the Division Two title, after goals from Lewis Clarke, Billy Rainbow, and Derek Taylor steered Luke Cullen’s challengers to a 3-0 victory over Marshalls Res.

Tom Davies lay claim to the only goal of the game as West Kirby won at South Sefton Borough while Haworth & Gallagher Bowl winners, Mallaby, recorded their eighth win of the season after beating Cheshire Lines 3-2. A Paul Ellison double allied to a Ben O’Neill effort were enough with Lines responding with a brace from Connor Smith.

Elsewhere, Harvey Billington (2), Ben Burns, and Amir Badhawi hit the target for fourth-placed South Liverpool Res. in Saturday’s 4-1 verdict over Poulton Royal whose marksman was Ryan Slater.

Second-placed Higher Bebington Kelma cranked up their challenge for promotion from Division Three after efforts from Andy Noonan(2), Ben Kierman, and Andy Simpson set up a 4-2 win at Runcorn Sports Res. who had Mike Hindley (2) on the mark.

Kian Skinley (3), Joe Collins, and Tom Feeley scored the goals as South Liverpool 3rds beat Hooton 5-2, Nathan Saunders and Joe Whalley posting for the Hooton.

Goals from Matty Vickers, Ben Marray, and Harley O’Brien-Williams assured Capenhurst Villa Res. of a 3-0 success over Ellesmere Port Town Res., while Lee Tracy (3) and Tom Hagan left their calling cards, as Rainhill Town Res. recorded a 4-1 victory at Poulton Victoria Res. Vic’s scorer was Harvey Sample.

A goal from Simon Pattinson helped Neston Nomads to a 1-1 stalemate with West Kirby Res. who answered through Ashton Jameson.

Images: Heswall FC Reserves (Yellow) v South Liverpool FC 3rds (Red) Credit: Bob Shaw

First Division

1Mersey Royal2823145870
3Mossley Hill Athletic2619524962
4FC Bootle St Edmund’s2716564153
5Vauxhall Motors Res2716291650
6Marine U23s27115111038
9Rainhill Town278613-1830
10Litherland Remyca Res279315-1930
11Aintree Villa278514-1229
12Chester Nomads289217-4029
13Capenhurst Villa248214-1826
15Ellesmere Port Town264121-6713

Second Division

1Poulton Victoria2821344366
2Ashville Res2418242956
4South Liverpool Res2716381351
5Runcorn Sports2315172446
6Maghull Res2614391945
7Sutton Athletic2814113543
8Bootle Res25110141033
10Poulton Royal259313-1430
11Mossley Hill Athletic Res288218-2426
12West Kirby266416-3022
13Cheshire Lines255614-2721
14Marshalls Res275220-3017
15South Sefton Borough264517-4617

Third Division

1Aintree Villa Res2520236162
2Higher Bebington Kelma2518344557
4South Liverpool Third2415543750
5Capenhurst Villa Res2513661645
6Runcorn Sports Res2612410-2140
7Neston Nomads251087338
8Helsby Res279513-1632
9Poulton Victoria Res258611330
10Chester Nomads Res258512-729
11West Kirby Res288317-1927
12Rainhill Town Res247314-1824
13Groves Athletic287219-3623
14Ellesmere Port Town Res276318-5121
15Heswall Res252914-2915

Youth Division

1Mossley Hill Athletic1713314142
2South Liverpool189451231
3Vauxhall Motors189361430
5Victoria Colts U1817917528
6Poulton Victoria168171325
7Ormskirk West End17728-623
8City of Liverpool18567-621
9Runcorn Linnets185112-2716

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