Wallasey and District Sunday Football League round-up, 27 February

Council closures on grass pitches last weekend meant that only one game took place in the Wallasey and District Sunday Football League. The game, a Second Division clash between Park Royal and Shore Villa ended in a draw.

A spokesperson for the league said, “The blatantly obvious error of the council to place a blanket closure all grass pitches on Thursday has yet again caused multiple problems with league and cup fixtures that could affect competitions being completed.

“Qualified match officials inspected many of our grounds on Friday afternoon and found them to be playable and considering there were four days of no rain in the district, the decision was definitely the wrong one.

“The compiling of fixtures is a difficult task at any time, but with weeks running out to use the council facilities and enable all league and cup games to be played, only increases the pressure on scheduling the fixtures for all concerned.

“Following discussion with Birkenhead Sunday football league officials, it was agreed that many pitches would have been playable and that match officials could be relied upon to ensure the safety of all players and the pitches by being allowed to inspect the grounds on the day of the game.

“Calling games off four days before is not a credible format, especially when the forecast is for windy and cold conditions and definitely no rain.”

Park Royal and Shore Villa acquired the use of a 4G pitch to get their fixture played, but at serious cost and a very early kick-off time. The spokesperson continued, “As these facilities are few and far between within Wirral, the cost implications are disgustingly high and teams should not be held ransom by them just to get a fixture played.”

The Moreton Alarms Supplies Second Division game was played in excellent weather conditions and ended in a 3-3 draw as the game ebbed and flowed on the 4G surface in Ellesmere Port.

Ollie Stackhouse netted a brace of goals for Royal and Jordan Major added his usual contribution. But bagging the responses were Blagoy Rodov, Matthew McCullough and Ben Windle to ensure honours ended even.

Credit: Bob Shaw
Second Division
Park Royal 33 Shore Villa

First Division Table

1JASGA FC1142140082134151926
2Sheridans FC1030141171230141622
3Wallasey Wanderers FC134133027153230222
4Vineyard FC124112136241820-220
5Eastham Rangers Colts FC830020350322111115
6Liscard Panthers FC143042055093241-915
7Vale Athletic FC81112303411812613
8PLCC FC133041144182342-1913
9Bromborough Town FC120142142281928-98
10Eastham Rangers FC110152032182742-157

Second Division Table

1Trident FC14601511111255183734
2One O’Clock Gun FC1040051091043133028
3Primrose FC1042031073050104024
4Shore Villa FC1331242173357183924
5Ellesmere Port Red Lions144033047072632-621
6Park Royal FC164131155284036417
7Oxton Celtic FC111323024342522315
8North West Harriers FC123031144173150-1913
9Shore Villa Athletic FC141132253382541-1612
10Wallasey Wolves FC132141053191951-3210
11Bromborough Athletic FC120070050012383-800

Image: Janosch Diggelmann

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