West Cheshire Football League round-up, 11 November 2023

It was a good day for Go2Day West Cheshire League sides competing in the LCFA Junior Cup 2nd round, spearheaded by Mossley Hill Ath. U23s , who romped to a 9-0 victory at North Hill.

Alex Northover, Leo Reynolds, and Callum Smethwick each struck twice and were joined on the scoresheet by Jaden Garcia, Jonathan Liddle, and Keanan Abdi.

Division Two rivals, Huyton Rovers, with efforts from Danny Wilson, Derek McShane, Adam Evans, and an own goal, secured their passage to the third round, after they eclipsed Highfield FC 4-1.

It was celebration time for Marshalls Res. as Jacob Cunliff, Brendon Ndlovu, Elliot Hey, and Greg Kettlewell shared the goals in Saturday’s 4-0 decision over Mersey Harps.

Maghull Res.‘ 3-0 win against Forefield Rangers, was confirmed by a goal apiece from Shaun Robinson, Sam Burke, and Adam Wood, while on target for Division Three outfit, FC Kirkby, in their 2-1 win over Blackbrook, were Charlie Bennett and Adam Bowe.

On the minus side, it was the end of the road for Rainhill Town Res., who suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Collegiate Old Boys.

Saturday’s LCFA Saturday Youth Cup first round action saw South Liverpool U18s progress after they beat AFC Liverpool U18s 2-1, with goals from Steve Swindells, and Charlie Garnell.

AFC Knowsley exited the competition after losing the penalty shootout 4-2 to Britannia U17. The score at full time was 2-2, with Cohan Campbell and Elliott Holmes being Knowsley’s scorers.

On the domestic scene, it was business as usual for current Division One pacesetters, Maghull, who were anchored to an 8-1 win at Rainhill Town, by a four-timer from Darren Brannigan and a hat-trick from Adam Brooks. The hosts had Ant Dunleavy on the mark.

Nearest rivals, Mossley Hill Ath., stayed five points behind but with three games in hand, after efforts from Caleb Jones (2), Connor Anderson, Liam Bott, and Owen Cassidy cemented a 5-1 result over Ellesmere Port Town, who had Owen Ainscough in reply.

Despite a smart double from Connor Doyle, Mersey Royal capitulated 3-2 at home to Chester Nomads who were elevated to tenth place in the table, and it was a similar tale of woe for Aintree Villa who scored through Jamie Alty and Liam Van Gelder but went down 6-2 to replies from third-placed FC Bootle‘s Jacob Jones (3), Dylan Westerside, Isaac Jones, and Shaun Harris.

Elsewhere, the points were shared after an effort from Vauxhall Motors Res.‘ Zak Prescott was negated by a goal from Marshalls‘ Jack Ward.

In Division Two, Mallaby eroded South Liverpool Res.‘ lead at the top to three points, thanks to a hard-fought 4-2 victory over South Sefton Borough, with Tom Edge, Ellis Byrne, Jack Ireland, and Jack Brown finding the net. Alex O’Connor and Salim Djabi bagged the visitors’ consolations.

Third-placed challengers, Hooton, with efforts from Joel Whalley (3), Cole Saunders, and Adam Smith posted a 6-0 result at Higher Bebington Kelma, while fourth-placed Runcorn Sports maintained interest, after beating Neston Nomads 6-2.

Chester Nomads Res. enhanced their bid for promotion from Division Three, when doubles from Cam Clark and Connor Davies coupled with an effort from Bobby Bain, sparked a 5-0 rout of Capenhurst Villa Res. and saw the hosts move to within seven points of current leaders, FC Kirkby with a game in hand.

Heswall U23s went one better, by beating Frodsham Park JFC 6-0, courtesy of strikes from Tom Davies (2), James Hawkins, Lewis Bimpson, Jude Rowley, and Shawn Cherera.

Two goals from Zach Comer, together with efforts from Mike Hindley and Jack Wheatley proved to no avail for Runcorn Sports Res., who fell foul of Groves Ath., the visitors emerging 5-4 victors thanks to replies from Joe Humphries (2), Corey Beavan (2), and Max Percival, and an own goal earned West Kirby Res., maximum returns from their visit to Helsby Res.

In contrast, Maghull, with efforts from Adam Brooks (2), Robbie McDonald, Marcus Stewart, and Harrison Worden accounted for FC Marsden Arc 5-1, and it is celebration time also for Mossley Hill Ath., who found the net through Connor Anderson, Caleb Jones, Will Maddock, and Nathan Peet in Saturday’s 4-0 eclipse of Eagle Sports.

On the domestic scene, prior to the weekend, Division One title challengers, Newton, had won their first eight games on the trot but despite goals from Joseph Williams and Alex Stranach, their record was blemished by basement oufit, Ellesmere Port Town, who had Tyler Mallett and Todd Reid on target in a 2-2 stalemate.

Heswall, courtesy of a goal apiece from Shay Roberts, Luke Naylor, Liam Grealis, and Joel Robinson, eased their way clear of the bottom three, after they savoured a 4-0 decision over Vauxhall Motors Res.

Marshalls, with goals from James Harper and Jake Storey, recorded their sixth win of the season after they won 2-1 against Capenhurst Villa, who had Brad O’Donnell in reply, while Chester Nomads followed suit, Brandon Dickinson and Ben Stanley obliging in the 2-1 verdict over Ashville Res., who hit back via Danni Kelly.

Division Two action, saw leaders, South Liverpool Res., lock horns with promotion rivals, Hooton, and although points were forfeited, the spoils were shared after ninety minutes failed to produce a goal.

That result enabled Mallaby to leapfrog the Hoot into second place, Jack Spence’s 77th minute strike earning maximum returns for Claughton Villagers.

FC Kirkby remained seven points in credit at the top of Division Three, but tasted defeat for only the second time this season, after they netted through Danny Downes and Mike McHugh but capitulated 3-2 at home to replies from Helsby Res.‘ Adam Branwell, Jaden Ditchfield, and Ethan Weatherup.

Respective marksmen in Runcorn Sports Res‘ 2-2 leveller with Heswall U23s were Luca Tron, Mike Hindley, James Hawkins, and Tom Davies.

Second-placed challengers, Athletico Blues, cranked up the pressure on Youth Division pacesetters, Maghull B, and went level on points with the leaders, when George Murray (2), Alex Callister (2), Luke Parry, George Walker, James Hunt, Liam Stevenson, and Finbar McGovern shared the goals in Saturday’s 9-0 rout of Litherland Remyca.

Efforts from Tom Davis, Nate Jones, Jack Coll, and Harry Espley anchored Neston Nomads to a 4-0 result over Maghull and to their fifth win of the season.

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