West Cheshire Football League round-up, 26 August 2023

MIDWEEK ACTION – Monday 21/8/23 – Debutants, FC Kirkby, continued to make their mark in the Go2Day West Cheshire League’s Division Three title race, reflected by Monday’s 7-2 verdict over Runcorn Sports Res.

The unbeaten leaders went six points clear at the top, after efforts from Ethan Highton (2), Eren Bresweth, Dom Waite, Danny Downes, Adam Bowe, and Mike McHugh secured a comfortable victory. Jamie Blythe bagged both replies for Sports Res.

Nearest rivals, Chester Nomads Res., had Cam Clark and Marco Appollonio on the mark, but had to settle for a share of the spoils, following a 2-2 stalemate with Great Sutton, whose marksmen were Kassim Jebrim and John Skipsey.

A Jack Pickering hat-trick was supplemented by a double from Joe Humphries, while further goals from Corey Beavan and Jamie Gibbs, set Groves up for a 7-1 decision over Frodsham Park, who had Tom Wilson in reply.

Elsewhere, efforts from Frankie Murtagh and Leon Clarke helped Poulton Vics to a 2-2 draw with Heswall U23s.

In Division Two, last season’s Division Three champions, Aintree Villa Res., recorded their first win of the season, Josh Cavanagh, Matty Sohl and Dave Pursglove finding the net in a 3-2 win over Huyton Rovers, who rallied via Louis Ventre and Anthony Bradshaw.

Maghull Res. suffered their second defeat in three days, after they were undone by goals from Mossley Hill Ath. U23s‘ Cai Jones and Adil Mohammed.

Tuesday 22/8/23 – Following three consecutive draws, Capenhurst Villa posted their first top flight victory of the season, and claimed bragging rights when they breezed home 5-0 at local rivals, Ellesmere Port Town, thanks to goals from Steve Rowlands (2), Jamie Easton, Matty Vickers, and Brad O’Donnell.

Division Two leaders, South Liverpool Res., retained pole position with maximum returns to date, and went three points clear at the top, after efforts from Adam Shelton, Thomas Cokewright, and Harvey Billington cemented a 3-0 win at South Sefton Borough.

Cammell Laird 1907 Res. eroded FC Kirkby‘s lead at the top of Division Three to five points after they won 5-1 against Helsby Res. Ben Crossley, Adam Larway (2), and Kieran Hughes shared the goals with Sam Stephens netting for the visitors.

Youth Division leaders, South Liverpool, made it two from two, following a 5-1 triumph over Runcorn Linnets.

Wednesday 23/8/23 – Pyke Cup specialists, Mossley Hill Ath., took another step towards lifting the Division One title for a first time, highlighted by a 5-0 rout of Litherland Remyca Res., which featured efforts from Johnny O’Sullivan (2), Mark Owens, Connor Anderson, and Leo Reynolds and their side now boast maximum returns from their first five outings.

Ben Coward netted for Chester Nomads, but finished on the losing side against third-placed Helsby, who emerged 4-1 victors, courtesy of goals from the brothers Turkington, Lee (3), and Tom.

Reigning champions, Mersey Royal, celebrated a 2-0 result at Heswall, with Matty O’Shea and Andy Rogers on target.

Ashville Res. scored through Leon Jones and Matty Maguire but suffered their first defeat of the season, and dropped to fourth place, replies from Ged King (2) and Joel Woods clinching a 3-2 decision for visitors, Newton.

A smart double from Marcus Stewart was supplemented by further strikes from Levi Adebo, Ben Wiliams, and Kurtis Sandoh as second-placed Maghull stayed in contention after romping home 5-2 against Marshalls, who responded through Callum Hodgkinson and Adentuji Ogundji.

Still in search of their first win of the season, Aintree Villa had Jamie Alty on the mark but capitulated 2-1 to efforts from Rainhill Town‘s Andy O’Toole and Ben Dunleavy.

Playing in only their second game to date, Hooton totally dominated first-half proceedings against Mallaby in Division Two, and went in at the break 3-0 up, with goals from Matt Redmond, Danny Cross and Joel Whalley. The scoreline remained unaffected till 20mins from time, before an own goal, a close-range effort from Tom Edge and an injury-time equaliser from James Fee salvaged a deserved point for the second-placed challengers.

Youth Division action saw Cammell Laird 1907 claim pole position after they eclipsed Vauxhall Motors 4-2. with Ben Cave (2), Theo McDowell, and Bobby Parker netting for the Shipbuilders. Replies from James Dawson and Josh Whewell made up Motors’ contribution.

Friday 25/8/23 – Following a 3-0 victory over Vauxhall Motors Res., Lee Kissock’s Newton, with goals from Ryan Began, Ged King, and Tom Earle, registered their fifth successive win and went level on points at the top of Division One with Mossley Hill Ath.

In contrast, basement outfit, Ellesmere Port Town, now without a point from their first six outings, capitulated 4-0 to efforts from FC Bootle‘s Jacob Jones (2), Shaun Harris, and Matty McHale.

WEEKEND ACTIONMossley Hill Ath. were indebted to a solitary effort from Callum Smith which gleaned all three points from their trip to Capenhurst Villa and saw their side dislodge Newton from top spot in Division One, while Maghull, thanks to goals from Robbie McDonald (3), Jake McKettrik, and Darren Brannigan were elevated to second place, following a 5-0 result over Ashville Res.

Shay Roberts netted for Heswall at Rainhill Town, but the hosts profited 2-1 with Andrew O’Toole responsible for both goals, and it was a similar tale of woe for Litherland Remyca Res., who had Anthony Griffith on the mark at Mersey Royal, who emerged 2-1 victors, with Josh Hulmston and Dillon Thomas applying the finishing touches.

The same scoreline inspired Aintree Villa to their first win of the season at the expense of Chester Nomads, Dylan Lawless and Jamie Alty finding the net, with Brandon Dickinson scoring for Nomads.

Inspired by an Ellis Byrne hat trick, Mallaby breezed to an 8-1 victory over newcomers, Huyton Rovers, and claimed top spot in Division Two. Jack Ireland, Paul Ellison, Tom Black, Nathan Cope and Tom Edge also made the scoresheet, Neal Ellison scoring the visitors’ consolation.

Despite goals from Jack Ward and Ben Fulton, Marshalls Res. were second best against Hooton, who secured a 4-2 decision, and moved into third place in the table, thanks to replies from Matty Westhead, Liam Smith, Danny Cross, and Joel Whalley.

A Charlie Bennett hat-trick, allied to an effort from Brendan Rawcliffe, steered FC Kirkby to a 4-2 triumph at Ellesmere Port Town U23s and maintained their six-point advantage at the top of Division Three. Emmanuel Olaitan scored both goals for the Port.

Second-placed Chester Nomads stayed in contention, after winning 2-1 at Poulton Vics, with Cam Clark and Marco Apollonio on target. Jude Keith scored for the hosts.

Ryan Maxwell, Jack Pickering, Ryan Stanyer, and Liam Smith celebrated with a goal apiece as Groves won 4-0 at Heswall U23s and it was a good day for Great Sutton, who overcame Rainhill Town Res. 3- 1, with efforts from John Skipsey (2) and Ollie Nicholson. The visitors replied via Mike Johnson.

Consistent marksman, Lee Turkington scored twice for Helsby Res, and a further goal from Charlie Wiggins anchored their side to a 3-1 success at local rivals, Runcorn Sports Res. who answered via Steve Butler.

Youth Division leaders, Cammell Laird 1907, had Karl Ryan, Bobby Barker and Ben Cave on target, but were held to a 3-3 draw by third-placed rivals, AFC Knowsley, who had George Clarkson (2) and Bobby Connor in reply.

A depleted Vauxhall Motors scored through Ethan Simon but capitulated 6-1 to replies from Athletico Blues‘ Isaiah Emegbuonye (2), Tom Yates(2), James Hunt, and George Murray.

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