West Cheshire Football League round-up, 4 November 2023

Mersey Royal’s dream of a third consecutive Cheshire County FA Amateur success disappeared on Saturday, after the reigning Go2Day West Cheshire League Division One champions saw their fate sealed by Division Two promotion hopefuls, Runcorn Sports.

Runcorn progressed to the last eight of the competition, thanks to a solitary effort from Tom McDonald.

In the LCFA Challenge Cup second round, a Dylan Westerside double allied to a goal from Jacob Jones saw FC Bootle finish 3-3 with Parklands before Bootle claimed a 4-1 result on spot kicks.

Two goals from Andy O’Toole failed to prevent Rainhill Town from going down 5-2 at FC Garston, and it was a similar tale of woe for Aintree Villa, who crashed to a 7-0 defeat at the hands of The Grenadier FC.

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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