West Cheshire Football League round-up, 5 August 2023

Newly promoted Ashville Res. were soon into their stride in the Go2Day West Cheshire League’s Division One, and opened their account on a winning note, courtesy of a 3-2 result at Ellesmere Port Town, confirmed by a goal apiece from Matty Maguire, Danny Whitehead, and Billy Rainbow. The hosts hit back via Joe Hayes and Ollie Welch.

Last season’s Division Two champions, Helsby, had Jamie Hooper, Owen Kucharski, and Connor Lindsay on target but visitors, Rainhill Town, were not to be denied and scored through Andy O’Toole (2) and Dave Kelly to earn a share of the spoils.

Top flight runners-up last term, Mossley Hill Ath., got off to a flier, Connor Anderson and Hakeem Munns finding the net in the 2-0 eclipse of Aintree Villa and there was no stopping Maghull, who emerged 4-0 victors from their tussle with Chester Nomads, thanks to efforts from Darren Brannigan, John Holmes, Robbie McDonald, and Ben Williams.

Christian Lewis obliged for Heswall but it was the visitors, Newton, who profited, replies from Alex Stranach and Tom Field sealing a 2-1 victory.

Elsewhere, a smart double from Jacob Till was supplemented by further efforts from Bisensio Kamilo and Lucas Porquet-Molina as Marshalls won 4-3 against FC Bootle, who had Isaac Jones, Dylan Westerside, and Josh Hall in reply.

South Liverpool Res. laid down a positive marker in their quest for promotion from Division Two, when they romped home 5-0 at debutants, Huyton Rovers. Craig Byrne (2), Theo Cartwright, Yusuf Moshin, and Habib Zabida shared the goals, while a Will Sara-Kelly effort earned Neston Nomads a point from their 1-1 stalemate with Mossley Hill Ath. U23s.

A Tom Black penalty put Mallaby in front against Higher Bebington Kelma who levelled from the spot through Ben Kierman before an own goal restored the hosts’ advantage. Black then bagged his second and a further effort from Kian Hamm secured a 4-1 result for Neil Pickering’s charges.

In Division Three, Cammell Laird 1907 Res. celebrated a 4-1 win against Great Sutton, highlighted by a fine hat trick from Ben Crossley. A Kieran Hughes strike completed the scoreline. Jim Melvin netted the visitors’ consolation.

Ellesmere Port Town U23s paid a heavy price at Runcorn Sports Res. who boosted their goal difference to good effect, with hat-tricks from Reece Dwyer, Andy Whittaker, and James O’Connor anchoring their side to a 12-0 triumph. Further goals from Ste Woodward, Mike Ratcliffe and Jamie Blythe completed the statistics.

Chris Sheehan netted for Rainhill Town Res. who were second best to Chester Nomads Res. The visitors won 5-1, inspired by efforts from Cam Clark (2), Marco Apollonio (2), and Curt Hall.

Danny Downes struck three times and was joined on the scoresheet by Adam Bowe and Brendan Rawcliffe as new boys FC Kirby savoured a 5-3 result over Capenhurst Villa Res. who answered through Stephen Rowlands (2) and Lewy Chapman.

Likewise, efforts from Leon Clarke and Frankie Murtagh failed to prevent Poulton Vics from capitulating 3-2 to replies from Helsby Res.‘ Adam Bramwell, George Holloway and Jayden Ditonfield.

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