West Cheshire Football League round-up, 6 January 2024

Wirral DFA Senior Cup holders, Capenhurst Villa, progressed to the semi-finals of this season’s competition, following Saturday’s 7-0 eclipse of rival Go2Day West Cheshire League outfit, Poulton Vics.

The Division One side confirmed the result over their Division Three counterparts inspired by a Steve Rowlands hat-trick. Kevin Fields struck twice while John Britton and Jamie Easton also made the scoresheet.

Congratulations to Maghull and FC Bootle who negotiated their LCFA Saturday Challenge Cup third-round ties in style. Darren Brannigan (3), Adam Hammill (2), Marcus Stewart (2), Robbie McDonald, Jason Jeffries, and Nicki Kerr shared the goals as Maghull romped home 10-0 against The Naylo and on target for FC Bootle, in their 5-1 win at FC Garston, were Dylan Westerside, Jordan Dilworth, Jacob Jones, Josh Hall, and Karl Bergqvist.

Division One heavyweights, Mersey Royal and Mossley Hill Ath., locked horns again. This time it was in the Pyke Cup second round, and in a repeat of last season’s final, it was the holders, Mossley again who had the Indian sign on their opponents, and secured their passage via a 2-1 scoreline courtesy of a goal apiece from Connor Anderson and Paul Pearson. The Royal had Dillon Thomas on target.

Sadly the West Cheshire’s hopes of retaining the Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup foundered when the remaining survivors, Runcorn Sports, scored through Reece Dyer but were denied a place in the last eight after they capitulated 3-1 at home to Cheshire League side Knutsford.

In Division One, Ashville Res. ended a barren spell and recorded their fifth win of the season, when Leon Jones and Ben Leeman found the net in a 2-1 triumph over basement outfit Litherland Remyca Res., who had Anthony Griffiths in reply.

Vauxhall Motors Res. eased their way closer to mid-table sanctuary thanks to a 2-0 result at Rainhill Town, with Zak Prescott and Will Mountfield on the mark.

It was celebration time for Helsby who posted a 4-0 decision over Aintree Villa, highlighted by a Connor Lindsay hat-trick. Owen Kucharski was the other scorer.

Fourth-placed Newton fell further behind in the race for the title, after losing 4-1 at Ellesmere Port Town, who sealed the issue with efforts from Sahim Kashif (2), Todd Reid, and Emmanuel Olaitan. The visitors’ consolation came from Dom Earle.

Saturday’s Division Two action saw Hooton return to winning ways when goals from Owen Kelsey (2), Ben Lennon, Joel Whalley, and Matty Westhead anchored the third-placed challengers to a 5-2 victory over a youthful Maghull Res., who responded through Adam Wood and Shaun Sandison.

Andy Simpson netted for Higher Bebington Kelma but still finished on the losing side when replies from Daryl Hellon and Ant Bradshaw earned visitors, Huyton Rovers, a precious 2-1 win.

Elsewhere, the points were shared, after efforts from Marshalls Res.‘ Josh Lavender and Joe McGowan were cancelled out by replies from Neston Nomads‘ Connor Horrigan and Nathan Davidson.

Division Three leaders, FC Kirkby, scored through Brendan Rawcliffe and Ethan Highton but failed to consolidate their position at the top, after they lost 3-2 at home to third-placed promotion rivals, Chester Nomads Res. Stephen Butler (2,) Zach Comer (2), and Reece Jones bagged the goals as Runcorn Sports Res. won 4-0 at local rivals, Frodsham Park JFC.

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