It was district cup day for some clubs in the Chester & Wirral League at the weekend.
In the Chester FA Senior Cup, CWFL side Deva Athletic travelled to Cheshire League One side Tarporley Vics and secured a memorable 4-2 victory with goals from Steve Creelman (2), Sean Taylor and Dave Campbell.
Nicky Monaghan’s match-winning performance sent Ellesmere Port through to round two of the Wirral FA Senior Cup.
The Port were chasing the game against West Cheshire Division Two high-flyers Neston Nomads. Neston took an early lead before Danny Page equalised before half-time. Neston retook the lead again until a late Monaghan penalty forced the game into extra time – Monaghan striking again to give the Port a 3-2 win.
In the Wirral FA Junior Cup Samba were handed their first defeat of the season losing 3-1 at home to Mersey Royal; Steve Finlay was their scorer. New Ferry Rangers were in seventh heaven as they beat Ellesmere Port Town III 7-0. Mark Reed netted twice for Neston Nomads Reserves and Steve Lunt added a third in their 7-3 loss at the hands of Whitby Athletic – Whitby scorers were Sean Weaver, James Atkins, Jamie Banford (2), Andy Merner (2) and Regan Barlow. Danny James, Adam Morgan, Mike Roberts and Dan Piggott scored for Eastham Athletic in their 7-4 defeat at Neston Town and Cammell Laird Youth beat Ellesmere Port Spartans 3-1.
In the league, Lodge Bar move into second place in the Queensferry Sports Premier Division thanks to a 1-0 win over Christleton Celtic, Tom Fellows the scorer. In an end-to-end game, Kelsall recorded their first points of the season with a 5-3 away win to Uberlube. Kelsall went two up before Uberlube took a 3-2 lead by halftime. After the break Kelsall produced some of the best football they have played all season to take the win. Matt Elson, Matt Williams and Joe Gately scored for Uberlube.
Blacon Thistle’s inspired second half substitute Chris Williams fired a hat trick in their 4-0 away win to Ashton. Joe Henry added the other in this CWFL Olympic Trophies Division One clash. Ethan Jones, Adie Fagbire and Matty Harland-Jones all hit the net for Chester Nomads III in a 3-1 win against Elton Athletic. Newton Athletic went goal crazy in their 8-1 win over Lodge Bar II – Dan Christian, Mark Moorefield (2), Lewis Devenport, Chris Noden, Alex Powell, Dan Eaton and Liam Bradley were the scorers.
Clubbies are the new leaders of the CWFL Link Up Division Two. This has been quite a season so far for the Westminster Park-based side, winning seven of their first eight. James Lehman (2), Chris Hulse (2), James Simpson and Adam Ellis gave them a 6-0 home win over Orange Athletic. Wayne Clarke hit the consolation for Elton Rigger in their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Hoole Rangers Reserves. Liam Hett, Dan Chatburn and Phil Taylor all combined to give MBNA a 3-2 home win over a plucky Crossway side.
Open-age sides will take a break this weekend due to the representative side playing the Isle of Man in the FA Inter League Cup at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.
West Cheshire League
Inspired by a double from Mark Noakes, form side Vauxhall Motors assumed pole position in the race for the West Cheshire League’s Division One title, overcoming a resilient Chester Nomads 2-1.
Dale Harris replied for Nomads.
Helsby went down 4-1 to reigning champions South Liverpool, their consolation coming from Reece Conlan.
In the all-Chester duel, Archie Dorrian and Seb Davies netted for Blacon Youth Club in their 2-2 stalemate with Upton AA (Chris Melia, own goal). In Division Three, pacesetters Helsby Reserves beat Marshalls Reserves 3-2.
Andy Henry, Carl Freeman and Sam Buckley applied the finishing touches as Upton AA Reserves beat Redgate Rovers Reserves 3-1, while the points were shared as Ford Motors finished 2-2 with Chester Nomads Reserves.
Joe Summer and Alex Hughes were on target on Saturday as Malpas registered a 2-2 draw at Denton Town in the Premier Division of the Cheshire League.
Chester Sunday League
In Section A, Handbridge Red Bulls came out on top 6-3 at Axis United. Handbridge led 1-0 at halftime with a goal from Mark Moorfield, but Axis took the lead after the break with two goals from Ryan Farrell before Andrew Whitton hit two more for Handbridge. George Moore brought the sides level again, but Jordan Jones. Danny Eaton and Jay Sinnott, who also missed a penalty, secured the win.
Vicars Cross Dynamos chalked up a 3-2 win over Custom House. Dynamos took the lead with a penalty scored by Mattie Pierce. Custom House equalized with a Terry Cannon free kick but Vicars Cross had restored their lead by the half with a 25-yard Jay Gilmartin screamer, and Gary Handley stretched the gap after the interval. Andy Riddle pulled one back for Custom House with 10 minutes left of play.
League leaders FC Blacon left it late to beat a rejuvenated Dee Rangers side 1-0 – Liam Jones with the 80th minute strike – while Highfield Horses suffered an 8-0 defeat away to Hickory’s, the goals coming from Jack Gittins (four), Sam Carr, Joel Neale, Dicky Forster and Sam Kilner.
Last year’s champions Saltney hit their straps in the second half to beat St Theresa’s 4-0. In a close first half, Nathan Jones broke the deadlock before adding another after the break. He was joined on the scoresheet by Tommy Booth and Sam Buckley.
In Section B Chester Riley’s came out on top thriller against AFC Tattenhall, triumphing by the odd goal in seven. Josh Haseldon hit two, while Ben Haseldon and Sam Pickering notched one strike each.
Purple Olive picked up their first points of the season, beating The Mount 6-4 thanks to a hat-trick for Keith Robinson, a brace from Wayne Manning and one from Steven Millichap. The Mount replied with two goals apiece from Lee Stephens and Gareth Sudlow.
Danny Astbury was the five-goal star for Spital Vaults as they rampaged over West Park Rangers 12-0. Chris Simmons added another four while Carl Jenkins, Josh Gannon and an own goal completed the rout.
Sutton Casuals lost their top spot following a 3-2 home defeat to Upton Youth Centre. Two first-half goals for Upton from Mathew Crank set the tone for Upton before Sutton drew level after the break. Upton’s winner came from Michael Bowl’s penalty.
Casuals’ place at the top was taken by unbeaten Tarvin Rex who, despite going behind to Holdi after five minutes, were 3-1 up after 15 minutes and 5-1 up by half time, eventually winning 7-1. Tom Peters tallied four goals, all in the first half.
Finally, Westminster ran riot to beat Waverton 9-2 despite playing with 10 men for much of the match.
Chester Monday Seven-a-Side League
Spooners have yet to concede a goal in the Chester Monday seven-a-side league at Upton this season. Their latest win came against Feed the Goat (3-0).
Also enjoying a great start to their season in the Premiership, are Williams, newly promoted after finishing runners up last season in the First Division.
Monday night's 4-1 demolition of Some Team was further proof that they feel right at home in the Premier.
In the First Division, early pacesetters and leaders Sporting Lopez dropped a point in their 2-2 draw with rivals for promotion, Funbus Reds, in a cracking 2-2 draw.