Congratulations go to South Liverpool, league champions for season 2014/15. Wins at Blacon YC and at home to Chester Nomads coupled with successive defeats for nearest rivals, Cammell Laird 1907 Reserves saw Martin Ryman’s side clinch the title with 2 games to spare. On Wednesday they dominated possession from the start at Blacon and had 2 early efforts cleared off the line. But the hosts, backed by the excellent Dave Herridge in goal, battled hard throughout and it took 2 superb strikes, in the 21st and 39th minutes from Cameron Dalton to steer South to a 2-0 victory. Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Nomads was spearheaded by an excellent 1st half hat-trick from Alex Woodcock. Dalton was again on the score sheet as was Elliott Burnett while Edd Moss netted the consolation. South are worthy champions having lost just once in a competitive campaign and still have a Pyke Cup final, against Lairds, to look forward to. Lairdsrecovered from their defeat at Hale two days earlier to run out clear 4-1 winners at Ashville on Monday. Danny Dixon led the way with a double and he was backed up by Josh Hughes and Karl Murphy as an own goal counted for the hosts. However 2 nights later Lairds were to suffer their 3rd defeat of the season when Dave Bowe and John Strange underpinned a 2-0 triumph for West Kirby. At the weekend Lairds again suffered a 2-0 reversal when John Hedges and Oliver Cooke hit the target for visiting Mallaby. Southport Trinity pulled another rabbit out of the hat in their bid to avoid relegation when running out 7-1 winners against Capenhurst Villa at the weekend. Declan Gregson and Josh Spencer led the way with a brace apiece which were added to by Tommy Hughes, Ryan Dobhey and Adam Phillips as Alvin Mahon replied for Villa. Saturday’s remaining Division 1 encounter saw Hale and Maghull fight out a 0-0 draw.
Helsby remained in 3rd place after Matty Johnson, Tom Ward and veteran Kev Patterson had hit the mark in the midweek 3-1 defeat ofWest Kirby who replied through Joel Douglas. Capenhurst Villa turned the form book upside down with their 1st win in 8 outings at Mallaby who had gone that number of games without defeat. Villa’s 1-0 success came courtesy of an own goal. Two nights later a Ryan Nicoltreble earned Cape a 3-0 victory at Vauxhalls Motors. Jamie Doyle and John Hedges netted for Mallaby as they bounced back by defeating Newton, 2-0 and Chester rivals Chester Nomads and Upton AA played out a 0-0 draw.
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Heswall’s rollercoaster ride sees them promoted straight back to Division 1 some 12 months after being relegated, which itself came just a year after being crowned league champions. On Monday they enjoyed a 2-0 triumph at Gateacre Village where Greg Drummond and Andy Kingan took the honours. They followed up at the weekend by securing a 3-0 verdict over Willaston. Drummond was again on target as were Tommy Carroll and Chris Tolley. Divisional 2 champions Rainhill Town continued in their winning vein in midweek when Lee Thompson, 2, and Dave Monteith found the net as they overcame Mossley Hill Reserves [M Swift] 3-1 and Monteith and an own goal counted in their 2-1 victory at West Kirby Reserves [Sam Pullinger] on Saturday. An Andy Marsh brace added to by Paul Leamy on Monday steered Redgate Rovers to a 3-1 win over Prescot Cables Reserves who responded through A Scarisbrook but Cables bounced back in style on Saturday when Sam Gifford netted all 5 of their goals in a 5-2 success at Richmond Mags. Maghull Reserves were grateful to Mark Madden for posting both their goals in a 2-0 win over Vauxhall Motors Reserves and John Pomfret was another 2 goal man in Ashville Reserves’ 3-1 victory over Hale Reserves.
All three Division 3 encounters on Wednesday involved promotion candidates with Neston Nomads staging an amazing comeback at Belfry when, trailing 2-0 with 8 minutes remaining, they hit back to record a 3-2 victory with the last kick of the game. Brothers Robbie and Richie Foulkes brought the sides level before Ben Pearson grabbed the winner. Earlier, Mark Brady and Joel Powell posted for Belfry.Leaders Kirby Town Railway came unstuck at Ford Motors who had Liam Scarratts,2, and Terry Keenan finding the net in a 3-1 score line that saw John Humphrys respond for Railway. Bootle Reserves enhanced their goal difference by trouncing Mersey Royal, 8-1. Saturday’s top Division 3 clash ended all square when Humphreys again netted for Railway while Scot Bennoch replied for visiting Neston Nomads. Bootle Reserves stayed firmly in contention when getting the better of Chester Nomads Reserves by 3 goals to 1. Daniel O’Connor, Dan Smales and Josh Holden did the business for Bootlewith Dave Wilson replying.
Upton AA Reserves failed in their bid to lift the Chester Challenge Cup when going down 2-1 to Lache Reserves on Friday evening.
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A strong 2nd half performance from Youth Division champions, South Liverpool, saw them through to their 2nd cup final, both of which are played this week. Leading 1-0 at the break in the West Cheshire Plate, South went on to claim a 6 – 0 success against Litherland REMYCA courtesy of strikes from Dave Mee,3, Alex Walsh, Alex Griffiths and Mike Davies. Goals from Will Carter and Ben Briggs steered Chester Nomads to a 2-1 win over West Kirby [Matty Croft] and Vauxhall Motors [Tom Flook, Jack Sailes, Connor Hughes] also bagged 3 points by overcoming Belfry [Liam Innes, Dean Denson] by the odd goal in 5.