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Wirral Sunday League: Neston Nomads on course to retain title
WITH maximum returns from their first three outings, Neston Nomads remain firmly on course to retain the Wirral Sunday League's Premier Division title.
They may now have ideas on creating history by becoming the first side to lift the top flight championship three years in succession.
On Sunday, efforts from John Lloyd and Richie Foulkes put Nomads in the driving seat, and although Towers pulled a goal back on 85 minutes through Kyle Williams, it was the reigning champions who profited and held on for a crucial victory.
At Jericho Lane goals from Kyle Farrell, Danny Morley and Jonathan Parkinson saw Kent 3-1 up against Riverside whose goalkeeper, Paul Johnson, pulled off a stunning 44th-minute penalty save to deny Steve English.
The keeper's heroics turned the game on its head.
Chris Maddocks made it 3-2 before the visitors' captain, Gary Clarke, swooped for a dramatic 88th-minute equaliser.
Elsewhere, honours were also shared after a Ryan Innes' goal for Victoria Colts Seniors was cancelled out by a reply from Shore Villa's Adam Coulls.
In Division One, two classic goals on the counter from Aaron Doyle inspired Higher Bebington RBL to a 3-0 win at Wallasey Town Athletic, and that result enabled Legion to erode Bebington's lead at the top to three points.
Goals from Nathan Ellis and Kieran Latham helped Lever Bushell Athletic to a 4-2 victory over MSC Eastham, but the real hero of the hour was substitute Russ Johnstone whose two-goal contribution tipped the balance in Levers' favour.
Forum Athletic's first win of the season came at Primrose Liscard, where doubles from Andy Williams and Sam Cartwright were supplemented by further efforts from Dave Sampson, Dean Price and Tom Farrell in a 7-2 finish.
Port Sunlight maintained their single point advantage at the top of Division Two thanks to Sunday's 5-2 triumph at newcomers Grange.
Andy Grimes, Matty Gill and Luke Robertson were among the scorers for the winners, while Chris Pollitt and Connor Potter plundered the hosts' consolations.
Second-placed Wirral Athletic edged a 5-3 decision over Bromborough, with Ben Winstanley (2), Reece Mearns (2), and Tom Black on the mark.
Lewy Galloway, Danny Holden and Sean Salmon replied for the visitors. Andy McFarlane netted the game's only goal as Gladstone Athletic beat Halfway House, but goals from Andy Buttle, Alex Ramsey and Ben Povall were insufficient as Star Ozzys capitulated 5-3 to replies from Greave's Andy Wilson (2), Robby Wilde (2) and Ricky Shakeshaft.
Two-goal Carl Lewis was joined on the score sheet by James McAllister and Paul Ricci as Bronze won 4-1 in their local derby with Champions Bar and celebrated their first win of the season.
Ben Percival was the Champs' marksman. Former Wirral Sunday League flag-bearers Nova, who played in the league for 20 years since 1980, are planning a re-union for all ex- players and club members on the last Saturday in October.
For further details, contact Ernie McDonald on 0151 653 0734.
Division One side MSC Eastham are still on the lookout for players to bolster their title challenge. For a trial, telephone club secretary Paul Gee on 0151 201 0942 or 07944 968 599.
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