THE New Year brought about the return of football to the Chester & Wirral Football League with only a handful of games beating the terrible weather conditions of late.

In the Cayzer Shield Elton Athletic, Ellesmere Port FC Reserves, Ces- trian Alex, Clubbies and Upton JFC go into the hat for the next round draw.

Ellesmere Port Reserves travelled to Chester Nomads and came away with a 2-0 win with goals from Danny Hale and Adam Smith.

Cestrian Alex beat Orange Athletic 5-3, thanks to strikes from Nial Peaker, Will Ballance, Adam Crimes and an Adie Gough brace.

Gary Owen, Mike Sullivan and Iain Thomas replied for Orange.

In a game that was closer than the scoreline suggests, Wesley Sinclair netted twice for Chester Argyle as they went down 6-2 away to Club- bies, Jake Johnson, Nick Whittaker, Scott Beach, Ash Reid and Liam McGovern their scorers.

In the Queensferry Sports Premier Division Christleton Celtic got off to a winning 2018 with a 2-1 win over Shaftesbury Youth (John McGraa).

Matty Jones and Joe Houghton were the Celtic scorers with Dan Astbury putting in a man of the match performance.

Dan Christianson, Danny Mongan (2), Jake Zahringer, Ben Woodman and Liam Bradley were all on target for Newton Athletic as they eased past Ellesmere Port Town A 6-2.

Connor Howley and Cal Wall were the Port scorers.

Avenue Vets were the days top scorers as they beat Shotton Steel Vets 8-2 in the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1.

Danny Edwards led the scoring for Avenue with a hat-trick followed by Lee Gibson on two, Chris Taylor, Terry Cotgrave and Chris McGinn.

In the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division three Justin Price hit a consolation for Mostyn Vets as they got beat 2-1 by Crossway Vets.

Next week sees the CWFL Representative team in action in their rearranged last 16 game in the FA Inter League Cup competition.

Vernon Keep's men travel to the CNG stadium, home of Harrogate Town, where they will meet the York League XI for a place in the Quarter Finals.

The CWFL are delighted to announce the opening of our fourth Flexi Division on Friday, January 12.

Teams from across Wirral will compete in the CWFL Friday Night 11's (Woodchurch) division with a league championship and cup up for grabs.

This new division means that the CWFL now offer 10 divisions covering Open Age, Vets and Flexi football with a new development division to be added in the coming weeks.

League secretary Paul Graham, said: "The increase in participation in the 11v11 game in our area is nothing short of incredible and is testament to all the hard work of the volunteers and teams associated with the CWFL.

"It is a pleasure to see that the partnership between the CWFL and Cheshire FA has paid dividends with the 11v11 game seeing incredible growth within the league despite declining nationally.

"We are now up to 84 teams and we are looking at further options to keep pace with the demand for the future."

If you are interested in the CWFL or in any of our competitions, Paul Graham on 07891 537116 for further details.

Alternatively, you can email for further information.