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West Cheshire League: Issues are settled
THE outstanding issues of the 2013/14 season were settled during the week with Upton AA being resigned to joining former champions Heswall in the Division One relegation places thanks to a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Newton.
A strong team effort by the hosts produced their biggest win of the campaign and featured six different goalscorers.
Lee Butterworth, Ben Powell netted in the first-half, and Ashley Williams, Joel Douglas, Tim Bigland and Tadgh Gregory all scoringin the second period against the Pyke Cup holders.
In Wednesday's Wirral Senior Cup final at Cammell Laird FC, league champions Maghull faced a West Kirby outfit who entered the contest on the back of three defeats.
But such is the nature of cup football that a close encounter developed with neither side able to achieve a first-half breakthrough.
Ten minutes after the interval, Maghull went in front when striker Steve Williams converted a spot kick.
As time wore on, Phil Stafford’s side saw their dreams of a league and cup double looming nearer - only for them to be dashed with six minutes remaining when long-serving Terry Cotgrave popped up with an equaliser.
Neither side was able to find the net in extra time and it was West Kirby who went on to upset the odds by winning the resultant shoot out 3-2.
Division Two champions Capenhurst Villa rounded off an excellent campaign with a 9-0 trouncing of a West Kirby Reserves outfit who completed their programme with a bottom two placing.
Capenhurst, who led 1-0 at half-time, took control in the second period and were helped by some poor defensive work. Kyle Smythe took scoring honours with a four-goal haul.
Tom Ward grabbed a treble and Scott Riock and Danny Wainwright also registered for Villa who suffered just a single defeat in their league encounters.
The Youth Division has two vacancies for next season.
Any under-16 team looking to progress to youth football should contact League Secretary Arthur Green on firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
The league’s presentation night will be held at Vauxhall Motors Sports and Social Club next Thursday, May 22.
Guest speaker will be the enigmatic ex-Everton, Leeds and Notts Forest star Duncan McKenzie, with top class comedy supplied by John Martin.
Tickets cost £17.50 and are available from any league or club official.
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