IT was a very much curtailed programme in The Houlihan's Birkenhead Association Sunday Football League with the weather being the biggest winner on waterlogged pitches.

A five-goal haul by Ryan Nicoll for Dock AFC supplemented by a brace from Jon Clampitt and singles from Ollie Nugent, Mark Jones and Dean Nunn to elevate them into second place in the Premier Division to breathe down the neck of Heygarth FC after a resounding 10-0 win at Saughall FC.

Bushell Athletic booked their place in the Presidents Cup semi finals after a narrow 2-1 win at Shaftesbury Youth.

A couple of interesting results in Division Two saw Corsair FC defeat Stirrup Sports & Social 7-2 (John Duddo), while Franklyn FC won by the odd goal in five 3-2 against Division Leaders Beechwood FC, finding the net for the Heswall side were Jay Harvey, Jack Hussey and Joe Brandon, it makes the battle for promotion very interesting, a double from Tom Williams supported by efforts from Tom Byrne, Matt Lydiate and Lewis Boardman with a 5-0 rout at the expense of Oval FC.

The only game in Division Three that survived was Woodchurch Rovers 3-2 success at Rangers Breaks, (Dave Dutfield, Chris Carress) Woodchurch now move up to second place with Tom Briggs with two strikes and Harry Firkins hitting the all important goals against a depleted Rangers Breaks side,

Sunday (December 23) will see a very small fixture programme and a week later (Sunday, December 30) there will be no fixtures as all grounds are closed.