May typically means the summer and the end of the season, however for May 2021 it was spells of showers as the season continued.
Saturday’s fixtures saw Maghull and Mossley Hill pitted against each other for a place in the Pyke Cup final, with Marshalls and South Liverpool in the other semi-final.
Naylorsfield looked pile the pressure on league leaders Frames, who knew a win would secure the league title.
Whilst the title races in the Liverpool County Premier League are heating up across the three divisions.
In the FA Vase final, Elliott Nevitt scored a hat-trick to help Warrington Rylands beat Binfield 3-2 at Wembley.
West Cheshire League
Mersey Royal were too strong for Chester Nomads as they earned three points in a 4-2 win thanks to a Liam Driscoll hat-trick.
Rainhill Town suffered an away defeat to Vauxhall Motors Reserves. Having played just nine games so far, Vauxhall have as many as five games in hand of the rest of the teams in the league but they picked up a crucial win with goals from Jamie Eaton and Andrew Rogers.
With FC Bootle’s name engraved onto the second division trophy, the battle for second continued with Heswall and Poulton Vics neck and neck in the table.
A home walkover gave Heswall a free weekend and automatic three points whilst Vics were taken to the wire by South Sefton Borough in a nine-goal thriller. Two goals a piece for Harvey Sample and Tom Quinn were enough for the home side as Mark Barnes’ hat-trick for South Sefton ensured the hosts would be made to work hard for their three points.
Mallaby and Litherland Remyca Reserves couldn’t be separated in their 4-4 draw. A brace from Josh Rice helped the Remy to a 4-1 lead but Mallaby fought back as Luke Balmer, Harry Dixon and a couple from Daniel McLoughlin helped the hosts claw their way back into the match.
Cheshire Lines overcame Ashville Reserves with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Daniel Mulvihill and Adam Yazici.
Runcorn Sports edged closer to the title and secured promotion in the process with their 5-0 away win over West Kirby Reserves and they had Jonathan McDonald to thank for his double as Runcorn boasted four different scorers in their emphatic win.
Second placed Rainford United were dealt a bitter blow in the title race as they on the wrong end of a 7-0 drubbing by Helsby. The win for the hosts means they now sit in third with two games in hand, just six points off leaders Runcorn.
Capenhurst Villa Reserves and Mersey Harps was beaten by the weather and was postponed as a result, whilst Marshalls Reserves ended their season with a 2-2 draw with Sutton Athletics.
Bootle Reserves season finished with a 2-1 away defeat to Willaston as Sam Bennett’s goal wasn’t enough as Sean Hayward’s pushed Willaston over the line with his goals.
Poulton Royal fell closer to the foot of the Third Division table after Aintree Villa Reserves’ 4-1 away win, they are two points off Neston Nomads Reserves with two games in hand.
Poulton Vics grounded out a hard-earned win away to Chester Nomads with a 1-0 win.
Marshalls and South Liverpool played out a cup classic at Heron Eccles with the hosts booking their place in the final despite going a goal behind to win 6-3 with Matty Grivosti instrumental in their win scoring four as Tony Donaldson and Jake Smith helped book their place in the final.
Mossley Hill Athletic booked their place in the final after a man-of-the-match performance from Nathan Peet in their 3-1 win away to Maghull. Goals from Owen Cassidy and Elliott Hughes put the South Liverpool side into the lead with Peet’s goal sealing the win.
Liverpool Premier League
Liverpool NALGO continued their unbeaten runs in the Liverpool County Premier Division on Saturday with a 3-1 win over MSB Woolton. Declan Daniels’ double and Jamie Menagh helped NALGO move to within eight points of league leaders Waterloo Dock with two games in hand.
Quarry Bank Old Boys moved to within a point of the Dock with their 2-0 win over Liver Academy.
Page Celtic leapfrogged Knotty Ash with their 2-1 whilst Old Xaverians came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with East Villa.
Bernie May’s capped off the perfect week with another three points. They built on their 6-1 win in midweek with a 7-3 win over Stoneycroft to move to within three points of leaders FC Empress.
Mays play their final game of the season against FC Garston needing to win by a margin of five or more goals to overtake Empress.
FC Garston piled on the misery for BRNESC Reserves at the bottom of the league, as braces for Thomas Mee and Ruben Carroll fired them on course to a 7-2 win pushing them into fourth, as they enter the last two games.
The race for the title intensified as Warbreck picked up a vital win over Waterloo GSOB to move above their opponents into second, level on points with Marsden, thanks to their 2-0 win.
Botanic picked up their first win of the season beating Formby U18s 2-1 as they moved off the bottom of the league, overtaking Red Rum Development after they were beaten 3-0 by Bluecoat.
I Zingari Combination
Frames needed a win to secure the title and they made no mistake as they were crowned I Zingari Combination Champions on Saturday after their 7-3 win over Old Xaverians FC.
Nearest challengers, Naylorsfield, did what they could and continued to apply the pressure with their 5-3 win over Larkin but it wasn’t enough as the win sees then move seven points off the title winners.
Remyca Utd picked up their fourth win of the season as they beat Kingsthorne 3-2 whilst Red Rum beat Liverpool Hibernia by the same scoreline.
It was a six-goal thriller in the game between The Horse and Metalboxonians. The Horse scored a last-gasp equaliser to secure a draw against Naylorsfield in midweek. On Saturday, they shared the spoils again in their 3-3 draw with Metalboxonians.
Liverpool Old Boys Amateur Football League
South Liverpool 3rds made it three wins from three with a resounding 3-0 win over St Margaret’s Old Boys to move top in Group A of the Marlborough Trophy.
FC Salle secured their place in the knockouts with their 4-2 win over Old Cathinians First.
They both join Collegiate and Alumni FC in the semi-finals with top spots to be decided next week.
Alan Brown Trophy
KCC Old Boys made a statement of intent in Group A with their 7-1 win over South Mersey, the three points took them above Huyton Stanley to go top of Group A. The win sets up nicely for KCC as they face third placed MHS with Huyton playing fourth placed Mexoc.
MHS and Mexoc couldn’t be separated in their game on Saturday as they drew 1-1.
There was no game in Group B with ACOL and Old Xavs 4ths having already booked their spot in the knockouts.
The fixtures in the Bushell Cup, Group A was a matter of bragging rights with Alumni and Waterloo GSOB Reserves having already secured their spots in the next stage of the competition.
It was a battle of the bottom two as Lord Derby Old Boys and Old Cathinians Reserves clashed. It was the visitors, Old Cathinians, who came out on top picking up their first win over the group stage in a close game, seeing off Lord Derby by three goals to two.
Old Xaverians C Team gifted Waterloo GSOB Reserves three points with an away walkover.
MSB Woolton B qualified for the knockouts in the most dramatic of fashion with a 5-6 win over Liobans Reserves.
Business School stood firm to overcome Rhein, beating them by a goal to nil in Group B.
The Cheshire Football League
JB Parker Challenge Cup
Billinge progressed to the semi-final of the JB Parker Premier Division Challenge Cup after beating FC St Helens 4-3 on penalties after ending goalless in normal time.
Billinge shot-stopper Kieran Halliday saved two penalties as Liam Thomas scored the decisive spot kick in the shootout.
They will play Egerton in the last four after they beat Eagle Sports 1-0.
(Photo by Nick Gerrard)