MERCIAN REGIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS AND ROUND-UP FOR 16th FEBRUARY 2013
16TH FEB: Church Stretton clung on to top spot in the Mercian Regional Premier League on Saturday with a narrow 2-1 win at home to Oakengates Athletic but four goals from Nathan Hodge and a brace from Daniel Gower ensured Ludlow continue to breathe down their necks as they beat Allscott 6-0. Morda Utd stayed third with a 4-1 win at Shifnal Utd and Telford Juniors moved into the top four as goals from Dan Hickling and Tom White secured a 2-0 win at home to Whitchurch Alport. The surprise of the day came at Wellington Amateurs Reserves as they beat Hodnet 4-3 with Stuart Lewis notching the winner to add to a Matt Delves hat-trick. Dawley remain stranded at the foot of the table after going down 3-0 at Weston Rhyn.
With several Division 1 sides in cup action, there were just three league games with Prees winning the north Shropshire battle against Oswestry Lions 5-3, Wroxeter Rovers beating Bishops Castle Town 3-0 and Meole Brace recovering from their 8-1 humiliation to Wroxeter the week before with an emphatic 5-0 win at home to Morda Utd Reserves. Ryan Pugh and Adam Jones scored two apiece with Darren Smith adding a fifth.
In Division 2 Childs Ercall had one of their toughest games of the season as they overcame Athletico Broseley 5-4. They now hold a ten point lead over Claverley who moved into second place after an 8-1 win at home to lowly Spalaig Britannia. There were six different scorers for Claverley with Oliver Plank netting a hat-trick. Donnington went one goal better as they hammered bottom club Denso 9-0. The games between Edgmond Rangers and Randlay and Madeley Sports Reserves and Wrockwardine Wood ended all square while Albrighton Juniors against Market Drayton Tigers was abandoned with twenty minutes left as Tigers' Joshua McIntosh suffered a suspected broken leg with his side trailing 2-0.
In the three Shropshire Junior Cup matches held over from the previous week, AFC Wellington scraped through 5-4 at home to Rock Rovers with a James Eccleston hat-trick and further goals from Tyrone Wright and Matthew Pryce, Clee Hill overpowered Highley Miners Welfare 7-1 with Adam Warren scoring three and Scott Jordan and Steve Preece scoring two each and high flying Ketley Town were too strong for Hopesgate going through to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win.
Shropshire FA County Junior Cup Round 3.
AFC Wellington 5 Rock Rovers 4. Clee Hill 7 Highley Miners Welfare 1.
Ketley Town 2 Hopesgate Utd 0.
AFC Ludlow 6 Allscott FC 0.
Church Stretton 2 Oakengates Athletic 1.
Shifnal Utd '97 1 Morda Utd 1.
Telford Juniors 2 Whitchurch Alport 0.
Wellington Amateurs Reserves 4 FC Hodnet 3.
Weston Rhyn 3 Dawley Town 0.
Meole Brace 5 Morda Utd Reserves 0.
Prees 5 Oswestry Lions 3.
Wroxeter Rovers 3 Bishops Castle Town 0.
Albrighton Juniors V Market Drayton Tigers (Abandoned after 70 minutes due to serious injury).
Childs Ercall 5 Athletico Broseley 4.
Claverley 8 Spalaig Britannia 1.
Donnington Sports & Social 9 Denso 0.
Edgmond Rangers 2 Randlay 2012 2.
Madeley Sports Reserves 1 Wrockwardine Wood 1.
Author: CLIFF GREEN