September 24th, 2016

Division One title race is hotting up

Updated: 9:06 am, May 07, 2015

THE TIGHTEST Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League Division One title race in several years is in prospect after another dramatic weekend of action.

Fladbury Athletic put themselves in the mix with a 2-1 home victory over Bear thanks to goals from Nightingale and Clayton, with Phil Davis netting for Bear.

Leaders Evesham WMC surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with visitors Broadway United. White (2) and Ford scored for the Workies while Jason Horsburgh, Cooper and Burtenshaw were on the mark for Broadway.

Mark Bellamy hit a hat-trick as Pinvin United maintained their recent good form with a 4-1 victory at Stour Excelsior to move into second place.

Division Two leaders Alcester Town lost 2-0 at Defford/Besford United as the home side scored through Francum and Barton, whilst Mills and Neal both netted twice for Mickleton Rangers in a comfortable 5-1 victory at Offenham Rovers.

Second placed Jacksons Fairfield still have the best position in the title race with games in hand and enjoyed a 5-1 win at Tesco United as Scrivens and Heritage both netted twice.

Division Three leaders Cider Mill had to work hard for the points against Stratford United as Reading’s strike and an own goal proved enough to win 2-1 against the visitors, for whom Pepper scored.

Broadway United Reserves won again thanks to goals from Berryman and Brandon Parker in a 2-1 home success against Cropthorne.

In Division Four, Pebworth defeated visitors Stour Excelsior Reserves 4-2 with goals from Rowley (2), Wilkes and Mallory, with Stour scoring through Gregg and Payne.

Division One outfits WMK and Eckington were made to work hard by lower graded opposition before progressing in the Express-Funding Mick Godwin Cup.

WMK needed second half goals from Pearson, Sklenaar and Nasir to defeat hosts Dragons 3-1 in the first round, while Eckington won 4-3 at home to Charlton Old Boys in the second round thanks to goals from Hope (2), Warren and an own goal. Foxall, Connor and Dickenson scored for Old Boys.

In the same round Sun Inn defeated visitors Bengeworth on penalties after a 1-1 draw and Alderton were 3-0 winners at Harvington in the first round.

Sadly, Bishops Cleeve-based AC Olympia became the second team in recent weeks to withdraw from the league, citing a lack of commitment from players.

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