September 29th, 2016

Mickleton Rangers clinch Division Two crown

A DISPUTED Chris Mills goal two minutes from time earned Mickleton Rangers the point they needed to clinch the Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League Division Two title last Wednesday.

Mills’ strike clinched a 2-2 draw for Rangers against nearest rivals Tewkesbury Town, who completed their campaign with a 4-3 victory at fourth placed Harvington on Sunday.

Alderton, for so long leaders, had to settle for third place although they finished in victorious fashion as Greaves (2), Tyrner and Goodwin scored in their 4-0 home success against Badsey Recreation.

Cropthorne won 3-1 at neighbours New Inn Pershore thanks to goals from John Boother, Tom Boother and James Crenan.

Division Three champions and treble winners Sun Inn ended the season in style with a 6-0 home win over Dragons through goals from Stratford (2), Parry (2), Mitchell and Davies.

Pebworth won the local derby with Fortis as Withers and Sprigg scored for the visitors in a 2-1 success, with Rainey on the mark for the hosts.

The top two met in Division One and champions Bretforton Old Boys came out on top against Broadway United as goals from Tustin, Cook, Gayton and Beddoes secured a 4-2 victory for the hosts.

Evans and Thomas netted for Broadway, who finished runners-up in three competitions this season.

The campaign concluded on Sunday evening with the Express-Funding Mick Godwin Cup final between Inkberrow and Quinton.

Division Three outfit Quinton, who have been promoted, missed a first half penalty after Billy Coughlin had given Inkberrow the lead.

Early in the second half James Drinkwater equalised for Quinton, who remained the mostly likely to score next until hesitancy in their defence enabled Sam Steele to put Inkberrow back in front.

Inkberrow’s greater experience then showed as they took the sting out of the game by retaining possession for longer periods, especially in Quinton’s half, and top flight side Inkberrow sealed a 3-1 victory in the 86th minute when Lewis Sheen was tripped in the penalty area and Harry Grant stepped up to confidently fire the spot kick into the corner of the net.

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