EVESHAM WMC moved within a point of the top of Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League Division One by defeating leaders Bear FC 2-1 in an entertaining encounter in which second half goals from Elliott Grady and K Grady ensured Olly Payne’s goal for hosts Bear was in vain.
It is 20 years since the Workies last lifted the title but, with 15 points from six matches, they are well placed to push for the crown this season.
Fladbury Athletic got the better of visitors Broadway United 4-2 as Homans, Brain, Heath and Hall scored for Fladbury and Jeffs and Ben Horsburgh struck for Broadway.
Eckington and visitors WMK drew 2-2. WMK led with goals from Pritchard and Sklenaar before a McElroy effort and an own goal levelled matters.
Stratford United picked up their first league win of the season to move out of the Division Three relegation places as Brickworth, Beach and Spilsbury scored in a 3-1 victory for the home side over Broadway, whose goal was scored by the prolific Luke Sallis.
Stour Excelsior Reserves recorded their opening win of the Division Four season by edging out Ruby Jacks 4-3 as Jewitt, Mumford, Saker and Grace scored for the victorious hosts, which meant Stanley’s hat-trick for the visitors went unrewarded.
Tewkesbury Town returned to the top of the division with a 3-2 home victory over promotion rivals Harvington in which Town scored through Tarling, Cox and Dyson and Harvington netted through Philpott and Handy.
In the Evesham Hospital Sunday Junior Cup Stour Excelsior caused an upset with a convincing 6-1 first round win at Bretforton Old Boys.
In the Minor Cup first round AC Olympia produced their best performance of the season to defeat visitors Mickleton Rangers 4-0.
Ecosamba defeated hosts Sun Inn 6-2, Jacksons Fairfield were 9-1 winners at Cropthorne, Alderton eased to a 6-1 home success over Offenham Rovers, Bredon enjoyed a 7-0 home win over Fortis, Cider Mill were 6-1 victors at Bengeworth and Charlton Old Boys won 4-3 at Pebworth.
Last Friday night two league stalwarts were recognised at the Worcestershire FA Annual Long Service Awards evening as referee Martin Malin celebrated 30 years’ service and Pebworth club secretary John Hyde 20 years’ service.