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4:20pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Football
LEDBURY Town Reserves made it three cup wins out of three with a 3-0 victory over lowly Hinton Reserves in the first round of the Jock Handley Cup at New Street.
After being defeated by Ledbury at the same venue in the first league game of the season in Division One of the Herefordshire Football League, Hinton were keen to gain revenge on their rivals.
In the final five minutes of the first period, a Curt Williams ‘goal’ was deemed offside for Ledbury and other chances went begging.
However, a Sam Dixon free-kick moments before the half-time whistle finally gifted the hosts with a valuable one-goal advantage going into the second period.
Play became much more one-sided into the secondhalf as Ledbury capitalised on playing downhill.
A great run from Ryan Williams into the box then resulted in a strike from Pete Jeynes just clipping the far post.
Ledbury’s defence then seemed unable to stop a sustained Hinton assault in the 75th minute, and it needed Elliot Watts to palm the ball over the bar.
Dixon finally scored his second of the afternoon after taking the ball past several defenders for a decisive finish.
A free-kick from the edge of the box then resulted in a third and final Ledbury goal from Marc Wildig.
Meanwhile, Ledbury’s first team dropped out of the top five placings in Division One of the West Midlands Regional League with a heavy 7-1 loss over at Wolverhampton-based Trysull.
Jamie Welch bagged Ledbury’s consolation goal.
- ANOTHER solid performance from a spirited Leigh and Bransford Badgers side forced table-topping Bell Reserves, from Pensax, to work hard for a 1-1 draw in Worcester Sunday Division Five at Suckley Playing Field.
With players absent, the hosts were forced to play midfielder, James Mobbs, in goal, and he produced a confident display throughout the game.
With the Badgers pressing, the hard-working Olly Green drove forward from midfield, drew the centre-back forward and then slipped a great pass to Nick Medakovic, who seemed to mis-time his shot. However, the lively Adam Luton- Hughes was on hand to riffle home the loose ball from five yards out, after 20 minutes.
The visitors might have equalised before the break, but some timely challenges by Chris Medakovic and Chris King denied them an effort on goal.
In the second period, the Badgers were forced to defend as the Bell went in search of goals. With the pressure mounting, the visitors went close to levelling but two outstanding smothers by Mobbs kept his side ahead.
The Bell deservedly made it 1-1 in the 70th minute.
With the home defence caught square, the Bell striker was able to sprint through on goal and fire past the advancing Mobbs.
Sensing a winner, the Bell continued to press, but the hosts were equal to the task in fending off visiting raids.
- LEIGH and Bransford Badgers Spurs under 14s continued their Mercian League campaign with a comfortable 11-0 win over a plucky Warndon Villages Hawks side at Alfrick playing field.
Having been on cup duty the week before, the Spurs bagged their first points of the season along with a hatful of goals in the process.
Midfielder Sam Hawthorn grabbed four goals and Oskar Smolarek netted a hat-trick. The other goals came from Ross Grimshaw, Matt Cole, Ryan Davies and Danny Gauci.
A solid and confident display from Danny Eyles in goal, along with his defensive team-mates, earned the hosts their first clean sheet of the season.
Coach Mark Davies said: “It was a great performance from the whole side, a healthy haul of goals with some good ones among them, several scorers and a clean sheet. It was great to see Danny get his first ever goal for our club and also Oskar chip in with three on the back of a fine performance.”
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