Colwall boost survival bid

Malvern Gazette: MY BALL: A Colwall St James player (right) battles for possession during his side’s 4-1 win over Arrow 2000 in the McDonald’s Worcester and District League Sunday Premier Division which saw them go up to third-from-bottom. Picture: NICK TOOGOOD. 51134 MY BALL: A Colwall St James player (right) battles for possession during his side’s 4-1 win over Arrow 2000 in the McDonald’s Worcester and District League Sunday Premier Division which saw them go up to third-from-bottom. Picture: NICK TOOGOOD. 51134

COLWALL St James boosted their McDonald’s Worcester and District Football League Sunday Premier Division relegation fight with a stunning 4-1 win at mid-table Arrow 2000.

The villagers moved up to third-from-bottom in the table on goal difference from New Inn.

Meanwhile, Ricky Buckland bagged a hat-trick for Malvern Radar but they lost 6-3 at home to unbeaten leaders WCT Raiders, who were fired by five Jamie Insall goals.

Callow End were thrashed 8-2 by lower-ranked visitors Kempsey in the Katherine Rayer Cup second round.

Darren Jenkins and Sam Rathbone both bagged braces as Powick beat CMB Sports 5-3 in Sunday Division One.

Seth Miller scored twice for Inter Express in their 6-4 defeat at West Midland in Division Two as they almost fought back from 5-1 down.

Andy Nolan was on target for Malvern Victoria in a 1-1 draw at Northside.

  • Matthew Atkinson scored twice as Hanley Swan boosted their Cheltenham Association League Division One relegation battle.

They moved off the foot of the table above Bishops Cleeve thirds following a fine 2-1 home success over seventh- placed RSG.

But Upton Town slipped down to fifth after a 5-3 home defeat by Gala Wilton Reserves, who leapfrogged them in the table.

A defensive horror show gifted the visitors three points, while Town missed the attacking influences of Lawrence Smith, Kristian Richardson and Matt Hindmarsh.

Gala Wilton went ahead on 20 minutes with a free header but Town replied quickly when Luke Kitchen beat three men in the box before finishing well.

Upton took a shock lead when Kitchen was put through by Jake Hall for his second goal.

Hall stung the keeper’s hands before Kitchen skied a half-chance but Gala levelled early in the second-half with another free header.

A minute later, Gala retook the lead when keeper Chris Darby sliced his kick to a grateful Gala attacker.

Hall equalised with a 25- yard free-kick but Upton missed two great chances before Gala were gifted two decisive goals through more dreadful defending.

Vlad Kutlis deflected in an own goal before Joe Kyte was robbed after trying to run the ball out.

  • Bromyard Town were thrashed 8-0 at high-flying Sporting Khalsa in the West Midlands

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