Wellington mark Dale Withers' return with West Midlands Premier win over Lye Town

Lye Town 1 Wellington 2.

WELLINGTON chairman Phil Smith was delighted with his side’s fourth West Midlands League Premier Division away success of the season at fourth-placed Lye.

“We did really well,” said Smith. “Lye are a good side who played some flowing football and have some pacy front men.”

Wellington received a lift with the return of former skipper Dale Withers to the heart of their defence after a spell with Tenbury United.

“Having Dale back is a real boost,” said Smith. “He made a difference in the organisation of our defence and it shows that, as a club, we are attracting players rather than losing them.”

Wellington fell behind after 23 minutes but hit back to level eight minutes later through a fine solo goal from Saul Thomas who marked his return from suspension by slicing through the home defence to fire home.

Gareth George shot wide when well-placed and Withers went close with a header before Wellington gained the win with their second goal on 55 minutes, although there was an element of fortune about the strike.

After good work by Aaron Morgan, the Lye goalkeeper went to clear the ball which struck Thomas and rebounded into the net.

l Pegasus Juniors’ home match against Wolverhampton Sporting Community was called off as the visitors were unable to raise a team.

Mahal Res 2 Lads Club 8.

LADS Club maintained their unbeaten run in West Midlands League Division Two with a comprehensive triumph in Smethwick. Although the city side were missing players due to work commitments, they were undeterred as they powered past a physical home team who were intent on stopping Lads Club from playing their usual free-flowing football.

Player-manager Danny Moon scored twice for Lads Club while there were also two-goal contributions from Steve Dixon and Kiea Cowley.

Jordan Burke and Mike Olive bagged the other Lads Club goals.

l For this weekend’s local football fixtures, turn to Sport 2.

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