Two goals for Aidan Thomas in Westfields' Midland Alliance win at Ellesmere

Ellesmere Rangers 1 Westfields 4.

TWO goals from Aidan Thomas helped Westfields complete a Midland Alliance double and move the city side up to eight place in the table.

Early efforts from Scott Jackson, Jamie Cuss and Dene Whittal-Williams, whose header came back off the bar, showed that Fields were determined to carry on the form they had shown in their 7-2 win over Kirby Muxloe the previous Saturday.

And, on the half-hour, Richard Kear opened the scoring when he headed in a cross from Alex O’Leary.

Anthony Robbins and Craig Jones saw shots go wide early in the second period before Bob Aldrich and Kear set up Jones to send a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Steve O’Reilly headed past Jon Pugh to bring the home side back into the game.

But Westfields were soon back on the goal trail when Thomas found space on the edge of the area to send a fierce drive past Dave Maguire.

With substitutes Juliana Triana and Will Loughman causing problems for the home defence, a further goal seemed certain.

And so it proved when O’Leary got free on the left to deliver a cross which Thomas fired in at the near post.

l FREE-scoring West Midlands League Division Two leaders Ledbury Town’s delight at their 6-2 win over local rivals Malvern Town Reserves was tempered slightly by conceding for the first time in five matches.

Goalkeeper Lewis Skyers, back in a Town shirt after representing the GB Blind Football team at the Paralympics, saved well and James Febery hit the bar before James Dean slid home a Jamie Welch cross for the second Ledbury goal.

Dan Herbert rifled in the third within seconds and, when Welch put Ledbury four goals ahead after 35 minutes, a goal-feast looked on the cards.

But, as the second period got under way, Town’s five-match clean sheet was ended by a lob from 25 yards before Welch produced a superb shot from outside the area to re-establish the four-goal lead. In the closing minutes, Herbert netted a sixth goal for Ledbury who also conceded a second when Skyers was chipped just before the end. l SINKUMS have soared to the top of the Herefordshire League Premier Division after an 8-1 hammering of basement club Bartestree Reserves.

Scott Turner wasted no time in putting the home side ahead and an own-goal doubled the lead.

Matty Roberts added the third before in-form striker Damian Gallimore took over, thundering in his second hat-trick of the season.

Brett Lawrence bagged the seventh before player-manager Barry Hopkins came off the bench to net with a thundering header.

Bartestree gained some consolation with an injury-time goal.

Wellington Reserves dropped points for the first time this season when they were held to a 2-2 home draw by third-placed Mercia Athletic.

Kington Town moved ahead of Hinton near the foot of the table with a 3-1 home win over their rivals while Pegasus Reserves improved their position with a 4-1 success at fourth-placed Westfields Reserves.

Hanwood United 2 Leominster Town 1.

LEOMINSTER top-scorer Terry Williams saw a stunning shot tipped over with seconds remaining, ending his side’s chances of, at least, a deserved draw in West Midlands League Division One.

The Briarwood Boys had seen a series a shots hit everything but the net over 90 minutes, while it took the second of two debatable first-half penalties to seal the game for Hanwood.

Keeper Andy Price kept Town within touching distance with a man-of-the-match performance that saw him save the first penalty and thwart a series of Hanwood chances, most at close range.

But fast-improving Town couldn’t make their good play count. Skipper James Watkins scored late to set up a tense finish and Town’s bench was up celebrating the Williams pile-driver as earning a draw only to see it sent over by a fine, instinctive dive from the Hanwood keeper.

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