Leominster beat Penncroft to move up to 14th in West Midlands League Division One (From Hereford Times)
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Leominster beat Penncroft to move up to 14th in West Midlands League Division One
3:30pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Sport
Leominster 4 Penncroft 3.
TERRY Williams bagged a hat-trick as Leominster’s third success moved them up to 14th in the West Midlands League Division One.
But Town owed their third win - and arguably best performance - of the season so far to a single save. The Briarwood Boys were two-nil down and out heading into half-time when goalkeeper Jim Panniers tipped a goal-bound free-kick over the top.
Town cleared the resulting corner to play a series of short-passes that set in-form Sam Pearson free to fire home a screamer, still rising as it struck the back of the net.
Then top-scorer Terry Williams took over with one either side of the interval to put Town 3-2 up.
As warhorse Marcus Jones prowled the penalty box looking for contact, defensive partner Keanu Barnett had the confidence to play Town into a second ball game, inviting Penncroft on and sending them straight back.
That confidence spread throughout the side as Town’s 11 put in individual best performances to keep Penncroft at bay - and on edge - until a dubious penalty allowed the visitors an equaliser with minutes to go.
A point would have been enough given Town’s run this season.
But as the clock ran down Williams latched on to the ball played just outside the box and powered through Penncroft’s packed defence to complete his hat-trick.
l WILL Perkins’ 30-yard thunderbolt earned Wellington a welcome West Midlands League Premier Division 1-0 away victory at Cradley Town.
The villagers had to survive constant pressure but battled hard to earn the three points which take them into the top half of the table.
The win was even more commendable as Wellington had to play the final 15 minutes with 10 men after Ben Fischer was sent off for a second bookable offence.