Leominster hit back to earn a West Midlands League Premier Division draw with Wolverhampton (From Hereford Times)
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Leominster hit back to earn a West Midlands League Premier Division draw with Wolverhampton
5:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Sport
Leominster Town 3 Wolverhampton United 3.
TOWN are creeping ever closer to the elusive win needed to kickstart their West Midlands League Division One season.
Unlike the 4-4 fight back at Haughmond, this was a game Town should have taken hold of from the off.
Terry Williams powered Town ahead on the quarter-hour mark only for this to spur Wolverhampton into taking a 2-1 lead until Sam Thomas sent Town into half-time on level terms.
Both sides went end-to-end over a hard fought second-half but, although they saw a penalty brilliantly saved, Wolverhampton had every reason to think their 80th-minute goal was the winner.
But a handling offence brought Town a penalty of their own with time running down and skipper Mark Rusling scored.
The point moves Town up but not out of the bottom three in the division.
Pegasus Juniors 8 Darlaston Town 0.
PEGASUS Juniors equalled their highest score since moving to Old School Lane in summer 2005, when they beat Bromyard Town in September 2009 in a county cup game.
Darlaston made a fight of it in the first-half, holding the home side to two goals but the second-half saw Pegasus add a further six.
In the 18th minute, Pegasus opened their account. Keith Jones’ cross picked out Cory Hyde at the far post, he rolled the ball to the unmarked Chris Mortlock inside the six-yard area.
On 31 minutes, a cross by Zac Brimble was headed by Hyde to Mortlock who scored past Steve Booth.
In the 59th minute, a Jones cross was met by defender Callum Haynes whose attempted diving clearance rocketed past Booth into his own net.
On 65 minutes, Hyde beat a covering defender before firing past Booth.
In the 71st-minute, good approach play by Paul Allam saw Booth tip the ball against the bar but Jones was on hand to punish the keeper. Three further goals in a four-minute spell ended the contest.
Mark Smith headed in a free-kick before man-of-the-match Hyde and Richard Harrison both breached the visiting defence before beating the keeper.
Bromyard, meanwhile, enjoyed a rare success this season when they won 2-1 at Malvern Town.
l Sinkums are through to the second round of the HFA Charity Bowl after a 3-1 home win over Mercia.
They took the lead in the 17th minute with Zak Turner shooting into the top corner.
Mercia found centre-backs Danny Gagg and Martin Adjie in top form to keep it 1-0 at half-time.
In the second period, a Mercia cross looped over the Sinkums’ keeper for the equaliser but the home side regained the lead straight away from a blistering Luke Barefoot header. Turner got his second in the 65th minute for 3-1.
Dudley Town 3 Wellington 1.
WELLINGTON went a goal down early on but managed to equalise through a Ben Fischer effort. Dudley reclaimed the lead before the break with a goal direct from a free-kick, before adding to their score five minutes from the end.
Phil Smith, Wellington chairman, said: “We were well beaten but still have quite a few players missing through suspension.”
Ledbury Town 5 Team Dudley 0.
LEDBURY Town made a stunning recovery after their 4-2 at Newport the previous week, with a comprehensive rout of the West Midlands League Division Two leaders.
Despite playing uphill in the first-half, Town played in a confident and controlled manner from the start. Sam Dixon gave Town the lead in the first period and Jamie Welch slipped home Town’s second on 49 minutes.
A cross from Dixon was knocked into the net by Dudley’s Liam Richards for an own goal, before Welch scored a fourth for Town in the space of just three minutes.
Tom Boyle then netted Town’s fifth by lobbing the keeper from just outside the box.
Bartestree were beaten 1-0 at home by second-placed Mahal Reserves.