Leominster fight back to earn Davis Wood North Conference win over Firebrands

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Leominster staged an excellent fightback to retain their unbeaten record in Davis Wood North Conference with a 3-2 home win over Firebrands 2nd.

The visitors took an early lead with a rebound after a fine save by Leominster keeper Matt Styles.

They doubled their lead before the interval and only some excellent work by Styles prevented the advantage from being even greater at the turn-around.

Fine work by man-of-the-match Matt Duggan teed up Josh Watkins to pull one back and the north Herefordshire side levelled midway through the half from a Harry Ellis short corner. Five minutes from the end, following another short corner, Watkins netted again and the home side held on despite heavy pressure.

Hereford’s first-team were beaten 4-1 at the City of Bath but the club’s junior sides enjoyed more success.

Hereford 2nd continue to top Marches One after a late win at Wotton-under-Edge.

After a goalless first period, Dan Makaruk fired Hereford ahead after a good passing movement with Mark Griffiths.

Wotton drew level with a deflected shot from a controversial short corner but, with two minites remaining, Makaruk fired in the winner.

A young Hereford 3rd team dominated against Cheltenham 4th with a man-of-the-match performance from Marcus Betts.

Alex Dereham opened the scoring from the penalty spot with Alex Miller’s well-controlled shot sealing the win.

It was a good day, too for Ross with wins for both of the club’s sides. The first-team remain second in De Cymru and The Marches 2 after a 3-1 away win over Gwent.

And Ross 2nd moved up a place to eighth in Marches Two after a 2-0 home success against basement-club Stroud 3rd.

Leominster 2nd remain in second place in the West Clubs’ Women’s League North Division despite a 5-2 reverse at BAC. The north Herefordshire club were two adrift after just 15 minutes before Karen Hackley pulled a goal back.

Caroline Gwynn’s penalty flick cut the deficit again after BAC had restored their two-goal lead but that was as good as it got for Leominster with BAC scoring twice more after the break.

Hereford are up to fourth in Premier 2A after a 5-0 demolition of pointless Bournemouth 2nd but their second string were battered 6-2 in a Severn One local derby by Colwall & Malvern.

Ross have soared to the top of Severn Two after a 3-1 success against Cheltenham Civil Service.

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