Leominster still unbeaten in Davis Wood Conference North after win at Newent

LEOMINSTER remain the only unbeaten side in the Davis Wood Conference North after a 3-2 away win at basement club Newent.

An own goal by Harry Ellis gave Newent a half-time advantage but Leominster hit back after the break when Nick Duggan set up Dave Harvey to flick the ball over the home goalkeeper.

Duggan’s penalty flick put Leominster ahead for the first time before a second own goal levelled the scores.

Towards the end, Josh Watkins deflected home a short corner to clinch the north Herefordshire side’s first away success of the season.

Hereford remain dangerously close to the foot of the table after a determined fight-back failed to bring any reward in a 3-2 reverse at Yate.

The city side had taken the lead when Rich Green and Matt Fox helped to set up Monty Rudge for a good finish.

Hereford had the ball in the net again shortly afterwards when Green took a free-hit and scored only for the umpire to call the play back.

Yate equalised from a penalty stroke early in the second period and went in front when Giles Stokes was dispossessed in the ‘D’.

A fine solo run and finish brought a third goal.

Hereford got back into the game through Daiyle Door but despite continued pressure were unable to find an equaliser.

Leominster’s second string were in high-scoring form in Marches One, hammering their Wotton-under-Edge counterparts 6-1.

Lee Ellsmore bagged a hat-trick while there were two for Ben Smith with Chris Connop scoring the other.

“We have a lot of young players in the side this season and it’s a big step-up for them,” said skipper Neil Stokes.

“We’ve had some close results against the top sides but it all came together on Saturday.

“We hope now that this is the start of a good run.”

There were mixed results for the county sides in Marches Two.

Tim Miller cracked a hat-trick for Hereford 3rd who had an excellent 5-1 away win at Bourton & Sherborne 2nd.

Sam Keenan and Alex Miller scored the other Hereford goals.

Ross 2nd, however, did not have such an enjoyable afternoon and crashed 6-2 at Cheltenham 4th.

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