Wyre Forest Brinton's 2 Hinton 4

HINTON surged five points clear at the top of the Division 1 South when they came from behind to score four times after the break and secure victory in the only West Midlands League match to beat the weather.

The visitors made a bright start and Ross Semple twice went close. His powerful header from a Steve Mifflin free-kick was brilliantly saved, and then he broke clear but his shot was blocked.

Wyre Forest finished the half strongly and Hinton goalkeeper Dave Spencer made a point-blank save but collected a facial injury which held up play for several minutes.

Spencer recovered but, with the half-time looming, he was beaten from the penalty spot after Hinton defender Phil Glover was adjudged to have fouled in the box.

Hinton took the lead within minutes of the restart. John Williams equalised when he evaded two tackles to fire home, and then Ross Semple broke down the right before crossing for his brother Luke to side-foot into an empty net.

There was an element of good fortune about Wyre Forest's equaliser, the ball rebounding off a defender and dropping nicely for their striker to drive home.

New signing Matt Ferriday celebrated his Hinton debut with an important goal as the game entered the final quarter.

His right-wing cross-cum-shot deceived the home goalkeeper to go in off the far post.

The closing minutes were marred by two home dismissals. Ross Semple was brought down from behind when through on goal, the offender being immediately red-carded. And when Semple met the resultant free-kick to put the result beyond doubt, another home player was sent off for deliberately kicking a Hinton player as the visitors celebrated.