Bishops Castle Town player-boss Andrew Green predicts Mercian League Division One title push (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Bishops Castle Town player-boss Andrew Green predicts Mercian League Division One title push
BISHOPS Castle Town boss Andrew Green thinks his side can push for the Mercian League Division One title.
Gaz Bromley, man-of-the-match Luke Mellor, Alex Jones and teenager Niall Thomas all scored twice in third-placed Town’s 11-0 thrashing of Shrewsbury United.
Dan Green, Jack Jones and Mark Griffiths, who also missed a penalty-kick, all netted for Castle in the rout.
Green said: “Niall is only 16 years old and he did very well but we could have scored 20 goals.
“We travel to Wroxeter Rovers this Saturday and it will be a much harder game.
“We just have to try to do the best we can and I am sure we can have a good push for the title or the runners-up spot.”
James Clifford’s stunning chip from the edge of the box wrapped up Clee Hill United’s 3-0 success at Wrockwardine Wood Juniors.
Ollie Smith had opened the scoring for Hill, racing from the half-way line before rounding the home goalkeeper.
And the impressive Smith set up Hill’s second goal, bursting through midfield before providing Steve Preece with a simple tap-in.
United boss Wayne Whitbread said: “Some of the football we played was very good and it was a safe performance.”
Hill are now fifth in the division and travel to Rock Rovers this Saturday.
Whitbread added: “Rock are a very good side - they can play football or be nasty. It will be tough.”
Nick Dahn netted twice as a depleted Ludlow Town Colts drew 4-4 at Albrighton in Division Two.
Kieran Dovey and Aaron Dovey also scored for Colts, who led four times only to concede sloppy goals.
Jack Davies was on the scoresheet for injury-hit Church Stretton Town, who crashed 2- 1 at Ketley Town in the Premier Division.
Stretton were forced to call off their previous league match because of their injury crisis.
“We are missing five lads who would usually be in the squad,”
said Stretton joint-boss Joe Leask.
“Five out of our first six games have been away and now we have a run of three home matches.”
Stretton trailed 1-0 at the interval when Ketley scored from the spot after Neil Castle was penalised for a handball.
Davies levelled for Stretton but Ketley regained the lead and goalkeeper Jamie Williams made a string of fine saves for Leask’s men.
Brimfield came up against a strong Ewyas Harold Reserves’ side, conceding an 80th-minute goal in a 1-0 defeat in Herefordshire League Division One.
Brimfield grafted hard against a Harold side who contained only a handful of players they fielded in the teams’ previous meeting a few weeks ago.
“Harold’s first-team didn't have a game and their squad contained 10 players from the first team,” said Brimfield boss Duncan Morris.
The returning Lee Millichip netted for Tenbury United, who recorded a hard-fought 2-1 derby win at Orleton Colts.
Kurt Pardoe also scored for United, while Tom Far r and Dan Ridley also impressed for the visitors. Martyn Jones scored for Orleton.
Chris Shurmer’s Leintwardine Colts crashed 7-0 against Dore Valley in Division Three. Tenbury Colts also had a tough afternoon, suffering a 10-2 home drubbing against Kington Town Reserves.
Liam Moffat scored twice in Ludlow Town’s 3-3 draw at Llandrindod Wells in the HFA Floodlit Under-18 League. Ryan Lewis also netted for Town.
The Roebuck lost 6-0 to Ledbury Allstars in the Herefordshire Sunday League and Tenbury Athletic went down 3-0 at Lads Club.