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Gower goal can't save Woofferton
3:02pm Friday 13th December 2013 in Sport
A DAN Gower strike could not save Woofferton from derby day defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Orleton Colts.
It was last-minute heartbreak for the Blues as Orleton struck deep into stoppage time to snatch a 2-1 away win and move up to second, leapfrogging Woofferton, in Herefordshire Football League Division One.
The result ends a four-match win streak for Steve Chadd’s men, who will look to get back to winning ways at home to Kingstone Rovers on Saturday.
However, Gower extended a streak of his own – the striker has now scored in seven consecutive games, hitting 14 goals over that period.
His opener on Saturday was a typically predatory effort, taking full advantage of an Orelton lapse to slot home from ten yards.
Orleton drew level just before halftime from a free-kick, before hitting the winner with seconds to remaining in the match.
Dave Thomas, player secretary at Woofferton, said: ''It was disappointing to lose as we felt a draw would've been a fair result.
“We need to get back on track with a win against Kingstone this weekend.”
In Mercian Division One, Bishops Castle Town’s Adam Davies hit a season-best six as his side rolled to an 11-0 win over a hapless Shrewsbury United.
If Castle, who are three clear at the top, win promotion, few teams will be as pleased to see them go as Shrewsbury ¬– this year the Monkmoor Recreation side have shipped 22 goals in two games against Andy Green’s side.
Green was also amongst the scorers on Saturday, along with Niall Thomas, who scored two, and Dan Davidson.
Shrewsbury also added an own goal.
“It’s a good feeling to be top,” said Green. “But I think it’s going to be close at the end of the season.
“Saturday is going to be a massive game.”
That game will see Castle travel to second-placed Oswestry, who are coming in off their first loss of the season.
The likes of 17-year-old Davies will have to step up again – Green will be without suspended central midfield duo Lee Davies and Mark Griffiths.
Green said: “We’ll have a look at things in training, and I might have to go back there myself.
“Adam’s been great for us since he’s come down on loan – if he keeps scoring like that they’ll be calling him back pretty quick.”
Fellow table-toppers Tenbury Town beat Kingstone Harriers 4-0 with doubles from Mark Boucker and Alex Bright in their final Herefordshire Football League Divsion Two match of 2013.
The away side were up by three at the break – with the pick of the goals an “unstoppable” left-foot volley from Bright – before Boucker beat the offside trap to seal the win on 76 minutes.
Town’s chances of holding on to top spot look slim; second-placed Bromyard will celebrate Christmas at number one if they beat bottom club Weston, currently possessing a negative points total.
However, club spokesman Carl Lambert says they are happy to be top for now, and will look to finish the year with a strong run in their cup competitions.
He said: “It’s nice to be top – and it’s good to see two Tenbury sides leading their divisions.
“While there are only eight teams in the league, you’ve got to play in these cup competitions otherwise you can go four or five weeks without a game and it’s like starting the season over again.”
On Saturday, Hereford City visit Palmers Meadow and Town will be confident – Darren Worthington’s side have already beat them home and away this year, notching nine goals in the process.
In the Mid Wales League South, Newcastle shocked Rhyader Town Reserves 4-1, handing the current leaders their first loss of the season.
A deflected Carl Price shot opened the scoring for the home side, before Tom Price doubled the advantage with an emphatic volley.
Craig Morris headed home on the stroke of half time, before Price some gloss on the score with his second.
Newcastle travel to Sennybridge on Saturday before taking on Llandrindod Wells Reserves in the Alfred Sparey Cup quarter final.