Bishops Castle Town seal 3-0 victory at Meole Brace

BISHOPS Castle Town got their Mercian League Division One promotion bid on track with a 3-0 victory at Meole Brace.

Mark Griffiths, man-of-the-match Joe George and player-manager Andrew Green scored for Castle, who travel to Rock Rovers this Saturday.

Green was delighted with George’s display and believes he will have a big influence on Castle’s team for the rest of the season.

Green added: “We played very well in tricky conditions and we were 3-0 up before the interval.

“It was a very good all-round performance and I think we should have won by a much bigger margin. It was a great feeling picking up three points – we are back on track.

“We missed a few chances, hit a post and the home goalkeeper made some fine saves.”

Wayne Whitbread’s Clee Hill United resumed their Division One campaign with a 3-1 defeat against high-flying Oswestry Town at Ludlow’s Showtime Stadium.

Dan Kelly scored a wonder goal as Church Stretton Town moved to within striking distance of the Premier Division leaders after an emphatic 4-1 success at Prees.

Tom Hancock, Max Jarrold and Ross Ramuite also netted for Castle before Kelly registered with an overhead bicycle kick.

Stretton joint-boss Joe Leask said: “Dan Kelly’s goal was brilliant – it was a fantastic way to wrap up the points for us. But nothing will ever be better than Adam Spellman’s overkick to win us the league cup last season.”

Stretton are travelling to FC Hodnet this Saturday and the visitors could have a few players missing due to a skiing holiday.

He added: “We have seen a big turnaround in our fortunes – we are now just a few points away from the top. Hopefully, we can get another win, at Hodnet.”

The wet weather, once again, disrupted the football programme in the Advertiser patch, including Tenbury United’s league match at Holme Lacy.

And United travel to holders WCT Raiders this Saturday in the quarter-finals of the Worcestershire FA Saturday Minor Cup.

United joint-boss Aaron Morris said: “We have not played since December 14 – and have not had a game of any sort. But the match at WCT is our biggest game of the season.

“I think everybody is available on Saturday and our players’ niggles have cleared up.

“We are running away with the Herefordshire League Division One but this is the cup that we really want to win this season.”

Craig Morris bagged a hat-trick as Newcastle moved into second spot in the Mid Wales League (South) with a 5-0 win at Talgarth Town Reserves.

Morris gave the Shropshire men the lead just before the interval from a tight angle and goals in quick succession after the break from Dave Jones – after his first effort was blocked - and Carl Price kept them on top.

Morris lashed in his second goal from 25 yards before completing his hat trick with an excellent free kick that he bent around a wall low and into the far corner. John Goodrich’s men are at home to Presteigne Reserves this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Woofferton host Orleton Colts Reserves this weekend in the Leintwardine Cup quarter-finals and Chris Shurmer's Leintwardine Colts are scheduled to travel to Dore Valley in Herefordshire League Division Three.

The Roebuck will be hoping to resume their Jewson Polypipe Herefordshire Sunday League Premier Division campaign with an away match against Barrels. Tenbury Athletic will host Phoenix in Division One North.

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