Church Stretton shocked in Shropshire FA Challenge Cup

First published in Sport

CHURCH Stretton Town joint-manager Joe Leask is tipping a bright future for AFC Broseley.

Stretton were on the end of a surprise 2-0 defeat at Division Two high-fliers AFC Broseley in the Shropshire FA Challenge Cup third round.

Leask said: “I wasn’t able to make the match but I was a bit gutted with the defeat.

“Broseley’s lads were fired up and they are a team who are unbeaten in their league and will be in the Premier Division in a couple of years’ time. They have picked up a couple of lads from Wellington Amateurs.

“It’s disappointing because we would have been up against Claverley in the quarter-finals.”

The tie had been abandoned the previous weekend, with Stretton leading 1-0, when a home player suffered a nasty injury.

Fifth-placed Stretton travel to second-placed Telford Juniors this Saturday in the Mercian League Premier Division.

Leask said: “We defeated Teflord Juniors at home earlier in the season but they have won their last three matches.”

A brace from Aaron Dovey helped Ludlow Town Colts to a 3-1 home win over Albrighton Juniors in Division Two.

Edward James was also on target for Ludlow.

Colts’ boss Chris Waldron said: “We were struggling for a side due to a stag party but the lads put in a great effort and got the win.”

Billy Hyett bagged brace for Newcastle, who fought back from 2-0 down at the break to overcome Llandrindod Wells Reserves 4-2 in the Mid Wales (South League).

Tom Bright’s introduction changed the game for Newcastle, who have maintained their title bid.

Craig Morris and Carl Price also netted for second-placed Newcastle who trail Llanidloes Town Reserves by six points.

Hyett snapped up a hat-trick as a depleted Newcastle thrashed Builth Wells Reserves 4-1 in the semi -finals of the Alf Sparey Cup at Presteigne. Hyett took centre stage after Jamie Blythe had given Newcastle a second-minute lead.

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