JASON Mynett snapped up five goals in Ludlow Town Colts’ emphatic 6-2 home win over Oswestry Villa Reserves in the Mercian League Division Two.
Mynett played because AFC Ludlow did not have a game and manager Dave Cooper also played in goal for the Colts.
Colts’ captain Ryan Bufton was also on top form and scored with a 20-yard strike into the top corner of the net.
Bishops Castle Town twice fought back to claim a point from a 2-2 draw at rivals Brown Clee in Division One.
Craig Williams and Mark Griffiths netted for Castle but player-boss Andrew Green was disappointed the visitors did not pick up three points.
Green said: “Brown Clee are not a bad team and we did not start off very well.
“When we went 2-1 down it was a bit of a nightmare.
“But We probably should have won the match because Williams had a good chance at the end but he missed the target.”
Holders Bishops Castle face Leintwardine Colts in the Newcastle Cup semi-final at Newcastle this Sunday, 5pm kick-off.
Richard Groom’s goal kept alive Church Stretton Town’s Premier Division title bid, after a 1-0 win at Telford Junior.
Stretton’s joint-boss Joe Leask said: “It was not a pretty game but it was a cracking win for us because Telford Juniors are strong a home.
“It was pleasing to get a positive result and a good display after the previous week’s cup defeat against AFC Broseley.
“The wins keeps us in the title race and closes the gap by another two points.”
A depleted Brimfield FC were knocked out of the Jock Handley Cup, losing 1-0 at up-and-coming Bromyard FC in the semi-finals.
Brimfield boss Duncan Morris said: “It was a tense semi-final and Bromyard managed to score 10 minutes from the end after a great display of football from Brimfield.
“With no substitutes available for a semi-final it was a blow for the team , by my 11 players gave their all on the pitch and I couldn't have asked anymore from them.
“We battled from the first whistle and deserved a place in the final.
Despite Brimfield FC missing influential Curtis Howell, Dean Harding and Chris Breakwell, Morris was full of praise for his team’s gritty performance.”
Leintwardine Colts manager Chris Shurmer welcomed three players he had never met before as his side crashed 9-2 at Dore Valley in Herefordshire League Division Three.
But club captain Bryn Alford has parted company with Leintwardine due to family commitments.
Chris Matthews and Pat Layton scored Leintwardine’s goals.
“I must thank Oliver Swift for getting in three players, otherwise we wouldn't have had a side,” said Shurmer, who played the full 90 minutes.
“It could have been a lot closer had we got a settled back four but well done to the lads that stepped into the breach.”
Shurmer added: “The survival of Leintwardine Colts as an entity is now my aim this season.”
Tenbury United crashed 6-2 at home to Tenbury Athletic in the Jewson Polypipe Herefordshire Sunday League Division One North.