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Football: Highgate hold their own

* Market Drayton Town 3 Highgate United 0

* Market Drayton Town 3 Highgate United 0

A BRACE from Tom Rogers helped Market Drayton sink Highgate and gain the points they needed to be crowned Midland Football Alliance champions.

Without creating any clear cut chances Gate more than matched the home side during an evenly balanced first half but went behind when Rodgers hit the back of the net with a well-struck effort from the edge of the box.

Gate continued to match the champions elect after the break, with Luke Keen and Chris Gummery both threatening up front, only to be taught a lesson in finishing when Rodgers completed his brace and Jason Francis added a third late on in the game.

A weaving Ryan Morgan run should have ended with a goal but the youngster’s strike failed to test the home keeper.

* Knowle 1 Massey Ferguson 1

A MAGNIFICENT 20-yard volley from Natty Jones rescued a point for Knowle last weekend.

Massey Ferguson had taken the lead when Ollie Manoocheheri fired them ahead from the spot.

The three-pronged attack of Mykey Pryce, Steve Barrett and Duwayne Mardenborough were causing the visitors all sorts of problems but it was midfielder Jones who levelled the scores.

Tomorrow Knowle take on Coventry Copsewood.

* Earslwood Town 0 Littleton 1

EARLSWOOD’s slim title hopes were dashed when they lost to fellow challengers Littleton at Malthouse Lane.

Leon Mooney was denied on the half hour mark for the hosts but it was home goalkeeper Tom Hemmings who kept the scores level at half time denying Littleton on a number of occasions.

But just three minutes after the break the visitors took the lead when a through-ball found the striker who picked his spot nicely.

* Ajax 1 Shirley Athletic 3

TWO goals from Leroy Robinson helped Shirley move back to third place in the AFA Premiership.

The hosts had taken the lead when Shirley keeper Darren Brown could only palm a 25-yard free kick into his own net.

But after the break Paul Curran’s men looked the better side with Ben Ince and Robinson both going close.

On 70 minutes Robinson raced onto a Scott Kite through-ball to level the scores before he bagged his second just minutes later.

Debutant Mark Poulton made an impressive impact, when within three minutes of coming on he finished calmly to secure three value points for Shirley.

* Silhill 1 Flamengo 2

SILHILL slipped to defeat against AFA Premiership new-boys Flamengo for the second time this season.

Centre forward Tom Bodell gave the visitors a half-time lead but David Johnson launched himself high above the rest to bullet in a fantastic header and level the scores on 56 minutes.

Nevertheless, Bodell’s replacement up front, Alex Morgan rattled in the winner on 84 minutes to give the visitors a lucky away win.


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