Bridgnorth Town 1 Highgate United 3
A relieved Marcus McDonald saw his team recover from its recent run of poor results with a much deserved win at Bridgnorth lifting them out of the relegation zone.
The win came as a result of a hard working team performance with new boy Sebastian Hamilton standing out with a clinically struck hat trick,
Notoriously slow starters Gate found themselves behind after just four minutes when Zak Jackson headed home unchallenged.
Gate clawed their way back into the game with Tobias Salmon, Hamilton and Tom Reynolds all going close before Adam Overton set up a 22nd minute equaliser for Hamilton. On the half hour Hamilton netted again from a similar distance.
Highgate maintained the pressure after the break finishing off an excellent afternoon’s work when Hamilton completed a deserved hat trick.
On Saturday Highgate entertain Leicestershire side Oadby Town (3pm)
Birmingham AFA Vets Cup Quarter Finals
Shirley Athletic 2 Britannia O.B. 1 (AET)
Shirley Athletic progressed to the semi-finals thanks to a brace from Daryl Houghton. Britannia Old Boys settled more quickly, while Shirley did themselves no favours, with poor passing and ball watching.
It was Shirley though, that took the lead. Duncan McClean’s upfield punt was controlled by Paul Curran, who evaded two challenges before crossing to Houghton who supplied the finish.
The second half belonged to Britannia, who levelled within five minutes of the restart. However towards the end of the first period of extra time Houghton sealed it for Shirley.
Birmingham AFA Premier League Fixture:
Shirley Athletic 3 Old Wulfunians 3
After last week’s tremendous performance in the BCFA Vase, Shirley Athletic were back in league action when they faced Old Wulfrunians. Shirley started strongly Craig Wilson giving them the lead after just seven minutes. However, they sat back allowing Wulfs to equalise, then go 2-1 up before half time. Shirley levelled through Wilson before Wulfs went ahead through a dubious penalty.
Shirley missed a penalty of their own before Mike Mountford dragged the ball out of the air and volleyed it back from 35 yards into the net.
Shirley travel over for the return fixture next week, kick off 2pm at Castle Croft Road, Wolverhampton.
Birmingham & Districr AFA Premier
Cresconians 1sts 3 Silhill 1sts 2
Silhill agonisingly failed to consolidate a 2-0 lead achieved after 31 minutes by Tommy Smith and Curtis Karim and instead were guilty of defensive frailty, leaking three goals from Paul Arnold, Adam Soares and Ricky Dudley.
AFA Junior Cup
Silhill B 4 Shirley Athletic 2nds 3
Shirley started this game on top winning the 50-50 balls but it was the home side that ran out winners, taking a 3-0 lead before easing home.
B’ham & District AFA Roger Holder Cup rd 2
Silhill 4ths 10 Handsworth GSOB 4ths 0
On Saturday Silhill’s fighting 4ths turned on some awesome goal power in honour of their fallen hero Stuart Hudson, whose famous no.5 shirt will now be retired and framed on the Clubhouse wall.
So, wearing their new, white, Stuart Hudson Memorial shirts and watched by Stuart’s parents and wider family, Silhill 4ths rolled up their sleeves to pound ten goals past hapless Handsworth GSOB, who barely escaped from their own half for over an hour (halftime 5-0).