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Closely fought match drawn

Old Sils 1 - 1 Stafford

Old Sils 1 - 1 Stafford

Held on the new astroturf, the game burst into life in the opening moments when a perfectly timed ball from Old Sils’ Chris Thorpe found man of the match Liam Cole, who slammed the ball into the bottom corner.

The game continued at a furious pace for the first 20 minutes, but it was Stafford who equalised when a ricochet off Patrick O’Malley landed in front of the Stafford centre forward a yard out from goal. At the death, the Sils should have had a penalty flick when the Stafford defence kicked a goal bound short corner off the line but it wasn’t to be and the game finished 1-1.

Shrewsbury (2nd XI) 10 - 0 Old Sils (2nd XI)

The Sils started solidly before a neatly worked short corner handed the lead to the Shropshire side. From there on it was one-way traffic, as Shrewsbury dominated, going into the break 4-0 up. The second half got worse for Sils, as several mistakes were punished by the Shrewsbury attack, leaving the final score 10-0 to the home side.

Yardley 2 - 12 Bloxwich

Playing without their injured skipper and first choice goalkeeper - against the league leaders - was never going to be an easy task for Yardley. Despite scoring two in the first half, through Abra Baig and Ismail Mutlib, Yardley were undone in a heated second half and reasonably beaten by Bloxwich.

Olton 11 - 1 Melton

Olton faced newly promoted Melton at Grange Road on Saturday, looking to continue their unbeaten run to seven games. Olton set about attacking early on and pushed Melton back into their 25 yard area. It wasn’t long before Olton pressure was rewarded with a penalty corner which Tom Pickersgill converted to Nick Eden’s right hand post. Chris George, Oliver Needham and Ed James all added goals to put Olton into a comfortable lead.

Further goals from George, Pickersgill, Tom Mallett, Daniel Sulway and two more from James sealed a record 11-1 victory for Olton.

HA Cup 3rd Round

Olton 3 - 0 Blueharts

Olton made a number of changes to the squad for this fixture, and first half goals from Simon Thompson and Nick Jones gave the home side the advantage

A second half goal from Tom Pickersgill sealed a 3 - 0 victory and takes Olton into the quarter finals of the prestigious HA cup, where they have been drawn to play National League side Chelmsford.



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