Weekend football round-up

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Action from the Midland League Division Three game between Alcester Town and FC Stratford. Photos by Mark Williamson.

ALCESTER Town leapfrogged local rivals FC Stratford to move up to fourth in Midland League Division Three with a 3-0 win at Stratford Road.

Stratford went close to taking an early lead through ex-Alcester favourite Dean Poulson, but Chris Hill made a fantastic goal-line clearance to prevent Poulson from scoring against his former club.

Town took the lead through Nick Dance, who dug the ball out of a tight area and struck low past Kristofer George in the Stratford goal.

ALCESTER FC STRATFORD 051That lead was soon doubled when the league’s leading goalscorer Matt Layton side-footed home a Jack Banks cross.

In the second half, Alcester made sure of the win with a third from Hill, heading home after Dance’s volley was saved.

Shipston Excelsior made it a record six wins on the trot as they secured a 2-0 success at Burntwood Town thanks to goals from Jake Harris and Joe Godson, while Badsey Rangers went down 4-1 at Barton United.

In Midland League Division One, a stunning strike from Robbie Bunn earned Studley a 1-0 win at Racing Club Warwick, while Littleton were edged out by the same scoreline at home to Leicester Road.

In a rollercoaster three days, Southam United went from the high of a 2-0 win over Atherstone Town on Thursday to a low of another heavy defeat at Heather St Johns on Saturday.

Saints, who still have a mathematical chance of escaping relegation, lost 5-0 to St Johns Park to leave them eight points adrift at the foot of the table.

Marcus Small got the only goal of the game as Earlswood Town beat Coton Green 1-0 in a bad-tempered game in Midland League Division Two.

Full match reports and reaction in this week’s Herald