North West Counties League Division One South

FC Oswestry Town 3

Stockport Town 1

TOWN moved to within three points of second place after two late goals secured a win at home against Stockport Town.

An early goal for the visitors put Town behind for the first half.

It was not until three minutes into the second half that the hosts drew level through Harry Bower.

The sides remained level until a headed goal by Owen Lloyd followed by a close-range effort by Dave Howarth in the last five minutes secured the three points.

On the back of a 3-0 defeat against league leaders Rylands, Town looked to make a quick start against Stockport, and almost did so when a well-worked corner resulted in a strike from 20 yards out, forcing an excellent save from Nicolae Stinca.

Despite a handful of early chances, for the hosts, the away side found the net first through Kyle Foley.

Foley broke through the midfield and ran through the final third before smashing his effort from outside the area into the top corner.

The rest of the first half was played out with the Oswestry side in the driver’s seat, but the visiting team held on to their lead as the teams headed in for the break.

Matt Burton’s team-talk appeared to have an immediate impact after the second half began, with Town drawing level after four minutes of play.

Bower had the ball played to him through the defence, and placed his effort past the goalkeeper in calm fashion.

More chances followed for Town, but Stinca was in good form to keep the score level.

The hosts squandered a number of chances before Lloyd was finally able to put Town ahead in the 86th minute with a headed effort.

It took just two minutes for Town to double their lead and put daylight between themselves and their visitors when Howarth was given a chance on a plate top tap in.

Town were set to play St Martins last night, and next face Barnton at home on Saturday.