West Midlands Regional League

Premier Division

Ellesmere Rangers 1-0 Smethwick

The NEW management pair of Jamie Haynes and Kevin Sandwith kept their 100 per cent record since taking over the reigns at beech Grove with a hard-fought win over Smethwick.

The win – their third since taking over including defeat of top-of-the-table Malvern Town last week – lifted Rangers into the top five and just a point behind early-season pace setters Wolverhampton Sportig Community.

However, the Black Country side have six games in hand on Rangers and seven on Malvern, who Rangers are now 10 points behind.

The Meremen will be going for four out of four when they travel to Stone Old Alleynians in Staffordshire.

It will be a 3pm kick-off.

Division One

St Martins 3-2 Telford Juniors

The Saints are into fourth in Division One after their eighth win on the bounce after they came out on top in a five-goal thriller in Shrewsbury.

Victory was sealed for St Martins through goals from Callum Graybrook, Harrison Millington and Shawn Melusi and as Juniors belied their lowly league position to push the Saints all the way.

While Saints are still 14 points off Wem Town in top spot, they moved to within seven points of Newport Town in second, having played the same amount of games.

They also have the opportunity to reduce Wem's lead as they also have two games in hand on the Bowensfield men.

On Saturday, they return to Park Hall for a 3pm kick-off as they take on bottom-of-the-table Wyrley at 3pm.

North West Counties

Division One

FC Oswestry Town were without a fixture on Saturday but a friendly against Guilsfield has been arranged at Park Hall tonight, kicking-off at 8pm.

On Saturday, Town are on their travels as they make the long trip to Holker Old Boys in Barrow for a 3pm kick-off.

Town currently sit in mid-table, having played 27 games, following a stop-start early 2018 and will be looking to finish as high as possible in preparation for next season.

Welsh National League Premier Division

Coedpoeth United 1 Chirk AAA 4

Chirk returned to league action after five weeks delay and came away from bottom club Coedy with a much-needed win.

Jason Lee Williams, playing in an unaccustomed centre midfield role, put the Colliers ahead early on and skipper Phil Pearce increased the lead just before the break.

Joe Evans scored on his debut early in the second period before the gutsy Coedy pulled a goal back on the hour.

A late goal from substitute Louie Middlehurst, his 17th of the season, sealed the points for Chirk.

Another debutant, 16-year-old Cameron Roberts, made a big impact for Chirk and he was declared man of the match after an impressive performance from the youngster. Chirk host Penycae (2pm) on Saturday.

Welsh National League Reserve Division

League Cup Quarter Final

Chirk AAA 1 Mold Alex 0

Shaun Morris was the toast of Chirk with a first half goal that was enough to send 10-man Colliers through to the semi-finals.

Chirk were spurred on after Matthew Cooke was sent off and Morris got the all important goal minutes later which put The Colliers into the semis where they will host either Cefn Druids or Corwen.

The home side were indebted to young keeper Jack Cox who pulled off a string of fine saves late on to keep Chirk ahead. They have no game on Saturday.

Shropshire Premier League

A depleted Gobowen Celtic made the trip to Madeley Sports in the Premier Division, but this did not stop them continuing their good form.

Madeley took the lead which sparked the away side into life, who equalised in the dying embers of the opening half, as Joe Pierpoint pickpocketed the defender to set-up Ed Rogers.

Celtic’s chances were given a boost after the returning Jamie Roberts was poleaxed by a late high challenge, leading to Madeley being a man down.

Celtic pushed for a winner and then came a moment of controversy which left both sides somewhat confused.

Pierpoint scored a free-kick, only for the referee to disallow it and award a penalty for an infringement in the wall. But Pierpoint dispatched the spot-kick to seal three more valuable points.

Celtic are again on the road next Saturday, this time to Oakengates Athletic in the Spring Cup.

In Division One, St Martins Village missed out but travel to Claverley FC for a 3pm start on Saturday.

JT Hughes Montgomeryshire League

Four Crosses were knocked off top-spot in Division One but were too busy racking up 10 goals against Llanfechain in the Boys & Boden League Cup, but Llanrhaeadr Res lost to Meifod.

In Division One, Llanymynech drew 1-1 at Caersws Reserves while Llanfyllin Town drew 3-3 with Waterloo Rovers.

In Division Two, only one local match survived the weather as Trefonen and Llangedwyn played a goalless draw. On Saturday, Llanfyllin Town travel to Guilsfield Res while Llanfair United Res host Llanymynech. Llanfechain host Newtown Wanderers, Llanfyllin Res host Kerry and Llangedwyn host Carno.

Crosses are in cup action as are Trefonen and Llanrhaeadhr Reserves.