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The first round of the WFA County Cups saw an excellent 5-0 win for FC Sporting Worcester at FC Hop Pole in the Sunday Junior Cup. The prolific Paris Blake hit his second hat-trick of the season with Joe Corbett and Pete Fletcher also on target. Elsewhere Mike Fellows scored twice for Clifton Rovers who won 3-0 at Northwick Arms and Charlie Joyner bagged two as Virgin Athletic felled Oak Tree Sporting 6-2.
No less than ten matches involving Worcester League teams went to penalties in the three competitions. Pershore Town Eagles were successful in a 4-3 shoot-out with Fernhill Heath Athletic after a 3-3 draw at full-time. Clayton Homer, Tom Tandurella and Joe Wood were the Eagles scorers. Korono won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Mostyn Rangers, Tom Groves and Brad Smith the Korono scorers. Chris Whyte notched a double for Hallow Village but they went out 6-2 at Highgate United. Droitwich Spa Eagles drew 3-3 at Chaddesley Corbett, but lost the resultant penalty shoot-out 5-3. Dan Allcock, Gavin Wood and Ritchie Wright were on the score sheet for Eagles in normal time.
In the Sunday Premier Cup a Jake Saunders brace saw Callow End go through 2-1 against Darby End Athletic. Worcester Saints won their all Worcester League clash at Falcons 3-2, Leon Roberts netting twice for the Saints. Perrywood beat Station 3-1 with strikes from James Baldwin, Kirk Layton and Garry Price. However last season’s beaten finalists Hallow, fielding a depleted side, were humiliated 13-0 at a powerful Austin Ex-Apprentices team.
After an uneventful 1-1 draw with GDL athletic in the Sunday Minor Cup, Eagles Reserve team won 17-16 in an amazing penalty kick drama. Ryan Mapp bagged a brace for Hallow Reserves who shared six goals with Areley Kings Colts before Hallow went through 4-3 on penalties. VBL Sports drew 1-1 at Sporting Rangers, Jamie Jones on target, with VBL winning the spot kick competition 4-3. Yet another penalties scenario, 5-4 this time, saw Brewers Athletic reach round two after a 2-2 ninety minute score line with FC Bromsgrove. Ashley Palmer and Kieran Adams were the Brewers target men. Worcester Lynx found themselves 3-0 down after half an hour at home to Forest Rangers but hit back to win 5-3. Jon Vinell (2), Dan Edmunds, Luke Bailey and Jon Edmonds all found the net for Lynx. Grosvenor Sports had a straightforward 3-1 victory at Cookley Sports Reserves, Dan Allen, Craig Collins and Ryan Collins all on the score sheet.
In the McDonald’s Worcester & District Football League, Claines lead the Sunday Division 2 table after a 4-2 success at Worcester City Wanderers, Elliot King scoring twice for Claines. Perrywood Reserves recorded their first win of the season, 3-1 at Colwall St James with goals from Damien Hill, Connor Harper and Lee Bonehill.
A third successive win saw Lower Teme & Martley go top of the McDonald’s Worcester & District Football League Sunday Division 4 with a 4-3 win over promotion rivals Brewers Arms, Callum Morris scored twice with Nick Jones and Joe Bruce also on target. Tate Ellison fired a treble and Alex Hewitt a double as St Johns Colts won 7-3 at Tenbury Athletic. Eaton Rovers crushed Malvern Radar Youth 8-2, Steve Pitt hitting a hat-trick with Paul Jones notching a brace. Paul and Anthony Smith both scored twice for Oldbury Park Tigers who thumped Worcester Saints Reserves 6-1. Rhys Curran bagged two in Riley’s Sports 5-1 win at Droitwich Spa Eagles Reserves.
The Gloster Arms are the Premier Division leaders, Aaron Richards grabbing the only goal of their match at Riverside. Callow End paraded their new star signing from Hallow, Brad Birch, and he was on target and also won a penalty in their 2-2 with Perrywood. Matt Andrews converted the penalty, Simon Vaughan and Anthony Burton giving the Wood a well deserved point. Callow End’s Scott Finnegan was sent off for serious foul play. Upton Snodsbury lie second, Dave Guscott, Mike Hastilow and Joe Wood on the score sheet in a
3-0 victory at Falcons.
FC Sporting Worcester showed their promotion credentials in Division One, George and Joe Corbett both bagging a brace as they hammered Worcester City Wanderers 7-1. St Johns have won their opening two games, strikes from Dan Harding-Hall, Steve Young, Jamie Wharf and Jamie Preece giving them a 4-2 home win over Drakes Broughton Rangers. Ale Madrid had a narrow 3-2 win at Fernhill Heath Athletic with goals from Ian Farney, Simon Hazell and Dan Gardner. Virgin Athletic moved into fourth place, Joe Haines and Alex Hughes on target as they beat FC Five Fathers 2-1. Hallow Village won their first game of the season, Kriston Baker notching both goals in a 2-1 score line at FC Northwick Arms.
Five teams all have six points at the top of Division 2. Arrow are on top after an 8-3 demolition of Perrywood Reserves. Miguel Passaro cracked a hat-trick with Darren Palmer adding a brace. Prince of Wales defeated Worcester Athletic 4-1, Zak Jenkins, Andy Cornes, Dave Cornes and John Edwards their scorers.
Martin Fowler netted four times to shoot VBL Sports to the top of Division 3 with a 5-2 success at The Bull Inn. A single strike from Martin Williams gave New Inn Saints victory at Kempsey United and goals from Luke Bailey and Jon Vinnell secured three points for Worcester Lynx at home to The Bell @ Pensax Reserves.
The first round of the Worcester Nursing Sunday Minor Cup saw Korono go through with a comfortable 6-1 win at Grosvenor Sports, Chris Williams and Joe Wood both bagging a brace. Alex Cope netted twice for Clifton Rovers who won 3-0 at Droitwich Athletic.