Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019

By David Simpson

Glassboys Move Four Points Clear

Weekend Review - Premier Central

Stourbridge extended their advantage at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central to four points on Saturday after they beat Banbury United and second-placed Kettering Town was held to a 2-2 draw at Coalville Town.

Goals from Luke Benbow after 54 minutes and then Greg Mills 2 minutes into stoppage time sealed Stourbridge`s win at Amblecote in front of 701.

At Owen Street, it was relatively quiet until the hour-mark when Kyle Perry put the home side in front.

Four minutes later, Dan Holman pulled the Poppies level, only for Perry to restore the Ravens` lead within 5 minutes.

Aaron O`Connor grabbed the title-chasers` leveller in time added on at the end of the game.

King`s Lynn Town slipped into the third spot after inflicting a second successive defeat on Royston Town at Garden Walk.

But the Norfolk side left it late – Frazer Blake-Tracy`s winner coming 2 minutes into stoppage time.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds stay fifth but could have moved up a place had they not been held to a 1-1 Hayden Road draw by struggling Lowestoft Town. Who moved out of the bottom three as a consequence of their point.

In front of 575, Ben Fowkes gave the Trawlerboys a 23rd-minute lead that Ben Farrell cancelled out from the penalty spot right on half-time.

Stratford Town returned to winning ways after five without a success.

They won 1-0 at The Lamb against Tamworth in front of 537, courtesy of a 49th minute Wilson Carvalho effort.

Bottom-markers Bedworth United achieved just their second win of the campaign to date – 1-0 at the Trico Stadium against a Redditch United side who had won their last two.

A goal 3 minutes before the break from Alex Troke eventually proved enough for the Greenbacks.

They are still well adrift of the rest though, despite defeats for Hitchin Town, who are now third-bottom, and Halesowen Town.

Hitchin was beaten 2-1 at St Ives Town, who came back from being the 29th minute Isaac Galliford goal down to win, thanks to Ben Jackson 3 minutes after the break and Charlie Death on the hour-mark.

Halesowen lost 1-0 at Lye Meadow to Alvechurch, for whom Rahis Nabi scored right on half-time to put them back in top five contention.

As are Leiston, whose 2-0 win at home against struggling St Neots Town leaves them just two points behind Diamonds.

Patrick Brothers on the half-hour mark and Noel Aitkens just shy of the hour earned the Suffolk side the points.

Tyler Lyttle bagged a brace in the day`s other game to help Rushall Olympic to a 3-1 win at Kirkby Road against Barwell.

Lyttle struck in the 5th and 82nd minutes, with Simeon Maye sandwiching the other on 70 minutes – Brady Hickey replying in the 15th minute for the Canaries.

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