WORCESTER Ladies Firsts are on a roll after their second English League Premier Two win in a row.

A Kate Draper double followed Rebecca Adams' fifth-minute strike as the city triumphed 3-2 at Sunderland.

The second-from-bottom side showed great spirit to twice overturn deficits and go level with their opponents on eight points. Worcester Men's Firsts, firmly rooted to the bottom of the Coaching Solutions Midlands Premier Division, lost 4-1 at home to Edgbaston.

They recalled stalwart Malcolm Evans after he had run into a rich vein of form for the Seconds.

The game was a fairly even contest in the first 20 minutes but an Edgbaston forward managed to beat two Worcester players and 'keeper Chris Thomas to open the scoring.

The home side pulled it back to 1-1 just before the break when Mohamed Nagey neatly deflected a Charlie Wright effort into the goal.

Worcester fought an onslaught in the second-half but, just as they were beginning to regain possession and territory, careless play led to a breakaway Edgbaston goal.

Two more quickly followed to produce a slightly unfair result and captain Ian Ewers was yellow carded late in the game for a difference of opinion with an umpire.

Worcester Firsts travel to high-flying Olton on Saturday.

The Seconds dominated as they beat North Notts 2-0 and Dave Steer swept in the first goal from close range 15 minutes before the break.

And Tim Johnson doubled the advantage in time for the interval, firing the ball into the roof of the net with a fine reverse-stick shot.

Worcester remained the better team throughout the second-half but were unable to add to their lead.

Worcester Thirds hit back from a dubious early penalty but ended up losing 3-2 at Leek.

They had raised their game to lead 2-1 by half-time through two quick goals but Leek equalised from a short corner.


The last 10 minutes were a physical, well-contested battle but the city were robbed by another controversial penalty flick.

The excellent goalkeeping of Michael Drew kept Cannock Fifths down to 10 goals as Worcester Fourths slumped at high-flying opposition.

But the game was not quite as one-sided as the scoreline suggests and the visitors should have put several chances away.

Worcester Fifths just could not find an equaliser in a 3-2 defeat to Cannock Sixths in the West Midlands Premier League.

The city started well and had a goal disallowed before skipper Tim Lamont-Smith dispatched a short corner.

Cannock levelled before half-time and scored twice more in a strong 20-minute spell at the start of the second period.

Worcester replied once through Tim Martin's near-post strike from another short corner but they could not level, despite a Cannock player being sent off.

Despite many chances and a few younger players being blooded, Worcester Sixths played good hockey in a 2-1 defeat at Cannock.

Worcester soaked up their opponents' attacks and were unlucky not to score until Simon Tinley finished off a great move involving Gregor Macleod and Alex Bayer.

The visitors unfortunately conceded two goals late in the half and could not find a deserved equaliser. Worcester Sevenths were well beaten 5-0 by efficient Harborne Fifths with only 'keeper Hurley preventing more goals.