WELLAND needed to bounce back following their shock defeat the previous week where an excellent keeper stood between them and at least a share of the spoils.


It was the home side that began with more purpose creating a number of half chances. However, it wasn't long before Welland settled with the midfield pairing of Josh Kirby and Josh Fernie dictating play. After just ten minutes the industrious captain, Joe Waldron set up Russell Alderson with a neat pass for Welland's first.

Five minutes later and Josh Fernie scored with a fine solo effort before Russell Alderson scored a second and Josh Kirby scrambled a third from a corner ball to make it 0-4. Russell Alderson completed an impressive hat-trick before the half-time whistle.

The second half continued in much the same vein and within a minute of the restart Shane Jackson met Josh Fernie's excellent cross with a fine header to score his first goal for the club. A few minutes later central defender, Mike Butler scored only his second goal of the season whilst first half hat-trick hero, Russell Alderson added a further two goals before captain, Joe Waldron scored his own hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes.

Man of the match, sponsored by Butlers Health & Fitness, was captain Joe Waldron.



MALVERN United met Ombersley for the first time this season in a close encounter at Sling Lane.

United started brightly and after 13 minutes Scott Roberts freed Shaun Harris, who beat the keeper to the ball and slotted home. Ten minutes later Luke Arnold hit the post, Shaun Harris followed in and his shot was magnificently saved by the visiting keeper. Just before half time United's keeper Alex Jenkins' goal kick was received by Zac Blood. He edged it out for Liam Harford to cross in to Luke Arnold to make no mistake and take the home side into the break 2-0 up.

The second half started with Ombersley very much in charge and it took only four minutes to reduce the deficit. The inspired visitors piled on the pressure and grabbed an equaliser 13 minutes later.This had the desired effect on United who played some positive football and pressed forward with more purpose. With a minute left United were awarded a free kick 20 yards inside their own half. Up stepped Dom Portman to send the ball into the visitors' 18 yard box and be met by Liam Harford who short-passed to Zac Blood to unleash an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

Man of the match was shared between Zac Blood and Liam Harford.


NEWTOWN became the first local team to reach the Reg Box Trophy final coming back from two goals down in a well-fought encounter.

Mostyn took the lead on their first attack and soon went two up after being awarded a free kick which Newtown failed to clear. Newtown kept on playing their attacking football and Tom Chadney was their main threat winning everything in midfield and giving the forwards some quality service. Newtown must have had 20 corners during the game keeping Mostyn on the back foot. Two down but not deterred they eventually won a penalty which Lee Jenkins blasted home. Mostyn did threaten once more but a brilliant save from Gareth Jones kept the game within reach. Newtown pressed hard but it took another brilliant goal from Dave Reynolds to equalise.

Extra time was needed and Newtown dominated both halves going on to win when Lee Jenkins hammered home from inside the area. It was a good performance by Newtown which outstanding displays from Tom Chadney and Tom Juniper. Newtown's substitute Craig Richards came on and set up both Nik Zikking and Mickey Pearson with half chances but to no avail. Newtown players were ecstatic when the whistle went winning them a place in the final.



NEWTOWN Sports Juniors under 14 travelled to the Cinderella Ground to take on Lyppard Reality.

The Juniors started the game brightly and McCann went close early on. Butler, Lean and Mason all tested the Lyppard keeper from distance. It was against the run of play that Lyppard took the lead. A long ball over the top allowed the Lyppard striker to run through and slot home.

Almost immediately, Lyppard made it two with an identical move. This stunned Newtown and they became disjointed, as a result Lyppard made it three with another breakaway goal. As half time approached, Newtown finally started to play. Niall Phillips put Butler through, but he shot wide and McCann brought a fine save from the Lyppard keeper. Finally, Butler hit the target with a stinging volley to make the half time score 3-1.

The second half was a dull affair with a number of Newtown players struggling to get into the game. Steve May looked calm and resolute and Phillips continued his good form.

Danny Robinson put in a fine performance and showed some good battling qualities. Despite this, Lyppard continued to take the initiative and scored twice more to run out deserved 5-1 winners.

Newtown's man of the match was Danny Robinson.

The team are sponsored by Wells Joinery Limited.



NEWTOWN Sports Colts reached their third successive League Cup final in what turned out to be an emphatic win over Oldbury Park Tigers.

The Colts started brightly and were awarded a penalty when the outstanding Hale was hauled down in the box. Unfortunately for the Colts, Allison's tame kick was easy saved by Breakwell. Encouraged by their good fortune, Oldbury fought back but the Colts always looked the more likely to score, as they did shortly before half-time. Newell found Jaye who took the ball past several players before laying it to Crane for an easy tap in.

In the second half, another mazy run from Hale was ended prematurely in the box for another penalty. This time Allison made no mistake from the spot. Again Oldbury rallied and Lee pulled one back with a great strike, leaving Johnson no chance in goal

The Colts responded with some great football, in particular Hale who grabbed a spectacular hat-trick in the a ten minute spell. White, Scullion and Elmes shored up the Colts defence, and Edwards, Powell and Caffull always looked to create more opportunities. Crane wrapped up the scoring with a fine individual goal.



THIS Ron Handy Memorial Shield tie was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests with Welland having lots of possession but the Juniors having the firepower.

Juniors took an early lead with Bannister skipping his way through the defence and neatly slotting home. Welland responded but could not break down the Juniors defence and succumbed to another solo effort when Turner scored before Watling fired into the corner to make it three. Newtown were content to soak up the pressure and they paid the price for this when Ameley raced clear and slotted home to reduce the arrears.

The second half saw Welland enjoying the possession but Newtown scoring the goals. Two superb goals in the space of two minutes sealed the tie. Rock twisted and turned his way into the box but when forced wide unleashed a tremendous curling shot into the bottom corner. Bannister then volleyed home from the edge of the area.

A further three goals during the half underlined the predatory instincts of the Juniors attack. Bannister notched his third, Turner returned to out pace the defence to slot home and with minutes remaining Mallet's neat turn and shot found the net.

Man of the match Matthew Bannister



THERE were no goals scored in the first half of this local derby, although Joel Wright was unlucky not to score for Wanderers with Myles Cunningham and Max Howie pushing play up from the midfield.

Goalie Pete Shepherd was needed to fend off the strong Newtown attack, but Josh Seabourne and Brent Gibbs at the back kept solid and the game seemed evenly matched.

The Wanderers tired in the second half though, and had no subs due to illness. Newtown got the upper hand with two goals from Kavanagh and one from Shuard, but Wanderers kept the pressure up with Harry Tawse influential in making breaks down the wing and Joel Wright never giving up.

In the end though, the Wanderers lost to a faster and fresher side, but with a dramatic reduction in goal difference since the two sides last met.


THE first half of this Talbot Page-Jones Memorial Shield cup tie started with both teams playing some fine football down the wings but with both defences playing well chances were limited with Tom Busher coming closest for Newtown.

Just before half time Badgers nearly took advantage of a mix up in the Newtown defence to take the lead but the forward's short went just wide.

Five minutes into the second half Newtown took the lead when Chris Jeffrey scored after an excellent run down the right flank. With the Badgers pushing forward Will Brown raced clear to beat the keeper with a well placed shot for Newtown's second.

Jack Davies scored Newtown's third with an excellent shot. With a couple of minutes to go Leigh & Bransford scored with a well taken goal.

Newtown's man of the match was Tom Busher.