TEN-MAN Chelmsley Town remain embroiled in the Midland Football League Division One dogfight after a 2-0 home reverse against Kirby Muxloe.
With Storm Dennis wreaking havoc over the weekend, the majority of the division was out of action following a string of postponements, giving Town a real opportunity to improve their league standing of 18th.
But the visitors from Leicestershire were not so keen to help out their league rivals, departing Pack Meadow with all three points to aid their push for a top-half position.
The hosts’ were not helped by a straight red card for defender Robert Ellis just before the half-hour mark, a dismissal which The Ferrymen were unable to take advantage of until the second half.
Within four minutes of the restart, the visitors had their opening goal after George Bosworth finished from Suleiman Nassor’s pass during a swift counter-attack.
Chelmsley’s afternoon went from bad to worse when the two players switched roles for the second goal on 72 minutes, completing the scoring to compound Town’s misery.
Sitting a place outside of the drop zone, Chelmsley aim for a response away to third-placed Studley in Saturday’s trip to The Beehive (3pm).
LEADERS Solihull United saw off the challenge of Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons in Saturday’s 3-2 thriller at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.
In one of only two fixtures played in Division Two, United emerged victors in a well-contested game on the all-weather 3G surface, with Ryan Andrews, Harry Eden and Gerrard Sam the hosts’ goalscorers.
Kyle Hudlin netted twice in reply for the visitors, who remain fifth.
While Solihull are four points above their nearest challengers Knowle, their second-placed neighbours do have two games in hand.
On Saturday, United host Fairfield Villa in league action (3pm), with Knowle set to welcome Sutton United in the quarter-finals of the Les James Challenge Cup (2.45pm).
A SEVEN-GOAL thriller went the way of hosts Castle Vale Town in a 4-3 victory against Shipston Excelsior in Division Three.
As the only fixture to beat the weather in the third tier of the MFL, the two sides more than made amends for the lack of action in Saturday’s goal fest at the Vale Stadium.
Nathan Cox, Ryan Day, Alex Obi and man-of-the-match Alex Henry were all on target for the hosts in a match which went right down to the wire.
Cox provided the opener with a neat finish into the far corner after slipping past his marker inside the penalty area.
The visitors soon restored parity through, when Josh Gibb expertly flicked the ball past Luke Mauldrirdge into the net after a deep free-kick had been nudged into his path by Stan Dube.
Excelsior were flying high after taking the lead moments later, this time through Connor Grant’s finish into the far corner.
A goal just before half-time restored parity for the hosts however, when Day zipped a shot into the bottom-right corner.
Shipston regained the lead shortly after the interval when George Redshaw provided a deft finish from a matter of yards to put the visitors 3-2 up.
Despite being a goal behind, all of the pressure was applied by Castle Vale, who continued to trouble Ireland’s goal.
This dominance in attacking play eventually bore fruit when Obi went clean through on goal, knocking the ball around Excelsior’s goalkeeper before tapping home.
And then, in quickfire fashion, Castle Vale went in front when a push on Henry inside the penalty area allowed the forward to bring himself to his feet before crashing home from 12 yards.
While Shipston’s Lee Ashfield shook the frame of Town’s goal with a thunderous free-kick from range, the points were safely in the bag for Castle Vale.
Town, who are now 14th, have a weekend off before hosting 11th-placed Enville Athletic on Monday night (7.45pm).