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CTS United setting the early pace

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

Free-scoring new-boys CTS United are setting the early pace in the Beacon Sunday League’s second tier.

CTS (Coseley, Tipton, Sedgley) made it back-to-back wins and retained their 100 per cent start to life in the Paycare Development Division by crushing hosts Penn Rovers 9-1.

The visitors, who have fired 14 goals in their opening two games, raced into a convincing 6-0 interval advantage as Jay Crumpton made it seven goals for the season with a four-goal blast.

On this occasion he received good support from Luke Hickman, with a hat-trick, Ashley Walker and Sam Stokes. Rovers’ sole response came from James Craig.

Fellow Coseley Leisure Centre-based rivals Sedgley Rangers picked up their fourth point in two matches, hitting back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat hosts AFC Sporting Gornal by the odd goal in seven.

The trio of Jordan Robinson, Jordan Meads and Ben Ball had put first-day winners Sporting ahead at the break before a Brad Ormerod treble helped secure a hard-fought win for Sedgley. Also on target for Rangers was Edward Shone.

Wyrley Juniors Athletic also extended their fine start, having picked up an opening day point, emerging comfortable 7-2 winners over visiting Cannock United.

Having trailed early on, Wyrley responded well to lead 3-2 at the interval, going on to emerge worthy victors.

Wyrley’s goal return included two penalties as Rhys Owen and Sam Freeman bagged doubles. Cory Crutchley, Alex Stokes and James Archer rounded off the scoring for Wyrley while Josh Bradley replied with a brace.

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Staying with the Paycare section and there were first league wins for Coseley-based Essington AFC and Health Direct Afternoons over Coseley FC (7-1) and Gornal Rangers (2-1) respectively.

Essington, who had hit six goals on day one and still lost, made no mistake this week as Curtis Tonks fired a hat-trick, supported by Patrick Sharkey, Connor Bottley, Lee Hickingbottom and Wayne Spalding. The sole Coseley reply was netted by Jordan Norris.

In a closely-fought encounter, Health Direct edged home with well-taken efforts from Derrell Williams and Jermelle Banner. Keeping things close for Gornal was Daniel Woodward.

In the remaining Paycare fixture, Dudley Rangers United were held to a 1-1 home draw by FC Premier 2014. Cal Richards netted for Rangers and Ugo Iroegbunam replied for Premier.

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Early frontrunners in the top flight Concentric Sales and Lettings Beacon Championship are Sedgley & Gornal United.

They made it maximum points from two starts with a fine 5-3 away success at opening-day winners Claregate Park Rangers seconds.

Inflicting most damage for a second week was Rion Francis-Mills with a consecutive hat-trick, while Jack Kelly pushed his early tally to four. The Claregate replies were from Ashley Brown, Dan Lawrence and Nick Allsop.

It was four points out of six for Beacon Lions who drew 1-1 with reigning champions Claregate Park Rangers.

In a clash that saw three players red carded, two from Claregate, Adam Woodward put the Lions in front, before Nathan Radcliffe earned the Park their first point of this campaign.

Promoted FC Premier under 21s chalked up their first success in the top section, following a draw on day one, running out 3-1 victors over last season’s Paycare champions Trysull Tigers.

FC Premier got home as Gianni Singh, Ajani Allen and Harry Pickard found the target, with Steve Rickhuss replying.

Raz Akhtar was a two-goal hero for Shere Punjab Wolves as his side recorded their first league win of the season at the expense of hosts Codsall Station 3-1.

Codsall had grabbed an early advantage through Liam Davies before Shere bounced back. Supporting Akhtar in the goal stakes was Aaron Brown.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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