A HAT-TRICK of braces gave Rubery Legends a shock 7-2 win in the Bromsgrove & District League over Division Two title chasers AFC Norton at the weekend.
Rubery, who still find themselves bottom despite a first victory of the season, were a class above their opponents at Dwellings Lane, clinically dispatching the chances that fell their way.
Daniel Griffin, Kai Brooks and Jake Booton all netted twice, while Josh Hirons claimed the other. Jason Timmington and Nathan Hancock replied for the hosts.
A mid-table clash between Catshill and Hizza United also delivered goals in Division One, going the way of the former in a 6-3 win.
Peter Jenvey was on fire and hit a hat-trick for hosts, adding to goals from teammates Lewis Smith, Daniel Wilkes and Alfie Bloomer. United’s Harry Nicholls, Daniel Poxon and Jack Cole were the goalscorers for the visitors.
Catshill move a place into fifth on seven points, while Hizza United are fourth.
In the other result in Division Two, leaders West Heath Allstars had a relatively straightforward task against Alcester Town Sunday, beating their opponents 3-0.
Taking full advantage of nearest rivals AFC Norton’s surprise downfall, the Allstars are now five points clear with four games remaining.
West Heath required patience despite their dominance in the possession stats, as they failed to break down their stubborn opponents.
The breakthrough did come though, arriving at a prime time just before the half was out, when Callum McCall thrashed the ball into the top corner via the post from the edge of the area.
A change of formation further aided West Heath’s cause and they began to reap the rewards of their endeavours.
Alex Wesley’s darting run into the penalty area resulted in the substitute being brought down, allowing Jake Wicketts to place the resulting spot kick into the side netting.
Chris McGrory then had a goal to his name when he tapped home a pinpoint cross to wrap up the scoring.
There were no surprises at the top in Division Three, where leaders AFC Blackwell swept aside Easemore United 4-0.
A double from Ross McGuinness and goals from Craig Goldsby and Luke Rowlands keep Blackwell a point clear of second-placed Bromsgrove Partisan – albeit having played a game more.
Sitting in third are Cofton Old Boys, who rise a place after their 2-1 away triumph at Studley Rangers.
Dan Smiles’ strike was not enough for the sixth-placed hosts, who were undone by goals from Rory Milbourne and Steven Joynes.
League rivals Arrow Valley were in Bromsgrove Charity Minor Cup action at the weekend, advancing to the semi-finals of the competition after a 5-0 win over Division Two’s Rubery Memorial.
Darrell King, Tyler Rees, Josh Russell, man-of the-match Leon Kandekore and Jay Russell helped their side defeat their high-flying opponents.