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DETERMINED PICS STAGE A ROUSING FIGHTBACK.

Ashton United......................... 2 Rushall Olympic ..................... 3 RUSHALL Olympic came from 2-0 down to beat Ashton at the Hurst Cross Ground.

The Pics struggled to get out of the starting blocks thanks to a hard-working Ashton side who took the lead in the 22nd minute.

Adam Morning sent a ball to the far post and found Jason Gorton, who took a touch to get the ball out of his feet and rifled into the far corner past Ryan Price from ten yards.

Morning doubled Ashton's lead on 53 minutes with a strike from outside the box but Alex Reid halved the deficit six minutes later - bundling in a corner from close range.

Sub Jamie Spencer latched onto a Kris Taylor throughball and finished superbly to level matters on 68 minutes before he poked home at the near post to complete the comeback with 15 minutes to go.

Mickleover Sports .................. 0 Sutton Coldfield Town .......... 1 MICKELOVER made a real opening in the first minute when they broke down the right before firing over the bar.

Sutton returned to the other end and from a free-kick Ryan Edwards hit the outside of the post. A spell of pressure by Mickelover ended with Sutton clearing off the line.

Sutton were soaking up a lot of pressure and it took a scramble in the goalmouth which was eventually cleared to ease the pressure.

In the 51st minute Sutton shocked Mickelover when Aaron Forde hit a wonder goal into the far corner from 25 yards which curled and left the keeper stranded The rest of the half was a hard fought affair with neither midfield managing to take control and both teams having few chances.

Nantwich Town...................... 3 Halesowen Town.................... 0 LACKLUSTRE Halesowen crashed to defeat against a lively Nantwich at the Weaver Stadium.

Daniel Bragoli had an early chance for the Yeltz but his header flashed over the Nantwich bar before the hosts took the lead inside ten minutes when Sean Cooke rifled the ball past Daniel Platt.

Nantwich had further chances with both Ben Harrison and Liam Shotton going close before they were awarded a penalty just before halftime when Asa Charlton was adjudged to have fouled Shotton in the box. Elliott Osborne converted the spot-kick for a 2-0 interval lead.

In the second half, Luke Connolly managed Halesowen's first shot on target but just after the hour-mark Matt Bell's left-footed finish sealed the points for the Dabbers. Barwell ..................................... 2 Hyde United............................. 0 A GOAL in each half from Jamie Towers and Joe Ballinger gave the Canaries a sixth successive league win.

It looked like a Towers' volley would give Barwell the lead after only seven minutes but a save-of-the-season contender from Hyde keeper Sam Vince kept the scores level.

Towers gave the hosts the lead when Hyde failed to deal with Owen Story's cross, Ballinger got a second when he glanced in Brady Hickey's freekick in the 52nd minute. The margin of victory could have been greater as Ant Carney saw a shot deflect wide. Then new signing Sam Hollis raced clear and squared for Story who somehow side-footed over an empty net.

Stourbridge ............................. 2 Colwyn Bay ............................. 0 STOURBRIDGE kept up their challenge for the play-offs with a hard-fought victory over a resilient Colwyn side.

The home side put the pressure on early and Karl Hawley flashed a drive wide of the post on 11 minutes.

Chris Lait went on an amazing run from his own half to the edge of the opposition's box on 18 minutes but was impeded by Jordan Fagbola who was given a straight red card.

But Stourbridge found it hard to break down the ten men, Sean Geddes seeing a fierce drive easily saved by keeper Kieran Wolland, and Hawley chipping over the bar.

The second half started scrappily, Stourbridge becoming increasingly frustrated as they looked for a breakthrough.

Bay almost took the lead through a Carl Lamb header but Stourbridge did get in front on 75 minutes when Geddes' corner found Dan Scarr on the edge of the box and his header bounced into the net.

The Glassboys wrapped it up a minute from time when subs Drew Canavan and Ashley Vincent combined for a lovely goal with a great pass and a neat finish from Vincent. Belper Town ............................ 0 Stafford Rangers .................... 1 STAFFORD picked up another three points in Division One South as they ground out victory at Belper.

Ben Haseley got the important goal on 26 minutes, snapping up the rebound after Danny Haystead had spilled Levi Rowley's header.

Rowley had earlier forced a save from Haystead while, just before half-time, the Belper keeper made amends for his error with a good save to keep out Christian Dacres.

The second half saw constant pressure from the home side and it needed an excellent tackle from Leon Miles to halt Alex Steadman.

Chasetown .............................. 1 Goole AFC ................................ 1 LOWLY Goole took the lead midway through the half when Aaron Moxham stole in at the far post to net a free header.

Chasetown's Simon Brown fizzed a low shot at goal which was blocked for a corner before Paul Sullivan chipped goalwards and clipped the top of the Goole crossbar.

Jono Gould was a whisker away from an equaliser from a Rhys Thompson cross as the home side continued to press.

On the verge of the break, visiting keeper Dan Waring made a point-blank save to deny Gould's right foot volley.

On the hour Chasetown drew level when Alex Warley dived in on sub Nick Turton and conceded a penalty which James Dance despatched. Bob Johnson's long-range effort was then pushed aside by Scholars keeper John Bateman.

Chasetown were reduced to ten men when Henry Eze was sent off for what the referee deemed a late challenge.

Rugby Town ................................. 2 Carlton Town ............................... 1 RUGBY came from behind to see off struggling Carlton, Steve Towers securing the points with a scrambled winner in the 73rd minute. The hosts trailed after Romaine Graham had helped the ball home after keeper Sam Andrew had only parried Daniel Gordon's free-kick.

David Kolodynski soon levelled things up with another close-range finish, after Kurtis Revan had done well to get to the byline.

Callum Powell's low effort was then saved by Jack Steggles, while at the other end Andrew was down well to keep out Gordon's header before the interval.

The second half lacked action, although Niall Davie did nearly capitalise on a loose header back to goal by Rugby's Tom James.

However, James went on to set up the winner by creating confusion in the Carlton penalty area with a flighted free-kick, which saw Towers force the ball over the line.

Tividale.......................................... 1 Spalding United ..........................1 TIME is fast running out for rockbottom Tividale to escape the drop despite securing another hardearned point against Spalding. Chris Sterling's spot-kick earned Tivi their third draw in four games but they missed the opportunity to close the 11-point gap between them and safety.

The Tulips grabbed the lead on eight minutes when Scott Devlin's weak clearance fell to Tom Walmsley who fired past Tom Turner. But Sterling drew the hosts level from the penalty spot on 33 minutes after Chris Rabone had been fouled by Paul Walker.

Sterling almost grabbed a second for Tivi after the break but saw his header scrambled off the line. Dan Banister thought he had snatched all three points for the visitors but his effort was ruled offside.

Romulus ........................................ 5 Loughborough Dynamo ............ 1 RAMPANT Romulus fired five past league strugglers Dynamo as they returned to winning ways.

Mark Danks blasted the home side into an early lead and Dynamo's afternoon quickly went from bad to worse as keeper James Martin was shown red for a deliberate handball outside the area.

Carl Sibson's own goal doubled the hosts' lead shortly after the break before Luke Keenpiled tucked away Roms' third.

Dynamo clawed a goal back but Barry Fitzharris restored Roms' three-goal cushion with a low strike from the edge of the area.

Mark Branch wrapped up an impressive victory by thumping in a 20-yard free-kick.

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Date:Feb 14, 2016
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