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FOOTBALL: Top four all win as race hots up.

Byline: By DEREK BROWN

VICTORIES for the top quartet in the Premier Division were the order of the day in Nuneaton Leisure League's Etone Six-a-Side tournament.

Fourth-placed Team Pingles kept up the pressure on the three sides above them with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Team UPS in which Ben Darby was in inspirational form.

Meanwhile Steve Dawson pulled the strings as Fenn-Gordon-Derek's Son hit Sweeties for six without reply to stay among the pace-setters

Top of the table Specials comfortably dispatched Top Hole 6-1 to remain two points clear of their rivals with Martin Earl taking the man of the match honours.

High-riding The Brightness were delighted with their hard-earned 2-1 victory over UPS, who are now joint bottom with just nine points.

The clash between Bedworth Blues and Captain Planets Soccer Stars proved a classic as the former came good with a hard earned 4-3 triumph.

Dodgers retain second position after an impressive 6-0 grilling of The Old Boys, Carl Hutchins playing an influential role for the winners.

In Division One, Yardies remain rooted to the bottom having been on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of PSV Hangover.

Rich Gazeley was impressive as Jordy's Armpit shared the spoils in a gritty 0-0 draw against third placed City Slackers.

Burbage Old Boys recorded a surprise 5-1 win over Armhead Thistle with Lewis Taylor in dominant form for the Hinckley side.

Second placed Nuneaton Boys, aided by the impressive Shaun McCullock, consolidated their position with a 6-0 thrashing of AFC Donkeys.

CSIAB closed in on the chasing pack with a fine display and a 5-1 defeat of Alex's Army but Weekend warriors suffered as they were hammered 6-0 by Top Hole Reserves, who confirmed their championship potential and stay three points clear at the top.

ON THE North Warwickshire College scene, Magic Mushrooms notched their second win of the campaign with a 6-3 verdict over Wembrook FC with Jamie Whitehead sparking the success.

Ragy Rovers got off the mark with a hard earned 6-4 defeat of Alderman that catapulted them up to fifth while second placed Surreal Madrid continued their impressive form by drubbing Ministry of Football 12-4 to leave their opponents at the foot of the table.

The match of the day saw Forty-ish and Biva Las Vegas battle out an enthralling encounter in which the former edged out their rivals 7-6 to go fourth.

Stella United march on with another excellent display as they hit nine past British Queen to remain in top spot.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 25, 2005
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