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Greenbacks hold on for a third straight victory; SOUTHERN LEAGUE.

Bedworth United............................... 4 Cambridge City ................................. 3 BEDWORTH'S third successive win keeps alive their slim hopes of staying in the Premier Division.

They did it the hard way, trailing to a James Hall goal on 14 minutes when he pounced on Jon Kaye's throughball to beat Denham Hinds.

The hosts had gone close when Elliot Parrott hit the post and they levelled on 18 minutes when a halfcleared corner was played back in by Luke Rowe for Daniel Creaney to head in from six yards.

Danny Dubidat was gifted two chances to put the hosts ahead but missed both, however a minute into the second half he volleyed in from a Justin Marsden corner.

Two minutes later Jordan Archer headed in after Dubidat's shot was spilled by Zac Barrett.

The game was far from over and on 72 minutes Alex Serrano fired in from 20 yards. Marsden restored the twogoal cushion 12 minutes from time. Sub Charlie Woolfe pounced to half the deficit again but Bedworth hung on and are unbeaten in four after a third win on the spin.

Redditch United ................................ 1 Chesham United................................ 0 ASHLEY SAMMONS stepped off the bench to convert a late penalty and keep Redditch in the promotion race.

Sammons netted his fourth goal of the season with an 86th-minute spotkick, just moments after a wonderful double save by Reds keeper Jose Viega and then the woodwork had thwarted battling Chesham.

Veiga was at full-stretch to Sam Young's low 20-yarder on 84 minutes and then grabbed Barry Hayles' follow-up. Chesham went even closer when Toby Little's dipping free-kick thudded against the crossbar with Veiga beaten. But two minutes later George Carline's break into the righthand side of the penalty area after collecting Danico Johnson's pass was ended by a lunging challenge from centre-back George Fenton.

Referee Matthew Lee pointed to the spot and Sammons, who had been an 81st-minute sub, rammed a right-footed penalty into the net.

Leamington ........................................ 0 Hitchin Town ..................................... 1 BRAKES' promotion ambitions are fading by the week, and they produced another shot-shy performance against Hitchin.

The winning goal came after just ten minutes Callum Donnelly thumping a bouncing ball over Tony Breeden, who was stranded off his line, from fully 30 yards out.

There were very few decent efforts on goal from either side after this, Leamington failed to trouble the Canaries keeper Charlie Horlock with a single shot on target over the 90 minutes.

Burton Albion loanee Sam Austin looked lively on his debut, curling a shot just wide of the angle after some neat footwork in the first half.

James Fry's skidding low effort was as close as Brakes came to a leveller in the second half. Jonny McNamara could have finished the game for Hitchin late on after he beat Connor Gudger for pace to go clear on goal, but Tony Breeden saved well.

Biggleswade Town ........................... 4 Stratford Town .................................. 3 A LAST-GASP strike from Inih Effiong handed Biggleswade the points after the home side staged a second-half fightback.

Stratford had started the better and took a 12th-minute lead when Richard Gregory rounded off a good passing move.

Tyrone Fagan doubled the lead in first-half injury time before the home side bagged their opener through Ian Rees who turned in a cross.

And it was Biggleswade who added to the scoreline on the hour through Craig Daniel before Effiong fired them into the lead, scoring from close range on 71 minutes.

Sub Dior Angus looked to have salvaged a draw for the visitors when he netted three minutes from time but it was Effiong who had the final say, running through before placing his winner beyond keeper Andy Kemp. Wantage Town................................... 0 Evesham United ................................ 5 TWO goals apiece for Adam Mann and Matt Sysum earned Evesham an important win as they chase a South & West Division play-off spot.

Nathan Modest was the other scorer in a one-sided contest that saw the visitors record a season's double over the Oxfordshire strugglers.

It was a surprise that it took the Robins 40 minutes to break the deadlock on a difficult surface when Sysum netted but the second half was a totally different story.

Two goals in as many minutes from Mann and Modest made it 3-0 after 52 minutes before the former bagged United's fourth after 67 minutes.

Skipper Sysum completed the nap hand 15 minutes from time to ensure three welcome points for Paul Collicutt's side.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2016
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