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MIDLAND COMBINATION CHAMPIONS Walsall Wood were denied a winning end by a stoppage-time header from Southam United's Chris Murphy.

The striker popped up to convert a Robbie Stephans cross to cancel out Anthony Juxon's second-minute shot which had been arrowed past keeper Andrew Skerrett.

The only blip for the Walsall high-flyers came in midweek when hopes of a league and cup double were dashed when they lost the Challenge Cup in a 2-0 defeat to Brocton.

Earlswood still had plenty to play for on the last day and rose to the challenge as they clinched third spot with a comfortable 4-0 win against Blackwood.

Two goals apiece from Sam Wills and Nick Briggs enabled the Studley outfit to leapfrog Nuneaton Griff. Wills drilled in his first with Briggs heading in a rebound when the keeper could only parry a shot into his path.

Unbeaten Briggs added another before the interval before Wills fired in his second to secure victory and extend their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games.

At the other end of the table, Racing Club Warwick clinched a draw at home to Stafford Town to hoist themselves off the bottom.

Richard Blythe's shot in off the post on 26 minutes put them ahead but Darryll Johns levelled 20 minutes from time when he followed up a blocked shot from Paul McMahon.

Stafford manager Adam Cunningham was a late emergency substitute and nearly grabbed the winner but had three efforts cleared off the line in an injury-time goalmouth scramble.

Racing's point ended a run of three straight defeats and leaves Castle Vale JKS with the ignominy of being at the foot of the table, Pershore Town ended a three-match streak without a victory with a 2-0 win against Pelsall Villa who sit just below them in the table.

Matt Tyler smashed in the opener and Quentin Townsend struck midway through the second half to complete the scoring.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 12, 2013
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