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COVENTRY & North Warwickshire were held to a 2-2 draw by rock-bottom Chesterfield in a game that summed up their under-achieving season.

Having romped into a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes the home side seemed on course for a hatful of goals. But they allowed Chesterfield to claw themselves level and although they regained their territorial control they couldn't recapture the sharpness required to claim maximum points.

Greg Wade gave Coventry their early success, first robbing a Chesterfield defender to give himself a clear sight of goal and then steering home an Ajan Reginald pass. And more goals seemed certain to follow as IeuS an Weir and Sean Whitehouse were both narrowly off target.

Chesterfield halved the arrears from a short corner, however, and repeated the trick to equalise 10 minutes into the second half.

And although Coventry pressed for the rest of the game, Weir just failing to convert a Whitehouse cross, too many players were unable to follow the level-headed example of Jon Cooper and John Grundy as Chesterfield clung on to avoid defeat for only the sixth time this season.

Khalsa................................3 North Stafford ..................2 KHALSA remain on course for a top-three finish despite a secondhalf wobble that saw their threegoal lead slashed back.

Sean Robinson set up Gurminder Ghattaura's breakthrough, Aaron Nagra rammed in a shortcorner to make it 2-0 and - with Pummi Singh, Nagra, Adam Bellerby and captain Pavinder Singh in immaculate form at the back - Khalsa keeper Chris Hurst enjoyed an untroubled first half.

Nagra added No.3 at the start of the second half after Dharminder Singh's aerial ball had been illegally intercepted and with Jas Singh and Adie Betts a constant threat, further goals seemed certain to follow.

But the visitors hit back when a lunging tackle gave them a short corner and earned Robinson a yellow card. And Khalsa nerves were stretched to the limit in the final ten minutes as Staffs snapped up a second goal and Surrinder Saini and Adie Betts also spent spells in the sin-bin for contesting decisions.

An undermanned Khalsa 2nds weighed in 5-2 at Stratford with goals from Anit (2), Navdeep (2) and Harjot.

Corby.................................3 Nuneaton ..........................3 A POINT against hosts who have already clinched promotion looks great on paper - but this was another performance to underline the shortcomings that have condemned Nuneaton to relegation.

They led 3-0 courtesy of a hattrick from Sean Hirons but fell apart in the final half-hour to miss out on a morale-boosting victory.

Hirons met Ricky Bayliss's cross at the far post to reward Nuneaton's early initiative and, after Steve Fallows and Dave Holmes had both gone close, a speedy counter-attack gave him the chance to slip the final defender and net from a tight angle.

He completed his treble at the start of the second period, pouncing on the rebound after a primeform Steve Fallows had filched the ball to force a good save from the home keeper.

But it was downhill all the way after that high point as the inconsistencies that have plagued Nuneaton all season resurfaced and Corby chipped away at the def-f icit to avert a shock defeat.

Other results: Nuneaton 2nds 3 (Ed Nixon, Roger Stokes, Steve Martin) Barton 2nds 0, Nuneaton 3rds 2 (Dave Ellingworth 2) Players 3rds 4, Northampton 4ths 6 Nuneaton 4ths 3 (Ken Lapsley 3), Ashby 4ths 8 Nuneaton 5ths 1 (James Pennington).

Atherstone ........................2 Long Buckby .....................0 ADDERS laboured to victory against a Long Buckby side who have lost all 17 league games to date, shipping over 120 goals in the process.

Despite having to absorb several team changes, Atherstone started brightly and made the breakthrough when Antony Hobbs logged his third goal in as many games by flicking a short corner over the stranded keeper.

Jonathan Hall was foiled by a couple of outstanding saves before he ended his lean spell, scooping the ball into the net following good work by Garth Strugnell and James Meer. But having seemingly taken control, Adders lost their momentum and it took some excellent work by Paul Negus and Lloyd Crowley to deny a re-enthused Buckby as the interval approached.

In the second half Adders seemed happy to adopt a 'what we have we hold' policy and although the visitors rarely threatened to score their seventh goal of a punishing campaign Meer's men looked only marginally more threatening.

Leamington.......................7 Aston University ...............1 LEAMINGTON sealed promotion to West Midlands One with a triumphant flourish that set them up perfectly for Saturday's trip to champions Kngswinford.

Debutant Donald Ramsay was the leading man in an early assault that saw John Barker ram home a brace of short corners.

And although Aston briefly halved the deficit with a neat drag flick, Leamington squashed any prospects of a significant revival when Ramsay collected a deserved goal just before the interval.

The Spa men cruised through the second period, Richard Stanway, Jared Fox and Dan Jones (2) adding goals to frank a typically solid allround display.

Leamington 2nds, in contrast, were condemned to relegation by a 6-3 defeat at Old Silhillians, but they partially redeemed themselves with a 3-3 share against high-flying Streetley.

SATURDAY'S FIXTURES Midlaands Premier: Chesterfield v Northampton Saints, Mansfield v Khalsa, Melton v Coventry & North Warwick, North Stafford v Edgbaston, Olton & West Warwick v Lichfield, Telford & Wrekin v West Bridgford.

Players v West Midlands Premier, Sikh Union (Coventry) v Leicester Thursday, Solihull Blossomfield v Loughborough Sharks, South Nottingham v Boots.

East Midlands One: Ashbourne v Leicester University, Coalville v Ramgarhia (Derby), Leicester v Tamworth, Newark v Derwent, Nuneaton v Berkswell & Balsall Common, Rolls Royce v Corby. East Midlands Two: Ashby v Atherstone Adders, Buxton v Kettering, Derby Asterdale v Grantham, Long Buckby v Daventry. Midlands One: Coventry City & University v Nottingham University, Rugby & East Warwick v Worcester, Stone v Barton, Sutton Coldfield v Nottingham, Warwick v Burton, Warwick University v Sikh Union (Nottingham). East Midlands Premier: Hampton-in-Arden v Loughborough Town, North Notts v Leicester Westleigh, Halesonians, Shrewsbury v Evesham, Stratford v Finchfield, Walsall v Kings Heath Pickwick, West Bromwich v Wolverhampton. West Midlands One: Ludlow v Whitchurch, Newtown v Market Drayton, Old Silhillians v Droitwich, Stafford v Kidderminster, Streetly v Redditch, Wednesbury v Bromsgrove. West Midlands Two: Aston University v Bloxwich, Kingswinford v Leamington, Kynoch v Barlaston, Pershore v Yardley, Rugeley v Dudley Knights.

West Midlands Premier: Bridgnorth v Old Wulfrunians, East Midlands Premier v Old
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