Leominster Town 2 Penncroft 1

Saturday 21st January 2012
Leominster Town 2 Penncroft 1
West Midlands (Regional) League Division 1
At: Briarwood Stadium, Bridge Street
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £2-50 including 8 page programme
Weather: cloudy, dry, blustery wind
Attendance: 19 (headcount)
Duration: first-half: 46:00; second-half: 47:09

'Plan B' came to the rescue this afternoon after a later than desired departure from home and delays getting through Kidderminster scuppered plans for a visit to Tenbury United. Before I discovered the River Teme bridge into Tenbury was closed, I’d already decided to ditch 'Plan A' and head instead to the only West Midlands League Division 1 ground not previously visited – Leominster Town’s Briarwood Stadium. And, it proved a good choice in the end!

With both sides in need of points to move away from the ‘relegation’ zone, Leominster came out on top by the odd goal with all three goals stemming from goalkeeping errors. Dan Stack put the home side ahead just after the quarter-hour mark though visitors Penncroft were back level around the half-hour mark through Jason Hadley. Sam Pearson regained the lead for Leominster and they held on to end a run of four straight league defeats.

Leominster Town (amber/black/black): 1, James Panniers, 2. Tom Murphy, 3. Keiran Davies, 4. Matt Williams, 5. Dylan Barrington, 6. Mark Rusling (capt?), 17. Lewis Jones, 8. Sam Thomas, 9. Sam Pearson, 10. Dan Stack, 11. Ben Price. Subs: 12. Mike Symonds (for Barrington, 88), 14. Josh Griffiths (not used), 15. Ian Morris (not used), 16. Neil Parsons (not used), 17. Steve Williams. Joint Managers: Nick Barnett and Mike Symonds.

Penncroft (red with black sleeves / white / white): 1. Remigijus Stanciukas, 2. Matthew Brooks, 3. Simon Byrne, 4. Dan Lothian (capt), 5. Matthew Jones, 6. Ian Ralph, 7. Jason Hadley, 8. Nick Priest, 9. Chris Jones, 10. Chris Brown, 11. Adam Walters. Subs: 15. Alex Murphy (for Byrne, 77), 16. Shaun Ralph (for Priest, 77), 17. Peter McAuley (not used). Manager: Reg Priest.

Referee: Ben Morris.
Assistants: Tony Baker and Alan Robinson.

1-0 Dan Stack (17)
1-1 Jason Hadley (28)
2-1 Sam Pearson (60)

Leominster: Ben Price (YC, 37)
Penncroft: Dan Lothian (YC, 71)