THE early kick off today sees Boldmere St Michaels take on Bewdley Town at 1pm at Church Road in an attempt to cut Hanley's lead at the top of the premier to nine points.
Hanley are in action themselves at 3pm when they travel to Haughmond, Racing Club Warwick are at home to Lye Town and Uttoxeter Town to AFC Wulfrunians. Romulus are at home to Lichfield City but the games at Stourport Swifts, Wolverhampton Casuals, Walsall Wood and Stone Old Alleynians are all OFF.
In the first division, OJM Black Country v Daraston Town 1874 has fallen victim to a covid outbreak within the home squad so it will mean Darlaston won't have played over in the last two weeks. They do have a friendly at home to Chasetown on Wednesday.
Dudley Town are at home to Wolverhampton Sporting Community and first division leaders Atherstone Town to Heath Hayes.
Full Monday fixture list (3pm unless stated).
Boldmere St Michaels v Bewdley Town (1pm)
Haughmond v Hanley Town
Racing Club Warwick v Lye Town
Uttoxeter Town v AFC Wulfrunians
Atherstone Town v Heath Hayes
Dudley Town v Wolverhampton Sporting Community
Khalsa Football Federation v Chelmsley Town
Paget Rangers v AFC Bridgnorth
Shawbury United v Dudley Sports
Division Two (2pm)
Earlwood Town v Bart Green Spartak
Inkberrow v Alcester Town
Kenilworth Sporting v Coventry Alvis
Knowle v Hampton
Lane Head v Cadbury Athletic
Redditch Borough v Fairfield Villa
Coton Green v Bolehall Swifts
AFC Coventry Rangers v Coventrians (noon)
Central Ajax v Balsall and Berkswell
Continental Star v DSC United
Enville Athletic v Birmingham Tigers
Leamington Hibernians v AFC Solihull
Sutton United v Castle Vale Town
Upton Town v Bartley Reds
YOUNGSTER Santi Sesay has said a fond farewell to the UK and Stapenhill to return to Sierra Leone.
The teenager has been over in England on a six month visa which expired this week and has been playing for the Swans since August.
Santi, an attacking midfielder, previously visited the UK when he was 16 and trained with Walsall Academy, a club that sponsors his parent team in Sierra Leone.
One of the Walsall supporters trust members lives near Stapenhill and recommended Santi - who only turned 18 in July - to the club. During his time at the club he also trained with clubs at a higher level.
He made his debut in August at Dudley Town and scored, and typically signed off with a goal in the 4-2 win over Ashby Ivanhoe on Monday.
The club held a presentation and a party for him after the game.
Stapenhill secretary Adam Drew, who was tasked with getting international clearance for the player, said it had been a pleasure to see him play.
"Not only is he an exceptional talent on the field but a humble and engaging young man off it and everyone from the players, officials and supporters have enjoyed having him here.
" I believe he may have flown to Gambia for a holiday first but he will eventually be back in Sierra Leone and no doubt keen to play football.
"I really hope he can continue his football education whether in his home country where there is some exceptional talent, Europe or elsewhere in the world - he is young enough and good enough to do play at a high level."
After the last game, Santi recorded a video for the club's twitter feed where he spoke of his delight at signing off with a win and being able to score.
He also paid tribute to Adam for his hard work in obtaining clearance, his team mates, the chairman and officials and supporters of the club."
Below (Top): Stapenhill first team's players, coaches and officials with Senti after the Ashby game
(Bottom): Adam Drew and Senti
NEWS IN BRIEF
DUDLEY Sports are looking to recruit a goalkeeping coach to work with the first team in the Midland Football League Division One.
If you are interested or require any further information, please private message them @NewDudley
Cradley Town are looking for a first team coach to work closely with the management of the team.
They are looing for someone who is ambitious to progress into management and through the ranks.
Interested parties can firstname.lastname@example.org
The league committee have cancelled the league cup competition for this season 2020-21 due to the current situation with Covid 19 and the possibility of further restrictions.
It is envisaged the competition will be held in full next season if the situation improves.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY PICTURE FEATURE
Shifnal Town beat Uttoxeter Town 4-0 at the Acoustafoam Stadium on Monday with two goals from Tom Hill, one from Keanu Cooper and one from Callum Greybrook.
The result means Shifnal are now in seventh place in the premier division table.
Pictures: Andy Easthope
HANLEY TOWN are ten points clear in the Midland Football League Premier Division going into the new year after Monday's games.
They beat Stone Old Alleynians 1-0 courtesy of a first half strike from Josh Green.
The two other early kick offs both saw away wins with Stourport beating Bewdley 6-0 away in front of 311 at Ribbesford Meadow. All six goals were from different scorers - they were Lee Hughes, Mark Danks, Taylor Townsend, Edilson Antonio, Mason Birch and Connor Gater.
And an Elliott Hartley goal on 64 minutes gave Tividale a 1-0 win at Lye Town.
The afternoon programme saw Boldmere St Michaels draw 1-1 at home to Romulus with a goal from Lewis Archer before Rom's Deshon Carty equalised.
Two goals from Aaron Bishop helped AFC Wulfrunians to a 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Casuals, Chris Knight, Tom Poole and Jack Rowley getting the others. Casual's goals were scored by Angelo Franco and Dean Williams from the penalty spot.
Shifnal Town beat Uttoxeter Town 4-0 at the Acoustafoam Stadium with two goals from Tom Hill, one from Keanu Cooper and one from Callum Greybrook.
Lichfield City beat Walsall Wood 4-2 but the game between Whitchurch Alport and Haughmond was postponed and Worcester City didn't have a game.
In the first division, the top two teams in Atherstone Town and Stapenhill both won.
Atherstone beat Chelmsley Town away 3-0 and Stapenhill overcame Ashby Ivanhoe at home 4-2 with goals from Haydn Brown, Ash Garner, Connor Richins and the departing Santi Sesay. Chris Acott got Ashby's two goals.
The games at Darlaston Town 1874, Dudley Sports, Wolverhampton Sporting Community and AFC Bridgnorth were postponed as were all games in division two and three
AFC Wulfrunians 5 Wolverhampton Casuals 2
Bewdley Town 0 Stourport Swifts 6
BoldmereSt Michaels 1 Romulus 1
Lichfield City 4 Walsall Wood 2
Lye Town 0 Tividale 1
Shfinal Town 4 Uttoxeter Town 0
Racing Club Warwick 2 Highgate United 1
Stone Old Alleynians 0 Hanley Town 1
Bilston Town Community3 Dudley Town 0
Chelmsley Town 0 Atherstone Town 3
Stapenhill 4 Ashby Ivanhoe 2
There is a full programme in the Midland Football League on Monday with premier leaders Hanley Town travelling to Stone Old Alleynians (1pm).
Of the chasing pack, Boldmere St Michaels are at home to Romulus, Lichfield City at home to Walsall Wood and Worcester City do not have a game.
In the first division, leaders Atherstone Town are away to Chelmsley Town and Stapenhill at home to Ashby Ivanhoe.
Most fixtures in the top two division are 3pm unless stated but do check with the home club if travelling.
Fixtures Monday December 27
Bewdley Town v Stourport Swifts
Lye Town v Tividale (1pm)
Stone Old Alleynians v Hanley Town (1pm)
AFC Wulfrunians v Wolverhampton Casuals
Boldmere St Michaels v Romulus
Lichfied City v Walsall Wood
Racing Club Warwick v Highgate United
Shifnal Town v Uttoxeter Town
Whitchurch Alport v Haughmond
AFC Bridgnorth v Shawbury United
Bilston Town Community v Dudley Town
Chelmsley Town v Atherstone Town
Cradley Town v OJM Black Country
Dudley Sports v Khalsa Football Federation
Stapenhill v Ashby Ivanhoe
Wolverhampton Sporting Community v Heath Hayes
Division Two (All 2pm)
Barnt Green Spartak v Earlswood Town
Bolehall Swifts v Boldmere Sports and Social Falcons
Hampton v Knowle
Kenilworth Sporting v Redditch Borough
Coventry Alvis v Inkberrow
Division Three (All 2pm)
AFC Birmingham v DSC United
Balsall and Berkswell v Birmingham Tigers
Central Ajax v AFC Coventry Rangers
Coventrians v AFC Solihull
Upton Town v Continental Star
FAIRFIELD Villa have signed defender Joe Heywood who will join for a second spell.
Heywood had a previous loan spell with Fairfield in 2020 when he made 11 appearances before going back to parent club Evesham United.
Meanwhile Fairfield have postponed their planned fixture with Alcester on Monday December 27.
STOURPORT Swifts went out of the Worcestershire Senior Cup at Redditch 3-2 last night (Thursday).
Swifts' goals came from Lee Hughes and Connor Gater.
RACING Club Warwick have signed experienced goalkeeper Dan Crane/
Crane, 37 (pictured below) has played for Burton Albion, Solihull Moors and Bromsgrove and made over 200 appearances for Hednesford Town.
Warwick's manager Scott Easterlow said "Dan would have been the first choice keeper I would have looked to sign in the summer just gone if I was at the club at that time so I am very pleased to have finally got him here.
"Not only is he an important signing for this season but also a big part of the plan for next season. We had a chat about the clubs' plans and the project we have going on here and he was really keen to come and get involved."
THE quarter final of the Birmingham County FA Vase has pitted two Midland Football League sides against each other.
Enville Atletic will play Cadbury Athletic in the game, which will take place on Saturday January 15.
Meanwhile in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup semi final, the winners of the quarter final tie between Atherstone Town and Darlaston Town 1874 will be away to OJM Black Country.
Both draws were made at Birmingham FA HQ today (Thursday).
WHITCHURCH Alport overcame Shifnal Town in the Shropshire derby game in the Midland Football League last night (Monday) 2-0
Jimmy Garlick got both goals and the result lifts Whitchurch above Shifnal in the table.
Below: Jimmy Garlick receives his man-of-the-match award from November player of the month Ellis Allen.
THERE is a tasty Shropshire derby in prospect tonight (Monday) in the Midland Football League Premier when Whitchurch Alport host Shifnal Town.
Whitchurch have won six out of their last seven league games - including a 4-1 victory over Bewdley on Saturday - to lift themselves to tenth place in the table.
They are one point behind Shifnal, who will be looking to get back on trackk after a 2-1 defeat at Romulus on Saturday.
Kick off at Yockings Park is 7.45pm..
SUNDAY PICTURE FEATURE
Action from Romulus v Shifnal Town which was won by the home side 2-1, the goals coming from Dean Morris and Owen Watkins.
Pictures taken from @Romulus_fc
WEEKEND ROUND UP
WALSALL Wood joined Whitchurch Alport in the fourth round of the FA Vase after overcoming visitors Anstey Nomads on penalties.
The game finished 1-1 in 90 minutes, Kaden May putting Wood ahead ten minutes from time before the visitors equalised from the penalty spot late on/Wood won the subsequent shoot out 4-3 and now travel to Wroxham in the next round.
Alport themselves won in the league 4-1 at Bewdley Town, Jud Ellis getting two goals.
Worcester City beat Lichfield City 2-1 in front of 556 at Claines Lane with goals from Billy Shaw and James Douglas
Leaders Hanley Town beat Racing Club Warwick 4-0 with goals from Louis Dodds, Danny Pugh, Chris Dagnall and Reece Jones.
Romulus got a good 2-1 win over Shifnal Town to lift themselves into sixth place in the table.
They are one place below Tividale who stayed in touch with the leaders after a 1-0 win over Stone Old Alleynians, Curtis Cocking on target for the second successive week.
In division one, the top versus second clash at Atherstone was postponed but Dudley Town closed the gap with games in hand after a 2-1 win over Khalsa Football Federation, Callam Baker getting a goal in each half for the Robins
Bewdley Town 1 Whitchurch Alport 4
Hanley Town 4 Racing CLub Warwick 0
Highgate United 2 Haughmond 1
Romulus 2 Shifnal Town 1
Stourport Swifts 2 AFC Wulfrunians 1
Tividale 1 Stone Old Alleynians 0
Wolverhampton Casuals 2 Uttoxeter Town 3
Worcester City 2 Lichfield City 1
Atherstone Town P-P Stapenhill
Bilston Town Community 1 Wolverhampton Sporting Community 2
Dudley Town 2 Khalsa Football Federation 1
Heath Hayes 4 Cradley Town 1
Nuneaton Griff 2 AFC Bridgnorth 2
OJM Black Country 4 Dudley Sports 1
Paget Rangers 3 Chelmsley Town 2
Wednesfield 3 Coventry Copsewood 0
Coton Green 1 Kenilworth 1
Inkberrow 1 Lane Head 1
Knowle 0 Fairfield Villa 1
Balsall and Berkswell 3 Continental Star 0A
Birmingham Tigers 5 Bartley Reds 2
DSC United 1 Coventrians 2
Enville Atheltic 3 Castle Vale Town 4
Leamington Hibernian 0 AFC Coventry Rangers 4
Sutton United 4 AFC Solihull 1
Upton Town 4 Central Ajax 2
Coton Green 1 Kenilworth Sporting 1
WALSALL Wood will attempt to reach the fourth round of the FA Vase on Saturday when they take on Anstey Nomads at Oak Park.
Nomads are currently third in the United Counties Premier Division North. The game should have been played last Saturday but was postponed.
The winners will travel to Wroxham in the next round in January.
Premier action sees a second versus fourth clash when Worcester City take on Lichfield City at Claines Lane.
Leaders Hanley Town are at home to Racing Club Warwick but third placed Boldmere St Michaels don't have a game.
Bewdley Town will attempt to get off the bottom when they entertain Whitchurch Alport at Ribbesford Meadows.
In the first division, first placed Atherstone Town are at home to second placed Stapenhill.
The visitors will be looking to close a ten point gap on Town.
Dudley Town in fourth place are hot on the heels of OJM Black Country in third, Town taking on Khalsa Football Federation at home and OJM receiving Dudley Sports.
Full league fixtures (3pm unless stated)
FA Vase Third Round
Walsall Wood v Anstey Nomads
Bewdley Town v Whitchurch Alport
Hanley Town v Racing CLub Warwick
Highgate United v Haughmond
Romulus v Shifnal Town
Stourport Swifts v AFC Wulfrunians
Tividale v Stone Old Alleynians
Wolverhampton Casuals v Uttoxeter Town
Worcester City v Lichfield City
Atherstone Town v Stapenhill
Bilston Town Community v Wolverhampton Sporting Community
Dudley Town v Khalsa Football Federation
Heath Hayes v Cradley Town
Nuneaton Griff v AFC Bridgnorth
OJM Black Country v Dudley Sports
paget Rangers v Chelmsley Town
Shawbury United v Ashby Ivanhoe
Wednesfield v Coventry Copsewood
Division Two (2pm)
Inkberrow v Lane Head
Knowle v Fairfield Villa
Redditch Borough v Hampton
Division Three (2pm)
Balsall and Berkswell v Continental Star
Birmingham Tigers v Bartley Reds
DSC United v Coventrians
Enville Athletic v Castle Vale Town
Leamington Hibernian v AFC Coventry Rangers
Upton Town v Central Ajax
Sutton United v AFC Solihull
WALSALL WOOD have signed two new players and recruited a coach to the backroom staff.
Russell Dodd has joined as coach and he has extensive exprience including management spells at Lichfield CIty, Cradley Town and Oldbury Athletic. He will assist manager Harry Harris with first team duties.
Striker Adam McGurk has also joined from Stratford Town. The 32-year-old made over 200 appearances in the football league for Portsmouth, Tranmere, Burton Albion and Cambridge United.
Ex Coventry United and Redditch United midfield Stuart Hendrie has also joined Wood.
TWO goals from Connor Doyle helped Highgate United to a 3-1 win over Stourport Swifts in the premier on Wednesday.
Lee Chilton got the other one and Edilson Antonio replied for Swifts.
LICHFIELD CIty failed to close the gap on leaders Hanley Town in the premier when they lost 4-0 at Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday night.
A hat-trick from Costelus Lautaru (pictured) and one from Daniel Kavanagh gave Warwick a boost.
The game between Walsall Wood and AFC Wulfrunians was postponed.
In the first division, Atherstone Town put Saturday's FA Vase defeat behind them to get a valuable 1-0 win at Dudley Town.
Ryan Quinn's late goal means they have won 19 out of their 21 league fixtures this season and are ten points clear at the top of the table.
Tonight's (Wednesday) action sees a premier division game at Highgate United who host Stourport Swifts with a 7.45pm kick off.
ROMULUS and Hanley Town fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Midland Football League Premier at Castle Vale last night (Monday).
A free kick from Safyan Zia opened the scoring for Romulus before Jake Twyford equalised for the table toppers on 21 minutes and Chris Dagnall gave them a 2-1 lead on 80 minutes in a crowded penalty area.
Deshon Carty squeezed a shot in the top corner of the net on 87 minutes to grab an equaliser for Roms who are ninth in the table whilst Hanley are seven points clear at the top.
Premier action tonight (Tuesday) sees Racing Club Warwick at home to fourth placed Lichfield City and Walsall Wood at home to AFC Wulfrunians.
In the first division Dudley Town host Atherstone Town who are in top spot but went out of the FA Vase at the weekend to Whitchurch Alport.
Tuesday Fixtures (7.45pm)
Racing Club Warwick v Lichfield City
Walsall Wood v AFC Wulfrunians
Dudley Town v Atherstone Town
WHITCHURCH Alport's reward for beating Atherstone Town in the FA Vase on Saturday is a fourth round tie at home to Congleton Town.
Congleton - who beat Highgate United 4-0 away on Saturday - are eighth in the North West Counties League Premier Division.
If Walsall Wood beat Anstey Nomads in their rearranged third round game on Saturday they will travel to Wroxham who are second in the Eastern Counties League.
The fourth round games will take place on Saturday January 15 2022 with the winning teams getting £1,875 and the losing team £600 from the FA Vase 2021-22 prize fund.
ROMULUS will be looking to put a heavy weekend defeat behind them when they take on premier leaders Hanley Town at home tonight (Monday).
Roms lost 5-1 at Worcester City, though Hanley also slipped up on Saturday, losing 3-1 at AFC Wulfrunians, their first defeat of the season.
Hanley are still six points clear of second placed Worcester, with a game in hand.
Romulus can move up from ninth to fifth tonight if they win.
Kick off at Castle Vale is 7.45pm
WHITCHURCH Alport are in the draw for the last 32 of the FA Vase tomorrow (Monday) after a 3-1 win at Atherstone Town.
Brady Middleton gave the Adders a half time lead but the Shropshire outfit came back through Temi Ajibola, a penalty from Ivan Urventev and a Jack Berman goal in injury time.
Highgate United went out 4-0 at home to Congleton Town and Stourport Swifts on penalties to Rugby Town after the game had ended 2-2 in normal time.
Walsall Wood will also be in the draw tomorrow after their game at home to Anstey Nomads was postponed.
Worcester City took advantage of Hanley Town slipping up away to go within six points of the top spot in the premier division
Debutant Reiss Taylor-Randle got two goals as they beat Romulus 5-1, Will Gibbons also scored two and Billy Shaw the other goal.Rikardo Reid got Romulus' consolation.
Hanley Town lost 3-1 at AFC Wulfrunians despite Reece Jones giving them an early lead. Dominic Dell got two goals for Wulfrunians and Ty Knight the other.
Shifnal Town and Boldmere missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders when their planned game at the Acoustafoam Stadium was postponed.
Wolverhampton Casuals edged out second bottom Bewdley Town in a seven-goal thriller 4-3. Jack Male got two for Casuals, Reis Mahey and Tyler Bruck the others.
Stone Old Alleynians continued their recent good run by surprising Lye Town 3-1 away with goals from Sam Wilson, Matt Thomas and a David Abelwhite penalty. Lye's David bellis had opened the scoring on 13 minutes.
An Ethan Muckley goal five minutes from time at Haughmond moved Tividale up a few places in the table. Curtis Cocking had given Tivdale a first half lead but Harry Morris equalised for the home side on 72 minutes before Muckley's winner.
FA Vase Third Round
ATHERSTONE TOWN 1 WHITHURCH ALPORT 3
HIGHGATE UNITED 0 Congleton Town 4
STOURPORT SWIFTS 2 Rugby Town 2 (Stourport lose on penalties)
WALSALL WOOD P-P Anstey Nomads
AFC Wulfrunians 3 Hanley Town 1
Haughmond 1 Tividale 2
Lye Town 1 Stone Old Alleynians 3
Wolverhampton Casuals 4 Bewdley Town 3
Worcester City 5 Romulus 1
Coventry Copsewood 0 Nuneaton Griff 2
Inkberrow 1 Cadbury Athletic 7
Knowe 4 Earlswood Town 1
Lane Head 3 Bolehall Swifts 0
Alcester Town 5 Boldmere Sports and Social Falcons 1
AFC Solihull 4 Centarl Ajax 3
Continental Star 0 AFC Coventry Rangers 4
DSC United 1 Enville Athletic 2
Leamington Hibernian 1 Upton Town 2
Sutton United 6 Birmingham Tigers 2
AT LEAST one league team will be in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Vase, as Atherstone Town take on Whitchurch Alport on Saturday in the third.
Stourport Swifts will attempt to reach the fourth round for the second season in succession when they take on Rugby Town at Walshes Meadow.
Stourport lost to Walsall Wood last season and Wood themselves are at home to Anstey Nomads.
Highggate United host Congleton Town and in the premier division, leaders Hanley Town travel to managerless AFC Wulfrunians.
Lye Town host Stone Old Alleynians and Wolverhampton Casuals take on Bewdley Town.
Tividale have dropped to ninth place in recent weeks and will be hoping for a win at Haughmond, a team they are six places above.
In the first division there are two derbies, one at Hillcrest Avenue where Dudley Sports take on OJM Black Country and another in Coventry, where Copsewood take on Nuneaton Griff.
Full Saturday fixture list (3pm unless stated)
FA Vase Third Round
Stourport Swifts v Rugby Town
Highgate United v Congleton Town
Walsall Wood v Anstey Nomads
AFC Wufrunians v Hanley Town
Haughmond v Tividale
Lye Town v Stone Old Alleynians
Shifnal Town v Boldmere St Michaels
Wolverhampton Casuals v Bewdley Town
Worcester City v Romulus.
Coventry Copsewood v Nuneaton Griff
Dudley Sports v OJM Black Country.
Division Two (2pm)
Alcester Town v Boldmere Sports and Social Falcons
Inkberrow v Cadbury Athletic;
Knowle v Earlswood Town
Lane Head v Bolehall Swifts
Redditch Borough v Hampton.
Division Three (2pm)
AFC Solihull v Central Ajax
Bartley Reds v AFC Birmingham
Continental Star v AFC Coventry Rangers
Coventrians v Balsall and Berkswell
DSC United v Enville Athletic
Leamington Hibernian v Upton Town
Sutton United v Birmingham Tigers.
DUDLEY TOWN midfielder Alex Perry is celebrating after winning the club's player of the month for November.
The popular player produced a number of impressive performances in the month, scoring against Darlaston Town in the JW Hunt cup and providing two assists against Chelmsley Town in the league.
(L-R) Dudley Town director Dave Ferrier presents Alex Perry with his award.
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