Football
Earls hit back to continue good run

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 12 November 2012 Updated: 12/11 10:49

Atherstone Town 1 Earlswood Town 2

Midland Combination Premier Division

EARLS continued their good run of form by fighting back from behind to win at Sheepy Road on Saturday.

The visitors have now picked up three wins and a draw in their last four games and were on top for most of the contest despite conceding early on.

Atherstone went ahead in the seventh minute when a mistake in defence allowed Ben Ashby to gather possession and lob Richard Taylor in the visitors' goal.

The lead only lasted five minutes though as Earls hit back when Sam Wills' corner flew into the net off the head of a defender.

All of the chances were now coming Earls' way but they had to wait until the 72nd minute to go ahead.

Charisma Agbonlahor latched on to the ball after the keeper could only parry Wills' shot and he made no mistake in firing home.

Earls' task was made easier for the closing stages as the hosts had two men sent off. One for collecting two yellow cards and the other for handling Wills' shot on the line. Agbonlahor was off target with the spot kick though, sending his effort high over the bar.

The three points leave Earls sixth in the table and in confident mood ahead of Saturday's home clash with third placed Bromsgrove Sporting.

THE Youth team bowed out of the FA Floodlit Youth Cup at the second round stage following a 2-1 AET defeat at the hands of Stourbridge.

Kyle Turner had Earls' best chance of a goalless 45 minutes but was denied by the keeper whilst Colin Matthews was not called into action until the 35th minute.

Stourbridge took the lead from the penalty spot but Earls were soon awarded one of their own from which Turner made no mistake.

Extra-time saw Stourbridge edge ahead again in the 112th minute and despite Turner seeing an effort cleared off the line, there was no way back for Earls.

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