Football: Tytherington Rocks keep title race in their own hands

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Hellenic League Division One West

Tytherington Rocks 1 Lydney Town 0

TYTHERINGTON Rocks ensured their title fate remains in their own hands after narrowly beating Lydney Town last week.

With three more league games to play, all away from home, they now require seven points to be sure of finishing as champions for the second time in three seasons even if Lydney win their remaining eight games.

Lydney created the first chance when Richard Kear's shot was kept out by keeper Kevin Freeman.

Rocks started to up their game and in the 39th minute took the lead when a cross from Joe White on the left was met by Alex Chapman, who swept the ball in from inside the six-yard box, giving their keeper no chance.

Play continued at a high speed and both sides created several half chances but half-time came with no further goals.

With the second half only a few minutes old Lydney should have equalizsd when Kear broke through the Rocks defence and shot wide of the post with only the keeper to beat.

The nearest the Rocks came to a second goal was in the 70th minute when from a cross on the right Andy Criddle burst through to head just wide of the post with the keeper out of position.

In the 75th minute Lydney had a goal ruled after Niall Halford was adjudged to have fouled a Rocks defender after the linesman had flagged for the incident.

Rocks are away to Carterton on Saturday, 3pm.

Tytherington Reserves had an excellent 3-1 win away to Ridings on Saturday, with goals from Sam Taylor, Nick Jones and Rob Cave.

On Saturday they are at home to Little Stoke, 2.30pm.

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