KIERAN Young hit five goals as Ross Juniors Colts walloped hosts Mitcheldean 2nds 8-1.

Juniors were dominant from the start and were soon 3-0 up thanks to goals from Young, Luke Darwin and a free-kick from Ben Scotford.

Mitcheldean pegged one back just before the break, but any thoughts of a comeback were soon quashed, with the second half proving one-way traffic as Ross created chance after chance, converting five of them.

Young scored another four with Colin Davies also on the score sheet.

The Colts, in their first season, are now fourth in Division 3 of the North Gloucestershire League, four points behind leaders Lydney Town B with two games in hand.

The 1st XI’s trip to Burghill Rangers was postponed, allowing league leaders and local rivals Fownhope to stretch the lead at the top to seven points with a 2-1 home win over Ledbury Town 2nds.

Joseph Harwood and Ben Price scored for the Wyeside outfit, who have points in the bag but have played three games more than Juniors.

Juniors’ 2nd XI also saw their game, home to Wellington Colts in Division 2, postponed, while Fownhope 2nds lost out 1-0 at leaders Ewyas Harold, with the visitors staying fourth and Juniors eighth.

Newent Town weren’t in action at the weekend, but warmed up for last night’s (Tuesday, February 8) GFA Challenge Trophy third round home clash with Roman Glass St George with a round of team-bonding golf.

Ruardean Hill Rangers secured a 1-1 home draw with mid-table rivals Hardwicke in the Gloucestershire County League, Luke Johnson putting them in front after seven minutes.

Hardwicke hit the post, but just before the break Steve Clark should have made it 2-0 when he was put through on goal by Luke Johnson but then pulled his shot wide. And the miss was regretted when Rob Hine levelled from a corner on 69 minutes.

Hardwicke nearly snatched it when Paul Carter’s shot rattled the frame of the goal before Will Matthews missed a golden opportunity to snatch all three points two minutes from time.

Staunton & Corse drew 1-1 at Chesteron in Gloucestershire North Division 2, Cosmin Mincula grabbing a share of the points with 10 minutes to play, a result which leaves them ninth one place above their hosts.

At the top of of the North Gloucestershire Premiership Division, a Lee James brace and goals from Marc Matthews, Dan Morgan and Dan Payne fired second-placed Huntley to a 5-2 home win over leaders Mushet & Coalway to close the gap to five points.

And Ruardaen Hill Rangers 2nds secured a 2-2 draw at third-placed Blakeney thanks to strikes from Mitchell Griffin and Kerry Powell.

Lydbrook Athletic 2nds had a morale-boosting 5-2 home win over Tidenham to widen the gap to the bottom two in Division One, Alex Bailey hitting a hat-trick and Paul Hurley and Jack O’Nions also on target.

But high-flying Mitcheldean lost 4-1 at lowly Staunton & Corse 2nds, a Keiran Meek brace and goals from Gregor Duffus and Ryan Sherwood doing the damage, with Damon Beaumont notching the consolation.

Goals from Thomas Bruton and Dameon Goodman put Weston 2-1 up at half-time at Mushet & Coalway 2nds, but lost out 4-2 in Division 2 with the winners leapfrogging the losers to fifth.

And Ruardean Hill Rangers A went down 5-1 at third-placed Bream Amateurs 2nds, Lewis Drew scoring their only goal as they stay eighth.

Third-placed Lydbrook Athletic A were in 11th heaven beating hosts Broadwell Amateurs A by that many goals without reply in Division 2, Nathan Whittaker scoring four, Liam Halliday a hat-trick, and Liam Davies and David Fennell two apiece.

Harold Head hit two for Staunton & Corse A, but they lost out 3-2 at Rank Outsiders 2nds, whose victory lifted them off the bottom of the table.

⢠Fixtures this Saturday include - Fownhope 2nds v Ross Juniors 2nds, Ross Juniors A v Rank Outsiders 2nds, Kington Town 2nds v Fownhope, Newent Town 2nds v Bourton Rovers 2nds, Hanham Athletic v Ruardean Hill Rangers, Lydbrook Athletic v Winchcombe Town, Staunton & Corse v FC Lakeside, Howle Hill v Bream Amateurs, Ruardean Hill Rangers 2nds v English Bicknor 2nds, Westbury Utd v Huntley, Mitcheldean v Lydbrook Athletic 2nds, Rank Outsiders v Longhope, Woolaston 2nds v Staunton & Corse 2nds, Bream Amateurs 2nds v Weston, Ruardean Hill Rangers A v Redbrook Rovers 2nds, Broadwell Amateurs B v Ruardean Utd, Harrow Hill A v Mitcheldean 2nds, Staunton & Corse A v Sling.