Clarke double as Littleton stay top

HIT MAN: Jamie Clarke grabbed two goals in Littleton’s win over Coventry Copsewood.

HIT MAN: Jamie Clarke grabbed two goals in Littleton’s win over Coventry Copsewood.

First published in Sport

LITTLETON extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a hardfought 3-1 victory over a competitive Coventry Copsewood team.

They kept up their lead of the Athium Midland Combination Premier Division despite going behind on 17 minutes.

The heavy overnight rain created a soft pitch but it held up well and Copsewood swooped after a scramble from a corner which they consistently delivered dangerously.

Within six minutes, Littleton were level with Jamie Clarke heading in from a freekick.

They took the lead on 38 minutes when a defender sliced an attempted clearance past the keeper.

In the second-half, the hosts looked to increase their lead and Joe Walsh hit the post with Ollie Manouchehri firing the rebound wide.

As the game wore on, Coventry sensed they could rescue a point and threw men forward but Littleton desperately hung on.

In injury-time, Clarke was left alone and slotted the ball into the empty net from at least 50 yards with the keeper stranded in Littleton’s half.

Last week, Littleton, who head to lowly Castle Vale JKS in the league on Saturday (3pm), won 3-1 at Pilkington XXX in the Les James Challenge Cup second round with goals from Clarke, Manouchehri and Scott Walsh.

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