LITTLETON will enter February rooted to the foot of Midland Football League Division One after a 1-0 defeat at Stapenhill.

The Ton Boys played with purpose but got thwarted time and time again by inspired visiting keeper Thomas Cox on Saturday.

Oli Manoochehri was twice denied in the opening 15 minutes with Dan Holloway hitting the woodwork with a free-kick.

Manoochehri and Lewis Marston went close after the break but Connor Richins provided the sting in the tail, flicking in from six yards four minutes from time.

Littleton, without a fixture this weekend, head into their final 12 matches 11 points from safety. They have taken six points from 24 outings to date.

Pershore Town dropped back into the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division relegation zone courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at Shifnal Town. They welcome six-placed Wednesfield on Saturday.