CLAVERDON boosted their title hopes and dented those of rivals Inkberrow Reserves with a crucial win in Stratford Alliance Division One.
Last season’s champions grabbed a vital 2-1 win at Inkberrow to keep alive their prospects of overhauling leaders Henley Forest of Arden.
Captain Henry Eddy and Joseph Knight scored for Claverdon, with Joel Steer replying for the hosts.
The result means third-placed Claverdon, eight points behind Henley with three games in hand, and second-placed Inkberrow, five points behind with two games in hand, can still overhaul Henley for the crown.
Inkberrow head to Welford on Saturday, with the latter having edged closer to safety with a 3-2 win at FC Wickhamford.
The Wicks had led but three goals in the final 30 minutes from Dino De Angelis (2) and Mathew Wood sealed the points for the second-bottom visitors, who now lie two points behind Alcester Town Reserves.
GSH United were able to celebrate after an 8-0 home win against Shipston Excelsior Reserves secured the Division Two title in the club’s first season.
The Henley side rattled up their 17th win in 19 league matches thanks to goals from Jack Bate, Harry Bedford, Benjamin Hands, Dean Haye, Dan Sill, Elliot Wilson and sub Ashleigh Wilson (2).
FISSC Reserves’ Richard Foreman bagged a hat-trick but still finished on the losing side – 5-3 against Inkberrow A. The visitors took the points through goals from Tom Banks, Robert Barnett, Ryan Donnelly, George Parsons and Oli Wilkins.