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A fourth-straight win for Shortwood

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Shortwood United made it four wins on the spin, beating Bourton Rovers 4-1 in a comfortable Hellenic League Division One West encounter, writes Jim Cunneen.

Earlier, Bourton nosed ahead in the fifth-minute – Fairbrother nodding home.

Wood netted parity five minutes before the break. Barrett stepped on the gas and Soule’s cross was touched in by midfield dynamo Bowles. A minute later and Wood nosed ahead – Beadle picked out star striker Soule who smashed in his 11th goal of the season.

Finally, in the 76th minute, Soule nipped in and set up Phin for a simple finish and with almost the last kick, Soule put Marks away and as Marks challenged the keeper the ball fell to Beadle 25 yards out, who knocked the ball into the empty net.

Wood travel to Hellenic Premier Division leaders Cribbs in the FA Vase on Saturday.

Shortwood: Parsisson, Tunnicliff, Barrett, Tryner, Nowell, Byrnes, Hobbs (Marks 72), Beadle, Soule, Bowles (Harper – Emerson 63), Phin (Montague 82)

Star Man: Joe Tryner – imperious at the back.

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