LITTLETON maintained their early lead at the top of the Athium Midland Combination Premier Division with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Brocton.

Strikers Joe Lolley, Jamie Clarke and Olly Manouchehri created problems for the home defence with their movement and pace.

Littleton’s defence, marshalled by Simon Fitter, snuffed out Brocton although they had to reorganise when Ben James went off on 30 minutes with a back injury.

Substitute Luke Richardson curled a shot wide before the visitors went ahead on the stroke of half-time. Clarke cut in from the left and hit home a powerful shot.

After a surge from the hosts, Littleton looked the most likely to score with the keeper denying Lolley, Tom Allard and Clarke.

Allard extended the lead eight minutes from time after good work by Manouchehri.

Littleton host fourth-placed Atherstone on Saturday (3pm).

  • Pershore Town suffered a disappointing defeat in the FA Vase second qualifying round, losing 5-2 at home to Wulfrunians.

The visitors’ Danny Crudgington netted a penalty on 15 minutes and grabbed a second nine minutes later.

Liam Wilkinson added a third before the break but the hosts came out fighting.

Ben Hayes’ strike five minutes after the interval gave Pershore hope and he netted another shortly after.

But Crudgington completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time before Jake Webb made it 5-2.