LITTLETON returned to the top of the Athium Midland Combination Premier Division with a 3-1 success at Castle Vale JKS.

They took advantage of Walsall Wood being on cup duty but it was a mixed display of creativity and errors.

On a good playing surface, Littleton took a deserved lead on 12 minutes.

A long ball from Simon Fitter found Jamie Clarke who drove a powerful shot past the keeper.

Ten minutes later, Dan Trotman found Joe Lolley who turned past two defenders to score from close range.

The hosts’ best chance before half-time hit the post.

There was a remarkable start to the second period when Littleton created four chances in as many minutes and converted none.

Clarke and Joe Walsh were denied by the keeper, while Lolley was off target and then saw his effort smothered on the line.

On the hour, Vale’s Jacob Greaves headed in a cross to pull a goal back.

At the other end, Lolley’s drive was tipped onto the bar before he settled Littleton’s nerves with a fine solo goal on 76 minutes.

Littleton expect a big crowd on Saturday when fellow high-fliers Bromsgrove Sporting visit (3pm).

  • Pershore Town grabbed their first home league win of the season to move up to 16th in the table.

They beat basement boys Blackwood 4-2 with Quentin Townsend, Scott Finnegan, Richard Congrave and Sean Cooke on target.