TEN-man Littleton survived some second-half pressure before sealing a 4-2 victory at Heath Hayes on Saturday.

Dan Carter opened the scoring with a 20-yard rocket from the left within seven minutes but the hosts soon levelled through Regan Smith.

With less than quarter of an hour played, Jamie McCready brought down the ball on the halfway line and set off on a mazy dribble, leaving a clutch of Littleton defenders trailing in his wake before cutting back for Smith to tap in.

Carter was soon at it again, though, rifling in from the edge of the box and then the visitors took a two-goal lead when Michael Wright notched from close range after Dale Edwards had hit the post on 33 minutes.

The tide turned when Kevin Ingram handled inside the box and was given his marching orders by referee David Hinton. Jack Weldon scored the penalty for Heath Hayes and it was game on.

Buoyed by the double boost, the hosts built plenty of momentum early in the second half but Littleton stood firm with some desperate defending paying dividends when Carter completed his hat-trick with 18 minutes to play.

On Wednesday, Littleton battered Herefordshire League outfit Tenbury Town 11-0 in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup with Carter (5), Lewis Clarke (2), Stuart Hall (2), Shay Palmer and Steve Roche on target.