Sutton Coldfield and neighbours Aldridge are in poll position for promotion in the women's National League as both teams continued their revival at the weekend.
Jane Sixsmith again inspired Division One leaders Sutton with another two goals - in two minutes - in a 6-1 home victory over title challengers Trojans. She was ably supported by fellow scorers Louise Pittam (2), Laura Unsworth and Sandeep Kaur.
Their bid for promotion back to the Premier Division, after only one season in Division One, was greatly helped by joint second-placed Birmingham University's 1-1 home draw against Loughborough Students. Sutton's lead has been extended to six points.
Aldridge went to the top of the North Division yesterday following a 4-1 home defeat of Bradford. But their one-point lead over Sunderland is tenuous as the Wearside club have a match in hand.
However, Aldridge failed to consolidate their lead on Saturday, when they drew 0-0 at Whitley Bay, while Sunderland lost 2-1 to Liverpool Sefton.
Jo Walker, the leading scorer for Aldridge, opened the Staffordshire club's account against Bradford in the 34th minute before Elle Keating (2) and Lisa Prince scored second-half goals.
Worcester recorded their third win in South Division, 2-1 over Southampton, and moved off the bottom. Two goals within a minute in the first half, by Rachel Creese and Kate Draper, may have given them a lifeline.
There was rejoicing at Lichfield yesterday when the men's North Division team recorded their first win in the National League - 3-1 against Formby.
They will cherish the memory as it is almost certain that they will not survive to play another season in the league.
Adrian Gilbert shot them into a sixth-minute lead and just before half time Sean Gilmour doubled it. Mark Blanksby extended that late in the second half before the visitors netted in the final minute.
The biggest blow was to Bournville who were unable to capitalise on the match of the division's leaders, Brook-lands MU, being postponed. Bournville surprisingly lost 4-2 at home to Nottingham who are just above Lichfield.
Bournville, in second place, never recovered from conceding three goals in the first 18 minutes. Rik McCollum and Gary Town replied with goals but Nottingham scored a fourth goal near the end.
The bad weather resulted in Leek and Stourport's matches being postponed.
Birmingham University may be forced into the playoffs to try to avoid relegation from South Division to the regional league. They lost 5-1 at Ipswich while Oxford Hawks, who are equal on points with them, beat Bar-ford Tigers 2-1. n Sutton Coldfield clinched promotion to the Coaching Solutions League Midlands Premier Division on Saturday with a 6-1 win away to North Stafford.
They are seven points ahead of Mansfield who beat Hampton-in-Arden 2-1 in Midlands Division One. The two leading clubs end the season in two weeks by playing each other.
Premier Division leaders Sikh Union (Nottingham) beat Nottingham University 5-2 and are five points ahead of Coventry and Telford & Wrekin, both of whom also won. Telford blasted bottom side Players 13-2 while Coventry pipped Chesterfield 2-1.