TIVIDALE'S title charge suffered a jolt when they were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Dudley Town.

Following a forgettable first first, the Robins shocked the league leaders with a 46th minute goal when former Tivi player Chris Rabone set up Emils Fedotvos to slot home beyond the reach of goalkeeper Ryan Cheshire.

Tivi hit back to level on 62 minutes when top marksman Demetri Brown crossed for Darragh Bustin to net with a rare header.

Despite the draw, Tivi maintained their compelling 14 point lead at the top after second placed Haughmond lost 1-0 at Black Country Rangers.

Jarrad Daniels despatched the only goal to give Black Country a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of Tivi.

Gornal-based Black Country are still 17 points adrift of Tivvy - but have the luxury of five games in hand.

Cradley Town climbed to ninth place after despatching Dudley Sports 4-1 at Hillcrest Avenue.

The game was much closer than the score suggests as Sports missed several clear chances.

Cradley clinched an early foothold in the game when Cameron Milne converted Kieran Day's cross after just six minutes when firing beyond the reach of goalkeeper Ryan Pratt.

Day then sent Dan Bell racing clear to make it 2-0 on 23 minutes.

Sports piled on the pressure after half time but then got themselves caught out on the break, Nigel Penney's goalbound shot being blocked into the path of Day, he found Adam Jones who made it 3-0 on 63 minutes.

Cradley failed to clear their ranks from a free kick on 70 minutes enabling Ronnie Hendricks whose shot beat goalkeeper Ben Manley.

But there was no recovery as Cradley wrapped up the points when Adam Garmson set up fellow substitute Jamie Tomlinson whose goalbound shot just eluded Pratt's fingertips.

Cradley attempt to continue their upward curve this Saturday when they entertain Bilston Town Community, while Sports face a tough trip to second placed Wolves Casuals.

Tividale travel to sixth placed Hereford Lads Club while Black Country Rangers visit Shropshire side Shawbury United.

Dudley Town entertain Wednesfield on Sporting Khalsa's artificial surface.