LONG time leaders Tividale saw their advantage clipped to just seven points at the top after being held to a 1-1 draw by fifth placed Malvern Town at Packwood Road.

Harry Clark followed up to net at the second attempt to put Malvern in front after an initial shot from Redditch United loanee Dave Reynolds had been blocked.

Tivi hit back when Darragh Bustin was put in the clear to convert his 19th goal of the season.

However, Haughmond's 3-1 success over Brierley Hill based Smethwick Rangers has enabled them to close the gap on Tivi while having the luxury of two games in hand.

Tivi travel to Pershore Town this Saturday which is followed by a Birmingham Midweek Cup clash against Midland League side Chelmsley Town, which takes place at Packwood Road on Wednesday, February 27.

Jamal Lawrence lashed home a hat-trick as Black Country Rangers returned to winning ways with a 6-0 success over rock bottom Pegasus Juniors.

Liam Hughes also hit a brace of goals while Yannick Gomes made it six of the best as Black Country stay sixth.

Dudley Sports local derby with Dudley Town finished with honours even at 1-1.

Emils Fetdotvos gave Dudley Town a flying start with a fourth minute lead but Sports hit back 10 minutes later through Richard Hanson.

Neither side could create a clear chance in the second half.

Dudley Town gave debuts to Matt Martin, Aaron Bishop and Sam Prince while Sports were boosted by the inclusion of several Stourport Swifts players that included former Wolves and Worcester City marksman Mark Danks.

Dudley Town entertain Bilston Town Community this Saturday on Sporting Khalsa's 4G pitch while Sports travel to Shifnal Town ahead of their Birmingham Midweek Cup clash at high flying Midland League side Atherstone.

Cradley Town were involved in a cracking contest with Hereford Lads Club at the Beeches Stadium with the visitors coming out on top 4-2.

That didn't stop Cradley taking a superb 17th minute lead when Kieran Day raced to the by-line and cut the ball back for Jerry Koomson to convert.

The Lads levelled from the penalty spot through Kiea Cowley after Cradley's Joe Hawkins had handled.

Jamie Cuthbertson put the Lads 2-1 up at half time.

The Lads were kept at bay in the second half by Birmngham City Academy keeper Lewis Landers who was deputising for Ben Manley while away on wedding duty.

But Landers scuffed a clearance kick straight to Kallum Wildig who made it 3-1 on 67 minutes.

Cradley clawed the score back to 3-2 when Lads shotstopper Steve Bell saved a certain goal from namesake Dan Bell, but Hawkins was on hand to head home the resulting corner.

The Lads had to wait until the 95th minute to seal victory through a second Cowley goal.

Bewdley Town bagged a 2-0 win over Shawbury United.

Sam Lester and Calum Martin missed glorious chances to convert for Bewdley in the first half.

But Lester finally netted on 67 minutes after converting a Chris Seekings cross.

Bewdley had to wait until the 89th minutes before finally putting the game to bed when Jack Gallagher sent Matt Kerby racing clear to crack home.

Bewdley travel to bottom side Pegasus Juniors this Saturday while Cradley town entertain Hereford side Wellington.

Black Country Rangers visit Malvern Town who sit directly above them.