BEWDLEY Town bowed out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle when beaten for the first time this season by a well drilled Alsager Town side who recorded a 2-1 verdict at Ribbesford Meadow.

Having already reeled off four straight wins this season, Bewdley came flying out of the blocks and should have taken a sixth minute lead when Matt Kerby fired against the post.

The ball rebounded back for Dylan Hart whose follow-up shot was well saved by Alsager goalkeeper Ben Cortes Smith.

North West Counties League side Alsager took the lead on 21 minutes in controversial fashion following a Finlay Jackson free kick, which Ben Boyne headed on for Morgan Palmeria to bundle home while Bewdley players stood appealing for handball.

But there was no doubt about Alsager's second goal on 32 minutes, Gideon Offe Akusah unleasing a defence splitting pass for George Archer to race through and plant home beyond the reach of goalkeeper Joe Sidaway.

Bewdley clawed a goal back when Kerby converted from Hart's cross on 52 minutes.

And Bewdley could have easily levelled matters when Hart was put clear on 82 minutes - but with only Cotes Smith to beat, fired wide.

Bewdley return to West Midland League action this Saturday when they host Bilston Town in a classic top v bottom confrontation.

Cradley Town also crashed out of the Vase with a 3-0 reverse at Wolves Sporting Community.

Having suffered a slender 1-0 reverse at Sporting only the previous week, Cradley hopes were high they could turn the tables.

But in truth, Cradley escaped lightly as Sporting were by far the better side.

Lee Smith lashed Sporting into an early lead before two goals from Soms Sibanda either side of half time sealed Cradley's fate.

Cradley couldn't even lay claim to a consolation goal as Sporting shotstopper Richard Kennedy turned a goalbound Jerry Koomson effort over the crossbar.

Cradley entertain AFC Bridgnorth this Saturday.

Dudley Sports also lost interest in this season's FA Vase when beaten 3-1 at Hinckley side Leicester Road but there was better news for Dudley Town who triumphed 2-0 at Stapenhill.

Black Country Rangers blew their chance to get on terms with the league leaders when dumped 4-0 at Darlaston Town.

Leon Taylor netted twice for Darlo with Ramano Graham and substitute Ezekiel (Zico) Agyemang adding further goals.

Black Country travel to Tividale based Smethwick Rangers this Saturday, Dudley Sports host Wolves Sporting while Dudley Town take on Wem Town on Sporting Khalsa's artificial surface in Wolverhampton.