BEACON Lions emerged the comeback specialists this week as they got their Wilkes Tranter Martyn Chell Cup group qualifiers off to a winning start.

The Beacon league newcomers from Coseley visited neighbouring Fiveways Inn and chalked up a hard fought 3-2 success after trailing by two goals at the halfway stage, writes Dave McLean.

Fiveways controlled matters in the first period and led the way with goals from James Gadd and Nathan Maxwell. However, the second half belonged to the Lions as they roared to an opening group match triumph with Craig Littlewood (two) and Ryan Thomas securing victory.

Second round ties were completed in the NDT Midlands Lester Charity Cup but there was disappointment for Dudley Rangers United who gave a good account of themselves against top tier Claregate, but went down 4-1.

Opening group qualifiers in The Sports Shop (Kingswinford) sponsored Clinton Cup brought first game victories for AFC Sporting Gornal, FC Premier under-21s (6-2 v AFC Springfield) and Bloxwich Rangers under-21s (6-0 v Norton Canes).

AFC Sporting Gornal ran out 2-1 victors over visiting Coven United, with efforts from Owen Harris (penalty) and Jordan Robinson, while an own goal gave Coven late hope.

On the Redbox Signmakers Beacon Championship front, Kurdish United replaced reigning champions Dynamo Dudley as leaders after moving top on goal difference and with a crucial game in hand!

Kurdish made it seven league wins in nine, running out 4-1 winners over fourth place Sedgley & Gornal United. Extending United's impressive form were Bryar Abdullah (two), Sarhang Rawf and Sarkar Ahmedi.

Carrying Beacon league hopes in the Birmingham County FA Sunday Vase second round this Sunday are Dynamo Dudley who visit Sutton and District Premier outfit Hundred Acre Reds.