Title chasing Sedgley and Gornal United turned their attentions to more silverware this week as they opened their league cup charge with a six goal blast.

The Tipton based outfit began their qualifying group matches in the Wilkes Tranter Chell Cup with a comfortable 6-0 home triumph over Trysull Tigers, hitting three in each half, writes Dave McLean.

The trio of Will Lochhead, Jordan Kelly and Leigh Edwards put United in the driving seat before Bradley Lewis (two) and a Greg Poole penalty doubled their tally.

This season's Chell Cup is being contested by six top flight teams, who meet each other once. The top four finishers will progress to the semi-final knockout stage.

Also picking up a opening group win were FC Premier U21s who visited Codsall Station and came from behind to emerge 5-3 victors.

Premier took an early advantage only to trail by the odd goal in three at the interval as Kyle Matthews and Liam Davies responded for Codsall.

Matthews restored Codsall's narrow lead after Premier had squared matters at 2-2 but the visitors finished the stronger hitting three further goals.

Inflicting the damage for Premier were Curtis Bullock and Reagan Palethorpe with well taken doubles and Kasen Peace made it a fine nap hand success.

Beacon Lions held a single goal interval advantage against current Concentric Property Beacon Championship leaders Claregate 2nds in their opening Chell Cup tie thanks to Wayne Blake.

But it was not enough as Claregate stormed back after the break with five, with Conor Forrester (three) and Mark Habbashaw (two) taking the glory.

In a virtual full Paycare Development Division programme runaway leaders CTS United made it 15 games unbeaten with a narrow 3-2 away success at FC Premier 2014.

It was win number 14 for United but they did not have it all their own way against a hard working Premier side, who trailed 1-0 after a closely contested first period.

Ernest Kot and Ugo Iroegbunam hit back for Premier at the start of the second half. However, Premier, who were without top scorer Jermelle Banner who was suspended, suffered a further blow losing their keeper to injury and CTS took maximum points as Jack Kelly (two) and Jay Crumpton netted for the pacesetters.

Second place AFC Sporting Gornal, who have played four more games than CTS, remain 11 points adrift of the table toppers after running out 5-2 winners against Cannock United who led 1-0 at half time.

Back stormed Sporting in the second half as top marksman Owen Harris fired a treble, supported by Stuart Brown and George Price. The duo of Charlie Saunders and Jacob Longdon replied.

Third spot is now occupied by Dudley Rangers United after they chalked up a 2-0 victory over visiting Coseley FC, goals from Olly Heartland and Joe Snipe.

On the same points as Dudley are Wyrley Athletico after the latter edged a 3-2 win at Gornal Rangers.

Efforts from Tahi Markland and Jack Malpass had given Gornal a 2-1 half time lead only for Wyrley to grab the spoils with late strikes. Sharing the goal limelight for Athletico were Corey Crutchley, Alex Stokes and Ryan Clenton.

There was a fourth league success for Health Direct as they shot down Penn Rovers 5-0 with prolific marksman Nathaniel James firing a hat trick and singles from Kash Ismail and Dave Law.

In the Roger Brindley Cup 030s Cup, finalists Wednesbury Athletic rounded off their group qualifiers with a 100 per cent record and a 7-3 win over Boca Seniors.

The group B winners, who face Springvale Vets (group A victors) in the final in March, had Paul White notching three.

Also on the mark for Wednesbury were Billy Brown, Andy Sperling, Noel Smith and Darren Kidd, while Brian Zimmerman, Alister Ashmore and Michael Macfarlane replied.

This Sunday sees opening games in The Sports Shop Kingswinford Clinton Cup with the 12 Paycare section teams split into four groups of three with the eventual winners qualifying for a separate semi final draw.

There is very much a cup theme on the Beacon league front this weekend with the first of the NDT Midlands Lester Charity Cup quarter final ties planned, Claregate 2nds v Dudley Rangers United and Sedgley and Gornal United v AFC Dormston O30s.

The other two ties are planned for February 9 and are, Beacon Lions v CTS United, Shere Punjab Wolves v Trysull Tigers.