BEWDLEY Town continued their terrific run of home form as they defeated Dudley Town 3-2 at fortress Ribbesford Meadow to remain within striking distance of league leaders Shifnal.

Luke Morris lashed Bewdley into an 18th minute lead with a powerful shot which proved to good for Dudley goalkeeper Shane Mayden.

But from that point, the West Midlands Premier League game proved evenly poised until Bewdley increased their lead on 62 minutes when Adam Beardsmore converted from a Chris Seekings cross, connecting with a dramatic diving header.

Dudley clawed a goal back when Kieran Berry converted from a disputed penalty on 75 minutes but any prospects of a Robins recovery were quickly dispelled as Sam Prescott put Bewdley 3-1 ahead just three minutes later.

Credit to Dudley who kept going and again reduced the deficit with three minutes left on the clock, Owen Massey was on the mark after Bewdley had failed to clear from a free kick.

But Bewdley held firm from that point, despite an extra seven minutes of added time, to maintain their magnificent 100 per cent home record.

The result means Bewdley stay three points adrift of Shifnal Town who continue as top dogs courtesy of a convincing 4-0 win at Wolves Sporting Community, Tom Hill providing two of their goals, taking his league tally to 33 in the process.

Bewdley are due to visit Shawbury United on Tuesday ahead of this Saturday's trip to rock bottom Dudley Sports.

Dudley Town stay fourth in the table but didn't suffer too much damage as third-placed Wolves Casuals could only manage a goalless draw at lowly Wem Town.

The Robins play host to local rivals Black Country Rangers on Saturday who currently occupy sixth spot after being held to a 1-1 draw by Smethwick Rangers.

Ironically Black Country had knocked Smethwick out of the League Cup earlier in the week by a 2-1 margin thanks to goals from Sean Turner and Beckham Brazier.

Smethwick proved sterner opposition second time around and Black Country had to thank Alex Hammond's goal for securing a share of the points. Chris Bladen responded with Smethwick's goal.

Second from bottom Cradley Town have a critical week ahead of them.

They were due to host fellow strugglers Wem Town on Tuesday in a proverbial six pointer before heading to Darlaston Town on Saturday.

Smethwick are also be in need of points to keep clear of the drop zone when they entertain Wednesfield this Saturday at Tividale's Packwood Road ground.