SHIFNAL Town took a giant stride towards lifting this season's West Midlands League title after blitzing second placed Bewdley Town 4-0 .

Tom Hill thumped home two goals, taking his tally for the campaign to an impressive 35, while Angelo Franco fired home a third.

Bewdley added to their own downfall with an own goal as well as Shifnal open up a six point gap at the top - but also have the luxury of two games in hand.

More concerning for Bewdley is the fact Wolves Casuals could now catch them for second spot despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Dudley Town.

Following a goalless first half stalemate, Dudley deservedly snatched the lead when substitute Jay Hewitt added the finishing touch to a well worked move.

Casuals were quick to respond when Kyle Brady lobbed them back level.

But it was Dudley who came closest to clinching maximum points when Hewitt hit the crossbar with a well struck free kick.

In a bizarre conclusion to the contest, players and spectators alike were left bewildered when one of the linesmen walked off following a dispute with the referee.

Dudley now find themselves level pegging for fourth placed with Bilston Town after the Steelmen secured a 5-2 success over third from bottom Wem Town.

Dimitri Dunkley bagged a brace of goals for Bilston while Jamal Fuller, Kev Nickle and substitute Matty Barnett supplied further scores.

Black Country Rangers are beginning to look a strong bet for a top six finish despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Wednesfield at Brierley Hill's Hillcrest Avenue.

Reece Lynch lashed home Black Country's only goal to keep his side in sixth spot.

Cradley Town claimed a precious point in their battle to beat the drop after producing a 2-2 draw against Pershore Town.

Despite the absence of Cradley's suspended player-manager Sean Geddes, the Hammers still came flying out of the traps to build a rapid 2-0 lead.

Tyreece Ruddock rammed home an early goal after being set up by Dan Munday.

Then Munday netted the second goal himself after heading home Regan Carthey's cross on 16 minutes.

Pershore pulled a goal back through England Deaf international James Clarke before Myles Simpson put through his own goal to ensure a share of the points.

Bottom side Dudley Sports had their trip to Ludlow based Shawbury United called off and will hope for better luck this Saturday when they visit Worcester Raiders.

Bewdley will be determined to bounce back and enhance their 100 per cent home record in the process when they host Shawbury on Saturday.

Dudley Town have a date at Darlaston Town on Saturday while Cradley can do them a favour when they entertain third placed Wolves Casuals.

Black Country are at home to Littleton while Tividale based Smethwick Rangers make the journey to Wednesfield.