Bees win in league but exit Urn

By Liam Moakes 29/03 Updated: 03/04 18:00

STUDLEY will have to earn silverware the hard way this season after spurning their chance of winning the Worcestershire Senior Urn with a woeful semi-final loss at West Midlands Premier Division outfit Bewdley Town on Tuesday.

The hosts will now play Alvechurch in the final at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough home, leaving the Bees' cup hopes for the season resting on their tough looking visit to Tipton Town on Wednesday for the second leg of the Polymac Services League Cup.

However, it will be a stern challenge for the Bees who travel to the Black Country with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at the Beehive in which the visitors produced a dominant display.

Before that though, Lee Adams' side host Causeway United in the Midland Alliance tomorrow, aiming to build on Saturday's 2-1 victory at basement boys Willenhall Town which lifted them five points above the bottom three.

The hosts have bagged just 13 points from 35 matches this season and it was easy to see why as the Bees prevailed.

Lei Brown's 29th minute penalty put Studley ahead and Matt Collins doubled the lead just before the break, rendering Reece Leek's second half strike a consolation for Town.

Studley then headed to Bewdley hopeful of booking their place in the Urn final but it was not to be as the hosts progressed at Ribbesford Meadows.

Town took a tenth minute lead when winger Chris Seekings centred from the left and his dangerous low cross was diverted into his own net by Simon Fitter under pressure from Chris Hough.

The match was scrappy to say the least, although midfielder Collins almost equalised in fine style but his thumping 30-yard effort struck the bar.

However, Bewdley doubled their lead on the hour mark when Hough got on the end of through ball just before the advancing Studley keeper Perry Cox and was able to feed Seekings to score.

The visitors' hopes were ended three minutes later when striker Jamie Bailey acted out of character and received a red card after kicking out at home keeper Darren Steadman.

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