DUDLEY Town gave their survival fight a much-needed shot in the arm with victory over Pegasus Juniors.

The Robins fielded a young side last Saturday but secured the points thanks to Jamal Thompson's only goal of the game.

They remain second from bottom of the West Midlands Premier League but are now just a point behind third from bottom Pegasus and fourth from bottom Stone Old Alleynians.

The most pleasing aspect of the win for manager Dean Whitehouse was the way Dudley's young guns met the challenge head on.

He said: "It was a good win and a win that was fully deserved.

"We have fielded three under-16s and four under-18s and put in our best performance of the season since I took charge.

"I won't be calling them kids anymore after the way they stepped up.

"They played without fear, played some great football at times and just followed the instructions they were given.

"We won't get carried away because it's all about next year for us. Regardless of what league we are in we will be giving these young lads a chance."

The Robins are due to take on Tipton in the JW Hunt Cup on Tuesday night before welcoming Malvern Town to the Dell this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is the start of three successive home league games as they look to build on the Pegasus success.

Whitehouse added: "It would be great if the fans could come down and support these young lads now.

"They have done really well and played some nice stuff. They are still learning and there are a few tweaks to be made but they are heading in the right direction."

Meanwhile, Dudley Town's under-10s are inviting players to join their training sessions on Thursday evenings.

The club wants to find more players as the team moves to nine-a-side football next season.

Anyone interested can call 07958225843 or 07523 200141.