THERE was no shortage of goals as the battle for league silverware moved into the home straight on the Beacon Sunday Football front this week.

Just five games went ahead, yet there were plenty of fireworks and a glut of no fewer than 42 goals as the top tier pacesetters Claregate Park Rangers and second tier frontrunners Bloxwich Rangers U21s showed no signs of slipping up, writes Dave McLean.

In the main Redbox Signmakers Beacon Championship, Claregate's clinical finishing proved crucial as they ran out 3-0 away winners at hard working Fiveways Inn to retain a six point advantage at the head of the pack with two matches remaining.

Although Gornal based Fiveways created opportunities they forgot their shooting boots, while Claregate marched on thanks to the trio of Kyle Matthews, Simon Stokes and Dan Pritchard.

Second place Dynamo Dudley, who know they must rely on Claregate slipping up ìf they are to claim a fourth consecutive crown, grabbed a ninth league success, hitting back from 4-3 down to sink brave basement outfit Cannock United 7-5.

Aaron Lloyd led the goal charge for Dynamo by bagging four, supported by Ben Hickman (two) and Scott Lloyd.

In another top flight goal thriller, Codsall Station came from 2-1 in arrears to edge a 5-4 home win over fourth place Sedgley & Gornal United.

It was Codsall's fourth league success and one that pushes them up two places into the top five.

Codsall went ahead with a superb 25 yard volley from George Armstrong in two minutes, before S and G hit back with a brace to lead with just ten minutes on the clock.

It was end to end football and Liam Davies levelled from the penalty spot, the same player restoring Codsall's lead early in the second period before Dom Leason found the target with a long range half volley to make it 4-2.

Battling S and G cut the deficit again, only to concede a fifth as Davies completed his treble.

S and G, who also netted a late fourth goal, responded through Tom Timmins (two), Bradley Lewis and Jack Kelly but Codsall held out for maximum points.

In the Paycare Development Division, Bloxwich Rangers U21s need just a point from their final league game against title rivals Trysull Tigers (on March 24) to secure the championship.

In their penultimate fixture, Bloxwich who also entertain Trysull in the quarter finals of the NDT Midlands Lester Charity Cup this Sunday, hit back from 2-0 down to lead AFC Springfield by the odd goal in five at the interval thanks to a Reece Berry hat trick.

Berry's first was from the spot after Springfield were reduced to ten men. Bloxwich doubled their tally in the second period thanks to Corey Wilkes, Brandon Herkes and a fourth from Berry. Jon-Paul Shaw (two) and Steve Cater replied.

AFC Sporting Gornal moved second in the Paycare section despite being pegged back four times in another Beacon thriller against visiting Penn Rovers.

In the end, Sporting just edged the spoils 5-4 with goals from Jordan Robinson (two), Owen Harris, Dean Ashford and Nathan Bull. Keeping things close for Penn were Lewis Edwards, Adam Craig, Shay Clifton and Callum White.