BEWDLEY Town blitzed a youthful Wem side 8-1 to set the early pace in this season's West Midlands League.

Luke Morris and Dylan Hart both helped themselves to hat-tricks, Hart's trio arriving in the first half as Bewdley built a commanding 5-0 lead at the break.

Matt Kerby and Sam Prescot also got in on the goalscoring act and Wem had to thank goalkeeper James Beman from preventing Bewdley reaching double figures as he pulled off a string of fine saves.

Wem were handed a consolation goal from the penalty spot through Ryan Bright after Bewdley goalkeeper Jaydn Mundle has been penalised for a foul.

Luckless Wem's afternoon went from bad to worse when they had Will Dewfield sent off.

Bewdley can expect a tougher test this Saturday when they travel to Wolves Sporting Community.

Cradley Town clinched their first points of the season with a 2-0 success at home to Tividale-based Smethwick Rangers.

Both Cradley goals arrived from corners, the first after just five minutes when Dominic Strevens bundled home at the far post after Keiran Day's cross had been headed on by Jordan smart.

Adam Jones converted Cradley's second goal on 34 minutes when heading home Smart's cross.

Cradley will be looking to create further goals this Saturday when they visit early season strugglers Wem.

Black Country Rangers, who have based themselves at the former Oldbury United ground in York Road this season, were held to a 1-1 draw at Bilston Town, Adam Garmson grabbing a goal for Sean Geddes's side.

Black Country visit Wednesfield this Saturday.

Dudley Town were trounced 5-0 at Littleton this week while Dudley Sports went down 3-1 at home to Pershore Town where goals from Shaun Griffiths, Umit Eminoglu and James Baldwin sealed the points.