Benji Robinson is Shawbury United's hero in big win
Benji Robinson was the star of the show as Shawbury United picked up a big victory to move off the bottom of the Midland Premier.
The teenage forward – who is on loan from AFC Telford United – scored all three as they won 3-0 at AFC Wulfrunians.
Dave Richards’ side have won their last two away league games, and he said: “To be fair, it was a great result.
“AFC Wulfrunians were in good form going into the game.
“Benji proved a few critics wrong after some people were saying his end product was not good enough, that he was making wrong decisions at times.
“He deserves all the credit he can get, for scoring three goals from the three chances he had.
“His pace really is phenomenal and he is also one of the nicest lads I’ve had the pleasure of managing.”
Robinson figured a couple of times for the Bucks last season, playing a part in their Shropshire Senior Cup triumph, and has spent all of this campaign at Shawbury.
“We played him right through the middle and I told him to just stay on the last man on Saturday – and you could see their defence was frightened to death of him,” said Richards.
“He’s not one to shy away from any challenges either. He gets kicked nine times out of 10 because of how quick he is, but he gets on with it.
“You really can’t ask for any more from a young lad.”
Shawbury are now 21st out of the 22 teams in the division. They have 15 points after 22 games and they host Loughborough University this Saturday.
Richards added: “We’ve only conceded one goal in our last four league games. We’ve made ourselves hard to beat, which is great to see.
“We’ve got a few games in hand on the teams above us.
“There’s a togetherness here and it all seems to be going in the right direction.
“We know, though, there’s a lot to do. We have to, really, win at least 10 of the 20 games that we have left.”
Also in the division, Haughmond pulled off a big upset – winning 3-2 against Bromsgrove Sporting.
A crowd of 270 at Shrewsbury Sports Village saw Mond take the lead in the first half – Carl Rogers smacking the ball into the top corner.
The hosts went in at the break 1-0 up, but were pegged back shortly after the restart as Richard Gregory struck for Sporting.
Haughmond were not to be deterred, though, and regained the lead within five minutes as Steve Hole slotted home, after great work by Sam Phillips.
The visitors then threw more and more players forward, but the home side were coping and, in the 75th minute, Scott Ryan brilliantly surged through and put the ball through the keepers’ legs to extend the lead.
Ryan had the ball in the net again five minutes later, but the goal was ruled out for offside and Sporting swiftly replied through Dan Preston to make it 3-2 with 10 minutes to play.
It is now three wins on the bounce now for Haughmond, with confidence returning after halting a horrible run that saw no victory in three months in the run up to Christmas.
Next up for Matt Burton’s men is a trip to Highgate United on Saturday.