HAVING marched through to the Staffs Challenge Cup semi-finals the previous weekend, Riverway were back in league action this week.
They hosted Red Star Alma at Rowley Park and ran out worthy 3-0 winners to move eighth in West Midland League divi- sion two.
Riverway made a couple of changes from the side that won at Redgate in the cup with Chris Hall and Jay Arnold both coming into the starting line-up.
Both sides looked slightly cagey as they tested each other out in the early stages.
As Riverway settled into the game they did not have to wait long before they opened the scoring.
Charlie Marshall raided down the right hand side and saw his cross cut back by Thomas Duffy for Martyn Wheeler who hammered home his third of the season.
At this point the hosts started to domi- nate the game and it was a great team goal after 28 minutes that saw them increase their advantage.
Matt Bickley found Duffy wide left whose delivery was brought down by Wheeler and Matt Rhodes added the fin- ishing touch.
Chances were coming thick and fast for
the home side and the visitors were fortu- nate not to go into the break with a greater deficit as Arnold, Duffy and Earl Grant all missed opportunities to get on the score sheet.
After the break the visitors started to press but found the likes of Dave Wilcocks resolute as sweeper closing any space the visiting forwards managed to find.
Riverway got the third they were looking for when Ben Roberts brought the ball out from the back.
After great link-up play between Grant and Rhodes it was Duffy who had the awareness to square to the on coming Roberts for an easy tap home.
Riverway are at home again this week facing Gornal Athletic reserves (2pm).
Universal Sports and Social Club at Doxey are inviting new members to join their various sporting teams. Crown green bowls, darts, dominoes, crib and snooker are all available at the club.
Those wishing to take up the sport of bowls will also be made welcome as would any team looking for a venue for the new season. The function room at Universal is also available, free of charge for a limited period, by calling 01785 251022.