LOWER Stratton jumped up to sixth in the Swindon & District League Premier Division after overcoming a youthful Wroughton side 4-2.

A brace from Jamie Stones helped the hosts earn another three points, which ensured they leapfrogged their weekend opponents to move within two points of fifth-placed Wheatsheaf.

Stratton boss Alan Spring said Saturday’s win was a pleasing one, but he added every game until the end of the season will be tough.

“The teams we’re playing right now are good, they play solid football,” said Spring.

“Wroughton are a strong and young side. Our third goal seemed the knock the wind out of their sail.

“Wroughton beat us convincingly on their home pitch so naturally we are delighted with the win.

“Our hope for the rest of the season is to keep climbing the table.

“Our squad is changing every week - injuries, work and family commitments all play their part.”

Spring also has a Swindon Advertiser Cup semi-final clash against Bakers Arms to look forward to.

Bakers Arms host Stratton on Saturday, March 10, at home. And Spring is expecting another tough encounter.

He said: “It will be a tough semi-final, and a good game.

“If we can do well in the cup, fantastic. But it’s a 90 minute game and we know they’re a tough team to beat.

“The league is competitive and the teams remaining in the hat are strong.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, FC Dorcan defeated league strugglers Ramsbury 7-2 to solidify their spot in the top half of the league.

Joel Ofori netted a hat-trick while Luke Murphy’s brace guided Dorcan to a crucial three points which keeps them in the title race.

On the other hand Wheatsheaf’s hopes of winning the league were dented following a one-goal loss to table topping Bakers Arms.

Levi Kuenen struck the game’s only goal in what proved to be a close contest.

Tawny Owl’s game against Swindon Supermarine DC saw the hosts score 17 times as they earned a dominant 17-1 win.

Charlie Grabe scored five times while Giovanni DeSando hit a hat-trick.

The result saw Tawny Owl keep the pressure on Bakers Arms, maintaining their one-point deficit at the top of the table with two games in hand.

Meanwhile Division One saw third-placed North Swindon WMC earn an eight-goal win against mid-table Moredon.

Three goals in the first half, followed by another five in the second, secured North Swindon a comfortable win.

Redhouse were also big winners as they defeated bottom club Brockhill United 7-0.

Swindon AFC also earned three points with a 2-0 win over New Town All Stars.

Meanwhile Haydon Wick moved level on points with tenth placed Village Inn after a hard-fought 4-1 victory away from home.