Football: Vine Inn haul themselves off Coors Premier League table
VINE Inn put a torrid month behind them to pull off a vital derby win over Foaming Quart and in doing so also haul themselves off the bottom of the Premier Division table.
The Vine had conceded 22 goals in their three previous matches, their manager, Kevin Eardley, had quit, and key player Ian Challinor had jumped ship ... to join Burslem rivals Quart.
But new joint bosses Lee Card and Phil Yearsley saw their side climb two places from the bottom of the table to ninth thanks to a 2-1 away win over their old foes.
Anthony Brooks gave the visitors a perfect start and Mitchell Armstrong doubled their advantage with a stunning 25-yard shot shortly after half-time.
Steven Rutter halved the deficit with 15 minutes to go but the Vine, who were promoted to the top flight last summer, held firm.
Card said: "We might have been fearing the worst after our recent hammerings, but we kept reminding our lads that this was a must-win game.
"It was a brilliant performance. Paul Preston was superb in central midfield and Mitch smashed in a cracker, but it was a real team effort. Everyone fought for each other.
"It's tight down at the bottom and that takes us up two places. Now we'll try to see ourselves clear of the drop for the rest of the season."
Biddulph Moor Wanderers take the Vine's place propping up the rest after a 4-1 loss at Trent Tavern, despite going ahead through Kevin Knox.
Colin Fletcher (2), Ricky Patterson and an own goal turned the tide to help push Trent up to sixth.
Chell Heath Knave are through to the final of the Staffs FA Premier Cup after a superb 5-2 win at Belt Road. They will play either Porthill Park or Sneyd in the final.
Sean Mountford's strike and a late Jack Watson goal helped League Cup holders Gardeners Arms see off Bignall End in the third round of the Bill Slater League Cup.
Blurton WMC are also through, while Miners Arms won their fourth-round tie at home to AFC Crompos.
Crown Red Street leapfrogged AFC Alsager at the top of Division One by beating their title rivals 2-1.
Darcy's continue to run away with Division Two. Ben Wallbanks and James Dunn both grabbed braces in an 8-0 demolition of Brown Edge.
The Bradeley are second after beating Meir Knocks 4-0. Andy Teague helped himself to a couple.
Third-placed Stoke Vans Chesterton were trailing Berry Hill 2-1 with 15 minutes to go, but won 3-2 thanks to strikes from Matthew King, Mark Barnett and John Keegan.
Andrew Robinson was on the scoresheet four times as Division Three leaders Vodafone Stoke beat Traveller Rest 9-2, having been held 2-2 at the break.
AFC Smallthorne, in second, won 4-0 against Smithfield and braces from Martin Churchill and Russell Bromley helped third-placed Ball Green beat Plaza 6-1.
Leaders AFC Moorlands are now 15 unbeaten in Division Four coming from behind to beat Fegg Hayes Allstars 2-1.
Julian Weatherall banged in five as the division's other unbeaten side, fourth-placed AC Biddulph Arms, won 7-0 at Scramblers.