Double delight
Like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum , the fortunes of Colebridges two first division teams seem inextricably linked. 

There was little to choose between the teams last Winter , when they were engaged in a battle for promotion. The piquant irony of this Winters campaign is that relegation is the spectre that haunts the feast. 

Following last weeks encouraging draws in the second tier of the Birmingham League , both teams registered their first victories of the Winter campaign this week. 

Dinosaurs triumphed to the tune of four points with an emphatic victory over Bournville C , with hat tricks for Dan Ranford and Jim Connor.  The Brian Morris brace ensured that the four points at stake stayed resolutely in their Shirley fortress. 

Eagles were on their travels , to deepest , darkest Darlaston , where their opponents were Smithereens. 

Eagles were dismayed to spot the expensively appointed saloon car of Ray Dixon before the match had even begun , however , their fears were allayed when it was discovered that the veteran England internationals residence is within a forehand smashes distance of Smithereens HQ , and he was , in fact , just passing through ! 

Eagles success was in no small measure thanks to the irrepressible Bernard Oliver , whose hat trick laid the cornerstone for a 7-3 success , Mike Evetts and John Swinburne completed the scoring.

The team were grateful for the extended opening hours at their habitual post-match hostelry , particularly as the M6 was closed , and an unexpected and protracted detour through the heart of the second city was not assisted by a Swinburne sat-nav whose outdated software ensured that much of the travel was " off-piste".   
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