Market Drayton's first team entertained Kidderminster at Keele University on Saturday and knew that only a win would do if they were to remain in the promotion race.

Kidderminster had beaten Drayton earlier in the season and a team containing many old heads and plenty of experience proved difficult to break down early in the match.

But with top scorer Brendan Jones upfront Drayton found their touch and went one up the experience striker finishing from close range.

Kidderminster struggled to get themselves back into the game and Drayton went further in front when Jones doubled the lead with a penalty stroke; a Kidderminster defender clearing the ball with a back stick off the line.

Drayton had the majority of the possession and found it simple to keep their opponents at bay limiting chances whilst the defence mopped up any breaks with ease, Dan Ball impressive at left-back with Dan Bentley influential on the right.

Drayton's third came from Bentley as the right-half beat his man and drove down the line; his cross from deep found Jones again to make it 3-0 to Drayton, an easy finish beyond the stranded Kidderminster keeper giving the forward his hat-trick.

Drayton wound down the game keeping the ball impressively, Shellman excellent in midfield once more.

Drayton Captain James Joule praised his team after the game: “We played really well. We know what we have to do now and it's completely down to us; we're confident that we'll beat our next three opponents and get the nine points to regain control of our promotion spot. We can't afford to let this opportunity go again, and I'm confident we won't.”

Drayton's promotion hopes were boosted on Sunday as Wednesbury defeated league favourites Redditch, a result that now means if Drayton are victorious in their three remaining fixtures they will be guaranteed promotion.