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The race for the division four title is well and truly heating up in the Sunday Alliance.

Any one of five sides could yet have a say, with this week’s team of the week right in the thick of it.

Bloomfield keeper Phil Matthews with a save from Sam Binks.

Bloomfield keeper Phil Matthews with a save from Sam Binks.

Michael Brown’s Shovels FC currently sit in second place but they only have one ambition.

“We want to win the league,” Brown told The Gazette..

“I think we are more than good enough to win every game we play now. That’s our ambition.”

“We are in a great position and we know if we win all our remaining games we’ll win the league and the cup.” Sunday’s game paired them against the league’s bottom side Bloomfield FC at a typically windy Common Edge.

Adam Naylor on the ball for Shovels.

Adam Naylor on the ball for Shovels.

It was a straightforward enough afternoon for Roberts’ side, who won 6-2 courtesy of a Samuel Binks hat- trick as well as goals from Jordan Fee and Alex Naylor.

The goal of the game came from goalkeeper Callum Binks – a wind-assisted effort from his own box.

Shovels were founded at the start of the season, after a group of former Highfield School friends grouped together to start a team.

Brown added: “We are all mates and we have a great bunch of lads. I was playing but have taken a step aside to manage the lads – but I could pick myself when I like!”

The win saw Shovels move into second place, just a point behind Metrostars.

Schools Media sit a couple of points behind the leaders but have two games in hand.

Either way, Brown and Shovels remain confident. “Sunday’s game was pretty easy really, but it was a really good performance,” he added.

“We were very comfortable in the first half and found ourselves 5-0 up. It was only when we turned around after the break and Bloomfield had the wind at their backs that we conceded two goals.

“We have some quality players and Sam Binks in attack has 17 goals in 16 games so far.

“I hope we can keep it going for the rest of the season.”

Shovels are without a game this weekend, so all eyes will be on third-placed Schools Media as they face Mobile Phone Shop in Fleetwood.

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