SEDBERGH Wanderers produced one of the shocks of the season as they deservedly ran out 6-2 victors against title-chasing Keswick on Saturday in the Bluefin Insurance Westmorland League.

The side which were bottom of the table before the game moved within one point of safety as Richard Close got the ball rolling by scoring inside the first 10 minutes.

Keswick pulled a goal back shortly after through a free kick but with 20 minutes on the clock Paul Farrell headed home from a corner to put Sedbergh back in front.

In a thrilling first half, Luke Packham scored with a free kick on the edge of the box to make it 3-1 but Keswick pulled their deficit back to one goal with a carbon copy of Packham’s set piece strike.

Packham scored a penalty to put his side 4-2 up, and just before the interval Luke Cragg kept their advantage at two goals when he pulled off a penalty save.

The second half was as end-to-end but with 10 minutes left Oliver Wales wrapped up victory when he rounded the keeper and slotted home.

And Sedbergh had their sixth when a Keswick backpass bobbled over the keeper’s foot and went into the back of the net to give Sedbergh three valuable points in their battle against the drop.

On Tuesday night, the league’s top two Appleby and Wetheriggs United battled out a 1-1 draw in a fierce local derby.

Appleby started well and after 20 minutes they took the lead when Crawford beat his marker and found himself one on one with the keeper to finish neatly into the bottom corner.

They had further chances to increase the lead when Dent found himself clear but he scuffed his shot and the keeper made a good save.

The second half saw Wetheriggs come into the game more and with 10 minutes remaining a cross from the left was parried by Richardson, but on-rushing attacker Phil Askins comfortably finished to equalise.

Both sides then pushed for a winner, but chances were kept to a minimum and the game ended all square.

Keswick were unable to capitalise as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Burneside, meaning that Wetheriggs and Keswick are still three points off table-topping Appleby but both sides have two games in hand on the leaders.

Earlier in the week Wetheriggs put themselves firmly in the title chase with a 3-1 win when they entertained Staveley United.

It was a good five days for Burneside, who preceeded their Keswick draw by beat Sedbergh Wanderers 3-2 last Thursday night thanks to goals from Kane Banks, Alex Chirwa and Daniel Croskell, with Sedbergh getting on the scoresheet through Close and Elliot Oxley.

Staveley United eased their relegation concerns with a 1-0 home win over Kendal United, who also lost to Kirkoswald 3-2 on Saturday.