A TWELVE-GOAL thriller went the way of West Heath Allstars in a 7-5 win at Droitwich Spa Eagles in the Worcestershire County FA Junior Cup.
Jake Wicketts netted twice for the Division Two side while Christopher Fox, Callum McCall, Michael Ryan, Aaron Tullett and Alex Wesley also registered on the scoresheet.
Their contributions helped the Allstars side advance to the third round of the competition at the expense of the Worcester & District League high-fliers.
West Heath responded with five unanswered goals after falling behind to an early goal, first through Tullett’s cross-shot for the leveller, before a deflected effort by Ryan, two solo goals from Wicketts and a composed finish by Fox put the visitors in control.
The Eagles crucially pulled a goal back before the break, albeit a screamer from 25-yards which left the goalkeeper with little chance, as the hosts threatened a comeback with two goals early in the second half.
It was the wake-up call that the All Stars needed as Wesley restored the two-goal cushion when meeting a centre from his brother Alex to make it 6-4.
McCall scored the visitors’ seventh and final goal of the afternoon after a corner was poorly cleared, prior to a late consolation that completed an enthralling spectacle.
Crown Internazionale’s Sam Horton bagged a brace to help the Division One outfit sail into the next round.
Joe Buckley, Sam Wright, Will Bacchus and Oli Pugh also found the net to see off Droitwich Spa Rangers in a 6-1 win.
Catshill put their Division One struggles behind them to thrash SHTP 10-1 and also advance, while Meadow Park required penalties to see off Droitwich Spa BGFC Rovers.
Park were 4-2 victors on the shootout, following a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
There was such worry for the Division One table-toppers Broughsons – who dismissed hosts Northside 6-0.
Daniel Gaffney, Billy Garvey and Adam Watson each netted twice, ensuring a straightforward victory after three weeks without a game.
Hizza United twice came from behind to beat Station Inn 4-3 in Kidderminster.
After James Wright’s opener was wiped out by two strikes from the hosts, Jack Cole was on target to ensure parity at the break.
But after falling behind once more, United were not to be denied.
They levelled through Wright four minutes from time, before being rewarded for their endeavour by a dramatic own goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
Division Three AFC Blackwell were 3-0 winners in the only other tie, easing past Hawthorns 3-0.
In the Birmingham County FA Sunday Premier Cup, Premier Division leaders Black Horse were eliminated 3-2 on home turf by Coventry side Ambush.
Division Two strugglers Rubery Legends, meanwhile, showed no signs of their league form in a 6-1 triumph against Wednesbury Rangers in the Junior Cup.
Quinton Athletic won the only tie in the WA Harris Cup, edging Winyates 3-2 in an all-Premier Division affair.