9th Jul, 2020

Black Horse stride into cup quarter-finals - Bromsgrove & District Football League Round-Up (Week 24)

Ben Tyler 23rd Jan, 2020

ODANE Barnes was the extra-time hero after his strike sent Bromsgrove & District League Premier Division leaders Black Horse into the quarter-finals of the FA Sunday Cup.

After a goalless 90 minutes away to Liverpool side Oyster Martyrs, Barnes struck deep into the additional period to send two-time winners Oyster crashing out of the competition.

Black Horse now face a clash with Luton-based St Josephs for the third season in a row, with the away tie taking place on Sunday, February 19.

Division Two side West Heath Allstars knocked out Division One opposition in Crown Internazionale to advance to the quarter-finals of the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup. Oli Smith’s double and one from Jake Wicketts sent the Allstars on the way to a deserved 3-1 success, although they had to come from behind after conceding early.

West Heath were level within minutes of the opening goal when Wicketts worked his way through on goal before feigning a shot and dispatching the ball past the grounded goalkeeper.

Smith then put the visitors in front with a shot arrowed into the bottom right corner on the stroke of half-time.

With the game very much still in the balance, a penalty for West Heath after a foul on Jason Gibbons allowed Wicketts the opportunity to double his tally. His strike, however, was well kept out by the Internazionale goalkeeper.

But with ten minutes remaining, the hosts’ custodian handed possession back to West Heath with a poor clearance, and Smith was played through to finish from a tight angle.

In league action, Premier Division side Winyates romped to a 7-0 win at Quinton Athletic, pushing them up to fourth in the table.

In a week where the Bromsgrove versus Redditch rivalry came to the fore, Arrow Valley earned some bragging rights over Bromsgrove Partisan with a 3-0 victory in Division Three.

Dave Evans’ double and a late Owen Fisher effort were enough to win an entertaining spectacle at the South Bromsgrove 3G.

A through-ball from Tyler Rees set up Evans to finish expertly and open the scoring in the 13th minute, before the forward doubled his and Arrow Valley’s tally with a carbon copy four minutes later.

Bromsgrove threw away the opportunity to bring themselves back into contention with a penalty miss ten minutes after the restart, with Leon Kandekore also fluffing his lines for the visitors shortly after.

Fisher wrapped up the win in the 90th minute, keeping third-placed Arrow Valley well in the title fight with their second-placed rivals.

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