ANOTHER reduced programme of action in the Bromsgrove & District Football League was lit up by a scintillating second round tie in the Kidderminster Hospital Minor Cup.
Division Three side Arrow Valley were eliminated in a 5-3 thriller at home to Sporting Rangers – despite Leon Kandekore, Jake King and David Evans all finding the net.
It was a brave attempt from the hosts, who fell four goals behind before scoring three without reply to bring the match back into contention.
But a fifth goal for Sporting nine minutes from time doused any hope of a comeback.
In the sole fixture in Division One, Crown Internazionale closed the gap to second-placed Kings Heath Albion with a 2-0 win to go third.
Max Loveridge and Sam Wright were the goalscorers to maintain Internazionale’s push for the top two, with two games still in hand over Kings Heath and one more to play on leaders Broughsons.
Division Two leaders West Heath Allstars and Chaddesley Ravens Dynamo could not be separated in a 3-3 draw at Dwellings Lane.
Alex Wesley opened the scoring for the hosts when turning in a rebound off the post, before Daniel Willetts capitalised on a defensive error to level.
West Heath went back in front when Oli Smith’s cross was sent inadvertently into the net by a Chaddesley defender.
The Ravens swooped to rescue another equaliser before half time, when Jamie Moore scored a carbon copy of the his side’s first.
Smith finally had a goal to his name when he expertly finished from Jason Gibbons’ pass.
But the visitors came back once more to snatch a point – courtesy of Daniel Weston.
AFC Norton kept tabs on the leaders after beating Alcester Town Sunday 5-1 to stay second.
Luke and Nathan Hancock both recorded braces, while Matthew Albutt scored a solitary goal for the hosts.
Kemal Nadjat was the Alcester scorer – who stay sixth.
Catshill put aside their league struggles by advancing to the semi-finals of the Division One Cup.
After a 2-2 draw with visitors Hizza United, Catshill were 4-2 victors on penalties.
Lewis Smith and Lewis Yardley scored for the hosts, while Harry Nicholls had two goals to his name during regulation time.
In the second round of the FA National Sunday Cup, Premier Division outfit Black Horse had no problem in disposing of Anstey Sports Bar in a 4-0 rout.