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27th Nov, 2021

FA CUP - Bromsgrove Sporting 0-5 Grimsby Town

Aaron Sutcliffe 16th Oct, 2021 Updated: 16th Oct, 2021

BROMSGROVE Sporting’s FA Cup dream was ended in the fourth qualifying round after the Rouslers suffered a heavy defeat to Grimsby Town at the Victoria Ground.

 

The National League side blitzed Sporting with three goals in the space of 10 first-half minutes as Seb Revan’s brace and David Longe-King’s header put the Mariners out of sight.

 

Sporting improved in the second-half before Lenell John-Lewis scored a late penalty and Will Bapaga struck with the last kick of the game as Bromsgrove’s FA Cup journey came to an end in front of the BBC cameras.

 

The visitors created a chance with the first meaningful attack of the game when Will Bapaga broke into the box before cutting the ball back to John-Lewis who miscued his effort wide.

 

Sporting responded when some good work from Will Shorrock sent Miro Pais away down the right only for the winger’s cross to evade everyone in the box.

 

Bromsgrove keeper Akos Onodi then made an excellent stop to deny the lively Bapaga from 15-yards out.

 

Grimsby took the lead on 17 minutes when Harry Clifton’s first time ball sent Bapaga clear down the left who cut the ball back to Revan who smashed an effort past Onodi into the roof of the net.

 

The Mariners doubled their lead in the 25th minute when a free-kick into the box was headed in at the back post by Longe-King despite Onodi’s best efforts to keep the ball out.

 

And soon after the away side had their third when just two minutes later Bapaga and Revan exchanged passes before the latter curled a low effort into the bottom right corner.

 

Sporting tried to find a way back into the game when Jordain Masidi blasted a first-time shot over the bar and out of the ground.

 

Brendan Kelly’s side came forward again when the ball broke to Shorrock in the box only for the forward to slice his effort wide under pressure from several Grimsby’s defenders.

 

The visitors could have extended their lead further just before half-time when John-Lewis beat the offside trap only for Onodi to make an excellent pair of saves to deny the striker when one-on-one.

 

However, Bromsgrove ended the half well when Shorrock let fly from 25-yards out which forced Grimsby keeper Max Crocombe into his first save of the match as he tipped the ball behind for a corner.

 

The second period began in the same manner as the first when Onodi made a smart save with his feet to keep out John-Lewis.

 

Sporting then created their best chance of the match when Nathan Hayward found substitute Demetri Brown in space with his low effort from just inside the penalty area held by Town keeper Crocombe.

 

Grimsby went straight up the other end and should have extended their lead when Bapaga’s volley was cleared to safety after the on loan Coventry City man appeared to have been fouled in the area moments earlier.

 

The home side continued to search for a way back into the game when a corner from the right glanced off the head of Pais who was unable to make clean contact with the ball.

 

The National League side continued to be wasteful in front of goal when Max Wright played Bapaga clean through only for Onodi to make a stunning save before beating Wright to the rebound and holding onto the ball.

 

Onodi was in the thick of the action again later in the half when he was adjudged to have brought down Edwin Essel in the box despite the foul appearing to take place just outside the area.

 

John-Lewis fired the resulting penalty down the middle of the goal on 82 minutes before seeing another spot kick saved minutes later as Onodi dove superbly to his left to prevent the striker from doubling his tally for the game.

 

However, there was nothing Onodi could do in the final minute of injury-time when Bapaga curled an effort into the right corner of the goal with the very last kick of the game.

 

Despite the scoreline, Bromsgrove can hold their heads high as the town came out in their thousands to show their support for Kelly’s side on what will go down as a memorable occasion in the club’s history.

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