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6th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Sporting denied win at the death by Hednesford

BROMSGROVE SPORTING extended their unbeaten run to eight matches after conceding a last-minute penalty in their 2-2 draw against Hednesford Town.

 

Demetri Brown and Will Shorrock turned the game in Sporting’s favour after Lewis Ludford-Ison had opened the scoring for the home side from the spot.

 

However, Reece Flanagan’s 90th minute penalty meant Bromsgrove were forced to settle for a point having also conceded at the death against local rivals Redditch United in their last outing.

 

The result leaves Bromsgrove in 12th place in the Southern League Premier Central table and remain unbeaten in the league under boss Gavin Hurren.

 

Thick fog made for difficult conditions at Keys Park as both teams struggled to create chances in the first half with Will Shorrock and new Sporting signing Jordan Goddard going closest for Sporting.

 

Rouslers keeper Aaron Clayton then made an outstanding save to keep out Riley O’Sullivan’s shot to send the teams into the break on level terms.

 

However, Hednesford took the lead on 51 minutes when Ludford-Ison scored from the penalty spot after Josh Quaynor was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.

 

And the home side almost doubled their lead soon after when former Sporting man Andre Landell nearly caught Clayton off his line with an audacious effort that went narrowly over the bar.

 

Hurren’s men would soon restore parity however when Brown tapped home from a yard out on 63 minutes after Quaynor’s cross was fumbled by Town keeper Oliver Basey.

 

And Sporting completed the turnaround on 67 minutes when some neat work from Shorrock inside the area allowed the winger to coolly find the net.

 

However, Bromsgrove were pegged back right at the death when Flanagan was brought down in the area by Tom Taylor before scoring the resulting penalty despite Clayton getting his fingertips to the ball.

 

Hurren said: “I feel that it’s two points dropped, it’s a sickener but it’s a massive point, our lads were brilliant especially in the second-half.

 

“There’s going to be a time when we lose a game but the players are full of confidence and giving their all, there were great scenes with the fans at the end all singing and clapping.”

 

Sporting are next in action at home to Stourbridge on Monday, December 27 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.

 

Report sourced by Max Banner.

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