HOCKEY: Bromsgrove are on course for a remarkable cup and league double after a brilliant weekend.
The men’s first team booked their place in the semi-finals of the National Vase for the first time in the club’s history after a stunning penalty victory over Cumbrian side Keswick on Sunday.
The Boars are also top of the West Midlands Division One after a 5-2 win over Leamington.
Bromsgrove will now take on Camberley and Farnborough away in the last four on Sunday, March 23.
Keswick had dominated Saturday’s clash for long periods but a fine clearance from Nigel Johns kept them at bay.
But after Jake Bubbles’ sin-binning, the hosts took control and the lead with a swift counter-attack.
A second goal had Bromsgrove reeling but the introduction player/coach Andy Langlands started a revival as Mark Burscher and Anton Sieg started to get the measure of the Keswick forwards.
The hosts pulled one back before half-time as Laurence Shah pulled the ball across and it somehow found in-form striker Karl Sharkey who fired home.
Mark Robinson then used all of his experience to bag the leveller.
Keswick thought they had won the game but as the many home supporters pointed out the striker had kicked the ball before finishing.
Neither team could score and so the new version of penalty flicks took place.
Sieg, Burscher, Karl Sharkey, Mark Robinson and Matt Russell all scored to ensure the match went to sudden death.
Sieg and Burscher hit the target and young keeper Jed Parke made himself the hero of the day with a superb save from Keswick’s seventh flick to send Bromsgrove into the semi-finals.
Captain Laurence Shah said: “I am drained, it’s been an exhausting weekend but I am over the moon to beat a quality team like Keswick. It was great to see Jed emerge as the hero.”
Victory in the cup was hot on the heels of a 5-2 win over Leamington in the Midlands Divison One, thanks to goals for Shah, Sharkey (3) and Tom Jennings.
They entertain title rivals Solihull on Saturday (2.15pm ko) in a top of the table clash.
Bromsgrove have a three-point lead over second-placed Solihull, who have a game in hand.
Winning the league would ensure promotion.
l Bromsgrove Ladies beat Pershore 3-2 in Worcestershire Division One, goals by Finney (2) and Tricky Burton. The seconds beat Worcester fourths 9-1 in the National Plate quarter-final.