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Penalty pain for Sporting
10:12am Monday 21st October 2013 in Local
Westfields 3, Bromsgrove Sporting 2
SPORTING endured spot-kick misery as they crashed out of the FA Vase after losing a bizarre match that saw four goals from four penalties.
Sporting drew the first blood and took an early lead on the third minute courtesy of a Sam Wilkinson penalty after Ricardo Richards had been brought down in the box.
Westfields then equalised 12 minutes later also from spot after Luke Darby had been adjudged to have handled the ball.
Former Littleton striker Jamie Insall despatching from the spot.
For the rest of the half Sporting had the better of the play and created more chances particularly a header for Richards who should have done better than heading wide on 19 minutes.
The powerful striker then pulled a hamstring and was replaced by Lewis Clarke who went into midfield while Matt Poyner moved up front to partner Jacob Snape.
Westfields took the lead seven minutes after the interval when Sporting keeper Jake Bedford made a good stop but failed to hold the ball; allowing Jamie Cuss to score from close range.
Then on 81 minutes, Sporting won a corner and as the kick came over the referee awarded another penalty to Sporting this time for shirt pulling.
Wilkinson again slotted home and with the Westfields manager clearly unhappy with the decision, the man in black ordered him from the dugout.
With the match heading for extra time there was still more drama to come and another penalty this time another to the home side and again for shirt pulling.
Craig Jones made no mistake from 12 yards in the third minute of time added on.
To add to Sporting's demise, Brett Mander was sent off after an altercation off the ball with just a few seconds remaining.
Westfields: Gwynne, Loughmann (Roome, 59), Giglio, Aldrich, Jackson, Sirrell, Jones, Cuss, Insall (Williams, 73), Birch, Morgan (O'Leary, 63).
Subs not used: Scheppell, O'Connor.
Sporting: Bedford, Mander, Duggan, Poyner, Darby, Cole, Tibbetts, Wilkinson, Richards (Clarke, 37), Snape (Pitt, 77), Wilson.
Subs not used: Edwards, Ashman, Gleadow.
Referee: M Tudor (Gloucester) Attendance: 204 43sporting Jack Williams in action for Sporting. Picture: Dave Besley.
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