STOURBRIDGE 1-1 MICKLEOVER SPORTS
BY TONY SHAW
Stourbridge: Gould, Christophorou, Westlake, McCone, Pierpoint, Tonks. Dodd, Broadhurst, Benbow, Anderson (Shearer 72), Green (Gater 77). Other subsDuggan, Cooke, Hawk.
Sports: King, Horne, Turner, McGrath, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Mulders, Morrison (Belgrave 80), Palmer (Garnett 60), Phillips. Other subs Williams, Morris.
Sports faced a tough task against Stourbridge who had won their last two games 5-0 and 4-0. They also had to patch up their forward line with Evan Garnett not fit to start and Brad Grayson transferred to Buxton on Friday. Jermaine Palmer came in to partner Clinton Morrison.
Sports started in a composed manner keeping possession well with neither side looking threatening. The first opportunity fell to Sports when Ben Turner did well on the left and his cross was met by Andy Dales but his header cleared the bar.
A poor clearance from Tom Burgin presented a chance to Luke Benbow but he screwed his shot wide. Benbow then went close from a cross by Matt Dodd but his volley was straight at Lewis King. Dales found space on the left and his cross was won by Jermaine Palmer but the ball went out for a goal kick.
In the 34th minute King saved well from a free kick by Tom Tonks but two minutes later was beaten by a cross-cum-shot by Tonks to open the scoring for the home side. Stourbridge went close to a second on 44 minutes but Matt Dodd’s came back off the bar.
Tom Tonks’ throw ins were causing problems for Sports and they came close in the 56th minute a back header from Paul McCone just over the bar. Sports were still in the game and after replacing Palmer, Evan Garnett went close on 65 minutes but his 20 yard shot was wide of the far post. Jimmy Phillips fired a 20 yard shot over. Stourbridge almost increased their lead when a free kick form Dodd was headed just wide by Leon Broadhurst.
Sports then got a last gasp equaliser their efforts deserved. John McGrath’s free kick was won by Pablo Mills and went the ball bounced loose in the area Andy Dales was on hand to fire in a close range shot
Next game – Tuesday 7.45 ko v Buxton – Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter final.