Horse march on in cup thriller

By Liam Moakes Tuesday 19 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 15:49

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BLACK HORSE continued their superb season with a thrilling 3-2 extra time victory over Wolverhampton outfit AFC Bentley on Sunday to book their place in the quarter-finals of the BCFA Sunday Cup.

The Redditch side surrendered home advantage for the tie to ensure the game went ahead but it proved no obstacle as they prevailed in the Black Country to clinch a last eight tie at Glascote Swifts - currently second in the Tamworth & District Sunday Premier League - this coming Sunday.

The win maintains the momentum for the reigning Redditch & South Warwickshire Combination Premier Division champions, who have a 100 per cent record this season as they bid to retain their league crown.

The first half was evenly contested but the best chances of note fell to Black Horse striker Brendan Hicks who rounded the Bentley keeper but was unable to score from a narrow angle and then saw a 30th minute effort ruled out due to a hotly-contested offside decision.

Bentley's only real opportunities came from set pieces but they were to no avail as Josh Gandy looked assured in the visitors' goal and the back four of Simon Fitter, Jordan Street, Danny Deehan and Chris Edwards impressed.

Black Horse broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when good work from Andy Grubb saw him turn his marker and hit a fierce shot that rebounded of the bar but James Blake was first to react and tap home from six yards for his 12th goal of the season.

Bentley pressed for an equaliser and their centre half powered home an 80th minute header from a corner to level the score before Gandy produced a superb double save at the death to take the match into extra time.

Black Horse, who are also current Worcester Premier Cup and Keith Turner League Cup holders, regained the lead in the 100th minute when they were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal following a handball and striker Stuart Hall fired the ball into the top corner.

However, Bentley would not surrender and sustained pressure brought its reward with a second equaliser when their giant central midfielder turned and fired into the bottom corner five minutes from time.

With neither side relishing the prospect of penalties both teams pushed for a winner and it went Black Horse's way when a penalty awarded for handball was converted by Hall in the 117th minute as he sent the keeper the wrong way.

BLACK HORSE, who are sponsored by JMC Surfacing Contractors Ltd, run a Lottery Bingo game where for £1 per week you could win over £500. Since it began, Lottery Bingo has paid out more than £55,000 to lucky winners.

Without Lottery Bingo the club would not survive. If you want to help the club by taking part in Lottery Bingo please contact Bill Waters on 01527 528788 or e-mail him at

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