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Powick still hunting the leaders after stalemate
8:10am Friday 2nd March 2012 in Football
THE Worcester and District League Saturday Division One top-of-the-table clash between champions Powick and current leaders VBL Sports ended in a 1-1 draw.
Powick had much the better of the first-half without troubling the away side’s goalkeeper.
But, just before the break, Lee Barmby’s through-ball fell to striker Stu Harvey, whose shot was fumbled by the keeper and Sean Smith rolled the rebound into the empty net.
VBL came out fighting in the second period with Powick struggling to get out of their own half.
With an hour on the clock, the visitors pulled themselves level from the spot.
Aaron Richards was ruled to have pushed his way to clearing the ball and Ollie Dyde slotted home the resulting penalty.
Powick knew only a win would do and pushed forward straight away but could not find a way through, despite the best efforts of Ricky Buckland and Harvey, who both went close.
The result leaves them trailing VBL by three points and the leaders still have a game in hand.
Newtown Sports closed the gap on the leaders with Matt Bannister scoring twice as they crushed Nunnery Wood 6-2.
Powick’s Sunday side were denied by spot-kicks in their Worcestershire FA Premier Cup semi-final at home to Black Horse.
The teams were level at 1-1 after extra-time but the Redditch League side won the penalty shoot-out 4-3.
In Worcester Sunday League Division Two, there was a brace for Ben Beech as Inter Express won 4-2 at Hornets and leaders WCT Sports beat second-placed Malvern Radar 6-2.
Nick Lancett and Phil Homewood both cracked hattricks for Malvern Victoria, who thrashed Westside Wanderers 9-1 in Division Four.
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