19th May, 2019

Bertie at the death wins it for Racing Club Warwick

Ben Tyler 8th Jan, 2019 Updated: 10th Jan, 2019

TREA Bertie struck an 89th minute winner as Racing Club Warwick secured a last-gasp 3-2 win against Coventry Copsewood in Midland Football League Division 1.

It was the hosts who struck first, when Jac Redhead put away a delivery from the right to open the scoring after just three minutes.

The Racers had a flurry of chances but to no avail, first Scott Turner’s header from a corner was headed over, before Ben Mackey’s double effort and Bertie’s follow-up were all kept out as the away side amped up the pressure.

That positive response to going behind paid dividends as Racing Club found themselves level on just 16 minutes, as Joe Smith drifted inside from the left and arrowed a shot that struck the far post, narrowly crossing the line to his relief.

An end-to-end second-half failed to bring about any real chances of note, Mackey had a shot drift just wide of the mark, but it would be in the 77th minute when Warwick found themselves in front for the first time.

Alex Price chased down a lost cause, keeping the ball in play and crossing for Turner to dart a header low into the corner to take the lead, which would last all of three minutes when former Warwick man Sean Kavanagh ran onto a long ball forward and flew a shot past keeper Charlie Bannister to level up the scores immediately.

For all of Coventry’s erratic celebrations from the equaliser, it was very much thrown back in their faces as Bertie was on hand to volley home after Sean Castleton’s effort pinged off the crossbar into his direction.

Next up for Warwick is an away trip to Littleton, with a 3pm kick-off at 5 Acres on Saturday, as they aim to make it four wins from the last four games.

The win comes after securing the signing of central-midfielder George Curry from Highgate United, who recently returned to the UK after a four-year coaching spell in New Zealand.

Manager Scott Easterlow said of his new signing: “I have known George for years and he is very capable footballer who can play anywhere in midfield.

“He has been away from the game for a while but is back to play now.”

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