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9th Dec, 2021

Racers secure home Vase tie after avenging defeat at Bewdley

RACING Club Warwick avenged the previous week’s league home league defeat to Bewdley Town by winning 3-1 at the Worcestershire side in the FA Vase first round proper.

Despite conceding first, the Racers hit back with two second-half goals from Marshall Willock and one from Romario Martin to earn a home tie against Coventry Sphinx on November 20.

With Ricardo Dudley suspended and Ben Kendrick cup-tied last weekend, the pack was shuffled at the back in particular with Josh Steele at centre-back and Josh Parsons at left-back. Arman Khoshkhoo filled in at right-back,

Despite dominating the first half Warwick went in one down after Bewdley converted their only real chance of the half.

Martin had an early attempt blocked before Khoshkhoo hit the post with a header and Parsons’ 25 yarder sailed just over the bar before a delightful chipped ball by Eli Bako found Martin whose shot was well saved.

Then, despite all the possession and attempts, Bewdley struck when Josh Carpenter slipped the ball past Lewis Walker after a nice through ball from Sam Lester.

Second half and Bewdley were now on top.

An Olly Mulders free-kick hit the side netting and Lewis Walker pulled off a fine save from Dylan Hart’s diving header.

Josh Steele’s cross was bundled goal wards but cleared off the line and a Martin free-kick comfortably saved by the Bewdley keeper.

With Warwick applying the pressure and time ebbing away it was surely only a matter of time before the equaliser came. Costalus Lautaru put in a delightful chipped cross for skipper Willock to head over the keeper. Despite attempts to clear the linesman flagged goal and the Racers never looked back.

Within three minutes it was two. Chris Mayuba chased a superb Miracle Okafur header and squared for Martin to slot home for the goal of the game.

Warwick put the game to bed when Willock scored after turning in the box and chipping the keeper after a Charlie Jones shot was initially blocked.

Okafur had a couple of chances well saved but Warwick were through to the next round.

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