FOOTBALL - Earls knocked out of Saturday Vase - The Stratford Observer

FOOTBALL - Earls knocked out of Saturday Vase

Stratford Editorial 18th Oct, 2022   0

EARLSWOOD Town bowed out of the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase at the first hurdle after a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at AFC Coventry Rangers.

Goals from Joe Gardner, George Swain and Connell Farrell sealed the Earls fate who had Mikey Bridges sent off.

The visitors started brightly and put pressure on the hosts with the Coventry keeper only for Rangers to come back into the contest as the half progressed.

And Rangers took the lead on 33 minutes when Gardner found the roof of the net from just outside the penalty area to head into the break with a one-goal advantage.

Substitute Joel Hughes breathed life into the Earls after the interval as the visitors chased a goal with his height and hold up play providing a different dynamic which created a number of half chances.

However, Rangers doubled their lead on 77 minutes when Swain headed home from close range as the Earls were punished for their missed chances.

And Earlswood were then reduced to 10-men after a late tackle from Bridges saw him receive a red card as tensions began to rise.

Coventry sealed the win on 86 minutes when Farrell danced through the Earls defence and drilled the ball home from a tight angle.

Earlswood are next in action at home to Inkberrow in the Les James Challenge Cup on Saturday, October 22 with kick-off at 3pm at The Pavilions.

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