Morton miss spells the end for Racers’ unbeaten start

Tez Morton, seen here in action against Coleshill, had a chance to gain Racing Club Warwick their fourth successive draw but was denied late on by the Bromsgrove Sporting keeper.
Tez Morton, seen here in action against Coleshill, had a chance to gain Racing Club Warwick their fourth successive draw but was denied late on by the Bromsgrove Sporting keeper.
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Racing Club Warwick’s unbeaten start to the Midland League season came to an end with a solitary-goal defeat at Bromsgrove Sporting.

Racers started brightly, with Stuart Hall’s third-minute shot showing their intent.

Tom Evans produced a fine block to deny Sporting, while at the other end, two Cameron Knight free-kicks forced saves from the home keeper.

As Sporting came into the game, Conal Dowling made a fine save to keep out a deflected effort.

A minute before the break, Racers produced the move of match with Jake Brown spraying the ball out wide for Hall to cross into Junior Bennett. The striker laid the ball back to Brown whose fierce 25-yard effort grazed a post.

Sporting enjoyed their best spell immediately after half-time and it resulted in the only goal of the game, with John Pykett heading home in the 49th minute.

Racers were in danger of being swamped with Sporting hitting the bar and having an another effort cleared off the line.

However, it was the visitors who finished the stronger, with Tez Morton having their best chance, only to be denied by the quick reactions of the keeper when clean through.

On Saturday, Racing Club gained an entertaining 2-2 draw at Atherstone Town despite getting off to the worst of starts.

There was less than a minute on the clock when a free-kick from the half-way line was parried out by Dowling, only for Adders’ Mark Latham to curl home the loose balls.

Atherstone almost made it two in the 23rd minute but Dowling produced a fine save to tip over a long-range effort.

Racers took a grip of the game as the half wore on and deservedly drew level ten minutes before the interval.

Jordon McKenzie jinked past the right-back after being released by Cameron Knight and hit a curling shot which the keeper could only parry, with Morton following up to force the ball home at the far post.

Mckenzie almost doubled Racers’ tally in the 42nd minute after good play out wide but his shot was blocked by a despairing dive by the defender.

Atherstone regained the lead nine minutes into the second half when a miscued ball fell into the path of a striker who was brought down by Tom Reynolds.

Racers old boy Simeon Smith then stepped up to fire the resultant penalty straight down the centre of the goal.

Racing Club looked to respond and McKenzie shot over from six yards while a Reynolds free-kick was well saved.

As against Copsewood four days earlier, two substitutions from manager Michael Hayden proved pivotal.

Triston Perry was a constant threat to the Atherstone backline while Tom Evans, on his return from injury, added bite to the midfield.

And Racing were back on terms in the 72nd minute when a near -post corner from Daniel Dineen was fired home on the half volley by Evans.

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