Holders Kenilworth Wardens book their place in next round of Bedworth Nursing Cup
By James Smith
13th Nov 2022 | Football
Jack Thomas scored the winning penalty on his 17th birthday as holders Kenilworth Wardens booked their place in the next round of the Bedworth Nursing Cup.
In a repeat of last year's final, Kenilworth came up against fellow Coventry Alliance Premier side RS Sports.
After early possession for RS, it was Wardens who would open the scoring on 25 minutes when an Eamonn Richards corner was half cleared to Shelton to cross back for Ben Edmunds who took the ball down and fired home.
As the half went on RS continued to dominate possession and put in a flurry of good crosses, with Wardens being thankful to captain James Brewitt for dominating the area.
But on 44 minutes Cyrus Small put in a cross which evaded Wardens' defence and found David Buckley who smashed in from close range to equalise.
A minute later RS sports should have been in front when another great cross was narrowly missed by Buckley.
Following the restart RS continued to look dangerous and on 60 minutes they took the lead when Buckley headed Steve Roberts' cross across goal and into the back of the net.
The finish was his 14th goal in the last eight games and his 10th against Wardens in the last six.
Stan Moss then came off the bench to bring Wardens level again.
A Kenilworth attack was cleared to fellow substitute Luca Valle who swept the ball to Moss to volley home.
And with both sides wasting chances to seal the win in normal time the game went to penalties.
Moss and Buckley scored for Wardens and RS respectively before Small's effort went over the bar for RS.
Twigger smashed home for Wardens before Sawbridge's panenka went over.
Roberts pulled one back for RS, but the stage was set for Thomas to fire Kenilworth into the next round.
Speaking after the game player-manager Eamonn Richards said there was still room for improvement.
"We've got so much quality in our squad we should be winning games comfortably. We looked like a team where four players were carrying injuries and it showed," he said.
"But a win's a win - winning this cup last year was such a brilliant moment. And beating a team with David Buckley is always special, he scores goals for fun."
Despite Buckley's brace Richards singled out Brewitt's "brilliant" defending against the RS forward.
"There's a reason we've only lost twice in 25 games since I convinced Cast to do me a favour a year ago and fill in out of position at centre back," he added.
Elsewhere Wardens reserves lost 10-2 on the road at Division One Fillongley having been forced to play the second half with only nine men.