A 1,672 strong crowd were treated to an absolute classic on Boxing Day, as Bromsgrove Sporting, the away team for the day, came back from three goals down to conjure an emphatic 3-3 draw with Worcester City.
Sporting were left shell-shocked inside the first half hour, as an accurate header from centre back Jordan Stoddart was followed by a piece of genius from Lee Hughes, who lobbed keeper Reece Francis with an intricate finish to leave Sporting two down.
The game looked gone when Hughes added his second and Worcester’s third inside the first minute of the second half with a well taken effort from inside box, but Sporting showed intestinal fortitude of the highest order to battle back into the game.
Firstly, Richard Gregory notched his second goal inside a week with the simplest tap-ins, following great work by half-time substitute John Pykett, who along with fellow replacement Connor Deards, gave the Rouslers the fresh legs they needed to turn the game around
Then on 69 minutes, Jason Cowley neatly made himself some space to slot home past Nathan Vaughan, before Liam Holt‘s endeavour to power through the midfield was rewarded with a penalty as he was bundled over in the area.
Up he stepped himself to take it, coolly dispatching the ball past Vaughan, who was a penalty saving hero for Sporting earlier on in the year, at the Shed End, in the FA Vase against Buckland Athletic.
The game became somewhat cagey after that but 3-3 it would finish, leaving everybody in attendance simply licking their lips at the thought of the New Year’s Day fixture. A game for the ages. One to cherish.