Richard Kear sent off as Westfields gain Midland Alliance draw at Heather St Johns (From Hereford Times)
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Richard Kear sent off as Westfields gain Midland Alliance draw at Heather St Johns
3:30pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 in Sport
Heather St Johns 3 Westfields 3.
WESTFIELDS let slip a two-goal advantage in Leicestershire as both sides finished the match with 10 men.
The city side were two-up at the interval before the hosts hit back to lead following the dismissal of striker Richard Kear.
But the visitors grabbed a late equaliser just before home goalkeeper Pete Maguire was sent off in stoppage time.
Gareth Thomas volleyed Westfields ahead from a Sam Gwynne corner after just five minutes.
Kear missed a good chance to extend the lead before supplying the cross for Jamie Cuss to double the Herefordshire side’s advantage.
Thomas headed off the line but Westfields were denied, too, when strong appeals for a penalty were waved aside.
Craig Jones also missed a good chance for Westfields before matters took a downward turn for the visitors.
Conal Powell pulled a goal back on 64 minutes, just before Kear was sent off after an off-the-ball incident with Josh McPherson.
Scott Smith then levelled the scores before Shane Gibbs fired the home side ahead for the first time.
But Fields showed character to hit back when Dene Whittal-Williams headed in a Gwynne corner a minute from the end.
And in stoppage-time, Maguire was sent off after appearing to kick Gwynne.
l Wellington Reserves are the new leaders of the Herefordshire League Premier Division.
The villagers moved into top spot after deposing previous front-runners Sinkums with a 2-1 success.
John Roach fired Harold ahead from a Will Lindesay pass after just five minutes but Aaron Hodge’s free-kick put the home side level.
Midway through the second period, Harold regained the lead when Lindesay scored from close range.
And the villagers’ top-scorer extended the advantage with a perfectly-executed free-kick.
Hodge should have pulled a goal back but his penalty was superbly saved by Daniel Taylor before Dean Evans and Rory Worthing set up Matt Norton to complete the scoring.
In a mid-table clash at allpay.park, a goal from newcomer Lee Marlow ensured Westfields Reserves a point with a 1-1 home draw against Fownhope.