Sedgley Sporting secure progress to the next round in the Sunday Vase Competition after a comfortable win against St Johns Rangers.
The hosts dictated possession in the opening stages and Gregg Poole went close with a good header before Dom Thompson was denied with a smart save by Thomas Knight. Joe Hunt’s side took the lead in the 20th minute after Stuart McCarthy diverted a dangerous cross into his own goal. Sedgley had another huge chance to extend the lead after Joe Reynolds made a reverse pass to release Leigh Edwards. However, his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
However, the hosts did double the lead in the 32nd minute. Reynolds made another delightful pass behind the defence and Edwards made no mistake with a clinical finish. Alex Trout was a threat throughout and he made it three a minute later after a close range finish from a deflected cross. The visitors did have a chance to reduce the deficit before half time but Jack Gibbons made an excellent save to stop Luke Comrie. Meanwhile, a penalty appeal after a handball was dismissed.
Sedgley should have added to the advantage in the opening stages in the second half. Thompson exchanged passes with Edwards and struck a low shot towards the goalkeeper who made another superb save. St Johns made a substitution after the hour mark and Ben Luckman almost made an immediate impact. Although, his acrobatic attempt went wide. The visitors also went close with Matt Gaskin who was one on one. However, Gibbons made a good save to keep the clean sheet. The hosts made sure progress to the next round was secure in the 70th minute. Reynolds won possession in the final third and made a selfless pass to Thompson who converted from close range after his initial shot was saved.
Sedgley completed the dominant display and made it five in the final stages after a poor goal kick was pounced upon by Edwards. His cross was met by substitute Connor Stokes who headed past the hapless Knight.
Full Time: Sedgley Sporting 5-0 St Johns Rangers