A controversial last gasp winner against local rivals JKS helped Castle Vale to stay on top of the Midland Combination this afternoon. Three goals in the last three minutes of the game brought an even contest to a thrilling climax at Farnborough Road. But JKS players feel that Aaron Smith’s second goal, scored in the 93rd minute of the game, should have been disallowed for handball.
JKS had taken the lead midway through the first half with a headed goal by Alex Henry from a corner kick. Robbie Ellis equalised for Vale FC within five minutes of the start of the second half.
Then in the final minutes of the game, Vale thought they had snatched a winner when Aaron Smith pounced on a through ball and slipped it past the JKS ‘keeper. Within a minute, Henry scored his second to equalise for JKS, but in injury time it was goal-poacher Smith who struck again with a dramatic winner to keep Vale FC’s promotion hopes alive.