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Bishop stun West in Auckland derby

Bishop recorded a last gasp 4-3 win to shock 10 man West in the Auckland derby.

Despite West dominating the opening exchanges, Bishop led when Alex Francis converted the rebound after new keeper Jack Norton had saved Andrew Johnson’s penalty. Worse followed when Francis slipped Johnson through in space to fire in number 2.

Anthony Bell reduced the arrears 5 minutes before the break, curling into the bottom corner.

West continued to press again in the second half, again being denied on several occasions by Peter Jefferies. Bishop looked dangerous on the break and they were literally handed the opening for a third when Mattie Moffat’s shot was blocked on the line by Danny Parker’s hand with the West centre back receiving his marching orders. From the spot, Priestly Griffiths sent Norton the wrong way.

West rallied again and Nathan Fisher’s deflected shot inot the net 7 minutes from time gave them hope. An unlikely comeback was then complete in the 87th minute when Darren Richardson turned in Ben Wood’s cross as the substitutes combined.

However, this was short lived as a minute later, a Bishop free kick was turned back across goal and former West midfielder Francis was on hand to tap home.

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