Mid-Season Friendly – Tuesday 25th February 2020, 8:00 p.m. kick-off
Boldmere St Michaels 0 (0) Bromsgrove Sporting 4 (1) at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
Manager Brendan Kelly decided to give his squad a run out in a friendly against former Midland League rivals, Boldmere St Michaels as a cold wind blew across the pitch at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground followed by icy sleet that made conditions quite unpleasant.
However, Sporting got off to a good start with new signing and Gibraltar international Reece Styche giving his team the lead as early as the 2nd minute with a low 20 yard drive from just outside the box giving ‘keeper and one-time Rousler Matt Coton no chance.
The Mikes moved the ball round well and were not overawed by their higher division opponents. However Sporting should have gone in at half-time with a couple more goals after Charlie Dowd went just wide and Coton made a spontaneous stop against Styche.
After the interval Boldmere pretty much changed every player but surprisingly that did not upset their play or rhythm with Pedro Lima having a fine match as a centre-back/sweeper and another former Rousler Dan O’Sullivan creating problem down the right flank.
However the Southern League team’s superior technique shone through with a brace from Richard Gregory and a low drive with the final kick of the match from Lewis Chester giving Sporting a comfortable but not overwhelming victory.
Bromsgrove Sporting line-up: Max Beardmore, Liam Spink (Tom Taylor 52 mins), Harry Higginson, Leon Broadhurst, Jake Bloomer (Jack Wilson 25 mins), Lewis Chester, Josh Quaynor, Gift Mussa, Charlie Dowd, Reece Styche (Greg Mills 83 mins), Will Shorrock (Richard Gregory 46 mins).
Substitutes not used: Daniel Platt, Kieren Westwood, Shaq McDonald.
Goals: Reece Styche (2 mins), Richard Gregory (52, 85 mins), Lewis Chester (90 mins)
Crowd: ~ 60
Weather: Cold, sleet showers