Bromsgrove Sporting helped atone for two recent poor league outings with a resolute 2-1 win over Yaxley.
A first half strike Jason Cowley and a Richard Gregory penalty helped maintain Sporting’s 100% home league record, having fallen behind early on to a Daniel Cotton goal.
It was a nightmare start for Sporting, as the visitors knocked the ball around well before Cotton lobbed keeper Dan Crane with a delicately struck shot from just inside the area on five minutes.
However, 12 minutes later, Sporting soon made amends, as endeavour from Cowley allowed him to strike from just outside the box, getting a deflection on the way before nestling in the corner.
Yaxley almost bagged the lead early on in the second half as the imposing Charley Sanders saw his header hit the post, with Crane well and truly planted to the ground.
Bromsgrove took the lead 10 minutes into the half, as Cowley was felled just inside the area – the resultant penalty kick was emphatically dispatched down the middle by Gregory, his first spot kick since missing two against Aylesbury earlier this season.
Charlie Dowd was sent off in the 64th minute, for an unnecessary challenge that accounted for his second booking of the afternoon and it initially appeared as though it could have jeopardised Sporting’s chance of getting all three points.
Sam Spencer almost equalised for Yaxley, but saw his header sail narrowly wide, whilst Sanders fired off target with a ferocious effort.
John Pykett missed the goal altogether from an acute angle late on for Sporting but there was not to be another goal after Gregory’s, as Sporting showed desire and spirit to battle on and clinch the win following Dowd’s dismissal.
MOTM – Tom Taylor (Bromsgrove)