Bromsgrove Sporting 3 (M. Taylor 4′ 83′, Higginson 20′)
St. Ives Town 2 (Mcwilliams 10′, Parker 50′ P)
Two goals from hotshot striker Mikey Taylor helped guide Bromsgrove Sporting to a 3-2 win over St. Ives Town.
A well struck Taylor effort from close range opened the scoring four minutes in, before Cameron Mcwilliams tapped into an empty net to equalise six minutes later.
A Harry Higginson header gave Bromsgrove the lead soon after, but St. Ives would once again level, five minutes into the second half, courtesy of a well struck penalty by Robert Parker.
The winner would come seven minutes from time, as Taylor neatly powered home with aplomb past keeper Shay Griffiths.
The game got off to the best possible start for Sporting, as a ball from Greg Mills into the box was well kept in by Will Shorrock, who teed up Taylor, allowing him to emphatically slam the ball into the roof of the net.
However, St. Ives were level just moments later, as Mcwilliams shook off full back Jack Wilson and tapped home into a virtually empty net, with Higginson unable to clear with a last ditch effort.
The action came thick and fast, with Leon Broadhurst sent off for a supposedly rash challenge on the quarter hour mark, although it did look harsh on the Sporting centre back.
The home side regained the lead 20 minutes in, as a cracking corner from Mills was headed in well by Higginson, with Griffiths unable to keep it out with the hand he got to it.
Shaquille McDonald and Shorrock had chances to extend the lead towards the back end of the first half, whilst Shorrock had a shot well saved by Griffiths early in the second 45.
Thomas Wood almost scored for St.Ives in the 49th minute, but the leveller would come just 60 seconds later; Wilson was adjudged to have brought down George Bailey in the box, with Parker burying the subsequent spotkick nicely into the bottom corner.
Taylor had a header from close to the far post blocked away by a defender, whilst Matthew Foy capped off a fine team move for St. Ives with a shot on goal that was struck straight at Sporting stopper Daniel Platt.
The 83rd minute saw the game’s final goal – Taylor got onto a ball from Natham Hayward, allowing him to run at goal. His attempted pass to McDonald ricocheted back into his path, which resulted in him dispatching the ball home with aplomb.
Bromsgrove Manager Bren Kelly expressed his happiness at the victory: “It was a topsy-turvy game but the effort the lads put in was huge so I’m delighted for them.”
Disappointed St. Ives manager Ricky Marheineke said: “It’s a tough one to take. We definitely didn’t deserve to win the game but playing against 10-men for so long, we definitely would have expected to have taken a point.”
Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Star Man: Harry Higginson (Bromsgrove Sporting)
Bromsgrove Sporting (4-4-2)
1 Daniel Platt
2 Jak Hickman
3 Jack Wilson
4 Gift Mussa
5 Leon Broadhurst (Red Card – 15′)
6 Harry Higginson
7 Greg Mills (Nathan Hayward 21′)
8 Josh Quaynor (C)
9 Shaquille McDonald
10 Mikey Taylor (Kieren Westwood 84′)
11 Will Shorrock (Charlie Dowd 61′)
12 Kieren Westwood (Mikey Taylor 84′)
13 Jonathan Brown
14 Nathan Hayward (Greg Mills 21′)
15 Charlie Dowd (Will Shorrock 61′)
16 Richard Gregory
St. Ives Town (4-4-2)
1 Shay Griffiths
2 Cameron Mcwilliams (Oliver Snaith 84′)
3 Ty Ward (Daniel Clifton 43′)
4 Thomas Wood
5 Ben Jackson
6 Charlie Johnson
7 George Bailey (George Bailey 79′)
8 Robert Parker (C)
9 Matthew Foy
10 Joe Curtis
11 Ben Seymour-Shove
12 Daniel Clifton (Ty Ward 43′)
14 Oliver Snaith (Cameron Mcwilliams 84′)
15 Dylan Wilson (George Bailey 79′)