Bromsgrove Sporting’s unbeaten start to the league season came to an end at the War Memorial Ground on Monday afternoon, with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stourbridge.
An early Shaquille McDonald goal ended the run of Sporting conceding first in every league game thus far, but goals from Michael Taylor and Jordaan Brown before the half time whilst ensured the Glassboys would bag all three points.
The first opportunity of note in the game was McDonald’s 11th minute opener; after latching onto a Liam Spink pass, he terrorised the defence with his sheer pace and dribbling ability before unleashing a left footed drive past keeper James Wren and into the bottom corner.
However, Stourbridge would go on to boss the remainder of the half, with a ferocious 11 minute spell midway through proving to be match winning one.
Firstly, on 19 minutes, Taylor rose highest in the box to guide the ball into the top corner with a firm header via a Tom Turton corner.
Soon after, Taylor saw a shot trickle wide of the post after beating off Stourbridge legend Leon Broadhurst, before Greg Mills put a volley wide, as the pressure began to ramp up further.
Taylor headed over a Mills cross in the 27th minute but three minutes later, the home side’s second would come, courtesy of a marauding run from Brown that allowed him to pass to Taylor inside the box, who cleverly backheeled it back to Brown, who managed to beat Spink to the ball and bundle it into the goal.
Spink and McDonald had half chances afterwards to level proceedings but the home side would go into the break with the goal advantage.
As the sun continued to beat down on the pitch and with the heat far from relenting, it made play rather difficult and chances were, ultimately, few and far between in the second 45.
A Stourbridge header from a throw in went over the upright, whilst Mills saw a free kick in a prime position, fifteen minutes from time, fly narrowly off target.
The Rouslers were causing problems late on in the day, largely due to the introduction of Kyle Perry; with a minute of normal time remaining, he struck just wide from outside the area, before having a penalty appeal waived away in additional time, with the Sporting substitute claiming he was hauled down in the midst of some frenetic football pinball inside the box.
Despite this, it was not to be for Bromsgrove, as Stourbridge remained resolute and held out for the win.