12 Nov 2022-3:00 pm
Half Time: 1-1
1 : 1
Bromsgrove Sporting
Full Time
Ryan Williams (Coventry)
Bromsgrove Sporting
Goal 1:0 10'
Brady Hickey
Red Card 23'
Sid Kerr
28' 1:1 Goal (from penalty)
Daniel Sweeney
Daniel Sweeney
Substitute 46'
In:George Ward
Out:Shaquille Master
Yellow Card 60'
Micah Edwards
60' Substitute
In:Zidan Sutherland
Out:Ryan Edmunds
Zidan Sutherland
Substitute 60'
In:Tiago Nassunculo
Out:Roger Lee
65' Substitute
In:Muhammed Sebbeh Njie
Out:Dominic Perkins
Muhammed Sebbeh Njie
Substitute 74'
In:Jack Deakin
Out:Jahvan Davidson-Miller
76' Substitute
In:Callum King-Harmes
Out:Miro Pais
Callum King-Harmes
90' Yellow Card
Michael McGrath
Michael McGrath

The Pitching-In Southern League Premier Division Central, Saturday 12th November, 3:00 p.m. kick-off

Barwell 1 (1) Bromsgrove Sporting 1 (1) at the UK Flooring Direct Stadium

It was a tough game last Saturday for Sporting up in Leicestershire against a Barwell team who were full of confidence after some recent good results writes Iain Queen.

It was the visitors though who started well and dominated the game in the early stages with Dan Sweeney putting the ball in the net in the first minute only to see the assistant referee's flag go up for offside. Moments later Sweeney had a good effort saved as did Ammar Dyer. However it was the home side who took the lead with their first effort on goal in the 10th minute following good work on the right hand side by their exciting winger Beck-Ray Enoru, who beat his man before crossing to team captain and club legend Brady Hickey who headed home.

Soon after Brandon Smalley came close for the Rouslers and Barwell could have doubled their lead but for a great save by Ollie Taylor.

Then on 23 minutes, the game changed following a sending off for the Barwell defender Sidney Kerr who took Sweeney down when he was through on goal; somewhat harsh but referee Mr Williams made the right decision in applying the rules.

Four minutes later, Sporting were awarded a penalty when Sweeney nicked the ball from behind defender Melis Bushaj and was bought down. The reliable striker calmly slotted home the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way and making the score line one-all. Sweeney could have given his team the lead a couple of minutes later but his overhead kick went narrowly wide.

For the second half, Barwell set up a defensive 4-4-1 with the impressive Enoru causing all sorts of problem for the Bromsgrove defence. At the other end of the pitch, despite having a lot of the ball Sporting were unable to break down a resolute and well-organised defence. Barwell probably had the best chance of the second half and should have gone 2-1 up after Bushaj blazed over from 6 yards out.

There were lots of positives for the Rouslers. It was another point on the board and recent recruitment has so far been very good. Kai Lissimore looks like a real prospect and Brandon Smalley always wants to get on the ball and play it forward. Mo Njie is also building up his fitness and will be a big asset as the season progresses.

Whilst it felt like two points lost, Barwell were no pushovers and gave a good game even with ten men. It was difficult to pick a Player of the Match (PoM). Sweeney did what Sweeney does and he is up there with some of the best players seen at Bromsgrove Sporting. Captain Tom Taylor was rock solid and didn’t lose a battle. Joe Curtis is looking fitter, is growing into the team and played very well today.

Sporting line-up: Ollie Taylor, Ammar Dyer, Dom Perkins (Mo Njie 65 mins), Joe Curtis, Tom Taylor (Capt), Mike McGrath, Miro Pais (Callum King-Harmes 76 mins), Kai Lissimore, Dan Sweeney, Brandon Smalley, Ryan Edmunds (Zidan Sutherland 60 mins). Unused substitutes: Lewis Wright, Kieron Dawes.

Referee: Mr R Williams, attendance: 248

Bromsgrove Sporting
1 Yellow Cards 1
1 Red Cards 0
1 Goals 1
Bromsgrove Sporting