16 Oct 2018-7:45 pm
Half Time: 1-0
Bromsgrove Sporting
2 : 1
Royal Air Force
Full Time
Harley Hetherington (Bromsgrove)

On what was a special night at the Victoria Ground, Bromsgrove Sporting ran out 2-1 winners over the RAF Representative Team, in front of 1,641 people, to commemorate the life of Thomas Jones; a life of one of our own, that was cut tragically short.

Those in attendance, many of whom were probably attending the VG for the first time, saw goals from Jake Heath and Ashanti Pryce guide Sporting to victory, in what was a fiercely fought encounter for a friendly, whereby over £7000 was raised in the process, at the discretion of Tom's family.

Sporting started the game sharply, with Aaron Roberts pinging in a cross into Alfie Bloomer, who along with Nathan Binner, played in the game having previously donned Rouslers jerseys and being close friends of Tom's. Bloomer could only head the resultant ball harmlessly over the bar.

The breakthrough came soon after though, as Heath, who Sporting fans were seeing for the first time, latched onto a through ball, took a few touches to compose himself and dispatched neatly past keeper Corporal Chris Adams on 15 minutes.

The 18th minute saw a truly powerful moment, as the whole crowd clapped in remembrance of Tom.

The second part of the opening 45 saw the RAF feel their way into the game more and they bagged a deserved equaliser, with Corporal John Jenkins' nicely taken effort from just inside the area evading the whole Sporting defence and keeper Dan Crane, nestling into the bottom corner.

The visitors almost took the lead on the stroke of half time, as Corporal Alex Woodhose saw a well struck free kick confidently palmed away by Crane.

The first chance of the second half fell six minutes in to Senior Aircraftman Ross Glibbery, who chipped an audacious effort over the bar.

However, the decisive goal from Pryce came on 55 minutes, as Pryce nicely made some space himself on the edge of the box before firing low and hard into the bottom corner.

The remainder of the game was actually one of few clear cut chances, with Pryce and substitute Pykett both having opportunities, whilst Binner saw an injury time curled shot from distance fly just over the bar.

The final whistle from referee Harley Hetherington, another close friend of Tom's,

was met with songs from Jonah's favourite band, Oasis, blasting out heartily from the speakers (which they had done both before the game and at half time) as the trophy presentation took place, featuring Tom's parents Ian and Vicki and all players and management from both sides.

For Jonah.


Bromsgrove Sporting
Royal Air Force
2 Goals 1