19 Nov 2016-3:00 pm
Half Time: 0-0
Bromsgrove Sporting
1 : 1
Stafford Town
Full Time
Richard Walker (Redditch)
Bromsgrove Sporting
Stafford Town
46' Substitute
In:Callum Whittaker
Out:Shepherd Machinguata
Sam Wills
Goal (from penalty) 1:0 48'
Sam Wills
Sean Brain
Substitute 57'
In:Sean Brain
Out:Joe Haines
Chris Lloyd
Substitute 57'
In:Chris Lloyd
Out:Thomas Craine
60' Yellow Card
Callum Whittaker
60' Substitute
In:Matt Warner
Out:Almam Kabo
Nathan Walker
Substitute 77'
In:Nathan Walker
Out:Sam Wills
81' Substitute
In:Abdul Isheld
Out:Callum Whittaker
Yellow Card 90'
Keenen Meakin-Richards
90' 1:1 Goal
Frederick Mtumbi

Bromsgrove Sporting dropped to third in the Midland Football League Division One, as they could only manage a disappointing 1-1 draw with lowly Stafford Town on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Wills converted a penalty early in the second half to give Sporting the lead, with Stafford grabbing an injury time equaliser courtesy of Frederick Mtumbi.

A performance described by manager Paul Smith as ‘awful’, this was Bromsgrove’s second consecutive league draw, with Leicester Road and Atherstone Town currently above them.

Sporting started the game brightly enough but struggled to convert possession into meaningful efforts on goal, with both Tom Craine and last week’s FA Vase hero Jason Cowley failing to make the most of chances.

The lively Joe Haines almost helped provide Sporting with the opener, as his volley from out wide was sliced towards goal by Stafford defender Matt Bartlett, who had his blushes spared by the fingertips of keeper Tom Degg.

The home side continued to dominate first half proceedings, with Stafford very much having their backs against the wall. However, a cutting edge was lacking in the final third, with a tame header from Wills finding the hands of Degg on the half hour mark before Cowley had a fierce shot blocked by a visiting defender.

Stafford’s best opportunity of the half came on the 41st minute, as Almam Kabo had a shot deflected over.

But this would not halt the Sporting attack and a couple of chances fell the way of Craine in the last few moments of the opening forty-five.

Firstly, he had a goal disallowed for a foul he committed before miskicking a cross from Wills onto the bar, which eventually got cleared after a small defensive mix up.

The second half got off to the best possible start for the Rouslers, as Wills confidently slotted home a penalty on the 48th minute, after a determined Cowley was felled in the box.

Following the goal, the tempo appeared to drop and the play became turgid. Substitute Nathan Walker had a shot from distance comfortably saved by Degg but Bromsgrove really struggled to make inroads to add more goals.

Sporting’s best chance to double their lead came with five minutes to go, as fellow substitutes Sean Brain and Chris Lloyd teamed up, with the former’s accurate cross found the latter, who close range shot was well blocked by Degg, who was doing his utmost to keep his side in the fixture.

Bromsgrove’s inability to take their chances would ultimately come back to haunt them, as Mtumbi found the ball come towards him from a cross and gladly poked home in the first minute of injury time past Chris Jay, who had an extremely quiet afternoon prior to this.

All was not lost for the home side, as the 95th minute saw Reece Hewitt find Brain inside the box. Unfortunately, he ballooned his effort over the bar and with this being the last opportunity of the game, 1-1 was to be the final score.


Bromsgrove Sporting
Stafford Town
1 Yellow Cards 1
1 Goals 1
Bromsgrove Sporting
Stafford Town