20 Feb 2016-3:00 pm
Half Time: 0-2
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0 : 4
Bromsgrove Sporting
Full Time
Ian Croston (Coventry)
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27' 0:1 Goal
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson
29' 0:2 Goal
Sean Brain
Sean Brain
30' Yellow Card
Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson
50' 0:3 Goal
Sam Wills
Assistant: Will Tibbetts
Sam Wills
55' Yellow Card
Sam Wills
Sam Wills
61' Substitute
In:Kyle Turner
Out:Sam Wills
Kyle Turner
61' Substitute
In:Connor Collins
Out:Will Tibbetts
Connor Collins
Substitute 66'
In:Jack Jepson
Out:Rami Tekle
69' Substitute
In:Brendan Kelly
Out:Jack Wilson
Brendan Kelly
Yellow Card 70'
Jack Jepson
71' Yellow Card
Liam Spink
Liam Spink
Substitute 75'
In:Kyle Bishop
Out:Dominic Oliver
79' 0:4 Goal
Connor Collins
Connor Collins
Substitute 80'
In:David Williams
Out:Harry Reece
Red Card 86'
Eddie Wilson

As the scoreline suggests this match was a comfortable win for the Rouslers despite having to contend with a heavy pitch and swirling wind.

There was little between the two teams for the first 27 minutes as both struggled with the conditions and a close-marking game plan by both sides. However, as often happens at this level of football, a touch of inspiration in this case by Sporting's Jack Wilson changed the course of the game. Playing at left-back he chipped a well-placed ball into the box from around 35 yards out only to see his effort float over 'keeper Ben Allsop's head into the back of the net. A bit of help from the wind perhaps but a goal nevertheless.

Two minutes later Sporting doubled their lead as Sean Brain managed to find himself some space on the left, beating two defenders before hitting home a low, angled shot that found its way in the narrow gap between Allsop and the post.

Heather now needed to open their game up and could not just play to contain their opponents and were unlucky not to get on to the scoresheet themselves on the 39th minute when lively right-winger Rami Tekle had a good run down the right before his shot hit the angle.

Five minutes after the break, Sporting got their third. This time it was a well-worked move starting with Wilson on the left who knocked over a cross to Will Tibbetts in the middle of the box, he laid the ball back to an unmarked Sam Wills who gave Allsop no chance from 15 yards out.

Heather attempted to get back into the match but often found the Sporting back four in their way. When they did make any progress, they found that luck was not on their side as again they hit the woodwork, this time Deqwon Ebanks against the bar on 73 minutes after making a good run down the right.

Sporting though were well in control but legs were beginning to tire on the soft surface and the pace of the game slackened. Both sides used up all their substitutions though it was Connor Collins for the visitors who had the biggest impact when he scored the best goal of the afternoon on 80 minutes. The lanky striker picked the ball up out wide ran square for a few yards before picking his spot and unleashing a powerful drive from 25 yards that curved nicely into the top right-hand corner of the net just beyond Allsop's fingertips.

Just to complete a miserable afternoon for the home side, frustration got the better of Eddie Wilson with three minutes of normal time left when he deservedly received a red card for a late and dangerous tackle on Brendan Kelly.

Although referee Mr Croston play five minutes of added time, Sporting were unable to add to the scoreline but with Coventry United not playing, the result sends them back to the top of the table, one point ahead of their rivals but a couple of games in front.

In summing up, manager Paul Smith said, "This was a good performance and we worked our socks off. Once we had the lead there was no going back".

No league action next Saturday for Sporting who play Earlswood Town away in the quarter-final of the Smedley Crooke Cup.

Heather: Ben Allsop, Jordan Burrows, Jordan Taylor, Harry Reece (David Williams 80 mins), Daniel Wain, Conor Wright, Rami Tekle (Jack Jepson 66 mins), Luke Pinnock (Capt.), Deqwon Ebanks, Eddie Wilson, Dominic Oliver (Kyle Bishop 75 mins).
Substitutes not used: Sam Carline, Fibrom Kilman.
Yellow: Jepson (70 mins)
Red: Wilson (86 mins)

Sporting: Chris Jay, Aaron Roberts, Jack Wilson (Brendan Kelly 69 mins), Nathan Walker, Craig Jones (Capt.), Jake Willcox, Will Tibbetts (Connor Collins 61 mins), Dale Edwards, Liam Spink, Sam Wills (Kyle Turner 61 mins), Sean Brain.
Substitutes not used: Reece Hewitt, Simon Fitter.
Goals: Wilson (27 mins), Brain (29 mins), Wills (50 mins), Collins (79 mins).
Yellows: Wilson (30 mins), Wills (55 mins), Spink (71 mins).

Referee: Mr I Croston (Coventry)
Assistants: Mr P Tapp (Coventry), Mr K Wright (Burton-on-Trent)

Crowd: 103
Weather: Windy, damp

Sporting Man of the Match: Liam Spink
Reporter: Phil Baker


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