4 Mar 2017 - 3:00 pm
Half Time: 0-2
Southam United
0 : 6
Bromsgrove Sporting
Full Time
C. Thompson (Rednal)
Southam United
Bromsgrove Sporting
23' 0:1 Goal
Jason Cowley
Assistant: Reece Hewitt
Jason Cowley
40' 0:2 Goal
Jason Cowley
Assistant: Luke Shorthouse
Jason Cowley
Yellow Card 45'
Josh Turton
Substitute 46'
In:Brady Floyd
Out:Antonio Alcaraz
Yellow Card 48'
James Keller
49' 0:3 Goal
Jason Cowley
Assistant: Will Tibbetts
Jason Cowley
53' 0:4 Goal
Luke Shorthouse
54' 0:5 Goal
Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards
Yellow Card 56'
Ben Nicholson
58' Substitute
In:Andy Nicol
Out:Jason Cowley
58' Substitute
In:Chris Lloyd
Out:Will Tibbetts
Chris Lloyd
Substitute 59'
In:Ruben Bastos
Out:Mark Ling
64' Substitute
In:Keenen Meakin-Richards
Out:Robbie Bunn
Substitute 66'
In:Nathan Robershaw
Out:Patrick Flannery
87' 0:6 Goal
Chris Lloyd
Assistant: Andy Nicol
Chris Lloyd

A comfortable if not comprehensive win for Sporting maintains their unbeaten league run and keeps them in pole position at the top of the Division One table writes Phil Baker.

Conditions were not ideal at the Banbury Road Ground with a strong, cold wind bellowing across the ground accompanied by heavy and squally showers. Add to that a soft and bumpy pitch did not bode well as a match for the purists.

There was little action for the first few minutes as both teams attempted to get a feel for what they had let themselves in for though Josh Turton forced Rouslers’ ‘keeper Ryan Price into a low save on the 4th minute.

It was the 10th minute before there was much action in the home goalmouth when Saints’ keeper Harry Gardiner tipped Jason Cowley’s angled shot wide of the right-hand post then Craig Jones had his header cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

After ratcheting up the pressure, Sporting finally got their noses in front on the 23rd minute as Reece Hewitt got behind the Southam defensive line, pulled over a spot-on cross that Cowley had no trouble in tapping home.

Cue for several blocks on the line as Sporting laid siege though Southam did have their best chance of the match on 32 minutes when Aaron Keen beat the offside trap but in a one-to-one with Price the ‘keeper easily gathered.

With five minutes left on the clock until the interval, Sporting grabbed a second goal as Luke Shorthouse supplied Cowley with a neat pass who rounded two defenders before slipping the ball under the diving Gardiner from 12 yards out.

The second half saw Sporting dominate proceedings as they scored three goals in five minutes. Cowley completed his hat-trick on the 49th as he slotted home from Will Tibbetts nod on and Shorthouse got the last touch after a goalmouth scramble four minutes later. Then a minute after that Sam Wills floated over a delightful corner that rose high before curving in the box allowing Luke Edwards to make it two in two games as he side-footed in from a few yards out.

Southam had another chance to get on the score sheet on 66 minutes when Price’s punt only went as far as Turton but the striker reacted too slowly to his good fortune and only managed a weak shot that Price easily held. The clearance up-field though ended up with substitute Andy Nicol who forced Gardiner into a flying save, his best of the match.

With three minutes of normal time remaining a pass from Nicol split the Southam back four allowed Chris Lloyd to shoot from just outside the box with an outswinger that went into the bottom right-hand corner of the net just wide of Gardiner’s outstretched arm.

To be fair something along the lines of the expected result but importantly another useful three points for Sporting. Disappointment for Southam who were such worthy opponents two years ago in the final of the Les James Cup and sadly none of their players from that match were on the pitch today. Hopefully better times for them in the future.

Southam: Harry Gardiner, Patrick Flannery (Nathan Robershaw 66 mins), Josh Marshall, Mark Ling (Ruben Bastos 59 mins), Ben Nicholson, James Keller, Kieran Warren, Josh Turton, Aaron Keen, Antonio Alcarez (Brady Lloyd 46 mins), Joe Fisher.
Substitutes not used: Hami Samasa, Callum Draper.
Yellows: Josh Turton (45 mins), James Keller (48 mins), Ben Nicholson (56 mins).

Sporting: Ryan Price, Aaron Roberts, Jack Wilson, Sam Wills, Craig Jones (Capt), Luke Edwards, Will Tibbetts (Chris Lloyd 58 mins), Robbie Bunn (Keenen Meakin-Richards 64 mins), Jason Cowley (Andy Nicol 58 mins), Luke Shorthouse, Reece Hewitt.
Substitutes not used: Liam Spink, Ahmed Ali.
Goals: Jason Cowley (23, 40, 49 mins), Luke Shorthouse (53 mins), Luke Edwards (54 mins), Chris Lloyd (87 mins).
Cards: None

Referee: Mr C Thompson (Rednal)
Assistants: Mr D Hancock (Warwick), Mr S Hamilton (Leamington).

Crowd: 189
Weather: Heavy showers, blustery.

Sporting Man of the Match: Jack Wilson


Southam United
Bromsgrove Sporting
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Goals 6
Southam United
Bromsgrove Sporting