11 Dec 2018-7:45 pm
Half Time: 3-0
Worcester City
3 : 2
Bromsgrove Sporting
Full Time
Wayne Barratt (Bromsgrove)
Worcester City
Bromsgrove Sporting
Goal 1:0 3'
James Baldwin
Goal 2:0 20'
James Baldwin
Goal 3:0 42'
Kyonn Evans
46' Substitute
In:Richard Gregory
Out:Ashanti Pryce
Richard Gregory
46' Substitute
In:Nathan Hayward
Out:Jack Cresswell
Nathan Hayward
46' Substitute
In:Charlie Dowd
Out:John Pykett
Charlie Dowd
George Forsyth
Yellow Card 48'
George Forsyth
Substitute 58'
In:Mason Birch
Out:Kadui Attoumani
Substitute 63'
In:Jamal Lawrence
Out:Aaron Basford
Substitute 67'
In:Riley Keasey
Out:Jamie Smith
Yellow Card 67'
James Baldwin
Yellow Card 74'
Mason Birch
80' 3:1 Goal
Richard Gregory
Assistant: Michael McGrath
Richard Gregory
81' 3:2 Goal
Michael McGrath
Assistant: Charlie Dowd
Michael McGrath

Bromsgrove Sporting's hopes of winning a third successive Worcestershire Senior Urn were dashed on Tuesday evening, with a 3-2 defeat to tenants Worcester City.

A lethargic first half performance from Sporting was unquestionably to blame, as the lively James Baldwin scored twice early on, before a Kyonn Evans header ensured it would be 3-0 at half time.

A triple substitution at the interval certainly turned the tide of the game, with the Rouslers having virtually all the play in the second half; goals from Richard Gregory and Michael McGrath set up an exciting final ten minutes but, ultimately, Sporting would fall just short, as Worcester managed to hold out, spearheaded by an inspired Sam Gilder in the Worcester goal.

Baldwin opened the scoring on four minutes, as he capitalised on some sleepiness at the back before dispatching a neat finish past Sporting stopper Jono Brown.

His tally was doubled 17 minutes later, as he once again slipped through the defence and powered a shot home past Brown into the bottom corner.

Sporting's first half misery was compounded two minutes before the break, as a Baldwin cross fell nicely for Evans, who simply headed the ball low into the net to give the Rouslers the proverbial mountain to climb.

The introduction of Gregory, Dowd and former Worcester star Nathan Hayward at half time undoubtedly tipped the balance in Sporting's favour.

Gregory and Jason Cowley had shots early on in the half that were well saved by Gilder, before Will Shorrock drew the keeper's finest save up to that point, as his powerful effort found the outstretched boot of the Worcester stopper.

Sporting were extremely unlucky not to get on the scoresheet on the 63rd minute, as Gregory made space inside the box before hitting the post with his shot, with the rebound falling to Shorrock, who again found Gilder too good, this time with an instinctive save from point blank range.

Bromsgrove finally scored 80 minutes in, as McGrath found the head of Gregory with a pinpoint accurate cross, who simply guided it into the bottom corner, before the former Hereford man McGrath got on the scoresheet himself a minute later, as superb work on the flank from Dowd allowed manager Bren Kelly's latest recruit to tap home from a yard out.

Sporting pushed hard for the equaliser thereafter, with Dowd having a shot blocked by the resilient Worcester defence, whilst Craig Jones failed to make enough of a proper contact with his diving header to divert the ball on target from a free kick in injury time.

Despite the second half being dominated by Sporting, against a visibly tired Worcester, it was to be the Blue and Whites that would come out victorious, with Bromsgrove unable to repeat their heroics of Boxing Day last year, in which they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.

A final against Highgate United is in store for John Snape's men.

Report courtesy of Max Banner.


Worcester City
Bromsgrove Sporting
Off Target 2
On Target 4
On Target 13
Off Target 8
3 Yellow Cards 0
7 Corners 11
1 Fouls 12
2 Offsides 5
6 Shots 21
4 Shots on Goal 13
3 Goals 2
Worcester City
Bromsgrove Sporting