The following is an update from our newly formed Veterans Team.

The Vets’ third League game of the season (and final game before the lockdown) saw them travel away to Flickers 83, at Dudley College, where they recorded an emphatic 8-1 win.

The game started quite lively, with Bromsgrove having the majority of the ball, but Flickers put up a good fight in the first 15 minutes and the game was evenly balanced.

Eventually, Bromsgrove settled into a good rhythm, with Bret Clarke and Jamie McWilliams really bossing the middle of the park and creating some great chances, one of which was eventually taken by Junior Hewitt – 1-0 to Bromsgrove.

Bromsgrove continued to press and a few minutes later James Ince, with a wonderful left foot strike from 25 yards, made it 2-0.

Five minutes later, Matty Connolly made a run into the box and a rash challenge from the Flickers right back gave Bromsgrove a penalty – up stepped McWilliams, who smashed it into the back of the net and made it 3-0 Bromsgrove.

The play continued to flow Bromsgrove’s way, with some beautiful pass and move play from Clarke and McWilliams in midfield, which ended with a wonderful through ball from Clarke that Hewitt slotted home to make it 4-0.

After the goal, Bromsgrove switched off for a moment and Flickers made their first attack on goal with a very good through ball, which their forward latched onto to make it 4-1 going into half time.

Into the second half and, in no time at all, some good play between Frank Manger and Hewitt resulted in the latter’s third goal of the game and Bromsgrove were 5-1 up.

Bromsgrove continued to dominate, and McWilliams got his well-deserved second goal of the game from just outside the box to make it 6-1.

A few minutes later and Clarke made a wonderful run, only to be brought down on the edge of the box. Up stepped Lyndon Reeves to take the freekick, who unfortunately found Dudley Zoo with his effort!

Bromsgrove then made substitutions, with Hems, Rollins, Farrell and Wynne coming on and continuing the good play. Some lovely football was then played by Bromsgrove, resulting in two goals from Manger, with one being a lovely solo effort along the edge of the box capped with a great left foot finish to make the final result 8-1 to the Sporting Vets.

Jonathan Hems, on behalf of the Veterans, commented: “Man of the Match must go to Jamie McWilliams, followed very closely by Brett Clarke, for their wonderful midfield performance.

“The game was once again played in a fantastic spirit and Bromsgrove Sporting Vets went into the Lockdown period undefeated in three games, scoring 24 goals and conceding one.

“We look forward to being back playing in front of the fantastic supporters at the Victoria Ground as soon as it’s allowed.”

Report by Sam Ross

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