BROMSGROVE Sporting clinched their first win of the Midland Football League Division One campaign after edging Racing Club Warwick 1-0 at the Victoria Ground.
But early season problems in front of goal arose again as the visitors were given a route back into the match after Jon Pykett’s 49-minute goal.
This was the former Fairfield Villa man’s first for the club and it proved to be the winner as Warwick ended the game with ten men after Chris Hayden saw red.
Fresh from their morale-boosting victory over Gornal Athletic in the FA Cup, Sporting looked to continue their momentum in front of their home fans.
And they were on top early on, with Conal Dowling producing a string of good saves – firstly from Sean Brain on five minutes then later from a deflected Josh McKenzie shot.
At the other end, Brendon Bunn was making his debut between the sticks and he was a called into action a couple of times after quick breaks up-field from former Rouslers Stuart Hall and Jake Brown.
After a frustrating first half, Bromsgrove went on the attack in search of an opener and deservedly got it.
Reece Hewitt’s cross found Pykett at the far post who with ‘keeper Dowling stranded had the simplest of nods into the net.
In attempting to extend their lead Sporting striker McKenzie was well supplied but it was not his night as successive efforts were blocked, went over the bar, hit the woodward and then cleared off the line.
With moments to go, tempers frayed and Warwick midfielder Hayden received successive yellow cards, leaving the pitch in added time and handing Bromsgrove the three points.