A MIXTURE of youth and experience was the recipe for success for Bromsgrove Sporting as they thrashed Inkberrow to progress in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup.
With one eye on this weekend’s mouth-watering clash against league leaders Coventry United, manager Paul Smith gave a number of youngsters the chance to shine on Tuesday night.
And it paid dividends as promising midfielder Ethan Hands set up a chance for Connor Collins before scoring himself midway through the second half.
Dale Edwards also netted twice in between Sean Brain’s 78th minute strike as Sporting eased into the third round of the competition where they will play either Lichfield City or Earlswood Town.
Sporting tested Daniel Dawson in goal for Inkberrow several times from the kick-off but never really gave him too much trouble until the 28th minute.
Hanks, making his first start after moving up from the u21s, made a weaving run from the halfway line down the left before delivering a pin-point cross. That found Collins whose hard-struck shot hit the roof of the net via Dawson’s gloves.
Reece Hewitt was unlucky not to get his team’s second when he hit the underside of the bar three minutes later, while Brain headed just over.
But the second eventually came three minutes before half-time when Edwards collected Craig Jones’ cross and fired home from 15 yards wide of Dawson’s outstretched right-arm.
After the interval the away team attempted to close down the Sporting supply lines in midfield and get forward themselves but the hosts’ defence remained resolute.
The Rouslers then made it 3-0 on the 70th minute when Jones was unbundled over in the box giving Hanks the opportunity to open his account from the penalty spot.
Brain scored number four on 78 minutes before Edwards got a deserved second and Sporting’s fifth with six minutes to go when he beat three tiring defenders and curled an exquisite shot into the top of Dawson’s net.