BROMSGROVE Sporting returned to scoring form in Midland Football League Division One with a 7-0 thrashing of bottom club Pelsall Villa last Saturday.
Three successive draws in the league threatened to derail Sporting’s promotion bid, but they made sure they didn’t miss out on further points as they produced a dominant display at Villa.
Matt Gardiner got the Rouslers off the mark on the 23rd minute before Reece Hewitt added another, but it took until the start of the second half before the floodgates opened.
Chrisi Conway and Jozsef Jakab both bagged braces before Will Tibbetts completed the rout with an injury-time strike.
Manager Paul Smith fielded a strong side and they pretty well remained in their opponents half for the early stages. Gardiner and Joe Adams went close while at the other end Jake Bedford comfortably saved Spencer Blackham’s attempted lob from 30 yards.
Sporting eventually got the breakthrough when Gardiner floated a shot over the head of Jake Fogarty from 20 yards out after receiving a cross from Conway.
Hewitt made it 2-0 on 38 minutes from just outside the box after having plenty of time to line up a low drive that went under the diving home keeper.
Conway scored the third seconds after the interval when Fogarty spilled Simon Fitter’s free-kick into the path of the striker who easily tapped home. And the stocky Irishman made it four on 61st minute with a hard low shot from 15 yards.
Jakab replaced Gardiner up front on the 70th minute and wasted no time getting on to the scoresheet three minutes later. Joe Cornforth missed a tackle on the Hungarian who attempted to place his shot into the top of the net but Fogarty managed to palm the ball on to the bar that bounced out giving the striker a simple nod home.
With nine minutes to go, a tired-looking Pelsall defence allowed an unmarked Jakab to fire home his second and Sporting’s sixth into the bottom left-hand corner.
Then for the last few minutes the home side rallied with winger Callum Phillips putting in a couple of good crosses and forcing Bedford to make a low save with a free kick.
But unfortunately for Villa, Sporting were not finished and with three added minutes on the clock, Adams hit a long ball up field to Tibbetts who knocked it in to complete the scoring.