Bromsgrove 1 Cadbury Athletic 2
Midland Football League Division One
BROMSGROVE Sporting tasted their first league defeat in almost five months when they were edged out by local rivals Cadbury Athletic at the Victoria Ground.
Before last Saturday’s encounter, the Rouslers’ last loss came against Uttoxeter Town on September 13 and they did not look like coming unstuck when Danny Morris scored the opener.
But Bromsgrove were made to pay for a lacklustre second half as Ben Mooney netted the equaliser before Declan Kirby scored what proved to be the winner.
The result not only ended Sporting’s 17 match unbeaten streak in Midland Football League Division One, but also saw them miss the chance to close the gap on leaders Highgate United.
Bromsgrove were marginally the better side in the first half an hour and created some early chances. Sean Brain’s shot wide from a well placed long ball from Joe Adams before Chris Duggan’s fierce shot from just inside the box, which just flew over the bar.
It was on the half-hour mark where the hosts gained the advantage. An enticing ball from defence by captain Simon Fitter was met by Morris, who controlled the ball well and slotted home comfortably from close range.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Sporting in the first half, though. Five minutes before the interval, a Cadbury counter attack led to Stuart Butcher getting a shot away. But a smart save by Jake Bedford helped maintain the home side’s one goal advantage.
The lead did not last a great deal longer though. Three minutes into the second half, a Ben Judd free kick was met with a bullet header from Mooney, leaving Bedford with no chance as the ball nestled in the bottom corner.
Sporting failed to show as much attacking intent as they did in the first 45 minutes, with their best second half chances being a Matt Gardner header aimed straight at keeper Kenny Sanders and a Sam Wills free kick that whistled over the upright.
And they were made to pay for a lack of creativity on the 65th minute. Bedford saved a header from a corner but the home side failed to clear the ball quickly enough, leaving Declan Kirby the easiest of chances to score from point blank range.
Sporting’s usually reliable defence looked flaky at times, even in the dying minutes of the game. Cadbury substitute Dean Lea caught the defence unawares and would have made it three, were it not for Bedford winning the one-on-one battle.
Despite the disappointing performance and result, Sporting were gifted an unlikely lifeline as table toppers Highgate lost 4-3 away at Stafford Town.