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Title race set to go to the wire

Title race set to go to the wire Title race set to go to the wire
Updated: 4:45 pm, May 12, 2015

BROMSGROVE Sporting have made it a two-horse race for the title after ending Bolehall Swifts promotion bid with a 2-0 victory at Rene Road on Tuesday night.

Sam Wills and Aaron Williams got the goals for the Rouslers as they extended their winning run in Midland Football League Division One to seven games.

However, Sporting still remain six points behind Highgate United with a game in hand as the league leaders ran out 7-1 winners at Studley.

After losing to Highgate last Saturday, Bolehall needed to beat Bromsgrove to keep their dreams of securing a place in the Premier Division alive.

But Sporting arrived in confident mood and pinned their opponents back with long balls up to Josh McKenzie who made a nuisance of himself.

It was Reece Hewitt who had the first real chance on 15 minutes when his free-kick was tipped over by Paul Hathaway. Bromsgrove also had the first shot on target from open play as Jack Wilson weaved his through the defence and passed to McKenzie but ballooned his shot well over the bar.

Sporting were building some good moves virtually all the front players but the Bolehall defenders remained solid and there was a sense that something special was needed to break them down.

That came on the 31st minute when Wills dummied a couple of defenders before hitting a superb shot though the narrow space between ‘keeper and post to give the visitors the lead.

It should have been two on 41 minutes when Craig Jones’ precisely directed header from a Will Tibbetts’ free-kick was going into the top right-hand corner but Hathaway just managed to get a hand to it.

After the interval Bolehall had to continue where they left off in the first-half defending in numbers with the tally of yellow cards illustrating the pressure they were under.

However they did manage their best effort of the match on 71 minutes when Adam Goodby forced Jake Bedford into a good save from 18 yards out.

This could have been a platform for Bolehall to push on, but Bromsgrove inflicted a hammer blow on the 77 minute. Simon Fitter’s free kick cleared to a waiting Williams whose speculative shot went straight through a crowded penalty area and past Hathaway’s outstretched left arm.

Bolehall attempted to get on the score-sheet and constructed a few good moves themselves but all came to little as they failed to get close enough to worry Bedford.

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