23rd Nov, 2017

Boss Paul Smith wants Bromsgrove Sporting to end campaign with great defensive record

Craig Gibbons 10th Apr, 2017 Updated: 10th Apr, 2017

PAUL SMITH has called on his Bromsgrove Sporting players to finish the season with a ‘great’ defensive record ahead of their trip to Leicester Road this week.

The Midland League Division One leaders are just two wins away from securing promotion and can claim the title in front of their own fans on Saturday when they take on local rivals Studley.

But first the Rouslers travel to Hinckley-based Road on Tuesday night on the back of Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Stafford Town.

The clean sheet means Smith’s men have only conceded 22 league goals all season and the Sporting boss is hoping to keep things that way.

“We have a great defensive record and I want to finish the season with a great defensive record,” he said.

“I was a defender myself and I take great pride on clean sheets and conceding as few goals as possible.

“So far our defence is better than everybody else’s in this league and I want it to remain that way.

“We’re all looking forward to the game on Tuesday night and I will bringing in some players who missed out at Stafford to freshen it up again.

“If we go to Leicester Road and perform then we will win a game of football and that’s what our ultimate aim is.”

Two goals from Chris Lloyd and one from Alfie Bloomer as well as an own-goal ensured the Rouslers extended their unbeaten league season to 31 games at Stafford.

Although the scoreline could have been much bigger, with Lloyd seeing two headers go over the bar as well as hitting the post, boss Smith was left pleased with the performance.

“I thought we played very well in the first half,” he added.

“Lloydy has scored two but had two great headers which were easier to score than miss which could have put a completely different complexion on the second half.

“Stafford had a good spell in the second half for about ten to 15 minutes but I don’t think they created many clear-cut chances.

“We’ve rode that out and scored a couple more to get the result.

“It’s all about results now at this stage of the season – we have scored four, kept a clean sheet and got the win we needed.”

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