15th Dec, 2017

Boss Smith wants Bromsgrove Sporting to carry over 'frightening' form into league opener at Quorn

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

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith is urging his players to carry the form over from their FA Cup extra preliminary round replay victory at Rocester into their Midland League Premier Division opener at Quorn this weekend.

Life in Step Five for the Rouslers begins on Saturday in Leicestershire and with defenders Duane Courtney and Jordan Jones returning to the fold, Smith is confident of getting off to a flying start.

Smith was left impressed by a dominant display over Rocester on Tuesday night which saw Sporting run out 3-0 winners, thanks to goals from John Pykett, Liam Spink and Chris Lloyd.

And with the bar set, the Sporting boss wants to see more of the same from his players throughout this season.

“The players really enjoyed themselves on Tuesday night and it was quite frightening how good we were,” he said.

“I am quietly confident that another performance like Tuesday night’s will help us come away with the three points at Quorn.

“Realistically, a performance of that level is good enough to get positive results in the majority of games this season.”

Smith also felt the shorter grass at Rocester’s Hillsfield ground enabled his players to put on a show.

Numerous times this summer the Sporting boss has raised concerns the grass is three inches too long at the Victoria Ground but nothing has been done about it.

He stated players like Robbie Bunn, Chris Lloyd and Reece Hewitt, all of whom who like to run at their opponents, are struggling to keep the ball stuck to their feet and are starting to complain.

Smith had to apologise to Leamington and Wolverhampton Sporting Community officials during pre-season for the long grass and blamed the surface for mistakes made in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Rocester.

“Tuesday night showed just how well we can play on a good surface,” he said.

“Three or four times I have mentioned the grass needs cutting at our place but all to no avail.

“When you look at the first goal we conceded against Rocester, the ball would have ran all the way to keeper Reece Francis if it was shorter.

“Liam Spink’s back pass late on nearly cost us the game too as it got held up on the surface.

“Having grass that long could come back to bite us.

“I genuinely believe we will be picking up more points on the road than at home so I’m going to sit down with the chairman (Mike Burke) to see what can be done.”

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