Bromsgrove Sporting 2 Lichfield City 0
Midland League, Division One
FOLLOWING the disappointment of Saturday’s home defeat to Nuneaton Griff, the Rouslers bounced back in style to beat Lichfield City 2-0 at the Victoria Ground, report by Phil Baker.
Two second half goals from substitute Sean Brain was enough to send Sporting two points behind Midland League Division One leaders Coventry United who slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Cadbury Athletic.
There was very little to choose between the two teams in the first period but the visitors carved out the first good chance on 17 minutes but Tony Clarke’s effort was blocked by the feet of Sporting keeper Chris Jay.
Sporting hardly threatened the Lichfield goal with Kyle Turner and Dale Edwards wasting chances to give the Rouslers the lead.
City probably should have found themselves 1-0 up just before the interval if it weren’t for the ever reliable Jay.
In the 37th minute, Clarke wriggled free and ran round three defenders before hitting a low shot that Jay did well to keep out, sending both teams into the half time break level.
After the break, the game continued off in the same vein as neither team mustered up any opportunities to take the lead but that changed with introduction of Brain on 62 minutes in replacement of Nathan Walker.
it did not take long for Brain to get involved as within seconds of coming on he saw a low angled shot beat City keeper Connor McCarthy but went agonisingly wide of the post.
Three minutes later, Brain found the target. From Dale Edwards corner, which was cleared, Will Tibbetts fed the ball back to Edwards whose sublime cross landed at the feet of Brain who volleyed home with aplomb from a few yards out.
On 78 minutes, the game turned in Sporting’s favour as from a goal kick, an altercation in the penalty when Peter Folkes appeared to strike substitute Connor Collins.
After a discussion with the linesman, referee Mr Teraud sent off the defender, with Jack Wilson booked for dissent.
Despite being down to 10 men, the visitors continued to test the Sporting back four which left them exposed at the back.
This was soon capitalised on as three minutes into added time, Brain his second – and the winner – after collecting the ball from the edge of the area, dummying a defender before sending a fizzing low drive into the back of the net.