A HAT-TRICK from Sean Brain helped seal Bromsgrove Sporting’s place in the semi-final of the Worcestershire Senior Urn after defeating defending champions Malvern Town.
For the third match on the trot, the Rouslers were forced to come from behind as Lee Barmby netted for the West Midlands Regional League side.
However, Paul Smith’s men once again found a response as Brain struck three times before Sam Wills rounded off a convincing victory on Tuesday night.
There was little to choose between the two sides in the opening exchanges, but Sporting’s defence was opened up on the 14th minute when Barmby linked up with Matthew Turner before nodding past Chris Jay.
Malvern’s lead did not last long as the home side equalised a couple of minutes later when Brain hit a low hard shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Brain continued to be a thorn in the side of the away defence as he had two shots blocked on the 25th minute, but the most spectacular effort of the night came from Malvern’s Dene Whittal-Williams whose overhead kick from a corner went narrowly over the bar.
Whittal-Williams was at fault for Bromsgrove’s second, though, as his slip put Brain clean through before the striker slid the ball under the advancing Chas Weaver.
Malvern’s cause was not helped on the 55th mintue when Matt Smith received a second yellow card and Sporting showed no mercy.
Dale Edwards made a strong run down the left before making a precise cross to Brain who blasted home from close range for his hat-trick.
Shortly after Brain was replaced by Kyle Turner and the striker was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with two shots cleared off the line.
Despite being a man down Malvern created a couple of good chances, but Wills then put the match well out of their reach when curled in a free-kick with six minutes to go.