Heather St Johns 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 4
Midland League Division One
BROMSGROVE Sporting returned to the top of the table after running out big winners at lowly Heather St Johns, report by Phil Baker.
Goals from Jack Wilson, Sean Brain, Sam Wills and Connor Collins secured a comfortable win for the Rouslers who sit one point clear of Coventry United who have two games in hand.
There was little between the two teams for the first 27 minutes as both struggled with the conditions and a close-marking game plan by both sides.
However, as often happens at this level of football, a touch of inspiration, in this case by Sporting’s Wilson, changed the course of the game.
Playing at left-back, he chipped a well-placed ball into the box from 35 yards out only to see his effort float over keeper Ben Allsop’s head into the back of the net.
Two minutes later Sporting doubled their lead as Sean Brain managed to find himself some space on the left, beating two defenders before hitting home a low, angled shot that found its way in between Allsop and the post.
Heather were unlucky not to get on to the scoresheet themselves on the 39th minute when lively right-winger Rami Tekle had a good run down the right before his shot hit the woodwork.
Five minutes after the break, Sporting got their third.
From Wilson’s cross from the left, Will Tibbetts collected the ball in the middle of the box before laying it off to an unmarked Wills who fired home from close range.
Heather hit the woodwork once again 15 minutes from time as Deqwon Ebanks shot crashed against the crossbar following a good run down the right.
With legs tiring and the pace of the game slowing down, both sides used all their substitutions but it was Sporting’s Collins who made the biggest impact with arguably the best goal of the afternoon 10 minutes from time.
He picked the ball up out wide, ran square for a few yards before picking his spot and unleashing a powerful drive from 25 yards that curved into the top right-hand corner of the net just beyond Allsop’s fingertips.
Just to complete a miserable afternoon for the home side, frustration got the better of Eddie Wilson with three minutes of normal time left when he received a red card for a late and dangerous tackle on Brendan Kelly.