A DOMINANT display from Bromsgrove Sporting in front of a record crowd of 924 saw them move four points clear at the top with a 4-2 victory over fellow title rivals Coventry United.
Goals from Sean Brain, Connor Collins, Reece Hewitt and Aaron Roberts ensured the Rouslers claimed their 12th win in their last 13 outings and boosted their chances of securing promotion and the title.
The result sees the Rouslers move four points clear of second place Coventry United at the top of the Midland League Division One table, although United do have two games in hand.
With much hype surrounding the fixture as the best two sides in the division were prepared to lock horns, the game lived up to its expectations but it was Coventry who started the brighter of the two in the opening exchanges.
However, they failed to create any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities and that soon came back to haunt them as Sporting took the lead on the 10th minute.
After collecting a flick-on from Collins, Brain raced on to the ball before keeping his calm to slot home from close range.
The Rouslers doubled their lead three minutes later when Collins himself got on the scoresheet with a beautiful low finish from the edge of the area following some good work from Brain on the right.
A third goal followed five minutes later as Hewitt carved his way through the United defence like a hot knife through butter before lashing home a powerful drive beyond the helpless Richard Morris.
Liam Spink should have made it 4-0 on the half hour mark but after some hard work from Brain to round Morris, his pass across goal was lashed over from close range with Hewitt furious he did not leave the ball to him.
Following the interval, United forced themselves back into the game as from a throw in, Chris Jay failed to punch clear with Ross Briscoe hooking the ball into the far corner.
United continued to pile the pressure on Sporting but failed to trouble Jay.
Sporting added the killer goal after 63 minutes when some poor defending from a corner allowed captain Craig Jones to head the ball back across goal for Roberts to volley home with aplomb.
The Rouslers should have been awarded a penalty 12 minutes later as Brain was clearly hauled down by Jamie Coleman but the referee waved play on.
Brain once again had a huge chance to put Sporting further ahead but his effort from the right drifted just wide of the United goal.
With one minute remaining, United were awarded a penalty after Josh O’Grady was bundled over in the penalty area and up stepped Chris Cox to slot home just out of the reach of Jay.
Sporting’s next game sees them entertain Stafford Town next Saturday at the Victoria Ground.