Bromsgrove braced for tonight's Stratford Cup clash - The Bromsgrove Standard

Bromsgrove braced for tonight's Stratford Cup clash

Bromsgrove Editorial 22nd Sep, 2020   0

FA CUP fever hits Bromsgrove tonight when Sporting welcome division rivals Stratford Town for their first qualifying round clash.

The fixture between the two Southern League Premier Central sides marks a return to the competition that Bromsgrove Sporting last appeared in back in September last year – exiting at this stage after a slender 1-0 defeat to another division rival in Stourbridge.

Should both sides remain deadlocked after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties to decide the winner.

A small number of tickets are remaining for the meeting at the Victoria Ground, and can be purchased from the club shop up until kick-off.

Contact details must be provided in line with the track and trace system being utilised, with the ‘rule of six’ applying to groups attending the game together.

Ticket prices vary from £10 for adults, £7 for seniors, £5 for under-18s and £1 for juniors when accompanied by an adult.

The two sides last met in December, when headers from Mike Taylor and Leon Broadhurst helped earn a 2-1 win in the run-in to the festive fixtures.

As far as Rouslers manager Brendan Kelly is concerned, the fixture marks an opportunity to build on their 1-1 draw in their league opener with Coalville Town last weekend.

“It’s a quick turnaround since Saturday, so the message to the lads was to recover correctly and make sure we can put the same work rate and application in as we did against Coalville,” he said.

“Tom Taylor will miss out following the injury he picked up and we have another couple of players doubtful, as the injury frustrations continue.

“However, whatever squad we use, it’ll be good enough to compete and try to progress to the next round.

“The Sporting faithful were absolutely brilliant on Saturday and I hope they come back to support us again.”

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