Pershore Town 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 1
Midland League, Division One
BROMSGROVE Sporting returned to the top of the league with a gutsy win over a determined and well-organised Pershore Town side, writes Adam Warner.
Striker Sean Brain provided the goal early in the first half in a game that otherwise lacked quality throughout.
Sporting started the game on the front foot with a ball played forward from the kick off, deflecting off Pershore skipper Shaun Griffiths behind the goal.
The resulting corner then found its way to the feet of Brain in the six-yard box, but his attempt on goal was blocked.
It wasn’t long before Sporting had a deserved lead when in the 13th minute, the ball found its way to Kyle Turner in the middle of the Pershore half.
He then played a beautifully weighted ball through to Brain before he calmly slotted home past Pershore ‘keeper Andrew Yarnold.
The remainder of the first half passed largely without note with ex-Rousler Jacob Snape finding himself in a number of useful positions but Sporting’s well-organised defence limited him to speculative efforts from distance.
The only other real chance of the half came in the 44th minute when a long floated free kick from another member of the Sporting alumni, Chris Bright, landed at the feet of Griffiths on the edge of the area but his powerful whisked over the crossbar.
Pershore came out with intent in the second half and a quick counter attack almost brought them level.
The final ex-Sporting player on display, Danny Ludlow, led his team out from defence but after making a fantastic run which evaded the Sporting defence, he played in Gaz Evans who was about to pull the trigger before Simon Fitter pulled off an outstanding tackle.
Much like the first half, the second lacked any real quality or entertainment.
Despite dominating the possession, Sporting failed to create any clear-cut chances; the only near miss coming when Liam Spink shot wide from 30 yards.
For the last five minutes, Pershore pushed on for an equaliser and they almost found it three minutes into stoppage time when a corner found Dane Aldington at the far post but an outstanding reaction save from Sporting ‘keeper Chris Jay kept the ball out the net and Sporting were able to clear.
As the final whistle sounded, the Sporting faithful who made up the large majority of the excellent crowd of 387 cheered; not only at their own team’s result but also at news that title rivals Nuneaton Griff had drawn 2-2 in their game against Leicester Road, sending Sporting back to the top of the pile by two points.
Sporting’s next game sees them make the trip to Rene Road on Saturday to take on in-form Bolehall Swifts.