24th Nov, 2017

We can't take winless Southam lightly, warns Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith is expecting a professional performance when his side take on struggling Southam United this weekend.

Unbeaten Sporting, who lead the way in Midland League Division One after 24 games, travel to Banbury Road tomorrow (Saturday) hoping to continue their promotion charge.

Bottom-of-the-table Southam have had a difficult time this season – they are yet to win in the league, have not scored since December 3 last year and have shipped 69 goals since then.

But with nothing guaranteed in football, Rouslers boss Smith told the Standard he will not be taking the game lightly at Saints.

“Southam have had a torrid time this season and I don’t want us to be their first scalp,” he said.

“We have got to take a professional attitude to them and I will putting out a strong first-team squad.

“They have not won a game all season but we will most certainly not be taking them lightly.”

Sporting were lucky to claim all three points last Saturday against Heath Hayes as Luke Edwards’ stoppage-time strike secured a 2-1 victory.

“We were very poor on Saturday so it’s important we don’t have two bad games in a row,” stressed Smith.

“Though it has been a long season and the lads have been magnificent from the start of the season to now, you expect there to be the odd bad game.”

The Rouslers had been due to play Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday night but after Townsend Meadow passed a pitch inspection at 4pm, the game was called off just over two hours later due to a deluge of rain.

With players and management having to leave work early to travel and with hundreds of supporters planning the journey to Warwick, Smith was left fuming by the ‘poor thought process’.

“The pitch passed an inspection at 4pm so I can’t understand what happened but what annoys me is we had about 250 to 300 fans coming so they could get FA Vase vouchers for the away semi-final leg at Cleethorpes,” he said.

“When a pitch passes its inspection that early you would think the weather forecast has been taken into consideration but it wasn’t.

“It was a poor thought process especially as we are the biggest club in this league with the biggest following so I was a little bit annoyed with this farce.”

After Saturday’s game at Southam, Sporting return to the Victoria Ground on Tuesday night when they entertain Bolehall Swifts (7.45pm KO).

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