18th Nov, 2017

Bromsgrove Sporting boss to give youth a chance in cup semi-final at Coton Green

MANAGER Paul Smith says he will be giving youth a chance in their cup semi-final this weekend after ending the Midland League Division One campaign as ‘invincibles’.

The Rouslers ensured they went their whole 38-game league season unbeaten on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Lichfield City in front of 1,151 fans at the Victoria Ground.

But the club’s attentions quickly turn to their Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup last four clash at Coton Green.

And boss Smith says tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash in Tamworth is the perfect chance to not only rotate the squad, but give some youngsters the chance.

“Alfie Bloomer has been in-and-around the first team as of late and has done well when given the game time so he will be in the squad,” he said.

“Then I want to get the chance to look at midfielder Max Tranter because it’s been hard to fit him into the centre of the park when Ahmed Ali, Sam Wills, Robbie Bunn and Liam Spink have been playing so well.

“What the players have done this year has just been remarkable.

“To go 38 games unbeaten as well as reach the semi-finals of the FA Vase is a huge achievement and will be wanting to finish the season off in style.”

Only right back Aaron Roberts and striker Luke Shorthouse will miss out on Saturday as they are both suspended.

Sporting are also on course for a history-making treble as they were handed the Worcestershire FA Senior Urn after winners Highgate United had fielded an ineligible player.

Once the season has come to a conclusion Smith said that there will be some big meetings over the next few weeks to discuss the plans for life in the Premier Division.

“I have got a couple of meetings with the board over the next few days to discuss which direction we want to take this club,” he added.

“If all goes well then I have already identified some players I would like to try and bring in to improve some areas of the squad.”

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