15th Dec, 2017

Bromsgrove Sporting come from behind to down Westfields

Craig Gibbons 11th Oct, 2017

STUNNING goals from Jason Cowley and Robbie Bunn helped Bromsgrove Sporting come from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over a very strong Westfields side.

The Herefordshire visitors capitalised on Sporting’s slow start to take a seventh-minute lead when Mark Magee jinked his way past three defenders before drilling home into the far corner.

Although Sporting offered little throughout the first 45 minutes, they turned things around in the second half with Cowley instigating the comeback.

His tenacity to always get on the scoresheet came through 13 minutes after the break when he went alone before thumping a stunning long-range effort which flew over Fields keeper Keiron Blackburn’s head and into the back of the net.

Midfield maestro Bunn then put Paul Smith’s men in front 15 minutes from time when he cut inside from the left-hand side before drilling home at the near post to claim his seventh goal of the season.

The victory moved Sporting to within four points of Midland League Premier Division pacesetters Coleshill Town, who have played two games more, although for large parts of the game it looked as though the Rouslers would be tasting a home defeat for the first time since February 2016.

After Josh Quaynor saw a free-kick from the edge of the area hit the wall early on, Westfields countered with extreme pace but Jamie Molyneux could not lob the advancing Brendon Bunn who saved with his shoulder.

However, just moments later the Sporting keeper was picking the ball out of his net.

A slight mix-up at the back allowed Magee the time and space to dance past several tackles before drilling the ball into the far corner.

From this point, neither keepers were troubled but it was Westfields who were certainly in control, with the defence sweeping up every long ball which was pumped forward while the forward three of Magee, Molyneux and Alex Hainault looked dangerous throughout.

Sporting probably should have been level midway through the first-half but Cowley’s unselfishness to try and pick out John Pykett when he was in a better position to shoot frustrated the home fans among the 631-strong crowd.

That was as close the hosts came in the first-half but whatever was said by boss Smith and assistant manager Brendan Kelly at half-time certainly made an impact.

From the restart the Rouslers were at full tilt and eventually they drew level just before the hour mark.

Cowley picked upĀ the ball on the left-hand side before drifting into the centre of goal and crashing a thunderous effort which flew past Blackburn before he even had chance to make an attempt to save the shot.

That goal spurred SportingĀ on and following more sustained pressure, the Victoria Ground was bouncing once again after 75 minutes.

Just like his goal against Long Eaton United on Saturday, Bunn drifted inside from the near side and angled a shot in at the near post to send the Shed End into euphoria.

However, Westfields will consider themselves unlucky not to have salvaged a point just three minutes from the end as a point-blank save from Bunn tipped Richard Greaves’ header from Craig Jones’ free-kick onto the post.

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