Bromsgrove Sporting 5 Walsall Wood 1
BROMSGROVE Sporting made it five pre-season friendly wins on the bounce on Tuesday night as they comprehensively dispatched Midland League Premier outfit Walsall Wood at the Victoria Ground, writes Max Banner.
Following on from Saturday’s impressive 1-0 victory over last season’s Premier high-fliers Sporting Khalsa, two goals from Chris Lloyd and one each for Chris Conway, Tony Clarke and Sean Brain secured the win for the Rouslers.
With confidence sky high from the victory over Khalsa, Sporting’s cult hero Conway, who re-joined following his departure from Littleton, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with an accurate header inside the box which pinged off the crossbar before nestling in the net.
Lloyd stamped his mark on the game with two finely taken efforts five minutes either side of half-time to fire the Rouslers into a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Smith’s latest acquisitions continued to find the net as Clarke headed home the fourth of the afternoon with a looping effort in the 58th minute.
Brain completed Sporting’s scoring 15 minutes from the end with a close range shot.
A late consolation penalty was put home by the Wood but it failed to put much of a dampener on what was a fine night for a Sporting team who will certainly be setting their sights on the illusive league title this campaign.
Sporting boss Paul Smith expressed his delight at the performance and hopes the squad continues to push on with their success.
“It’s really exciting for me as manager because I did not expect the players to be this far advanced as a group,” he said.
“We are well ahead of where I expected them to be and we’ve put on dominant displays in both games against tougher opposition.
“This is just the beginning of what this group can do but the players must continue to work and more importantly, stick together.”