TWO first-half goals proved to be enough for Bromsgrove Sporting as they moved up to second in the Midland League Premier Division with victory over Lye Town.
Wade Malley gave Sporting a 7th-minute lead before an Alex Dallison own goal in the third minute of first-half stoppage time secured all three points for the Rouslers.
It as also the first time this season Paul Smith’s men claimed back-to-back clean sheets as they sit three points off the league leaders Coleshill Town with a game in hand.
Going into the game on the back of a Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Pershore Town in the Polymac Packaging League Cup, Sporting got off to a flying start in front of the 765-strong crowd.
Reece Hewitt did well to turn his man before drilling a low left-footed cross into the centre of goal where Malley coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Jason Cowley came close to doubling the hosts’ lead after 15 minutes but a free-kick from the edge of the area and a curling shot from just inside the box went off target.
Lye struggled to threaten the Sporting backline with their first shot coming midway through the half but Simon Williams’ long-range drive went straight down the throat of keeper Brendan Bunn.
Cowley then arrowed a shot from a tight angle just wide of the far post on the stroke of half-time but that did not prove to be the last of the action.
In the third minute of stoppage time Sam Will’s deep free-kick from the far side was unfortunately headed into his own net by Dallison at the back post.
After the break chances were few and far between although Cowley came closest to adding the third on the hour mark.
However, his looping header from just inside the area landed on the roof of the net.
A defensive masterclass from Sporting followed as Lye struggled to force Bunn into action with their best chance falling in the 80th minute but Dan Flowers’ free-kick from 20 yards out hit the wall.
John Pykett then saw an effort fly over the bar moments later followed by a scuffed shot from the wide man which keeper Charlie Price saved with ease as Sporting closed out the win to pick up a deserved three points.