A FRUSTRATING evening for Bromsgrove Sporting saw them bow out of the FA Youth Cup in a 2-1 defeat to Leek Town, despite dominating play for the majority of the match, writes Phil Baker.
Things started promising for the young Rouslers with both Ellis Moore and Nathaniel Khan having good chances in the opening stages.
However, after 22 minutes Leek took the lead when Ed Capewell fired home a loose ball from close range against the run of play.
Sporting looked to get back into the game with a number of well-placed long balls upfield but again it was Leek who found the net with one of their few attacks.
Following a corner, the ball ping-ponged around the area and this time is was Hakeem Solemon who buried the loose ball from eight yards out.
After the interval, Sporting continued with the same tactics making good use of wingers Isaac Allen and Salamon Baransananiye and got a deserved goal back on the 58 minute when Max Battle drove home a 20-yard shot though a crowded defence and under Leek goalkeeper Ben Farr.
The hosts pressed forward for the remainder of the half looking for the equaliser but despite a number of chances, Leek’s proficient and packed defence kept their opponents at bay.
Coach Alan Horton said: “I was proud of my lads and it was a good performance against an academy side.”