19th Nov, 2018

Cowley and Nicol hat-tricks guide Bromsgrove Sporting to ruthless 10-0 victory over Pelsall Villa

HAT-TRICKS from leading scorer Jason Cowley and substitute Andy Nicol helped fire Bromsgrove Sporting to an emphatic 10-0 victory over relegation-threatened Pelsall Villa.

Luke Shorthouse had given the Rouslers the lead after 20 minutes before Spink added the second with a fine volley two minutes before the break.

After the interval it was just one way traffic as a seven-minute hat-trick from Cowley, which included a penalty and a world-class individual goal, put Sporting 5-0 up by the hour mark.

Nicol added the sixth from the penalty spot five minutes later before fellow substitute Tom Craine grabbed the seventh goal of the afternoon with eight minutes remaining.

But the goals kept coming as Nicol and Wills notched up the score to 9-0 in the second minute of second half stoppage time before the former headed home a corner a minute later to bring up double figures.

The Midland League Division One leaders are now unbeaten in 30 games and are just four wins away from securing promotion to the Premier Division.

Second-from-bottom Pelsall remain deep in trouble following today’s (Saturday) defeat and they were put under the cosh early on as Cowley saw a fourth minute strike well saved by Scott Bannister.

Shorthouse then saw a fizzing shot deflected wide ten minutes later but it was not much longer before the striker was on the scoresheet.

After Spink had saw an initial cross from inside the area blocked, he composed himself to deliver a delightful chip into the centre of goal where Shorthouse could not miss with 20 minutes on the clock.

And just a minute later it should have been 2-0 as Shorthouse accidentally tumbled into Bannister after chasing the Villa keeper down before firing the loose ball wide of an open goal.

It took until the 26th minute for Villa to get their first shot on goal but after Mitchell Teece had beaten Sporting’s offside trap, his attempted lob was poor, giving Jon Brown the easiest of saves to make.

But Brown was forced into a better save seven minutes later when he put up a strong left hand to tip Thomas Baggott’s header over the bar.

However, with just two minutes left of the first half Sporting grabbed their second as Spink volleyed home at the back post, via a deflection off Michael Murray, from Shorthouse’s deep cross.

Immediately after the restart Brown pulled off another fine stop, this time to deny Osiris Robinson’s pile-driver.

But Villa’s early pressure did not pay dividends as Cowley bagged a seven-minute treble to put the hosts into an unassailable lead.

His first came from the penalty spot after 52 minutes when he was tumbled in the area by Bannister but it was his second that left mouths gaping.

Cowley had neatly side-stepped his marker before going on a scything run which saw him ghost past several Villa players and applying the finish touch beyond the advancing Bannister to make it 4-0 – that was also Sporting’s 100th league goal of the campaign.

And on the stroke of the hour mark it was 5-0 as Cowley calmly headed Wills cross into the back of the net to grab his 35th goal of the campaign.

Cowley and Shorthouse were replaced by Nicol and Craine moments later and it was not long until the former grabbed the first of his three goals.

After some commotion in the penalty area from a corner, referee Ryan Haynes pointed to the spot for the second time of the afternoon and up-stepped Nicol to send Bannister the wrong way.

Despite being 6-0 down, Villa continued to try and play their football and another flying save from Brown after 73 minutes ensured Robinson’s strike would not find the bottom corner.

But nine minutes later it was 7-0 as Aaron Roberts’ cross was neatly collected by Craine who turned his man and fired an unstoppable shot beyond a helpless Bannister.

Craine was instrumental for the eighth goal after 86 minutes when he chased down a long punt upfield, beat the onrushing Bannister with an outstretched foot which diverted the ball into the path of Nicol who slotted home into an unguarded net.

Sporting remained ruthless and in the second minute of injury time Wills made it 9-0 with a fine curling effort from the edge of the area before Nicol saw a header cross the line off the underside of the bar a minute later to complete his hat-trick and bring up double figures for the Rouslers.

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