DEFENDER Luke Edwards says Bromsgrove Sporting must ‘significantly improve’ on the performance against Heath Hayes if they want to walk away with all three points at Racing Club Warwick next week.
Midland League Division One tabletoppers Sporting had to wait until the fifth minute of injury time on Saturday to beat Hayes as Edwards cropped up right at the death to clinch a vital winner.
It was far from easy for the Rouslers in front of 944 fans at the Victoria Ground as they fell behind after just four minutes when Ryan Burns gave the visitors a surprise lead before Jason Cowley levelled things up after 41 minutes with a well-taken stooping header from Reece Hewitt’s cross.
The performance from Paul Smith’s men was far from polished though, and match-winner Edwards admitted they were exceptionally lucky to snatch victory.
“It was a real bad game from our point of view,” he said. “We did not play well at all and even though we kept trying we could not get the goal.
“We were creating chance after chance and luckily one fell to me, I’ve given it a left-footed swinger and it has gone in the net.
“It’s a massive three points as we can’t be dropping them to anyone and with that performance it probably deserved for us to lose two points.
“Everybody would expect us to have a bad game but today (Saturday) was really bad and luckily we have got away with it.”
Sporting will be putting Saturday’s poor showing quickly behind them as they travel to a Warwick side on Tuesday (7.45pm KO) which had held them to a 2-2 draw on New Year’s Eve.
And with a journey to basement club Southam United, who are yet to win this season, next Saturday, Edwards says it’s important Sporting perform at their best.
“Warwick were really good when they came to us at the end of last year and managed to claim a draw,” he said.
“They are a good side and we will have to improve significantly if we want to collect another three points.
“It’s a big learning curve for us to be able to change the way we play and realise we can’t just turn up and get the three points.
“We have to put a shift in.”