PAUL SMITH says it was the ‘best’ £50 he has spent this season after defender Luke Edwards’ goal at Leicester Road was enough to ensure Bromsgrove Sporting need one more win to secure the Midland League Division One title.
Each season the Sporting boss picks an unlikely source to score and every time they find the net he donates money into the end of season pot for a trip abroad.
Having already scored six times this season, which equals a whopping £300 in donations by Smith, Edwards popped up in the 26th minute last night (Tuesday) to net the winner and extend the Rouslers’ unbeaten league run to 32 games.
It was also the first time this season Hinckley-based Leicester Road tasted defeat at home.
“It was a splendid performance and the lads just keep on surprising me on just how good they can be,” Smith said.
“The performance was professional and probably the best one I have seen this season even though it was not a free-flowing game.
“Road’s home record spoke for itself as they have a good young side and we knew we had to be right at it to get a result.
“In recent years I have not been hit so much in the pocket with my selected player scoring but this year every penny has been worth it.
“And Edwards’ goal yesterday was the best £50 I have spent all season.”
Both teams looked to be a little nervous early on and like boxers appeared to be sizing up the opposition before making any attacking moves.
The first real incident of the night came after 16 minutes when Sporting’s Jason Cowley went down after a challenge by Josh Unsworth but the referee signalled no foul.
Ten minutes later Chris Lloyd put a first-time ball into the box only for Cowley’s attempted shot to be deflected over the bar.
Lloyd then took the resulting corner floating over a delightful ball to the far post that was met by Edwards who made no mistake as he headed into the top of Will Highland’s net to give his team the lead.
Precious few chances were created after the goal and the scoreline remained unchanged at half-time.
After the interval, the game opened up for both sides as Leicester Road did what they knew they had to do and push forward.
Reece Hewitt sent a shot over the bar after 54 minutes before Road’s Joe Lyne also hooked an effort off target.
Eight minutes later Lloyd saw a free-kick smash off the bar after Reece Hewitt was fouled just outside the area.
Then Cowley nearly got Sporting’s second after intercepting a poor Highland clearance but he sent his shot wide as the game petered out.
Sporting can now secure the title in front of their own fans on Saturday when they entertain local rivals Studley.