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4th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - 10-man Sporting beaten by Biggleswade as threat of relegation looms

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Gavin Hurren insists he and his players need to turn their season around after a 1-0 defeat to Biggleswade Town saw the Rouslers drop into the relegation zone.

Sporting slumped to a disappointing home defeat to the league’s basement club after George Devine netted a 56th minute winner in front of 1,537 fans at the Victoria Ground.

And the attendance was the fourth highest across steps three and four of the non-league pyramid in the country that Saturday.

However, Bromsgrove are now one point from safety in the Southern League Premier Central table with just eight matches left to play.

Hurren said: “We’ve got to go again and dust ourselves off, it’s concerning, myself and the lads have got to take responsibility and try and turn this around.

“It’s a concern we’re not scoring, it was disappointing, we started really well we’re just not taking our chances, it’s another one-nil defeat – it’s frustrating.

“The lads are giving their all, it’s just not going for us, we had chances again to be two or three ahead before we made a mistake at a set-piece and it cost us.

“We’ve always got to keep believing and remain positive, if you don’t have that there’s no point in turning up – we’re not quitters.

“The lads will keep fighting until the end, it’s a very tough time at the minute, we’re all experiencing things we don’t want to experience but we’ve just got to keep trying to get some points on the board.

“It shows as a town how many people turn up, it was an amazing atmosphere, football is massive in Bromsgrove, it’s a massive footballing town, it was just a shame we couldn’t get the points.”

The Bromsgrove boss was left frustrated after his side wasted a number of chances in the opening 45 minutes against Biggleswade to slip to a fifth straight defeat.

Jonathan Letford planted a diving header over the bar before Jamie Molyneux had a shot saved by the feet of visiting goalkeeper Josh Hill.

And Josh Quaynor then unleashed a ferocious effort from 25-yards out that cannoned back off the crossbar in what proved to be Sporting’s best chance of the match.

The chances continued to come Bromsgrove’s way when Callum Ebanks headed over from close range at the back post before Will Shorrock’s deflected effort was saved.

However, Biggleswade improved after the break when Harry Lodovica hit the post before Devine bundled the ball home from a right-wing corner following a goalmouth scramble.

Sporting’s best chance to equalise fell to Ebanks who was denied by an extraordinary save by Town keeper Hill whilst Rouslers stopper Ollie Taylor twice denied Liam Smyth at the other end.

The home side’s hopes of a late comeback were dealt a blow when Nathan Hayward was sent off on 84 minutes as Biggleswade missed a host of chances to seal the win with Sporting searching for a leveller.

Bromsgrove are next in action away at Barwell on Saturday, March 26 with kick-off at 3pm at Kirkby Road Sports Ground.

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