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FOOTBALL - Bromsgrove Sporting pegged back at the death by Berkhamsted

Bromsgrove Editorial 11th Mar, 2024 Updated: 14th Mar, 2024   0

BROMSGROVE Sporting conceded an injury time equaliser as the Rouslers were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw with struggling Berkhamsted.

Sporting skipper Luke Rowe thought he had won the game for Sporting on 75 minutes only for Raul da Silva to level for the visitors at the death at the Victoria Ground.

The result leaves the Rouslers 16th in the Southern League Premier Central table, eight points above the relegation zone

Sporting boss Tim Flowers said: “It was a poor game played in really difficult conditions, it’s one of those, if you get your noses in front just win the game.

“The goal we conceded was calamitous, there’s no communication at the back, it’s a real kick in the stomach.

“The positives are we’re three unbeaten, we should have won and we should have seen it out but we need to be better, I can’t be too disappointed with the effort, we’ve thrown away two really important points.

“We have to go down there [next weekend], be solid, be strong and take our chances.”

Sporting debutant Ben Richards-Everton went close to putting the Rouslers ahead with Berkhamsted goalkeeper Joshua Bowler equal to the defender’s effort.

At the other end, Bromsgrove goalkeeper Ollie Taylor made a fine save to keep out Olumayowa Lawal’s curling shot.

However, the home side won a penalty on 38 minutes after a Berkhamsted player handled the ball in the box only for Bowler to save Nathan Blissett’s spot kick.

Bowler then tipped Finn Howell’s attempt wide as the teams went into the break goalless.

And Richards-Everton went close again after the interval as Berkhamsted somehow cleared his effort from close range off the line.

Sporting eventually broke the deadlock with 15 minutes left to play when Rowe’s low strike from inside the penalty area proved too powerful for Bowler and found the bottom left corner.

However, the visitors snatched a point at the death as da Silva finished from close range after David Solademi’s backwards header came back off the post to deny Taylor a clean sheet on his 100th appearance for the club.

Bromsgrove are next in action away at Berkhamsted on Saturday, March 16 with kick-off at 3pm at Broadwater.

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