BROMSGROVE Sporting suffered a fourth straight defeat after being narrowly beaten 1-0 at home by Coalville Town to remain one place above the relegation zone.
The Rouslers were beaten by Tim Berridge’s 14th minute strike as Sporting failed to allay their relegation fears at the Victoria Ground.
And the result means Bromsgrove sit just above the Southern League Premier Central table drop zone in 18th place, two points above Hitchin Town with a game in hand.
Goalscorer Berridge had the ball in the net after just eight minutes only for the assistant to flag for offside before Toby Raison made a goal line block to prevent Luke Shaw from breaking the deadlock.
And Berridge scored the game’s decisive goal on 14 minutes when he found the bottom corner after neatly working his way through the Sporting defence.
Sporting were on the back foot for much of the first half with Callum Ebanks and Josh Dugmore forced to make last-ditch blocks as Coalville created a host of chances.
And Rouslers goalkeeper Aaron Clayton then made a smart save with his feet to keep out Shaw’s effort from an acute angle.
Gavin Hurren’s side improved after the interval when Jamie Molyneux’s shot was saved by Coalville keeper Tiernan Brooks with Shaw firing into the side netting at the other end.
And Sporting’s best chance fell to Jonathan Letford who sent a diving header inches wide of the post from Will Shorrock’s inviting cross having shot straight at the keeper moments earlier.
Bromsgrove are next in action at home to bottom of the table Biggleswade Town on Saturday, March 19 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.
Report supplied by Max Banner