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FOOTBALL - Bromsgrove Sporting stun league leaders Needham

Aaron Sutcliffe 25th Mar, 2024 Updated: 26th Mar, 2024   0

BROMSGROVE Sporting secured a stunning 3-0 win against league leaders Needham Market despite the absence of manager Tim Flowers.

Goals just before the break from Aaron Roberts and Finn Howell handed Sporting a deserved half-time lead before Luke Rowe’s penalty sealed the points at the Victoria Ground.

Rouslers boss Tim Flowers missed the game through illness although goalscorers Rowe and Roberts were quick to praise their manager for his impact at the club following his appointment in February.

Rowe said: “It’s a massive win against top of the league, the gaffer fell ill but credit to him, he set us up and we were well drilled, we’ve got a way about us at the moment.

“I don’t think they got out of their half for the final 20 minutes of the first half, we were dominant in the air and winning second balls, the attitude was fantastic.”

Roberts added: “Luke text me the night before saying ‘I had a vision that you will score’, I was personally at fault for a goal the week before, I’ve carrying the burden of that and beating myself up all week.

“Your job at the back is to keep the goals out, the back three finally gelled, you have to give things time, Tim’s come in and implemented a new style.

“The standard of training is amongst the best I’ve ever experienced and my goal was scored on the training pitch.”

Prior to kick-off, the club presented awards to goalkeeper Ollie Taylor who recently made his 100th appearance for the club and physio Gavin Blackwell for reaching 1,000 matches at step three or above.

And a one-minute applause followed in memory of former Roulser Tom Rankin who tragically died two years ago.

Sporting took the lead on 43 minutes when Roberts timed his run to perfection to head home Howell’s corner.

And Howell then looped a free-kick over everyone and into the net five minutes into first-half injury time to put Sporting in command.

The Rouslers made sure of the points on 77 minutes when Rowe fired a penalty into the bottom left corner after substitute Keanu Cooper drew a foul in the box.

Sporting stopper Taylor made two superb saves to deny both Jamie McGrath and Oliver Fraser late on while Cooper almost added a fourth goal in injury time.

Bromsgrove are next in action away at Coalville Town on Saturday, March 30 with kick-off at 3pm at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium.


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