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FOOTBALL - Bromsgrove Sporting suffer last-gasp defeat at Mickleover

Aaron Sutcliffe 12th Feb, 2024 Updated: 12th Feb, 2024   0

TIM Flowers wants to add some experience to his squad after Bromsgrove Sporting suffered a last gasp 1-0 defeat away at title-chasing Mickleover.

Flowers watched from the stands as Ethan Mann scored two minutes into injury time to deny Sporting a point at the Don Amott Arena.

And ahead of taking charge of his first game as Rouslers boss against St Ives this weekend, Flowers hopes to bring in some experienced heads to support Sporting’s young squad.

Flowers said: “It’s a slap [in the face], the goal is from a set-play as well, naive defending around the box, I’ll probably change the way we defend free-kicks, I’m chewing because it’s naivety, it’s soft, we’ve got to learn from it and respond.

“I can’t fault the endeavour and heart, we played with commitment and passion, the players gave it absolutely everything they’ve got but we need to improve our quality and end product.

“It’s a fairly young group, there’s not a hell of a lot of experience under the roof, we’ll be making phone calls to see if we can get anything in, it’s a very thin, threadbare squad.

“We’ve been in most games this season and found ourselves on the wrong end of the odd goal, that can be a mindset, we’ve got to try and flip that on its head.

“St Ives are a good side, they’ve got some good players and have improved massively this year, they’re one of the form teams in the division, it’s going to be a really tough game.”

Bromsgrove goalkeeper Ollie Taylor made an important early save to keep out Andrew Dales’ effort before Keanu Cooper saw his goalbound shot well-blocked at the other end.

And Taylor then saved from Oliver Greaves while Billy Shaw fired narrowly over the top from distance with clear-cut chances at a premium in the first half.

Mickelover went close at the start of the second period as Taylor pushed Brendon Daniels’ free-kick from the edge of the penalty area over the crossbar.

However, with the Rouslers on course to pick up a point, Mann volleyed home Daniels’ free-kick from six-yards out in injury time as Sporting saw their winless run stretch to seven games in all competitions.

The result means Sporting sit 17th in the Southern League Premier Central, eight points above the relegation zone.

Bromsgrove are next in action at home to St Ives Town on Saturday, February 17 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.


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