FOOTBALL - Flowers heaps praise on 'heroic' Bromsgrove Sporting after Hitchin win - The Bromsgrove Standard

FOOTBALL - Flowers heaps praise on 'heroic' Bromsgrove Sporting after Hitchin win

Bromsgrove Editorial 26th Feb, 2024 Updated: 26th Feb, 2024   0

TIM Flowers branded Bromsgrove Sporting’s 2-1 win away at Hitchin Town ‘heroic’ after the Rouslers played more than half the game with 10-men.

Despite losing Miro Pais to a red card on the stroke of half time, Keanu Cooper’s goal and a Nathan Blissett penalty after the break earned Sporting a memorable win at Top Field.

And Flowers praised his side’s spirit after guiding the Rouslers to back-to-back league wins for the first time since October.

Flowers said: “The red card changed what I had to say [at half time] massively, we had to be a little bit braver on the ball and being brave at the back and holding a line and outworking them man for man.

“We dug in and it was heroic, there’s a massive spirit here and they’ve proved to me what they’ve got under their shirt, every ounce of credit goes to the players.

“They’re good, honest lads and put a proper shift in, I couldn’t be prouder, to take the three points after playing with 10-men for 55 minutes it’s a huge bonus for us.

“They’ve given me everything they’ve got, we’re trying to make it as professional as we can with what we’ve got, we stuck at the races, we were brave and strong and the three points are massive for us.

“That’s back-to-back wins, can we keep some momentum going and kick on and get a third win then all of a sudden the table looks a little bit different.”

With the teams heading into the break goalless, Pais received a second yellow card in first half injury time for a challenge on Hitchin’s Stephen Gleeson.

However, Sporting stunned the home side two minutes into the second half when Cooper fired a shot through the legs of Hitchin goalkeeper Charles Horlock.

Hitchin drew level on 64 minutes as Jack Snelus finished from close range after Ollie Taylor could only push Ciaren Jones’ initial effort into the scorer’s path.

Sporting reclaimed the lead on 74 minutes when Blissett scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot after Josh Popoola fouled Billy Shaw in the box as the Rouslers held on to secure a priceless win.

Bromsgrove are next in action at home to Berkhamsted on Saturday, March 9 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.

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