FOOTBALL - Sporting come from behind to beat Hitchin before late Stratford defeat - The Bromsgrove Standard

FOOTBALL - Sporting come from behind to beat Hitchin before late Stratford defeat

Bromsgrove Editorial 31st Aug, 2022   0

BROMSGROVE Sporting came from behind to beat 10-man Hitchin Town 2-1 at home before then letting a lead slip on two occasions in a 4-2 defeat at Stratford Town over the bank holiday weekend.

The Rouslers were made to work to claim all three points against Hitchin at the Victoria Ground as Dan Sweeney and Mikey Taylor overturned a half time deficit.

However, despite James Fry and a Sweeney penalty twice putting Sporting ahead against Stratford, Bromsgrove slipped to a late defeat at the Arden Garages Stadium after conceding twice in the final nine minutes.

The results leave the Rouslers in ninth place in the Southern League Premier Central table.

And Sporting were handed a boost early on in their clash with Hitchin when visiting midfielder Lewis Barker was sent off after 10 minutes for a rash challenge on Harvey Gregson.

However, despite their numerical advantage, Sporting fell behind to Finley Wilkinson’s goal on 28 minutes before Sweeney levelled after the break from Mike McGrath’s cross.

And substitute Taylor turned the game around on 68 minutes when he scrambled the ball home having missed two earlier chances.

Sporting suffered a two-goal defeat at Stratford on bank holiday Monday despite Fry netting against his former club on 16 minutes to open the scoring.

However, the Bards drew level less than a minute later through Josh Hawker before Sweeney’s 57th minute penalty restored Bromsgrove’s lead.

The home side once again hit back immediately when McGrath put through his own net before goals from Paul McCone on 81 minutes and Dexter Walters on 86 minutes settled the tie.

Sporting are next in action at home to Stamford AFC on Saturday, September 3 in FA Cup First Round Qualifying with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.


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