BROMSGROVE Sporting were knocked out of the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night after they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Rushall Olympic at Dales Lane.
Ben Usher-Shipway put Rushall ahead five minutes before half-time with Rackeem Reid’s fortuitous effort in time added on sealing Bromsgrove’s fate.
The result means the Rouslers exit the competition at the third round stage as they turn their attention back to league action this weekend.
Sporting were on the back foot from minute one when Aaron Clayton made a superb save from point blank range to keep out Danny Glover’s effort.
Reid then dragged a low effort just wide of Clayton’s post after some quick feet created space close to the Bromsgrove penalty area.
And after a series of chances went begging – Rushall eventually took the lead when Usher-Shipway played a neat one-two with Glover before finding the bottom corner.
Gavin Hurren’s side responded after the break when Cameron Ebbutt was twice denied by Rushall keeper Tom Palmer from close range.
Substitute Connor Taylor then fired narrowly wide of the post before the home side struck again in the dying moments
A poor clearance struck Rushall’s Reid and was saved by Clayton only for the ball to rebound off Reid into the net to condemn Bromsgrove to defeat.
Rouslers boss Hurren said: “I was disappointed first-half – we were outworked – but we came out in the second-half and gave it a good go.
“It’s disappointing to lose, we had a couple of chances but didn’t score when we were on top.
“Royston are a very organised team, it’s going to be a really tough task, we’ve got to be organised and play with a smile.”
Sporting return to league action away at Royston Town on Saturday, December 4 with kick-off at 3pm at Garden Walk Stadium.