FOOTBALL - Sporting rescue late point at Basford - The Bromsgrove Standard

FOOTBALL - Sporting rescue late point at Basford

Bromsgrove Editorial 13th Feb, 2023 Updated: 13th Feb, 2023   0

JACK Tolley’s injury time goal rescued a point for Bromsgrove Sporting as Mike McGrath’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Basford United.

Tolley netted one minute into stoppage time at the end of the second half to earn the Rouslers a deserved point on the road after Kameron Campbell had opened the scoring for Basford at Greenwich Avenue.

The result means Bromsgrove sit 15th in the Southern League Premier Central table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Sporting started the stronger of the two teams as Brandon Smalley tested Basford goalkeeper Kieran Preston several times in the opening quarter of the game.

The home side grew into the match and went close at the other end when experienced striker Greg Smith forced Rouslers goalkeeper Ollie Taylor into a smart save from a header to send the teams in level at the break.

However, Basford broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Campbell scored a simple header at the back post from close range after the ball was nodded into his path by strike partner Smith from Courey Grantham’s floated cross.

Sporting introduced Tolley and debutant Nathan Kebeya midway through the half and the former almost scored with his first touch when he shot narrowly wide before Jack Newell headed Smalley’s free-kick just over the bar.

The visitors eventually equalised when Tolley cleverly beat the Basford full-back and sent a lob over keeper Preston into the net after superb work from Kartell Dawkins to break up a United attack.

There was still time for Basford to have one final chance as Smith’s effort hit the left-hand post and bounced clear.

Bromsgrove are next in action against local rivals Alvechurch on Tuesday, February 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm at Lye Meadow.

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