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FOOTBALL - Sporting's winless run extended to seven matches after Alvechurch defeat

Aaron Sutcliffe 17th Jan, 2022 Updated: 18th Jan, 2022

BROMSGROVE SPORTING are now winless in seven matches in all competitions after the Rouslers were beaten 2-0 by local rivals Alvechurch.

 

Sporting failed to find the net for the fourth consecutive league fixture as goals from Ethan Patterson and Danny Waldron condemned them to defeat.

 

The result means Sporting sit 15th in the Southern League Premier Central table, four points clear of safety.

 

Gavin Hurren’s side hit the post after five minutes when Jamie Molyneux’s shot was saved onto the post by Alvechurch goalkeeper Leon Phillips.

 

And the midfielder was then denied again by Phillips when he shot straight at the Alvechurch stopper when well-placed to score.

 

The hosts continued to press for the opener at the Victoria Ground when Josh Dugmore fired wide just before the half hour mark.

 

And Sporting finally had the ball in the net when Joe Willis bundled home only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

 

Another chance came and went when Callum Ebanks shot wide when one-on-one with Phillips inside the penalty area.

 

And Bromsgrove were made to pay for those missed chances when Alvechurch struck twice in the space of two second half minutes.

 

Substitute Patterson tapped home from close range on 68 minutes after Sporting keeper Ollie Taylor could only parry Waldron’s header into the defender’s path.

 

The visitors doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Waldron produced a cool finish to all but seal the points.

 

And things became worse for Sporting on 81 minutes when captain Joel Kettle was sent off after he received a second booking.

 

Bromsgrove boss Hurren said: “It’s frustrating, we just haven’t put the ball in the back of the net. It’s a shame because we were the better team.

 

“The way we set up and performed, we won all of our personal battles, it’s really unfortunate we’ve not come away with anything.

 

“When you’re on top you have to take at least one chance, we’ve got to be better in both boxes, it came down to not very good defending and they took their chances.

 

“Alvechurch are a very good side, to dominant the first half the way that we did, they’re going to have a reaction and they lifted it slightly.

 

“It wasn’t from us being opened up it was just from us not defending correctly in our box.”

 

Sporting are next in action away at Coalville Town on Saturday, January 22 with kick-off at 3pm at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium.

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