18th Nov, 2017

I'm not focused on our league position, stresses Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith

BOSS Paul Smith says he is not focused on Bromsgrove Sporting’s league position, despite the fact the Rouslers sit top of the Midland League Premier Division table.

In their debut season at Step Five after being promoted as ‘Invincible’ Division One champions, Sporting lead the way following their 3-3 draw at Westfields on Wednesday night.

Despite throwing away the lead three times, the point moved Smith’s men above Coleshill Town, who have played one game more, on goal difference.

But despite the club’s impressive position after 15 games, the Sporting boss told the Standard he is not focused on the league positions.

“League tables are for fans and they will be over the moon to see we are top,” he said.

“But I am not concerned about our league position at the moment because we are only a third of the way through the season.

“I will not start to worry about our place in the table until after Christmas.

“What is important right now is that we stay focused, continue to work hard and chalk off big victories.”

Sporting’s attentions now turn to a trip to Highgate United tomorrow (Saturday).

When the sides met at the Victoria Ground in August, a last-gasp strike from Reece Hewitt secured a 2-1 victory for the Rouslers.

With that in mind, Smith is expecting United to try and avenge that result.

“After what happened earlier in the season, they will certainly be looking to get one over on us,” he said.

“Highgate came down to watch us at Westfields so they have done their homework.

“They are another big, strong side and when they have their strongest 11 available, they can beat anyone in this division.

“We are going to have to be right at it to come away with a positive result.”

Wade Malley (holiday) could be back in time for the Highgate game while Robbie Bunn, who picked up a knock late on against Westfields, could be a doubt.

Reece Hewitt’s hip injury will also be monitored.

Smith will be without striker Danico Johnson who has decided to give it another shot at Redditch United.

But with the likes of Sean Brain, Connor Deards, Malley, Cowley, Joe Ward and Hewitt available as attacking options, Smith is not currently looking to bring in another forward.

“Danico leaving has given others a huge chance and fair play to Sean and Connor who have made the most of their opportunities and scored in their last three games,” he added.

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