Report sourced by Max Banner
GAVIN Hurren’s first game in charge of Bromsgrove Sporting ended in defeat after the Rouslers were beaten on penalties by Morpeth Town in the FA Trophy.
Morpeth goalkeeper Daniel Lowson was the hero in the shootout after he saved Miro Pais’ spot kick before then scoring the winning penalty.
Sporting’s Aaron Clayton had saved from Joseph Walton only for Jack Hallahan’s earlier miss to prove decisive.
The defeat was Bromsgrove’s first in four matches and means Hurren begins his reign with a loss after he was appointed last week following a spell as interim manager.
Morpeth had the game’s first chance when Jack Foalle won a challenge in the box before being denied by Clayton who spread himself well to make a fine save.
Sporting’s Jamie Molyneux then spurned a glorious chance to score his first goal for the club when he could only loft an effort into the arms of Lowson.
In a game of few chances, the home side were first to test the goal in the second period when Lowson held Joel Kettle’s header from a corner.
The visitors came close to taking the lead when Ben Sayer’s cross from the right was touched goalwards and well-saved by Clayton diving to his right.
Morpeth had one final chance at the death when Andrew Johnson headed wide from close range which sent the game to penalties.
Connor Taylor put the Rouslers ahead before Clayton saved Walton’s low effort to give Bromsgrove the perfect start.
And Josh Dugmore and Will Shorrock also found the net with Johnson and Sayer converting for Morpeth.
However, substitute Hallahan then sent his spot kick wide as Foalle struck to bring the scores level with one penalty remaining.
And Sporting were given a reprieve when Pais’ initial effort was saved only for a retake to be ordered after Lowson was off his line.
But Lowson kept out the winger’s effort again before then scoring the winner with a calm finish down the middle of the goal.
Bromsgrove return to league action against Barwell on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off at the Victoria Ground at 3pm.