BRENDAN Kelly admits he is still searching for more from his players, despite Bromsgrove’s six-goal rout against Lowestoft Town last Saturday.
Hat-tricks from forwards Shaquille McDonald and Richard Gregory helped the Rouslers to yet another convincing victory – their 17th in the league this term.
It was the second match in a row the Rouslers had scored six, having also beaten Evesham United 6-0 in the Worcestershire Senior Invitation Cup.
“The scoreline suggests we steamrollered Lowestoft, but based on the standards that we have set we were below that,” he said.
“There’s a culture at the club, from the players more so than me, to set high standards for every game.
“We’ve had smoother games, but it was still a great result.
“We created over 20 chances against Lowestoft and were comfortable winners, but we know that we’ve played better.”
Bromsgrove Sporting 6
Lowestoft Town 0
Southern League Premier Central
It took just five minutes for Bromsgrove to break the deadlock, courtesy of a penalty that was rifled home by Gregory after Lowestoft goalkeeper Luis Tibbles had wiped out Mikey Taylor.
Eight minutes later, the Rouslers had their second, again provided by Gregory, who was making his 100th appearance for the Rouslers.
Latching onto the ball 20 yards from goal following Taylor’s lay-off, the forward fired a low drive against the inside of the post, ricocheting against the opposite post, before rippling the back of the net.
While Taylor had made himself a nuisance to the Lowestoft defence, he was unable to shake off a knock that had been sustained from his earlier clash with the Lowestoft keeper and was replaced by McDonald in the 18th minute.
Taylor’s departure did little to stunt Bromsgrove’s thirst for goals, though, as McDonald stepped up to the plate to score his first and Sporting’s third of the game in the 34th minute.
After meeting a long ball forward, he raced forward towards goal and then provided the finishing touch past Tibbles, despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
Three minutes later, McDonald had his second, lobbing the ball over the keeper on the volley following a pinpoint pass from distance from Gregory.
With a firm stranglehold of the game, the scoring continued after the break.
McDonald was the first player to complete his hat-trick seven minutes into the half, wrapping a free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner.
After the longest period in the game without a goal, it was 6-0 in the 72nd minute after Gregory’s neat left-footed finish inside the penalty area from McDonald’s cross.
Quotes by Ben Tyler, report from Max Banner.