GOALSCORER Andy Nicol said Bromsgrove Sporting ‘showed their class’ as the Rouslers bounced back from FA Vase heartbreak at Cleethorpes Town with a dominant display at Racing Club Warwick.
Nicol had given Sporting the lead after 24 minutes with a powerful header into the far corner before leading scorer Jason Cowley made it 28 goals in 30 appearances 13 minutes later.
Liam Spink then slotted home a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-0. The former Redditch United man then saw a penalty saved with nine minutes to go as Sporting extended their unbeaten league season to 27 games.
Nicol told the Standard: “It was really important to get a win whether it was 1-0 or 3-0.
“It was always going to be a tough game for us and after the first ten minutes we settled down, showed our class and showed why we can win the league.
“We also showed we have put the Vase game quickly behind us as we knew just how important the league game was.
“The players are fully focused on winning the league and we will be bouncing into the next game.”
Sporting started precariously on Tuesday night and there was not much notable action in the opening exchanges between the two high-flying sides.
The game took 20 minutes to really get going as Reece Hewitt showed his technical ability out wide to put a ball into Cowley, who headed straight at Warwick ‘keeper Jonathan Pigott.
Moments later Robbie Bunn also fired a powerful drive straight at Pigott.
Four minutes later Bunn was involved again as he delivered a delightful ball into the box so Nicol could beautifully send a looping header over the helpless Pigott and into the far corner.
The lively Jack Wilson for Sporting then won a free-kick just outside the penalty area after 34 minutes but Nicol saw his effort well saved by Pigott.
On the 40-minute mark Cowley tapped home from another great cross from the right-wing to give Sporting a 2-0 lead.
If the first half wasn’t what the doctor ordered for Paul Smith’s men, a penalty was awarded for a foul on Nicol just before the break and Spink confidently scored from the spot for a three-goal advantage.
Right after half-time Pigott was called into action again to deny Nicol and then Bunn again after 56 minutes.
The introduction of Tom Craine caused the Warwick defence some problems and he looked to add another before being hacked out down inside the area.
Unfortunately for Sporting, Pigott came to Warwick’s rescues again with a marvellous low save to deny Spink a second goal from the penalty spot.
With Lichfield City defeating second placed Leicester Road, the win gives Sporting a five-point lead with two games in hand going into Saturday’s home game against Coventry Copsewood.
Nicol added: “Copsewood are going to come here and put ten men behind the ball – I’d be very surprised if they came toe-to-toe with us.
“We’re expecting a tough game but it is up to us to do something special and break them down.
“There’s no reason why we cannot continue our unbeaten run.”
Match report courtesy of Ben Fox