Midland Football League Division One
BROMSGROVE Sporting appear to be back to their best as they put Littleton to the sword at the Victoria Ground.
Since stunning Gornal Athletic in the FA Cup, the Rouslers have begun to play like the side which came close to securing promotion last season.
And on Tuesday night they proved their class again as Josh McKenzie netted twice, including one in the final moments to wrap up a fourth successive victory.
McKenzie may have been man-of-the-match following his goal-scoring display, but it was Reece Hewitt who got the hosts off the mark.
After collecting the ball down the left touchline, the midfielder went goalwards and just as the Littleton defence were expecting a cross he unleashed a powerful low, angled drive which beat keeper Hadyn Whitcombe.
The lead only last five minutes, though, as a free-kick from Willl Gayton was not dealt with by Brendon Bunn who ended up fumbling the ball into his own net.
After a quick-fire start, the remainder of the half was flat – although Hewitt nearly scored an identical goal to his opening strike. This time, though, Whitcombe was alert to the danger.
At the other end, Bunn made amends for his earlier error by making a good save from Sean Cook.
Littleton seemed to step things up after the break as they forced the Rouslers back and should have taken the lead.
With two minutes to go before the hour mark, a poor clearance was hit back by Doug Wallace only for his shot to hit the right hand angle.
That incident looked to have shaken Sporting who now knew they had to up their game and that is exactly what they did – albeit it did come from a slice of luck.
On 65 minutes the Littleton defence had one of those nightmare moments when central defender Andy Shepherd tried to back head an upfield lob to his keeper only to deflect it into the path of McKenzie.
With only the keeper to beat, Whitcombe did well to force the striker wide but McKenzie remained composed and placed a low shot into the net.
A few minutes later McKenzie had another good effort saved from 20 yards as did substitute Jon Myrie from a similar distance.
But McKenzie can consider himself unlucky on 75 minutes when his strike hit the right-hand post.
However he finally made it on to the score-sheet for a second time with only moments remaining. Craig Jones hit a long-range free-kick in to the opposition box that McKenzie controlled well and hit home from ten yards out.