BROMGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith insists results are key even when the performances are far from perfect ahead of this weekend’s return to Midland League Division One action.
Sporting going into Saturday’s trip to mid-table Pelsall Villa on the back of consecutive cup victories in the FA Vase and Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup (SCMCC) respectively.
The Rouslers continued their record of never failing to reach the first round proper of the FA Vase with a scrappy 1-0 victory over West Midlands (Regional) League outfit Tipton Town on Saturday thanks to Chris Lloyd’s 59th-minute strike.
Smith’s side then progressed into the second round of the SCMCC on last night (Tuesday) after beating Inkberrow 3-2 courtesy of goals from Sean Brain, Lloyd and Chris Conway.
Despite Sporting going off the gas a little in recent games, Smith told the Standard it’s important his side keep on winning when they’re not performing ahead of their trip to Pelsall.
“What people have to remember is during pre-season this squad beat sides higher up the non-league pyramid,” he said.
“At the end of the day, in cup games you don’t have to be great, if you lose you get knocked out, you win you’re through.
“It was never going to be easy to beat Tipton as they’re doing well in their league but it was the result which mattered.
“On Tuesday the scoreline suggests the game was much closer than it was but it was a comfortable 3-2 victory despite two lapses in concentration.
“The game gave me a chance to give minutes to certain players who needed it and they will be all the better for it.
“Players don’t become bad just because of poor performances. We are not quite clicking at the moment but the performances will come eventually but the key thing is to get results.”
Jack Wilson, Sam Wills, Keenan Meakin-Richards, Daniel Morris and Craig Jones are expected to be back in the fold for the trip to Pelsall while Aaron Roberts is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the 3-1 victory over Coventry Copsewood.
Sporting will take on Cadbury Athletic, the only side to take points off the Rouslers so far this season, at the Victoria Ground in the first round of the FA Vase on Saturday, October 22 before entertaining Knowle in the second round of the SCMCC at a date yet to be confirmed.