18th Oct, 2017

Roberts: Bromsgrove Sporting have not looked back since defeat to Coventry Sphinx

Craig Gibbons 8th Oct, 2017 Updated: 8th Oct, 2017

DEFENDER Aaron Roberts believes Bromsgrove Sporting’s impressive performances in recent weeks have culminated from the lessons learned in their defeat at Coventry Sphinx earlier in the season.

The Rouslers currently sit second in the Midland League Premier Division table after ten games following their 2-0 win over Long Eaton United on Saturday.

Sporting sit seven points off league leaders Coleshill Town, who have played three games more at this early stage of the campaign.

It has been a remarkable start to life at Step Five for Paul Smith’s men but they have come a long way following their 2-0 defeat to Sphinx at the end of August.

Since then, Sporting have won six of their last seven league games and Roberts told the Standard the defeat at Sphinx Drive did more good than harm.

“That game actually did us a huge favour because if we had not lost, we would not have addressed the things which needed addressing,” he said.

“Even with ten men we could have got something from the game but the defeat certainly helped us because we have just kicked on and never looked back.”

Roberts added: “I think we have outdone ourselves because we could have come in at this level and took our time to settle.

“At the beginning we were not playing well but getting the results but now the performances and the results are there together.”

A bumper crowd of 1,046 turned out on Non-League Day to witness the Rouslers cruise to victory over their Nottinghamshire visitors.

Robbie Bunn and Guy Clark bagged the goals as last season’s ‘Invincible’ Midland League Division One champions picked up their fourth consecutive league clean sheet – five in all competitions.

Sporting have only conceded seven goals this season, the best in the league, and it is a record which Roberts is particularly proud of.

“Defensively we have been superb,” he said. “We are really digging in and we are cutting out the mistakes.

“When it has to be cleared it is being cleared and we are not playing about as much at the back.

“However, it is all about limiting teams to few chances and I cannot remember (Brendon) Bunn even making a save over the last few games.”

Arguably, Sporting should have won the game by more with Jason Cowley and Danico Johnson missing open goals while the latter also saw a header cannon off the crossbar in the second half.

“It’s a shame Danico could not get one on his full home debut,” Roberts added.

“Cowley, as we all know, is looking at 30 to 40 goals this season so he will be disappointed but luckily for us their goals were not needed.

“It’s a case of swings and roundabouts and hopefully when we do need their goals they will bang a few in.”

Roberts was also quick to praise the fans who once again turned out in their numbers at the Victoria Ground to cheer their side on to three points.

“The fans have been absolutely brilliant and were in full voice, even when things were not coming off,” he said.

“For this level, and some above, you will not find what we are getting at the minute – the support is incredible.”

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