AARON Roberts scored his first goal of the season as Bromsgrove Sporting returned from Heath Hayes with three well-deserved points on Saturday.
The defender netted on the 65th minute after Heath’s striker Daniel Scragg cancelled out Connor Collins’ strike in the first half at The Coppice Colliery Ground.
Bromsgrove then held firm to secure their fifth victory on the bounce and remain in third spot in Midland Football League Division One.
Manager Paul Smith welcomed Jack Wilson back to the club for his third spell and he took his place at left back in place of Brendan Kelly.
There was little to report for in the early stages as Sporting had the better of the possession and the home team crowded the midfield.
However the match sparked into life when Heath conceded a free kick just outside the box on 12 minutes. Simon Fitter’s effort re-bounded off the wall but it fell to Collins who was well-placed to drive home from 15 yards gave Sporting the lead.
The game then resumed where it left off with the home side having to work hard at their close-marking and Sporting unable to get behind the solid defensive wall.
Heath, meanwhile, relied on fast breaks and on 29 minutes their tactics paid off when they forced Fitter into a rare mistake as the ball found Joe Pickering only to foul the winger on the edge of the box in an attempt to recover.
Scragg then took it, curling the ball nicely into the top corner of the net well beyond Josh Moreton’s reach for the equaliser.
Sporting started the second period a bit more positively and were able to get the odd shot on target but only to find goalkeeper Mark Wiggins in good form.
However, the home side’s defence was breeched for the second time midway through the half when Roberts hit the back of the net with a powerful header from Luke Dugmore’s corner.
After falling behind, Heath took the game to Sporting in the closing stages and had arguably their best chance of the game.
With five minutes to go, Pickering sent the ball across the face of the Rouslers’ goal but Alexander Scott was too far away to toe-poke it home.