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Rouslers go top after big win over Bolehall

Craig Gibbons 23rd Jan, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE Sporting moved to the summit of the Midland League Division One table as they ran out 4-1 winners against second-from-bottom Bolehall Swifts.

Goals from Craig Jones, Aaron Roberts, Sean Brain and Kyle Turner ensured the Rouslers beat a struggling Swifts side who had levelled early in the second half through Tom Lapworth.

The result sees Sporting climb to the top of the table at the expense of Coventry United who dropped to second as their game away at Pelsall Villa was postponed.

Sporting, like last week against Leicester Road, were fast out of the blocks and took the lead after 10 minutes.

From Sam Wilks’ whipped in free kick, Jones got between his two markers to glance the ball home.

Swifts should have been level just over ten minutes later as after being played through, Simeon Smith was one-on-one with Chris Jay but he could only poke his effort over the bar from close range.

Despite their blistering start to the game, Sporting soon tailed off and couldn’t create any goal threatening chances, much to the annoyance of the managerial team and the 306 strong crowd.

The closest the Rouslers came to doubling their lead came just before half time as Jack Wilson’s rasping drive from 20 yards out narrowly went wide of the angle.

Swifts were pleased with their first half performance, despite being behind, as they restricted Sporting from adding to their advantage and they got their just rewards as they equalised just four minutes into the second 45.

From a corner, the ball pinballed inside the Sporting box before it fell to Lapworth whose header was adjudged to have crossed the line by slim margins even though a Sporting man was on the goal-line.

However, the Rouslers stepped up their game and scored twice in five minutes to lead 3-1.

The first came after Roberts put the ball home from a corner before Brain netted his 11th goal of the season after rounding Swifts keeper Thomas McNulty to slot home into an empty net with a calm finish from the edge of the area.

Swifts almost pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute as some poor play by the Sporting defence gave Benn Minshull a free kick on the edge of the area, however his curling effort drifted harmlessly over.

Five minutes late Turner replaced scorer Brain and proved to be an inspired substitution as he soon got on the scoresheet four minutes after coming on.

After capitalising on a loose ball, Wilks’ low cross from the left hand side reached Turner who provided a deft touch to volley home with the outside of his foot to complete the Rouslers’ scoring.

The result ensured Sporting climbed to the top of the table ahead of Coventry United by two points but their overall performance was far from spectacular.

Boss Paul Smith will be hoping for better next weekend as the Rouslers travel to 18th place Southam United.




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