BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith is looking to set the record straight with Cadbury Athletic this weekend as they battle it out in the first round of the FA Vase.
Sporting dropped their first Midland League Division One points of the campaign to Athletic at the end of August when they were held to a 1-1 draw.
The performance did not sit well with Rouslers boss Smith who said his players won’t need much of a team talk this time around as they look to book their place in the second round of the Vase on Saturday (3pm KO) at the Victoria Ground.
Smith said: “After the game at Cadburys earlier in the season I told the players exactly what I thought and said that kind of performance won’t be tolerated.
“I am sure we won’t be putting on another performance like the one we did on that day this weekend. We owe Cadbury one but they are a very organised side and hard to beat.
“But I am sure if we play at our best we can turn them over. I don’t think I will need to give the players much of a team talk.”
Sporting go into the game off the back of yesterday’s (Tuesday) 2-0 win over Littleton, a result which moved the Rouslers back to the summit of the Division One table and extended their unbeaten start to ten games.
A goal in each half from Ahmed Ali and Tony Clarke secured the three points for the Rouslers who bounced back to winning ways following their frustrating 2-2 draw at Uttoxeter Town on Saturday.
Jason Cowley and Clarke netted for the Rouslers who were pegged back twice and Smith was delighted to see the players put a disappointing result quickly to bed.
He said: “I felt a bit sorry for the lads on Saturday as we played very well in the first half and reasonably well in the second half but two refereeing decisions cost us two points.
“The performance wasn’t as fluent as the one against Nuneaton Griff but it was important to get back to winning ways and the lads put in a workmen-like performance.
“I had four big names missing for the game against Littleton and it shows the strength in depth we have.”
Sam Wills, Chris Lloyd and Keenan Meakin-Richards, who missed the Littleton game due to work commitments, are to return while Chris Conway (holiday) and Craig Jones (wedding) are unavailable.
Sporting then travel to Bewdley Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm KO) in the quarter-finals of the Worcestershire Senior Urn.