23rd Nov, 2017

Smith: Bromsgrove Sporting in for a different test at Shepshed Dynamo

Craig Gibbons 20th Oct, 2017 Updated: 20th Oct, 2017

BOSS Paul Smith believes Bromsgrove Sporting are in for a ‘different challenge’ when they make the trip to Shepshed Dynamo this weekend.

The Rouslers, who sit second in the Midland League Premier Division table, travel to The Dovecote Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) in high spirits following their 1-0 victory at Heanor Town last Saturday.

Smith has already had Shepshed watched and the reports suggest Sporting are going to face something completely different than they have done in recent weeks.

“Shepshed are another strong side and we are going to have to be disciplined to come away with the right result,” he said.

“From what I have heard, Shepshed have a slightly different shape to what we have been used to playing against so the players will need to adapt.

“However, I am confident the boys can do that and I am looking forward to what should be an exciting game.”

Sporting go to Leicestershire without striker Jason Cowley, though, after he received a straight red card for a coming together with Heanor’s Greg Marriott.

Cowley will also miss Tuesday night’s Birmingham FA Senior Cup home game against Romulus and next Saturday’s league game against Rugby Town.

And after Wade Malley struggled through Tuesday night’s training session, Smith revealed the forward needs another week to recover.

That leaves Sean Brain and Danico Johnson vying to spearhead the attack over the next three games.

Versatile midfielders Sam Wills and Joe Ward could also play up front.

“Jason’s sending-off took the shine off our win at Heanor but it gives other players now the chance to step up to the plate,” said Smith.

“While Jason was struggling with his groin problems at the start of the season we still managed to win games without him.

“So I cannot see any reason why we cannot continue to do that over the next three games.”

Having only lost just one of their last 50 leagues games – a 2-0 defeat at Coventry Sphinx earlier in the campaign – Smith believes the next team to beat the Rouslers will be themselves.

“That is not me being disrespectful to teams in this division,” he said.

“It is about the amount of confidence I have in the side right now.

“The defeat at Coventry brought the lads back down to Earth and the reaction I have had since shows they have listened and learnt from my instructions.”

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