Cadbury Athletic 2 Bromsgrove Sporting 0
Midland League, Division One
A DISAPPOINTING end to the league fixtures for Sporting who looked to have ran out of steam with just 90 minutes of football remaining, writes Phil Baker.
Manager Paul Smith fielded quite a strong side though again no out-and-out strikers.
The TSA ground is not an easy pitch to play on, sloping quickly in one corner and although plenty of grass the surface was quite uneven.
Cadbury, who hire the facilities from Pilkington XXX, got off to the stronger start and could have taken the lead as early as the eighth minute when there was a rare misunderstanding between keeper Chris Jay and captain Craig Jones but Dean Lea failed to capitalise and his interception went wide.
Then on 21 minutes, Joel Powell beat the offside trap and with just Jay to beat slipped on the damp surface before getting his shot in.
However they did get on to the scoresheet ten minutes later with a free kick into the box that went from Lea to Jak Walton then Stuart Cooke who tapped home.
Sporting came within a whisker of getting the equaliser on 38 minutes when keeper Shaun Hayes punched a corner on to his own bar but right back Deon Colstock quickly cleared.
Just before half time the home side doubled their advantage when former Rousler Odane Barnes’ shot was parried by Jay but only to Andy Cooper who made no mistake from close range.
After the interval Sporting spent most of the time in their opponents half pumping ball after ball into the box but Cadbury’s well-organised and physical defence mopped up everything thrown at them.
Sporting only had a couple of chances while the home side sat on their lead and rarely broke in the Bromsgrove half.
The end of the league campaign sees Sporting in second place for the third time in a row, however there was no disagreement that Coventry United were worthy champions