THERE was to be no FA Cup hangover for Bromsgrove Sporting as they bounced back with a dominant display at Pilkington XXX on Bank Holiday Monday.
Just two days after they were tore apart by Hinckley, the Rouslers returned to league action and proved a class above the hosts as Craig Jones and Dale Edwards scored in the opening 11 minutes.
Jones added another in the first half before Reece Hewitt and Ollie Gibson scored in the closing stages to wrap up a convincing victory.
Looking to erase the memory of their FA Cup exit on Saturday, Bromsgrove came storming out of the blocks and went ahead on six minutes thanks to a powerful header from Jones.
The second came five minutes later with Edwards opening his account for Sporting. Pilks’ keeper Reece Francis dispossessed McKenzie only for the loose ball to run to Edwards on the edge of the box who fired home a low drive.
After another couple of useful moves, Sporting got their third on 34 minutes when Jones hooked a loose ball into the back of the net following a free kick that the home side failed to clear.
Then just before the interval Aaron Roberts made a great run down the right hitting a first time cross to McKenzie who attempted to head home off the ground only for Francis to make a good save on the line.
With Sporting now playing downhill in the second half, Luke Dugmore was unlucky not to get on to the score-sheet after a couple of minutes when his shot hit the post after a neat interchange with McKenzie.
Pilkington, meanwhile, started to get more in the match after creating little in the first half and had their best effort of the game on the 57th minute but Daniel Pitt’s weak shot was easily gathered by Brendon Bunn.
On 76 minutes, substitute Sean Brain saw his effort cleared of the line but there was drama two minutes later involving Brain when he found himself in a one-to-one with Francis only for the ‘keeper to clumsily pull him down in the box.
After Francis was given his marching orders, outfielder Matthew Stirzaker went in between the sticks and managed to get a hand to Hewitt’s spot kick but was unable to stop it hitting the back of the net.
Sporting then completed their scoring on the 86th minute through Gibson who also opened his account for the club.