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21st Oct, 2021

Sporting players have final chance to shine in friendly

BROMSGROVE Sporting will be looking to hone their final preparations for the new Southern League Premier Central season when they head into their ninth and final friendly on Saturday.

Bren Kelly’s side will welcome Hendon, who play in Southern Premier South, to the Victoria Ground for a third home warm-up game in a week.

After a 2-2 draw with Coventry United last weekend, the Rouslers recorded a 2-1 win against Coleshill Town on Tuesday night.

Things started well for the home team who took the lead in the ninth minute. From a Miro Pais short corner, Will Shorrock floated over a delightful ball into the box and Nehemia Zazi nodded on for Leon Broadhurst to head in the top right hand corner of Paul Hathaway’s net.

A few minutes later Coleshill should have had the equaliser when Jack Wilson upended George Washbourne in the Sporting penalty area but the striker hit the resulting spot- kick against the post.

However, the away team did level matters on 37 minutes in somewhat controversial circumstances when Liam Molesworth appeared to push over Broadhurst, allowing him a free run at Max Beardmore in the Sporting goal and slotting just under the advancing ‘keeper.

Sporting regained the lead just three minutes into the second half, with Broadhurst powerfully heading home Shorrock’s corner.

Both sides made a number of substitutes but Sporting had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men as Joe Cole had to go off following a recurring groin injury.

With just five minutes to go, Coleshill had a golden opportunity to get back into match when substitute Joe Phillips intercepted a poor back pass but Ákos Onódi between the Sporting sticks made a brilliant save from a powerful shot.

On Saturday, Sporting led UCL Premier South side Coventry on 39 minutes when Jourdain Masidi headed Sporting ahead from Josh Dugmore’s cross but Joe Cairns levelled from a free-kick three minutes later.

Zazi restored the hosts’ lead four minutes into the second half but Riley O’Sullivan made it 2-2 on 83 minutes.

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