IT’S been said a few times before but this was probably the biggest win in the short history of Bromsgrove Sporting, writes Phil Baker.
If not it is definitely the biggest scalp seeing off the runaway leaders of the division with a double and inflicting their first home defeat of the season.
Like the rest of the country, Peterborough basked in warm sunshine with many of the crowd watching in short sleeves, and they were rewarded with both a high quality and tense game of football.
Early pressure from The Turbines saw them gain a couple of corners and the first shot of the match from Lewis Hilliard, which went way over the bar.
Then on the 11th minute came the opener.
Charlie Dowd’s thrown in went towards Liam Spink, who lobbed over a delightful cross into the middle of the box – where Jason Cowley was on hand to volley into the centre of the Peterborough net.
It gave his team a welcome lead, and for Cowley his 99th goal in a Sporting shirt.
A few minutes later, Dowd’s daisy cutter went wide of the left-hand post whilst at the other end, Turbines captain Richard Jones headed narrowly over the bar.
Much of the play remained in midfield, until 21 minutes in, when Nathan Hayward hoisted a long ball up field that found Dowd to the left of the home goal.
He opted to roll the ball to the unmarked Kieran Westwood, who easily tapped in from a few yards out.
Sporting were still on the hunt for a third, with Cowley firing over the bar and Josh Quaynor’s free-kick deflected out for a corner.
The home side always looked dangerous on the break though, and so it proved the case in the 33rd minute.
Dion Sembie-Ferris picked up a pass just inside the Bromsgrove half, proceeding to beat Kyle Lincoln, before rounding Jono Brown to slot home.
The goal looked to have livened up The Turbines, but further shots from Avelino Viera and Lewis Hilliard failed to trouble Brown.
With four minutes gone of the second-half, lively midfielder Joshua McCammon made a surge forward, being tripped by Liam Spink in full flight – cue for a 20 man melee.
Once the dust settled, referee Mr Dadley red-carded Peterborough’s Paul Malone for a head butt, whilst yellow carding Spink, Aaron Roberts and Richard Jones.
From then on it was a tale of two defences who successfully kept each other out until full-time, though Quaynor had a good angled shot saved low by Lewis Moat.
Dowd was unlucky not to get on to the score sheet with a couple of minutes remaining after making a dazzling run through the home defence, only for his low shot to be well-saved.
After a tense four minutes of stoppage time, Mr Dadley finally blew for the match end, prompting the best celebrations seen since winning the Midland Football League last season.
The win sends Sporting back to the top by two points, although The Turbines have three games in hand.