20th Oct, 2018

Title celebrations won't distract us from invincible season vows Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith

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

BOSS Paul Smith has vowed Bromsgrove Sporting’s title celebrations will not distract them from trying to end the Midland League Division One campaign as invincibles.

The Rouslers claimed their first-ever league title on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Studley in front of a 1,351 strong crowd at the Victoria Ground.

Goals from Robbie Bunn and Jason Cowley sent the Sporting faithful into delirium although victory did not matter as closest rivals AFC Hinckley and Leicester Road suffered 2-1 defeats to Chelsmley Town and Pershore Town respectively.

And two days after being crowned league champions Smith’s men continued their charge for an unbeaten season with a 3-0 victory at Pershore on Easter Monday.

But the local derby was a game the Sporting boss felt could have been a potential banana skin in their quest to keep a zero in the loss column.

“It was always going to be an awkward game because the celebrations from Saturday went into Sunday and Pershore are fighting for their life,” he said.

“I was a little bit concerned but again for the umpteenth time the players have surprised me because they performed very well.

“It could have been a more comfortable scoreline but it just shows the mental strength of this squad.

“Winning the league was a huge achievement but I have not allowed it to sink in because I want to end the season unbeaten.

“I’m going to be pushing the players as hard as I have been throughout this season to see if we can pull off what would be a phenomenal achievement.

“If we went the season unbeaten people would be taking about us for years to come.”

Sporting are due to play Uttoxeter Town tonight (Thursday) at the Victoria Ground and are on their travels on Saturday when they take on Atherstone Town at Sheepy Road.

The Rouslers had to come from 2-0 down earlier in the season to draw with the Adders who Smith feels were the best side he has faced this season.

“I feel sorry for Ivor Green (Atherstone’s manager) because if he managed to get his best side out each week they would have been a lot closer to us,” he said.

“Without shadow of a doubt they are the best side we have played against this season.

“In the first half we were nowhere near them but the second half we were outstanding and managed to come back.

“It’s going to be a real tough fixture for us because they will want to try and be the first team this season to beat us in the league.”

Regardless of whether Sporting end the season unbeaten or not, Smith was full of praise for his squad after a number of sides before the campaign were ‘quite vocal’ about winning the league.

“We’ve done the double over our two closest rivals [Leicester Road and Hinckley] and nobody has got anywhere near us which is testament to the players and staff,” he added.

“The players deserve a lot of credit because at the beginning of the season Leicester, Hinckley and Atherstone all thought they had squads capable of winning the league.

“Then there was Lichfield City who thought they were in contention so for us to do what we have done in the fashion we have is incredible.

“Without being disrespectful to the sides that were quite vocal about going for the title, we have won it by a country mile which shows just how hard the group has worked.”

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