Uttoxeter Town 2 Bromsgrove Sporting 2
Midland League, Division One
A COMBINATION of failing to convert dominance into goals and momentary lapses of concentration led to the loss of two points however Sporting remain unbeaten in the league, writes Phil Baker.
The Rouslers spent the first 20 minutes parked on their opponents’ front lawn. Robbie Bunn being the main threat with a number of incisive runs down the right wing.
As early as the fourth minute Bunn could have had a penalty when he appeared to be pushed over in the box but the referee waived play on whilst Nathan Walker and Ahmed Ali both had long range shots easily saved.
It was 18 minutes before Chris Jay in the Bromsgrove goal was called into action with a good save from Liam Sowter.
Three minutes later Sporting took the lead with a fine goal from Jason Cowley. With most of the Uttoxeter team in the Sporting half, Luke Lewis lost the ball to Walker who passed wide on the right to Cowley.
He used his pace to get down the wing quickly cutting inside one defender then skilfully slotting home into the narrow gap between Allen and the post from 12 yards out.
The game then slowed down as Sporting took a more cautious approach though just before half time, Chris Lloyd’s corner found Luke Edwards at the far post but on his effort was cleared of the line.
Immediately after the interval the home side equalised from the kick-off when a long pass up field split the Sporting defence, Luke Sowter picked up and fired past Jay from the edge of the box.
Four minutes later, Sporting were back in the lead, Chris Lloyd broke down the left, his cross into the box was fumbled and the ball dropped to the feet of Tony Clark who tapped home from just 10 feet out.
Substitutions and changes in formation from both teams took the game on a different course with neither side being able to create an chances though Clark should have done better on the 66th minute when his shot from Cowley’s pass went agonisingly wide of the post.
Then on the 78th minute, despite protests that it was outside the penalty area, Luke Edwards was adjudged to have fouled Luke Lewis. The striker made no mistake with the spot shot sending Jay the wrong way to even out the scoreline.
Sporting brought on Sean Brain, for his return from Rugby to make his 100th appearance for the Rouslers. Things could have been worse for the visitors as Uttoxeter had an appeal for handball in the box tuned down moments later.
With frustration mounting, Bromsgrove were awarded a free-kick just inside the Town half. One of their players walked away with the ball to prevent its being taken quickly.
Luke Edwards gave chase and in retrieving the ball was deemed to have put an arm round his opponent’s neck and was red carded.
To make matters worse for Sporting, Chris Conway put the ball in the net with a powerful header from Walker’s free kick but the whistle had gone moments before for an infringement.
The home team in the end frustrated their opponents and got what looked to be a satisfactory result for them.