18th Nov, 2017

We need your support to steer us towards promotion, urges Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith

Craig Gibbons 24th Mar, 2017

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith has called on fans who followed the club’s record-breaking FA Vase run to cheer the team towards promotion.

The Midland League Division One leaders return to the Victoria Ground tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain mid-table Coventry Copsewood.

And with attendances of 1,487, 2,986 and 3,349 watching the Rouslers’ last three home games in the Vase, Smith wants as many fans as possible to come to this weekend’s game.

The Sporting boss is also expecting visiting Copsewood to be a tough nut to crack.

“I am issuing a rallying cry for fans to come out in force because we want to win this league,” he said.

“We want as many fans as possible to be at the Victoria Ground as they help us out.

“We have all been on the same [Vase] journey and the fans will make a huge difference.

“Copsewood are going to come here and try to stifle us and stay in the game as long as they can.

“We will be hoping to put them to bed whether that is in the first minute or after 90 minutes.”

Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Cleethorpes Town in the second leg of the FA Vase semi-final, Sporting quickly put to bed their disappointment of missing out on a trip to Wembley with an important 3-0 victory in the league at Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday night.

Andy Nicol gave the visitors the lead after 24 minutes before top scorer Jason Cowley made it 2-0 12 minutes later.

Liam Spink then slotted home a penalty on the stroke of half-time to complete the scoring.

Sporting boss Smith praised the performance after being unsure whether his players would react following their Vase woes.

“It’s been a horrible last couple of days and we were all right down in the dumps as we were so close to the Vase final,” Smith added.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow but I had a good chat with the players before the game saying the league was our main priority.

“Racing Club could have been a huge banana skin as I was not sure how the players were going to react.

“But I have to give credit to the players as they were very good on a sticky pitch and overall it was a brilliant performance.”

After Saturday’s game Sporting entertain Heather St Johns on Tuesday (7.45pm KO).

For those who can’t make tomorrow’s game, be sure to follow all the action from the Bromsgrove Standard Twitter account (@BromStandard) from 2.30pm.

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