BROMSGROVE Sporting’s hopes of bettering last season’s exploits in the FA Vase were boosted after they hammered Heath Hayes at the Coppice Colliery Ground.
Sam Wills hit a second half hat-trick as the Rouslers recovered from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the home side and secure their place in the next round.
Daniel Scragg edged Hayes in front, but a quick-fire brace from Willis after the interval turned the tide. Luke Dugmore added another before Wills scored his third.
Having gone all the way to the third round where they came unstuck against Thurnby Nirvana last season, Sporting were hopeful of kick starting another run in the competition.
However, they suffered an early set back as an error from goalkeeper Brendon Bunn gifted Heath the opener on eight minutes. After receiving a back pass from Aaron Roberts, Bunn mis-kicked and the ball tamely found its way to Scragg who applied the finish.
Bromsgrove had the majority of the possession, but chances were few and far between as Hayes defended stoutly.
This changed after the break as the Rouslers came out with a spring in their step, passing the ball around and increasing the tempo.
With five minutes of the second half gone Josh McKenzie got on to the end of a Simon Fitter free-kick beating ‘keeper Wiggins only for central defender Jack Arrowsmith to head off his own goal-line.
Hayes cleared the ball up-field but Craig Jones was quick to send it back again. McKenzie managed to get to the edge of the home penalty area, slide the ball to Wills who fired hard and low into the Hayes net for the equaliser.
Two minutes later and Sporting were in the lead. This time, Reece Hewitt was the provider as his well-placed cross from the left found Wills who skilfully slid home.
Bromsgrove were looking to consolidate their advantage and it came on 71 minutes when Dugmore received McKenzie’s pass and made no mistake with a fierce shot.
The visitors should have made it four just five minutes later as Hewitt hit the bar. But they finally put the match well beyond their opponents on the 81st minute with the best strike of the afternoon.
Wills completed his second hat-trick in a Rouslers’ shirt when he picked up a loose ball and drove it low from 20 yards just wide of the diving Mark Wiggins’ left hand.
Sporting now face Dudley Sports at home in the next round on October 3.