By Jamie Arrowsmith 23/08 Updated: 30/08 17:12
BROMSGROVE Sporting’s away form continues to give cause for concern after they were beaten 3-1 at Nuneaton Griff on Wednesday night.
The reverse was the Rouslers’ third successive Midland Combination Premier Division defeat on the road and it came after being outplayed by their hosts for large portions of the game.
They did make a strong start however, with Joe Brookes seeing a third minute free kick cleared off the line before Chrisi Conway’s 20-yard deflected shot was scrambled away for a corner.
At the other end, Dave Barnett was denied on two occasions by Chris Mole before Ryan Slinn opened the scoring in the 15th minute when converting a free header at the far post from Aden Moore’s cross.
A poor challenge on Slinn in the box gave Nuneaton the chance to double their lead from the spot five minutes later and Moore made no mistake.
Sporting got themselves back into the game almost immediately when Jon Rogers scored from close range, with the goal coming somewhat against the run of play.
Aaron Roberts missed a great chance to level the scored in the 31st minute when he failed to hit the target from six-yards after Rogers picked him out with a right wing cross.
Mole did well to save from Barnett and Slinn as the second half got underway whilst Sporting’s only real effort came from James Turk who fired over the bar from Brookes’ corner.
Sporting made all three changes in a bid to rescue a point from the game but it was the hosts who completed the scoring with two minutes left.
TWO goals from man of the match Chris Conway ensured there was more to celebrate at the Victoria Ground on Saturday as Sporting defeated Lichfield City 4-1.
Conway will have been disappointed not to walk off with the match ball having missed three times when clean through, the first time as early as the 11th minute.
Sporting thought they had taken the lead in the 17th minute when the ball hit the back of the net but to the bemusement of the crowd and players, it was disallowed for a push.
They were celebrating again two minutes later though when Lichfield defender Worrall could only head the ball towards his own goal from Brookes’ free kick and Conway was on hand to apply the finishing touch.
Conway saw another strike disallowed four minutes later but Sporting were given a golden chance to double their lead in the 33rd minute when awarded a penalty for handball but Joe Brookes’ effort was too close to the keeper who parried the ball to safety.
Still Sporting poured forward in search of the second goal but they were to remain frustrated as Conway broke clear in the 36th minute and chipped the keeper but it just cleared the bar to leave it 1-0 at the break.
Nerves were settled 12 minutes into the second half when Conway drilled home a second from 20-yards and with the comfort of a 2-0 lead, Sporting started to play some impressive football.
Two became three in the 70th minute when James Blake found space to cut in on the left edge of the area and beat Johnson low down at his near post before Rogers scored Sporting’s final goal when put through one-on-one with 15 minutes left.
Lichfield completed the scoring for the afternoon through Bennett but their afternoon was to end on a sour note when Todd Perry received his second yellow card of the afternoon with eight minutes remaining.
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