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Thursday 20 September 2012 Updated: 20/09 16:34
Blackwood 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 4
SPORTING cruised to a comfortable victory in the clash between the newly-promoted Athium Midland Combination Premier Division clubs on Saturday.
Games between the two sides have been very close in recent seasons but as Sporting strengthened ahead of the new season Blackwood, unfortunately, saw a number of their best players leave.
Blackwood are somewhat a shadow of the team that were such formidable opponents in previous seasons and the Rouslers ran out convincing winners.
Sporting scored with their first serious attack as Martin turned in Chris Conway’s low centre. Soon after it should have been two as Draper beat the offside trap, drew the goalkeeper and laid the ball off to Conway who was stopped by an excellent last ditch tackle.
Sporting were in total control and the lead was increased after 32 minutes, Conway scoring from Jon Rogers’ pull back.
Just before the break,Jack Lodge ran onto a through ball as the home defence parted but shot straight at the keeper.
Blackwood were much more competitive in the second half and, after Conway had missed a good chance, they reduced the arreaars as Evans headed in unchallenged from a free kick.
For 15 minutes Sporting were on the back foot but just after the hour mark, Blake won a challenge in midfield and released Jon Rogers who dragged his shot wide.
Sporting extended their lead soon after. Goalkeeper Hughes made a desperate stop on the by-line to prevent a deflected shot going out for a corner, but was penalised for handling outside his area. He saved Blake’s header from the resultant free kick only for the ball to squirm from his grasp and end up in the back of the net.
Chris Morrison replaced Chris Conway and used his strength to telling effect in setting up the fourth goal. An attempted clearance from his low cross rebounded off the inrushing Draper into the corner of the net.
The home team continued to battle and cause occasional problems with Savage making a good save towards the end.
Sporting Reserves recorded a fine 5-0 Challenge Urn victory over Droitwich Spa Reserves thanks to goals from Grant Baker 2, Chris Thurbon, Joe Brookes and Luke Bowles.
Sporting, who are sixth in the table, visit Coventry Copsewood this Saturday, while the Reserves entertain Continental Star Reserves.
Bromsgrove Sporting will be hosting a Bavarian Oktoberfest evening this Saturday. The event is being organised in conjunction with Bromsgrove Twinning Association and tickets, costing £6-50, are available from the club commercial office and the bar.
Meanwhile, Bromsgrove Sporting have now been awarded the FA Charter Standard for youth and adults.The plaque and certificate arrived last week and will be displayed in a prominent position in the clubhouse.
Chief executive Paul Wilkes said: “This is a proud day for the club and I want to thank everybody who worked hard to gain this prestigious accolade.”
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