By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 01/11 16:59
BROMSGROVE maintained their unbeaten start to the MRHA West Midlands Two hockey season with an impressive 5-0 victory at West Brom on Saturday.
West Brom were relegated into the division at the end of last season but like Bromsgrove went in to Saturday’s game having yet to taste defeat this season.
The visitors were nearly at full strength for the trip, with only Laurence Shah missing as his continuing thigh problem continues to give him problems. Summer signing Matthew Russell made a welcome return from injury.
After a tentative start from both sides, on what proved to be a slow pitch, Bromsgrove gradually gained control with Bevan Edwards and Tom Green taking control of the midfield.
West Brom manufactured a few half chances when venturing forward but a solid defence of White, Johns, Turner and McLaughlin was easily able to soak up the pressure.
The opening goal came in the 25th minute when a ball into the D broke kindly for Green to convert.
Bromsgrove felt they should have been awarded a penalty corner six minutes later when Troth was fouled after showing a good turn of pace but the umpire thought otherwise.
With just a one-goal lead to show for their efforts, Bromsgrove still had work to do in the second half but they were soon 2-0 ahead when Edwards converted Troth’s short corner.
The second goal seemed to hit West Brom’s resolve as Bromsgrove dominated the remainder of the contest.
Bruce Turner found Green with a superb 60-yard free hit to make it 3-0 before Edwards added a fourth after beating a number of defenders on his way to goal.
West Brom almost grabbed a late consolation but were denied by an excellent Uren save and it was from one of their attacks that the final goal came as Turner won possession and released Rammy Arafa down the right and he crossed well to allow Tom Jennings to tap home his fourth of the season.
Delighted captain Arafa said afterwards: “To go away to a side like West Brom and get a win is hard enough, but to win 5-0 is fantastic. I couldn’t ask any more of the lads today, especially Bruce Turner who created so many openings.”
Bromsgrove entertain Yardley tomorrow as they look to build on their solid start to the season.
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