Football
In-form Sporting climb the table

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 29/10 11:30

Bromsgrove Sporting 1 Stafford Town 0

Midland Combination Premier Division

CHRIS Morrison scored the only goal of the game at the Victoria Ground on Tuesday night as Sporting picking up another three points to move up to third place in the table.

The victory was Sporting's second in four days and came on the back of an impressive 3-0 success at league leaders Littleton on Saturday.

Stafford made life hard for Bromsgrove though, pushing them on to the back foot for the first 20 minutes and for much of the second half.

The Rouslers rallied well enough just before the break to go ahead though and despite needing the help of some last gasp defending, managed to keep Stafford out at the other end.

Stafford were camped in Bromsgrove's half in the early stages with Steve Hopkinson and Steve Bennett proving particular threats.

Sporting's first chance came in the 20th minute but Chrisi Conway shot just wide whilst Elliot Nash saw a weak effort saved.

The breakthrough came on the stroke of half time when James Blake sent over a corner and Morrison had the simple task of easily heading home at the back post.

Stafford came out strongly again in the second half and forced Sporting to soak up more pressure than they have done in any other match this season.

Keeper Tom Savage made a couple of fine saves whilst chances proved few and far between at the other end despite the best efforts of Conway and Jon Rogers.

The full time whistle brought a collective sigh of relief from Sporting's fans, players and officials but credit goes to the home side for hanging on to the points despite not being at their best.

THE performance was as impressive as the result at Littleton as Sporting defeated the league leaders on their own turf for the second time this season after winning at Walsall Wood earlier in the campaign.

Morrison went close twice in the opening stages but the first real chance of the contest went Littleton's way but Simon Fitter saw his effort come back off the post.

Sporting went back of the attack and took the lead in the 15th minute when Blake fed Conway who fired a low shot home via a slight deflection.

Rattled by falling behind, Littleton began to throw a lot of bodies forward but this left space in behind them for Sporting to attack and they exploited this in the 32nd minute when James Turk picked the ball upside his own half and ran directly up the middle of the pitch before firing into the back of the net.

Sporting appeared to lose some of their rhythm at half time but Littleton were unable to take advantage and the game was put to bed with 29 minutes left.

Bromsgrove won a corner which Elliot Nash took and Matt Ross got himself on the end of it to head home his first goal for the club.

THERE was further good news for the club on Saturday when Dan Tierney's goal gave the Reserves a 1-0 victory over Droitwich Spa.

SPORTING entertain Bloxwich tomorrow in the Les James Memorial Cup (3pm).

The club are holding a Halloween party tonight (Friday) starting at 6pm in the Club Bar. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children or £5 for a family.

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