Sporting’s unbeaten run goes on

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 09/10 10:28

Bromsgrove Sporting 1 Bolehall Swifts 1

Midland Combination Premier Division

Report by Conor Rees

CHRISI Conway's second half goal helped Sporting extend their unbeaten run to seven games as they were held by Bolehall Swifts on Saturday.

Sporting, who travel to mid-table Southam tomorrow (3pm) before entertaining Littleton in the Worcestershire Senior Urn on Tuesday (7.45pm), went ahead early in the second half but were pegged back by a 70th minute equaliser to leave them fifth in the table with 21 points from 12 games.

The afternoon did not get off to the best of starts for the hosts though as Luke Dugmore was stretchered off in the second minute and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken shin bone.

Defences were on top for the majority of the first half with only a handful of decent chances being created.

The first real threat on goal came from Bolehall’s Troy Wallen but his glancing header went just wide of Reece Francis’ goal before Nathan Thompson was denied by the woodwork.

Chris Morrison had Sporting's best chance of the first half but he was unable to trouble visiting keeper Thomas McNulty with his diving header.

Sporting moved through the gears at the start of the second half and they were rewarded with the opening goal when Jon Rogers went on a fine run, beating two players, before crossing for Conway to finish into the far corner.

Morrison was off target with another header as Sporting looked to extend their lead but it was Bolehall who struck next when Daniel Hales' powerful shot from just inside the box flew past Reece Francis.

Chances came and went at either end as both sides searched for a winner but in the end they both had to settle for a point.

"Games are tough in the Premier League and we have done extremely well to now be on a seven game unbeaten run," boss Keith Draper said afterwards.

"I’m obviously very disappointed about the incident to Luke in the first half but we switched the formation and worked very hard as a team and it is good to see the club getting their reward."

THE Reserves maintained their good form with a 3-1 victory over Earlswood Town Reserves in the Midland Combination Challenge Urn on Saturday. Dan Wilkes bagged a brace with Jovan Blake-Walker getting the other.

They followed that with another Urn victory against Cadbury Athletic Reserves on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Joe Lawley (2), Shane Bennett and Blake-Walker.

That takes their winning run to six games, having scored 33 goals and conceding just three so far. As recognition for their perfect start to the season they have been named as the Midland Combination Reserves Division Two Team of the Month for September.

They entertain Tipton Town Reserves on Saturday (3pm) with admission just £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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