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By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 09 October 2012 Updated: 11/10 17:05
BROMSGROVE Sporting fell to their heaviest defeat for two years when beaten 4-1 at Southam United in Midland Combination Premier Division on Saturday.
Despite the harsh looking scoreline the outcome could have been much different had Sporting made their initial superiority count when they scored in the seventh minute.
James Blake's inswinging corner was only cleared as far as Aaron Roberts who hit a 20-yard drive low into the corner of the net.
Sporting were dominating midfield which as a result gave Southam little possession or opportunity to create chances.
But when going forward, Sporting were wasteful with balls into the box which meant chances to extend their advantage were few and far between.
The hosts got themselves level when Simeon Smith took advantage of Sporting's failure to clear by cheekily backheeling the ball into the net.
Sporting continued to control matters though and were given a golden chance to regain the lead when Jon Rogers' cross was handled in the box but Joe Brookes' spot kick hit the post and was cleared to safety.
Two two sides cancelled each other out at the start of the second half but Southam gradually got on top and it took a couple of smart saves from Reece Francis to keep it 1-1.
He was powerless to prevent Casey Gaggini making it 2-1 in the 72nd minute though when he side-footed home from eight-yards after a defensive mix-up and when James Graham made it 3-1 three minutes later, Sporting suddenly had a mountain to climb.
The scoring was completed by Ryan Lynch three minutes later to leave Sporting dejected and reflecting on what might have been had they taken their opportunities earlier in the afternoon.
JOHN Evans scored four times as the Reserves made it seven wins in a row with a 9-2 victory against Tipton Town.
Joe Lawley also bagged a hat-trick and Dan Wilkes scored twice to complete the scoring.
That came on the back of a 4-1 victory against Cadbury Athletic which confirmed qualification for the next round of the Midland Combination Urn. Lawley (2), Shane Bennett and Jovan Blake-Walker got the goals.
The Youth Team booked their place in the last four of the Worcestershire FA Youth Cup with an 8-1 win at Evesham United.
SPORTING are supporting the FA's Non-League Day on Saturday when fans who normally support clubs from higher leagues are encouraged to support grassroots football.
Sporting will have a presence on Bromsgrove High Street on Saturday morning where people will be able to find out more about the club and buy merchandise.
The first 50 youngsters visiting the stall will get a free ticket for the afternoon's match against Racing Club Warwick, providing they support Non-League Day by wearing the shirt of their favourite Premier or Football League club. Once inside the ground they will also receive a free car sticker.
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