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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 14/02 17:00
Bromsgrove Sporting 0 Nuneaton Griff 4
Midland Combination Premier Division
Report by Ryan Merrifield
SPORTING suffered a second successive home defeat against a clinical Nuneaton Griff side on a miserable afternoon at Victoria Ground on Saturday.
Visiting striker Josh Ruff scored three times in a first half which saw little luck come Sporting’s way, before substitute Aden Moore added a fourth after the break to leave Bromsgrove joint manager Keith Draper scratching his head over his team’s recent form.
Sporting, who travel to Pelsall Villa tomorrow (3pm), crafted an early chance inside the first minute when Chris Morrison, who had shaken off a back injury to start, headed narrowly over from Andy Nicol’s cross but it was Nuneaton who struck first when Ruff’s free-kick found the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Nicol volleyed over as Sporting looked for a swift response and Morrison missed a good chance to slide the ball home from Jon Rogers’ cross after Jack Lodge had initiated the move.
Whilst looking a threat when they had the ball, Sporting were struggling to keep possession in the middle of the pitch and were left to rue those missed chances when Ruff struck again with an impressive 26th minute curling shot.
He completed his hat-trick three minutes later when finishing superbly into the bottom corner, just beyond the fingertips of Tom Savage.
Sporting were struggling to find their feet in a first half which had quickly turned upside down. The usually effective Rogers and Nash on the wings were struggling with the run of the ball whilst the away side were continuing to carve out decent openings and but for Savage in the home goal, the deficit could have been bigger when referee Simon Lane blew for half-time.
Substitute Chrisi Conway saw an early second half effort go just wide before Griff should have added a fourth when Mark Williams broke free but he smashed his shot against the side netting.
The second half proved to a much closer encounter than the first and the introduction of Keith Draper Jnr proved a good move by the hosts as he fashioned some decent chances.
Joe Brookes’ overhead kick from Nash’s corner forced Nuneaton keeper Dave Watson into a good save but the game’s final goal went the way of the visitors when substitute Aden Moore dummied his way through the defence and fired home after 72 minutes.
Brookes, Nash and Draper all went close to grabbing a consolation for Sporting but it was not to be on what proved a day to forget for the hosts.
THE Reserves made it 20 wins in a row with a 3-0 success against Droitwich Spa. Joe Lawley (2) and Dan Wilkes got the goals.
They are in action at the Victoria Ground tomorrow when Cadbury Athletic are the visitors.
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