23rd Feb, 2019

Bromsgrove Sporting told: Stay focused to be champs

Craig Gibbons 13th Apr, 2018

MANAGER Brendan Kelly has urged his Bromsgrove Sporting players: “Let’s get this league wrapped up as soon as possible.”

The Rouslers thrashed bottom-of-the-table Rocester 7-1 last night (Thursday) to move 13 points clear at the top of the Midland League Premier Division table.

Bromsgrove now entertain Shropshire visitors Haughmond – who are second-from-bottom – at the Victoria Ground tomorrow (Saturday).

Sporting’s victory at Rocester followed Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Victoria Ground tenants Worcester City.

Jason Cowley netted late on in each half to secure the three points in front of a bumper crowd of 1,432.

With games against Loughborough University, Lye Town and South Normanton Athletic on the horizon, all of whom lie in the bottom seven, Kelly has called on his players to remain focused.

“Historically we have caused ourselves problems against the lesser teams so we need to make sure there’s no complacency,” he said.

“We need to approach these games with the same application as if we were playing Coleshill, Worcester or Highgate.

“If you’re not switched on, you could get turned over very easily if you are not mentally prepared.

“We want to secure this league as soon as possible and not limp over the line.

“We can’t be in any better position than we’re in at the minute.

“These opportunities do not come around a lot so the lads will want to make sure they are focused to win this league as champions.”

Having won the Midland League Division One title as ‘Invincibles’, Kelly believed that experience would put Sporting in good stead to claim successive championships.

“The lads have been there on numerous occasions when there is a lot riding on games and they have managed to see it through so I have every confidence they can do it again,” he said.

“I have always put it on the lads to always set their standards to that of the league above.

“You should always better yourself, even in an ‘Invincible’ season.

“If you think you’re already at the current level, that is when you get found out.”

After Saturday, Sporting take on Lye Town in the final of the Worcestershire Senior Urn at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium on Thursday night.

The Rouslers lost on penalties to Highgate United in the Senior Urn final last season, only to be handed the trophy after it was found out the Gate fielded an ineligible player.

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