BROMSGROVE Sporting romped to a resounding victory at Hillgrounds Leisure over Kempston last Saturday, putting them top of the table before tomorrow’s visit to Cambridge City.
Will Shorrock went closest for the Rouslers in the opening couple of minutes as Sporting showed full intent to attack from the first whistle with an effort just past the post; whilst Shane Bush dragged his shot at the other end to remind Brendan Kelly and Co. that the relegation battlers were not to be taken lightly.
But it would only take nine minutes for the joint league leaders to make a breakthrough. Jason Cowley’s inch-perfect cross was equal to Richard Gregory’s exquisite strike into the top-left corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Nathan Hayward was next to line up an attempt on goal, and he could find himself unlucky when meeting Charlie Dowd’s right-wing delivery to send narrowly over on 22 minutes.
Kempston’s pressure to force Rouslers defender Tom Taylor to go close of his own post with an attempted clearance was a fresh reminder that the points were far from being in the bag as the home side remained spirited.
A curler into the top-left corner from Dowd left Rovers keeper Carl Knox without a prayer to double the lead and secure a cushion for the visitors going into half-time.
Bromsgrove manager Kelly was forced to enact some changes at the break, with the unwell Aaron Roberts replaced by Tom Massey to slot into midfield, whilst Josh Quaynor assumed position at right-back.
A sumptuous piece of play from Cowley would see him turn goalscorer after providing the assist for the opener, linking the play out wide before jinking into the middle and finding space to pick out the bottom-right corner on 52 minutes.
The home side would remain valiant in the face of the three-goal deficit, and almost had a wonder-goal to celebrate when watching Nathan Tshikuna’s 40 yard spectacular dip inches wide of Jono Brown’s crossbar.
And even with the game dwindling out in stoppage time, Bromsgrove still found time to notch once more on the scoresheet.
Cowley tapped home the easiest of chances for his second and Sporting’s fourth to wrap up the game – sending the sodden crowd home to wrap up themselves after withstanding the atrocious conditions.
Bromsgrove head to Westwood Road as they attempt to maintain their place at the top of the table at Christmas with victory, kick off at 3pm in Cambridge.