BRENDAN Kelly has commended goalkeeper Jono Brown for his first-class attitude during Tony Breeden’s stint as Bromsgrove’s number one goalkeeper this season.
31-year-old Breeden, who arrived at the Victoria Ground in August, departed last week for fellow Southern League Premier Division Central promotion hopefuls Nuneaton Borough, allowing Brown to come back in as the first-choice shot stopper.
Having selected Brown for successive away trips in Saturday’s 8-0 league drubbing of bottom-of-the-table Leiston and the 2-1 exit to Coalville Town in the CSS League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night, Kelly was quick to praise the commitment of the player.
“I could not praise his attitude enough, it needs to be commended”, the Sporting manager said.
“He’s very well respected here and he saw it as an opportunity to learn from someone like Tony and he said to me that he’s willing to wait in the wings.
“He’s done well since he’s come back in, but we’ll look to bring in another goalkeeper – it’s too high a level to only have one keeper in the squad.”
A depleted Bromsgrove team returned from Leicestershire with further injuries, following an ankle problem sustained by defender Kyle Lincoln and a dead leg that forced Mike Taylor off mid-way through the second half.
The Rouslers were the first to draw blood after an open start when Greg Mills was fouled inside the area before hauling himself to his feet to crash home the spot kick.
But with the hosts scuppering Bromsgrove’s half-time team talk with a stoppage-time leveller from Tim Berridge, any momentum going into the second half was lost in what became a turgid affair.
A second from Berridge decided the game 14 minutes from time when he drilled low into the bottom corner to end a frustrating night for Bromsgrove.
One Rousler to stand-out in the game was Australian right-back Daniel Alessi, Sporting’s newest recruit from Hereford, who had made his debut on Saturday.
“I thought Daniel did great, he’s settled into the team really well so far,” Kelly said.
“We were down to the bare bones with several players unavailable, some were not 100% so we were very much the walking wounded.
“There was not a great deal that we could have done, we weren’t that bad, but they were just better in the final third than us.
“We didn’t click up top and sometimes you need to knuckle down and dig in in a close game like that.
“The situation with injuries is the worst since we’ve been at the club, so it’ll be good to have the weekend off.”
Tuesday night’s result was in complete contrast to an efficient display of finishing by Sporting at Leiston last weekend, where Mills and Taylor both struck hat-tricks in addition to a goal each for Richard Gregory and Will Shorrock.
Gregory’s day, however, was spoiled by a hamstring injury.
“Saturday was very pleasing, we took our chances despite the squad being stretched, we had players playing in different positions and they were excellent,” said Kelly.
“We finished the game with ten men after Richard Gregory’s injury with all three subs being used, so the lads had to dig deep.”
Sporting are next in action on Saturday November 16 with a trip to last season’s title rivals Peterborough Sports, who sit a place behind in eighth.
This weekend’s original clash with Redditch United, re-arranged as a result of The Reds being in FA Trophy action, will now be played on Tuesday December 17 at the Victoria Ground.