16th Jun, 2019

Cowley magic sets Sporting on the way to vital victory

Editorial Correspondent 27th Mar, 2019 Updated: 28th Mar, 2019

An incredible goal from Jason Cowley helped guide Bromsgrove Sporting to a 2-1 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Corby Town, writes Max Banner.

The goal, which has gone viral online, reaching as far afield as Brazil, came 45 minutes in.

Cowley back-heeled the ball into the air and volleyed home into the bottom corner, sending the majority of the 1,576 in attendance into utter raptures of joy.

The second came on the 82nd minute, with that man Cowley instrumental yet again.

He intricately worked his way past a few defenders before setting up John Pykett, who powered the ball into the net.

Sporting’s nerves kicked in two minutes from time, as Joel Carta thumped home from close range, but Sporting would ultimately hold on for a memorable win against a team that had beaten them twice already this season.

The Rouslers started the game brightly, with Cowley having a scuffed shot from a decent position and Richard Gregory having a shot saved inside the area within the first 20 minutes.

Corby increased the pressure midway through the half, with Carta having two opportunities just after the half hour mark.

The first went wide of the mark and the second a volley from the penalty spot – which was comfortably saved by Jono Brown.

He was called into action once again soon after, as Corby hotshot Elliot Sandy struck a shot from just inside the box, kept out by the outstretched palm of the Sporting stopper.

The opening goal came in the 45th minute, courtesy of the aforementioned touch of Cowley magic.

Gregory headed the ball towards him, which he back-heeled over the defence and into the air, allowing him to volley the ball into the bottom corner with venomous accuracy.

The opening chance of the second half fell to Nathan Hayward, who headed narrowly over from a sumptuous Josh Quaynor corner.

Gregory and Pykett had further chances to double the lead, with the former hitting a volley over the bar after a stunning cross by Kieren Westwood, whilst the latter pulled his shot wide.

Sporting’s second came eight minutes from time, as Cowley turned on the style yet again to beat two defenders, selflessly setting up substitute Pykett – who leathered the ball hard and low into the net.

Westwood had an opportunity to put the game beyond any doubt, but his one-on-one was hit straight at the keeper.

The final few minutes brought Corby’s best spell of the game, with Carta pulling one back in the 88th minute, pouncing on a ball that flashed across the area to slammed home.

Connor Kennedy narrowly headed wide from a matter of yards via a corner in the dying embers of the encounter, as Bromsgrove held on for the win.

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