19th Oct, 2019

Cowley's goal "sublime" says Kelly - talks Corby win, Didcot on Saturday, Dowd extension & new signings

Ben Tyler 28th Mar, 2019

ROUSLERS boss Brendan Kelly believes his side were good value for their win over Corby Town, and expects yet another tough game on Saturday (3pm) away to play-off hopefuls Didcot Town.

The 2-1 victory over Corby at the Victoria Ground was highlighted by Jason Cowley’s wonder goal on the stroke of half-time, drawing comparison to Paul Gascoigne’s effort against Scotland at Euro 96.

Kelly admitted it wasn’t a shock to see Cowley’s strike get so much attention across the national press and worldwide.

“It’s not surprising to me, these things go viral nowadays with social media, it happened at Alvechurch (with Daniel Dubidat) in recent years, but I’m delighted for him and the exposure for Jason and the club from it.

“I can’t put it into words exactly, but it was sublime.

“He plays on instinct, he’s that sort of player, he can control the ball at pace and it doesn’t surprise me that he did it.

“It was a crucial time to score as well just before half-time, and that was the most important thing to send us in ahead.”

Assessing the performance overall, the Sporting manager said the win against another promotion hopeful in Corby made it all the more sweeter to get three points.

“We were chuffed with the performance, it gave us some happy feelings having had bad memories against them in the two losses before that this season.

“We’ve condemned them to third place, it was a well deserved win, the support played a part and we managed to play some good stuff.”

It is the level of support that Bromsgrove get, with other 1,500 fans in attendance at the Victoria Ground last weekend, that Kelly points to as the difference maker in big games.

“The support does give us that extra ingredient in our game to get that extra mile.

“We’re unbeaten at home all season, which we want to continue for the remaining games.

“They’re the 12th man, it does help make the Victoria Ground intimidating to play at.

“Me and Andy want to play decent football, and hopefully we’re going about it in the right way to help keep bringing the fans back to support us – which we can’t thank them enough for.”

Further good news for the club arrived this week with a contract extension announced for midfielder Charlie Dowd, who has committed to the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.

“I’m delighted that he’ll be staying with us,” said Kelly.

“It’s imperative that he plays at his age, with 30 appearances this season he’s been vital for us.

“Me and Andy have always said if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

“He scores big goals, puts in great performances and he’s still learning his trade, so it’s fantastic that he’s staying.

Kelly has been busy adding two further names to the Rouslers squad this week, signing fan favourite Luke Dugmore and keeper Sam Arnold on dual registrations.

“The squad is strong as it is, but we want to make sure we are not left short, should we come across any unforeseen circumstances,” he said.

“With the extra couple of bodies coming in, plus Matty Higgins & Owain Taylor in the mix too, it brings the available squad up to 22 in total, which is pleasing at this stage of the season.”

Looking ahead to the bout with fourth-placed Didcot, Kelly views the fixture as another big game.

“We’re 20 points ahead of them in the league and you’d think it’s a banker, but they’ve got play-off aspirations, we’ve got title aspirations, so it’ll be a tough game.

“We beat them earlier this season and we’ve won eight of the last eight, so we’re going into it with no fear.”

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