23rd Feb, 2019

Kelly: Bromsgrove Sporting excited to play on 'snooker table' pitch at Loughborough

Craig Gibbons 20th Apr, 2018

BROMSGROVE Sporting know they only need a point at Loughborough University this weekend to secure promotion from the Midland League Premier Division.

But boss Brendan Kelly stressed the players will have their eyes firmly set on the three points and not the bigger picture ahead of the clash in Leicestershire tomorrow (Saturday).

Sporting thumped the Scholars 6-0 at the Victoria Ground at the end of March but Kelly suggests his side will be in for a different challenge against a Dynamo side who fare much better at home than they do on the road.

And the gaffer is expecting his side to get the ball down and play on what he labelled as the ‘best pitch’ in the division.

“It’s going to be a really tough test for us as Loughborough are excellent at home but the lads are excited for it,” said Kelly.

“The pitch up there is absolutely fantastic, it’s like a snooker table and it is something I have never seen before.

“But that’s good as the lads will be looking forward to playing football the right way on a brilliant pitch.

“And if we do 70 per cent of what we did against them at our place then it should be enough because we played some great stuff that night.”

Since the 4-0 home defeat to Coleshill Town, Sporting have regrouped and have gone on an eight-game unbeaten run, winning seven including a 3-1 success at home to Haughmond last Saturday.

And that run of form has put them on the cusp of reaching the level Bromsgrove Rovers were at before they folded in 2010.

Kelly believes their good run of form has come from the lessons learnt from the Coleshill defeat.

“We set our standards high again against some of the higher teams in the division after that defeat,” he added.

“I asked the lads to maintain those standards and they have done exactly that.

“We are getting plenty of points on the board as well which is a bonus but we won’t celebrate anything until it is official. The three points must come first.”

Meanwhile, Sporting lifted the Worcestershire Senior Urn last night (Thursday) after beating Lye Town 4-2 on penalties.

The match was level at 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Sporting travel to Lye in the league on Tuesday night before completing their campaign against relegation-threatened South Normanton Athletic next Saturday.

The title could be wrapped up tomorrow if Sporting win and Highgate United lose to Worcester City at the Victoria Ground.

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