19th Jan, 2020

Kelly: 'Humble' Bromsgrove Sporting are not getting carried away

Craig Gibbons 19th Oct, 2018

BROMSGROVE Sporting may be six points clear at the top of the table but boss Brendan Kelly stressed his players have their feet firmly on the ground.

The Rouslers are enjoying life at Step Four on the non-league ladder for the first time in the club’s history, leading the way in Southern League Division One Central after eight games.

Last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Bedfordshire outfit Barton Rovers, their fourth clean sheet in a row, ensured Kelly’s men created some breathing space at the top of the table.

Although the Sporting boss was coy on his targets for the season, he told the Standard the players know full well nothing is won at this stage of the season.

“These lads have won trophies for the past two seasons but they are a humble bunch,” he said.

“The lads know that you don’t win a league by going unbeaten after eight games but we are certainly raising a few eyebrows.

“And I think that is all down to our game preparation and the work done on the training ground.

“It’s all paying dividends and being our debut season at this level, we cannot afford to take things for granted as that’s when you get found out.”

Sporting make the trip to Bedford Town tomorrow (Saturday) followed by a journey to Corby Town on Wednesday night (7.45pm KO).

Corby knocked Sporting out of the FA Trophy last month with a 3-1 win at the Victoria Ground and boss Kelly is looking forward to getting one over their title rivals.

“I think the lads are looking forward to the game more than I am as it was their mistakes in the game which cost us,” he added.

“The lads are fully focused and if we can pick up points on the road and win at home I am sure we will be at the top end of the table at the business stage of the season.”

Meanwhile, Kelly confirmed goalkeeper Jonathan Brown will be spending time with Lichfield City to maintain his match fitness, likewise with defender Marcel Simpson who is linked with a move to Walsall Wood.

“We just want to keep Jono sharp so he’s out getting some games,” added Kelly.

“Dan Crane is not invincible but he’s my number one for now.

“As for Marcel, his attitude has been fantastic.

“With how well the defence is playing he knows it’s going to be hard to get into the team so he is more than likely going to Walsall Wood to maintain his match fitness.”

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