BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Brendan Kelly hailed red-hot Mike Taylor as the “complete forward” after his four-goal display away to AFC Rushden & Diamonds last weekend.
The Rouslers cut down the nine-man Diamonds in a stunning 8-2 victory.
The result moves Bromsgrove up to 12th in the Southern League Premier Central with games in hand over the sides above them.
It was only Taylor’s second game since joining from Stourbridge and Kelly was delighted by his performance, comparing him to a former Rouslers favourite.
“It was the most dominant display from a number nine that I’ve seen,” he said.
“The performance was up there with the likes of Jason Cowley, in regards to his work ethic, his power, pace, decision-making – he showed all of the attributes of a complete forward.”
Bromsgrove have a trip to second-bottom side Hitchin Town on Saturday (3pm), and the Sporting boss is keen to ensure the performance levels remain.
“We can’t wait for the game to come around, we’re bang in form,” said Kelly.
“They [Hitchin] had a narrow defeat away to Maidstone United in the FA Cup last week; they don’t concede many despite their position in the table.
“We’ve got to prepare how we would any other game, and continue to be ruthless.”
Bromsgrove were provided a further boost by news of defender Tom Taylor’s return. He had initially left the club at the end of September but he is now keen to get back playing.
“After many discussions and planning to help Tom with his work-life-football balance, but more importantly his health, he has returned to the club and we are ecstatic with the news,” said Kelly.
“Tom is a top defender and one we need if we want to achieve our goals.”
Kelly confirmed that midfielder Liam Spink is back available for selection for the trip to Hertfordshire on Saturday, while the club’s medical staff will assess striker Shaquille McDonald, who was not fully fit despite scoring in last weekend’s win.
Sporting are expecting to announce the signing of an attacking midfielder from Stourbridge, which was still awaiting approval by the FA at the time of going to print.
Meanwhile, the Rouslers will face a return to Coalville Town’s Owen Street Sports Ground for the second round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.
A last-gasp Kyle Perry goal gave Sporting 2-2 draw in their league meeting in mid-August.
The cup game will be played in the week commencing November 4.