21st Oct, 2019

Kelly talks improved form, Robbie Thompson-Brown departure, Kyle Lincoln and dealing with week's break

Ben Tyler 19th Sep, 2019

ROUSLERS boss Brendan Kelly hailed his Bromsgrove Sporting team after adding four points to their tally and putting an end to their winless run.

Richard Gregory’s goal from the bench away to Lowestoft Town on Saturday was the sole score of the game, earning the Rouslers their first win in four games.

Sporting then followed up by rescuing a point against the league leaders Rushall Olympic at the Victoria Ground on Tuesday night, courtesy of Shaquille McDonald’s late equaliser.

Kelly was left a delighted man after the upturn in results, and said: “Four points from six after the long trip to Lowestoft and then taking on the league leaders, I’d say it’s four points gained.

“We went one down to Rushall, I think we did do enough to win the game, our performance merited the result we had against Tamworth, but it’s one we’ll take.

Recognising a return to the regular levels of commitment and effort by his players, the Bromsgrove manager believes this played the biggest factor in the improved performances.

“The work rate wasn’t there against Banbury, I hope that won’t happen again,” said Kelly.

“We ask the lads to up their work rate and lift each other, and it worked in the last two games.”

Despite the positives in the past week, the Rouslers have seen a minor shakeup of sorts, following the departure of Robbie Thompson-Brown.

The forward, who has now signed for Stafford Rangers, departed after playing no part in last weekend’s win, with Kelly explaining: “He was omitted from the trip to Lowestoft, and he wasn’t best pleased about that.

“We can’t expect him to stay if he doesn’t want to be here, I have no problems with him but we wish him all the best at Stafford.

Another player touted to be on the move, defender Kyle Lincoln, has meanwhile decided to stay put at the club, despite failing to feature since the 2-2 draw at Coalville Town.

“It’s a really difficult one with Kyle, because it’s much more gruelling for him compared to the other lads travelling up from Luton,” said the Rouslers boss.

“We’ve never lost a competitive game when he’s played, he knows he’ll get another opportunity.

“Thankfully we’ve patched things up and he’s fully committed to the club.”

With a week’s break before Sporting return to home turf to host Needham Market on Saturday September 28th (3pm), Kelly says it is one that his side could do without – despite the obvious advantages.

“I think it’ll be good to help clear heads as it’s been a whirlwind start, I think we’ve played four of last year’s top five already,” he said.

“With the little vein of form we’re in, you don’t want that to end.

“But we won’t have a weekend off, we’ll keep working before Needham.”

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