BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Brendan Kelly expects a tougher challenge from Southern Premier League Central rivals Barwell when the pair do battle once more in the FA Trophy on Saturday (3pm).
Sporting were 3-1 victors on Tuesday night’s trip to Kirkby Road, courtesy of Greg Mills, Shaquille McDonald and Mike Taylor strikes, having suffered another defeat on home turf in last Saturday’s 3-1 reverse against Nuneaton Borough.
Kelly is wary of the threat that is posed by the Leicestershire side and anticipates a different game this time around at the Victoria Ground.
“We’ve watched them a couple of times,” he said.
“To be fair, the scout reports have been bang on in terms of how they played.
“But they might try something different on Saturday, it is cup football and it’s all decided on the day, so they’ll be dangerous.”
One theme that plays into the weekend’s clash is Bromsgrove’s indifferent form on home turf, though the Rouslers boss expects that trend to change in the second quarter of the season.
“I think it could be that my expectations are higher than anyone else’s at the club – that’s no disrespect, that’s just the way it is,” said Kelly.
“Maybe I need to evaluate my expectations, but we’ve played all of the top ten now and faced some very good sides.
“We’ve got eight or nine of the sides in the bottom half, but we still need to remain consistent with our performances.”
The club’s debut in the FA Trophy came last season, when Corby Town dumped Sporting out at the first hurdle in a 3-1 reverse.
Kelly is keen to make history by securing a first win for the club in the competition, adding: “It’s important that we perform first and foremost, we owe our fans a performance.
“We’d like to get a little cup run going and after Tuesday night we can be confident.
“It’s all about that word consistency, we need to get some form going at home.”