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Our mentality needs working on, says Bromsgrove Sporting boss Kelly after 6-0 defeat to Corby

Craig Gibbons 25th Oct, 2018 Updated: 25th Oct, 2018

BOSS Brendan Kelly was honest in his assessment of Bromsgrove Sporting’s crushing 6-0 defeat to Corby Town and believes work needs to be done to improve the mentality of his squad.

Having lost 5-1 away at Bedford Town last Saturday the Rouslers were looking to bounce back to winning ways last night (Wednesday).

But that was not the case as Sporting succumbed to back-to-back Southern League Division One Central defeats at Steel Park.

Joel Carta put Corby ahead after 12 minutes when he was on hand to head home from Jordan Crawford’s corner.

It looked as though Sporting would only go into the break 1-0 down but on the stroke of half-time the Steelmen doubled their lead, with Jordan Francis lashing the ball in the top corner.

Just two minutes into the second half Corby added their third as Samuel Grouse rounded Sporting keeper Dan Crane and tapped into an empty net.

Not even an hour had been played when the Rouslers fell 4-0 behind, this time Elliot Sandy got in on the act when he stroked home from Carta’s header back across goal.

The fifth goal of the night arrived in the 56th minute when Miles Smith latched on to Francis’ cross from the right and rifled high into the net.

Corby completed their scoring with 19 minutes remaining when Sandy bagged his second goal of the game after bundling home from close range.


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The defeat has left Kelly seething and he expressed his concern over the mentality of the squad.

“We started well but once again we didn’t take our chances and we just capitulated,” he said.

“We showed a real lack of character which is quite concerning because it seems when we go a goal behind the heads are dropping.

“There’s a lot of work which needs to be done to get back into the right frame of mind.

“Defensively we had been fine up until the last two games so I think there’s going to be some soul searching because we need to improve our character.

“On the flip side, though, we’ve won six of our first ten games and were unbeaten in eight league games until last Saturday so there’s no need to hit the panic button.”

Sporting are out of action on Saturday due to their scheduled opponents Thame United involved in FA Trophy action.

The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 20.

It means Kelly’s men have to wait until Tuesday (October 30) to try and get back on the winning trail when they make the trip to Stourport Swifts in the Worcestershire Senior Urn.

“It’s important we get back to winning ways as soon as we can,” added Kelly.

“I’ve got a blank canvas to work with in terms of the starting XI but there’s no doubting I’ll be putting a strong team out.”

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