18th Nov, 2019

Pack out the Victoria Ground and back the Rouslers for tonight's play-off semi-final

Ben Tyler 1st May, 2019

SUPPORTERS are urged to get down to a packed out Victoria Ground tonight, to cheer on Sporting to victory in the Southern Division One Central play-off semi-final against Sutton Coldfield Town.

The Rouslers know that a win guarantees them a place in the play-off final on home soil this coming Monday (May 6, 3pm), but first must navigate a Royals side that finished fifth in the division.

Sporting edged the last meeting between the two sides on Boxing Day, thanks to goals from Nathan Hayward and Jason Cowley, whilst the reverse game was a 1-1 draw at the Central Ground back in August.

Having been unbeaten throughout the entirety of the 19 games played at the Victoria Ground during the regular season, manager Brendan Kelly and co. know that extending that particular record in the next two games will see them playing Southern Premier Central football next campaign.

Kelly spoke to the Standard prior to the weekend’s game against Berkhamsted, and rallied the town of Bromsgrove to support their team to a play-off final.

“The fans can make a massive difference, they’ve played a big part all season during our unbeaten run.

“We want to get a couple of thousand down there for the semi-final, we’ve been averaging a thousand every week, but we want to take it up another level.

“The fans enjoy our brand of football and we want to get everyone on board, we want to see everyone’s family members and friends down there and to get the whole town behind us.”

Tickets for tonight’s game are available from £9 for adults, £6 for concessions, £3 for 12-17 year olds, and free for under 12s – with season tickets, flexi tickets and vouchers not being valid for this fixture.

Sutton Coldfield are currently enjoying a four-match unbeaten run – winning three of those games and drawing the other, including a 2-1 away win against play-off rivals Bedford Town and a 1-1 draw against Didcot Town.

Whilst finishing 25 points behind the Rouslers with 62 points across the season, Sutton enjoy a better winning record away from home – winning nine of their away ties, drawing four and losing six of their away trips this season.

In their last 11 games, the Royals have lost just once – a 3-0 defeat away to league winners Peterborough Sports.

The Rouslers will have to be fully focused to keep out Sutton Coldfield’s top scorer Ryan Nesbitt, who struck 23 goals in the league this campaign.

Address for Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground: Birmingham Rd, Bromsgrove, B61 0DR

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