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Points on the road are key to challenging for title, says Bromsgrove Sporting boss Kelly

Craig Gibbons 29th Aug, 2018 Updated: 29th Aug, 2018

PICKING up points on the road will be just as important as winning games at home if Bromsgrove Sporting want to challenge at the top end of the Southern League Division One Central table, stressed boss Brendan Kelly.

Life at Step Four on the non-League ladder could not have gone any better for the Rouslers who have picked up seven points from a possible nine in their opening three games.

What’s more impressive for Kelly is that four of those points have come away from home – a 4-1 victory over AFC Dunstable on the opening day of the season and a 1-1 draw with Sutton Coldfield Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Although Kelly wants to make the Victoria Ground a fortress, he was quick to point out points on the road will be just as crucial.

“If somebody had offered me seven points from our first three games I’d have snapped their hands off, especially with two games away from home” said Kelly.

“After a nervy start at Dunstable we put on a fantastic display and then our mentality was spot on for the game against Sutton where I thought a draw was a fair result in the end.

“My key aim for the season is to make the Victoria Ground a fortress because the fans do give you that little bit extra and I don’t see many teams in this division having the same following as we do.

“However, if we want to be in the mix we have to make sure our away form is just as good as it is at home.”

Up next for Sporting is home clash against Aylesbury United on Saturday with Kelly hoping the first weekend outing at the Victoria Ground will attract a bumper crowd.

“The football on show at the moment is definitely worth the admission price,” he added.

“We are playing some really exciting and attractive stuff and hopefully the 910 that came out to watch our game against Kidlington will come back.

“It would be nice to see a four-figure crowd.”

Meanwhile, Sporting have put Charlie Dowd on a contract.

The former Burton Albion prospect has impressed since joining the Rouslers in the summer and Kelly hopes he continues to develop as a player whilst at the Victoria Ground.

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