22nd Feb, 2020

Red mist descends ahead of tonight's derby clash

Ben Tyler 21st Jan, 2020

BROMSGROVE Sporting will be baying for blood when hosting local rivals Redditch United in the first competitive meeting between the two sides in tonight’s (7.45pm) Southern League Premier Central fixture.

The contrast in fortunes for both sides is clear for all to see going into the match, with Bromsgrove flying high at the top of the table in their debut season at Step Three, while the Reds are rock bottom on nine points after a remarkable 20-match losing run in the league.

But nevertheless, a derby can push even the biggest margins to one side, a notion which Brendan Kelly re-iterated when talking to The Standard prior to last weekend’s trip to Kings Langley.

“The way the league table is you’d think it’s a banker – but there are bragging rights at stake,” said the Sporting manager.

“Both sets of fans won’t be taking the game lightly, and we won’t want to switch off with Coalville in mind at the weekend.”

In terms of recent results, both sides are looking to avenge weekend defeats, with the Rouslers going down 3-1 in their aforementioned trip to Hertfordshire and Redditch being subjected to a 6-0 thrashing at Lowestoft Town.

The Rouslers Bar will be open from 6.45pm tonight, while tickets range from £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for 12 to 17-year-olds. Under-12s entry is free.

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