DEFENDER Aaron Roberts is confident Bromsgrove Sporting can bounce back to winning ways after the club’s unbeaten start to the new league season came to end at the weekend.
Boss Brendan Kelly was unavailable for last Saturday’s Southern League Division One Central game away at Bedford Town due to a family bereavement, meaning assistant boss Andrew Mason took over the reins.
With the mood sombre among the Sporting ranks, the club did all they could to secure the three points for their absent gaffer.
Despite dominating the early proceedings, league leaders Sporting somehow went into the break 2-0 down, with Paul Benson and Dean Dummett netting just before half-time.
By the hour mark Jermaine Osei had put the hosts 3-0 up before Nathan Frater added Bedford’s fourth with 12 minutes remaining.
Sporting’s all-time leading goalscorer Jason Cowley pulled one back in the 78th minute before Osei bagged his second and Bedford’s fifth to complete the scoring a minute later.
“Speaking to the Bedford players afterwards they knew they got away with one,” said Roberts.
“We had so many chances and on another day it could have been us winning 5-1 – it just wasn’t meant to be for us.
“With Brendan away we wanted to get three points for him and I think when we were 2-0 down we were trying a little too hard in the second half.
“We overhyped ourselves and once we went 3-0 down it demoralised the lads like I have never seen before.”
Sporting will be aiming to get back to winning ways tomorrow (Wednesday) night when they make the trip to Corby Town.
Corby dumped Sporting out of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 victory at the Victoria Ground last month and Roberts told the Standard both himself and the rest of his team-mates are keen to avenge that defeat.
“It’s another big game for us but the lads are as confident as ever,” he added.
“The fact we have a game just a few days after the defeat to Bedford means we don’t have to linger on the poor result.
“Corby are a good side and we know them well but we’re going over there to perform and hopefully we can come away with the three points.”