JASON Cowley’s hat-trick and a Richard Gregory brace helped Bromsgrove Sporting on their way to a 5-0 romp over Thame United, writes Max Banner.
The scoring started three minutes in, as a Cowley shot was palmed away by keeper Craig Hill, but only to the feet of Gregory, who slotted home into an empty net.
Four minutes later it was two, as a Josh Quaynor corner was glanced on by Gregory towards the goal, with the final touch being the outstretched boot of Cowley.
It was almost 3-0 on the 17th minute mark, when Cowley managed to get himself one on one with the keeper, only to see his chipped effort kept out and the rebound blocked away.
The third wouldn’t take long to arrive, when Charlie Dowd played through Cowley in the 22nd minute, who capped off his driving run towards goal with a cool finish past Hill from inside the box.
Sporting’s dominance continued throughout the first half and into the second, with Thame’s best chance at getting on the scoresheet actually coming from the most unlikely source.
Goalkeeper Hill booted the ball forward from his own box – catching a strong drift of wind and being swept menacingly towards the Sporting goal; fortunately Jono Brown was equal to it, tipping it over for a corner.
Gregory notched up the fourth in the 77th minute, receiving a fine Kieren Westwood ball inside the area and slotting home from point blank range.
The demolition job was completed by Cowley in the 90th minute, as he ran onto a pass from Liam Spink, took the ball around keeper Hill before composing himself and slamming into the roof of the net with his shot.
This emphatic win meant that Sporting’s stretched their unbeaten league home run to 12 games, as they continue to occupy second place in the table.
Next up for Sporting is a trip to Yaxley – who currently sit 16th in the table, kick-off on Saturday at 3pm.
Elsewhere at the club, a Q&A session with manager Brendan Kelly and assistant manager Andy Mason is to be held on Tuesday 5th February (7:30pm) in the Rouslers Bar at the Victoria Ground – with fans invited to attend the evening to discuss footballing matters within the club.
The event doubles up as a celebration of Kelly’s anniversary as manager since taking over at Bromsgrove a year ago.