20th Sep, 2019

Taylor heads Sporting past Cambridge to secure second-place

Editorial Correspondent 16th Apr, 2019 Updated: 18th Apr, 2019

BROMSGROVE Sporting guaranteed themselves at least a second place finish in the league table with a 1-0 win over Cambridge City, writes Max Banner.

Tom Taylor’s first half header was enough to not only seal all three points for the Rouslers, but also a runners-up position at worst, after Corby Town’s 4-1 home defeat to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday afternoon.

The opening stages were largely uninspiring, with the only chance of the opening exchanges falling to Cambridge’s Michael Davis, who’s free-kick flew narrowly over the bar.

The only goal of the afternoon arrived 20 minutes into the first half, when Josh Quaynor’s pinpoint corner was guided home by the head of Taylor with deadly accuracy.

Jason Cowley had a couple of chances not long after to double the lead, but keeper Jamie Head was equal to both of them.

The visitors came close to equalising 40 minutes in, when Adam Watkins fired an effort at goal, though he could only direct it straight at Sporting stopper Jono Brown.

John Pykett saw his audacious effort from distance fly well wide ten minutes into the second half, with Cambridge’s best chance of the game coming 20 minutes from the end.

Joshua Oyinsan received the ball inside the box but could only scuff his shot from a promising position.

All the chances thereafter fell to Sporting, but the second goal ultimately proved elusive.

Cowley had a golden opportunity when he nabbed the ball off Head, but he was tackled before being allowed to send the ball into an open goal.

Moments later, some lovely team work between Cameron Peters and Nathan Hayward allowed Richard Gregory to get a shot away inside the area, but it was well saved by the outstretched Head in the away team’s goal.

Kieren Westwood had an effort blocked away by a defender towards the end, whilst Gregory had another shot that went just wide, as Taylor’s header proved the deciding factor between the two sides at full-time.

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