BOSS Brendan Kelly believes Bromsgrove Sporting’s Southern League Division One Central clash against Welwyn Garden City will be the toughest test of the season so far.
The Hertfordshire side make the long trip to the Victoria Ground on Saturday looking to maintain their positive start to the new season since their promotion from the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.
Welwyn have won four of their opening five league encounters, with Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Yaxley moving them up to third in the table and two points ahead of Sporting.
“Arguably this our toughest test of the season so far as they have done well since coming up from Step Five,” said Kelly.
“They have carried on that continuity of winning games into this season.
“Our lads had a well deserved rest last weekend as they have been working so hard since the start of the new campaign.
“But we’ve had them back in training and we want to carry on our unbeaten run.
“Hopefully our amazing fans can fill the Victoria Ground once again as they really do give us a boost in games like these.”
Kelly will be without star striker Jason Cowley due to a three-game suspension following his red card in the 1-0 defeat to Alvechurch in the Southern League Challenge Cup.
This has led to the Sporting gaffer recalling former Moors Academy star Ashanti Pryce from his spell at West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division outfit Bilston Town Community.
“We are short on options so we need the cover,” added Kelly.
“Ashanti has done really well and deserves his chance for a place in the team so he will be up for selection on Saturday.”
Kelly has also been boosted by the news Walsall loanee Cameron Peters has recovered from a slight hamstring injury.
Although Peters’ loan runs out in mid-November, the striker could be set for a season-long stay.
“I have had no indication yet that Cameron must return to Walsall after the three months are up but it’s something we will discuss when the time comes,” added Kelly.
Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Armstrong has left the Rouslers for Sporting Khalsa, a move which has bemused Kelly.
“I’m really disappointed and surprised with Liam’s decision but I only want people at the club who are here for the right reasons,” he added.