Draper cool on title talk

First published in Sport

BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Keith Draper has not ruled out a title challenge in the Midland Combination Premier Division.

The Rouslers cemented their place as an in-form team after stunning leaders Littleton with a 3-0 away win.

That was the second time this campaign Bromsgrove had won at the leaders after defeating Walsall Wood in September.

Draper admitted such victories had started to change expectations at the newly-promoted club, who had been targeting a top six finish.

He said: “I would like to think we will have a say in who wins the title now.

“I think we’ll have a better idea at the start of January if we’re in a position to go for the league.

“But belief is a massive thing and the players are all very confident.

“There’s a buzz around the ground and dressing room and if we can keep our feet on the ground, avoid big injuries and have a bit of luck who knows what will happen.”

Draper was full of praise for his Sporting players as they recorded their second win over Littleton in as many weeks to make it just one loss in 10 games.

“We wanted to keep things a bit tighter, so we changed the formation,” said the manager. “Littleton were top of the table on merit but we thoroughly deserved to win.”

Sporting also handed a debut to former Alvechurch midfielder Elliott Nash, who signed for the club last week.

The Rouslers, who played Stafford in the league last night, face bottom side Blackwood Town at home on Saturday (3pm ko). This is followed by three away trips in a row to Bloxwich, Earlsdon and Brocton.

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