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Draper is aiming for some positive vibes
5:54pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Sport
MANAGER Keith Draper wants Bromsgrove Sporting to blow away the dark clouds which have been hovering over the club in recent weeks.
The Rouslers have been in the doldrums after back-to-back Midland Combination defeats to Littleton and Nuneaton Griff which have severely dented their hopes of keeping the top spot in the Midland Combination Premier Division.
With the weekend’s game at Pelsall Villa called off because of a waterlogged pitch the chance to get back on track was washed away.
But Sporting can restore some positive vibes when they take on fifth-placed Coventry Copsewood at the Victoria Ground on Saturday (3pm ko).
Draper is himself feeling refreshed after a week’s holiday abroad, his first break from football in nearly a decade.
He said: “I’ve come back feeling refreshed and a lot more positive.
“It has given me a chance to think about everything that has gone on recently.
“We cannot win the league but we set out at the start of the season to finish in the top 10 and seal our places in the FA Vase competitions and go on a cup run.
“We’re in two semi-finals, we’re not mid-table or even in the bottom half of the table so there is plenty to be positive about.”
Sporting suffered a setback when club captain and defender Nick Martin decided to call it a day last week.
Bromsgrove have been given a boost as defender Tom Elder is available to play until the end of the season.
The former Alvechurch man had been absent because of work commitments but has agreed to return to action.
Striker Chris Morrison successfully played in central defence for the reserves at the weekend to give them another option at the back.
Sporting have also drafted in midfielder Bradley Whitehouse from Bartley Green.
Meanwhile, Jon Prescott and Dave Stephens have been named as associate directors on Sporting’s board. They are joined by Joe Ford and Rob Birch.