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Mander ready to face Bees
1:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Adie Mander has said he would welcome former joint boss Graham Scott back to the club as he prepares to go head-to-head with his old managerial partner this weekend.
The Rouslers will be aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-2 FA Vase loss at Westfields when they resume the Midland Combination Premier at in-form Studley on Saturday (3pm ko).
In a quirk of coincidence, the Bees will be guided by Scott, who resigned from his position as Mander’s managerial partner last week and then took the role as number two under good friend Paul Smith at Studley.
But with Smith away on holiday, Scott comes up against his former club.
Mander said: “It is weird how the fixtures throw up this coincidences but there’s no bad blood between Graham and anyone at the club.
“He’s an absolutely brilliant bloke who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes at Bromsgrove and I was sorry to see him go.
“I said to him if he was available again we’d love to have him back in some capacity, perhaps on the board or behind the scenes.
“Graham was the man who brought me to Sporting and I will always have a lot of time for him.”
Sporting will be hoping striker Ricardo Richards recovers from a hamstring injury sustained in Saturday’s Vase defeat, a match which featured four penalties.
Bromsgrove had taken the lead in the third minute courtesy of a Sam Wilkinson penalty after Richards had been brought down in the box.
Jamie Insall levelled it up for the hosts from the spot after a Luke Darby handball.
Jamie Cuss fired Westfields into the lead but Wilkinson slotted home his second penalty to make it 2-2.
But there was penalty pain late on when the referee handed Westfields the decisive kick after a bout of shirt pulling.
Mander said: “Our first penalty was correct but I am not sure why the referee gave the other three if I am honest, there didn’t seem to be much in them.
“We weren’t at our best but I would have been happy to draw the game 2-2 and take Westfields back to the Victoria Ground for a replay.”
Sporting, lost to Littleton 2-0 last night, have rescheduled their Worcestershire Senior Urn clash at home to Bewdley for Tuesday, November 12 (7.45pm ko).
Bromsgrove also handed a debut to defender Joseph Cole, who had been playing for Sunday League side Bartley Green. Daniel Morris will be available for Saturday’s game at Studley after serving a one-match ban.
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