Mander backs in-form Sporting to keep run going

First published in Sport

DELIGHTED Bromsgrove Sporting boss Adrian Mander believes his side can maintain their excellent form until the end of the season.

The Rouslers notched up their fifth straight win in the Midland Combination Premier on Saturday with a comfortable 4-0 rout of Pershore Town.

Sporting are unbeaten in nine league matches, cementing their position in second place although they are four points behind leaders Brocton, who have four games in hand.

With eight league matches left and Bromsgrove in the semi-finals of the Premier Challenge Cup, the manager is hoping for a storming end to the season.

He said: “I don’t see a reason why we can’t keep up this form until the end.

“The players are in great shape and everyone is confident.

“Brocton’s destiny is in their own hands but it would be great to finish second and end the season with some silverware.”

Sporting were set to entertain Malvern Town at home last night in the Worcestershire Senior Urn.

They return to action in the league at Alvis Sporting, who they defeated 5-0 at the Victoria Ground only a fortnight ago.

With momentum building at Bromsgrove the fans have also been getting excited.

Mander was quick to praise the supporters after playing two of their last three matches away from home.

He said: “The fans have always been great but I must say we’re also getting more travelling away to support the team and they have a tremendous effect on us.”

Meanwhile, Mander wants to make sure his flying side lays down a marker for the rest next season.

He said: “Wherever we finish in the league it is important that we go into next season with some momentum and we’ve definitely laid the foundations for that if we keep up our current form.”

Victory over Pershore was sealed by a brace for Mark Bellingham, who made it a personal haul of 29 goals for the season, Daniel Ludlow and Chris Russell.

l The Midland Combination and Midland Alliance are set to merge at the end of the season to create a new Midlands Premier League.

It means the Mid Comb Premier will be renamed Division One, with this season’s championships still set to win promotion to the fifth level of the non-league pyramid.

The winners of the Eastern Counties and West Midland Premier Divisions will be promoted into the new Midlands Premier.

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