Bromsgrove Sporting 5, Castle Vale JKS 1
SPORTING enjoyed another convincing home win in the Midland Combination Premier on Saturday as they strolled to victory.
The conditions were energy sapping and not ideal for football and Sporting were never quite at their fluent best but they were, however, more than good enough to beat hard working but limited opponents.
They had to come from behind too. After Sporting kicked off and dominated the early possession Castle Vale scored with their first attack after eight minutes.
This was a poor goal from a defensive point of view as chances to break up the attack were missed and a low right wing centre was allowed to reach Nathan McBean at the far post. He finished with a firm shot.
Ten minutes of frustration followed, with Sporting building up too slowly and Castle Vale quick to get men behind the ball.
But after 21 minutes the leveller came and owed much to the persistence of Danny Deehan who with nothing seemingly on, held the ball and looked for an opening before finding Chrisi Conway with a well-disguised pass.
The hitman turned and scored inside the near post.
Three minutes later Sporting were in front as James Blake headed in Jon Rogers’ fine right wing centre.
From this point onwards Sporting controlled the game and Castle Vale began to look ragged.
After 35 minutes a cross was floated in from the right and Keith Draper Jr sauntered past three motionless defenders to head in from a couple of yards.
That completed the first half scoring although Aaron Roberts, Luke Dugmore and Joe Lodge all went close.
Defensive dozing at the other end allowed Roy Dunkley a free header from a corner that went just wide.
The second half was pretty uneventful. Sporting were well on top while Castle Vale dug in to keep the score down.
Chris Bright added a fourth just after the hour when keeper Chris Burkett made a hash of dealing with Conway’s shot.
Bright again turned provider on 81 minutes playing through to Roberts who was brought down in the penalty area. Conway stepped up to send the penalty kick Sergio Ramos style into the western approaches to Birmingham Airport.
The fifth goal finally arrived in injury time, with Dugmore’s shot taking a big deflection.
The most encouraging aspect of the win was an impressive attendance, 312, exactly 100 more than for the opening game against Pelsall four weeks ago.
Sporting have scored 15 times in four home games - and missed two penalties - but an expectation of goals will keep on enticing the fans back.
Sporting. Francis, Roberts, Deehan, Parker, Mike Thurbon, Dugmore, Rogers (Blake-Walker 77), BLAKE, Conway, Lodge (Brookes 65), Draper (Bright 43) Subs not used: Baker, Chris Thurbon Castle Vale JKS: Burkett, Acton, Lung, Smith, Obi, Duxberry (Boyce 75), Richardson, Goodby, Fitzgerauld (Barfield 28), Dunkley, McBean Referee Mr S Lane (Sheldon). Attendance: 312