Sporting stun Stafford with injury time strikes

Stafford Town 1, Bromsgrove Sporting 2

TWO injury-time strikes ensured 10-man Sporting bagged an all-important victory over Stafford Town in the Midland Combination Premier Division.

The Rouslers had been trailing to Chris Morris’ goal and had seen Chris Gleadow sent off but dramatic goals for Matt Ross and Nick Harris in the 92 and 94 minures respectivelty turned the game around.

There was little to choose between the two sides early as they matched each other for possession though Sporting had the better of the chances.

James Turk had a good effort cleared of the line on the fifth minute while 12 minutes the lively Elliot Nash saw his shot blocked by Chris Morris.

It was Morris who broke the deadlock on the 33rd minute, firing home through a crowded box after his initial free-kick had bounced back to him off the wall.

Sporting came out for the second half looking more energetic and fired up but they suffered a setback in the 52nd minute when Gleadow was red carded for a high challenge on Morris.

But the visiting side raised their game and searched for a goal to get back into the game.

Nash, Keith Draper and Andy Nicol also saw good efforts come to nothing while Aaron Roberts' overlapping runs from right-back were posing a constant threat to the Stafford defence.

With just a minute of normal time left, Andy Nicol forced Stafford 'keeper Sam Winstanley into a low save but it was after the 90 minutes that the excitement began.

With two minutes of added time played, Nash chipped over a cross from near the left-hand corner post.

This floated to Matt Ross waiting at the far post who seized his opportunity firing home from a few yards out to even up the scoreline.

Fair enough, a point in such circumstances would be gratefully taken but there was more to come a couple of minutes later.

Sporting won a free-kick just on the edge of the Stafford penalty area.

Harris was expected to bend it over the wall but instead he saw a gap and hit it along the floor, tucking the ball into the corner of the Stafford net to give his side a dramatic and unexpected victory.

Stafford: Winstanley, Bennett, Woodward (Price, 63), Dockerty, Gunnell, Fox, Reid, Morris, McMahon, Evans (Bailey, 79), Johns (Hulme, 60).

Subs not used: Wild, Cresswell.

Sporting: Savage, Roberts, Parker, Martin ( Blake-Walker, 71), Gleadow, Harris, Draper Jnr, Turk (Ross, 41), Nicol, Morrison (Lodge, 79, Nash.

Subs not used: Adam Humphries, Luke Dugmore.

Meanwhile, Bromsgrove’s reserves beat Atherstone Town Reserves 3-1 to keep up their winning run.

In December they again won the Reserves Division Two team of the month award.

They take on Racing Club Warwick away (2pm ko).

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