BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly believes his side showed real character to claim a 2-1 win over Peterborough based side Yaxley this week.

The Rouslers responded after going an early goal down by defending for all their worth, especially after being reduced to 10 men for the last half hour.

Kelly confirmed: "I wondered after going a goal down whether we'd stand up and be counted.

"Then when Charlie Dowd was dismissed for two yellow cards we faced a real test of character - but we produced a real defensive master class.

"We kept our shape and discipline against a Yaxley side who were really dangerous and much better than their league position suggests. But we stuck to our basics, which was very pleasing.

"In training, we try and prepare for all types of situations and when we went down to 10, I took off a striker and reshuffled people around. The players stuck to their task and now everyone knows what Tom Taylor is all about since arriving from the Welsh League".

Kelly also praised the contribution made by striker Jason Cowley who equalised for the Rouslers on 17 minutes.

Kelly added: "Jason is getting back to his best form and he's reached a stage where he just needs to get his head down.

"there's been a great deal of speculation about his future, but at the moment he just needs to get games under his belt.

"He loves it at Bromsgrove and proved a real handful, together with Richard Gregory, they would give any defence a hard time.

Gregory went onto net the decisive goal from a 56th minute penalty making him the league's leading marksman with 10 goals this term.

The Rouslers remain second in the Southern League Central Division One and will look to close the gap on leaders Corby Town when they travel to face North Leigh in Oxfordshire.

Kelly said: "Richard got the monkey off his back with the penalty, having missed from his previous two penalty attempts".