BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly confirmed his early fears were dispelled as the Rouslers proved rampant 4-0 winners at Bedfordshire side Kempston Rovers this week.

Kelly's preparations came undone while en route to Kempston when Danny Morris fell ill on the coach.

It meant Kelly having to make changes as Michael McGrath was drafted into central defence to partner Tom Taylor.

With the selection scare solved, Kelly feared the poor weather conditions would work in Kempston's favour.

But Kelly admitted: "The pitch was decent, in fact Kempston had a really nice set-up.

"They've been on a bad run of results and I feared the pitch might have been a leveller".

But an early goal from Richard Gregory got the Rouslers into their stride before Charlie Dowd despatched a second before half time.

Two more goals from Jason Cowley settled the issue but Kelly admitted: "It could have easily been seven as we missed some real easy chances - but I'm happy with four on the road and a clean sheet.

"We're going in the right direction but I still think that Peterborough, Corby and Bedford still remain a big threats.

"I think we were just glad to get into the changing rooms at half time. We were like a bunch of penguins, all huddled round.

"We must have taken 55 to 60 supporters who braved the cold and some of them were still shaking in the bar afterwards. But at least we gave them something to warm themselves up!

But Kelly was less impressed with the manner in which the Rouslers got knocked out of the Worcestershire Senior Urn.

Sporting lost their semi-final clash with tenants Worcester City by a 3-2 margin and Kelly admitted: "The damage was done early as Worcester went 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes.

"I brought some of the big guns on at half time, but by that stage, it was too late.

"I made six changes to the side and gave players an opportunity which they didn't take.

"I'm hoping to make two or three new signings, because I think it's important to try and keep strengthening.

"In addition to that, Tom Rankin has returned following a spell in the USA and is now available having originally signed for us in the summer.

"It would take my squad to around 23 to 24 players, which will present one or two problems - but nice problems to have.

"At the same time, I'm not looking to get rid of anyone at the moment!

The Rouslers look to continue their title charge this Saturday when they travel to Cambridge City.