BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly claimed the euphoria over this week's 5-0 thrashing of Thame United turned out to be short-lived.

Jason Cowley cracked home a hat-trick while strike partner Richard Gregory grabbed two more.

It takes Gregory's tally for the season to 21 leaving him joint top scorer with Corby's Elliot Sandy in the Southern League Central Dibision one, while Cowley is currently on the 18 goal mark.

Kelly confirmed: "The pair are a real force to reckon with and their goal ratio speaks for itself. They just get better!

A delighted Kelly added: "It was a complete performance against Thame - our best performance this year.

"It wasn't so much the goals, as I was more pleased with the fact we managed to keep a clean sheet and that our decision making was so much better than in the previous game.

"With a great crowd of 916, it had all the makings of a real good day - but then I had players banging on my door wanting to know why they weren't playing.

"I'd made a couple of changes and my decisions were vindicated by the result.

Thame had given us a real good game at their place and I was expecting a real tough battle. But we scored twice in the first seven minutes and never gave Thame a chance to get into the game".

However, Kelly confirmed that recent recruit Michael McGrath had chosen to leave the club this week.

Kelly explained: "Michael spoke to me last week and stated that he wanted to play in midfield.

"He'd been happy to do a job for me at centre half.

"But the midfield pairing of Nathan Haywood and Josh Quaynor have been playing really well and it would be both unwarranted and unfair to leave either one of them out.

"I can't guarantee anyone a place in the side.

"Paul Smith heard that Michael was unhappy and asked for permission to speak with him.

"As a result, Michael has moved to Redditch where I think Paul Smith believes he's a ready made replacement for the departed Ahmed Ali.

"I wish Michael well and I waived the seven days notice. Sometimes things just don't work out.

"I've got plenty of cover as Craig Jones, Jack Wilson, Aaron Roberts and Tom Rankine could all play in Michael's position, I could even move Kieron Westwood to play left back if required".

The Rouslers travel to Peterborough based Yaxley this Saturday which could well prove Walsall loanee Cameron Peters final appearance as his situation is likely to be reviewed after the game.

Kelly has also placed John Pykett out on loan with neighbours Stourport Swifts, purely to get games under his belt.

Meanwhile, Sporting boss Brendan Kelly will be hosting and Question and Answer session at the club next Tuesday night , February 5, starting at 7.30pm. The event coincides with Kelly's first anniversary in charge.