BROMSGROVE Sporting continued their pre-season preparations with a fine victory over Kidderminster Harriers.

The Rouslers are busy getting ready for life in the Southern League Central and dug in deep to seal a 1-0 win at Aggborough last Saturday.

Joe Hull’s goal four minutes from time was enough to settle a game that saw chances at a premium.

Harriers fielded a strong side that included the likes of Declan Weeks, Ryan Johnson and Cliff Moyo.

In a quiet first half, Ed Williams went closest for Harriers with a free-kick that sailed narrowly wide, while Milan Butterfield also saw a firm volley well blocked.

The decisive goal came in the final moments, keeper Tom Palmer unable to get a hand to a looping header from Hull as diverted the ball into the corner after the ball was put back into the box following a later Sporting corner.

Boss Bren Kelly was pleased with the way his side's defensive capabilities came to the fore against Harriers.

He said: "It was a really hard and difficult workout for us on a big pitch and a hot day.

"I was pleased with the result against a full time side that kept the ball really well.

"We had to be defensively good and keep our shape and we did exactly that and limited them to only a few chances.

"We had our backs to the wall at times but it was great to nick a goal at the end. That overall performance really sets the standard for us now." Sporting are due to take on Boldmere St Michaels on Tuesday night before hosting Wakefield on Thursday and taking on Worcester City on Saturday.

"I'll be making changes when we play Boldmere this week and there will only be four or five included from Saturday," added Kelly. "It was a hard game and we'll look at a few other players.

"We still have a lot of friendly games coming up and a lot of work to do."