HARD-to-please Bromsgrove Sporting boss Paul Smith read the riot act to his players during their 4-1 win over Quorn this week.

Smith admitted to shouting at his players during the half time break as they trailed Quorn 1-0 courtesy of a Dominic Brennan penalty.

A dis-satisfied Smith said: "It was a fiery half time talk to say the least. The teapot, the radio and the water bottles went flying. It was the bluntest half time talk I've given.

"After last week's excellent win over Sporting Khalsa, this was really a case of after the Lord Mayor's Show. I felt we were below par for the entire 90 minutes.

"We'd had two real good training sessions in the week and I really thought we'd be at it - but instead we were lethargic and lacked energy.

"I cannot tolerate inconsistency and I've told the players that. We can't be Jeckyll and Hyde all the time.

"If we're not consistent, then we're not going to win the league. Consistency is the key.

"To be honest, Quorn weren't that great. I sent my players out in the second half with a bit more purpose and we scored within four minutes. I knew that once we'd got one goal, we would go onto win the game.

"But the result has to be put into perspective because Quorn had two players sent off after they'd gone 2-1 down in the second half. From that point, they put all their remaining players behind the ball.

"The only positive to take from the game from my point of view was the result."

Khalsa have now taken over top spot in the Midland Premier Division with Sporting two points adrift in third place - but with the luxury of a game in hand.

Sporting travel to third from bottom Boldmere St Michael on Saturday but Smith warned: "Boldmere have picked up recently. They were bottom not so long ago but have since started winning and we will need to improve to get anything there."

Goalkeeper Brendan Bunn has left Sporting to join Midland League side Littletons, where his father is assistant manager.

Having been first choice keeper with Sporting at the start of the season, Bunn has recently lost his place to Reece Francis.

Smith said: "He's a young lad who wants regular football, which I understand. He's been great for us and goes with my blessing."

At the same time, last season's shotstopper Chris Jay has resumed training after a 12 month absence owing to a groin strain.

Smith added: "'CJ' was class for us last season. He brings plenty of experience and it will be great to him back up and running."