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Palmer tips Sporting to impress as they make a winning start
9:30am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Local
LES Palmer believes Bromsgrove Sporting are looking good for the start of the Midland Combination Premier.
The coach is confident a completely new squad is strong enough in all departments to mount a title challenge.
The Rouslers kicked-off the 2013-14 campaign on Tuesday night with a 4-0 win over Southam United as Will Tibbetts bagged a brace.
Jacob Snape and Stefan Ashman also scored to sealed a perfect start for Sporting.
New addition Ricardo Richards is the only injury worry for Sporting as he looks set to be out for two weeks with a groin injury.
With expectations high that Sporting can build on last season’s top six finish and challenge for the top spot the pressure could be on the Victoria Ground club but Palmer, who scored goals in front of big crowds for the now defunct Bromsgrove Rovers, does not think the players will be fazed.
He said: “Considering we’ve had to build a new team I think we are looking good.
“We are strong at the back, have some excellent midfielders and with the addition of Ricardo we’ve got a real goal threat. I also think we’ll be the fittest team in the division.”
Sporting completed their pre-season programme in style last Thursday as they defeated Cadbury Athletic 5-1 in a friendly.
Richards bagged a brace, while Lewis Clark, Daniel Priest and Seb Craven also hit the back of the net.
Palmer also admitted there was no hesitation to return to his former stomping ground. The striker scored Rovers’ fastest goal when he struck after six seconds against Oadby Town in in 2002.
He is now part of the back room staff with Duane Darby and goalkeeping coach Matt Lowe, with Graham Scott and Ade Mander joint managers.
“I’ve so many happy memories playing for Rovers. This is a new club but after speaking with the chairman I did not hesitate.”
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