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Sporting power to Lichfield win
10:27am Monday 19th August 2013 in Local
Bromsgrove Sporting 3 Lichfield City 0
THE opening game at the Victoria Ground illustrated the old adage that results matter more than performances.
This game won’t be remembered for flowing football, much of the play consisting of scrappy exchanges in a congested midfield.
Sporting were not at their best but still scored three excellent goals and won comfortably in the end.
Matt Poyner put Sporting ahead on eight minutes with a goal out of the blue, his 20-yard shot catching goalkeeper Johnson out of position and going into the top right hand corner.
Lichfield then began to come into the game with Minto's pace and strength causing real problems.
Their crisp approach play more than once threatened to open up Sporting's defence but poor finishing let them down.
Minto had the best chance, using his strength to get past a defender, before beating a second with an extravagant dummy only to shoot weakly at the goalkeeper.
It was against the run of play that Sporting increased their lead after 38 minutes but it was a fine goal, Jacob Snape’s back heel releasing Will Tibbetts whose low centre was turned in by Poyner.
Sporting’s 2-0 half-time lead might have been considered flattering but showed the importance of taking chances.
After the interval Sporting pressed and Snape had a shot well saved before Tibbetts ran onto a through ball to score with a cool finish.
The game, which had been fiercely competitive from the start, became niggly and bad tempered with the referee showing us his collection of cards.
There were eight yellow cards; four for each side while Lichfield’s Worrall saw red for dissent 12 minutes from time.
In addition one of Lichfield’s coaching staff was ordered from the technical area.
Sporting pressed for the fourth and came close, hitting the post and seeing a defender nearly head into his own goal, the ball spinning wide off a divot like an off-break.
Sporting: Bedford, Mander, Edwards, Taylor, Checketts, Gleadow, Tibbetts, Wilkinson (Gardner, 70), Poyner, Snape (Priest 70), SAshman (Brown 84).
Sub not used: Tom Busby Lichfield: Johnson, Huckfield, Hunt (Houghton 59), Perry, McLeod, Worrall, Leese, Thurstance, Minto, Budd, Evans.
Subs not used - Buckle, Leaver.
Referee: V Koni (Sutton Coldfield) Attendance: 232
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