BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith says this Saturday's clash with Sporting Khalsa will be his side's toughest test of the season so far.

The Rouslers will host Khalsa at the Victoria Ground (3pm kick-off) looking to build on their pleasing start to life in the Midland Football League Premier Division.

Though inconsistent Khalsa sit in 15th place with just one win to their name this term, Smith is under no illusion that their start isn't a true reflection of their ability.

He said: "It'll be our toughest game of the season so far.

"They are a very strong side and they know the league really well and will no doubt be up near the top of the table as soon as they string a few wins together.

"We need to make sure we're at our best.

"We are showing signs that we're starting to find our feet now and everyone is settling down.

"I'm delighted with the points tally so far, especially due to the injuries issues we've had, and we now want to try and build on that."

The Rouslers go into the game on the back of last Saturday's 4-2 win over Rocester.

A brace from Sean Brain and strikes from Robbie Bunn and the returning Wade Malley made sure Sporting took the points.

Sporting stormed to a 3-0 lead before the visitors to the Victoria Ground found a way back.

Smith added: "We started the game well and put a great shift in for half an hour and we looked like we are back to the team of old. It was a pleasure to watch.

"We've then conceded a sloppy goal before half time that has given them hope and they have given us more of a game in the second half.

"In the end we've won it with a great strike and there are a lot of positives to take."

The goal to clinch it came from Wade Malley after he returned to the Rouslers after a move to Northern Premier League side Halesowen Town didn't work out.

Smith explained: "Wade was quick to realise that that it wasn't his cup of tea at Halesowen and that he made a mistake.

"We are happy to have him back and he's agreed to stay with us until the end of the season now.

"He's taken a bit of stick from the lads about his holiday in Halesowen but everything is quickly forgotten when he's scoring goals like the one against Rocester.

"It was also great to see Sean Brain get his goals. He's had to wait for his chance but has taken it with both hands. He's shown the problems he can cause defenders when he's focused and working with the team and he'll be a massive boost for us if he can carry on in that manner."

Reece Hewitt, Joe Ward and Danny Morris are all pushing for a start against Khalsa after overcoming knocks. Star striker Jason Cowley is also nearing full fitness but is still a week away.