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Sporting look to shore up defence
5:00pm Friday 19th October 2012 in Local
MANAGER Keith Draper believes Bromsgrove Sporting will have to tighten up for Saturday’s visit to Midland Combination leaders Littleton.
The Rouslers will be hoping to make it three wins in a row at Five Acres but will have to stop the flow of goals they have conceded on their travels.
Sporting let in four at Southam and three at Coventry Copsewood in recent trips but they go into the game with their confidence boosted after last Tuesday’s 2-0 home win over Littleton in the Worcestershire Senior Urn.
Bromsgrove built on that with a 5-2 victory over Racing Club Warwick on Saturday, inspired by a devastating three-minute hat-trick by Chris Morrison.
“It has been a really good week,” said Draper. “It was great to see Chris get off the mark for us, it was all about his pace and power.
“He’s been out because of weddings and injuries over the last few weeks but was devastating when he came on.
“We’ll have to treat Littleton with respect, they’re a good side and deserve to be top.
“I think we’ll have to tighten things up in defence, we’ve let in too many goals on our travels so it’s an area we need to work on.”
Bromsgrove then entertain Stratford Town in the league on Tuesday night (7.45pm ko).
Meanwhile, Draper hailed a youthful platoon of supporters who have roared on the Rouslers in recent games.
The group, know as Block D because of the area in the Victoria Ground they congregate, have came out in force.
The manager added: “We had 20 of them at Littleton but by Saturday they had doubled in size. They were singing proper songs, the sort of stuff you would hear in the Premier League but with the names of Sporting players instead.”
Meanwhile, fifth-placed Fairfield Villa remain hot on the heels of the top four in Division One after seeing off Cadbury 2-1 on Saturday thanks to goals for Adam Pillinger and Stuart Hall.
Villa go to Racing Club Warwick Reserves on Saturday (3pm ko).
Droitwich Spa lost 3-1 at home to West Midlands Police and will be looking for revenge at Tally Ho on Saturday (3pm ko).