RAZOR sharp striker Richard Gregory continued his remarkable scoring spree by netting twice for Bromsgrove Sporting this week as they secured a 3-0 win at Shawbury United to cement their place on top of the Midland League.

Gregory has now grabbed 17 goals in 13 games and Bromsgrove Sporting boss Paul Smith said: "He's on fire at the moment and has scored in 10 consecutive games.

"For far too long, we were relying on Jason Cowley to score, but the pair together are proving a real handful.

"Although Jason isn't scoring so many, his work-rate is remarkable and when you throw in the contribution from Sean Brain, it's easy to see why we've been playing so well.

"It means that my other striker Wade Malley has been forced to sit on the bench, but his attitude has been spot-on.

"His chances of playing have been at a premium, but every week in training, Wade pushes the others to the point where they have to play well to keep their places."

Smith confirmed this week that he was still looking to add to his squad after it was revealed that both Reece Hewitt and Sam Wills had been ruled out of playing for the time being.

Hewitt has been struggling to shake off a hip injury, while Wills is taking a break from football.

The return of Ahmed Ali has proved a ready made replacement for Wills while Smith is still trying to cover the gap created by Hewitt's absence.

Smith tried to tempt Studley's Chris Cowley to join Sporting but was turned down, he added: "I've still got three more irons in the fire which I'm talking to and hopefully one of them will come on board.

"But I won't bring in players just for the sake of it. They have to buy into what I'm trying to do.

"In the meantime, I told all my players before the game against Rugby that every remaining match is like a cup final. It was 18 games at that point, now it's down to 16 and they have to treat every one as though it's their last game.

"This season's Midland League is the strongest it has been for years and there are still five outstanding sides who I believe could still win it.

"That's why we cannot afford any let-up at the moment."