BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly admitted to being devastated this week over Aaron Roberts’ decision to leave the Rouslers.

His departure resulted after Roberts was left out of last Saturday’s side which beat Welwyn Garden City 3-0 in Evo Stik Division One Central.

Kelly made four changes to the side which beat North Leigh but revealed: “It was a real dilemma. Even up to 2pm, I didn’t know what side to pick."

Kelly finally opted to bring in Richard Gregory for Cameron Peters, while Charlie Dowd came in for Dan O’Sullivan.

He also chose Nathan Hayward ahead of Jake Heath while Tom Taylor replaced Roberts.

Kelly said: “I knew whatever side I picked, there was going to be four disappointed players and it gets very difficult to explain to them why they’ve been left out when they’ve done nothing wrong.

“Some managers would envy me that I’ve got these type of problems, but it’s entirely about results at this stage of the season.

“No one is guaranteed a place in the side and I’m devastated by Aaron’s decision to move on. I did not want him to leave.

“Aaron has played over 200 games for Bromsgrove Sporting and has been an integral part of their rise through the ranks. But we’ve spoken this week and he felt it was the right time for him to move on.

“He came into the side for the past couple of games and played really well, which made the decision to leave him out extremely difficult.

“I’m sure he won’t be short of offers and I’ve told Aaron that the door will always be open for him here."

Kelly now turns his attentions to Saturday’s showdown with Corby Town at the Victoria Ground.

The fixture is effectively a contest for second place with the Rouslers holding a healthy six point advantage over their rivals.

But Kelly hasn’t lost sight of overtaking league leaders Peterborough Sports and added: “We will keep going in the belief we can catch them until it becomes mathematically impossible.

“Corby are the only side we haven’t beaten in the league this season but we go into the game on a great run of form having won our last seven games”.

Saturday’s clash with Corby also has the potential to break the Rouslers' crowd record for a league fixture.

Kelly went on: “We had around 1600 supporters for the Boxing Day game against Sutton Coldfield Town but we would be hoping to eclipse that total."