BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly will have his work cut out this week bringing his players back down to earth after they put an astonishing eight goals past AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

It followed their 5-0 blitzing of Bedworth United to make it 13 goals in the past two games.

No wonder Kelly was beaming this week when he claimed: "We were better than Rushden all over the park. I believe it was their biggest defeat since they reformed."

Rushden didn't help their cause by having two players sent off - but Kelly insisted his Rouslers were already well in charge before the dismissals arrived.

Man of the match Michael Taylor thumped home four of the goals to follow up his hat-trick against Bedworth, taking his tally to seven since arriving from local rivals Stourbridge.

Kelly said: "I tried to sign Michael in the summer, but he'd already committed himself to Stourbridge.

"For whatever reason, it didn't work out for him and he got back in touch with me to ask if I was still interested.

"He has attributes that other players don't have and against Rushden, he was absolutely unplayable."

Kelly added: "To be fair, the first half against Rushden was real end-to-end football. But we were leading 3-2 when they had a player sent off for stamping on Josh Quaynor.

"They lost another player for an horrific challenge on Charlie Dowd. It was a real leg-breaker and Charlie was lucky to come away from it unscathed."

Dowd went onto have the last laugh by netting two more goals with Jack Wilson and Nathan Hayward also on the mark.

Kelly believes the display against Rushden will do his Rouslers a power of good, he explained: "We've played seven of the top eight sides in this division and there's been no huge gulf between us. It's just that we've not been putting the ball into the net.

"We needed to do something after the dismal display against Needham Market, when for the last 30 minutes we were unrecognisable."

Kelly will want more of the same when Sporting travel to Hitchin this Saturday, the hosts currently marooned in the bottom three.

Liam Spink remains on the injury list while Cameron Peters continues his loan spell at home town club Westfields.

And Kelly also confirmed that he declared his interest in out of favour Stourbridge marksman Greg Mills.

THE Rouslers certainly enjoyed their return trip from Rushden.

Kelly explained: "We had a coach that was luxurious to say the least. It had a kitchen at the back of it complete with a couple of ovens and a fridge. I think it must have been given to us in error."