BROMSGROVE boss Bren Kelly admits defensive errors are holding his side back this season.

Sporting were pegged back in the closing stages as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Hitchin last Saturday.

It looked like the Rouslers were heading for three valuable away points when striker Shaquille McDonald fired home a fine free-kick with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

However, defensive frailties cost them once more as Dan Webb crashed in a last-ditch header to level at Top Field.

Kelly said: "We came away from the game deflated and frustrated.

"Once again certain instructions weren't followed and we're not learning enough from the bad things we do.

"It's becoming a real problem for us now and something we need to put right very quickly.

"We are learning some things as the season goes on but it is individual mistakes that are continuing to cost us.

"I have counted eight goals now that we have gifted teams we have played. You can't coach it, can't legislate for it and it mainly comes down to decision making.

"Sometimes you just have to clear your lines and regroup and reset, even though you want to play nice football.

"Our defenders need to start taking enjoyment from proper defending again.

"The result means there is more on Tuesday night now and on Saturday.

"It's really disappointing and hopefully the players are hurting because they need to react and go again."

Sporting are set to face leaders Hednesford at home on Tuesday night before eighth-placed Nuneaton visit the Victoria Ground on Saturday (3pm).

Kelly did save praise for McDonald's thunderbolt free-kick, adding: "The free-kick was brilliant and he did well to keep his technique and keep balance on his standing leg in difficult, slippy conditions. It was a great strike and one that should have won us the game."

Sporting are sweating on the fitness of Leon Broadhurst ahead of Saturday after he picked up a hamstring strain at Hitchin.

Liam Spink remains sidelined with a recurring ankle problem.