West Brom 1sts Battle Hard

Posted by Steve Bavington on 14 October 2018

13th October 2018: Mens 1st -  West Brom 0 - 3 Bromsgrove 1st

A very strong 16 man Bromsgrove  Squad visited a sadly a West Bromwich squad who struggled to muster a full strength team..

Bromsgrove came into the game in good form having beaten Walsall & Aldridge in their previous game.

West Bromwich battled tirelessly throughout the first half and forced the Bromsgrove keeper into two fantastic saves. Great efforts from Ethan Warner and veteran Neil Fellows.

Brad Frost GK for West Bromwich kept Bromsgrove at bay for the first 25 minutes, but after intense pressure Bromsgrove broke the dead lock with a controversial goal. 

Bromsgrove broke down the left hand side, the Bromsgrove left winger overran the ball and crossed the ball, only to see the ball deflect into the net off a West Bromwich defender. 

West Bromwich to their credit just battled on. With only one substitute who incidently turned up twenty minutes in the first half, had a setback.

Midfielder Vikas Bholpha, seem to twist his ankle and limp off injured. West Bromwich kept going and Bromsgrove knew they were in a game.

Half time 1-0, great defending from Captain Alex White, Ravi Hayer, Paul Moore. They all put their bodies on the line and really put a shift in.

Bromsgrove scored an early goal in the secound half after a strong start. Powerful finish passed the goalkeeper Brad Frost who was unable to do anything about it.

To West Bromwich's credit the younger players went box to box the whole of the second half and all got back behind the ball. Alex Clarke, Shiv Ram Kapoor, Jaggit Singh, Tom Clarke, Steffan Forrest and Ethan Warner showed great quality when in possession and also tireless grit and determination.  With Shiv and Alex having to bolster both defence and midfield this left veteran Neil Fellows to battle on his own up front. Credit to Alex Clarke, Shiv Ram Kapoor,  Tom Clarke they all broke quickly and caused problems to the Bromsgrove defence. The evergreen Neil fellows understandably tired in the second half and with a depleted squad this put more pressure on the West Bromwich team. Vikas Bholpha came back on even though he was carrying an injured ankle with Bromsgrove now piling on the pressure. With West Bromwich average age 8-10 years younger than their opponents, the away teams experience started to show.

Bromsgrove got a late third goal which again looked controversial with a potential ball on foot twice before the shot eventually crossed the the line. 

Alex White led by example and was a deserved man of the match. Brad Frost was again outstanding and deserved a mention in dispatches.

There were more positives then negatives for West Bromwich as on paper Bromsgrove were the stronger experienced team and we're expected to win easily, but the the young guns of  West Bromwich made sure the away team knew this was going to be a hard fought encounter. 

Rocco Mancini President of West Bromwich HC 

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