By Richard Scott
This afternoon sees Bromsgrove Sporting play host to Buckland Athletic in the Quarter final of the FA Vase – and a drip to Devon demonstrates their manager’s desire to get the job done!
It’s certainly going to be an interesting fixture at a sold out Victoria Ground with Sporting sitting top of the Midlands Football League and the visitors from the Toolstation Western League third in their table.
Sporting defender Aaron Roberts is taking nothing for granted ahead of the big game – so much so his boss has been putting in the miles to make sure they have every chance.
He said: “They are a good side and have won 14 games on the bounce and unbeaten in 17 games, so we won’t be to take them lightly.
“We thought Bristol Manor Farm were a good side when we played them in the last round, they sit top of that league, and they actually beat Bristol, so we all know we are in for a tricky game on Sunday.”
Sporting boss Paul Smith is leaving nothing to chance on Sunday’s tie and he personally has been to watch the opposition beforehand.
Having made the long journey from the Midlands to Devon in the hope of giving his side the advantage.
Roberts said: “Our manager is really into football and looks after us well.
“He went to watch them last week in a round trip that I think was 320 miles round trip to watch them and he has had scouts watch them.
“So we have covered them properly.”
It worked for The Rouslers in the last round as Smith had been to check out the opposition before playing them and that worked like a treat for his men as they ran out 2-1 winners at home.
Roberts said: “It’s good because when we played Bristol Manor Farm in the last round.
“He went and had them watched and it gave him his team talk.
“We knew their team before we went out to play them and he got it all spot on and it gave us an advantage.”
There will be a packed house at Bromsgrove on Sunday as the game is a complete sell out meaning there will be 3,000 people inside the Victoria ground to watch the game.
A number of the player’s families will be there as well to cheer on the Midlands Football League side.
Roberts said: “We get good crowds every week especially when we are at home.
“But this has taken it to the next level.
“It’s a great step in the right direction for the club and I know a lot of my friends and family are coming to the game, who don’t normally come and I know it’s the same for a few of the lads.”