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Our unbeaten run now stretches for seven games following our entertaining victory over Bromsgrove Rovers, which could have gone either way until the winning goal two minutes from time.

Peter Scott

Our unbeaten run now stretches for seven games following our entertaining victory over Bromsgrove Rovers, which could have gone either way until the winning goal two minutes from time.

Rovers' keeper Jimmy Dormand, who apparently has just been sold to Sheffield Wednesday, put in a performance worthy of a higher standard and kept us at bay on several occasions.

Having said that, they hit the bar and post in a three-minute spell in the second half before we opened the scoring on 58 minutes.


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A well constructed move involving Richard Howell and Kevin Hawes was finished off by Piers Wixon. Rovers drew level on 80 minutes, bundling in a well taken corner but then up popped Richard Howell to smash in our winner.

The final whistle was greeted with a big cheer as our supporters showed their relief at winning after four straight home draws.

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Chris Tracey played most of the game and gave his usual 100% performance as we were missing Sheridan Driver and Curtis Haynes-Brown. Ben Griffiths, who played wide left, put in a useful performance, but it was Nathan Speed in, for him, an unfamiliar role as sweeper, who rightly was named man of the match by sponsors Friends of Bures Festival.

The good people of Bromsgrove accepted defeat very well. Comments on their website included “the club was a very nice set-up and I was impressed with the ground and with their plans for improvements” and “a friendly club … in fact everything that is good about non-League football”.

On the player front, David Hawes, who is a robust forward and a cousin of Kevin, has signed, as Nick Smith and Chris continue to build for the future.

Having been told that Monday night's game against Aylesbury was definitely on at midday without any reservations, three hours later it was called off and, hopefully, none of our supporters made a needless journey. The game is being rearranged for Wednesday, April 1.

We have two tough games coming up. On Saturday, fourth-placed Leighton Town visit King's Marsh Stadium and then on Tuesday we host Chasetown, who are fifth. If we are to have any real chance of creeping into the play-offs, then we do need to take maximum points from these two games.

On Saturday the Reserves travel to Harwich & Parkeston in the Ridgeons Reserve League.

At the weekend our Under-11 Blues went to Braintree Town and lost 6-1 but our side was depleted through injuries and sickness. Gartland scored our goal. Our ladies travelled to Brantham Athletic and, in one of their toughest games of the season, were unlucky to lose 1-0. They play the same team at home at Delphi, 2pm on Sunday.

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