AFCW 0 Bromsgrove Sporting 2

With Richard Forsyth stepping down as manager on Monday, former manager Steve Palmer stepped back into the hot seat, assisted by Tim Tipton, as AFC Wulfrunians went down 2-0 at home to promotion chasing Bromsgrove Sporting.


Palmer’s second stint in charge couldn’t have got off to a worse start as the visitors opened up a two goal lead in the opening ten minutes.


In the 6th minute John Bateman could only parry Sam Wills’ fierce left-footed shot from the edge of the area into the path of Richard Gregory who made no mistake from a couple of yards out.


And four minutes later it was 2-0 when Sean Brain nicked possession in the middle of the park and exchanged passes with Jason Cowley before racing clear and firing low into the far corner of the net.


Despite their blistering start, Sporting’s tempo faded somewhat but were still well in control as it took Wulfrunians until the 36th minute to bring visiting keeper Reece Francis into action.


Jake Webb managed to find himself with just the keeper to beat but Francis denied the No.10 on the edge of area.


Five minutes later the industrious Brain came close to adding a third for Sporting but his shot back across goal flew wide of the near post as the visitors went into the break with a healthy 2-0 lead.


By contrast, the second half was not as action-packed as the first, with both teams lacking a bit of quality in the final third.


Gregory, Cowley and Brain looked a lively trio up top and the latter forced a fine save from Bateman at his near post eight minutes into the second period.


Try as he might, Cowley could not get himself on the scoresheet and his luck was out when a sumptuous lobbed effort with 22 minutes remaining hit the underside of the bar before bouncing on the wrong side of the line and cleared from danger.


And Gregory probably should have grabbed his 2nd goal of the game for Sporting with five minutes to go but he could only slice wide from ten yards out after Bateman initially kept out Cowley’s free-kick.


Although Wulfrunians did not really offer much, they did well to not capitulate after conceding two quick-fire goals and showed a spirit that will hopefully serve them well between now and the end of the season.