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Sunday, February 08, 2004

Bromsgrove Rovers 1 -1 Mangotsfield Utd.

Disappointing. Very disappointing. Bromsgrove just shaded a dour and drab first half that saw them head in 1-0 up at the break after Steve Frost drove home from the edge of the six-yard box just before the break. Mark Benbow had broken well down the wing before allowing the tired-looking Paul Scewczyk to square it in for Frost to strike. Prior to that had been one of the worst half hours of football that I have seen in many years with both sides failing to create and failing to maintain any pressure on the opposition. George Rooney had bizarrely started Marcus Jackson up-front alonsgide Scewczyk: in my humble opinion he is not physicaly strong enough to maintain this role, as was clear when it was tried earlier in the season, and we lack his nippiness out on the flank.

Things were little better in the second helf with both sides lacking any real cutting edge. Paul Wyatt made several uncharacteristically solid stops towards the midway point but both sides huffed and puffed without looking very threatening. Unfortunately Mr Rooney seemed keen to settle back and try to defend in depth, withdrawing Scewczyk for the 5 foot 2 Atkinson leaving us with no height or strength up-front. Mangotsfield scented blood and could have got it. A stream of cock-ups from Wyatt in the Bromsgrove goal gifted Mangotsfield several chances. One clipped the bar before Seal pounced with the goal at his mercy in the 88th minute.

We looked short on ideas, short on character and physically short in attack as we slip to ninth in the league effective relegation is staring us in the face. rooney must go now before it's too late!


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