A GOAL in either half by Ethan Hanks and Sam Wills was enough to take Sporting Bromsgrove through to the semi-final of the Smedley-Crooke Cup at the expense of Earlswood Town.
The visitors had five ex-Town players in their ranks and showed why were they were sitting second in the Midland Division One by coming away from Earlswood with a 2-0 win on Saturday.
Earlswood are certainly showing improvement since Keith Green and Gerry Corrigan took charge and had plenty of the midfield possession but were pegged back mid-way inside the Bromsgrove half and did not really trouble the Bromsgrove keeper Chis Jay.
Play was mainly confined to midfield for the first 15 minutes with Danny Rushe in the Earlswood goal being the busier of the two keepers.
In the 17th minute Rushe had to come way off his line to cut deny Sam Wills before the visitors took the lead two minutes later when a cross shot was deflected out by Rushe to the feet of the oncoming Ethan Hands who was in the right spot to fire the ball home.
Bromsgrove were on the attack again in the 39th minute and a good shot from one of their forwards saw Rushe push the ball out for a corner off the post and towards the end of the half a free kick by skipper Tom Keogh sailed over the wall but it was easily dealt with by the Sporting keeper.
The first ten minutes of the second half was pretty even with both teams creating chances but Earlswood found it difficult to break down Bromsgrove’s defence and they never really looked like disturbing the visiting goalkeeper.
Instead the visitors were able to increase their lead 18 minutes from time with former Earlswood striker Sam Wills getting on the scoresheet.