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We look at who The Yeltz will be taking on in the 2023/24 season, Next up is Bromsgrove Sporting

Full name: Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club

Website: Bromsgrove Sporting

Founded: 2009, after Bromsgrove Rovers folded

Stadium: The Victoria Ground

Surface: Grass

Distance from the Grove: 11 Miles

2022/23 finish: 18th in the Southern League Central Premier

Manager(s): Michael McGrath

Head to Head: The last time both clubs met was back in 2018 in a pre-season friendly, meaning this season will be the first time the clubs meet in a competitive match. 

Their History

Bromsgrove Sporting club was founded in 2009 as a supporters consortium with the plan to buy Bromsgrove Rovers, and to take that football club out of administration

The 2018-19 season saw The Rouslers finish in second place to Peterborough Sports, but after winning the Division One Central Play-Off Semi-final against Sutton Coldfield 3-2 AET and the Final against Corby Town 4-3 AET in front of a crowd of 2,943 at the Victoria Ground, Sporting were once again promoted, to the Southern League Premier Central Division, for the 2019-20 season. The Southern League curtailed fixtures for that season following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Sporting were in 4th place in the Division at that point with 10 matches remaining unplayed. Season 2020-21 was also curtailed, after just eight league matches, for the same reason. However Sporting did manage to secure the Red Recruitment Trophy, a one-off local initiative played between Worcestershire-based Non-League Step 3 teams, beating Alvechurch 1-0 in the Final in May 2021. 

Season 2021-22 (the club's 12th season and the first completed in full after the lifting of pandemic restrictions) saw a dramatic reversal in Sporting's fortunes on the field. Mixed results in the team's Southern League matches saw them in 11th position by mid-October. However a heavy home defeat by National League Grimsby Town in a televised FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round fixture was followed by a run of adverse league results such that by mid-March 2022, after a home defeat by Biggleswade Town, Sporting slid into the relegation zone. Something never experienced before for a club used to continued success on the field. The team rallied however and gained enough points in subsequent matches to move to safety, finishing the league season in 18th position. Some 40 different players had turned out for the club at some point during the season, with an almost constant turnover in playing personnel.

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