Is this now the 'no.318' derby?
Bank Holiday Monday, 26th AUGUST 2019 - kick-off 3 pm
BetVictor Southern League Premier Division Central
Stourbridge v Bromsgrove Sporting
As we are expected a larger than usual crowd at the turnstiles, please do allow yourself some extra time to get into the ground and have the right money handy if you can please.
Admission prices are as follows:
Senior Citizens (65 and over)..................£7
12-17 year olds.....................................£5
(when accompanied by a paying adult/senior citizen or season ticket holder)
The match programme (available from the Club Shop and also the Programme Hut located by the Church End driveway turnstiles) is priced at £2-50. This issue contains an interview with Tom Turton and the thoughts of Glassboys boss Ian Long as well as guest articles from Steve Hermon from BBC WM and physio Gavin Blackwell.
Seating for spectators is located in the main stand on the far side of the ground from the Glassboys Bar. All seating is unreserved, except for the front two rows of seating in the centre block, which are for Directors, Officials and Sponsors only.
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The roadworks outside the ground have now finished and the main road is open as normal.
Stourbridge look to build on Saturday's hard fought win at St Ives Town when they dug in for the last thirty-five minutes or so following the dismissal of Zac Foster to come away with the points.
Two or three players also picked up knocks and will need to be assessed before Monday's game with Ashley Carter the biggest concern.
Kieran Cook is added to the squad after enjoying a summer break either side of two outings for WMRL Premier Division side Wolverhampton Casuals.
There will be a host of familiar faces in the visitors side with several ex-Glassboys now on their books. Our club record appearance holder Leon Broadhurst made the summer move to the Victoria Ground along with Robbie Thompson-Brown and Leon featured for Sporting on Saturday in their 2 - 1 win in the FA Cup over Leicester Road FC having overcome a knee injury.
Others who could also figure on Monday afternoon include Joe Hull, Kyle Perry, Josh Quaynor, Nathan Hayward, Kieren Westwood and Jake Heath.
Bromsgrove Sporting were only formed in 2009 as the previous Bromsgrove Rovers club hit trouble. Indeed Rovers folded a year later leaving Bromsgrove Sporting to establish themselves as the town club.
They have climbed up the leagues from the Midland Combination Division 2, but it has been in the last three years where everything really has taken off and the icing on the cake came in May when they defeated Corby Town 4 - 3 after extra-time in a memorable Division 1 Central play-off final to secure promotion to the Southern League Premier Division Central with a crowd of 2,943 watching on at the Victoria Ground.
Striker Jason Cowley scored twice in that match to take his season's tally to 32 and he moved to Stevenage FC over the summer as a reward for his exploits.
Bromsgrove have made a more than satisfactory start to life at the higher level. A crowd of 837 saw Bromsgrove share the spoils with Biggleswade Town on the opening day of the season from a 1 - 1 draw at the Victoria Ground. Brendan Kelly's side followed that up with a notable 3 - 1 win away at Tamworth three days later before Kyle Perry scored two late goals to earn Sporting a 2 - 2 draw away at Coalville in their third league match.
An exciting encounter looks in prospect as Stourbridge look to bounce back in front of the home faithful after the first-half horror show against Hednesford in the last game at the War Memorial Athletic Ground.