WORCESTER City gave landlords Bromsgrove Sporting a stiff test in their latest pre-season friendly.

Promoted Sporting ran out 3-2 winners at the Victoria Ground but City, who play two levels lower in the Midland League Premier Division, pushed them all the way in a feisty derby.

And tenants City went ahead in the 15th minute against their Southern League Premier Division Central opponents through tricky midfielder Liam Lockett.

He cut inside to score from Luke English's pass but the lead only lasted 16 minutes as Richard Gregory buried a free-kick after Kurtis Mewies was booked for a foul.

Gregory and Robert Thompson-Brown were then well denied by City's trialist keeper before Demetri Brown's effort was deflected onto the bar at the other end.

In front of a crowd of 508, Sporting went ahead for the first time three minutes into the second half when a fine move was finished off by Kieren Westwood.

This time Worcester fought back with Lockett finishing clinically five minutes later from a ball into the box by Chris Withington.

Substitute Shaquille McDonald sped away to give Sporting the winner 17 minutes from time but it was an encouraging workout for City after a mixed bag in pre-season.

Worcester, who fielded Sporting legend Craig Jones in defence, beat Bewdley Town 1-0, drew 1-1 at Cradley Town and pushed Stratford Town hard in a 1-0 friendly loss.

But City also shipped goals in a 4-2 defeat at lower-ranked Pershore Town and a 4-1 beating by Rushall Olympic.

Bromsgrove went into Saturday's game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Wakefield on Thursday when Thompson-Brown and Matt Higgins netted.

Sporting manager Bren Kelly said: “There were loads of tackles going in, plenty of passion obviously with it being a derby but it’s just more minutes into bodies.

"We tried a few different things, some of it came off, some of it didn’t but it’s pre-season and that’s what it’s for.

“There were certain parts of the game that were really good that pleased me and there were other parts that concerned me so I learnt loads ­— there were plenty of positives as well.”

Sporting host League Two side Cheltenham Town in their next friendly on Tuesday while Worcester visit Redditch United (both 7.45pm).

City: Trialist, English, Osbourne, Jones, Kelly, Mewies, Lockett, Birch, Harrison, Brown, Withington. Subs: Bajarmi, Sinclair, Willis, Caines, Ruddock, Andoh, Smith, 4 trialists.

Sporting: Brown, Spink, Westwood, Hayward, Taylor, Lincoln, Broadhurst, Quaynor, Pykett, Gregory, Thompson-Brown. SubsL Rankin, Coton, Madsey, Hull, Peters, Higgins, McDonald.