A Dogged Affair for Brocton

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015 08:57am
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Lye Town 3 - 0 Brocton


In the first ten minutes, Brocton were in charge of this fixture but beyond that it was a dogged affair with both sides having their moves broken down but Lye took their chances when it counted. David Berks was the first to show with a shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area following a move down the centre and a pass from Gary Fife on two minutes.

Following this Fife was put through by a looping pass from Berks and the centre forward had only keeper Jake Bedford to beat to set Brocton on their way but his chip over the keeper was too high. With those early chances missed, Lye treated them as a wake- up call and raised their game and set about penetrating the Brocton defence down the wings as they had done in the early season encounter at Silkmore Lane, but full backs Dave Ablewhite and Matt Hardiman held firm against the lively Tom Over field and Scott Gennard.  

Lye were putting increasing pressure on the Brocton midfield and defence with Joel Caines impressive at the left back position surging forward, and from one of the moves forward Lye won a free kick that was headed in by Ben Wilkins for the first goal on twenty three minutes. Although Brocton were reduced to counter attacks the Lye defence were playing a high line and constantly catching Fife and Jon Hodnett  off side, but on thirty five minutes Lomas beat the off side trap and was within shooting distance only to be thwarted by the on rushing keeper and defenders before he could get his shot away.

Brocton gave away another foul in a similar position to the previous where Lye scored, only to find the home side varied this one, with a short ball to Tom Overfield who cleverly picked his spot for goal number two on 39 minutes. Lye continued to press and Brocton’s defence continued to give fouls away in dangerous positions particularly with the majority of the home side’s threat coming from set pieces as evidenced by the two goals. Lye played assured football in all departments up to the half time whistle and most of Brocton’s supporters were hoping for a rethink and reshape for the second half.

The second half started as the first with a determined effort by the Badgers to get back into it. Josh Wilson was brought on in place of Jones to give more of a forward threat. Lomas ran at the Lye defence and within a minute had Bedford in the Lye goal dealing with a deflected shot which also glanced off the post for a corner. Both Matt Skinner and Ed Booth came up for the corner to give aerial threat but the ball was easily collected by keeper Bedford.  

Fife manoeuvred himself into a good shooting opportunity and shot directly at Bedford but he could only parry for a corner. The resultant corner kick again saw Brocton’s tall defenders entering the penalty area in an effort to get something from their continued pressure.

At this stage of the match Lye were the team who were restricted to break away efforts and substitute Dan Taylor was close with an effort but hit the side netting. Paul McMahon came on for Hodnett in an effort to change the fortunes of Brocton’s attacking play.

Centre forward James Spray had worked hard with his tireless running for Lye and had been a handful all afternoon for the Brocton defenders and it was the same player who capitalised on a tackle from Matt Skinner, which was adjudged to have been an infringement and a penalty was awarded which Spray dispatched on 73 minutes. This was a little cruel on Brocton who had battled to get themselves back into the match and gave Lye the opportunity in the last ten minutes to play with less tension and freedom.

Josh D Wilson came on for Berks and acquitted himself well in the centre of midfield and in the dying minutes McMahon chased down a ball ahead of keeper Bedford but a Lye defender just cleared of the line.

Brocton had battled in the second period and had they taken some of their chances it may have been a different story, however Lye recorded their first double of the season, as this match followed the victory on the first day of the season at Silkmore Lane. 

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