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AFC Wulfrunians 2 - 1 Brocton

Poor Start but Good Signs for the future

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015 09:11am
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton can consider themselves very unfortunate to come away from this game without a point but if they can shake off the disappointment and look at the performance then there were good signs for the future.

Dave Berks returning in the midfield made a big difference and he was soon linking up successfully with Gary Fife. The two combined early in the game and almost put in Paul McMahon whose quick shot lifted over the bar.

Wulfrunians were sharp about their work and made the pitch wide and it was from the right touch line that they got in a telling cross. It did not get beyond the Brocton back line immediately but a crafty flick took it through only to find Ricky Anslow had drifted off side.

Charlie Jones was filling in at right back and took the opportunity to forage forward on his right flank. Jones cut the ball inside to Berks, who cut it back to Fife and it was Fife’s incisive pass into the darting run of McMahon which undid the home defence. McMahon slid the ball home to give Brocton a deserved lead.

Matt Dockerty was close to making it two when he started and so nearly completed a move which used Berks and then McMahon to pass through the defence. Dockerty got off his shot but it was blocked on the line for a corner.

As Brocton tried to capitalise on their advantage, Berks too had a shot saved for a             corner after a long ball from Calum Barrett had been held up by Dan Lomas before                slipping Berks in. 

There was still time before the close of a half, that Brocton did not want to end, for a Jones  throw to fall at Berks’ feet and a sharp save kept his shot out and finally             McMahon nipped in at the far post, controlled beautifully and swept a shot on the turn, only to find it nudged round the post for yet another corner.

Wulfrunians came out in the second half much more energised and were quick to close Brocton down all over the field. They won a free kick in a central position and it was deftly put just inside the left of the six yard box where Ben Jeavons met it and struck home. 

The remainder of the game was cut and thrust with both sides creating chances, but it was a speculative cross which Matt Skinner tried to clear that skidded off his boot straight into the net which broke the deadlock. Calum Barrett, who had previously had only one save of note to make, could do nothing.

 

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Charlie Jones, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Matt Skinner, Matt Dockerty, Josh Wilson, Paul McMahon, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitute: Josh D Wilson


Photo: File pic

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