Alvechurch 4 Brocton 1

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014 09:38pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton’s better run of results came to an end on Saturday with an emphatic 4-1 reverse at Alvechurch.

The Badgers were the first to threaten as Paul McMahon got in an early cross for Gary Fife in the Alvechurch box. It was too high for Fife to make anything of and the home side broke out, got space on the right flank and Calum Barrett had to make a smart save as a wicked cross was met right in front of him. Moments later the ball was scrambled into the Brocton net, but only after the whistle had gone for an off side decision.

Brocton managed to get the ball down and pass with Ed Booth and Matt Dockerty looking tidy at the back and giving Dave Ablewhite the chance to bring Fife into action. That chance to settle into the match was soon undone though when a penalty was conceded as Luke Shearer tricked his way into Brocton’s area on the left. He took it himself and scored with ease.

Brocton continued to make chances without really seeming to be fully in the match and Fife struck a fierce volley after a tempting Dan Lomas cross, which keeper Stuart Parsons did well to block. Dave Berks stung the keeper’s hands again when he hit a volley from the right after a neat pass from Ablewhite. Dan Lomas headed down at goal but, under pressure in the box, could not get enough power to beat Parsons and then Matt Hardiman ran into the box from the left to try to meet a firm pass inside the full back from Berks, but Parsons read it and got there first.

Those missed chances from the visitors were due to good keeping and defending rather than bad luck, but at the other end another raid into the box from the left flank ended with Barrett, Rob Tomlinson and Matt Dockerty all converging on the player and the ball, with Tomlinson getting the unlucky last touch which took the ball beyond Barrett and into the net.

Alvechurch had not had to play particularly well for their lead, but always looked as if they had another gear and when they scored early in the second period from a Connor Deards lob over the Brocton back line and another over the advancing Barrett, a               drubbing began to look a possibility. That goal was hard to take as well because it            followed a great Fife volley from another Berks cross and the now routine save from Parsons.

Brocton continued to battle and another cameo from Josh Wilson gave manager Berks something to think about as he twice made light of tackles on him as he advanced down the left. On the first occasion he got in a low cross and on the second got himself right into the danger area before pulling his effort into the side netting. 

Yet another Fife volley, this time drifting wide, preceded a corner for the home side which Deards converted after Shearer headed it down. 

Wilson had one more run down the left and Lomas met his cross with a fine strike and Parsons made a great save as he had to adjust his dive to account for a deflection. He had deserved a clean sheet but that was denied him as Ablewhite struck home a late penalty and consolation for Brocton.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Dave Ablewhite, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Matt Dockerty, Rob Tomlinson, Paul McMahon, Carl Morris, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Josh Wilson, Ben Harrison, Callum Rudd.


This Saturday Brocton entertain Stourport Swifts at Silkmore Lane and Brocton Reserves, fresh from a 6-0 away win at Whittington in the Staffs Cup that saw hat tricks for both Lukas Putka and Sam Beech, travel to face Sutton United Reserves both games kick off at 3pm


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