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Brocton 0 - 1 Rocester

Midland Football League Cup

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 05:30pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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A scrappy game played in difficult conditions, on a greasy surface with intermittent rain, was decided in the second half by a scrappy goal. 

In a first half littered with misplaced passes it was the home side who threatened goal and as early as the fifth minute a Sam Bell cross was deflected into the path of the usually lethal Paul McMahon who, on this occasion, could only stab the chance wide of the goal.

The man who would eventually would have the biggest influence on the match was Rocester keeper Lawrence Kinnersley. Minutes after that first Brocton opportunity it was Kinnersley who kept out a Dave Berks strike after a quick Brocton throw had put the Brocton player-manager in a good position.

Kinnersley later produced a breath taking save form Dan Lomas who had done absolutely everything right to meet a Berks cross with a firm downward header. The save, low and near the post, seemed quite impossible to bring off.

Ed Booth then got in a header from a corner which was deflected wide and then Bell, having already put in several tempting crosses, produced a shot of his own which fizzed across the box and just wide to the evident relief of Kinnersley.

Rocester were not without chances of their own, mostly from breaks when Brocton’s efforts had foundered and one flicked head on in the area was carefully watched wide of the post by Calum Barrett. 

Sam Bell crossed from near the bye line—deflected for a corner—and in a carbon copy moments later the ball swung just over the bar. Brocton’s efforts were good, but not quite decisive and it began to look as if that goal was not going to materialise.

18 minutes into the second half, which had progressed much as the first, a high ball into Brocton’s area was scrambled in it seemed by sheer will power. Dan Brown claimed the strike with the Brocton defence claiming at least one foul on the way, but to no avail.

The Brocton pressure at the other end continued and Dan Lomas must have been within inches of the goal before a timely last ditch tackle prevented him from scoring. 

The  final minutes saw Kinnersley defiant as he produced a series of important saves. The first from a Berks shot arrowed inside the post was probably the most spectacular, but the three in quick succession as the game drew to a close were undoubtedly most vital.

 

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Jamie Evans, Matt Dockerty. Ed Booth. Charlie Jones, Paul McMahon, Carl Morris, Sam Bell, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Jack Edwards, Dave Ablewhite

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