Brocton 0 - 2 Shepshed Dynamo

Midlands Football League - Premier Division

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2014 07:50pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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Brocton were beaten by a much improved Shepshed side who have had a complete change of management and playing staff since making a poor start to the season.

Within minutes of the start Shepshed had given notice of their intent bringing a save from Calum Barrett and then a goal line clearance from Rob Tomlinson. Dave Berks got himself into the opposition box after a neat exchange between Carl Morris and Sam Bell had put him through, but the ball cut back was intercepted, leaving the possible shot on goal looking the better option.

Another hint of things to come was Shepshed’s quick reply from that dangerous situation. Within seconds they were at Brocton’s throat and only a foul just outside Brocton’s goal area halted their flow. The free kick hit the defensive wall and it was Brocton’s turn to attack. Sam Bell got half a stride past the back line and swept in a cross but it was beaten away. He had a little more time and room moments later, but this time the cross was too high. 

Berks then put in a tempting pass across the 18 yard line and the alert keeper, Ryan Thacker, came out of his area to sweep it for a throw. The keeper went one better in the following move as he saved with his legs from Bell’s shot. Carl Morris had won the ball in midfield and gave it to Berks, who put it into Bell’s run.

Throughout this period Shepshed had looked well organised and hard working, closing Brocton down quickly, but there were chances there for the home side as well as for the visitors. 

A final run through by Bell, anticipated and swept well by Thacker, was turned into a speedy counter. Levi Porter mesmerised the home defence and just as it seemed that he had over done his run, he slipped the ball to Courtney Meade and despite Barrett diving at his feet, Meade squirted the ball into the net.

Shepshed could and maybe should have doubled their advantage from the restart as Adam Vasey ran right through the centre and found himself with only Barrett to beat. The keeper stood up well and Vasey struck wide. 

The Badgers mostly had Barrett to thank for keeping the score to the single goal at half time, but were unable to build on that situation as the visitors struck early in the second period. The ball was lost in midfield and Brocton were unable to respond to the pace of the counter attack. Three players approached the Brocton goal and Meade was able to drift into space to the left of their attacking movement and was unattended when he received the ball. He made no mistake.

In the remaining time Shepshed defended solidly and only two Brocton probes came near. A run from deep by Dave Ablewhite took him into the danger area and Jack Edwards brought a save from Thacker after Ablewhite’s pass. Then Matt Hardiman produced a well flighted cross after a run down the left, which Bell headed firmly, but just over the bar. The vociferous away following sung and chanted their side to victory leaving Brocton to contemplate the lesson they had been given in how to play at this level.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Dave Ablewhite, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Rob Tomlinson, Charlie Jones. Sam Bell, Carl Morris, Jack Edwards, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used substitutes: Matt Dockerty, Jamie Evans.

On Saturday Brocton are away to Bolehall Swifts in the Carlsberg FA Vase and will have to improve if they are to gain a place in the last 32 of the competition. Meanwhile the Reserves fresh from an excellent 4-3 win at Continental Star entertain Highgate United at Silkmore Lane, both games kick off at 3pm



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