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Brocton 0 - 3 Alvechurch

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2016 06:13pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Brian Chandler
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In this bottom versus top of the league clash Brocton’s backs were always going to be to the wall but although the eventual result was clear, the home side gave a good account of themselves. 

In fact it took a goal of exceptional quality to open the scoring. A move involving tight control in a crowded area gave the Brocton defence no opportunities to halt progress. The goal came at the end of a series of one touch passes which Josh Marsh finished off with aplomb.  

Brocton had the ghost of a chance themselves in almost the next move and Jack Edwards was able to receive the ball in the box, turn and get in his shot. Keeper Paul Evans was well placed and he gathered cleanly. A fall in the box on to his shoulder caused Ryan Winwood to dislocate a shoulder and of course he had to be replaced. Hopefully he will soon recover. Meanwhile the best move for the home side involved Dave Ablewhite and Edwards before Edwards’ pass to the well placed Dominic Dell was deflected behind him, causing him to have to chase the ball and momentum was lost. 

Injury to Ablewhite meant that young Josh Sedgeley came on for the second half, but it was more the determination of the visitors to up their already high tempo that gave Brocton problems early in that period. 

After barely ten minutes Dave Bellis turned in successfully just after Ben Taylor thought he had repelled the boarders with a clearance of Brocton’s line. 

Edwards and Dell combined with Luke Wright as Brocton put together another good flowing move with Adam Robinson arriving from left back to head at goal. He met the chance firmly but directed it over the bar.  

Alvechurch of course kept Brocton under pressure but still the home side were able to put together occasional passing moves and the one from substitute Matt Hardiman, returning from injury, Sean Kinsella and Edwards put Dell in a position to either shoot or cross. His effort zipped across the goal mouth and keeper Evans, seeing the ball out, must have had a moment of doubt as Ben Taylor lunged for the ball at the far post, coming up just short. A corner at the death gave a comfortable feel to the win as Marsh finished off a deep cross beyond the far post.


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