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Brocton 1 - 0 Uttoxeter Town

Polymac League Cup Round 1

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2016 08:05pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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A game which started at bright pace and maintained that pace for 120 minutes was eventually decided in extra time by a cool finish from Brocton’s Paul McMahon. All credit to visitors Uttoxeter Town both for taking the match into extra time but also for requiring Brocton’s keeper Aidan Stone to put in a man of the match performance to keep his side in the hunt.

It had looked fairly straightforward in the opening minutes for the home side, with McMahon getting in the first shot at goal, well held by visiting keeper Alex Langridge. A Josh Wilson cross from the left soon followed and fizzed all across the box with no one able to get the vital touch. Langridge’s duties clearly included acting as sweeper and his first foray could only give the ball to Brocton’s Andy Davis. With the goal vacated, Davis got in a shot despite being closed down quickly, but it went over the bar.

Stone had already had to beat away a long shot from Joel Lewis, but it was really from that point that Uttoxeter settled into their pattern of play and produced their best stuff. Luke Lewis got in a cross from the right and Doug Price brought a good block from Stone and Martin Gadsby on the other flank forced Matt Dockerty into a header against his own post in an attempt to stop the cross. In between Adam Robinson hit long for  Wilson, whose shot was well saved by Langridge.

Both sides kept up their attacking intent, but the story of the match seemed to be Brocton being harried into errors , followed by Uttoxeter attacks with wasted chances or good saves by Stone. 

The second period continued in the same vein with no let up in tempo. Town came as close as it is possible to come without scoring with bar and post struck more than once whilst Lomas, Dominic Dell and Tom Vaughan all struck wide with shots for the home side. When Matt Dean reached the bye line and crossed at the expense to himself of cramp, he recovered to challenge Langridge and the keeper was fortunate to escape with just a booking and a free kick outside of his area. That was as close as Brocton came to threatening the goal.

Extra time seemed inevitable and penalties highly likely until pressure on the visitors’ box finally paid dividends. An attack, repelled no less than three times, finally had the ball break to McMahon and, with the coolest head on the pitch, he picked his spot. Uttoxeter were hopeful of a stoppage in play, having had a player injured during the attack, but the goal stood and the home side saw out the remainder of a pulsating game.

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