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Brocton 1 - 1 Rocester

Midland League Premier Division

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2016 09:27pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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This was an opportunity for Brocton to regain some ground on the other teams in the lower half of the table but this entertaining game ended as a stalemate. It was a slow start to the game with both sides testing out each other, and initially the home side were controlling the ball well and finding their players. Rocester were however the first to register a serious shot on goal after 10 minutes of play and this was followed by Dan Lomas at the other end hitting a tame shot following a deflection as the ball came to him.

The referee was consistent but fussy with minor free kicks which broke up the play as Sam Griffiths and then Martin Smyth wasted their chances. David Berks had a shot well saved by Richard Froggatt in the Rocester goal. A slip by Harry Flowers allowed in Griffiths but this was saved by Aidan Stone with an outstretched hand on 20 minutes as the forward tried to push it past the keeper.

Brocton were having plenty of the play and a cross ball from Charles Weston- Hayles to Ryan Davies resulted in a high centre for the on running Matt Hardiman to head goal wards, but his effort was too high. Brocton were looking the most dangerous at this stage and Josh Sedgeley got in on the act with a firm shot on 39minutes which was only just wide of the goal. Rocester’s back line were playing well and were limiting Brocton’s forwards to spasmodic and hurried efforts when their chances came but Weston - Hayles was the liveliest forward for the home side. Gary Fife was drafted in from many weeks away and played a central sweeper role with gave the Brocton defence a solid look. The second half started with Rocester pressing and looking the most likely to break the dead lock and Callum Riddell worked an opening within 2 minutes of the restart  and shot just over the cross bar.

This should have been a warning for Brocton who were struggling to lift the tempo at this stage, and when they did move the ball forward they were lacking in numbers. A clearance out of defence by the home side was picked up in mid field by Rocester and quickly worked to Oliver Roome who forced his way between two of Brocton defenders and hit the ball past the advancing Stone on 56 minutes to gain the advantage. Rocester were not prepared to sit back and produced another series of attacks until Weston -Hayles reminded them that the home side were still in the hunt, as he worked an opening and raced free only to shoot at the keeper.

Manager Berks called on Jack Edwards for Sedgeley on 60 minutes to increase the attacking strength only to have Weston- Hayles injured in the next Brocton attack and was replaced by Kenny Devoir. Flowers was booked for a foul on Griffiths and Rocester put pressure on the Brocton defence from the resultant free kick. Josh D Wilson was bought on for defender Ryan Davies and Brocton reshuffled their players with a resultant attack down the right with Wilson firing in a left foot shot which ricocheted off the upright onto the head of Dan Lomas who was well placed to take advantage for Brocton’s equaliser on 70 minutes.

This gave the home side real endeavour as they looked for the winner however Rocester resisted and produced their own attacks giving the game an end to end finale. Brocton survived a couple of corners as the visitors filled Brocton’s area with players, hoping something might fall their way.

Brocton were trying to work openings on the right and left and Berks gave Edwards the ball for him to run into the penalty area but the forward shot high and wide. Rocester again had a series of corners but the Brocton defence held firm and once the ball was free played telling balls to their wide players, where Hardiman, Wilson and Edwards were all working hard to get that all important goal.

Edwards had another opportunity from the right but lacked the composure needed to get his shot on target. In the dying minutes both teams had a free kick opportunity which was defended well as this game came to conclusion giving the teams point each. teams.


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