Brocton 2 - 1 Continental Star

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2016 11:02pm
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By Pete Russell
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The game was barely 5 minutes old when Dominic Dell slotted in his second of the match. He first pinched the ball deep in the opponents’ half, drove at goal and shot, giving keeper Remi James no chance. That was in the first minute. Then he benefitted from hard chasing all across the back line from Jack Edwards. Edwards forced the mistake and Dell intercepted an attempted pass to James before passing the ball into the net.

It could easily have been worse for the visitors when Dan Lomas hit a raking pass across field to find Dell unmarked on the right. Dell controlled with his right and volleyed with his left. This time the effort went wide.

The game drifted as Star tried to regain some composure and Brocton lost their urgency with the game seemingly won already. A loose pass across field was picked off though and in no time Brocton had their backs to the wall as the Continental Star forwards strode forward. Barrett saved the initial shot but could do nothing at his post as Che O’Connor somewhat apologetically struck the loose ball as Barrett attempted a second save.

An outlandish effort from Gary Fife had James back pedalling and clutching the ball from beneath his bar as Fife hit a shot from within his own half, having won the ball with a timely tackle. Then Dell was in the action again but this time James was well placed to make the save.

Brocton had not learned their lesson from the earlier Star break as once again the ball was passed tamely across the park and Star intercepted and went for the jugular at pace. This time the break was short lived and it was Brocton in the shape of Josh Wilson and Charlie Jones who countered. They fed the ball to Jack Edwards, back to goal, and he opted to turn and shoot. It went just wide.

There was still time before the break for a free kick to Star to run loose in Brocton’s box and the outcome could have been worse for the home team as it seemed to simply bounce out of play with Jordan Willock throwing his feet at the ball but unable to make contact.

In the second half Edwards had a golden opportunity created by him as he weaved his way into the box. He shaped to shoot, but a timely tackle took the ball from under his feet. James then made a fine save, not of a shot but of a low cross which Dell would surely have finished off. Edwards and Matt Dean had combined on the right to give Dean the space for his cross.

There were few true chances in the remainder of the game, though Barrett was the busier keeper, called on to punch clear a succession of corners and high balls into the box. Continental Star grew in confidence the longer that Brocton failed to increase their advantage and in the end the Badgers were pleased to hang on to their slender lead.


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