Brocton 2 - 1 Rocester

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2015 02:24pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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The Badgers 2nd win in 3 days over the Easter weekend made them mathematically certain to finish above the bottom 3 with four games to spare.

A large crowd turned out to see two local sides playing good football in front of Brocton’s new stand.

Both sides opened cautiously in their approach and it took several minutes before any of the forwards ventured into the opponents penalty box or had a shot on target. Midfield however was the busy area as both sides played a high line and several off side decisions were given. The midfield pairing of Carl Morris and Dan Lomas, were exceptional, and supported by Charlie Jones, were busy and always looking to release Sam Bell and Jack Edwards on the flanks.

It took however until the half hour mark that Brocton had a real chance and Jack Edwards worked free and centred a perfect ball for Sam Bell to connect with and keeper Richard Froggatt did well to parry for a corner.

Brocton looked the most dangerous when Sam Bell received the ball on the right flank and was running at the Rocester defence, which on several occasions resulted in a crossed ball but Rocester defenders  Nick Ward and Tom Brown dealt with the danger.

The first half ended with no goals but the expectant crowd were looking for the first break through from either of these well matched sides. It was Dan Lomas who had been working hard in midfield who moved forward and harried the Rocester right back and stole the ball on the bi-line then weaving his way towards goal and set up Bell for an easy tap in from four yards on sixty minutes.

This was followed by Brocton pressure to make certain of the win and from a Carl Morris corner and a return ball across the goal mouth Paul McMahon was at hand to head in goal number two on sixty five minutes.

This appeared to spark Rocester into putting more urgency and pressure into their play with Josh Williams and Rob Richie - Smith featuring in their forward play and the latter forced in a goal for Rocester on seventy minutes following a goal mouth scramble after Callum Barrett parried but was was unable to keep out the follow up.

Brocton introduced Josh Wilson for Charlie Jones, hoping he would inject more pace in the midfield and possibly repeat his Saturday display and grab another goal. He did not get on the score sheet but he did put Rocester defenders  under pressure with his persistent chasing down of the ball.

Brocton’s Management have no fear with introducing youth into the fray with both Charlie Sneddy and Ben Douglas given an opportunity in the final twenty minutes and Douglas went close to scoring on his first team debut, but headed over from close range.

Brocton held on to the lead in the closing stages and deservedly collected the 3 points. 

This Saturday they are at home again when Westfields are the visitors to Silkmore Lane ( Kick off 3pm)


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