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Brocton 2 - 5 Long Eaton United

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 07:22pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russe
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17th place Brocton were very much the underdogs going into this game against Midland Football League Premier Division leaders Long Eaton United but it was the home team that began the brighter and created two gilt edged chances in the first few minutes. Firstly Jack Edwards hit his shot over the bar after good work by Sam Bell and Gary Fife. Then Bell side footed across goal with visiting keeper Adam Hassan stranded only to see his effort drift agonisingly past the far post. Good pressure from Bell on Ross Parker saw the latter play a difficult back pass to Hassan and a miskick by the keeper gave Bell the chance.

The Badgers had a third opportunity to take the when a Dave Berks corner caused difficulties and after Jamie Evans had passed into the box Bell struck for goal but Hassan was well placed and held on.

Then the inevitable happened when United’s Lee Fell broke down the right, Brocton appealed in vain for offside but the claim was waved away and his cross was tapped in confidently by TJ Nightingale to hand Brocton an object lesson in chance taking.

A Sam Bell cross and Jamie Evans shot which was held comfortably by Parker was merely an interlude as a quick break down the left and a hard cross by Nightingale gave Lee Fell the chance to strike home as the lesson in finishing continued.

Brocton continued to create chances as a corner routine involving Evans, Berks and finally Bell saw the ball headed defensively just over the bar and Evans then combined with Dan Lomas to provide Fife with a chance, unusually scuffed wide.

The following corner was cracked against the bar and Fife twisted to put in a fine volley, but once again too high. There was still time before the break for Bell to see a shot blocked and Evans to slip the ball to Berks, whose shot was well collected by Hassan.

At the other end, with the half time whistle imminent, The Badgers defence was once again undone by a cross which Fell met with a firm header past Barrett to give Long Eaton the 3-0 interval lead their finishing deserved.

When the 2nd half got underway Long Eaton’s Brad Wells forced his way past Matt Hardiman on Brocton’s left and proved that the visitors are human after all by striking his shot wide and then Hardiman struck back with a fine run which could only be stopped by a foul. Berks hit a tempting free kick into the danger area. Once more the ball bobbled about in the box but no touch could put it in before eventually it was cleared. Fife got through moments later and under pressure could only poke wide.

Nightingale then raced to the bye line and provided Fell with a heading chance which Calum Barrett did well to save, but when Fell then found Wells with a chip, Wells headed home. Then once more a plaintiff cry for off side failed to stop Wells from   finishing off with a fifth.

A penalty, when Hardiman was tripped in the box, was converted by Berks and substitute Paul McMahon gave Berks another chance moment later: his shot tipped over by Hassan. McMahon and Berks then created a chance for Fife but Hassan saved brilliantly, but then McMahon pegged it back to 2-5 with a headed goal from a corner to raise Brocton’s spirits.

 

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Jamie Evans, Matt Hardiman, Matt Dockerty, Joel Mills, Carl Morris, Sam Bell, Dan Lomas, 

Jack Edwards, Dave Berks, Gary Fife.

 

Used Substitutes: Paul McMahon, Rob Tomlinson

 

This Saturday Brocton are again in Midland Football League Premier Division action at Silkmore Lane when the visitors are Alvechurch (kick off 3pm)


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