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Brocton 2 Loughborough University 2

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014 06:47pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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A brisk start for Brocton could so easily have been a brilliant start as a cross from Dave Berks brought an attempt at a lob volley from Gary Fife. The volley beat advancing keeper Matthew Donvito but also the bar. An outrageous dink over the Loughborough back line from Charlie Jones gave Fife too much to do to bring the ball under control and strike but it highlighted the adventure that Brocton were showing.

The loss of Ed Booth to a knee injury, replaced by Dave Ablewhite, disrupted the flow a little and Loughborough had a similarly early injury replacement to cope with. The game became far more cagey as each side probed but floundered on solid defences.

It was from a 25th minute corner that Brocton took the lead. Dan Lomas headed firmly down and although the ball was initially prevented from crossing the line, Fife produced an overhead kick to finish off.

Loughborough were inspired to attack more confidently themselves and Tom Rankin put in a fine cross from the bye line which went too high for the incoming Jason Davis, before James Capon got to a similar position only to bounce off Brocton keeper Calum Barrett as he turned towards the box. Capon went down, a penalty was awarded and Max Herbert was clinical from the spot With the scores level both sides again had to make injury induced substitutions in Brocton’s case it was captain Carl Morris who had to give way to a hamstring injury and was replaced Jack Edwards. The Badgers  then had two good chances as Dave Berks struck just wide and then a Sam Bell shot brought a great flying save from Donvito, whilst at the other end Will Poole completed the half with a good cross Capon to shoot just wide.

The second half had barely begun before the visitors went ahead through Jason Davis and from that moment it seemed that both sides committed all efforts into attack. The ebb and flow was relentless and brought the best from both keepers. Sam Bell rode several challenges and got off a firm shot across Donvito. The keeper kept up his fine form but could only parry the ball into the path of Jack Edwards, who finished off. In a breath-taking final quarter both sides could have won with the best of Brocton’s chances coming from Fife, hitting over the bar after a fine set up involving Berks and Edwards and Bell getting past Rankin only to have Donvito save his shot and finally McMahon, on for Charlie Jones, who did everything but convert having made himself space in the heart of the box. 

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Matt Dockerty, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Rob Tomlinson, Charlie Jones, Gary Fife, Carl Morris, Sam Bell, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.Used Substitutes: Dave Ablewhite, Jack Edwards, Paul McMahon

On Saturday Brocton are again action at Silkmore Lane when they play Pegasus Juniors in the FA Carlsberg Vase (Kick of 3pm)

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