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Brocton 3 - 1 Pegasus

FA Vase Carlsberg Vase 2nd Round

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 08:13pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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For the 1st time in their 77 year history Brocton made it through to the last 64 of the FA Vase after a hard fought tie with Herefordshire outfit Pegasus.

The Badgers started badly going behind after twenty seconds following an over hit back pass from left back Matt Hardiman and the slippery ground gave goal keeper Calum Barrett no chance to recover.

Brocton however responded quickly and within four minutes had levelled thanks to a well struck shot from Sam Bell placed wide of the Pegasus keeper  whilst running at pace from the right.

The game however degenerated into a close encounter of hard tackles and fouls for most of the first half with very little good flowing football, with Brocton resorting to long passes which is not their normal game. Both Carl Morris and Charlie Jones worked hard in the midfield which became a crowded area with the Pegasus midfielders attempting to break up every Brocton advance.

Pegasus did have some purpose in their play but most of their forward movement was broken up by good performances from Ed Booth and Rob Tomlinson who dominated in the centre of the Brocton back line.  Booth in fact went close at the other end from a well - placed corner provided by Dave Berks.

The start of the second half saw a similar approach to the game by both teams but the referee started issuing yellow cards for offences he had given warnings on in the 1st half.. This appeared to frustrate the Pegasus bench and players but the referee had no choice but to send off of their central defender Jack Lewis for illegally denying a clear goal scoring opportunity for Bell. The resulting penalty was taken by David Ablewhite but was saved by the excellent Pegasus keeper.

As the game progressed Brocton raised their game in an attempt to capitalise on the advantage, but Pegasus adjusted their formation and worked hard to block out Brocton’s attacking force.

Jack Edwards was introduced for the hard working Jones in and attempt to open up more opportunities for the front runners. The ploy worked with Gary Fife connecting with a rebound from the Pegasus keeper to put the Badgers in front. Jamie Evans and Paul McMahon came on late in the game with a view to putting the game beyond the Hereford side, who were continually raiding in numbers at any opportunity to put pressure on the Brocton defence seeking that elusive equaliser, but finally McMahon who was left unmarked, slotted home Brocton’s third goal on eighty eight minutes bring this hard fought game to a conclusion.

Brocton were worthy winners but credit to a Pegasus side who never gave up, even following their reduction to ten men midway through the second period. On Saturday

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Rob Tomlinson, Dave Ablewhite,  Charlie Jones, Carl Morris, Dave Berks, Gary Fife, Dan Lomas, Sam Bell. 

Used Subs: Jack Edwards,  Jamie Evans, Paul McMahon. 

On Saturday the Badgers return to league action when Shepshed Dynamo are the visitors to Silkmore Lane kick off 3pm- This is followed by Brocton’s Annual Race night at the Amasal Sports and Social Club in Common Road at 7.30pm. It promises to be a fun evening with manager Dave Berks, skipper Matt Skinner as well as veterans,  Ben Harrison & Mick Fox amongst the guest commentators. All are welcome and the evening starts at 7.30pm

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