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Brocton 4 - 4 Alvechurch

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014 05:49pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Once again Silkmore Lane witnessed a goalfest as Brocton and Alvechurch served up an eight goal thriller.

The Badgers came from behind 3 times and although reduced to 9 men by a referee, Nigel Lear, who seemed determined to give out more cards than a Christmas postman they lead until Alvechurch’s last gasp 98th minute equalizer.

It was a misplaced pass in midfield that allowed an alert Gareth Evans to nip between four defenders and slip the ball past Calum Barrett to put Alvechurch ahead. That was in the third minute, but in the fourth a free kick caused consternation at the heart of the visitors’ defence and when the ball finally seemed to be cleared, Carl Morris struck a thunderous volley through a packed defence and past keeper Gary Price to make it 1-1.

Calum Barrett then produced a great save as he adjusted himself in mid flight to tip over a shot from Evans which had taken a deflection en route. The corner was dealt with but Alvechurch pressed in numbers from their throw, forcing a pass across the box which Evans, again alert to the chance, nipped in to convert. The set back could quickly have been worse as Danny Williams put in a great cross and Barrett equaled it with a save from Aaron Xavier’s head.

Gary Fife then worked hard to earn a corner and Dave Berks swung it in to bring the Badgers back on terms at 2-2. He hit the bar with a shot moments later as Dan Lomas headed down brilliantly in the box, but Price held on to the rebound. Lomas produced a typical flicked header on then for Paul McMahon to cross and Fife was desperately unlucky to see his shot hit the post.

Danny Williams then had a speculative shot from distance and Barrett could not hold it close as it bobbled in to him. Once again Evans was on hand to snap up the loose ball and convert. It took a fine tackle from Dave Ablewhite, as the half drew to a close, to prevent Williams bagging one for himself.

In the first throes of the second period a Berks corner was cleared but this time it was the home team that pressed and forced an error as Paul McMahon pounced on a rebound from an attempted clearance to bring Brocton level at 3-3. McMahon was soon to be replaced by Jack Edwards who soon came close to taking advantage of the Badgers’ period on top. First a Berks shot brought an excellent block from Price, deflected for a goal kick, then a Charlie Jones cross had Edwards bring an even better save from Price as he turned away a firm header. The dangerous Luke Shearer then almost got past on the left, but Rob Tomlinson did well to shepherd him away from goal. As   Brocton came out from that attempt, Edwards took the ball on himself and, as he got a sight of goal, he let fly. Price stood no chance and Brocton were ahead 4-3. 

The game had been littered with yellow cards from the start, mostly for dissent, so when first Lomas and then Fife mistimed tackles and earned second yellows, Brocton were suddenly down to 9 players and hanging on which they did until the 8th minute of added time when James Cosgrave grabbed the equaliser for Alvechurch.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Matt Hardiman, Dave Ablewhite, Rob Tomlinson, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas, Carl Morris, Gary Fife, Charlie Jones, Paul McMahon     

Used Substitutes: Jack Edwards, Joel Mills.

On Saturday 28th December Brocton make the short trip to Rocester (kick off 3pm) and are away again on 3rd January when they face AFC Wulfrunians at Castlecroft

Brocton are running a coach for supporters on Saturday Jan 17th when they travel to face Tadcaster Albion for a place the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg Vase. If you would like to join them contact Barbara or Brian Chandler on 01785 618154. 

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