Brocton 5 - 2 Blackwood

St Mary’s Hospice Midland Combination Premier Division

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014 07:30pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton were out of the blocks like lightening and within minutes of the start Sam Bell headed the home team into the lead when he put away a Dave Berks corner. Damien Charie then fought for and won the ball in midfield before setting Gary Fife up with a golden chance and Fife calmly placed the ball into the net, wide of keeper Shaun Edwards.
Berks sought out Bell on fifteen minutes and Bell’s cross was met by Paul McMahon’s head but the post came to the visitors’ rescue with Bell following up but striking wide.
The respite was brief though as Richard Allen got in on the act, finding Fife in a central position from where he slid the ball into the forward dart of McMahon. The striker had timed his run to perfection and the pass needed no work to control it before he too passed the ball wide of Edwards and into the net to make it 3-0.
If Blackwood were stunned, they reacted well and came back at Brocton with pace. The home side were guilty of a couple of fouls in tricky places and Adam Whitehouse was soon needed to beat away a sharp shot from Jake Brown.
The respite was again brief as Dan Lomas lifted the ball over a back line trying to force Brocton away from goal or risk being off side. Once again McMahon’s run was timed well and his glancing header made it four.
Keeper Edwards had done nothing wrong and in fact did well to cut out a cross from Allen before going one better with a brave save at McMahon’s feet as he tried to get to the rebound after Edwards had already blocked a Berks half volley.
Blackwood kept Brocton honest with attacks of their own and Dean Pitt was unlucky to see his hooked shot from just outside the area fly over the bar and then when a Fife attack broke down a swift counter finished with Brown shooting at goal and Whitehouse having to save.
With Charlie Jones on for Lomas and soon after the restart Jamie Evans, returning from injury, replacing Dave Ablewhite, it was the visitors who increased their pace. Dean Poulson and Brown both had worthwhile shots at goal either side of a Brocton effort from Levi Bailey after a Berks free kick. Finally Blackwood got the goal which their second half performance had deserved with Pitt converting a Jack McEvoy cross.
Brocton were stung back into action and Jones headed in after a corner and Bell shot had been blocked, but Blackwood had the last of the goal action as Tom Checketts beat Whitehouse with a well taken free kick on the edge of the area.

Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Allen, Dave Ablewhite, Levi Bailey,
Rob Tomlinson, Damien Charie, Sam Bell, Paul McMahon, Gary Fife,
Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Charlie Jones, Jamie Evans, Andy Bourne.



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