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Brocton Avenge Shepshed Defeat

Shepshed Dynamo 2 - 4 Brocton

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015 11:08am
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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Midland Football League Premier Division

 

Brocton were out to avenge the defeat early in the season by Shepshed at Silkmore Lane and they raced into a two goal lead through a David Berks (penalty) and another Paul McMahon cracker. 

The pitch was hard and dry giving the ball a bounce which caught out Alvin Jarvis at centre back for the home side, with the ball striking the arm of the defender and a penalty awarded to Brocton on twelve minutes, which at this period of the match was against the run of play but Berks converted. Brocton however started to string several good passes together, and chasing down balls which hurried the home side into forced passes and Josh Wilson picked up a ball on the edge of the penalty area and struck the ball and as it rebounded to him passed it to Paul McMahon who hit an unstoppable shot past keeper Liam Mitchell on twenty minutes.

This jolted Shepshed into more urgency and they started to build up the pressure on the visitors, and with the wind behind their backs and the advantage of the slope, laid siege to the Brocton goal mouth with several corner kicks ensuing. On twenty five minutes Shepshed’s pressure paid off as Rob Morgan deceived two Brocton players and rifled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area to halve the arrears. The game was entertaining and Brocton were always looking for more opportunities themselves and from a Shepshed break away following a corner, Callum Barrett was called upon outside his area to head away a ball which landed in the reach of Morgan who slotted home his second goal into an empty net. At this point Shepshed had the ascendancy and were looking to increase their score before half time as the wind and slope was in their favour, which proved to be of assistance in the second period for the visitors.

Brocton started the second period as expected taking advantage of the conditions, and with Jack Edwards on for Josh Wilson dictated much of the play on the left, putting the Shepshed defenders under pressure, and linking with Dan Lomas who were both providing balls across the penalty box but at this stage Berks and McMahon were not connecting. Shepshed were becoming desperate and committed several fouls outside their penalty area but again Brocton were not able to convert. 

The visitors were in control at this period of the game. ABarrett clearance to Lomas was headed on to Edwards, and he crossed to Berks, and the midfielder rifled home goal number three on seventy five minutes. Sam Douglas came on for Dave Ablewhite and the left side of Brocton’s team was dictating play with Shepshed unable to show much resistance to the constant threat. Assistant Manager Andy Bourne, who had played many games for Shepshed Dynamo in the past introduced himself to the large home crowd, replacing the ever willing McMahon, in an endeavour to remind them of past glory days but was unable to add to Brocton’s score line.  

However from a rare corner by the home side, Barrett collected and swiftly cleared to the Brocton left flank which allowed Lomas to put in Edwards who raced beyond the Shepshed defence, and hit a powerful shot past the advancing keeper on eighty nine minutes and wrap up the game for the visitors. Brocton were worthy winners on the day and had taken revenge for that early season defeat.

Team: C Barrett, C Rudd, D Ablewhite, E Booth, M Skinner, C Jones, J D Wilson, C Morris, D Lomas, D Berks, P McMahon.

Subs; J Edwards, B Douglas, A Bourne 

Photo: File pic

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