Brocton Chalk Up 3rd League Win

Shepshed Dynamo 1 - 4 Brocton

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2015 08:14pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Midland Football League Premier Division


Brocton chalked up their 3rd League win of the season thanks to a Gary Fife hat trick which gave them a superb away victory over Shepshed Dynnamo.

Both sides hit their stride quickly and the breathless start saw Gary Fife give Sean Kinsella an early opportunity, hit just wide, followed by similar interaction at the other end between Michael Reeve and Levi Porter with Reeves shot being blocked.

In the 12th minute Kinsella and Fife combined to give Fife a shot at goal and this time Ryan Price acrobatically tipped the effort over the bar. The corner was soon turned into a break for the home side and Jake Duffy could not resist a shot from distance which Callum Barrett held.

After another interchange between Reeves and Porter needed a timely block from Matt Skinner, a pair of interceptions in midfield led to the first goal. The first was by the home side but, despite a good, quick, defence splitting pass, the opportunity went to waste with a wayward shot. When Brocton intercepted similarly a moment later, Dan Lomas made excellent use of the ball. He found Kinsella, who in turn found Dave Berks and Berks set up Fife for a fine finish on 16 minutes.

A dangerous free kick conceded just left of the box and 25 yards from goal whet the appetite of Duffy, but he found his shot put out for a corner by the defensive wall. Duffy was only foiled in the follow up move by the legs of Barrett as his shot was deflected and threatened to beat the keeper. The pressure was mounting though and Dave Ablewhite eventually lost his balance and conceded a penalty when the tricky Liam Read turned him one way and then the other before tripping over an outstretched leg in the box. Matt Mangham scored with little fuss from the spot to make it 1-1 on 34 minutes.

Ed Booth needed superb concentration as a long ball from Price left him with two Shepshed forward running at him and surely favourite. Booth calmly headed the ball on into the arms of Barrett. Then Booth cut out a midfield pass and swiftly put through for Kinsella, but the pass was just too heavy.

It was Brocton who started the second period better with a Paul McMahon cross to an overlapping Matt Hardiman. The bounce made it impossible for Hardiman to control. Ablewhite then harassed Read and got in a tempting cross for Fife. His chip beat the advancing Price, but drifted wide. 

Shepshed then went long and Langham held the ball up well before hitting it all across the Brocton box and wide. The ball out from Barrett was flicked on by Fife and McMahon came close again. The scores couldn’t stay level for long though and when McMahon was tripped for a free kick in the 66th minute Fife produced one of his special free kicks into the top right hand corner. Shepshed continued to be a threat but the Brocton defence stayed firm and as the home side searched for a second equaliser they were caught by a Brocton break. The flick on by Lomas was collected by Fife who found Kinsella in the box. His touch took it to McMahon who accepted the chance and the Badgers had their noses in front again on 72 minutes.

The icing on the cake came as substitute Josh D Wilson battled determinedly to win the ball and give it to fellow substitute Ben Farrall. Farrall’s slip to Fife left him with acres of space and only Price to beat. It was a vintage Fife chip which sealed the match in the last minute.


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