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Brocton Continue Improved Form

Coleshill Town 0 - 2 Brocton

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2015 09:56am
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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The Badgers continued their recently improved form and put further distance between themselves and the drop zone with their first ever victory at Coleshill’s Pack Meadow.

The game was fast and pacey game thanks to the newly installed all - weather 3G pitch. Fortunately Brocton train on a similar facility so the playing surface was not a surprise to them and they settled into a rhythm following the initial surge by the home side. ‘Keeper Callum Barrett was into action from the off and had to be brave diving at the feet of Reece Leek to ensure the player did not progress any further with his attack having beaten Matt Hardiman on the bye line. The Brocton defence looked a little hesitant in the early stages as manager Berks had been forced to reshuffle the squad due to players being unavailable or injured. However Craig Holland and Danny McCloud soon settled as did Matt Hardiman – back from injury who with regular centre half Ed Booth worked hard to contain the lively Coleshill forward line. Coleshill were unlucky to lose marksman Dean Rathbone midway through the first half to an ankle injury and he was replaced by Mykel Beckley who started immediately to work several openings on the left flank. At this stage Josh Quanor was also forcing his influence on the game which kept both Holland and Dave Ablewhite busy. Brocton were also keeping the Coleshill defence on their toes as Gary Fife and Pierce Kiembi were chasing down balls with some success and Fife had a speculative shot which just scraped past the post of keeper Paul Hathaway. Sean Kinsella then hit the post  and Dave Berks had a shot which went wide but the best chance fell to Dan Lomas who had picked up the ball just outside the Coleshill penalty area worked an opening past two defenders but put his shot wide of the left hand post. That was the moment in the first half that Brocton should have taken the lead, which would have been justified following their hard work in giving Coleshill little chance to build any real momentum. As the half came to a close Barratt was called on again to keep Brocton in the game with a good stop at his near post.

The second period started at a similar pace but Brocton were full of confidence and Berks, Kinsella and Lomas were filling the midfield, and distributing the ball to one side and then the other. Coleshill were now on the back foot and their mid field and their defence were having to work hard to keep Brocton at bay. Ablewhite  on the right was always available and making some telling runs and within 5 mins of the start had a shot just over the bar. Berks got himself onto one of the crosses that were now frequently coming in but missed a chance from eight yards out. Brocton were not having it all their own way as Barrett again had to smother another effort by Richardo Reed. As in the first half the game was being played at a blistering pace, and the end to end football which was a spectacle to watch from two excellent footballing sides on a super smooth surface. Paul McMahon came on for Gary Fife in the 65th minute and worked well with Kiembi as they were constantly chasing down balls and gave the Coleshill defenders no respite. With Brocton now pulling the defenders one way and the other openings were being created and Matt Hardiman saw a clear run in front of him, and hit a tremendous shot from 20yards curling around the keeper to give Brocton the lead on 70 minutes. This was no more than their adventurous play had deserved, however Coleshill were not beaten and upped the tempo and the outstanding Sam Adkins hit a shot which only went wide following a deflection off one of his own players. The game really opened up and Brocton were piling on the pressure also, Kiembi went close just missing a cross from Ablewhite, and finally after two corners McMahon was on hand to poke in a rebound on 77 minutes giving Brocton a two goal cushion. Coleshill realised that the game was slipping away from them and pressed more and more but man of the match Calum Barrett was equal to it making a dramatic double save right at the end to keep a clean sheet for the visitors. Manager Berks was pleased with the all - round performance of the team where every member had given their best performance to-date, to earn a very welcome 3 points.

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