Brocton Draw Against Westfields

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2015 06:32pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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This was always going to be a close encounter as both teams are under performing this year and lie in the lower regions of the Midland Football League Premier Division table.

The game started tense and in the early encounters you could sense the anxiety of both sets of players, however it was the home side that were forcing the play, and David Berks lobbed a ball over the Westfield defence for  Paul McMahon to run onto but the ball ran away from the advancing forward.

This was followed by one of the slickest moves seen at Silkmore Lane this year, as Dave Ablewhite pushed forward on the right moving inside and working a one and a two with Berks and Kinsella and finally ending his run on the left side of the goal mouth and slotting the ball past keeper John Hopkins for the first goal on 5 minutes. This was a great start for the Brocton team and confidence was now running high with Josh Wilson playing on left flank, taking on the Westfield defenders and getting a shot away only for Hopkins to gather.

As with most teams at this level the visitors eventually get their act together and showed their resilience by passing the ball around giving each player time on the ball before passing it onwards to another team member.

Westfield started to give Brocton defenders a testing period with Jamie Cuss and Dean Lee showing good inter – changes but it was from a corner that Westfield got back into the game on 18 minutes with a well taken goal by Tom Bendall after several players had taken up the front positions for the dead ball kick leaving the forward free room to blast home from eight yards. Both sides were now adopting defend and break out tactics, and the movement was entertaining, but neither could capitalise on making the final ball count.

Westfields were keen to exploit the space behind the wing backs of Wilson and Ablewhite, if and when any moves broke down. Kinsella, Holland and Berks were working hard in mid field as was Craig Jones for the visitors who were having an excellent game. Kinsella and Berks combined again but the player manager shot high over the bar.

The second half started at a similar pace as the first and the home side were pressing to get that break through early on but Westfield were resolute in defence and were always looking to break quickly. McMahon did get ahead of the defenders on forty eight minutes but could not get the ball under control to get a shot away.

Midfielder Jones for the visitors was becoming more and more influential and set Lee free of the Brocton defenders but was just caught off side much to their relief. The game was entering a phase where the next goal would be the decider but it was difficult to see which team was likely to succeed. Brocton were pressing but Westfield were quick to break and exploiting any open space with their speed and short intricate passing.

Both Berks and Kinsella were endeavouring to get  Brocton’s wide players going forward with their accurate cross field play but Westfields defenders Mike Tambling and Sam Plane were closing down any threat of a centred ball. Josh Wilson was becoming Brocton’s biggest weapon in breaking down the Westfield defence with several weaving runs on the left but the final ball eluded the advancing forwards. An incident of simulated diving by Jamie Cuss was deal with a second yellow card by referee James Scerri and left Westfield with twenty minutes left and only ten men. Brocton brought on Jon Hodnett and Josh D Wilson with a view to pushing home their advantage and again started to force the play, which resulted in a series of corners but again Westfield defended these well with only Booth able to get a meaningful header but Hopkins was well placed to save. With the game coming to a close Westfield were not content  to sit back and defend and forced the initiative with Craig Jones having two free kicks on the edge of the Brocton penalty area, one of which hit the upright and had Barrett diving across to save the shot. The contest finished all square with both teams having produced a high quality game played at pace, which was very entertaining for the neutral supporter.

Team: Calum Barrett, Dave Ablewhite, Josh Wilson, Kenny Devoir, Ed Booth, Matt Dockerty, Sean Kinsella, Dave Berks, Craig Holland, Charlie Jones, Paul McMahon. Used subs : Josh D Wilson, J on Hodnett, Matthew Dean.

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