Brocton Fall to an Early Penalty

Last Updated: Mar 5, 2015 06:57pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Midland Football League Premier Division

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Rocester  2  Brocton  0


A windy, bitterly cold night saw Brocton fall to an early penalty and a direct free kick within seconds of half time. Playing with the end to end wind in the first period,  Brocton had difficulty judging the length of their long game and, with the home side working hard all over the pitch to close down quickly, found it equally difficult to retain possession with their passing game.

Brocton attacked from the outset and had some success territorially, but were unable to convert early good possession into anything meaningful in front of the Romans’ goal. In contrast Rocester’s first attack gave Rob Ritchie-Smith a sight of goal and whilst Calum Barrett dropped on his shot comfortably, it was an indication of what was soon to come.

Josh Williams put through a dangerous ball into the box moments later and Barrett had to come out to dive on it. In the event he caught the striker’s leg as he poked the ball past him and a penalty was awarded. Ritchie-Smith confidently put away the penalty.

The reversal seemed to shock the Badgers and Williams worked a shot on goal almost immediately. This time it was seen out for a corner. Rocester kept up the pressure and Brocton were unable to do much more than fend off one attack after another.

When they did, it was Jack Edwards on the right flank who got beyond the home side’s back line and put in a succession of crosses. A smart interception in midfield by Dan Lomas and quick pass into the run of Edwards did finish with Brocton getting the ball into the net, but the firm header from Rob Tomlinson was from an off side position.

Brocton began to find their feet and two Edwards crosses in quick order put the home defence under pressure, both resulting in well defended corners. Then a free kick for the visitors needed Richard Froggatt to be at his best in holding on to a dangerous ball into the box. 

But that resurgence was deflated almost on the stroke of half time when Rocester won a free kick in a central position just outside the box. Scott Staniland had previously put a similarly positioned free kick just wide of the post, but as he shaped to  take this one, it was Andrew Mottershead who powered the ball past the defensive wall and into the net.

Brocton were a different team in the second half and their passing was crisper and far more penetrating. Twice the ball was cleared off the home goal line and the post came to the rescue on another occasion. When needed, Froggatt pulled out a string of                excellent saves to keep the Badgers at bay. This simply was not Brocton’s night.


Brocton: Calum Barrett, Jamie Evans, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Rob Tomlinson, Dan Lomas, Jack Edwards, Carl Morris, Dave Berks, Jack Lees.

Used substitutes: Charlie Jones, Callum Rudd.



Midland Football League Premier Division

Saturday 28th February

Brocton  1 Coventry Sphinx 4

The defeat at Rocester was the 2nd in 4days as the Badgers had lost 1-4 to Coventry Sphinx at Silkmore Lane on Saturday.

Brocton were missing Bell and Fife so that Jack Edwards spear headed the attack. He worked tirelessly but there was a lack of support for him when Brocton attacked.


The weather was ideal for good football as we got underway and both sides started slowly as they probed away at each other’s defences.

Half an hour gone and it was still goal less but Sphinx were starting to look more of a threat which coincided with Aaron Opoku getting more involved. A strong run at the heart of the Brocton defence by Opoku saw him find Dodds in the box and his quick feet saw him brought him down for a penalty. Skipper Ash Jackson took the responsibility to send Calum Barrett the wrong way to put Coventry Sphinx 1-0 up on the stroke of half time. A level scoreline would have been fair at half time but Sphinx were more than happy to go into the break a goal to the good.

The goal had given Sphinx a confidence boost and it showed early on in the second half. Cain was coming inside more to get more involved with the play and within seven minutes of the half it paid off for Sphinx. A great strike from Cain was pushed out for a corner by Barrett and it was Cain who went out to the left to take it. Cain sent in a quality in-swinging ball that managed to evade everyone to go in at the near post. A moment of fortune for the Sphinx but it was the delivery from Cain that had put the Brocton defence in trouble. Brocton had looked comfortable in the first half but conceding goals either side of half time to be 2-0 down with 52 minutes on the clock after knocked the stuffing out of them.

Nevertheless they got back in it just 2 minutes later as a free kick was chipped in from the right and Ablewhite was the first to meet the cross to head in. The deficit reduced for the home side to make it 2-1 on 54 minutes. Just minutes later, Jamie Evans who had an excellent game cut in from the left wing to slam a shot against the post as Brocton were inches away from an equaliser. 

After that despite ringing the changes from the substitutes bench it was Sphinx who secured the points with two late goals. With less than ten minutes to go, Sphinx got the crucial third with sub Jackson  Downie at the heart of things again. Brocton couldn’t clear their box and Opoku pounced on the loose ball to stab home despite Barratt getting a touch on it. Downie was to get himself a goal in the 90th minute with a crisp 20 yard drive into the bottom corner.

The game had drifted away from Brocton who will have been disappointed with all the goals conceded


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