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Brocton FC Weekend Round Up

Midlands Football League, premier division

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2016 08:33am
Penkside, Stafford
By pete Russell
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Midland League Premier Division

 

Monday 29th August 2016


ROCESTER 5   BROCTON 4

 

With both Rocester and Brocton struggling for early points, this was all set to be a dour match, but Rocester had other ideas and a bobble in the box from the very first Martin Smyth cross gave Chris Martin a chance at the far post that he simply could not miss. That was timed at 1 minute and on 5 he had doubled his tally. A high ball was flicked on and he had only a slightly harder job to score his second.

Brocton were reeling and all credit to them for getting one back as Michael Williams, put in from right back as an emergency centre forward, crossed from the right and Dan Lomas headed home. 

No longer was there any thought from either side of sitting back and on 12 minutes a Williams deep cross had to be nervously headed out for a corner. Brocton were rampant and a Josh D Wilson cross was headed just wide by Harry Flowers on 14 minutes. 

On the quarter hour though, Rocester got to the right corner and James Frost hit a cross which initially looked far too deep. Martin Smyth worked to keep it in and was able to hit a return cross for Karl Ashton to head in.  

On only 22 minutes Smyth pinched the ball off the head of Charlie Jones. The first attack was repelled but Smyth then hit a cracking shot to make it 4—1 and Brocton must have been deflated.

But, despite being unable to make it count, the Badgers had the best of the remainder of the half with shots from Sean Kinsella against the side netting, Wilson just wide, a Lomas cross which beat everyone including incoming forwards and another from Kinsella from distance bringing a fine save from Richard Froggatt.

Surely the effort from the home side would tell in the second and Brocton would come back? But no, a pass back to Aidan Stone left the keeper in trouble and although he did clear it, he was then left in no man’s land and a quick move left and a sharp cross would have reached Danny Chatfield for Rocester’s fifth, but Matt Skinner, throwing his body at the ball, got there first only to turn it in just 2 minutes into the half.

That must be it then. Surely Brocton couldn’t come back from that? Bring on the Michael Williams show. On 49 minutes Kinsella held off a challenge to slip Williams in for Brocton’s second. On 56 he got through the back line, beat Froggatt and found the side netting. On 69 minutes he jumped a challenge from Froggatt before slipping the ball home and on 74 minutes he scored from the tightest of angles having held off a strong challenge on the bye line. But that vital final goal would simply not come, despite a series of penetrating runs from Matt Dean. In fact only heroic tackles from             Flowers and Devoir at the back prevented Rocester making the game safe as Brocton pressed.


Saturday 27th August

BROCTON 0  SHEPSHED DYNAMO 4

Brocton’s failure to defend set pieces and to take chances cost them dear in a match that saw most of the last hour was played in torrential rain.

On 4 minutes Ben Taylor committed a foul just outside the box and the free kick was headed in on the far post by Louis Guest to give Dynamo an early lead.

On 38 minutes Guest joined Brocton’s Michael Williams in referee Ben Stott’s book after pulling down the Badgers’ player-manager Dave Berks on the half way line. 2 minutes later Craig Attwood was unlucky to see a long range shot rebound to safety after striking the angle of post & bar 

Brocton began the 2nd half in determined mood and Williams tied his luck with cross shot. The Dan Lomas was fouled at the expense of a booking for Liam Read but the freekick came to nothing.

At the other end Shepshed’s Karl Whymark curled a free kick wide but then doubled their lead from a corner when Adam Hohn  netted at the far post.

Brocton then replaced Sean Kinsella with substitute Matt Dean who slotted in at right back and Williams moved to centre forward. Before he had a chance to settle Dean found himself getting a yellow card after a shirt pull halted a Dynamo attack.

Brocton failed to defend a freekick on 68 minutes and for the third time a Shepshed defender found himself on the score sheet as Joe Pheasant netted from close range.

The Badgers tried to hit back but Williams could only find the side netting but they did get on top for a 15 minute spell. Berks and Williams interchanged passes to set up a chance but theberks was denied by a point blank save. In Brocton’s next attack Williams went clear down the right, took the ball around the keeper but saw his shot from a tight angle strike the bar and rebound to safety.

5 minutes later Jack Edwards headed against the bar after Dan Lomas had worked hard to get room to cross the ball back in from the right following a Berks free kick from the left. Brocton were in the ascendancy at this stage and Craig Attwood picked up a yellow card for a trip on Edwards but Berks hard hit free kick went wide of the post.

Shepshed then rubbed salt in Brocton’s wounds with a goal in stoppage time Sam Moore turning in another set piece on the far post to make the final score 0-4.

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