Brocton go five points clear at the top

St Mary’s Hospice Midland Combination Premier Division

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2014 09:12pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton 4  Pershore Town 2


Brocton are five points clear at the top of the Mid Comb Premier Division after a 4-2 home win over Pershore Town.

A cagey first quarter of an hour saw Brocton content to play the ball across their back line and to probe for a route forward and their visitors Pershore Town equally content to keep their hosts at that sort of distance and to try to pick off any mistakes. The match could have been completely different to what followed had the home side’s tactic paid off, which it so nearly did on that quarter hour. A corner was won and the ball, delivered beyond the far post, was headed down by Dan Lomas.

The shot was wide of the mark and when Pershore won a corner for themselves in the following attack, Mark Owen showed how it should be converted with a neat header in at the near post.

Before Brocton had drawn breath Owen provided his colleague Damien Fearn with a peach of a pass which took Fearn beyond the Brocton back line and left only Adam Whitheouse to beat. The shot was struck wide. Owen had the benefit of perseverance in their next foray forward though as an attempt to avoid a back pass was intercepted and Scott Walsh had the straight forward task of slotting the loose ball into the net.

Brocton manager John Berks reacted by trying to change the shape of Brocton’s play and it was the unfortunate Charlie Jones, who had been his usual dynamic self in midfield, who gave way to Sam Bell, giving the home side the width that they had so far missed.

In fact Brocton’s first goal came via the opposite flank when Jamie Evans combined with Lomas to set up Dave Berks albeit some twenty five yards from goal. He struck a beauty and Brocton were back in the game. He could have repeated the feat with a ball from Bell on the right after Richard Allen had set Bell on a run, but his shot was well blocked and Pershore could easily have finished the half with another themselves when Bell had the ball pinched from him and Allen was outpaced, but once again the eventual shot was wide of the target.

Bell’s pace took him to the bye line on a number of occasions in the second period and even if the goals weren’t to come from this route, the outlet was providing impetus to the rest of the Brocton team and pushing Pershore further back. When a series of shots and blocks failed to provide a goal it looked as if this was not to be the Badgers’ day and the Pershore keeper pulled off an excellent save to keep out an effort from Damien Charie to reinforce that view.

But the visitors could not hold out as Carl Morris put through Bell and despite Bell having to slide to keep the ball in play, he got up to put Berks in with a low cross and Berks finished off with a fine volley.

Paul McMahon put Brocton ahead for the first time in the match half an hour into the second period with the faintest of headers from a free kick and then Berks completed his hat trick and Brocton’s come back with a calm dribble in the box and side foot home.

Brocton:  Adam Whitehouse,  Richard Allen, Jamie Evans, Rob Tomlinson, Levi Bailey, Dave Berks, Carl Morris, Charlie Jones, Damien Charie, Dan Lomas, Paul McMahon.

Used Substitutes: Sam Bell, Dave Ablewhite, Ashley Phillips.

On Saturday Brocton are away to Alvis Sporting whilst the Reserves are at home to Fairfield Villa Reserves – both games kick off at 3pm




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