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Brocton happy to settle for a draw

Quorn FC vs Brocton FC

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 06:07pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Brian Townsend
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Quorn FC  v Brocton FC - Saturday 19th November 2016


Brocton signalled their intent from the start and applied an intensity not seen for a while and Quorn were pushed back into defending in numbers, and it was only in the 8th minute that the home side managed to get out of their own half. Jack Edwards and Gary Fife were the front runners giving the Quorn defence some scary moments but several attempts were off target. Dan Lomas waded in with a shot on 9 minutes and both Dave Ablewhite and Matt Dockerty were actively probing and pushing good balls through to the front two. Quorn were under pressure but managed an attack on 15 minutes when Ben Taylor had to be aware of the aerial strength of Liam Turner in defending a high cross. Quorn were getting their game together and forced a successive corners but Brocton defended them well particularly with Matthew Cattrell handling well n goal. Leavi Oshungbure put in a long throw which the Brocton defender’s had trouble dealing with but finally Josh Sedegley moved the ball out of the Brocton half. At this point Quorn were having their best spell of the match so far and were getting their passing game together,  albeit Edwards and Fife were a constant threat to the home side taking three and four players to break down the attacks. The Quorn wingers Nick Gould and Rob Mulonga were being restricted by Matt Hardiman and Luke Wright who were contributing to a Brocton solid back line performance. Fife hooked a ball over the bar from an acute angle on 33 minutes and the same player put Sedgeley through but the mid fielder was adjudged off side. Nathan Dale and Niall Mather were working together in the Quorn midfield but Brocton’s midfielders were a match. 

The second half started with Quorn applying the pressure and clearly they were not going to let Brocton repeat the initial pressure they had produced at the start of the match. On 48 minutes Cattrell made a super save at the feet of Oshungbure to keep the visitors in the match. Suddenly the match became end to end with both sets of forwards breaking out looking for the vital break through. Brocton were finding their men but the speed of the ball on a well - manicured flat pitch was giving rise to miss-control at the vital time. Quorn on the other-hand were trying to pass their way into the goal mouth and were over doing it and losing the opportunity. Winger Mulonga was becoming more assertive than in the first half, but his final ball was lacking and Dale had a shot on 60 minutes but was wide of the Brocton goal. Quorn were pressing and playing high up the field and Brocton’s long ball out of defence was not being collected by the forwards. This situation prompted manager David Berks to ring some changes and get fresh legs on the field. Gary Fife was substituted for Conner Leek and this was closely followed by bringing on Matt Dean for Josh Sedgeley. Once the team had re adjusted, Brocton were taking the game again to the home side with Ablewhite and Dean combining well on the right side and a chance was created on 83 minutes which allowed Ablewhite to get close on the goal line but just failing to connect. Conner Leek was called on to fire in two successive corners and Quorn were now back under pressure as Brocton finished strong. Brocton were attacking left and right and Ablewhite and Dean combine to give the later the best chance of the half but he shot directly at the keeper. Quorn responded in the last minute and won a corner but again this was repelled by the Brocton defence to round off a good days work. On reflection it was hard to predict a goal less draw as both teams had worked hard to make an opening but both defences had performed well and the respective forwards had not capitalised on what small opportunities had come along . A draw was a fair result although either side could have taken the points.

Team: M Catterell, L Wright, M Hardiman, B Taylor, A Robinson, M Dockerty, D Ablewhite, J Sedgeley, J Edwards, G Fife, D Lomas. Used subs: C Leek, M Dean.

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