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Brocton hit by the top teams

Midlands Football League, premier division

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 07:37pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Unfortunately Brocton are hitting all the top teams at this point in the season and Lye Town are no exception currently [censored] second on equal points to the leaders. However as last week, the Brocton team performance was exceptional and competitive which belied their lowly position.

The rain over the previous 24 hours had made the surface a little sticky and slippery which both teams had to adjust to playing in the conditions. Lye were soon into the attack with Ben Billingham, and Jack Till getting shots away in the early exchanges. Brocton settled well and forced a corner on 5 minutes which was well defended by the home side. Brocton however where finding the surface unreliable as they were closing down the Lye attacker’s and giving away a series of free kicks.

Matt Dean was in the action with several of Lye attacks coming from the left, albeit the Brocton midfield and defence were breaking up the advances. Kenney Devoir, Shaun Kinsella and Dan Lomas were working well in mid field and with Jack Edwards spear heading Brocton’s attack, and where giving Lye some worrying times and Lomas had a heading opportunity on 16 minutes which Keeper Dean Coleman had to deal with. Conner Leek and Jack Edwards were keeping the Lye back four busy and a smart chip by Leek enabled Edwards a run on goal but it was finally well blocked. Lye were prepared to play long balls to their front runners who found Ben Taylor and Luke Wright in commanding form, with most balls well dealt with effectively.

A free kick however given away by the visitors on 28 minutes enabled Lye to take the lead with a high floated ball for Till to head in on the far post. Brocton were not put off by this reversal and launched several attack themselves and following a free kick awarded to Brocton, Kinsella’s shot was met by Ben Taylor who hit the ball which skimmed the Lye crossbar on 38 minutes. This was followed a minute later with Lomas on the right picking up a cross ball but unfortunately his shot was well over the bar.

Just before half time Lye forced several corners in an attempt to finish off the game before half time but Brocton defence looked secure and were quick to counter attack, where Edwards forced a save from Coleman.

At the start of the second half Lye were prepared to just hit the ball forward cutting out the midfield, where- as Brocton when they were allowed to get the ball down, tried to play some football. Edwards worked an opening on 47 minutes but his shot was straight at Coleman in the Lye goal.

At the other end Till advanced beyond the Brocton back line only to be tackled by Matt Harding, with Lye town players calling for a penalty but the referee signalled the Brocton defender had won the ball cleanly. There was little between the teams at this stage but Lye persistently cleared the ball in the air and the game was not a pretty affair. Lye were awarded a free kick for an altercation between Lomas and Sam Tyre and from a floated ball over Luke Wright, James Spray controlled and shot past the advancing Aden Stone for goal number  2 on 70 minutes.

Following this Brocton looked vulnerable but credit to the visitors they over -came the disappointment and started to push Lye back with some good control and running from Connor Leek. The same player pursued a ball which had been passed back to keeper Coleman and was rewarded with a deflected goal as the panicking keeper fired the ball against the forward for Brocton’s first goal on seventy six minutes.

This gave Brocton new hope and it was Lye who now looked vulnerable and were prepared to kick the ball anywhere to clear their lines. Brocton had a couple of corners and a free kick which piled on the pressure but the visitors were unable to get their deserves. Lye were reduced to break - aways  and on 90 minutes tied up the match with a shot from man of the match Billingham. The game was a good example showing the little difference between top and bottom of this quality league.


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