Brocton put up a Fight

Brocton 0 - 4 Hereford

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 01:08pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton 0  Hereford  4

A crowd of 362, the biggest in Brocton’s 78 year history, saw the Badgers put up a plucky fight against the semi- pros of Hereford but in the end the Bull’s class told as they ran out 4-0 winners.

An exchange of long balls from either side from the start showed that both sides needed time to settle in to this match. Hereford have eased their way to the head of the league whilst Brocton were keen to build on last week’s success at Shepshed. 

It was the visitors who broke the early pattern with a well paced ball into the right channel for John Mills to use his pace and anticipation. He got in a cross but needed to be there to accept it as well and it was dealt with by the Brocton defence.

Gary Fife, at the other end touched a delicious pass just wide of the post, but looked up to find that he had drifted off side and the Carlos Moreira used his pace on the right to get in a smart cross, deflected for a corner.

That came to nothing but in the follow up Pablo Haysham deceived Matt Hardiman before putting in yet another cross. This time it was high over the box and ran to safety.

For Brocton a Fife flick on gave Sean Kinsella a snap chance, but his shot was screwed wide of the post.

Brocton seemed to be beginning to believe and attacked in numbers. The Hereford midfield in particular were quick to close down but the ball was worked well between Dave Berks and Fife and Craig Holland finished off a fine move with a header wide of the post.

The move played into the visitors’ hands though as a long diagonal ball from deep caught out the Brocton defence and Moreira, who had drifted in from the right, took the ball in his stride with instant control and turned to face Calum Barrett with time and space to pick his spot on 29 minutes.

Dave Ablewhite, marauding from right back, got to the bye line and won a corner and then Fife and Berks combined again to put through Holland for another header wide of the mark. A Haysham free kick gave Mills an excellent opportunity just as half time beckoned but Barrett pulled off the first of a string of fine saves.

With Matt Skinner having to be replaced through injury by Josh Wilson just before the break, and Paul McMahon on for another injury victim Ablewhite, Brocton were more attacking minded, but perhaps less well balanced.

It took a harsh penalty for hand ball to give the visitors a cushion, taken gratefully by Mills in the 50th minute.

Brocton tried to push forward and Dave Berks played in a couple of perfectly weighted passes to Paul McMahon but his pull backs to the penalty spot were cleared by the Bull’s defence. The Badgers’ slim chances of salvaging anything were made even thinner when they were reduced to 10 men as Dan Lomas allowed his frustrations to get the better of him and he was deservedly shown red for a petulant stamp. 

A second penalty for hand ball on 68 minutes really sealed their fate. Once again Mills never looked like missing.

Adam Page made it 0-4 on 72 minutes  but there were no further goals thanks to Barrett’s great display of his very best shot stopping form before the final whistle.

Photo: File pic


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