Brocton Recover to take 1-0 win

Brocton 1 - 0 Tividale

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 08:10am
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Midland League Premier Division


Tuesday 16th August 2016

Brocton  1  Tividale  0


It would be surprising if there were not some nerves after Saturday but there was a determination evident that the Badgers would not lie down. A bright start was made better as early as the eighth minute when a Sean Kinsella corner was met with a powerful header and goal by Dan Lomas.

It could have been even better on twenty one minutes when Kinsella released the run of Dominic Dell. Dell did everything but score as he held of the close attentions of a defender and passed the onrushing keeper, but also beat the post.

Jack Edwards was having the freedom of the park with a succession of darting runs down the right flank. His crosses were dangerous too and Tividale did well to keep them at bay during this purple patch. Their efforts looked to have finally failed when Kinsella met a tempting and decisive cross from Edwards with a left foot volley. It went over the bar.

That was still only on the half hour and the speedy Luke Morris then had a run of his own down the left flank. He was well marshalled and unfortunately turned his ankle as he attempted a cross on the bye line. The set back seemed to galvanise Tividale’s efforts and soon afterwards Matt Jukes strode through the Brocton defence only to shoot over the bar. 

The visitors’ pressure mounted and it took the calm head of Kenny Devoir to firstly take the ball off the line as Tividale threatened to force it home and then to put in a timely header clear as the ball was recycled. 

The half finished with a good save by Tom Hayward as Ben Taylor headed strongly for the top corner.

Tividale raised their tempo from the start of the second period and Brocton had to   defend throughout the half. They did so and survived a series of increasingly frantic attacks with a calm determination. It all came with a cost as both Matt Skinner and Josh Wilson had to come off with injuries.

Their sterling efforts were so nearly not quite enough though as, with the final whistle close enough to touch, their defences were breached and a volleyed shot was struck from well within the home penalty box. On this occasion it was Brocton’s day and just as the Badgers had done with their shots on Saturday, the volley was unfeasibly hit high over the bar.


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