Brocton Secure First Win of Season

Brocton 3 - 0 Rocester

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2015 08:51am
Cannock East, Cannock Chase
By Pete Russell
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Rain made the pitch slick and encouraged both teams to play attacking football. With pace to spare and plenty of height for set pieces, it was Rocester who looked the most threatening in the opening exchanges. The visitors won a series of corners but Brocton’s defence looked well organised and it was the spectators who were concerned when one effort direct from a corner glanced the top of the bar. Calum Barrett watched the ball all the way and seemed unconcerned.

It was from just such a corner that Brocton broke and threatened themselves, but as  Rocester broke themselves, Matt Hardiman took a knock, being awarded a free kick in the process. The ball was quickly lost and then Brocton were under severe pressure with Hardiman still receiving treatment. The home side survived and were relieved to see James Rushby strike his shot wide moments later when he strode right through the centre of Brocton’s midfield and defence. 

Brocton were having brief forays forward themselves with young Josh D Wilson striking over from distance, but a fine combination play between Kyle Wadsworth and Tom Brown brought the best from Barrett as he saved low to his right. When Hardiman slipped and fell with Rob Ritchie-Smith running at Brocton’s back line it seemed the pressure must tell, but once again it was Barrett to the rescue, this time cutting out a dangerous cross. 

Brocton’s best chance to date came as Gary Fife took a pass from Ben Farrall. Farrall had turned his defender and found Fife in the box. Although the striker was quickly closed down, he managed to ride two tackles, only to shoot wide. Fife went one better as the half drew to a close, looping a header over the advancing Richard Froggatt and converting Dave Berks’ pin point free kick on 44 minutes.

With Josh Wilson replacing Farrall after the break, it was Rocester who increased their tempo in an attempt to pull back the deficit. Brocton also improved though and with confidence increasing with every touch, were soon stroking the ball about and attacking in numbers. 

Josh D Wilson went close after Fife had held the ball well before slipping it to Dan Lomas. Wilson was centimeters short of converting Lomas’ cross at the far post. Fife repeated the feat and this time won a corner before the two Josh Wilsons combined on the left with the youngster giving his slight elder a fine pass which he drove home.

A loose pass in midfield was picked up by Berks and a slide rule pass found the well timed run from Fife and the latter showed his quality as he coolly chipped Froggatt to put the game safe. There was still time for Callum Rudd to replace Josh D Wilson and Patrick Ions to give a well earned rest to Charlie Jones. A fine shot from Karl Demidh rebounded out from the underside of Brocton’ bar to prove that this was Brocton’s day.



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