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Brocton's Woes Continue

Coventry United 4 - 1 Brocton

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2016 09:47pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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This was always going to be a tough away fixture for the Badgers but when Coventry scored 2 goals in 2 minutes midway in the first half it became a real uphill struggle.

Brocton started brightly and in the second minute Matt Hardiman received a cross field ball from Dan Lomas which he struck well only to see the ball strike the cross bar with keeper Richard Morris stranded. Following this Coventry started to force the play down both left and right flanks testing out Brocton’s resilience and had 2 corners in succession which were safely dealt with. Joshua O’Grady and Kevin  Thornton combined but the latter just missed the cross on 12 minutes. Lomas was doing some good work on the right and had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled off side in the 15th minute. Eventual man of the match Kevin Thornton was the midfield dynamo for Coventry and was making things happen and a threaded ball for Mykel Beckley to run onto was quickly spotted by Brocton’s keeper Aidan Stone to save a clear opportunity for the home side. Brocton were having to work hard to keep out the advances of the home side and Aidan Stone was by far the busier keeper. Dan Lomas was Brocton’s main outlet in getting the ball up-field but most of Brocton’s forward play was by way of long balls to Dominic Dell and Hardiman on the wide left. Ben Taylor who was having a good game for the visitors made another timely tackle on Beckley saving a clear run on goal on twenty seven minutes. Coventry were now piling on the pressure and long throw expert Jamie Coleman was bought into play giving Brocton a scare but Stone held firm. However on 31 minutes, a combination of firm precise passes from the right involving Thornton, Pierre Moldime and O’Grady ended with the later working an opening in the box and firing a shot high into the net giving Stone no chance. It was a goal of real quality and it lifted Coventry to produce another neat passing move that gave Thornton a run on goal to inflict more misery on the visitors defence as he picked his spot for the second goal 2 minutes later. Coventry were flying at this stage and Harry Flowers was booked for a firm tackle on Thornton. Respite however came with a stoppage in play when ex Coventry City player Ben Mackey came off with a tight hamstring being replaced by Muzi Nduna on 36 minutes. Brocton managed to get to half time with - out any further damage but Coventry’s mid field were snuffing out the visitors attempts to play the ball forward leaving the Badgers to hit long high hopeful balls that came to nothing.

The second half started in a similar vein as the first with Coventry doing all the pressing and Brocton constantly on the back foot. Any advancement up field by the visitors was quickly turned around into an attack by the home side. O’Grady and Thornton were pulling all the strings and it was O’Grady who fired a shot which was deflected by Mykel Beckley giving Stone no chance, for the third goal on 52 minutes. As in most games the side in front sometimes feel they have done enough, which gave Brocton a little hope as they started to mount a few attacks which resulted in Dominic Dell beating the off side trap and holding off the resistance of a defender and slotted a goal past the advancing keeper. With and injection of youth players Matt Dean, Declan Green and Callum Head Brocton were looking a team without fear and started to impose themselves on the home side and Dell had another opportunity similar to his first goal strike but on this occasion his shot was off target. Josh D Wilson followed this with a cultured looping shot from long range which ended on top of the netting. However this was Brocton’s best period and suddenly it was Brocton who were asking the questions with Matt Dean prepared to pick up the ball in midfield and take on the Coventry defence. With a team full of experienced players the home side realised they needed to regain the initiative, and Thornton and Chris Cox worked well in midfield to resist the Brocton resurgence and started to bring their forward players into the game which resulted in several corners and a double save by Stone from Thornton and O’Grady on 81 minutes. Brocton’s resistance was finally broken on eighty eight minutes with a well worked goal that saw midfielder Cox firing past Stone.           

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