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Coleshill Town 2 - 1 Brocton

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2015 06:57pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Peter Russell
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On paper this must have been a game that Brocton should have had few expectations of a result from. Ultimately it was a 2-1 defeat, but with a display of football that had away supporters bursting with pride and earned generous congratulations from the home management and spectators.

The early loss of a goal through a penalty was a blow but a canny lob from Paul   McMahon in the second half buoyed Brocton’s spirits and was no less than they deserved at the time. It could all have been so different too as substitute Lukas Putka looped a header agonisingly over with his first touch after replacing McMahon.

Away hearts sank when, in injury time home substitute Simon Cobourne finished off a break despite plenty of Brocton bodies thrown into his path with a deflected shot to beat Calum Barrett and steal the points.

It was just ten minutes into the game when a pull back in Brocton’s box was spotted by the referee and punished with a penalty kick from which Shane Benjamin scored with ease. Badgers manager Dave Berks soon lifted his side with a trademark drift into the opposing box and shot. His shot was blocked and Jamie Evans picked it up and drove at the goal, only to see his effort palmed away. 

Evans was getting time and space on the left and found willing help from Berks and Gary Fife, next putting McMahon through on goal. Chris Jay, in the Coleshill goal, anticipated well and beat McMahon to the ball. Charlie Jones and Carl Morris had to work hard in midfield to try to limit Coleshill’s progress, but could do little to curb their long game as Benjamin in particular kept Ed Booth fully occupied at the heart of Brocton’s defence.

Indeed Brocton looked at their most vulnerable when fully committed to attack such as from their own corners. Coleshill broke quickly and purposefully and on several occasions, with Booth up field in attack, it was Jones or Morris who were on hand to hold up play. 

It was good work from Dave Ablewhite deep in defence which set up McMahon for his equaliser. He timed his run through the back line to perfection and lobbed the advancing keeper. 

With Brocton now at their best and playing some attractive and penetrating football, Brocton were able to put on real pressure and Putka was unlucky that his header over Jay was so soon after his introduction. It was a chance that he would rarely miss. The           pressure led to Brocton being caught on the counter as the last moments of the game approached and finally a break led to a goal for Cobourne. Berks still managed a thunderous volley into the side netting as a finale but the points had slipped away.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Jamie Evans, Ed Booth, Dave Ablewhite, Charlie Jones, Paul McMahon, Carl Morris, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Rob Tomlinson, Lukas Putka.

On Saturday Brocton face another top six side when Walsall Wood are the visitors to Silkmore Lane, whilst Brocton Reserves who had a good 2-0 win over Droitwich Spa travel to Cadbury Athletic. Both games kick off at 3pm.

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