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Coventry United 0 Brocton 1

Les James Challenge Cup Round 2

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2013 02:05pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Holders Brocton made heavy weather of this tie against a side languishing in mid –table two divisions below the Badgers.

On a superb pitch to match Brocton’s own, one would have thought the away side would have made easy work of this but this was not to be against a Coventry United side, who were determined to give a good show of themselves. Brocton started well against the strong wind Sam Bell saw plenty of the ball but did not get his crosses into the areas where his fellow forwards could capitalise. Gary Fife and Dave Berks in central mid field also struggled to thread the balls through to the front runners of Jethro  Jarratt and Paul McMahon.

The Badgers failed to produce anything from their dominance of the first 15 minutes and from then on until half time it was Coventry who had the best opportunities as they passed the ball well but they either failed to produce the telling final ball or the finish was lacking. Brocton’s back four looked solid and most balls went through to Adam Whitehouse. Coventry’s main threat came from the tricky play of Muzi Nduna who was giving Jamie Evans a busy time. Charlie Jones who had played well winning the ball in mid field and attempting to get the Brocton forwards moving had to go off with an injury to be replaced by the left footed Dan Lomas, whose presence gave the Badgers a more balanced look as they ventured forward.

In the second half with the wind behind them Brocton started to create a lot more and Bell again featured as he saw plenty of the ball on the right wing but was well marshalled by Coventry’s left back and several opportunities to cross were foiled. Craig Hulme came on for McMahon and started to work a few moves on the left with Evans. From passes through mid - field he had two one on one opportunities but on both occasions United’s goal keeper Joe Conner was quick to react. Several corners ensued but the Brocton forwards were unable to connect with the exception of Dan Lomas who headed just wide and collided with the post. As Brocton put on the pressure Coventry were defending in numbers with Kenroy Denneur prominent with good central defensive play.

Coventry advanced up field in an effort to catch Brocton on the break and went close through a shot from Andrew Woodall. Whitehouse sent a high ball through the centre, which bounced over the defenders and Fife anticipated, but failed to turn the ball around the advancing Conner. With extra time looming it looked as though Brocton had exhausted their opportunities. However a well worked run down the left by ‘man of the match’ Jamie Evans changed that. He crossed the ball, to Lomas and he powered in a left foot shot from twelve yards in added time to send the Badgers into the next round. It was heart breaking for Coventry who had belied their lower league status and produced a fine entertaining game in blustery conditions.

Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Dave Ablewhite, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Levi Bailey, Sam Bell, Dave Berks, Charlie Jones, Gary Fife, Paul McMahon, Jethro Jarrett.

Used Subs: Dan Lomas, Craig Hulme, Lukas Putka

This Saturday Brocton are again in knockout action in a tough looking Staffordshire FA Vase 2nd Round Tie against Wolstanton United at Silkmore Lane (kick off 3pm). The Reserves are away to Continental Star in a League game that kicks off at 2pm 

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