Hereford 4 - 1 Brocton

Midlands Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2016 08:08pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Thankfully Brocton will not come up against a player of the ability of Mustupha Bundu too often, although having come away with a relatively gentle mauling, hopefully all of the players will look back fondly on the experience. He is surely destined for higher things.

Ably assisted by the strength and guile of Mike Symons and his striking partner Sirdic Grant, it felt only a matter of time before the floodgates opened as Hereford made and squandered a chance about every two minutes from the kick off.

In the end it was Bundu who opened the scoring on 12 minutes, having jinked in from the left and hit a shot which thundered against the underside of the cross bar on its way into the net. 

For Brocton Jack Edwards intercepted a pass in midfield and showed good control and clever feet to by-pass two midfield tackles. His attempt to find Paul McMahon in the box was a little too high. When Dan Lomas repeated the trick of intercepting in midfield, he put Hereford on their heels by quickly finding Dave Berks, whose cross to the back post was swept in by Edwards for an unlikely equaliser.

Bundu then beat Gary Fife, once again employed as a centre back, with exhilarating speed, but Calum Barrett was out quickly from his goal to narrow Bundu’s angle and his shot could only find the side netting.

Berks had a free kick to try to grab a cheeky lead, but whilst his effort caused defender Jamie Laird to head wildly past Martin Horsell, his own keeper, it went wide.

Barrett, at the other end then made a tremendous save to keep out Bundu once more before an orderly queue formed in Brocton’s box to convert a loose ball across goal. Unaccountably no-one could put it in and the half finished all square, but not before Symons tried to get the crowd to win him a penalty with an embarrassing effort in the box which fortunately the referee waved away.

No such luck for the visitors early in the second half though as the pace of Bundu took him into the box and won a penalty, which he converted himself. Brocton were visibly as deflated as the home side were lifted and it was not too much of a surprise when the bustling Symons scored to finish a good move with a turn in at the near post, holding off defenders with good body strength. Laird completed the scoring by turning in a loose ball which had bounced all around the area before landing in his path at the far post. It was a well deserved victory and no shame on a Brocton side who did their best against a much stronger team.


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