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Lapse in Contentration Costs Brocton

Brocton 1 - 2 Bardon Hill

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 06:17pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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This was the first meeting between the two clubs as Bardon Hill had been promoted this year from the East Midlands League. Whilst neither team has made a very convincing start to the season it was Bardon who made all the early running in this encounter and were dominant for the first ten minutes with their open direct play. Brocton did start to get the measure of the opposition and they had a share of the attacking play but keeper Josh O’Brien was not troubled.

The game was stretched from end to end play, as both teams tried to get their front runners going. Matt Dockerty and Charlie Jones  featured in mid field for the home side but Mike Paparozzi  and Dean Withers were a constant threat for Bardon. It was from these early exchanges that Bardon suddenly struck with two goals in quick succession, the first from Rich Hanslow on nineteen minutes and then Matt Brown doubled the lead on twenty one minutes. Bardon were as surprised as Brocton were disappointed that they had let the visitors take a two goal lead. This did spark some reaction and Brocton pressed eventually getting a reply on thirty minutes from David Berks.

The second half started with both teams playing open football as they had in the first half but neither were making serious penetration to get clear shots on goal. Dean Withers operating on the left was the main outlet for Bardon with Luke Tozer feeding balls from midfield. As the game wore on Brocton needed to inject some new ideas as they were getting bogged down in midfield, and decided to bring on Josh Wilson to give more width and penetration on the left and moved Dave Ablewhite into midfield with Calum Rudd taking the right back position.

This move allowed Brocton to penetrate on both flanks and balls were now being fed to Gary Fife at centre forward, and the main striker had two gilt edge opportunities, but headed over on sixty minutes and attempted to lob keeper O’Brien on sixty six minutes but the ball was wide. Brocton now looked the team in ascendancy and were putting increasing pressure on the Bardon defence with the home side finding their men with pin point accuracy.

Both Wilson and Lomas were making runs into the penalty area and it was Lomas who came the closest by hitting the upright with O’Brien beaten. The game was frenetic particularly around the Bardon penalty area as Brocton put more and more pressure on the visitors in an attempt to get the equaliser that their play deserved. This was not going to be Brocton’s day as Bardon realised that they just needed to pack their defence and see the game out and to their credit that is what they did.

The home side can only reflect on the lapse of concentration in the first half, which cost them dearly in a match where they should have had at least a share of the spoils.

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