Last Minute Heartbreak for Brocton

Brocton 1 - 2 Westfields

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 08:58pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Brian Chandler
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Midland League Premier Division

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Brocton  1  Westfields  2


Heartbreak in the final minutes as Brocton finally concede the second and winning goal after battling with ten men for all of the second half and part of the first. Manager Dave Berks should be far from down though and praise for his players is the order of the day. After two fine wins the prospect of next meeting the top three teams in the league was daunting but perhaps a target for those game might have been 2 points; perhaps a couple of draws. The fact that it was a win followed by two hard fought losses feels worse just now but it should not.

The game was even for the best part of half an hour with Westfields understandably the more assured in their build up and Brocton clearing their lines and trying to play further up the pitch. The danger man for the visitors looked to be Sirdic Grant, whose pace and trickery posed a threat, but it was Chris Ham who broke the deadlock.

Brocton seemed to have repelled the attack as the initial tackle was won, but the ball ran loose to Ham and as the defence sorted their positions, he took the opportunity to place an unchallenged shot from 25 yards beyond Aidan Stone.

Berks and Dave Ablewhite worked a left wing overlap and got themselves deep into Westfields territory only for Berks then to misfire on his cross and the visitors struck back with a fine run from Grant. Despite having jinked past two in midfield, Grant had plenty to do as he approached the Brocton half, but Craig Holland, sensing danger, blocked his run. The free kick looked unnecessary, but worse was to come as Holland was sent off.

As the end of the half approached, nothing came from the free kick, but Brocton were able to get into their opponents box. Once again the attack looked likely to be dealt with, but Dan Lomas was pulled back and a penalty was awarded. Ablewhite converted to put the scores level at the break.

Brocton’s ten men fought bravely in the second period, clearing long whenever they could and limiting the chances against them. Jack Edwards rose to the occasion and was ably supported at both ends of the field by Nick Wellecomme. Edwards’ fine work on the left took him to the bye line and his cut back into the box for Berks was accurate, but good defending by Kane Kahaki, reading the intention and cutting out the pass , foiled the attempt.

Brocton’s woes were added to by a slip and injury to Kenny Devoir, immediately replaced by Josh Sedgeley, before a run through the defence by Wellecomme raised home hopes. He tried a trick to put the ball into a shooting position, but this time a slight slip let in the defender and the chance was gone.

Westfields hammered at the door and the inevitable second had to come, with Stone producing excellent saves and the whole team fought to keep the draw, but within sight of the final whistle, a speculative diagonal ball into the box missed the defence and Richard Greaves grabbed the winner.


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