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Last Updated: Dec 31, 2013 08:25am
Penkside, Stafford
By Adam Checkley
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Stafford Town 1  Brocton  0

All credit to Stafford Town, who succeeded in getting this game on following rain in the build up to festive season. They certainly reaped the benefit following a lack lustre performance by the league leaders.

Stafford had posted in their programme that they had not defeated Brocton in a competitive match for twenty seven years; the last being when both clubs were in the Staffs Senior League. Town started the brighter and pushed Brocton back testing them with two corners early on. These were well defended, however every time a green shirt had the ball, a red shirt was quick to close down and Brocton appeared to be going no where. It was only on the ten minute mark that Brocton got a shot on the target.

Jacob Snape was always willing to chase the ball and gave the Brocton defence anxious moments and Jole Mills headed outside from a cross from the right.

Brocton were stringing a few good passes together but without much effect as Stafford covered well when the Badgers advanced. David Berks got himself away from the defenders on twenty five minutes to hit a low drive but hit the upright and Gary Fife followed with a free kick, but this was not up to his normal standards.

On twenty five minutes, following a good move by Stafford which appeared to be well covered by the Brocton defenders, up came James Creswell from his right back position to the edge of the Brocton penalty area and lobbed a ball over everyone, including keeper Adam Whitehouse, for the one and only goal of the match.

As in the first half, Stafford were prepared to draw Brocton onto them but close them down in the midfield area where Francis Dacres and Matt Dockerty worked hard in an endeavour to get the ever willing Morgan Hurley chasing balls up-field  and then supporting the attack. Brocton huffed and puffed themselves in midfield with Charlie Jones and David Berks working hard but unable to get Fife or Jarrett into positions to be effective. Sam Beech and Lucas Putka came on in a final effort to get at least an equalising goal.

Only in the last ten minutes did Stafford look to be under any serious threat, where both Fife and Lomas went close. Jason Cunningham came on and was the lone striker allowing more players to defend their lead, but the home side saw out the remaining time as Brocton failed to penetrate.

Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Dave Ablewhite, Jamie Evans, Levi Bailey, Rob Tomlinson, Charlie Jones, Dave Berks, Gary Fife, Dan Lomas, Jethro Jarrett, Paul McMahon.

Used Subs. Sam Beech, Lukas Putka.

 

Brocton 5 Southam United 1

Saturday 28th December 2013

With Southam United [censored] currently in fourth place, this was a potentially difficult match for the Badgers and all the more so following an indifferent few games.

Had Southam been able to make more of a hand full of slips in those first few minutes, the game may have been very different. But those early nerves were settled when Jamie Evans got deep into the Southam half and his deep cross was met with a resounding downward header by Paul McMahon to set Brocton on their way.

Simeon Smith showed how dangerous he can be with a powerful shot on target from distance, but Adam Whitehouse was well positioned and held it comfortably. When Ryan Caouto repeated the feat a minute or two later, his was hit low and Smith was alert to any possible rebound, but Whitehouse dived on it and held tight.

Gary Fife then got to the bye line and despite looking hopelessly surrounded, got in a low cross, which McMahon just failed to reach at the far post and it was from that very spot that Dan Lomas found the side netting as Brocton turned up the pressure.

It was the visitors with the best chance then as Smith got beyond Brocton’s back line only to find Whitehouse had anticipated well and was out to clear before any shot could develop and amazingly it was half time.

A weak head back to Whitehouse could have caused a reversal at the start of the second half, but Josh Holford took his shot early when it looked as though he had time to set himself and the shot went well wide. Damien Charie almost made the visitors pay for that in the next attack as he cut in from his right sided run and made space for a shot, but he too pulled it wide.

Ten minutes into the half Fife was tripped and Evans took the free kick. He missed out all of the defence and put Fife in perfect position at the far post where he accepted the chance with a rare headed effort.

Southam fought back with a fine run to Brocton’s left corner, winning a corner in the process. The ball was hit hard into the box and  a wicked deflection could have beaten Whitehouse, but he got a hand to it and clawed it into his chest as Smith once again prepared to pounce.

Fife then got beyond the Southam back line where he had to stretch to head a looping pass. He gathered the headed ball before a retreating defence could get to him and although he was now under pressure, hit a fine shot beyond the dive of keeper Kieran Conway.

Once again an immediate reaction from the visitors took them to within sight of Brocton’s goal and this time it took a timely toe poke almost from the boot of the Southam striker to prevent a shot.

Dave Ablewhite made a run to the right bye line, mostly on will power alone as he had worked hard all match, but he got in a great cross and Lomas met it first time with a low shot into the net. And the Brocton scoring was completed as Fife took a free kick from almost on the goal line and squeezed it in as attackers and defenders alike failed to touch the ball.

The scoring was still not complete as Oliver Manoocheri scored a penalty for the visitors with almost the last kick of the match after a tired looking tackle in the home box.

Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Dave Ablewhite, Jamie Evans, Rob Tomlinson, Levi Bailey, Damien Charie, Charlie Jones, Andy Bourne, Dan Lomas, Gary Fife.

Used Substitutes: Sam Beech, Jethro Jarrett, Richard Allen.

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