Loughborough University 2 - 2 Brocton

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2015 03:53pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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A perfect day and setting belied a difficult pitch which caused the players of both sides to mistrust their passing and hinted at a high probability that there would be mistakes punished at some time in this game.

Gary Fife got beyond the home back line very early but the bounce of the ball took him wide of goal and, whilst he did get a shot away, it did not trouble Joe Halstead in Loughborough’s goal. Good approach play in the following move got Brocton into the box in numbers and good defending pushed Charlie Jones wide with the ball. He did not waste the chance though, chipping beautifully for Fife at the far post. Only a great goal line block prevented the opening score. Even then the ball ran to Dave Berks and his shot too was well blocked. 

Brocton had the advantage at that stage and another fine move was started by Calum Barrett, worked to Berks and from there to Jones, who set Jamie Evans on a run on the right. Evans cut back and fired in a shot which Halstead tipped over with his finger tips. Paul McMahon, belying his years and covering the pitch like a youngster, put Fife through with a deft lob and Fife managed to head it down in front of his run, but his attempted lob missed the target. Then on 24 minutes Berks brought another fine save from Halstead with a shot from distance.

For Loughborough, relying on their pace all over the field to break whenever a Brocton move broke down, it had been Joe Davis whose drifting into off side positions had pulled them up short too often. But on 25 minutes his patience was rewarded as he timed his run to perfection and only a timely dive on to the ball at the striker’s feet by Barrett stopped a one on one with the keeper ending in a home goal. 

The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes when Fife found Dan Lomas in mid field and Lomas put through McMahon to take on Halstead and convert.

The second period saw Callum Rudd replace the injured Evans and McMahon bring a great save from Halstead as a repeat of the move for the opening goal with Berks playing the central role this time. 

Loughborough had increased their tempo in this half though and the lively Ben Ward-Cochrane tested Barrett from distance to remind the visitors not to expect an easy ride. Indeed early thoughts that the still tentative passing on a surface that few trusted fully soon came back to mind. The pacey  Loughborough players had intercepted hesitant passes throughout the match and there was always the chance that one would lead to a goal. It was the unfortunate Rob Tomlinson with his first touch since substituting for Lomas, who headed towards Barrett and Loughborough’s own substitute Andrew bridges nipped in to collect the ball and bring the home side level. They soon drew ahead when breaking after the Badgers threw everything forward to try to regain their advantage and a break saw Ward-Cochrane out pace everyone from the half way line and strike home. It took a piece of magic from Berks after a quick pass from Matt Hardiman, with a cross field ball to the feet of McMahon, who coolly slotted the ball in, to bring the Badgers back on level terms. Both sides continued to go all out for the win, but the draw was a fair result.


Brocton: Calum Barrett, Jamie Evans, Matt Hardiman, Matt Dockerty, Ed Booth, Charlie Jones, Paul McMahon, Carl Morris, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Callum Rudd, Dave Ablewhite, Rob Tomlinson


On Saturday Brocton entertain high riding Quorn at Silkmore Lane (kick off 3pm)


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