Not a Great Start for Brocton

Brocton 0 - 5 Lye Town

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015 09:34am
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton started well enough with some decent passing although in those early         exchanges neither side looked likely to score. As the game progressed it seemed that it was to be a long ball contest and for a period the goal keepers missed their players out and found each other. It was such a long pass that led to Lye Town’s opener when Simon Williams ignored plaintiff calls for off side and kept his composure to beat a stranded Calum Barrett.

James Spray held the ball well for the visitors all game and his strength on the ball let in the hard working Tom Overfield, but this time nothing came of the move.

Then Brocton put together a few promising moves of their own. A flick on from Gary Fife let Josh Wilson in on the right and a good cross found Fife’s head for a downward effort wide of the post with keeper Jake Bedford grateful for the let off. Then Brocton’s most positive move to date found Josh Wilson free once more. He cut back on to his left and once again picked out a good cross. Ben Farrall got a firm head to it but under pressure and could only put it over the bar.

A moment’s hesitation by Callum Rudd when going for a header in defence left him stranded as the ball was pushed beyond him and with acres of time and space the cross was measured and Overfield made no mistake.

Wilson was unlucky then to slip on the ball when looking to attack the space on the wing, but the response was both  swift and clinical. Sam Tye put in a ball across field from right to left and although Spray rode his luck a little when the ball arrived, he worked his way into the box and never looked like missing.

Brocton had a glimmer of a chance to cheer up the half time talk when Fife was tripped in the box. He got up to take the penalty himself, but Bedford flung himself to his left and pushed the effort round the post.

It was a poor pass into the centre of Lye’s defence that led to Brocton conceding a fourth. A single long bal from the back had the defence static and looking at each other as Overfield nipped through and had time to commit Barrett before taking the ball round him and striking home.

Strangely it seemed that both teams really only relaxed and started to play some good football at that moment, when here was no doubt about where the points were going. Spray took a great touch at his feet and held the ball before putting through Simon  Williams. It took a Barrett special save to keep him out. Then the honours were            reversed as Williams fed Spray for Lye’s fifth. And finally Brocton played some good passes to open up Lye’s defence with Fife able to shoot at goal. Bedford dropped on it comfortably enough.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Calum Rudd, Matt Hardiman, Matt Dockerty, Rob Tomlinson, Charlie Jones, Josh Wilson, Gary Fife, Paul McMahon, Ben Farrall, Dan Lomas.

Used Substitutes: Charlie Snedden, Matt Skinner, Keenan Powell.


A much happier Five OH was celebrated before Saturday’s Match when a presentation was made to Brocton FC secretary Terry Homer to mark his 50 years with the club
It was the start of the 1965-66 season which ended with England winning the world cup that Terry began his Brocton career as a promising young full back who went on the make 597 appearances for Brocton
Terry Homer is pictured receiving the memento from Brocton President Graham Williams who skippered the side Terry came into back in 1965.


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