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Plenty of Goal Mouth Action

Stourport Swifts 1 - 3 Brocton

Last Updated: Apr 6, 2015 01:19pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Midland Football League Premier Division

The weather improved into a fine day, and so did the football, with plenty of goal mouth action from both sides and Callum Barrett proving to be Brocton’s man of the match saving a penalty as well as making two other crucial saves which allowed Brocton to finish strong and take all points from mid table Swifts. Another major plus for the team was the introduction of youth player Josh Wilson midway through the second period who acquitted  himself very well and capped a fine display with a goal on eighty five minutes. This had the record pages turning as Josh has become the youngest players to score at the tender age of sixteen on his second appearance for Brocton first XI.

Brocton started the match strongly and were full of confidence from their midweek performance running league leaders Basford to a close call, and it was Sam Bell who un – nerved Swifts keeper Brendon Bunn who was taking his time clearing the ball and unaware of Bells speed, was rushed into a clearance and a glancing ball off the strong running forward fell straight to Gary Fife who was alert and fired in a thirty yard shot with Bunn totally stranded on three minutes. Brocton appeared to be building on this early lead but Stourport started to get their game together although Brocton’s defence and midfield was coping well, and the pairing of Carl Morris and Dan Lomas at the centre had them involved in most of the action at this stage. Wide player Ashley Parsons Smith for Swifts was receiving much of the ball and Matt Hardiman had a contest with the tricky forward, however it was Swifts experienced players who started to show, with central mid fielder Gary Walker and John Griffin combining giving the latter a clear chance and he dispatched a crisp shot from fifteen yards giving Barratt no chance on thirty five minutes.

Brocton were jolted into pressing harder as the equaliser was a shock to their rhythm, and Jamie Evans and Matt Hardiman  on the left side attempted several over lapping attacks as the first half progressed but it was Bell again who undid the Stourport defence with a strong run on the right before firing a terrific shot  across the goal which Bunn parried onto the upright with the ball cannoning into the path of Gary Fife but his shot was over the bar and the chance to finish the half in front had disappeared.

The start of second half was the period that changed the game in Brocton’s favour as Stourport were awarded a penalty for ball to hand on Ed Booth which appeared controversial, however leading scorer John Griffin struck the ball well but Barrett saved and was quick enough to push the re - bounding ball out for a corner. The Brocton keeper was called on again as the ball ricocheted around the Brocton penalty area and finally cleared up-field by Morris. Brocton had withstood the early second halve barrage from the home side and started to move the ball forward and put pressure on Stourport’s defence. Paul McMahon came on for Jack Edwards. Bel and McMahon combined well, with the experienced forward giving central defender Jamie Willets a busy time resulting in a yellow card. Brocton were now spreading play from one wing to the other and eventually Bell’s persistence paid off with another strong run past Swifts left back and firing a low shot beneath the advancing keeper. Stourport were now under serious pressure from a rampant Brocton team and manager Berks introduced youth players Josh Wilson and Charlie Sneddy and further increased the running power of the midfield and forward line with Wilson showing great skill beyond his age to cap off great day for the visitors with a well taken goal. Jamie Willets received his second yellow card and Swifts finished the game with ten men but with only five minutes left Brocton continued to pressurise and were close to increasing their lead but the entertaining game was already won.

Team: Callum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Matt Hardiman, Matt Dockerty, Ed Booth, Dan Lomas, Jack Edwards, Carl Morris, Sam Bell, Gary Fife, Jamie Evans.

Used Subs: Paul McMahon, Charlie Sneddy, Josh David Wilson. Unused Charlie Jones

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