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Shawbury United 2 - 0 Brocton

Midland Football League Premier Division

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2016 08:18pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Shawbury were straight into the action with Nathan Hodge firing over a cross from the right which took a deflection and Aidan Stone in the Brocton goal stretched to ensure the ball went out of play but was injured when he collided with the post.

The game had started at a slow pace but Lee Scott was prepared to chase lost causes in an effort to inject some tempo into the visitor’s early attacks. Jack Edwards provided a delightful cross which James Askey hurriedly headed out to foil the oncoming Scott on 7 minutes. Most of Shawbury’s attacking work was coming from Hodge and when he fired a shot straight at Stone, one expected the keeper to make a clean save of it, but it spun out of his hands, over his head and although a lunging save followed in an attempt to clear the ball the linesman was on hand to confirm it had crossed the line.

Shawbury had their tails up and forced a couple of corners from which Stone redeemed himself and Brocton weathered the storm. Brocton’s confidence returned and on 15 minutes they were having a good spell during which Josh Sedgley had a good shot saved by keeper Ian Havard. Jason Wellings and Owen Lloyd combined with the latter shooting just past Brocton’s right hand post. The visitors had an opportunity on 20 minutes following a corner by Shaun Kinsella which was met firmly by Harry Flowers but his header was just over.

The game was end to end with both teams forcing corners and was evenly balanced at this stage. Sedgley crossed for Ablewhite on 30 minutes but the ball was cleared by the no nonsense Shawbury defence. Stuart Ellis left the field for a while with an injury and Brocton took advantage with some forward movement and a shot from Edwards was well saved by Havard and the race was on between Scott and Liam Taylor but it was the defender who cleared the ball, injuring himself in the process but saving the day and foiling Brocton’s best chance of the half. At this point Brocton were finishing the half strongly and Sedgeley had another shot deflected out for a corner.

The second half started at a higher tempo and the home side had Brocton under pressure from the off and within 3 minutes of the restart had capitalised on their efforts with the second goal coming from a Hodge cross on the right which deceived Brocton’s central defenders only for Charles Knowles to force home from close range.

This was not the start that the visitors needed as they had looked a clear match for Shawbury in the first half but were now facing an uphill struggle. Manager Berks bought on Josh D Wilson for Kenny Devoir ,and Josh Wilson for Scott  in an endeavour to turn the fortunes around. Brocton forced a corner on 52 minutes but this was well defended by the Shawbury centre backs, and they quickly turned defence into attack with Liam Armstrong having a golden opportunity to put the home side further ahead but shot wide as Stone came out to defend his area.

Brocton were prepared to go forward in an effort to get something out of the game and Kinsella had a left foot shot on 62 minutes which was well saved by Havard deflecting the ball over for a corner. There were several free kicks for off side as both defences pushed up and compressed the play in midfield. Dan Lomas replaced Sedgeley on 65 minutes and was immediately into the action with a well worked cross from the left but it was safely gathered by Havard.

Brocton were prepared to push forward and Shawbury content to rely on breakaways which troubled the visitors but neither forward line had any clear chances. Flowers who had been dominant in the centre of defence for Brocton fouled Knowles at the edge of the penalty area and Kenny Cooper shaped up for the free kick but his attempt was well over.

The game petered out and Brocton could only reflect on their few opportunities that may have turned the game in their favour, but the rub of the green does not appear to be going their way at present.

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