Southam United 0 - 3 Brocton

Midland Combination Premier Division

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2014 07:36pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton picked up another 3 points with a 0-3 win at Southam in a game that was harder fought than the scoreline suggests.

A strong wind from one end of the pitch to the other would have an effect on how this game was played, but initially it was the high work rate of the home side which caught the eye. They closed the ball down quickly and with a no nonsense approach in any dangerous areas, they were set up to keep Brocton at arm’s length.
A Dave Berks corner undid that good intent as early as the third minute. His wickedly swerving flag kick hit the underside of the bar as it curled in on the wind and left Southam keeper Tom Crowe unable to do anything about it. Dan Lomas was first to react and prodded it into the net.
Southam continued to close quickly and, to their credit, the Badgers matched the home side’s work rate as they swept up balls over the top of the defence that were holding up in the wind for forward runs from Pav Tomacek, who also had a considerable height advantage in his favour, and the darting runs from wide right of Leigh Phillips.
Southam managed to keep Brocton at bay for almost the entire half and indeed it took a back four full of leaders in Dave Ablewhite, Matt Skinner, the returning Dean Crowley and Rob Tomlinson to stop Southam’s progress at the other end. A dart into the box by Gary Fife with the ball at his feet was met with a timely tackle by Simon Hicks just before the break and another by Sam Bell, getting beyond Phillips for the first time and finding the side netting were really Brocton’s only other chances.
Leaders on the pitch included Andy Bourne, who had kept his own and his team mates’ work rate high and managed to get his foot to a Bell cross a quarter of an hour into the second half to give Brocton a cushion before he came off for a well-earned rest.
Brocton were beginning to dominate possession at that point and had strung together a few good passing moves before the double substitute pair of Damien Charie and Paul McMahon combined to put the game safe. A typically probing pass from Berks had found Brocton’s third substitute Ashley Phillips on the left and Phillips found Charie. His strength of body and close control took him free of his marker and able to slide the ball invitingly across to McMahon, who duly dispatched the chance. But for a fine save at his feet by Cross moments later, McMahon would have hit his second after Bell had skipped a couple of desperate attempted tackles and put in a similarly tempting cross from the right.
Bell himself had the ball in the net much earlier after a goal mouth scramble, but his effort was off side.
For the home side, Tomazak’s height in the box at set pieces and good hold up play in general and Phillips’ pace on the right flank kept Brocton honest to the end and Joss Holford went close with a well struck free kick, but Brocton came back up the M40 pleased with their clean sheet and an excellent victory.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Dave Ablewhite, Matt Skinner, Rob Tomlinson, Dean Crowley, Andy Bourne, Sam Bell, Charlie Jones, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.
Used Substitutes: Paul McMahon, Damien Charie, Ashley Phillips.

Brocton are in action at Silkmore Lane on Saturday when Studley are the visitors whilst Brocton Reserves fresh from an excellent 2-0 win a Pelsall Villa travel to Bolehall Swifts. Both games kick off at 3pm.


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