Tadcaster Albion 3 - 2 Brocton

Carlsberg FA Vase Round 4

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2015 07:01pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton’s dreams of Wembley were ended as they went down by the odd goal in five to Northern Counties East Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion in front of a crowd of over 600 in Yorkshire on Saturday.

Brocton got off to a wonderful start as an early pass into the path of Sam Bell saw him touch the ball past the stretched leg of Tadcaster full back [censored] Miller and in the blink of an eye Bell had gone. Tom Morgan, in the home goal, came out to close Bell’s space but an assured finish saw the Badgers noses in front with just four minutes on the clock.

Albion had no need to panic and lose shape with such a long time to go and they took time to play the ball back and across their back three while their willing front runners searched for the opportune moment to try to time a run through the Brocton back line.

For most of the first quarter of the game the tactic looked threatening but too often for the home side the forward pass went to a Brocton player. With possession gifted to them Brocton tried to spring a long ball forward into the runs of Bell, but they too found it difficult to find the right range of pass.

Tadcaster drew level on 20 minutes. An Ed Booth defensive header had been needed to fend off an attack and a corner resulted. A fine delivery was then met firmly with a downwards header from Danny Ingram. Spirits buoyed, Tadcaster raised their tempo and immediately found room for another overlap on the left. The cross was met with a header but not only did it rebound from the bar but an off side was also given. 

When Matt Hardiman went on a run and passed one attempted tackle before sprinting into space, he was heavily tackled and although he recovered long enough for the free kick to be taken, he had to be replaced after that move had broken down. Jack Lees was sent on and a reshuffle was needed in defence with Jamie Evans moving back to left back.

A Carl Morris overlap earned Brocton a corner and Sam Bell met it with his head and put the ball in the net only to find that a foul had been given. That was within sight of the half time whistle, but not before one more overlap and cross from the left by Miller. With less than a minute to go it was met with a fine header by Carl Stewart and the home side went into the break with a lead.

In the second half an early free kick was quickly taken by Dave Berks and Bell had read his intentions perfectly. Bell strode on to the ball and whipped in a cross for Carl Morris to slot home and put the Badgers on level terms again.

This time it was Brocton’s spirits which were high and Bell almost immediately beat the high Tadcaster off side trap and set off. He slipped the ball inside to Berks with only             Morgan to beat but the home keeper produced a point blank save and although Dan Lomas was close to the rebound, he could not change his momentum enough to get good purchase on the attempt.

An untypical flash point involving many players saw both sides reduced to ten men as Tadcaster’s scorer Carl Stewart and Brocton defender Matt Dockerty were shown red cards and couple of others received bookings. Dan Lomas was sacrificed as Brocton sent on defender Dave Ablewhite in another reshuffle but the reduced numbers saw the game open up completely.

For Brocton Ed Booth had the best chance late on but it was yet another left wing overlap and cross that lead to Callum Ward netting the winner albeit following a rebound after Barrett had parried his first effort.

The Badgers had chances late on but at the other end Calum Barrett also produced two seemingly unfeasible saves from point blank range to keep their hopes alive but it was not to be their day> However they take a lot of credit for their part in a thoroughly entertaining game.

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Matt Hardiman, Matt Dockerty, Ed Booth, Charlie Jones, Dan Lomas, Carl Morris, Sam Bell, Dave Berks, Jamie Evans.

Used Substitutes: Jack Lees, Jack Edwards, Dave Ablewhite.

On Saturday Brocton are away to Nottinghamshire side Dunkirk whilst the Reserves entertain Knowle Reserves at Silkmore Lane - both games kick off at 3pm



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