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Walsall Senior Cup Round 2

Brocton 2 - 1 Bilston Town Community

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014 06:04pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Brian Chandler
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Bilston began with real pace all over the field and good team organisation, meaning that Brocton’s possession had to be very precise or any slightly loose pass or control was immediately punished. The tactic forced the home side to go with longer passes than they would have chosen and Bilston were often able to relax once Brocton’s forward passes had gone beyond the range of Paul McMahon or Gary Fife, the home side’s most forward players.

In turn Bilston’s forward moves involved attempting to use the pace of their wide players Adam Hill and particularly Michael Nelson by hitting their passes into space and inviting these players to get to the ball first.

Brocton coped with this well enough although there were two occasions when     misplaced passes from the back let in the visitors for snap shots at goal and Calum Barrett had to be alert to keep his goal intact.

Sam Bell provided the first real opportunity for Brocton when getting to the bye line and crossing invitingly. Paul McMahon did all he could to get the touch but came up just short as it slipped past an unguarded far post. But Bell was soon to go one better as he got beyond the Bilston back line and, despite being under pressure, squeezed the ball inside the near post to put the badgers ahead.

McMahon fought for and won the ball in the following attack and got a great low cross into the box where both Matt Hardiman and Gary Fife had anticipated the pass and got into good position. Unfortunately this embarrassment of riches meant that both hesitated and the shot was snatched and the target missed.

After the break Brocton quickly gave themselves a cushion when Ed Booth, returning from injury at the heart of Brocton’s defence, set up Fife, who in turn fed McMahon to confidently strike home.

That cushion was needed as Bilston raised their tempo and put Brocton under            increasing pressure. The home side held out until the ball was pinched at the heart of midfield and the dangerous Nick Turton made full use of the counter attack,              bringing the visitors very much in contention. It was backs to the wall for the final fifteen minutes as Bilston threw everything into trying to get on equal terms, but in the end came up just short in an entertaining match.

 

Brocton: Calum Barrett, Callum Rudd, Jamie Evans, Ed Booth, Rob Tomlinson, Dave Ablewhite, Sam Bell, Carl Morris, Paul McMahon, Gary Fife, Matt Hardiman.

Used Substitutes: Josh Wilson, Kieran Smith, Kenny Devoir.

 

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