Young Brocton Deserved Winners

Staffordshire County Youth League Cup Final

Last Updated: May 3, 2016 06:49pm
Penkside, Stafford
By Pete Russell
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Brocton Youth 2 - 0 Stafford Town 

Brocton Youth added the League Cup to the County Youth Cup they won last month with a 2-0 win over local rivals Stafford Town at Yarnfield. Brocton were the better footballing team but Stafford Town made a good fist of the final with a first class work rate intent to close down Brocton quickly and disrupt the play.

It was from an early free kick when one of those challenges caught man rather than ball that Josh Wilson floated in a telling cross. Dan Hartland flicked on and Charlie Snedden got the final touch and the Badgers had their noses on front.

Town kept Brocton at bay for most of the remainder of the first half but Brocton could have had one or two before the break. Snedden cleverly chipped ahead to himself over the Town back line and tried again to dink over the advancing keeper. It worked, but also hit the post and the ball was scrambled clear. Another Wilson free kick was met again by Hartland, but this time the defender went for goal and lifted his effort over the bar.

In the second period Town continued to work hard and several players suffered cramp as the pace began to tell. Declan Green could have eased the gradually rising tension for Brocton as Town kept the score to the single goal. He did all the hard work getting himself a sight of the target but then struck his shot wide.

Malaki Norford's increasing influence for Town began to give them the belief that they could get back on terms and Brocton survived a few scary moments to keep their lead intact.

A break by Town got beyond Brocton's back line and the Badgers were relieved to see an off side flag and then another needed a brave save by Josh Hake to prevent a shot at goal.

The best move of the match from Brocton's point of view was all down the left flank. Wilson set Callum Head away on the wing and Head found Ellis Liggins, who shot wide.

Brocton finally made the game safe when a mistake by the Stafford keeper when he dropped a Liggins cross left Keenan Powell with a simple tap in. It was sad for Town's keeper, who had made several good saves and looked solid all game.

Overall though the young Badgers deserved their victory and the game was a great advert for Youth Football in the area.


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