Brocton 1 Chelmsley Town 2
Midland League Division 1
Despite taking the league in the fifth minute, the Badgers will rue missed chances as the away team form a smash and grab raid to take all three points on a poor day in front of goal for Brocton.
The early exchanges set the tone for the game, which looked to be whose defence could withstand the pressures of the game. Chelmsley almost opened the scoring on the second minute with a header from a corner crashing against the bar but rebounding out past Alderman in the Badger goal. Within minutes though, Brocton took the lead in similar fashion but with the ball crashing into the net. A cross from the right hand side found Burns in close range and he made no mistake from 5 yards. Once ahead, the home side looked to press the advantage with both Jasper Johns and Jack Edwards on either wing looking to press forward at all times. Whilst the creation was there, the finishing touch wasn’t. A familiar story of this season for the home faithful. On three or four occasions, the ball dropped into attacking areas only to see the ball cleared easily by the Chelmsley defence. It was the away side who would have entered the changing rooms the happier at half time, with an equaliser just before the break. With the best move of the game, a 1-2 between Learman and Williams including a back heel, saw the ball go through both Douglas’ and then Alderman’s legs to bring the scores back to 1-1 at half time.
The second half brought much of the same with again the Badgers attacking on the wings and putting the Chelmsley defence under pressure. In the Brocton goal, Alderman did well to smother a clear Chelmsley chance with Tom Ellis going clean through for a one on one, yet Alderman spread himself to stop Ellis in his stride. However, Chelmsley then took the lead for the first and last time, with a near post goal for Learman again. A low well struck cross from the right invited the forward to cross in front Wright and applied the smallest of touches to steer the ball past Alderman for 2-1. A hammer blow to Brocton having taken the lead in the game and so desperately needing the points. The introduction of Arber breathed new life into the Brocton attack, as the young forward harried and chased for the ball, not letting the Chelmsley defence rest. Arber had the best chance of the second half to score, as the ball fell nicely to him on the edge of the box. He pushed forward, collected the ball, but couldn’t lift the ball past the onrushing keeper.
In the end, it was a lesson in effective finishing from the away side, but the Badgers have to work on converting the chances Johns and Edwards create if they truly want to push up the table.
Updated 20:00 - 26 Dec 2017 by Adam Checkley
Alderman, Devoir, Stuart, Wright, Douglas, Edwards, Burns, Phillips, Johns, Osbourne, Miller.
Subs Used: Powell, Arber