Total Motion Midland League Division 1
Saturday 29th December 2018
Brocton 0 Cadbury Athletic 0
The eventual 0-0 score line belied the end to end nature of this enthralling match. Both defences played their parts when needed and both goal keepers made good saves. The forwards were not wasteful but their approach work was never quite enough to beat the keepers and when it was, the woodwork came to the rescue.
The Badgers were the first to show, with Regan Smith bending in a cracking shot from a James McGrady cross. Stuart Parsons, in goal for Cadbury, dived full length to push the shot round the post. Despite height advantage, the visitors then had difficulty in clearing the resulting corner and needed a clearance off the line to get the ball away.
When Dan Lomas met a header in the box just before the quarter hour, he hit it hard into the ground and Parsons pulled off a Gordon Banks like save to tip the ball over the bar as it bounced up from the ground. Then Connor Haddaway hit one from deep, fizzing his shot over the bar after Smith had teed him up.
A free kick when Brett Lloyd, raiding from his left back position, was caught just outside the box, caused the first heart flutters for Brocton. Brett Felows took the kick and hit it wide, but it presaged a patch of Cadbury pressure. The darting runs of Alex Tesfom, on the right wing and Stuart Butcher in the centre, kept the Brocton back line on their toes and a sloppy pass out from the back gave that pairing a clear run at goal. Keiren Nelson got in a timely tackle, but the warning signs were there.
On 25 minutes Brocton were in full celebration mode at a well worked goal, only to find that the linesman had his flag up for off side and on the 40 minute mark Butcher and Nelson were allowed to scrap for the ball before Anthony Fitzmaurice eventually came away with the ball and found a shot on goal. It was weak though and brocton survived, as they did on the stroke of half time when Fellows decided to go down in the area when feeling a touch on his thigh. No penalty and no score at half time.
Brocton began with an overlap on the right and worked the ball in field player at a time in the hope of leaving the spare man, Regan Smith, with a shot on goal, but the ball was well intercepted and the chance went.
Regan Smith found his shooting boots with a powerful chance from distance which cleared the bar and a Dan Lomas cross field pass put McGrady through on the left. He had to shoot from a narrow angle and could only find the side netting.
Butcher was fortunate to find the referee in forgiving mode when he chased a ball and managed to kick the brave Geldart in the face as the keeper tried to head it away from the edge of the box, but Kennie Roberts was not so lucky as the game went into added time. His foul was routine and not deserving of a booking but, with adrenaline flowing, he could not resist chirping at the referee and spoiled, for himself at least, an honest and hard fought match by picking up a second booking. All in all a fair draw.
Brocton: Joe Geldart, Adam Weldon, Ryan Kimberley, Keiren Nelson, Jack Arrowsmith, Connor Haddaway, Jack Weldon, Dan Lomas, Regan. Smith, Josh Wilson, James McGrady
Used Substitutes: Andrew Davis
Updated 11:48 - 30 Dec 2018 by Adam Checkley