A tough but rewarding away day as Brocton advance in the FA Vase
Goals from Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer and Alex Scott are enough to secure a fine win on the road and earn a spot in the 2nd Qualifying round.
Saturday September 1st
Kirby Muxloe 1 Brocton 2
The Buildbase FA Vase 1st Round Qualifying
The home side are currently one division higher in status than Brocton and began the better with a low cross fired from the right eluding everyone and going safe on 12 minutes and a timely tackle needed by Kenny Devoir to prevent a shot on goal on the quarter hour. Alex Scott was then also needed when he found himself as last man and timed an excellent sliding tackle to keep the home side from getting in a strike.
Brocton began to settle though and found their way through the midfield once or twice with Josh Wilson at the heart of the action. It was he who provided the corner on the twenty minute mark which gave Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer the chance to nip in and score for the visitors with a brave header just inside the post.
The goal lifted the Badgers and they were a whisker away from increasing their lead minutes later. Nathaniel Lewars did everything but score as he weaved his way through tackles approaching and into the penalty box before slipping the ball to the far post where Ryan Kimberley lunged but just failed to get enough on the ball to turn it in.
Into the last five minutes of the half and a fine move all down Brocton’s left flank began with Jamie Weldon before sliding in Lewars. His sharp shot deserved better but the pace was taken off it by a deflection and the home keeper grabbed the ball gratefully. Wilson tried to set Lewars off again with a long ball from the back, but the striker had not had time to recover from his previous efforts and the defence caught him before any damage was done.
The home side provided the early pressure in the second half and Kieren Nelson was forced into a foul just outside the box. The free kick was wasted though and Wilson with a free kick of his own found Nelson’s head as they brought the save of the match from Kirby’s keeper. The resulting corner came to Wilson and his speculative shot almost embarrassed the keeper as it trickled towards goal, but the save was made.
The game looked done and dusted with twenty minutes remaining but then keeper Mark Wiggins was unable to collect a long ball chased into the box and gave the home side a lifeline with a trip and a penalty. It was duly despatched to put the match back in the melting pot. The young Badgers looked tired at that point, but dug deep and yet another Wilson corner was met with a glancing header by substitute Jake Humphries and tucked in via the head of Alex Scott at the post. Brocton saw out the final minutes to earn their victory and a home tie against Nuneaton Griff.
Brocton: Mark Wiggins, Adam Weldon, Jamie Weldon, Alex Scott, Kieren Nelson. Kenny Devoir, Ryan Kimberley, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Nathaniel Lewars, Josh Wilson, Jack Weldon.
Used Substitutes: Matt Kimmins, Jake Humphries, Jack Arrowsmith.