Rocester through in the Staffs Senior Cup as Brocton rue missed chances.
An early goal from debutant Jordan Broome not enough as Rocester battle back and take the second half honours.
Tuesday 9nd October 2018
Brocton 1 Rocester 3
Staffordshire Senior Cup Preliminary Round
With just a quarter of an hour gone in this game, Brocton were in front and looked as though they could score at will. Debutant Jordan Broome made his mark with a fine goal and in the following move Nathaniel Lewars crashed a shot against the bar. More goals were simply a matter of time it seemed.
But Rocester plugged away and grew in confidence as more passes and shots on goal from the home side went astray. When Jordon Dodd ran clear with only mark Wiggins to beat, alarm bells should have sounded, but Wiggins got to the ball first and cleared his lines and the warning went unheeded.
Another Jordan, Darlington this time, got clear on the right flank and whipped in a cross which Jack Arrowsmith did well to slide and block, the ball going out for a corner. And, as the half drew to a close, with Brocton having had most of the first half play but without looking quite like converting that into a bigger lead, another tempting chance came for the visitors.
This time, the left hand flank was completely unguarded and Courtney Franklyn drifted into the space and received a fine cross field pass. Only an equally fine dart back and across to block by Kenny Devoir prevented the visitors from making the most of the chance.
Brocton began well in the second period with Matt Kimmins finding Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer and his quick pass into Lewars gave the centre forward a sight of goal. His shot was deflected over the bar. A loopy cross was then headed goal ward by Kimmins, with his effort also being deflected out for a corner. And that was followed by the move of the match. The ball was swept from right to left and back again before Lewars took it in central position in front of goal, only to have his shot beaten away.
The missed opportunities were soon to come home to roost as Brocton left space behind and a corner, conceded as Rocester broke forward, was met and headed in by Jack Dundas.
The goal seemed to deflate the home side and lift their opponents, who suddenly found an extra yard of pace and a belief which clearly had been lacking.
Dodd outpaced Keiren Nelson and struck wide with only Wiggins to beat and then Dodd went the long way round Alex Scott on the right hand flank before cutting in and putting Rocester in front.
Brocton managed to make a hand full of chances to draw level, but Rocester defended well and with the home side pressing, sealed a win from a huge clearance which bounced in front of Wiggins and allowed Dundas to nip in and score the winner.
Brocton: Mark Wiggins, Adam Weldon, Jack Arrowsmith, Alex Scott, Keiren Nelson, Jordan Broome, Matt Kimmins, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Nathaniel Lewars, Kenny Devoir, James McGrady.
Used Substitutes: Lee Osborne, Jack Weldon.