Good spirit and outstanding goal keeping help Brocton through in the Walsall Senior Cup
An enthralling match with some excellent football was won on penalties in the end with Connor McCarthy pulling out an amazing hat trick of saves.
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Brocton 1 Wolverhampton Casuals 1
Brocton win 2-0 on penalty kicks
Walsall Senior Cup Round 1
The tempo of this game was high right from the start and there was no little skill on show in the play. When the ball was won, the team in possession tried to spread the play with sound passing on what was a carpet of a pitch and the team without the ball pressed in numbers.
The atmosphere was electric, but neither side could get enough of an upper hand to make their period of possession count in terms of goals. As the game progressed, Casuals began to look the side most likely, but they still had to get a shot on goal and then to beat the inspired Connor McCarthy, between the sticks for Brocton.
Just after the half hour Casuals seemed to have made the break through. A great ball fizzed into the box by Scott Powell was met on the run with an equally good header down inside the post by Scott Sandland. And there was McCarthy. Somehow the keeper dived low to his left and pushed the ball wide of the post.
Kieron Miller got in on the act and got a good ball into the danger area for Sandland to shoot. Not only did McCarthy save the shot, but this time did enough to take it beyond the flying Scott, looking to gobble up any rebound.
With half time looming and the game seemingly drifting away from the home side, Jack Arrowsmith found the bye line from deep and his early cross could only be turned into his own net by a struggling defender for an unlikely lead.
Spurred on again, his time Kyle Brady executed a one two and fired across goal for the far post. McCarthy pushed it wide again, although this time it was just wide in any case. Better safe than sorry.
James McGrady and Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer combined down Brocton’s left and were within a whisker of putting the home side 2-0 up as Wedderburn-Spencer’s shot brought a good save from Casuals’ keeper Tom Whitehouse.
There was no let up at the start of the second half and the powerful Kieron Miller strode through the middle right from kick off to bring the visitors level with virtually the whole of the second period still to go.
For a quarter of an hour it was backs to the wall time for Brocton as they defended for their lives. Adam Wood was imperious in the air and try as they might Casuals could not get shots beyond the bodies thrown in front.
Brocton began to come back though and with fresh legs, Lee Osborne in particular could have profited from a series of smart crosses from McGrady. Jordan Uppal showed that it wasn’t only Brocton who could throw their bodies in to block.
There was still time for McCarthy to dive at the feet of Sandland to prevent a certain goal, for Jack Weldon to hit the post, the ball just spinning wide and finally Sandland again to place his shot wide when through on goal. Phew! Penalties.
Both teams hit the bar and the McCarthy saved three in succession with neither Brocton player in between failing to score.
Brocton~; Connor McCarthy, Adam Weldon, Jack Arrowsmith, Keiren Nelson,Adam Wood, Jordan Broome, Jack Weldon, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Regan Smith, Dan Lomas, James McCarthy.
Used Substitutes: Lee Osborne, Alex Scott, Kenny Devoir.