Brocton FC v Hereford
Badgers Lose Out to Hereford
rocton 0 Hereford 4 - Quality tells in the end as Hereford win 4-0 at Silkmore Lane today in front of a record attendance for the club.
Full match report to follow...
Saturday 17th October
Brocton 0 Hereford 4
An exchange of long balls from either side from the start showed that both sides needed time to settle in to this match. Hereford have eased their way to the head of the league whilst Brocton were keen to build on their recent and somewhat unexpected success at Shepshed.
It was the visitors who broke the early pattern with a well paced ball into the right channel for John Mills to use his pace and anticipation. He got in a cross but needed to be there to accept it as well and it was dealt with by the Brocton defence.
Gary Fife, at the other end touched a delicious pass just wide of the post, but looked up to find that he had drifted off side and the Carlos Moreira used his pace on the right to get in a smart cross, deflected for a corner.
That came to nothing but in the follow up Pablo Haysham deceived Matt Hardiman before putting in yet another cross. This time it was high over the box and ran to safety.
For Brocton a Fife flick on gave Sean Kinsella a snap chance, but his shot was screwed wide of the post.
Brocton seemed to be beginning to believe and attacked in numbers. The Hereford midfield in particular were quick to close down in numbers but the ball was worked well between Dave Berks and Fife and Craig Holland finished off a fine move with a header wide of the post.
The move played into the visitors’ hands though as a long diagonal ball from deep caught out the Brocton defence and Moreira, who had drifted in from the right, took the ball in his stride with instant control and turned to face Calum Barrett with time and space to pick his spot.
Dave Ablewhite, marauding from right back, got to the bye line and won a corner and then Fife and Berks combined again to put through Holland for another header wid eof the mark. A Haysham free kick gave Mills an excellent opportunity just as half time beckoned but Barrett puled off the first of a string of fine saves.
With Matt Skinner having to be replaced by Josh Wilson just before the break, through injury and Paul McMahon on for another injury victim Ablewhite, Brocton were more attacking minded, but perhaps less well balanced.
It took a harsh penalty for hand ball to give the visitors a cushion, taken gratefully by Mills and whilst Brocton continued to flirt with hints of a chance, a second penalty for hand ball really sealed their fate. Once again Mills never looked like missing.
To add insult to injury, Dan Lomas was sent off between those goals for a petulant stamp and it felt almost inevitable that the ten men would concede again. They did, to Adam Page, but Barrett at least was able to show his very best shot stopping form before the final whistle.
Brocton: Calum Barrett, Dave Ablewhite, Matt Hardiman, Ed Booth, Matt Dockerty, Matt Skinner, Dave Berks, Craig Holland,
Sean Kinsella, Gary Fife, Dan Lomas.
Used Subs: Josh Wilson, Paul McMahon, Matt Dean.
Unused: Josh D Wilson, Charlie Jones.
Updated 19:28 - 17 Oct 2015 by Brian Chandler