Leicester Road ultimately too strong for Brocton
Brocton begin well but fall to a single goal early in the second half.
Total Motion Midland League Division 1
Tuesday 21st November
Brocton 0 Leicester Road 1
Brocton, playing an unchanged side for the first time this season, started well with Paul McMahon getting free on the left, cutting in on his right and putting in a shot within the first few minutes of the match. It was deflected wide of goal and from the ensuing corner Joel Powell hit an overhead shot at goal , which was beaten away.
Brocton’s early threat continued and a quickly taken free kick found Joe Hartshorne. He cut in on his favoured left foot and chipped the ball invitingly for McMahon, but the striker could not quite reach the ball as it was a fraction too high.
The signs were encouraging but Brocton needed to capitalise while they had the chances as the next move from their visitors soon reminded them. A break from pressure at the heart of Leicester’s defence took only a three pass move to be in on Brocton’s goal and only a good save by Adam Jenkins kept the scores at nil-nil.
McMahon unselfishly turned back from goal when next through and set Hartshorne up for a shot but he was nudged as he entered the box and went down too easily in the opinion of the referee and the chance disappeared.
At the other end, with half time approaching, a throw near the corner flag was knocked back for a cross which all but undid Brocton’s good work as it landed beyond the reach of Jenkins at the far post and could only be scrambled away by Ben Douglas.
With the second period barely warm, Leicester Road played what was probably their first passing move of the match and it was just too good for their hosts. A well timed run through the back line by Matt Langham and a pass into his stride left the striker with only the composure needed to place the ball wide of Jenkins and into the net. He duly obliged.
From then on the visitors needed only to keep Brocton at bay and they rarely looked troubled. Sheer hard work in closing the ball and allowing Brocton no time, clearing their lines when needed, was enough to close out the match.
One break from the back could have made the score line worse from a home perspective as Jenkins made a fine save from Kieran Reid but although a two goal deficit would have been harsh on Brocton, Leicester Road had done enough to earn their win.
Brocton: Adam Jenkins, Luke Wright, Ben Douglas, Harry Phillips, Adam Robinson, Shaan Stuart, Joel Powell, Ryan Burns, Paul McMahon,
Joe Hartshorne, Alex Curtis.
Used Subs: Lee Osborne, Marley Hamilton, Ellis Liggins.