Title contenders Hinckley edge out plucky Brocton
The lead from a Jack Edwards was not quite enough as Hinckley came from behind with a brace in the final minutes of the game.
Saturday 25th November
Brocton 1 Hinckley 2
As unlikely as it may seem, it was Brocton who took the game to their high flying opponents and as early as the 5th minute Lee Osborne found Joe Hartshorne and saw him find the visiting keeper, Tyrell Belford, well placed to field his shot.
Hinckley returned the favour just two minutes latter, stinging Adam Jenkins’ hands as Isaac Cooper shot at goal.
Ben Douglas soon crossed for Osborne and the keeper grabbed the ball just as Osborne shaped to shoot. Then Jasper Johns got to the bye line and hit a tempting cross, but once again Belford was equal to it.
A corner for the visitors was beaten out and the ball to set Osborne free was well directed. Osborne darted on to it only to be given off side in what must have been a very marginal decision. Hinckley did not pause in sympathy as they broke quickly and forced a block from Jenkins to keep them at bay.
Joe Hartshorne then got through and had the composure to pass beyond his defender and race through on his opposite side. He got on to the ball but then found the keeper with his shot. Osborne kept up the pressure with a fine shot from 25 yards, catching the keeper by surprise but from the home side’s point of view, unfortunately wide.
These two combined again as the half drew to a close and Hartshorne chipped over the defensive line for Osborne. A fine tackle from 3 forced his shot wide. And to finish the half Ran Burns put in across from the bye line as, once again the keeper held on.
The start of the second half went better for the home side than previous weeks and a free kick from substitute Jack Edwards after Hartshorrne had been unceremoniously upended, took enough of a deflection to wrong foot the keeper and give Brocton the lead.
The Badgers continued to look good value for their lead until, the visitors introduced Kevin Thornton and it was he who made the difference, having a big part in the equaliser, eventually prodded home by Luke Richards and breaking Brocton hearts with almost a last minute winner for the visitors.
Paul McMahon did enough with a late Hartshorne cross to put the ball back across the goal with Shaan Stuart racing in with the hope of getting something on it. Agonisingly he could not quite get a toe to the ball and that final chance went.
Brocton: Adam Jenkins, Luke Wright, Ben Douglas, Harry Phillips, Adam Robinson, Shaan Stuart, Joel Powell, Ryan Burns, Lee Osborne,
Jasper Johns, Joe Hartshorne.
Used subs: Paul McMahon, Jack Edwards, Kenny Devoir.