A confidence boosting win away at Coventry Alvis
A Ryan Burns double helps Brocton to a 5-0 away win.
Saturday 13th January 2018
Coventry Alvis 0 Brocton 5
It took the first quarter of an hour for this game to settle down as both sides were understandably keen not to allow their opponents time or space when the result was so vital. The contest was typified by Shaan Stuart at the heart of Brocton’s defence needing all his strength as well as composure to fight for a header on the edge of his box and at the other end Jack Edwards getting a free kick after having been hauled down just as he thought he had broken through.
It did settle though and on the quarter hour the Badgers took the lead. There had already been a blocked cross from Jasper Johns on the right and one from Edwards from the left which beat everyone in the box, but then Ryan Burns completed the simplest of tap ins when the ball from the right found him unmarked at the far post.
Edwards further eased the visitors’ tension with a run on the left, a cut in and shot in off the near post barely a minute later. Stuart won a great ball in midfield soon after the restart and Lee Osborne ran through on to his pass but the home keeper pulled off a fine save to keep them in contention.
When Adam Wood was unfortunate enough to steer the ball just wide of the post when well placed and the Edwards did the same, it encouraged the hosts to mount a come back and debutante keeper Connor McCarthy was needed to tip over after a promising break and shot at goal.
The second half was barely under way when Ross Clarke was forced off after a heavy tackle and Kenny Devoir came on and as Brocton took a moment to adjust, McCarthy had to drop on to a shot from distance.
It was soon Brocton back on the attack though and Edwards once again got into the box, but the keeper had his angles right and blocked the effort at his near post. From the ensuing corner though Burns was twice thwarted as bodies were thrown in the way of his shots.
A finely judged run through a high back line helped increase the lead as Osborne just needed to keep his composure to score. He repeated the feat minutes later as well, but this time couldn’t find a way past the keeper.
With time ticking away, all credit to the home side, who continued to plug away and hurried the game so as to prevent any possible time wasting.
But a volleyed second goal from Burns after a flick on by Jasper Johns and a final minutes lob over the advancing keeper from substitute Joel Powell completed Brocton’s scoring.
Brocton: Connor McCarthy, Harry Phillips, Ben Douglas, Ross Clarke, Adam Wood, Shaan Stuart, Ryan Burns, Jasper Johns, Declan Arber,
Lee Osborne, Jack Edwards. .
Subs Used: Kenny Devoir, Joel Powell, Sam Garbett.