Brocton 1 Heather St Johns 3
Badgers score a late consolation...
Brocton v Heather St John’s. Jan 20th 2018
Brocton were hoping to build on last week’s morale boosting win but found themselves up against a disciplined footballing side in Heather St Johns who had some effective forwards who found the slippery conditions more to their favour than the home side. Brocton started confident and were quickly into their stride but it was Heather who forced a corner after the second minute. Five minutes later it was the home side who were pressing and a double corner was well defended by Heather, with Rudy Misambo towering above everyone and heading clear. A foul by Brocton gave the visitors a chance to test the Brocton keeper from 20 yards but Thomas Weale shot well over and the chance was gone.
Brocton were quick on the break and Jack Edwards was featuring well and had a shot on 16 minutes which Ben Allsop in the visitor’s goal was keen to turn away for a corner and in the next attack Joel Powell received the ball but shot wide of the target. Brocton were pressing but Heather worked the ball to left back Andre Gonzales who ran up field, towards the Brocton penalty area and crossed to Dale Taylor who hit a tantalising shot to the far post with David Yonwin on hand to head in the first goal for the visitors on 20 minutes.
Brocton had a free kick on 28 minutes but again this was well defended by the visitors. Heather started to gain confidence and were passing the ball well with Brocton having to defend in numbers, and it looked as if the visitors may go further ahead but Adam Wood in the centre of Brocton defence marshalled the players and they over- came the threat. It was unfortunate that Ryan Burns had a booking for an infringement following several attempts by the visitors to foul Jack Edwards on an advancing run but the referee waved play on, however Burns lunging tackle was penalised.
Brocton’s keeper Connor McCarthy gave a good account on his home debut and positioned himself well to repel any further threat in this half. The second half started at a high tempo with Brocton taking the initiative and mounting a couple of early attacks but were not effective when in the penalty area. Jasper Johns and Joel Powell were more direct and keeper Allsop was always willing to sacrifice a corner in an effort to avoid any slip on handling with the greasy surface.
Brocton’s best chance to gain an equaliser on 60 minutes came as Edwards crossed a ball to the back post but Shaan Stuart fell short of connecting well and the ball went just wide of the visitors upright. Heather realised that they needed to regain control and started to pass the ball around with purpose giving their midfield and forwards a chance to probe for the second goal. McCarthy saved well from Ben Minshall on 62 minutes and Ben Douglas gave good cover when it looked as if the visitors might get through. Manager Sam Norton brought on Paul McMahon and Sam Garbett in an endeavor to push hard for the equaliser but shortly afterwards the game was to change with the sending off of Ryan Burns for his second bookable offence on 68 minutes. Whilst Brocton re – adjusted and were prepared to continue their attacking drive, Heather defended well and brought the ball forward in controlled passing moves with wide forward Simeon Cobourne prepared to stretch the Brocton defence. Brocton were reduced to counter attacks in this fast moving game and Jamie Evans was bought on for the tiring Jack Edwards however the visitors sensed they could secure the win and a cross by the ever active Cobourne was saved by McCarthy in the Brocton goal but the rebound was scrambled over the line by Michael Bloor on the 81st minute.
The Home side were not prepared to surrender and Johns worked himself into a position for a thunderous cross but it evaded the Brocton front line. With the game well stretched Cobourne helped himself to the visitors third goal on 88 minutes and Harry Phillips scored Brocton’s consolation goal two minutes later. The game changer was the sending off of Burns which was harsh considering the greasy conditions, and it came when Brocton were in the ascendancy of a fast moving and entertaining game.
Team: C McCarthy, K Devoir, B Douglas, H Phillips, A Wood, S Stuart, R Burns, J Johns, J Powell, D Arber, J Edwards. Used Subs: S Garbett, P McMahon J Evans,