A game that had everything ends with honours even.
Brocton grab an unlikely draw from a two goal deficit when down to ten players.
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Uttoxeter Town 3 Brocton 3
Our beautiful game encapsulated in 90 minutes. This one had everything. Six goals, a penalty given, two denied with one incurring a yellow card for simulation, a sending off and an unlikely come back from two goals down by the team reduced to ten players. Phew!
Uttoxeter began the brighter as is often the case with home sides on a night match, given the better time for a proper warm up. Ollie Ritchie’s pace and crosses from the left soon bore fruit with a thunderous shot against the bar. But Jack Edwards on Brocton’s left went one better on the quarter hour when a cross come shot eluded all but a despairing defensive foot which could not keep it out of the net.
In that period the unfortunate Sam Garbett had to be replaced by Declan Arber as he twisted his ankle whilst being tackled.
A Brocton lead had seemed unlikely at that point. But Uttoxeter are used to high scoring matches and were not phased by the deficit. Within minutes they responded with Ritchie’s perfect cross this time missing out a brave attempt to clear by Adam Wood and being met with a firm header from James Curley past Connor McCarthy.
The home side soon edged ahead with their visitors pleading unsuccessfully for a hand ball as Jack Holley smuggled in the ball from a corner which dropped into the box. It was no more than they deserved and the lead was held into half time.
It was Town who began the second half more brightly again. A pass to Kenny Devoir under pressure at the back was controlled well enough but also anticipated by the alert Curley and as Devoir made the second move to the ball there was already a foot in the way and a penalty was the outcome. Curley duly converted and that prompted Brocton to raise their own tempo which resulted most in a flurry of hurried tackles and corresponding yellow cards, Joel Powell eventually receiving his marching orders.
Strangely that seemed to galvanise the visitors. They clearly needed to work harder to overcome the lack of numbers and when Ben Douglas got in a cross from the left Lee Osborne went close. Wood then also came close with a strong but wayward header from a free kick. But that was all just an appetiser.
Osborne was strong when powering into the box on to a long ball and struck firmly home past Mikey Allen only to repeat the feat to bring the scores level. Arber was causing some concern in the home ranks as they no doubt felt the game slipping from them before he struck wide as full time approached.
Brocton: Connor McCarthy, Kenny Devoir, Ben Douglas, Ryan Burns, Adam Wood,
Harry Phillips, Joel Powell, Jasper Johns, Lee Osborne, Sam Garbett, Jack Edwards.
Used Substitutes: Declan Arber, Shan Stuart, Tom Vaughan.