The Badgers go down to Lichfield City after taking the lead
Lichfield react the better after an early Hartshorne Strike and finish worthy winners
Saturday 24th February 2018
Brocton 1 Lichfield City 4
With the number of players moving mostly from Brocton to Lichfield City in recent times, these two sets of players know each other very well and no doubt that familiarity affected the match.
Virtually the same team for Brocton who had played so well away at Heather St Johns seemed very much inhibited in this game.
In the early exchanges there were few indeed of passes of note and almost to a player the long hopeful ball was the way to go. It suited neither team.
Strangely it was recent Brocton departure for Lichfield, Adam Jenkins in goal, whose mistake gave Joe Hartshorne a golden opportunity. No doubt affected by the low sun and with no cap, Jenkins was well off his line when Hartshorne placed a shot over his head and in for an early Brocton lead.
There was no appreciable raising of Brocton’s fragile confidence however and in fact it was the visitors who began to put together some passes, whilst having the willing runs of Jordan Lewis up front whenever they got the chance to turn Brocton’s defence and put the ball into the space between defence and keeper.
The equalising goal came almost direct from a corner for Brocton. Centre half Ben Douglas was up to take the corner and Shaan Stuart, his centre back partner was up high in the box to try to get on the ball. It fell to a defender and the quick break from the back, all down the right flank, capitalised on Brocton’s only chance to slow it down when Jamie Evans, at left back, but in an advanced position, was unable to prevent the flow of the move.
It still took a second attempt after the first shot was blocked, but the rebound was place past a despairing Conor McCarthy, recently of Lichfield City himself.
On 35 minutes things got worse for the home side when Kenny Devoir was adjudged to have pushed and a free kick was awarded. The canny campaigner Drew Aiton struck his kick inside the near post as McCarthy dived vainly to prevent the strike.
A brief flurry flattered early in the second period as Jack Edwards got to the bye line on the right but Harry Phillips lunging at the cross was inches short of turning it in.
Lichfield began to take firm control of the match and whilst the third goal came directly from a low clearance from McCarthy, when the ball was shot back in off the cross bar, it was only a symptom of how the match was going.
There will be better days. Aaron Dillon completed what simply has to go down as a bad day at the office for Brocton when he prodded home after a series of pin table like passes into the Brocton box.
Brocton: Conor McCarthy, Kenny Devoir, Jamie Evans, Harry Phillips, Shaan Stuart, Ben Douglas, Joe Hartshorne, Ryan Burns, Lee Osborne, Jack Edwards, Tom Vaughan.
Used Substitutes: Declan Arber, Sam Garbett, Mark Cooper.