Brocton carry the fight to a strong Ilkeston side
Ilkeston deserved victors but the Badgers give a good account of themselves
Tuesday 20th March 2018
Brocton 1 Ilkeston Town 3
A cold but calm evening saw Brocton face a stern test against one of the league leaders and it was clear right from the start that the visitors were well organised and had pace throughout the team.
However, Brocton stuck to their task and without threatening the Ilkeston goal, never the less kept their high flying visitors at arms length. Conor Alderman was called upon to make a couple of good saves as the half progressed but otherwise the home goal stayed unthreatened.
Alderman had to keep a weather eye on the result of a dangerous free kick on the half hour. The ball into the box was headed high by Shaan Stuart, but it could not be relied upon to clear the goal and Alderman made sure as it struck the top of the bar and out for a corner.
Another free kick from too close marking by Harry Phillips was sent alarmingly across the goal mouth, but Alderman was able to calmly watch it go wide of his far post.
As the half drew to a close the Badgers could be pleased with their defensive efforts and Sam Garbett even had the temerity to shoot from outside the box when played in, despite the close attentions of two defenders. The shot was well wide, but it was a shot.
Ilkeston were in no mood to let the game carry on similarly in the second period and a sharp cross from Cavelle White, advancing to the bye line on the right, was met firmly in the box by Malachi Cavelle-Moore and the visitors were quickly ahead.
Home supporters feared the worst when just a few minutes later the now rampant Town went through on the left this time and a tremendous cross was met with an even better half volley by Jordan Wheatley and Ilkeston had a cushion and the momentum to look for more.
Brocton did not buckle though and soon Ilkeston knew they were in for a battle as a free kick into their box was flicked on and met by Shaan Stuart’s head to bring the Badgers back into the game. Difficult to believe after what had preceded it, but it is amazing what a goal can do and Brocton now had their tails up. Joe Hartshorne received a peach of a cross field ball on the left and drove at the goal. He had support but chose to shoot and, with the angle against him the chance went by.
There were more half chances, with Jack Edwards featuring, but gradually the swagger returned to the visitors and they completed a well earned victory with a strong header from after Charlie Jemson at the far post a corner.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Ellis Liggins, Jamie Evans, Harry Phillips, Ben Douglas, Shaan Stuart, Jack Edwards, Tom Vaughan, Sam Garbett, Ryan Burns, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Substitutes: Declan Arber, Lee Osborne, Robbie Thelwell.