Brocton give a good account of thesmselves on the road.
Walsall Wood the better team but the luck runs against improving Brocton.
Saturday 24th March 2018
Walsall Wood 2 Brocton 0
Brocton being able to field an unchanged side for the first time this season made a huge difference and while Walsall Wood probed with balls into the channels and the speed to get on to them, the visitors largely stayed unruffled.
Lei Brown was the first to threaten, but a poor touch gave Connor Alderman his chance and he duly dropped on to the ball. When Lewis Hayden crossed, advancing from full back, his ball was held well in the box by Ben Lund, but he was well marshalled and although he did manage to get a shot away, he had been given no target and it went wide.
A high headed attempted clearance in the Walsall Wood box fell to Jamie Evans and after feeding the ball back into the danger area, Sam Garbett got a shot in for Brocton, which went over the bar.
Wood were looking the most likely to score, but it was hard on Brocton when they did break the deadlock. The ball to the right touch line found Peter Till off side, but either it was so far as to miss being seen, or so close to the linesman that he missed it. Either way he was allowed to play on and his cross came in. Alderman got a hand to it and knocked it away from the advancing forward but Shaan Stuart, running back to help could not get out of the way and it rebounded from him into the net.
Wood raised the tempo for a while and one cross went behind both strikers and defence and harmlessly away, before Brown skied a good chance after Ben Lund had found him free left of the box/
Jack Edwards had a fleeting chance having got into the box, but his shot was deflected for a corner and just at the end of the half Harry Phillips was on the end of an Alderman attempt to clear a ball in the box and had to be replaced by Ross Clarke.
In the second half, Brocton quite rightly played with more confidence. Edwards this time worked his way into the box and his snap shot could not be held by home keeper Lloyd Ransome. The rebound was easily collected as no one followed it in.
As the game became more open, Brown worked himself a pocket of space to the left of the box but once again skied his effort at goal.
Ryan Burns had a half chance after Sam Garbett found him on the edge of the area, hitting over the bar and Edwards was twice at the sharp end of good passing moves, without quite making them count.
The difference between the fortunes of the teams was encapsulated though when after all of his and his defensive partners’ good work, a slip by Evans as he tried to hit a first time clearance, left Keenan Meakin-Richards free on goal. Alderman produced one more heroic moment to block his cross, but it ran to Lund, who simply had to tap it home.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Ellis Liggins, Jamie Evans, Harry Phillips, Ben Douglas, Shaan Stuart, Jack Edwards, Ryan Burns, Sam Garbett,
Tom Vaughan, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Substitute: Ross Clarke.