A welcome win away at Chelmsley Town
Leo Osborne and Jack Edwards get the goals in an excellent first half and the team hold on after Chelmsley strike back
Tuesday 26th March 2018
Chelmsley Town 1 Brocton 2
A perfect evening for football and ideal 3G playing surface was relished by both teams who set off and maintained a furious pace. Within minutes of the start both Jack Edwards and Joe Hartshorne had reached their respective bye lines and put in tempting crosses. They were well defended but initially at least the Brocton onslaught could not be kept at bay.
A Ross Clarke chip had Ryan Burns heading just wide. Then a Jamie Evans deep cross was met on the volley by Edwards. Once again struck wide.
There could be no complacency though as the break from that attempt found the home side with superiority of numbers dangerously near Brocton’s penalty area. Only a timely and well executed tackle by Kenny Devoir stopped the advance and allowed the Badgers to get back in shape.
A nasty looking collision with the surrounding fencing when in full flight left Chelmsley having to make an early substitution, but it barely altered the tempo of the match and moments later Devoir needed to clear from deep as Town attacked.
Barely twenty minutes had passed when the momentum switched back to the visitors and Hartshorne cut in from the right wing this time and got off a left foot shot; deflected for a corner. Tom Vaughan and Clarke were both up early for the corner ball, but it cleared them and gave Edwards a head on goal; wide again. A Clarke, Vaughan, Hartshorne interchange and a Hartshorne cross ran all across the box.
An Edwards free kick was saved from the top left corner and a Lee Osborne chip and volley from Hartshorne was equally well saved. The volley through a crowd of players from Ross Clarke produced the best save of the lot, but the pressure was building and finally a cross in from Edwards on the left wing, having cut back onto his right, found Osborne at the far post with a firm header into the net.
Chelmsley roared back and Brocton wobbled, needing Ellis Liggins to block for a corner from the best of several chances that followed, but Ryan Burns’ slide rule pass into Edwards’ run through the middle saw Edwards convert confidently and Brocton relish a cushion into half time.
If the first half was Brocton’s, the second was Chelmsley’s as they went long and high and used their superior strength to create chance after chance. The home goal came from distance as the home side began to shoot on sight, Adam Keeley taking the chance and Brocton then had to ride their luck especially when McCarthy was picked out with the whole goal open. He held on gratefully.
The Badgers did manage to hold out though and a break near the end could have widened the margin but for a deliberate hand ball for which a red card was produced
Brocton: Conor McCarthy, Ellis Liggins, Jamie Evans, Ross Clarke, Ben Douglas, Kenny Devoir, Jack Edwards, Tom Vaughan, Lee Osborne, Ryan Burns, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Substitutes: Robbie Thelwell, Sam Garbett, Joel Powell.