Atherstone coast to an easy win with a little help from their visitors
Brocton fought well in the second half but Atherstone were well clear by then
Thursday 28th March 2018
Atherstone Town 6 Brocton 1
There is little doubt that this Atherstone team are sufficiently good to reach this score line without any help from their visitors. However, Brocton were in generous mood and with no shadow of a lie, gifted Atherstone every one of their fist half goals.
Brocton were not helped by the changes which were enforced on them at the back. The centre back pairing of Ben Douglas and Kenny Devoir who had played so well on Tuesday were replaced by Joel Mills, back for a second spell with the club, and Adam Wood. An experienced pair and Douglas did not lose his place altogether, replacing Jamie Evans at left back. Only Ellis Liggins retained his position of the previous back four.
Atherstone did not give the new formation time to bed in before a Ross Clarke pass across midfield was intercepted before it reached Ben Douglas and Harry Walker-Donovan had only to dash towards goal and slot in for an early lead. Conor McCarthy got two hands to it but could not keep it out. Joel Mills almost immediately got caught in possession and another swift strike hit the post and rebounded out. The alert Ryan Quinn was first to the ball and made it two. That was barely ten minutes into the game.
A foolish pick up from a back pass by George Woodward gave the Badgers a moments’ respite with an indirect free kick and Clarke made it 2-1 with a thunderous shot beneath the wall after a short pass to him. Lee Osborrne then forced a save from Woodward and maybe Brocton could get a foothold in the game?
Not a chance. A high ball direct from the back had Wood struggling to get his head to it to clear and all he could do was to present it to Alex Naughton. By now you know the outcome.
The build up to the next was good, with a cross field pass right to left followed by a dart to the left bye line by Kurtis Mewies. His cut back and pass into the box went under Wood’s foot and gave Naughton a tap in.
Amazingly Atherstone’s best moves went unrewarded and McCarthy made a good save to keep out the third in quick succession but then Brocton were at it again, the defence playing square passes at the back and this time it was Mitch Thomson catching them and making it 5-1 just before the break.
The best goal of the night and one worked entirely by the home side came early in the second half. The ball was worked with a series of wall passes down the left, a ball played delightfully inside Ellis Liggins and a cross met and converted by Kyle Baxter. A goal good enough to win any game on its own.
From then on Brocton competed much better and had a fair share of the game and while Atherstone made further chances, McCarthy produced some saves to match.
Brocton: Conor McCarthy, Ellis Liggins, Ben Douglas Ross Clarke, Joel Mills, Adam Wood, Robbie Thelwell, Ryan Burns, Lee Osborne, Tom Vaughan, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Substitutes: Sam Garbett, Declan Arber, Kenny Devoir.