Racing Club Warwick too good for a plucky Brocton
Good signs for the future but Warwick show their class with a deserved 4-0 win at Silkmore Lane.
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Brocton 0 Racing Club Warwick 4
No fluke this, but although Warwick were clearly the better side, there were enough signs of good passing, movement and general play from Brocton to give genuine optimism for the future of what has become a largely young side.
It took a foolishly conceded free kick on the quarter hour for the first goal to come, although Warwick had threatened and really only wasteful finishing had been their downfall. Not so with the free kick, which was whipped into the danger area and smartly headed home by Luke Church.
Ross Clarke found a peach of a cross field pass to Declan Arber as Brocton tried to establish themselves in the match and Arber put in a tempting cross, low and hard in that area of uncertainty across the box, but unfortunately from the home side’s point of view, no one could out in the vital last touch.
Warwick continued to put in crosses and dangerous corners, but although in most cases their forward line were first to the ball, there was enough pressure on them from Brocton’s defence to make sure that the final result was off target. In fact, the best chance came from a huge kick from visiting keeper Tom Cross. Adam Wood got his head to it to clear but it was headed back into the box only for the eventual shot to clear the bar.
A through ball left for Conor Alderman to sweep up brought a sliding lunge by Trea Bertie, but Alderman held his nerve and passed the ball to Kenny Devoir to complete the clearance. A sharp chance over the bar from Church and a Martin Slevin corner met at the near post by Martin Hutchcox, both went wide but pressure was mounting as the half drew to a close.
Sure enough, the extra energy and closing down of the visiting side, won the ball in midfield early in the second half and a quick pass into the area was converted by Luke Cole.
An injured Robbie Thelwell was replaced by Sam Garbett and with Garbett’s first touch of the ball, he put in a powerful shot at goal. Cross was well placed and clung on.
Warwick continued to out run the Badgers and a long clearance from Cross was reached first by Church, wide right and his early cross was met and converted with a cracking strike with the outside of Martin Slevin’s left foot for 3-0.
Brocton continued to play their football and with the exception of the genuine goal threat, were equal partners in an entertaining game. Jack Edwards did get through the middle to the edge of the box, but his shot was well saved at the foot of the post. He repeated the dose as the game drew to a close, but this time found the keeper with his shot and in the final attempt on goal from the home side, Ross Clarke hit wide after a Ben Douglas corner.
The final moments saw another huge clearance from Cross and Wood’s back pass to Alderman was intercepted and a simple goal for Cole gave him his second and Warwick’s fourth.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Kenny Devoir, Jamie Evans, Robbie Thelwell, Adam Wood, Ben Douglas
Jack Edwards, Ross Clarke, Lee Osborne, Ryan Burns, Declan Arber.
Used Substitutes: Sam Garbett, Shaan Stuart.