Copsewood early brace and subsequent red card see Brocton go down away.
Only pride to play for in a second half with ten men
Saturday 14th April 2018
Coventry Copsewood 2 Brocton 0
An uncommonly warm day saw a fairly pedestrian start to this match and Brocton show first with Josh D Wilson trying to work room for a shot before slipping the ball to a better placed Joe Hartshorne whose attempt sailed over the bar.
Copsewood got through alarmingly easily only to find Conor Alderman with a tame shot, then Declan Arber for Brocton headed on a pass from Lee Osborne and Sam Garbett gave Hartshorne another attempt, which was smothered.
Ashley Piper’s run to the bye line and powerful cross was cut out for a corner when, once again he got in position with little problem. His corner was caught by Alderman. Just before the twenty minute mark the time and space allowed to Piper was Brocton’s undoing as this time his cross was met and converted by Jake Upton’s head.
Still clearing their heads, Brocton then gave away the ball and with Alderman trying vainly to sweep at the back, Daniel Fraser collected the simple lob from midfield, rounded the keeper and had the easiest of tap ins.
From that moment Alderman looked unbeatable. His first of several point blank saves turned out to be unnecessary as he saved at full length from a player later flagged as off side, but he had Piper scratching his head in disbelief when he saved a certain goal from the number 11 hit with power from the penalty spot and even saved a penalty which Gabe Barnwell won and took himself. Joel Mills was red carded in that incident when he tripped the player in the act of shooting.
Down to ten players and with Copsewood getting through on goal at will, it looked as though a cricket score was on the cards at half time.
Brocton did improve in the second period though. Shaan Stuart was everywhere across the back line, even matching the speedy Piper for pace on one occasion. Lee Osborne stepped back to be his partner at centre back for that half, doing a sterling job and with his team mates growing in trust for the pair, they even fashioned the occasional foray forwards.
Perhaps the best opportunity came when Declan Arber stole the ball and slipped past the Copsewood back line with the goal in his sights only for the referee to then decide to halt the game for to allow treatment for an injured Copsewood player.
Otherwise it was mostly a case of keeping the Copsewood side at arms length and accepting the 2-0 score line.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Mark Cooper, Tom Vaughan, Ross Clarke, Joel Mills, Shaan Stuart,
Declan Arber, Josh D Wilson, Sam Garbett, Lee Osborne, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Substitute: Harry Phillips