Last gasp equaliser bags point for the Badgers
A quick one two from Copsewood puts Brocton on their heels early on but the Badgers rally to win a point.
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Brocton 2 Coventry Copsewood 2
Two goals conceded in a minute on Saturday at least came with a quarter of an hour gone. This evening the dose was repeated within the first few moments of the match. A short back pass to Conor Alderman was punished by Andre Yerou and with the restart barely taken a cross was met and converted by the lively Daniel Fraser.
Brocton could easily have collapsed and their visitors certainly looked capable of providing further punishment. The Badgers held firm though and gradually worked their way into the match. Joe Hartshorne showed some attacking intent by chasing what appeared to be a lost cause to the bye line but, having prevented the ball going out and preparing to cross, was flagged for having held his opponent. It was harsh, but it gave his team mates some encouragement.
A ball into the box was followed up by Jack Edwards, who got off a sharp shot, blocked by visiting keeper Dale O’Donnell and Lee Osborne met the ball on the follow up only for that man Fraser to clear off his line.
Mark Cooper made a rare foray into the opposing half and his cross was met by Harry Phillips. It went over, but once again the omens were good for the second half, if only Brocton could start quickly and not be over run by their visitors’ energy.
The half time discussion obviously paid dividends for the home team as the Badgers’ energy was much improved and Hartshorne soon had to be brought down as his jinking run threatened the danger area. Ben Douglas lined up to take a quick free kick to the alert Hartshorne only to have the referee decide that it had to be retaken. Douglas did even better though, planting his effort wide of O’Donnell and into the net.
Then came a series of right wing runs and crosses from Jack Edwards to lighten any Badgers supporters hearts. His first was met firmly by substitute Sam Garbett, in front of the keeper at the near post and O’Donnell produced the save of the match to turn ot over from his top left hand corner of post and bar. Just to show that this was no fluke the pair served up a repeat, but this time the ball beat the bar, after Edwards had been set on the run with a cross field beauty from the left by Hartshorne.
Copsewood were not without threat of their own and Fraser got to the bye line with Alderman trying to smother the pull back. It squirmed beneath the keeper as he and Fraser collided, but Yerou could only clip the top of the bar.
The third of Edwards’ runs and crosses had Garbett and fellow substitute Declan Arber bursting into the box, but the low cross was hard enough to beat their efforts and ran safe.
Copsewood began to try to see out time but a rare mistake from O’Donnell saw him stray well away from his goal and find himself in no mans land as Arber kept his cool to put away the ball for an unlikely equaliser.
Both sides used the final moments to try to fashion a winner but it was honours even at the final whistle.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Mark Cooper, Jamie Evans, Ross Clarke, Ben Douglas, Kenny Devoir, Joe Hartshorne, Harry Phillips, Lee Osborne, Ryan Burns, Jack Edwards.
Used Substitutes: Shaan Stuart, Sam Garbett, Declan Arber.