A battling performance earns an unlikely win away.
Brocton show great spirit to win at Littleton in their fourth match in eight days.
Saturday 21st April 2018
Littleton 0 Brocton 1
The fourth game in just over a week together with a marked rise in temperature could have been too much for Brocton, but recent matches have brought out a battling quality which was certainly in evidence today. The Badgers were forced into playing a back five with Jack Edwards and Joe Hartshorne deep on the flanks and effectively full backs and a central three of Shaan Stuart, Adam Wood and Kenny Devoir.
It took a little while for the home side to get a shot on goal, but when it came from Dale Edwards, it was a beauty of a shot and Conor Alderman produced a save to match. In fact Dale Edwards was a thorn in Brocton’s side throughout the match and his namesake Jack for Brocton needed to concentrate for most of the match on his defensive duties, trying to match his opponent for pace.
Brocton were being pressed deep and their clearances inevitably found Sam Garbett as a lone striker. Garbett did well to keep chasing down and often disturbed the composure of the Littleton rearguard, which caused their delivery to be wayward. Ryan Burns, Ross Clarke and Matt Baker worked hard to stop any play going easily through the midfield and were largely successful without being able to create much themselves in the first half.
Littleton passed longer and longer and Adam Wood was majestic at the heart of Brocton’s defence as he met most of the aerial threat with his head, whether it be long from the back or crossed from the flanks.
As the game progressed into the second half it began to dawn that this might well be a game decided by a single goal and that may well go to the side doing most of the defending and staying in the game.
And so it was. It came after several half chances with Declan Arber causing problems, Clarke finding his range of passing into the box and both Jack Edwards and Joe Hartshorne finding the energy to go forward on their flanks. Arber was twice found in the box by Hartshorne, his headers off target each time, but Ryan Burns, collecting the ball just outside the penalty area after a sustained period of Brocton pressure, hit his shot and there was an element of inevitability to the slight deflection which took it past a despairing dive from Brandon Bunn.
Littleton threw the kitchen sink at their visitors for the final moments with even Bunn venturing up into his opponents’ box, but the Badgers held on.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Shaan Stuart, Kenny Devoir, Ross Clarke, Adam Wood, Matt Baker, Jack Edwards, Ryan Burns, Sam Garbett, Declan Arber, Joe Hartshorne.
Used Sub: Harry Phillips