Atherstone ride early pressure and prove too strong in the end
Jonathan Goulding too good for young Badgers who will have learned a lot.
Saturday 4th August 2018
Brocton 1 Atherstone Town 4
Brocton’s young side still finding their feet in this division came up against the pre-season title favourites, double cup winning, third placed Atherstone Town. But it was the home side which made the running at the beginning.
As early as the fourth minute a Josh Wilson free kick had to be smartly tipped over his bar by visiting keeper James Beeson. The same player was high and wide after an Adam Wood headed clearance was picked up by Kieron Nelson and fed into Wilson.
Conor Alderman had to be alert moments later as Adam Wood tried to shepherd the ball back to him under pressure from Alex Naughton. Alderman got a leg to it but it was a timely header from Kenny Devoir which made the loose ball safe.
There was a ghost of a chance on twenty minutes when good pressure on Brocton’s left gave Wilson a little space to work in, but he was quickly closed down only to hit yet another free kick just over the bar on twenty five minutes.
Just before the half hour Lee Osborne managed too get free beyond the back line and deftly lobbed the advancing keeper only to see his shot drift wide and Beeson got the better of him in the following moments when grabbing the ball just above Osborne’s head from a tempting cross.
Brocton were soon to rue those missed chances as man of the match Jonathan Goulding chased a long pass into his left channel, for once slightly ahead of Alex Scott. Scott got in a sliding tackle but the ball stayed in and Goulding was able to bring it along the bye line and cut it back. Alderman was equal to the first shot, but Naughton stroked home the rebound.
On 40 minutes Atherstone did what all good teams do and pressed home their advantage. This time Goulding stayed central and skipped through three attempted tackles before striking past Alderman from 25 yards.
Brocton could have folded, but ironically it was from their best spell of attacking play that they conceded the third. Wood was supporting but misplaced his pass to Osborne and could not recover as the break was on at speed. Naughton soon had time to pick his spot.
A Jamie Evans attack on the left looked threatening with Wilson in the box but, caught in two minds Evans shot and Beeson held comfortably. That man Goulding then set up Atherstone’s fourth, robbing Jamie Weldon and going for the throat. But Brocton lifted their spirits at the end when Matt Kimmins finished off an accomplished move to get one on the board.
Brocton: Conor Alderman, Jamie Weldon, Jamie Evans, Alex Scott, Adam Wood, Kenny Devoir, Matt Kimmins, Keiron Nelson, Lee Osborne,
Josh Wilson, Jack Weldon.
Used Substitutes: Joe Geldart, Rohan Spencer-Wedderburn, Jamael Logan