Brocton with a welcome first win in an exciting end to end match.
Kimberley comes on and grabs the winner with his first touch and Brocton hold on.
Tuesday 7th August 2018
Rocester 0 Brocton 1
Two young teams with a smattering of older heads served up an exciting contest with bags of goalmouth action. Rocester were the first to settle with Tom Brown getting in to good position on goal twice. A lob by the lively Eli Sawyers over the Brocton defence gave him his first chance, but it was hit high and his second saw him with the ball at his feet, clear on goal only to put it wide.
Brocton edged into the game and good teamwork down the left involving Josh Wilson, Jamie Evans and Lee Osborne set Evans for a shot, but it was blocked for a corner. The visitors began to get some control with Jack Weldon raiding from full back and finding Jamie Weldon in the box. His shot was blocked, but the attack was quickly followed by another with Jamie Weldon once more in the box, but this time his unselfish attempt to give Matt Kimmins the strike gave the Rocester defence time to shut down the chance.
This heralded a sustained period of penetrative attacking play from Brocton with Josh Wilson linking everything through midfield but, despite creating a hatful of chances, the ball refused to go in the net. Kimmins did everything but score, He should take great heart from the positions he got himself into and work on his composure when the opportunities arise.
Home keeper Kallum Whale played his part in keeping Brocton at bay, particularly when Jack Weldon had a shot from distance, after Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer had won the ball in a midfield tussle. The shot stung the keepers’ hands but he did enough to beat the chance away.
Rocester were not without promising moves and chances of their own, keeping the crowd entertained with almost end to end action. Jack Jeffries tested Adam Wood’s pace on the right and the veteran Wood did well to get a toe on to the ball to put it out for a corner. Brown was able to finally shake off the close attentions of Wood but once again his strike was high.
Evans put in a great cross field pass to Jack Weldon from left to right and Weldon hit an early deep cross which Jamie Weldon got his head to and cleared the bar. Then in the final first half action Kimmins shot from distance and although the keeper could only beat away the attempt, he was up and blocked the rebound to keep the score at nil-nil.
Brocton seemed more confident in the second period but soon had to scamper back when Whale saved bravely at the feet of Kimmins on the edge of his own box and was then able to mount a swift break. For a second Rocester had a two and then a three on one deep in Brocton’s last third, but this young side has pace and the chance was smothered.
A spate of substitutions saw Osborne, Kimmins and finally the injured Wedderburn-Spencer replaced by Joey Shirley, Joe Geldart and Ryan Kimberley and Kimberley turned in the ball from a left wing cross with his first touch to give Brocton the lead. The visitors then held on despite a brave all out attack from Rocester needing two excellent saves by Mark Wiggins.
Brocton: Mark Wiggins, Jamie Weldon, Jamie Evans, Alex Scott, Adam Wood, Keiren Nelson, Matt Kimmins, Josh Wilson, Lee Osborne, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Jack Weldon
Used Substitutes: Joey Shirley, Joe Geldart, Ryan Kimberley.