Young Badgers made to suffer after losing experienced centre back
Uttoxeter Town ran out worthy winners by 3 - 1 but keeper Conor McCarthy put in a man of the match performance to keep Brocton in the hunt.
Saturday 11th August 2018
Uttoxeter 3 Brocton 1
Brocton were hoping to build on their victory in mid- week against Rocester, but close neighbours Uttoxeter Town had other ideas in this fast moving game. Uttoxeter attacked from the start and opportunities were falling to James Curley and John Atherton who at this stage were being well marshalled by the Brocton central defenders of Adam Wood, Keiren Nelson and Alex Scott. Brocton were content to soak up the pressure and Conor McCarthy was in good form. He caught the high balls and with ten minutes gone turned a shot around the post from a Curley effort. Counter attacks were Brocton’s only weapon but Lee Osborne and Jack Weldon still gave Uttoxeter some worrying moments. The home side were calling on keeper Alex Langridge to come way out of his goal to clear danger as an extra defender. On 35 minutes Brocton had to replace Captain Adam Wood and before Brocton’s defence had adjusted following the change, Atherton advanced from a through ball and hit a shot which McCarthy could not reach and it crept in against the left upright to give Uttoxeter the lead on 40minutes.Within another couple of minutes they were 2 up following good work by Ollie Richie who hit the ball beyond the advancing McCarthy. This spurred the visitors into extra efforts all around and a ball to the feet of Lee Osborne was followed by a quick move around a central defender and he unleashed a left foot shot which beat Langridge to reduce the deficit on 45 minutes.
The second half started with Brocton having adjusted their formation with Kenny Devoir playing in the back four along- side Scott, giving a more solid look to the visitors defence, however Curley forced McCarthy into action with a good save from 10 yards. Uttoxeter were attacking but the visitors were becoming more influential in midfield as Josh Wilson was getting more of the ball and spraying it out to the forward players. Jamie Evans was a threat to the home side as he progressed on several occasions down the left linking with Osborne and Weldon, however Captain Jack Holley for the home side was in outstanding form and worked hard to repel the Brocton attacks. Brocton were pressing and Uttoxeter gave away a series of free kicks particularly against Osborne, but unfortunately for Brocton Langridge was quickly off his line to thwart the advance. Devoir was dominant for Brocton in defence as several counter attacks were repelled in this end to end contest, and McCarthy was called on from good work by Curley and Richie. At the other end Brocton had another free kick for a foul on Evans but again Langridge made the difference with his intelligent goal keeping. Uttoxeter forced a corner on 85 minutes and the excellent Ollie Richie gathered the ball from the cross and passed to Joel Dyche who finished the move forcing the ball past McCarthy to seal the game. Brocton were beaten and Ryan Kimberly was sent off for his second yellow card to complete a dismal day for the Badgers. In the end Uttoxeter were worthy winners as the turning point in the game was the injury to Woods where the home side took advantage in the first period by scoring two quick goals in succession.
Brocton Team: Conor McCarthy, Jamie Weldon, Jamie Evans, Alex Scott, Adam Wood, Keiren Nelson, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer,
Kenny Devoir, Lee Osborne, Jack Weldon, Josh Wilson.
Subs used: Ryan Kimberley, Joey Shirley, Matt Kimmins