Leicester Road snatch the points in injury time
Brocton take an unlikely lead in the match only to lose two goals at the death.
Saturday September 29th 2018
Brocton 2 Leicester Road 3
Leicester Road, straight from their recent 6-2 win over high flying Cadbury Athletic, came full of confidence and showed it with high tempo all over the pitch and willing runners for their tactic of getting the ball behind Brocton’s back line.
The Badgers defended in numbers and showed their own spirit by withstanding the onslaught, with Alex Scott his usual imposing presence at the centre of defence, ably supported on this occasion by Jack Arrowsmith deputizing for Keiren Nelson. Adam and Jamie Weldon had their wings clipped in this match, needing to defend and for most of the first half only rarely able to forage forward themselves.
Their efforts were all the more impressive as they must at least have felt the pressure of knowing that they had stand in keeper Joe Geldart pressed into action with the gloves.
The visitors’ attempts in front of goal were plentiful but also wasteful. They were typified by Joseph Lyne’s three shot attempt early on. He got into the box but mishit his shot. That wasn’t so bad as it fooled the defence more than himself and cleared his path to goal, but Kenny Devoir threw himself in front of his shot and blocked it. Remarkably, the rebound found Lyne again but he snatched his third attempt and it went wide.
Brocton did have half chances at the other end and Jake Humphries could have broken visiting hearts on the stroke of half time, but pulled his effort wide.
The home side began the second half better and Jack Weldon stung a well placed keeper Will Highland’s hands with an early shot, before a loose back pass let in the alert Nathaniel Lewars, who kept calm as he stroked the ball into the net.
Geldart was unfortunate to have a penalty awarded against him for a collision in which he got hands to the ball, but Matt Langham made the most of the chance.
Amazingly, the spirit of this Brocton side shone through and soon Lewars was converting his own penalty after Callum Rudd was penalized for handling a cross into the box. That too seemed harsh and Leicester road, now staring at defeat with a little over ten minutes left, raised their already high tempo. Raiding full back Amanhir Sindhu scored a cracker, coming in from the left just about on full time and showing great spirit of their own, Langham got his head to a lob into the box and looped a header over Geldart in stoppage time to grab the winner.
Brocton: Joe Geldart, Adam Weldon, Jamie Weldon, Alex Scott, Jack Arrowsmith, Kenny Devoir, Matt Kimmins, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Nathaniel Lewars, Jake Humphries, Jack Weldon.
Used Substitutes: Ryan Kimberley, Ben Wood, James McGrady