Added time goal seals draw despite a fine Brocton away performance
Goals from Keiren Nelson and Jack Weldon not quite enough to win away at Chelmsley Town.
Saturday 6th October 2018
Chelmsley Town 2 Brocton 2
After a lightening quick start, for much of the first half the question was would Brocton come to regret the missed chances which came at regular intervals? Half time arrived with no further score, but a similarly quick restart provided the Badgers with a cushion and a sigh of relief was evident.
Despite a goal for the home side with a quarter of an hour to go, it seemed that Brocton would hold on to what was now once more a slender lead, but the home side had their tails up and with the aid of no fewer than seven minutes additional time, the equaliser came and with it the final whistle.
It was just two minutes into the game when Nathaniel Lewars found the right bye line and hit a tempting cross, which could only be helped into the area by a stretching defender. Kieren Nelson controlled and shot with composure. When Jordon Hall did much the same for Chelmsley minutes later, Connor McCarthy was well placed to gather the cross. Hall’s subsequent cross deserved a better result, but it fizzed through the box and to safety from the visitors’ point of view.
Then it was Lewars turn again. but this time home keeper James Kelly was equal to it. On the other flank James McGrady hit one in and Jack Weldon struck wide. Weldon had another chance from the next move after another Lewars cross but this time his effort was deflected out for a corner. Adam Wood rose and stretched but could only guide the corner over the bar.
The start of the second half and Lewars’ cross was met in front of Kelly by Jack Weldon and his header gained that cushion for the Badgers. But far from settling Brocton’s nerves, the second goal seemed to take the worry of losing from the home side and they began to press much higher.
Hall on the right was aided by Ronaldo Forbes on the left in providing cross after cross and the pressure did not lessen when Forbes was replaced by Kaine Williams. Kenny Devoir made a sequence of vital tackles and both Alex Scott and Adam Wood were equally prominent in repelling borders.
However, the goal for the home side looked inevitable even though it came mostly due to the Brocton back line gradually succumbing to fatigue from being turned and having to chase back to combat the pace on the flanks in particular.
It was goal mouth scramble which eventually went the home side’s way when Danny Cullen’s beaten away shot fell to Chris Gummery and he struck home.
Despite increasing pressure it looked as though Brocton had survived as stoppage time went over five minutes, but a final thrust in from the left drew a foul and a second yellow for Alex Scott and the penalty which Steve Saddler stepped up to score as seven minutes over time clicked up.
Brocton: Connor McCarthy, Adam Weldon, Jack Arrowsmith, Alex Scott, Adam Wood, Kenny Devoir, Matt Kimmins, Keiren Nelson, Nathaniel Lewars, Jack Weldon, James McGrady.
Used Substitutes: Lee Osborne, Regan Smith, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer.