Brocton fight back three times to earn themselves a point against Hinckley AFC.
Goals from Adam Wood, Jack Weldon and a late goal from Lee Osborne in a stirring performance.
Tuesday 30th October 2018
Brocton 3 Hinckley AFC 3
Barely time to draw breath in this match, before Jordan Wilson had darted into the box and rifled a shot in past stand in keeper Joe Geldart, to give visitors Hinckley AFC an early lead. Brocton spent no time licking those early wounds though as a corner was met firmly by the head of Adam Wood and the home team were back on level terms.
On a perfect evening for fast flowing football both teams were intent on attack and the fare on show was a delight for spectators. Hinckley were the stronger and quicker to the ball in the first half, but Brocton remained dogged and, when in possession, did enough to keep their visitors from taking too much for granted.
Before Hinckley could get another chance on goal, it was a cross from Dan Lomas, controlled by Jack Weldon which posed the next threat. It was well marshalled though and Weldon was eased off the ball before getting in a strike.
Then Alex Scott had to produce an acrobatic bicycle kick to clear his lines as Hinckley threatened to overwhelm Brocton after a slip by Wood had been pounced on by the lively Louis Hamilton.
The respite was brief though as Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer was robbed of the ball and Jean Dakouri shot past Geldart from 20 yards, making the third attempt count after two chances to clear had been thwarted. The goal mouth action was unrelenting as Ryan Kimberley shot from just outside the penalty area and George Warren dropped gratefully on the ball. Wedderburn-Spencer almost pulled Brocton back level when he got a clear sight of goal, but could only hit the side netting in the final action of the half.
James McGrady started the second half with the licence to press further forward from his unaccustomed left back position and it had an immediate effect. His eventual shot was turned away for a corner. Jack Weldon overlapped McGrady in the following move and looped a shot on to the top of Hinckley’s bar. The visitors remained on top but Brocton were knocking at the door. Another cross from McGrady had Warren back pedalling but able to hold on at full stretch.
Brocton were pressing, but Hinckley broke away and were close themselves when Regan Smith, on the edge of Hinckley’s area, lost the ball to a well timed tackle and with no more than two passes Hinckley were attacking Brocton’s goal. The shot went over the bar to the relief of the home support.
More good work down Brocton’s left and Weldon’s canny drift into the box, gave the young striker the opportunity he had deserved and with a shot in off the underside of the bar, Brocton were back on terms again.
It took a soft free kick at the other end to put the Badgers behind yet again and even then Geldart, with his third fine save of the match had poor luck as the ball rebounded from the post right back to Wilson and before any of the home defence could react, he had put Hinckley back in front. Never say die Brocton had the last word though as Lee Osborne tapped home when the Badgers seemed to have the whole team in their opponents box.
Brocton: Joe Geldart, Adam Weldon, James McGrady, Alex Scott, Adam Wood, Kenny Devoir, Ryan Kimberley, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer, Regan Smith, Dan Lomas, Jack Weldon,.
Used Subs: Kieren Nelson, Lee Osborne.