A good performance on the road but not quite enough as NKF Burbage continue their excellent start.
A tight game decided by a couple of well converted corners.
Saturday 20th October 2018
NKF Burbage 2 Brocton 0
Ten minutes of probing play from both sides produced shots off target but nothing more. The most meaningful so far then came from Ryan Cheshire of NKF Burbage and was well defended by Adam Weldon. This was quickly followed by a shot across the visitors’ box which went to safety.
Brocton began to push forward themselves but met a well organised and structured defence with the better probes coming on the left via James McGrady, giving right back Adam Zia plenty to think about.
There were plenty of the type of passing sequence favoured by Brocton’s manager Kevin Weldon and the style of play was appreciated by the home support, whilst still encouraging their own team to further efforts.
Two successive free kicks just outside Brocton’s area failed to trouble Brocton’s stand in keeper for the day, Corey Mallen. Dan Lomas was kept busy in midfield and Jack Arrowsmith was outstanding at left back. The home side had a shot in from the left which scraped the bar and Cheshire came close on the half hour. At the other end with Brocton raising their tempo, Lomas had a header deflected away by keeper Alec Smith and from the resulting corner there were vain shouts for a goal as the ball was cleared in a goal mouth scramble.
Brocton went close again on 39 minutes but although they spread the ball around well, they were unable to make their possession count. The home side were quick to counter attack, but where a direct approach may have given a positive result, they over played and allowed Brocton to repel the advances. The first half ended with Brocton just edging the possession but with no goals.
The second half began with Burbage pressing from the start down the slope and Alex Coultas hit the bar with a shot on just 48 minutes. Although Brocton defended in numbers, the corner which had resulted found Jack Brown unchallenged and he headed in the first goal of the match on 50 minutes.
Brocton rallied and mounted a few attacks up the slope but the home side protected their slim advantage and from another corner Brown had the ball at his feet. With several defenders around him he managed to squeeze the ball beneath a diving Mallen on the hour.
Lee Osborne and Josh Broome were brought on to try to change the course of the game but the home side defended their lead and despite a Kenny Devoir header off the bar, keeper Hill looked in control of any aerial threat.
Over all the home win was deserved but there was enough of Brocton’s competitive spirit and good passing to show that they are a difficult side to beat these days. Just a couple of moments of lost concentration had cost them the goals.
Brocton: Corey Mallen, Adam Weldon, Keiren Nelson, Alex Scott, Kenny Devoir, Jack Weldon, Connor Haddaway, James McGrady, Regan Smith, Jack Arrowsmith.
Used Subs: Lee Osborne, Ryan Kimberley, Josh Broome.