Chances go begging as Brocton slip to defeat.
Stapenhill worthy of a first half lead, great Brocton recovery, but eventual disappointment for the Badgers.
Saturday 27th October 2018
Brocton 1 Stapenhill 2
Stapenhill started at lightening pace and within five minutes had two good chances. The first came after a precise cross field pass which Niall Dawkins raced on to and shot wide. The second brought an instinctive save from Mark Wiggins and led to a corner. Moments later, with Brocton still reeling, a lob over the high Brocton back line left Harry Austin free on goal with support to his left and only Alex Scott with any chance of closing down. To Brocton’s relief Austin struck his shot wide.
The Badgers began to cope with the pace of the game and Jack Weldon was able to get clear and hit an early cross which James McGrady met on the full but found keeper Tom Cox.
The two Brocton attackers were able to combine a number of times then and McGrady in particular was a threat down the left flank and became a target from most positions when Brocton needed an outlet. The pair won a corner when Cox foiled the next attack and he saved again from the resulting corner. The Badgers recycled the ball but it was hit over the bar.
At the other end Austin got in on the left of centre and just as he seemed clear to shoot, Alex Scott made a timely tackle and the chance was prevented. McGrady came infield from the left and was able to put a short pass into Jack Weldon’s diagonal run into the box only for the shot to be blocked for a corner.
Then, just on the half hour, Austin went one better as Brocton had not learned from that earlier escape. This tome Austin was free to run at goal, with support to his left and only Scott with any chance of either going to tackle or to prevent a pass and easy chance. Austin removed the need for speculation with a fine shot past Wiggins. Both sides produced one more chance before the break but it arrived with the visitors in front.
The half time break promptly turned the game on its head with an early goal for the home side coming via a Dan Lomas cross, a Jack Weldon head back and Jordan Broome on hand to finish off. The goal seemed too deflate Stapenhill and enliven Brocton and suddenly it was the Badgers who were first to everything.
The only question was when the Badgers would take goal advantage and Dan Lomas began to have a big influence.. Of course, in football, nothing is ever so simple and soon the plethora of chances which Brocton began to fail to take began to cause some concern. The pessimists were clear that as soon as Stapenhill finally got a chance, they would take it and for once they were spot on. It came from a long throw and what looked like a tame shot rebounded from Wiggins dive for Ashley Garner to poke in.
As Stapenhill tried to defend their narrow lead, Brocton got a life line with a penalty as Lomas was felled in the box. Regan Smith stepped up for it and blasted over. Just one of those days.
Brocton: Mark Wiggins, Adam Weldon, Jack Arrowsmith, Alex Scott, Keiren Nelson, Dan Lomas,
Jordan Broome, Connor Haddaway, Regan Smith, Jack Weldon, James McGrady,
Used Subs: Ryan Kimberley. Kenny Devoir, Rohan Wedderburn-Spencer.