Another ten goals at Heather but this time visitors Brocton had four of them.
An outstanding team performance and an absolute pleasure to watch. This time it was a loss, but still a match to be proud of.
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Heather St Johns 6 Brocton 4
A two goal advantage at half time became a two goal deficit by the finish, but the players for Brocton should be proud of this performance as they shook title contenders Heather St Johns and could count themselves very unfortunate to come away without any points from a sizzler of a match.
The game had barely got underway when Jack Weldon fizzed a ball into the feet of Regan Smith and the striker turned his defender before striking low and hard past home keeper Billy Spink.
Spink had to rise to tip over a smart shot moments later when Dan Lomas, from an unaccustomed left back position, set James McGrady off. The winger popped the ball infield to Connor Haddaway and the midfielder returned it to McGrady’s run and shot. Bringing the best from Spink. The resulting corner could only be flicked on though and Smith was at the far post to turn it in.
Heather were stung and wrestled the ball deep in Brocton territory before Shaun Horan, in the Badgers goal, was needed to save at his near post. Brocton were soon back on the attack and a Matt Kimmins shot was blocked before another move of one touch passes involving Smith, Weldon and McGrady ended with a touch out for a corner. The same trio went one better with the move of the match resulting in Jack Weldon converting after seemingly every touch was inch perfect.
Heather needed a goal before the break and got one with their best move, Dean Rathbone providing the final touch and that just after a similar move had brought a great save from Horan. Surely the home side were back in it?
But a brace of chances just before the break could have sealed it for Brocton as McGrady first hit across goal and just wide and then was thwarted by a great hand from Spink. The Badgers did not want to hear the half time whistle.
They were right as Heather came out with a rush and in no time at all a generous penalty had them within touching distance. Shane Benjamin did the honours. The very next move led to a corner and though the initial shot from it was saved, Daniel Douglas smashed the rebound through legs and brought the home side level at 3-3. A save and converted rebound was the result of a run by substitute Simeon Cobourne as Benjamin made it 4-3 and when Cobourne went down in the box another penalty was the result, this time Rathbone stepped up and scored. Heather were on top but also getting the rub of the decisions. Brocton grabbed another through Smith with minutes to go, but in their haste to get at their opponents a missed clearance fell to Cobourne and he wrapped it up.
Brocton: Shaun Horan, Ben Wood, Dan Lomas, Josh Mousley, Alex Scott, Kenny Devoir, Matt Kimmins, Connor Haddaway, Regan Smith, Jack Weldon, James McGrady.
Used Substitutes: Ben Haddaway