Brocton out in the performance of the season only to slip to a narrow defeat.
Some mouth watering football at Silkmore Lane deserves to attract bigger crowds.
Saturday 10th November 2018
Brocton 2 Racing Club Warwick 3
Racing Club Warwick’s superior height all over the field looked like being a significant factor as they piled up the number of corners won. But Brocton held firm and made goal mouth threats of their own as they passed quickly and accurately along the floor of a slick pitch after recent rain.
Matt Kimmins seemed to have beaten a high back line but as he ran clear, he was called back for what must have been a close call for off side. Adam Weldon won the ball on the right but his cross was intercepted and it was a feature of the match that the response was a speedy break and within moments Joe Geldart was making a fine save just inside his post from Trea Bertie.
At the other end it was Charlie Bannister up to tip over a good shot from Lee Osborne as Brocton worked the ball through to the striker via James McGrady and Kimmins. Brocton then put together the move of the match to date finishing with a fine cross field pass from Jack Weldon to McGrady, which was instantly under control and whipped into the area. The cross was intercepted though and in no time once again Geldart was in action at the other end. He made a good point blank save but was unlucky with the follow up as Warwick took the lead through Wade Malley.
Adam Wood was replaced by Alex Scott and Scott was soon in action as Warwick piled on the pressure. Geldart had to save high and the follow up this time was higher still and wide. Then a Brocton break had a shot from Kimmins fired in low and turned for a corner. You will remember that I said earlier that Warwick had the superiority in height and certainly Brocton could not score from a corner. Well, what do I know? Alex Scott met a perfectly placed McGrady corner and the Badgers were level.
Keiren Nelson and then Adam Weldon both made important early interceptions to stop Warwick attacks in the exchanges after half time and then McGrady had a chance in the box but hit over the bar. Then came the most bizarre of incidents. Ben Mackey handled the ball as he attempted to head in Brocton’s box and the home support roared handball. The referee stopped the game and to everyone’s disbelief gave a penalty. Mackey scored comfortably and compounded the insult a few minutes later with a worthy left foot effort as he muscled through and took his chance with relish.
Brocton’s dander was up and Dan Lomas scored from yet another corner before a smarting home team laid siege to their visitors’ goal. They survived the final moments and went away with a win that most observers thought was a steal. The young Badgers will no doubt suffer worse injustices in their football lives and should be proud of what was the performance of the year so far.
Brocton: Joe Geldart, Adam Weldon, Ryan Kimberley, Keiren Nelson, Adam Wood, Connor Haddaway,
Matt Kimmins, Dan Lomas, Lee Osborne, Jack Weldon, James McGrady,
Used Subs: Alex Scott, Ben Wood.