Brocton 4 NKF Burbage 0
A commanding first half performance allows the Badgers to cruise to a 4-0 win in the second half.
In conditions just about perfect for football, Brocton entered the game on the back of a disappointing loss to Stapenhill, so all were looking for an improved performance, and boy did the crowd get it. With players of the calibre of Regan Smith and Jack Edwards sitting on the bench, competition for places played its part as the Badgers came out flying in the first half. In an even start, the badgers took a stranglehold of the game and on 8 minutes, took the lead through Lee Osborne. A pile driver cross from Douglas found Osborne chasing on and a close finish volley sent the Badgers in to the lead. Within two minutes, Brocton doubled their lead. Osborne forced a corner from the keeper the floated cross fell to Arrowsmith, who fired back into the goal. A quick meeting between the ref and linesman confirmed the ball had crossed the line and 2-0 after 10 minutes confirmed the impressive start. The visitors came into the game, although elements of dissent and discord where present in their general demeanour, which eventually would see Burbage accumulate 9 bookings in one match. Despite brief spells of pressure, Brocton coped well with Wiggins in goal and led 3-0 by 30 minutes. Jack Weldon broke well on the right hand side, darted to his left and cut the ball back to Kimmins. The side footed shot hit the inside of the far post and in to leave the visitors a hill to climb, which became a mountain less than 5 minutes later. Weldon grabbed his goal as an Osborne shot, well saved by the keeper, fell nicely for Weldon to score from around the penalty spot. If things for Burbage couldn’t get worse on their first visit to Silkmore Lane, they certainly did shortly before half time, as Storer saw red after a second yellow card. At half-time, 4-0 in the lead and the opposition down to 10, anyone would be forgiven for thinking the game was complete and 3 points in the bag. But this is Brocton, and this season has told us, quite literally anything could happen!
However, on this rare occasion, Brocton need not have worried as the visitors seemed more intent in complaining the to the referee than playing the game. Jack Edwards made his return to the club and showed glimpses of why he is prodigious talent and real threat at this level, but just couldn’t cap his return with a goal. The defence continued to work tirelessly to keep a clean sheet with man of the match Arrowsmith and partner Nelson shutting out all Burbage could offer. Kimmins and McGrady had the chances of the half, but Kimmins lob was just over and a delicious flick from McGrady, just wide of the right hand post.
In reality, a comfortable second half, which sees the Badgers leap into 11th and add some confidence ahead of a league visit to Leicester Road next Saturday.
Wiggins, A Weldon, Douglas, Nelson, Arrowsmith, Haddaway, Kimmins, J Weldon, Osborne, Lomas, McGrady.
Updated 09:47 - 10 Feb 2019 by Adam Checkley
Smith, Davis, Edwards.