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The BIG Match – Sunday 29th May – Stoke City FC May 24, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Blogroll, Brocton FC News, Events.
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Saturday 30th April 2011 Alveston 0 Brocton 3 April 30, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
A blustery day caused the players fewer problems than the month long dry spell which made the ball bounce high on a bumpy pitch. Brocton, in a fine run of form, took the game to Alveston and on another day Gary Fife could have had a lot of goals. His first touch was as good as ever, but today his final shot just would not come right for him.
The ball was transferred quickly from end to end but with the wind behind them in the first half, most of Alveston’s forward passes went harmlessly through to Adam Whitehouse when they had not been cut out further up the pitch. In contrast, the ball held up a little for Brocton and their use of Fife on the shoulder of the last man found him through the defence time after time, but initially unable to make his chances count.
His and Brocton’s break through came after 22 minutes when a Jamie Evans over lap on the right produced a deep cross. Alex Barnfather was just unable to reach it but behind him Fife tucked the ball away. Barnfather was a whisker away from another effort when Richard Jones collected and crossed from Matt Skinner’s pass, but the ball was flicked away for a corner almost off Barnfather’s toe.
Andy Chandler, playing in midfield, controlled a clearance from the Alveston keeper before finding Fife once again and Fife shot early with the keeper still well away from his goal line, but the effort went wide. Alveston were not without their own forays upfield and more than once Adam Whitehouse had to be alert to dangerous passes into his box. Then, just before the break Rob Winstanley won the ball in midfield and quickly set Evans off down the left flank. Evans’ volley bulged the side of the net.
Fife had time to ride a tackle in the box and beat both keeper and post early in the second period before Dan Lomas was brought down in the box having pinched the ball and made strides forward. Fife stepped up to convert the penalty.
Whitehouse then had to make a great block from Alveston’s best chance to date and immediately set Barnfather off on a run on the right flank. Only a foul just outside the box could halt his progress and nothing came from the resultant free kick.
With Mick Fox and Dan Richardson replacing the injured Andy Chandler and Rob Winstanley, a Jamie Evans free kick was flicked on by Fox for Fife to volley home his third of the match to seal the points for Brocton and provide a memorable finish to the season.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Jones, Sam Bell, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Sam Fleming, Dan Lomas, Andy Chandler, Rob Winstanley, Alex Barnfather, Gary Fife
Used substitutes: Mick Fox, Dan Richardson
Monday 25th April 2011 Brocton 10 Castle vale JKS 2 April 26, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
Brocton had been on a goal spree already this April scoring 16 goals on the way to 4 successive wins but this 5th win on the bounce saw them really run amok crashing in 10 goals against hapless Castle Vale JKS on Easter Monday.
The Badgers showed their intent from the off when Jack Hall burst through the visitors defence before overrunning the ball. A Sam Bell throw and a Gary Fife free kick also threatened the Vale defence early on.
At the other end Castle Vale could only produce isolated breaks which the Brocton rearguard dealt with fairly easily. The Stafford side finally took the lead on 25 minutes when a fine run down the right by Sam Bell saw him cross to the far post where Jamie Evans headed back into the centre for Fife to score with a spectacular overhead kick.
It was 2-0 two minutes later when Jack Hall burst through the defence in the inside right channel and fired low to keeper Mark Morris’s right and into the corner of the net.
It was very much one way traffic and Fife was just wide with a snap shot but Steve Palmer did try his luck for Vale with a speculative shot that never seriously threatened Adam Whitehouse in the Brocton goal.
Brocton quickly turned defence into an incisive attack when skipper Matt Skinner broke up a JKS attack and slipped the ball to Jamie Evans on the left who played it back inside to Richard Jones. A long ball down the middle was flicked on by the head of Jack Hall perfectly into the path of Fife who crashed the ball past Morris to make it 3-0 on 38 minutes.
4 minutes later Richard Miller was brought down by John Leach and Fife completed his hat trick from the penalty spot and he went on the net his fourth when he made it 5-0 on the stroke of half time.
There was no respite for the visitors as within a minute of the restart Richard Miller converted a right wing cross from close range to make it 6-0 after the assistant referee judged the ball to have crossed the line despite a valiant attempt to keep it out by Morris.
Richard Hewitt then replaced Miller in the Brocton attack but an early opportunity with a header lacked power. On 57 minutes Skinner eluded his marker and headed home a well flighted free kick from Fife to make it 7-0.
Then JKS staged a mini revival when first an intelligent pass from Jamie Shipway set up James Travis to pull it back to 7-1 and then James Cartwright hit a cracking shot from 30 yards that Adam Whitehouse could not keep out despite getting a hand to it.
Vale centre back Scott Dolphin was then booked for a foul on Hewitt and the resulting free kick from Ben Harrison resulted in a move that saw Harrison find Fife and then be on hand to convert a right wing cross to make it 8-2 on 75 minutes.
Harrison then produced a chipped pass into Fife’s well timed run that beat the offside trap and he dinked the ball over Morris to make it 9-2 before Fife completed his second hat trick of the game when he dispossessed Morris outside the area and slotted the ball into the empty net to make the final score and incredible 10-2.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Jones, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Jack Hall, Dan Lomas, Ben Harrison, Sam Bell, Gary Fife, Richard Miller.
Used substitutes: Richard Hewitt, Kieron Smith, Jim Mulherin.
Pictures from the Coventry Copsewood Match April 18, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Uncategorized.
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Saturday 16th April 2011 Brocton 4 Coventry Copsewood 3 April 16, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
This game had all the ingredients of a classic with Copsewood still in with a good shout of second place in the league and with Brocton in a fine run of form with three consecutive wins under their belts. The match did not disappoint. The visitors had the lions share of both possession and pressure in the first half an hour, although Brocton did come up with the best two shots on goal in that time. The first was saved brilliantly with a fingertip round the post by Scott furlong from Richard Miller shot across him and the second when Gary Fife produced a shot under pressure and going just wide.
It was Copsewood who made the break through on 27 minutes as man of the match Curtis Jackson turned Andy Chandler and put in a low cross. Ross Wimbush squeezed the ball home at the second attempt.
Injuries to both Rob Winstanley and youngster Jordan Bloor brought on Sam Bell and Alex Barnfather and immediately Brocton took the game to their opposition with a fiery head height cross through the box from Jack Hall. Richard Jones was on hand to cut out the Copsewood reply as the visitors broke forward and Jones was allowed time and space to progress through to the last third as half time approached. He hit a thunderous shot which Furlong could only parry and as the keeper tried to recover, expecting a shot from Richard Miller, Gary Fife drove it home to bring the badgers back into contention.
The second half began perfectly for the visitors as Jackson once again showed his skill in Brocton’s box and finished in style. Brocton’s second equaliser of the game came just 8 minutes later as Alex Barnfather cut infield from the right and lifted the ball over a retreating back line. Fife reached it first and lobbed an advancing Furlong.
Briefly on top and with a free kick far to the left, Miller got to the ball first and lifted it to the far post where Skinner headed strongly but, under pressure, could not find the target.
A long throw then brought a volley which Adam Whitehouse beat away and the Brocton break found Dan Lomas in the middle and able to run the ball out of defence. He passed into Fife’s dart forward and Fife put Brocton in the lead.
Then a hotly disputed off side led to a red card for Copsewood, but their ten men fought magnificently to once more bring the match level as this time Jackson beat both Skinner and Chandler before shooting across Whitehouse and in.
A fine looking goal then by Skinner was ruled out by the linesman and protests brought a red card for the Brocton man before the crowd were left breathless as Miller finished off a brilliant run from Sam Bell, taken further by Alex Barnfather and then that Miller finish.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Jones, Jordan Bloor, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Dan Lomas, Rob Winstanley, Jack Hall, Ben Harrison, Richard Miller, Gary Fife.
Used substitutes: Sam Bell, Alex Barnfather.
Tuesday 12th April 2011 Pershore Town 0 Brocton 5 April 12, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
For the second time in the week Brocton found the net on 5 occasions, but this performance was more about the team play even than the goals and eventual score line.
To a man every player was at the top of his game and the fact that for this correspondent the player of the match was Jordan Bloor, a youngster having his first start with the first team, was an unexpected bonus.
Bloor began with a couple of good interceptions, which probably settled any early nerves, then soon went on an overlapping run down the left and getting in a good early cross. As his and then Jack Hall’s crosses went a little deep, they were indebted to the tireless running of front man Richard Miller, who deserved his eventual bit of luck, scoring at the death from a rare keeper error to give Brocton their 5th on the night.
Gary Fife showed his intent on 20 minutes, hitting the bar from long range, before Pershore had a cross of their own tipped on to the bar by Adam Whitehouse. Then Dan Lomas made space and time for Fife with an advancing keeper to beat and this time the chip beat both keeper and bar.
It was on the half hour that the deadlock was broken after a passing move involving practically all of the Brocton side seemed to have broken down. Skipper Matt Skinner though, regained possession and strode into the centre circle. His pass found Fife and this time Fife powered the ball past the keeper and into the net. Rob Winstanley had a rare foray forward and lifted his shot over the bar when the ball ran loose after a corner, but when Fife and Lomas exchanged passes to put Fife free in the box, he once again forced the ball home.
Pershore came out in the second half with a determined mind set and had Brocton reeling and Whitehouse had to be sharp to get to a back pass fro which he was far from favourite. But just 10 minutes into the half another whole team passing move shifted Pershore from side to side and Bloor finished off a fine move with another overlap and a perfect low pass into the box and Fife’s stride. A simple side foot into the net completed the move.
It was Miller’s persistence which won the ball on the hour and Fife’s low cross was met by Richard Jones, marauding from the right flank, but Jones was stretching for the ball and it went harmlessly over the bar. Brocton enjoyed good possession then and the quicksilver runs of Jack Hall continually caused the Pershore rearguard problems.
It was a Fife free kick half an hour into the second period which gave the Badgers their 4th as the keeper did well to punch out only to see Skinner head the rebound back over his head and into the net.
Then came the final effort, almost on time, as a Hall cross fell invitingly to Miller and he accepted the gift his efforts had earned.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Jones, Jordan Bloor, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Jack Hall, Ben Harrison, Rob Winstanley, Dan Lomas, Richard Miller, Gary Fife.
Used substitutes: Mick Fox, Jim Mulherin, Keiron Smith.
saturday 9th April 2011 Brocton 5 Alveston 0 April 9, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
The eventual score belied the first half hour of an entertaining match in which the visitors had looked marginally the more assure. Maybe nerves played a part as, particularly Brocton’s youngsters, felt themselves under pressure to impress new manager John Berks, with a watching brief for this, his first game. But it was Jamie Evans’ goal which both settled any nerves and virtually finished this match as a contest.
The goal was preceded with some good passing, switched from right to left and then back again, before Evans burst forward with obvious intent. The fact that he reached the inside of the box was more due to his excellent balance than the lack of attempted tackles, but once there he made no mistake with a powerful drive beyond the keeper.
The visitors were alerted to Evans’ threat and he was brought down five minutes before the break in the hope that another goal threat could be averted. Evans’ own free kick though found Gary Fife’s head inches from the goal line and the ball nestled in the net.
Brocton were clearly buoyed by their two goal lead and Alveston lacked confidence, despite a good midweek draw away to Pilkington XXX, as the second period began.
Sam Bell, striding through the centre of Alveston’s defence, decided to pass as the visiting keeper closed down and Richard Miller tapped into an empty net only for the linesman to flag him as off side. The let off was short lived though, as a mix up in defence left Bell and Miller once more with the goal at their mercy. Bell, going away from goal, but almost on the goal line, decided to take the ball back infield almost off the toe of Miller, whose shooting angle was probably too fine and Alveston survived again.
It could not last though and Alex Barnfather soon tried to slip the ball into the run of Gary Fife. It looked slightly beyond Fife’s reach with the keeper favourite, but he got to it first and made the score 3-0 with a firm left foot shot.
Fife’s hat trick shot was a powerful drive fully 35 yards outside the box and beyond the keeper’s desperate dive.
Jack Hall struck next with a stinging shot against the post after a Jamie Evans free kick and as everyone shook their heads in disbelief that he had not scored, Hall kept his composure and made sure with an almost equally powerful follow up from the rebound.
Richard Miller, who had been close to scoring on so many occasions during the game, continued to probe with darting runs into the box, but was denied for the final time as the game drew to a close, when Fife spurned another opportunity for himself. He slid the ball across into Miller’s run, but despite getting beyond all of the defence and the keeper, the ball ran too far ahead and the chance was gone.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Bell, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Alex Barnfather, Rob Winstanley, Dan Lomas, Jack Hall, Gary Fife, Richard Miller.
Used substitutes: Ben Harrison, Frankie Wynn, Jordan Bloor.
Saturday April 2nd 2011 Dosthill Colts 0 Brocton 2 April 2, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Uncategorized.
Brocton may have ridden their luck with the home side hitting the woodwork on three occasions, but were worthy winners against high flying Dosthill Colts. Brocton started the match sharper and hungry for the ball, with all players running down half chances and making challenges which unsettled the Dosthill players.
A reverse kick by Dan Lomas set the scene but was well saved by Dosthill keeper Paul Hathaway. Eventually Dosthill got to the pace of the game and started to put together their own attacks on the Brocton defence and both wingers Sol Griffiths and Stephen Ruck had near misses with Griffiths hitting the upright, but fortunately rebounding into the arms of Brocton keeper Adam Whitehouse.
Although at this stage Dosthill appeared to be getting the upper hand it was Brocton who scored on 23 minutes from a Richard Jones throw neatly passed on by Sam Bell for Gary Fife to flick the ball beyond the advancing keeper from five yards. This goal redressed the balance and Brocton were now continually pressing Dosthill in pursuit of the second goal. They had two corners before the end of the half and on both occasions Skinner beat the Dosthill defence but the all important goal eluded him. Fife had another opportunity but was well marshalled by defenders and shot wide of the left upright.
At the other end a Dosthill attack ended with Ruck hitting the Brocton cross bar but the half time advantage was left intact for the visitors.
Dosthill started the second period at a higher tempo, and pressed the Brocton goal with Whitehouse finger tipping over a fierce shot from mid fielder Sam Wilson. The back line of Dosthill were defending high up the field which allowed Brocton forwards of Miller, Fife, Bell and Barnfarther to exploit the open spaces to great effect.
The Dosthill defenders were troubled by the constant strong runs by Bell on the right flank and his firm crossing into the Dosthill goal area, and on 80 minutes Bell crossed for Fife who had the goal at his mercy but hit the bar and the chance was cleared.
There had been several stoppages due to injury to Chandler and keeper Hathaway in the Dosthill goal which disrupted the flow of the game, but it was Brocton who picked up the tempo again with Bell supplying a ball from the right which sped past Fife into the path of Barnfarther who made no mistake from 6 yards hitting the back of the Dosthill net with a fierce low volley.
Brocton’s midfield of Rob Winstanley and Dan Lomas were breaking up the advances of the Dosthill forwards but they reminded Brocton that they were still in the game with another strike which hit the bar from forward Leon Haddock with Whitehouse beaten.
With the game being played well beyond the normal 90 minutes due to the injury stoppages, Dosthill became very frustrated and had centre forward Andy Millan sent off for a foul on Skinner on 99 minutes with the game extending to the 104th minute before the referee called time on a well deserved 2 – 0 win for the visitors.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Richard Jones, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Alex Barnfather, Dan Lomas, Rob Winstanley, Sam Bell, Richard Miller, Gary Fife.
Used substitute: Jack Hall.
Saturday 26th March 2011 Bolehall Swifts 2 Brocton 0 March 26, 2011Posted by broctonfcbchan in Brocton FC Match Reports.
The home side began with high tempo and pressured Brocton all over the pitch. The pressure told and the visitors found difficulty in building any meaningful moves, often reduced to clearing the ball rather than passing. Only the pace of Brocton’s young strikers Jack Hall and Alex Barnfather would occasionally worry the home side.
Once in possession though, Bolehall were unable to create more than half chances themselves in what became a very scrappy first half. They were encouraged by their success in winning back possession once lost, but frustrated that they could not convert it into goal mouth action.
It was approaching the half hour when a free kick from Jamie Evans landed invitingly in the box and Alex Barnfather arrived in time to meet a committed goal keeper and his bravery earned him the first of two clatterings as the ball was cleared.
Just before the break Richard Miller fed the ball in front of Barnfather’s run and although the Bolehall defender was favourite to get to it first, he slipped and Barnfather pounced. Timely tracking back, coupled with slight hesitation at the moment of shooting saw Barnfather muscled off the ball and once again the danger was cleared. There was still time for a Dan Lomas interception and jink infield, followed by the pass of the match into Jack Hall’s stride into the box, to produce a fine chance. Hall hit it wide of the keeper, but also beat the post.
The second period soon saw Barnfather having to give way to his injuries and be replaced by the welcome sight of Gary Fife and Fife soon had the ball in the net, but had put it there only after being whistled for off side, Then another Jamie Evans free kick was met on the volley by Richard Miller and well saved at full stretch by the home keeper.
The continuing pressure from the home team seemed bound to pay dividends in the end and after they had a series of goal mouth scrambles and Brocton keeper Adam Whitehouse had saved bravely only to pick up a dead leg in the process, Bolehall had a corner. Whitehouse saved the first effort and it was cleared for a long throw, which Andy Chandler also headed away, but the pressure finally told when the third attempt was forced home by Michael Swan.
With Brocton trying vainly to get back into the game, Bolehall swept the ball left with the midfield pass of the game and although Rob Jones got there quickly, he could only pass infield when attempting to rob his man. The pass fell nicely for Grant Roscorla, who accepted the gift to wrap up the game.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Rob Jones, Aaron Gough, Matt Skinner, Andy Chandler, Richard Miller, Ben Harrison, Dan Lomas, Jamie Evans, Alex Barnfather, Jack Hall.
Used substitutes: Gary Fife, Rob Winstanley, Sam Bell.