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Brocton v Westfields
MATCH REPORT - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Brocton 1 - Ablewhite
Westfields 2 - Ham 27, Greaves 82
WESTFIELDS WIN AWAY
Bottom of the table Brocton faced their third game in succession against the top three and with a home win over second placed Lye Town, they were expected to give stern opposition to 3rd placed Westfields who, after a disappointing holiday period, had beaten St Andrews at the weekend.
The Silkmore Lane pitch was in superb condition despite the rain that had fallen in Stafford the previous day.
The first opening of the evening came from Brocton when Dave Berks’ low cross went underneath the foot of Phil Glover but there was no forward on hand to capitalise. Chris Ham forced a decent save from Aiden Stone after jinking past a couple of Brocton defenders. The game was pretty even with neither side creating a clear cut opening.
An excellent cross from Ben Miller was headed behind by Brocton defender Harry Flowers under some pressure at the far post. In the 22nd minute, Ham had a great opportunity for Westfields but he completely missed his kick after being teed up by Sam Rawlings. Within a minute, Ham made amends. A mistake by Kenny Devoir gave Westfields possession. Ham picked his spot and curled a superb shot past Stone from 25 yards.
Dave Ablewhite tested Kieron Blackburn from close range with the Westfields keeper parrying the shot. Miller beat Devoir down the left but his shot was comfortably saved by Stone. There was a moment of controversy in the 37th minute when Sirdic Grant ran through the Brocton defence to be pulled back by Craig Holland. Unbelievably, the referee showed Holland a red card on the basis that he was the last man but there appeared to be covering defenders. With Brocton having to re-organise, a free-kick from Craig Jones was missed by Richard Greaves.
4 minutes before the break, Brocton were given a lifeline when skipper Dan Lomas was bundled over in the area by Nathan Summers. The referee pointed to the spot after consulting his linesman and Dave Ablewhite clinically despatched the penalty.
With the home side down to ten men, a backs to the wall effort was anticipated as the Badgers tried to hang on to a point. Jones was off target with a shot just after the interval and Rawlings was on target but Stone made a comfortable save.
In the 50th minute, an excellent cross from Ham picked out Greaves but, off balance, he put his shot wide. Miller forced a fine save from Stone as Brocton were being pushed further and further back. Grant was becoming more of a factor as the half progressed and following a typical surging run, his effort was wide of the mark. In the 65th minute, a cross from Rawlings was headed over by Greaves. Three minutes later, Westfields went closer still as Miller’s cross was headed onto the outside of the post by Jones.
Westfields continued to pile on the pressure and a one-two between Kane Kahaki and Greaves saw the leading scorer sidefoot towards the corner but Stone pulled off an excellent save. A cross from Grant was headed wide by Ham but the visitors regained the lead with 7 minutes remaining. A ball in from the left by Rawlings saw the bounce deceive Gary Fife and Greaves was on hand to steer the ball home. Deep into stoppage time, Ham beat 3 defenders and was celebrating a goal but Stone pulled off a remarkable save to deny Westfields.
An excellent game of football with very little to choose between the two sides until the red card. From that point on, Westfields remained patient and finally got the breakthrough to close the gap on 2nd placed Lye Town.
Westfields: Blackburn, Kahaki, Rawlings, Glover, Summers, Miller, Jones, Bonella, Greaves, Ham, Grant.
Substitutes: Sauntson, Reeve, Febery, Plane, Matt Gwynne.
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