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Brocton are three wins away from the Midland Combination title

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

By Dave McLean

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BROCTON picked up a point away to fellow title chasers Bolehall on Tuesday and now need nine more from their remaining six games to be crowned Midland Combination Premier champions

Both teams were full of attacking intent. Bolehall made the early running, playing the ball beyond the Brocton back line and pressing high themselves to try to catch Brocton's attacking players off side should they mount a counter attack.

Adam Whitehouse in Brocton's goal was the first to make a save, beating out a fierce drive from Michael Pollard but his counterpart Tom McNulty was soon in the action making a great save with his legs from Sam Bell, who was then off target on 15 minutes.

Both defences were coping with their tasks and looking solid, but on the break,Bolehall grabbed the lead. Following a corner, Chris Sturridge-Packer was first to react to a loose ball and he drove home.

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That seemed to encourage both teams to redouble their efforts in attack. Bolehall were keen to cement their advantage by trying to add to it and Brocton were stung into an all out attempt to get back in the game.

Just after the half hour a high clearance from Whitehouse was won by Seb Hamilton and his subsequent shot could only be deflected for a corner.

Dan Lomas then chased for and won the ball deep in opposition territory, taking it to the edge of the box before shooting. McNulty saved but could only push the ball back into play where Dave Berks' cross was headed wide.

If anything, the second half was more frenetic and Bell had another fine effort bravely saved by McNulty before Berks volleyed the loose ball over the bar. Bell was in full flow by now and he broke beyond the back line, slotting past McNulty for the equaliser.

There was plenty of drama to come as Simeon Smith got past Brocton's Rob Tomlinson from a long clearance with only Whitehouse to beat. Tomlinson tried to tackle but fouled Smith and was sent off for his trouble.

The ten men continued to press for a winner and Bell got through again in the closing stages and was brilliantly tackled. For Bolehall Joseph Obi created a shooting opportunity but could not get his effort on target, before an entertaining game finished with honours even.

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