TWO-goal captain Dave Berks led by example as Brocton marched into the second round of this season’s FA Vase, writes Dave McLean.
STOURPORT SWIFTS0 BROCTON 2
(FA Vase first round)
Berks struck either side of the interval as the Badgers toppled higher league Stourport Swifts, at the Walshes Meadow ground on Saturday - and deservedly so!
Brocton, the current unbeaten Midland Combination premier leaders took on a Stourport side who had won just three of their 12 league games in the Midland Alliance this term.
Indeed, no one could have argued had Brocton been at least three goals to the good at the interval, only fine positioning by former Wolves youngster and Stourbridge keeper Lewis Solly thwarted them, particularly Paul McMahon.
Berks brought a fine stop out of Solly as early as the third minute, denying the former with a near post block.
At the other end, Stourport threatened on nine minutes when Ashley Walker put James Lemon clear and from his cross, John Griffin’s shot was saved at point blank range by Adam Whitehouse.
From a home corner, Sam Smith headed just over, before Broc- ton broke to open the scoring. Jamie Evans picked out Berks with a delightful through ball and the skipper took in on before beating Solly with a stunning left foot shot that flew into the net.
Brocton went in search of more and McMahon was twice denied by Solly in one-on-one situations, before Whitehouse turned aside a well struck effort from Griffin.
Seven minutes into the second period Brocton were very much in the driving seat. Berks whipped in a right wing free kick that evaded everybody and nestled in the far corner of the home net.
The Badgers then survived late pressure from Stourport to earn their rightful place in the second round and a trip to St Andrews (Leics) on November 16.
Brocton team - Whitehouse, Ablewhite, Evans, Skinner, Bailey, Bourne, Charie (Berkeley 75), Jones, Fife, Berks (Haycock 85), McMahon (Shore 69). Subs not used, Tomlinson, Putka.