Tividale 4 Brocton 1
JW Hunt Cup
A strong, quick and well organised Tividale side were too much for Brocton on Tuesday, but the Silkmore Lane lads who played can hold their heads high having given a good account of themselves.
Brocton began at a very high tempo themselves, but one they could not sustain for the entire match. But Nick Addison gave their efforts a real boost with a screamer of a volley from 25 yards on just four minutes to give the visitors an unlikely lead.
Sam Beech had found Gary Fife and Fife’s attempt rebounded high and in front of Addison, who struck it perfectly.
The lead lasted until the 20th minute when a back pass intended for Adam Whitehouse fell short and the ball was intercepted well before it got near the Brocton keeper and he was left stranded as it was stroked into the net by Craig Gregg.
There was worse to follow as Tividale’s spirits were lifted and a quick raid down the right and pass into the right hand side of Brocton’s box left the goal exposed again. Whitehouse dived bravely at the feet of the striker but it ran loose and the follow up was a tap in for Karl Edwards.
A Fife free kick found the defensive wall too well placed and went wide and then Ashley Phillips pinched the ball in midfield and set Fife free on the right flank. A deep cross was headed back into the danger area as Brocton flooded people into the box, but the ball would not drop kindly and it was smuggled away.
Higher league Tividale threatened to make Brocton pay for that with another break down the right flank. The cross was good but the shot went high over the bar.
Beech’s energy and pace was causing Tividale some problems and several times he won balls that he had no right to win through sheer persistence, but the home defence rallied quickly whenever the ball was lost and Brocton needed time that they simply were not allowed.
It was the speed of thought that caught Brocton out again before the break as an attack culminating in a Phillips shot was turned into another Tividale raid down the right flank.
Whitehouse once again dived bravely to prevent a shot on target as the cross was met at his near post, but this time his dive was anticipated and the ball was cleverly cut back for an easy tap in for Lee Downing and a two goal cushion for the home side at the break.
Brocton battled on in the second period and had some pressure but a ball lost in midfield gave the home side their third break down the right. It was from the cross that Gregg netetd his second and Tividale's fourth of the tie.
A late rally could have given Beech a deserved goal for his efforts, but although he tricked his way into sight of goal, his shot went wide of the mark.