BROCTON marched into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their 75 year history with an emphatic 6-0 victory against Ellesmere Rangers.
Brocton 6 Ellesmere Rangers 0
The Badgers maintained their 100% start to the season with the emphatic win over the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division outfit.
They will now face a tough game away tie at Evo-Stik1 South side Halesowen Town who are two leagues above them.
Brocton had Saturday’s tie sewn up inside 30 minutes as they raced into a 4-0 lead.
Goalkeeper Adam Whitehouse’s skewed kick looked to be a danger for Brocton early on but proved to be anything but.
Dave Ablewhite took possession and swiftly sent the ball along the side line for Sam Bell to run on to, his early cross was misjudged by Ellesmere keeper Lee Davis and Lukas Putka was on hand to put the ball in the net.
A corner, minutes later saw Brocton double their lead as Damien Charie headed powerfully down and beyond the keeper.
For Ellesmere, Sean Griffiths got a shot in on target but Whitehouse was well positioned and Ablewhite set Bell off again, but this time Bell could only find the side netting.
Another corner for Brocton dropped into the box and Dale Roberts tapped it in for 3-0 and before the half hour mark Lee Davis attempted to clear the ball from the back only to find Lukas Putka in space and unmarked, he shot over the keeper to give Brocton an unassailable four goal advantage.
Davis redeemed himself with one point blank save from Charie shortly afterwards.
Ellesmere tried to probe the Badgers defence but with little success and then found themselves reduced to ten men when Adam Smith working hard to retrieve the ball, was unlucky to see a red card from the referee as his attempt to kick a waist high ball resulted only in direct contact full in the midriff of Brocton's Andy Bourne.
Brocton boss John Berks rang the changes a little at half time with Jordan Bloor and Craig Hulme replacing Charlie Jones and Matt Skinner.
With Brocton’s foot off the gas ten man Ellesmere were able to hold the half time score of 4-0 until well into the second period.
Inevitably though tiredness took its toll and Brocton’s third substitute, Jethro Jarrett, on for Putka, scored with a firm header from a well-placed Bell cross as the home side fell asleep at the back.
Brocton’s other substitutes Bloor and Hulme both went close on more than one occasion before Craig Hulme was coolness itself as he lifted a delightful chip over the advancing keeper to give the Badgers their sixth goal and an emphatic home win.
This Saturday, Brocton are again in knockout action as they travel to face Lichfield City in an FA Vase tie and play the same opponents on Tuesday 10th September at Silkmore Lane in a League match (unless the Vase tie is draw in which case it will be the date of the replay).
Meanwhile Brocton Reserves are at home to Droitwich Spa on Saturday (kick off 3pm).