Brocton 1 Nuneaton Griff 1
TIME will tell whether Brocton will be look back on this result as a point gained or two points lost in the push for the Midland Combination Premier title.
The Badgers were up against a top three side who have been playing well throughout the season, and came with the intention of competing in all areas.
Nuneaton particularly concentrated on closing down Brocton’s main threat of Sam Bell, Gary Fife and Dave Berks which they did most effectively.
The Badgers were playing some good football in the opening stages, but so were Nuneaton’s midfield of Danny Gaunt and Danny Harris who constantly broke up the play and were prepared to launch Nuneaton’s counter attacks keeping the Brocton defence on their toes.
Alex Naughton did have an early chance but this shot was well saved by Adam Whitehouse in the Brocton goal. However Brocton’s persistence paid off and they were rewarded through the efforts of Seb Hamilton whose shot was deflected to Paul McMahon who produced an over- head kick which left Gary Fife with a tap in on 29 minutes.
Brocton were looking assured at this stage and playing with the intent of building on their lead.
But with half time approaching, a free kick was conceded just outside the Brocton penalty area and Josh Ruff stepped up and curled the ball around the makeshift wall and beyond Whitehouse for the equaliser.
The first half ended with Nuneaton in better spirit than the home side who had it all to do again if they were to take all three points.
The second half was only seconds old when Berks had a shot deflected the wrong side of a post off the legs of keeper Shaun Harris.
Brocton were trying to probe openings for the forward runners of McMahon and Hamilton, but the Nuneaton defence were playing well and held firm.
The visitors were relying more and more on the counter attack and Andy Moore had a chance on 52 minutes but headed over from five yards under pressure from Matt Skinner.
Again Brocton conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area but Nuneaton were not so lethal as in the first half and Whitehouse saved at the near post. Fife had a shot coming in from the left which just curled outside the post. Berks had two opportunities to get his left foot shot away but he had to work hard to evade the close attention of the Nuneaton midfielders and shot high and wide.
Damien Charie came on for Hamilton in an attempt to change the game but Nuneaton were up to the challenge and kept a close watch on the energetic forward. Jamie Evans and Charlie Jones were also introduced to what was becoming a fast moving encounter as Nuneaton’s Danny Harris constantly battled in the centre of midfield and set the forward play moving for the away side.
In the last few minutes Brocton had a free kick and a corner in succession but could not get a clear chance to seal the game.
Following the second half performance from Nuneaton a draw was a fair result and Brocton can only reflect on the free kick that resulted in the equaliser at the end of the first period.
This Saturday, Racing Club Warwick are the visitors to Silkmore Lane while Brocton reserves travel to face RC Warwick reserves. Both games kick off at 3pm