Alvis Sporting 0 Brocton 3
CHAMPIONS Brocton scored their 100th goal of their memorable Midland Combination Premier season in the last minute on Saturday.
This was Brocton’s final match and manager John Berks had set the players a target of achieving 100 goals which meant they needed to score three going into the fixture.
A strong wind was blowing which Brocton elected to kick against, and soon found that several passes did not find their intended destination. Paul McMahon was the first to get a real chance and chipped the ball over the keeper but it fell wide on 14 minutes.
Alvis centre forward Leon Kelly gave Brocton defence a busy time with his powerful running but the home side’s attacks lacked penetration. The game was very open with an end of season look about it and although Brocton had most of the play their final ball was lacking.
However on 34 minutes Dave Ablewhite worked an opportunity on the right and moved into the crowded penalty area. releasing a shot which received the finest of deflections by McMahon to deceive the home keeper and he claimed the first goal on 34 minutes.
The second half was much the same although Alvis injected some energy through midfielder Josh Holford who was busy and created the home side’s best chances.
Alvis however committed the worst of errors as Gary Fife intercepted a miss placed back pass and fired in Brocton’s second goal of the match on 55 minutes.
This was the signal for Brocton to gain that hundred goal milestone, and several players were surging forward none more than Andy Bourne playing his last game before retiring. He was given the opportunity to head Brocton’s third goal but directed it wide.
Alvis were more reliant upon breaking out of their defensive play and they did so late in the game which required Rob Tomlinson to clear off the goal line on 85 minutes.
Brocton were piling on the pressure in search of that elusive hundredth goal and eventually that opportunity fell to right back Richard Allen who arrived late into the penalty area to hammer home the goal from ten yards right on 90 minutes.
The game came to a close with the Brocton team in high spirits following a momentous season having achieved the league championship with three game to spare and notching up one hundred goals!