BROCTON’S FA Vase train is starting to get up another head of steam after the Silkmore Lane club went giant killing again this week, writes Dave McLean.
They cleared the first round hurdle in this season’s competition with a much deserved 2-0 success away to higher league Stourport Swifts on Saturday.
No wonder Brocton manager John Berks had high praise for his charges afterwards and felt the unbeaten Midland Combination premier leaders could well have taken the tie by more goals.
Two-goal captain Dave Berks emerged the hero, but this was a thoroughly professional performance by the entire Brocton squad.
Immediately after securing a place in the second round of the national competition for the second time in three seasons, a delighted Brocton boss said: “I thought we deserved the win.
“I felt we could have scored more. We came with a game plan and it worked. I thought the discipline of the lads was spot on. They applied themselves in the right way and I don’t think they (Stourport) can have any arguments with the scoreline.”
The Badgers’ leader did not have Stourport watched and admitted:“I normally do, but I knew they played quite direct. We knew when playing teams from a league above that physically they are always quite strong, so we went with a plan. We played quite narrow in midfield, played two up top and I thought those two lads worked really hard and the midfielders’ workrate was exceptional.
“I’m really pleased with the lads because we had a poor result in the week (drew with lowly Castle JKS) and they bounced back and just showed what we are capable of.”
As for the first goal from brother Dave, the boss said:“It was a great goal. I thought the space was on our left. Their right midfielder was tucking in and I asked (defender) Jamie (Evans) to go forward.
“He picked Dave out and it was a great finish and that’s what Dave can do, he’s been doing that for a number of years. However, I thought we should have gone in two or three up. But we kept going in the second half and I think three or four goals would have been a fair result without being disrespectful to them.
“We now move on to the second round where we’ve been before and I think we’re better than we were a couple of years ago.”
In the second round, on November 16, Brocton visit St Andrews of the East Midland Counties premier league.
The Badgers’ best ever run in the FA Vase was in the 2011/12 campaign when the Silkmore Lane outfit fell at the third round hurdle in a replay at home to Tividale.