BROCTON put up a great fight but fell down 2-1 at Evo-Stik Division1 South side Halesowen Town in their historic FA Cup first qualifying round tie.
The club had never played in the first qualifying round previously, and were hoping they might overcome tough opposition in Halesowen Town who are two levels above them in the league pyramid system.
The day began with a team briefing at Silkmore Lane by manager John Berks, a team photo for the records and off to the ‘Grove Stadium’ in the team bus all adding to this special occasion.
Brocton started the game in lively fashion and immediately started probing down the right with Sam Bell striding out and showing his intent.
However, it was Ben Haseley for the home side who registered the first clear shot at goal followed minutes later by a Lyesden Christie shot, which was well over the Brocton goal.
Tom Tonks, the Halesowen midfielder (well know from his days at Brocton) had a chance on seventeen minutes and shot wide but Halesowen were now threatening and Haseley was posing problems for the Brocton central defenders with his darting runs.
He eventually breached the visitors defence and slotted the ball beyond Adam Whitehouse on twenty one minutes for the first goal.
Manager Berks reshuffled the defence to try and stop the attacking threat, substituting Dale Roberts for Jack Lees.
The game was very much end to end and Brocton appealed for a penalty following a tackle on Bell in the penalty box which was overruled on forty minutes and the first half concluded with Brocton applying pressure.
A foul on Lees bought the only yellow card of the match and from the resultant free kick taken by David Berks the ball went straight across the goal and was missed by the on-coming forwards of Damien Charie and Lukas Putka.
At this stage of the match Brocton were coming more into contention and had opportunities but nothing to show for their efforts.
Dan Shore came on for Putka in the sixty sixth minute and from another Brocton corner Halesowen cleared off their goal line, hoisting the ball up field and finding Brocton wanting in numbers for Haseley and Christie to combine to give them a 2-0 lead on seventy minutes.
This gave Halesowen another lift and Whitehouse came to the aid of Brocton following three consecutive corners and some spectacular goal keeping to keep Brocton from going further behind.
Manager Berks brought on Gary Fife for Criag Hulme as a last throw of the dice and following a melee of tackles with several players out-side the Halesowen penalty area, Lees unleashed a low shot which hit the back of the home sides net with keeper Pearson riveted to the spot, giving Brocton a goal on seventy four minutes.
This gave Brocton heart and Lees and Bell on the right started to apply pressure which gave further opportunities though corners and free kicks which Halesowen defended well.
As the game entered the final stages Halesowen began to draw on their experience and played the ball down the wings leading to man of the match Haseley having a good shot saved by Whitehouse.
The game drifted away from Brocton in the final minutes following an injury to Aaron Griffiths and referee James Whittington called time on a most entertaining game played in the best of spirits with Halesowen Town worthy winners but Brocton had acquitted themselves very well against their higher level opponents.