HAT-TRICK hero Gary Fife was the difference in the local derby between Brocton and Stafford Town at Silkmore Lane Sports Ground on Monday.
Stafford Town 1 Brocton 4
A crowd of over 170 watched the two in form sides battle it out and the Badgers soon had their noses in front when Matt Skinner headed a corner against the bar and Fife slid the rebound into the net after just five minutes.
Town then lofted a free kick high into Brocton's area which brought a punch from Adam Whitehouse but it landed nicely for Ishmael Reid to strike which scrapped the top of the bar.
Brocton soon gained themselves a cushion though, a ball forward from Dave Ablewhite found Fife who found room to fire in a left foot shot from 20 yards that slotted perfectly just inside the post for 2-0.
On the half hour skipper Dave Berks once more had to give way to injury, Lukas Putka coming on up front and Fife dropping into midfield.
Once more Town lofted a free kick into the area and Brocton were slow to clear before scrambling it away.
Darryll Johns then had a chance as he went past Brocton’s defence only to blast the ball over the bar when one on one with Whitehouse.
The second half began like the first with Brocton grabbing a quick goal when Damien Charie slipped the ball to Putka whose shot was blocked by visiting keeper Russ Todd, but Putka was quickest to react as the ball ran free and tapped it in for 3-0.
Johns finally got some reward for his efforts though as his darted in to the right of Brocton's box and shot past Whitehouse which could only be helped in to the net by Dave Ablewhite as he attempted to get across to cover.
Town were lifted by their goal, but their impetus was short lived as Charie set substitute Craig Hulme free in the box, Todd dived at his feet, but missed the ball and conceded a penalty which the prolific Fife tucked away for 4-1.