BROCTON 2 BOLEHALL SWIFTS1 Midland Combination Premier Division
BROCTON followed up their exciting 5-4 mid-week win at Nuneaton Griff with a home win over title rivals Bole- hall Swifts.
BROCTON 2 BOLEHALL SWIFTS 1
Midland Combination Premier Division
The win takes the Badgers three points clear of Bolehall at the top of the Midland Combination Premier Division and they also have the benefit of two games in hand.
The match was finely balanced until the final whistle and played with excellent spirit.
Dan Shore had the first sight of goal for Brocton in the second minute but saw his snap shot go wide and Craig Hulme got a first-time shot off from a Paul McMahon pass seconds later.
Bolehall also had their forays forward but it was the Badgers who got their noses in front.
Great work from Hulme brought him inside from the left touchline to find Dan Lomas, whose slip back to the oncoming Gary Fife was perfect for him to open the scoring.
Hulme almost did the trick again as he got down the left flank and chipped the ball in for Shore to chest, then volley, but over the bar.
Shore then met a big clearance from Adam Whitehouse on 25 minutes and Paul McMahon gathered it, back to goal, spun and shot but Bolehall keeper Tom McNulty gathered well.
Matt Skinner, who had marshalled his defensive troops in exemplary fashion to that point, was then deceived by a crafty drop of a shoulder and Brocton were struggling to catch a Bolehall break but Charlie Jones covered well and saw out the danger.
Both teams had attacking opportunities and four minutes before the interval Steve Day took the ball through the heart of Brocton’s defence, made room and shot past Whitehouse, to give Swifts a deserved equaliser.
Brocton went close to restoring their lead at the end of the half when Jamie Evans was pulled back and Fife hit a trademark free kick beyond the keeper for Lomas to head back, but it went over the bar.
The second period was equally enter- taining with Damien Charie coming on as substitute for Shore and a little later
Andy Bourne replacing McMahon. Brocton had marginally the clearer chances with both defences working hard to prevent clear sights of goal.
Matt Skinner headed over a Dave Berks corner and Fife, now in a more forward position, brought a great save from McNulty.
For Bolehall, Chris Sturridge-Parker was set up for a 25 yard effort which fizzed over
the bar. Liam Haycock came on for Hulme and continued where Hulme had left off, with some darting runs down the left.
A few minutes from time Brocton broke quickly and Damien Charie passed inside to Dave Berks who hit the ball on the volley to give McNulty no chance and clinch the points for the Badgers.
Brocton: Adam Whitehouse, Charlie Jones, Jamie Evans, Matt Skinner, Dave Ablewhite, Craig Hulme, Dan Shore, Paul McMahon, Gary Fife, Dave Berks, Dan Lomas.
Substitutes: Damien Charie, Andy Bourne, Liam Haycock.
This Saturday Brocton face North West Counties First Division side Leek CSOB in the first Round of the Staffordshire FA Vase.
Kick off at Silkmore Lane is 3pm.