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Town take the bragging rights against Brocton

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Dave McLean

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IT was a mixed festive week for local rivals in the Midland Combination Premier league.

On Boxing Day, Stafford Town took the bragging rights against Brocton, running out 1-0 winners to record their first victory over their neighbours in 27 years.

While the Badgers, current league leaders by four points from Nuneaton Griff, who have played two games more, got back to winning ways with a 5-1 home success over Southam United, the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Covent ry Copsewood on Saturday.

Town's long awaited success against Brocton was secured in the first half of the holiday clash at Evans Park as defender James Creswell burst through to lob Brocton keeper Adam Whitehouse in the first half.

And Town picked up another well earned point with that draw at Coventry Copsewood, thanks to goalscorer Morgan Hurley.

The Badgers, who face a tough away clash against third place Bolehall Swifts this weekend, were back to their best against fourth place Southam.

However, had Southam been able to make more of a handful of slips in the opening minutes, the game may have been very different.

But Brocton's early nerves were settled when Jamie Evans got deep into the Southam half and his deep cross was met with a resounding downward header by Paul McMahon to set Brocton on their way.

After that, the Brocton hero was very much prolific scorer Gary Fife, who went on to claim a hat-trick.

Ten minutes into the second half, Fife was tripped and Evans took the free kick. He missed out all of the defence and put Fife in a perfect position at the far post where he accepted the chance with a rare headed effort.

Fife then got beyond the Southam back line top make it 3-0. Dave Ablewhite made a run to the right bye-line and from his cross, Dan Lomas made it four.. And the Brocton scoring was completed as Fife took a free kick from almost on the goal line and squeezed it in as attackers and defenders alike failed to touch the ball.

Oliver Manoocheri converted a late penalty for the visitors but it was just a consolation effort.

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