Tuesday 31st August
Brocton FC v Rocester FC
NWCFL Division One (South)
This match saw the Romans gain a much-needed point with a creditable 1-1 draw when playing at Brocton last Tuesday Night.….
Both teams were ‘up for it’ with plenty of friendly rivalry in this hotly contested local derby. Unfortunately, ‘new signing’ Elijah Sawyers, playing in only his second game of the campaign, had to be substituted with a suspected hamstring injury after only four minutes!
He was replaced by Elisio Francisco - who manfully stepped up to the challenge!
And it was the Romans who drew ‘first blood’ in the ninth minute when Rocester’s skipper (and former Brocton defender) – Alex Scott, slotted home from short range when a Romans’ free kick was headed back across the goal.
Score BFC 0-1 RFC.
In the fourteenth minute, the Badgers were back on level terms… Kevin Devoir stooped low to get a header onto an incoming ‘corner’ and unfortunately, the Rocester clearance looped over Charlie Wood and into the back of the Roman’s net.
Score BFC 1-1 RFC.
Although Brocton were now picking up the pace, unfortunately (for them), by half time, they had lost Brad Rolston and Dan Evans to injury.
Half time BFC 1-1 RFC.
The second half saw both teams ‘upping the ante’…
Brocton’s Adam Weldon put in a shot which struck the crossbar!
Brocton made a third substitution - but this time it was for ‘tactical’ reasons rather than being due to more injuries!
Following this, the Romans were awarded a corner from the right-hand side. Unfortunately, the resulting back post ‘free’ header didn’t find the Badgers’ goal – much to their relief.
Soon after, Rocester had another good chance, but the resulting shot was high and wide.
Jack Weldon then ran the ball through to the other end, but Charlie Wood anticipated well and cancelled out the move!
Rocester followed this up with yet another attacking move which saw the shot go wide (very wide!).
However, the Romans kept up the pressure and were awarded a corner, but again, the resulting shot went wide.
Brocton countered with an attack of their own when a deep ball from Jack Weldon found Todd Pryor at the back post. Fortunately, he was unable to divert it into the Romans’ goal!
The Badgers kept pressing and were awarded a corner, but again, were unable to convert it.
Final score Brocton FC 1-1 Rocester FC.
If you go back through the records over the last five or six years, Silkmore Lane has not turned out to be a particularly ‘happy hunting’ ground for Rocester and following on from our poor form in the last few weeks of the current campaign, I imagine that the Romans and their supporters will ‘take heart’ from this much improved performance and that with a little more ‘clinical’ finishing and also, a little more luck, we might have finally ‘turned the corner’!!!
So C’mon you mighty Romans!!!!!!!