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Badger old boys inflict cup defeat

Tuesday 27th September

Walsall Senior Cup Round 2

Brocton 1 Heath Hayes 2

Brocton made four changes from the side that won at Cradley Town in the FA Vase on Saturday. Brad Rolston, Mario Novaku, Jake Thomas and Christian Blanchette replacing Jake Triggs, Morgan Payne, Cam Osborne, and Cam Jackson. Heath Hayes were looking for their first win of the season and had a host of ex-Badgers in their match day squad.

Brocton had an early opportunity when an excellent defence splitting pass from King picked out Reg Smith, but his shot was over the bar. A clever back heel from Smith created an opening for Blanchette but his shot was blocked by the Heath Hayes defence. In the 10th minute a shot from Blanchette was fumbled by Oliver Morgan but he gathered before anyone could react. Connor Haddaway was next to try his luck with a shot wide of the target following a surging run forward. A long free kick from Tony Allsopp was headed goalwards by Smith straight into the arms of Morgan. Heath Hayes first opportunity came in the 32nd minute when veteran striker Nick Wellecomme was off target with a shot. Heath Hayes were growing into the game and Connor Ryan had a shot on target which was caught by Allsopp. Back came Brocton and a shot on the turn from Smith was well held by Morgan. The final chance of the first half fell again to Smith, who headed an excellent cross from Rolston into the side-netting.

Half-Time: Brocton 0 Heath Hayes 0

The visitors came out of the blocks quickly and had a chance 13 seconds into the half. James May managed to get goal side of the Brocton defence, but his lob was over the bar. Heath Hayes took the lead in the 47th minute. The ball broke for Dean Williams and the former Badger tucked his shot neatly past Allsopp. Williams should have doubled the lead three minutes later. The striker was on the end of a long clearance from Morgan, cut back inside and curled a shot inches over the bar. Brocton went close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute. Smith hammered a shot against the post, the ball rebounding to safety. Osborne, on as a substitute, then shaw his shot blocked. Smith was hungry for goals against his former club and a sharp turn was followed by a vicious shot which was well parried at his near post by Morgan. Smith again saw on effort blocked on the line before another effort from Brocton’s leading scorer was gathered by Morgan. In the 77th minute, a fierce drive from Wellecomme flashed wide of Allsopp’s post. Heath Hayes should have made it two in the 82nd minute. Liam Hallam was in space, but his shot was inches wide of the far post when he should have hit the target. Good approach play from Brocton involving Blanchette and Jackson, allowed Connor Haddaway a chance on goal with his effort straight at Morgan. Heath Hayes doubled their lead in the 88th minute. A quick break down the left saw the ball played into the path of Wellecomme, and he rolled back the years with a first time side footed finish into the corner. Brocton continued to push for goals and a cross from Blanchette was volleyed wide by Smith. Brocton clawed a goal back a minute into stoppage time. Smith hit the cross bar from 25 yards. The rebound was picked up by Jackson who finished clinically. Two minutes later, a free kick from Allsopp was headed goalwards by Smith and gathered by Morgan. The final chance of the game fell to Brocton. Blanchette’s cross hit Jackson and drifted agonisingly wide.

Full-Time: Brocton 1 Heath Hayes 2 Attendance:102

Brocton: Tony Allsopp, Brad Rolston (Ethan Harris 70), Jack Bostock, Luke Haddaway (Cam Jackson 58), Kenny Devoir, Charlie King (Morgan Payne 65), Mario Novaku (Cam Osborne 50), Jake Thomas (Ben Haddaway 76), Reg Smith, Connor Haddaway, Christian Blanchette.

Heath Hayes: Oliver Morgan, Charlie Marshall, Matty Hardiman (Harry Phillips 75), Scott Copper (Dan Sheppard 46), Will Burns, Helio Santos, Connor Ryan, Hughie Burrows, Nick Wellecomme, Dean Williams (Liam Hallam 69), James May (Todd Pryor 82). Sub (Not Used): Jay Brown

Yellow Cards: Harris (Brocton), Wellecomme (Heath Hayes)


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