Saturday 21st October
The Isuzu FA Vase Round 1
Brocton 4 Aylestone Park 0
Brocton were at near to full strength with only Matty Bestall and Henry Smith missing through injury. Aylestone Park made the journey from Leicester in 8th place in the United Counties Premier League South and on a high after putting 5 past last year’s FA Vase winners Newport Pagnall Town last weekend.
It was the visitors that had the first opportunity on goal, Louis Samuels clearing the bar from a tight angle in the first minute. An excellent ball from Will Whieldon was controlled well by Reg Smith but his shot was over the bar. In the 3rd minute, a dangerous cross from Morgan Payne was gathered at the second attempt by Josh Wormleighton. Good approach play from Brocton in the 7th minute saw Jake Thomas send Whieldon free and he shot across the face of goal. Brocton continued to ask all the questions. In the 9th minute, a cross from Whieldon was headed wide by Christian Blanchette. Two minutes later, Connor Haddaway sent Blanchette clear and two crosses from the wide man were blocked by the Aylestone Park defence. Whieldon was finding plenty of space and he shot straight at Wormleighton when in a good position. Aylestone Park had the ball in the net in the 14th minute. A long ball forward was superbly controlled by Matt Langham who finished with aplomb, but the linesman had flagged for offside. Brocton went close in the 18th minute when a shot from Smith was turned goalwards by Payne but straight at Wormleighton. Aylestone Park’s main threat was from long balls or corners and skipper Lee Barrett headed over from a right wing corner. Thomas teed up Dan Evans moments later and his shot was inches wide of the post. Payne was proving to be a real handful for Aylestone Park, and he forced a corner from Wormleighton when the keeper should have gathered. Aylestone Park were awarded a free kick in the 35th minute which Ryan Seal hit against the Brocton wall. The rebound fell to Marshall Keenan who was well off target with his effort. Brocton took the lead in the37th minute. Tom Vaughan picked up the ball on the half way line, went on a customary mazy run, and as the defence opened up, hit a superb shot in off the post. A minute later, Samuels cut inside from the right but failed to keep his shot down. In the 43rd minute. Langham played the ball to Sam Moore, but Adam Weldon was on hand to make the decisive block. Aylestone Park were having their best spell of the game and from the corner, Justin Peace headed over the bar. In stoppage time, Whieldon again found space and his accurate shot was brilliantly saved by Wormleighton. Excellent approach play from Brocton created a chance for Payne who was narrowly wide with his effort.
Half Time: Brocton 1 Aylestone Park 0
The second half began with everyone expecting a response from Step 5 Aylestone Park. Two minutes into the half, a header from Declan Towers was comfortably saved by Tony Allsopp. The resurgence didn’t last long, and Brocton soon re-established their superiority. In the 48th minute, Whieldon raced through the middle of the Aylestone Park defence but shot just wide. A minute later, an excellent run from Payne finished with another shot just wide of the posts. Brocton doubled their lead in the 54th minute. An excellent ball forward picked out Payne, who controlled the ball, took it forward and slotted it past Wormleighton. Aylestone Park were close to pulling a goal back within 30 seconds. A cross from Charley Kilburn was met by the head of Moore but Allsopp pulled off a phenomenal save to keep the ball out. On the hour mark, a cross from Smith was flicked on by Blanchette, and Wormleighton made a superb save. A minute later, Aylestone Park were down to ten men. Payne again got the wrong side of the defence and was brought down by Towers as he approached the area. The referee deemed that he was last man and showed a straight red. Smith hit the free kick into the wall. Smith went on a direct run across the face of the Aylestone Park defence and his shot was just off target. In the 66th minute, Charlie King ran at the Aylestone Park defence, and as the defence parted, his shot took a deflection into the arms of Wormleighton. Some of the football Brocton were playing was of the highest quality and the visitors just could not live with it. Whieldon forced another save from Wormleighton before Payne forced an even better save from the overworked Aylestone Park keeper. Aylestone Park skipper Barrett was fortunate not to see red for a poor challenge on King. In the 77th minute, Whieldon hit a free kick straight at Wormleighton but Brocton were not to be denied and they made It three in the 78th minute. Haddaway threaded the ball into the path of Payne who beat the advancing Wormleighton. Peace had an opportunity for Aylestone Park but failed to hit the target. Payne should have had his hat-trick in the 85th minute. The youngster twisted this way and that, tying the defender in knots before blasting high over the bar when he should have hit the target. A minute later, Payne grabbed his third and Brocton’s fourth. Smith was again the provider, creating space on the right, He played the ball to Payne, who cut inside the defender and wrongfooted the keeper with his finish. In stoppage time, Aylestone Park almost scored a consolation goal. Excellent control by Moore, as he played the ball inside to Jonah Mitchell whose shot hit the outside of the post. The final action of the game saw Moore hit the side netting, but it was the rampant home side that moved into Round 2 of this year’s Vase.
Full-time: Brocton 4 Aylestone Park 0 Attendance:133
Brocton: Tony Allsopp, Adam Weldon, Dan Evans (Lucas Green-Birch 79), Kenny Devoir, Tom Vaughan, Will Whieldon, Christian Blanchette (Charlie King 64), Jake Thomas, Reg Smith, Connor Haddaway (Cam Osborne 84), Morgan Payne. Subs (Not Used): Charlie Marshall, Ben Haddaway, Ben Hackett, Dec Arber
Aylestone Park: Josh Wormleighton, Jake Wormleighton, Shaquille Brookes (Sam Moore 34), Charley Kilburn, Justin Peace, Declan Towers, Louis Samuels (Oliver Taylor 68), Ryan Seal, Matt Langham (Jonah Mitchell 64), Marshall Keenan, Lee Barrett. Subs (Not Used): Callum Riley, Thomas Noveoak
Yellow Cards: Allsopp, Devoir, Osborne (Brocton); Peace, Seal, Barratt (Aylestone Park)
Red Card: Towers (Aylestone Park)