Tuesday October 24th
North West Counties Football league First Division South
Market Drayton Town 0 Brocton 8
Brocton made two changes from the side that beat Step 5 Aylestone Park in the FA Vase on Saturday. Charlie Marshall replaced the unavailable Dan Evans while Charlie King came into midfield with Christian Blanchette dropping to the bench. There was a first appearance in the squad for Ryan Douglas, 18 months after a serious ACL injury. Market Drayton came into the game in fourth place and had the added incentive of being the first game for the new management team of Rhys Evans and Ben Bargna.
With a tough top of the league encounter expected, Brocton made the perfect start taking the lead after just a minute. Connor Haddaway’s shot was saved by keeper Josh Hyde. The rebound fell invitingly to leading scorer Morgan Payne who made no mistake from close in. Things got even better for the league leaders in the 4th minute. Will Whieldon ran into the Market Drayton penalty area and forced a save from Hyde. Again, the rebound was picked up by Payne who slid it into the corner. Brocton remained on the front foot. In the 7th minute, excellent work by Reg Smith on the right ended with a low cross which was cut out just in front of Payne. Payne was inches away from his hat-trick in the 11th minute. A delightful ball in from Whieldon was flicked on by Payne and Hyde made an excellent save. From the resulting corner, Brocton increased their lead. Haddaway’s delivery into the 6-yard box was missed by everyone and Payne, unmarked, volleyed home for a 12 minute hat-trick. The game settled down with Brocton dominating the midfield exchanges. In the 23rd minute, Payne ran in on goal, was forced wide but turned the ball inside to Haddaway who was crowded out by the Market Drayton defence. A piece of superb control from Jake Thomas saw him bring the ball down, cut to the right and hit a drive inches over the bar. In the 32nd minute, Hyde made a wonderful save, tipping a volley from Whieldon onto the cross bar. Market Drayton were unlucky not to pull one back two minutes later. In their first attack of any note, a ball into the near post from Ryan Taylor was clipped onto the cross bar by Dan Parker. This misfortune for the home side did not result in a change of direction for the game. In the 45th minute, Brocton made it four. A free kick from Whieldon was not cleared by the defence and Thomas side footed into the net from the edge of the box. A minute later, the woodwork again saved the home side. Payne drove into the area, played the ball to Smith whose fierce shot rebounded off the inside of the post back into the grateful arms of Hyde. We didn’t have to wait long for the 5th goal. Three minutes into added in time, Smith played the ball into the path of Whieldon and his delightful chip floated into the corner.
Half-time: Market Drayton Town 0 Brocton 5
As the second half began, could Market Drayton galvanise themselves and get back into the game? The first chance of the half fell to the home side but a long range volley from Taylor was well wide. The balance was soon restored with Brocton striving for more goals. In the 52nd minute, Smith played the ball inside to Whieldon. His shot was blocked and when the ball came back to Thomas, his effort was inches over. Whieldon then turned provider to Smith with his shot beating Hyde but also the far post. Brocton’s 6th goal came in the 62nd minute. A corner from Haddaway was played to Whieldon. Whieldon played it back to Haddaway and his inch-perfect cross was headed home by Smith. Market Drayton heads did not drop, and Lewis Brown tried his luck from distance, with the shot off target. In the 73rd minute, Brocton added another. Smith played the ball out to the left wing to Cam Osborne. He cut inside and his low shot took a deflection off a defender into the net. A minute later, and it was eight. A through ball from Tom Vaughan was perfectly weighted into the path of Smith who hammered the ball into the bottom corner. It should have been three goals in two minutes when Hyde lost possession of the ball, Connor Haddaway had the gaping net to fire into but chose to set up Smith for his hat-trick and the ball was bundled away. Brocton were relentless and Smith was unlucky when his shot was deflected for a corner. In the 78th minute, Smith hit a speculative effort from 30 yards which was just over the bar. Brocton had the ball in the net in the 82nd minute. Vaughan again picked out Smith and he finished superbly only to be flagged for offside. Osborne created a chance for Blanchette, but his effort was too high. In the 87th minute, Thomas fired goalwards from 25 yards, the shot skimming the crossbar. Smith also skimmed the paintwork with a fierce drive from the left. In the 90th minute, Blanchette found space, but his shot was straight at Hyde. Three minutes into stoppage time, Connor Dunne shot on target, but it was comfortably gathered by Tony Allsopp.
Full-Time: Market Drayton Town 0 Brocton 8 Attendance:145
Market Drayton Town: Josh Hyde, Oliver Torjussen (Joe Davies 56), Matthew Cutler, Levi Hunter, Lewis Brown, Cameron Dourish, Ryan Taylor, Conrad Muir (Connor Dunne 67), Nicky Parker, Jacob Welch (Callum Jackson 85), Dan Parker (Daniel Churm 45). Sub (Not Used): Harry Turner
Brocton: Tony Allsopp, Adam Weldon (Christian Blanchette 60), Charlie Marshall, Kenny Devoir, Tom Vaughan, Charlie King (Ryan Douglas 83), Will Whieldon (Alex Curtis 79), Jake Thomas, Reg Smith, Connor Haddaway, Morgan Payne (Cam Osborne 66)
Sin Bin: Dunne (Market Drayton 81)
Yellow Cards: N Parker (Market Drayton); Payne (Brocton)