BANK HOLIDAY WIN FOR TOP OF THE LEAGUE UNITED
BROCTON 1 LONG EATON UNITED 2
Broctons mediocre start to the season did not improve on Bank holiday Monday as they went down 1-2 to Midlands Premier League leaders Long Eaton United. Gary Fife, playing as Broctons lone striker, put in a cross which Josh Wilson converted early in the match to give the home side a deserved lead on eight minutes. Then came the moment that probably decided the match when Brocton keeper Calum Barrett was shown a red card. A through ball was chased into Brocton's box and Barrett went down to save. To the bewilderment of spectators from both camps, referee Jonathan Price pointed to the spot and sent Barrett off. Michael Armstrong stepped up to level the scores on 35 minutes.
With no keeper on the bench Dave Ablewhite put on the gloves. Long Eaton tried to press home their advantage Jermaine Palmer finally getting their second on 43 minutes.
Brocton to their credit, continued to try to play their football and the 10 men worked hard to keep themselves in the game. Brocton gradually worked their way back into contention and a Lomas effort struck the post and substitute Ben Farrall ran through to score, only to see the goal ruled out for offside.
The visitors were pleased to see out time in the end and Brocton could only dwell on what might have been.