Stroud & District Football League Division Six

Brockworth Albion Thirds.........................1

Minchinhampton Reserves........................2

IN increasingly worsening conditions, football was at a premium.

Minchinhampton grew into the game, but failed to test the home keeper with anything of real menace despite a number of corners and free-kicks.

Any success was coming from out wide, the middle fast becoming a bog. Brockworth Albion similarly found joy out wide and were unlucky not to take the lead with Minchinhampton’s rearguard tested to the brink.

The deadlock was finally broken, as the half neared to a close with Nick Matthews driving from the right towards the box and firing into the near post left footed and past the clutches of the home custodian.

Minchinhampton, now kicking up the slope found the going heavy, but still managed to carve out the better of the chances, and defended resolutely when called upon.

In what was fast becoming atrocious underfoot, Brockworth Albion forced a number of corners as they sought parity.

The equaliser though came from the penalty spot, the referee adjudging a challenge on Dan Roberts was worthy of a penalty and the same player dusted himself down to finish with aplomb.

Not to be outdone Minchinhampton regained the lead within minutes of the restart.

A decent build up down the left saw Aaron Lines’ cross and the lively Riki Noble hooked a bouncing ball back over his shoulder and into the net.

Brockworth Albion fought valiantly until the final whistle but couldn’t overcome Minchinhampton’s desire to win as both teams tired nearing the finish.

Star Man:Ben Owen.