Brockworth Albion find themselves four points off the top spot in Division One of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League after Dan Alderman’s superb individual winner against a very game Longlevens Reserves side.
Alderman’s strike with just over twenty minutes to go was enough to give Albion a 2-1 win to keep them firmly in the title picture in Division One and it could be a key game to look back on at the end of the season.
It was Longlevens who started the brightest at Mill Lane however, with Filton Gardiner firing across the face of goal inside the opening three minutes.
Within five minutes though Brockworth put together a neat move that resulted in Byron Lloyd slipped in on the left side of the box. The forward’s effort deflected over the Longlevens goal for a corner.
Lloyd then had a fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock just after the quarter of an hour mark, after keeper Liam Best smothered his initial effort the forward spun and hit an overhead that looped over the bar. A fantastic effort.
Brockworth had taken control of the game and took the lead on 20 minutes through Stan Brown’s solo effort. Brown carried the ball a good 20 yards into the box before slotting it under the rushing Best.
They lead for 12 minutes, until wing back Rhys Lewis was bundled over in the box by Ethan Royer and Longlevens Reserves had earned their way back into the game.
Antanas Brazdys stepped up and sent Brockworth keeper Ryan Pearce the wrong way to equalise.
Having won the penalty, Lewis nearly turned goalscorer when Longlevens won the ball on the edge of the Brockworth box. His effort hit the foot of the post and bounced clear.
There was a flashpoint and handbags just before the break when Brockworth’s Dan Alderman took exception to a slide tackle from Longlevens midfielder Martel Sutherland. The result saw a caution for both players, although on another day it could have been Alderman’s second yellow after a clear yellow card foul went unpunished about 10 minutes prior.
Sean Payne stepped up to fire the resulting free kick goalwards, but it was met by a big glove over from Best. Payne would only go on to play five minutes after the break due to food poisoning and he was clearly in trouble as he left the field in the second half.
The second period took a while to get going but after Sutherland was given a 10 minute sin bin for dissent, Brockworth began to turn the screw and force the issue.
That’s when Alderman struck the killer blow. He charged through from the right side of the box to go one on one with Best. Alderman flicked the ball up over the defenders and hit a couple of keepy ups to control the bouncing ball before slotting through Best’s legs.
Referee Anthony Smee began to frustrate the Longlevens management with a few questionable decisions. In reality, the decisions made for and against both sides were dubious at times. But hey, it made for a fiery second half which was great theatre.
Alderman nearly sealed all three points with 5 minutes to go, but his free kick was palmed over once again by Best.
Stoppage time nearly saw late drama when Ryan Rennebach’s effort flew straight across the Brockworth goal.
Then in the 93rd minute, Rhys Lewis saw his free kick tipped onto the bar by Pearce in what was a terrific save. Then having weathered a flurry of corners, Brockworth gave Longlevens a needless free kick wide on the left in the 95 minute….but it sailed out for a goal kick.
Brockworth stay 4th after the win ahead of a trip to Quedgeley Wanderers next weekend, whilst Longlevens stay in 9th place ahead of the visit of Welland next time out.
Brockworth Albion: Pearce, Brown, Mayo, Boaden, Payne (Willetts 50′), Taylor, Wilkinson, D Alderman, J Alderman, Lloyd, Royer (Hunt 80′)
Subs Not Used: Crosby-Morton
Longlevens Reserves: Best, Lewis, Parry, Callinan, Sutherland, Rennebach, Brazdys, Blackburn, Thornton, Cornell (Smart 55′), Gardiner (Bradley 60′)
Subs Not Used: English
Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Ryan Rennebach (Longlevens Reserves)
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