Broomhill 5 – 1 Grassington Res

Broomhill eased into the next round of the league cup with an emphatic win over bottom of the table Grassington Reserves.

Following last weeks narrow 2-1 defeat in the Northern Plant Hire against Carleton, the Badgers were again without a number of players – notably injured keeper Jake Yaxley who was replaced by the returning Andrew Shutt.

Broomhill made a quick start and were awarded a penalty in the first minute of the game when man of the match Patrick King was felled in the box after playing a squared ball. Striker Andy Tanner stepped up but the penalty was excellently saved in the bottom corner by the Grassington keeper.

Tanner made amends for this miss minutes later when a rebounded loose ball was driven, side footed into the bottom corner from a tight angle 12 yards out to open the scoring.

Full back Jon Smith, only just returning from injury to replace the injured Chris Reynolds, suffered a recurrence of his injury and was forced off after fifteen minutes to be replaced by Ricky Smith.

Shortly after, the Badgers were 2-0 up. A long pass up to Tanner by Matthew Wilson was misjudged by the Grassington defence. Tanner closed in on the keeper who once again made an outstanding save but parried the ball straight into Luke Thornton’s path to tap into an open net.

Grassington rarely made it into the Broomhill half but Shutt did have to be alert and sweep up a few half chances.

The visitors were starting to get a foothold in the game and managed to half the deficit. A corner was swung in and Smith, who was running towards his own goal marking his man, somehow shouldered the ball past Shutt a minute before half time.

The half time talk from manager Stewart Kinnear and assistant Ghufran Bashir called for more composure in front of goal in order to kill the game off early.

The second half started relatively quiet but Broomhill were constantly looking to play football from the back with David Rhodes dropping short to collect on many occasions.

Two such occasions saw Rhodes pass the ball to full back Aaron Whitaker and, having brought the ball into the Grassington half unchallenged, played two identical cross field passes within a matter of minutes to Jamie Greenwood who, had his first touch been better, would have been one on one with the keeper.

However, the away keeper fully deserved his man of the match accolade after subsequently saving two one on ones – first from Tanner and the second from Thornton.

The Badgers upped the pressure and finally increased their lead on the hour mark. Wilson had been on set piece duties all game and it was through his superb corner that Smith headed the ball against the keeper from 8 yards and then pounced on the loose ball to poke the ball into the roof of the net – a fully deserved goal from the centre back who had been dominant in the air all game.

The injured Jake Ward was then substituted for young striker Michael Turner, promoted from the reserves after a few excellent goal scoring performances. Within a matter of seconds, Turner had opened his account for the firsts. Yet another set piece from Wilson caused confusion in the box and Turner was on hand to head home and effectively seal the win for the whites.

The midfield duo of King and Tom Hill, in for absent captain Mark Hardman, were excellent throughout and were the main reason that the Broomhill defence were so rarely troubled due to their work rate and ability to stop Grassington progressing into the home teams half.

The fifth goal was again created and finished by full back Wilson. An in swinging corner was clearly handled by the defender and the Badgers were awarded their second penalty of the day. Tanner unselfishly allowed Wilson to take it and he smashed the ball home into the bottom corner.

Broomhill return to league action next week, looking to close the gap on Manningham and Carleton at the top of the table following two weeks of cup action which saw the Badgers slip into third place.

Report by Aaron Whitaker

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