Baker Puts Icing On The Cake For Broomhill
Broomhill kept their fourth clean sheet in seven league games to maintain their pressure on the two leading teams in Division Two. A brace from man of the match Andy Tanner and goals from wingers Jamie Greenwood and Liam Baker sealed the 4-0 victory for the Badgers.
Coming into the game, Broomhill manager Stewart Kinnear and his assistant Ghufran Bashir were forced to make changes to the starting line up due to injuries and absentees. The impressive victory last week was referenced and used as a template for the performance this week – ensuring a fast start and constant pressure was the game plan from the start.
However, it was Trawden who started the strongest and were playing all the football. The Badgers weren’t keeping possession and weren’t composed enough to retain the ball in key areas. For the first twenty minutes, the game was shaping up to be a close affair with Trawden the better side but not creating any chances to trouble keeper Andrew Shutt.
On the back of last weeks three set piece assists, Matthew Wilson was again given this role and it was through him that, on the half hour mark, the Badgers opened the scoring and eased the tension. A deep inswinging free kick from the right hand side was misjudged by all the visitor defenders and the onrushing Tanner connected with a free header to lob the keeper.
From this moment, the home side pushed for an immediate second. Midfielder Patrick King was playing further forward – supporting the attacking two of Tanner and Jake Ward – while wingers Greenwood and Luke Thornton were working tirelessly to provide the width required.
Five minutes before half time, a ball over the top of the Trawden defence from Greenwood was collected by Tanner who ran through, beating two trailing defenders for pace and smashed the ball under the keeper to double the lead.
Substitute Liam Baker was brought on at half time at left wing to even the balance as a left footed player while returning centre back Chris Holroyd was brought on for the impressive Ricky Smith on the hour mark.
These changes were key to Broomhill finally playing to their abilities for the last half hour.
With twenty minutes to go, a pass from Mark Hardman was again collected by Tanner on the edge of the Trawden box. Tanner squared to Greenwood who turned and fired a shot into the bottom corner to essentially secure the victory against an impressive, resilient away side.
Broomhill pushed on for a fourth and had numerous chances to do so. Full back Aaron Whitaker beat two men to make his way into the box but his squared pass was too hard for Tanner to connect cleanly with while Holroyd had a rocket from 35 yards smartly saved by the keeper in his top corner.
However, with one further change to make, reserve team captain Cameron Galindo replaced Ward with fifteen minutes left and it was through Galindo’s brilliant tackle that the Badgers scored their fourth.
Following Galindo’s tackle on the half way line, the ball was played to Baker on the left wing. Taking one touch on his favoured left foot to bring the ball inside and beat his man, he let loose with a first time right footed shot which went straight into the top corner, hitting the bracket.
While this wasn’t the best performance of the season, the Badgers ground out a victory against tough opposition and came away with the vital three points, all while keeping the clean sheet. With two high profile new signings made today, the depth of the squad is looking promising to maintain the promotion charge in the coming months.
Report by Aaron Whitaker