Substitutes Steal The Show For Broomhill

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A second half goal each by substitutes Joe Jalil and Michael Turner followed by a bullet header from Chris Holroyd sealed the victory for the Badgers against a young organised Crosshills side.

Broomhill started the stronger and played at a fast tempo from the start. It was apparent from the offset that the Crosshills team was set out to frustrate the Badgers and top scorer Andy Tanner was reduced to half chances.

Both teams were looking to play from the back and drive forward. While the Broomhill defence was keeping the composition chances to a minimum, the Crosshills defence was doing the exact same.

This stalemate continued until half time when manger Stewart Kinnear brought on debutants Jalil and Matthew Kershaw. The emphasis was placed on pressing the Reds defence and forcing errors to exploit.

Within 5 minutes of the restart, these orders were followed and resulted in the opening goal.

Tanner pressed the left back who sliced the ball out of play and Kershaw collected the ball instantly for a quick throw-in. Jalil made an undetected run from deep and the throw fell straight into his stride, leaving him with only the keeper to beat, which he did by hitting the ball on the half volley.

Broomhill now resumed their grip on the game with man of the match Mark Hardman and Jalil finding space in the middle of the park.

Sensing a further goal was imminent, Kinnear brought on his final substitute, Turner, to the right wing to add speed and composure and it was through Turner that the lead was doubled.

Jalil spread the ball out to Turner who controlled the ball instantly. He then beat two men to reach the byline and fire a drilled cross into the 6 yard box but the power that Turner put on the cross made the ball swerve and beat the keeper at his near post.

Broomhill were now in control and keeper Andrew Shutt was rarely troubled as the Badgers looked to earn their fifth clean sheet in eight games.

The final goal came from a Jamie Greenwood corner. Greenwood, replacing the absent Matthew Wilson on set piece duty, whipped a corner to the near post where centre back Chris Holroyd rose highest to nod into the far post to seal the victory.

This was, in parts, the best football the Badgers have played all season but a lot of credit goes to the hosts.  They were certainly the best team the Badgers have played all season – organised, fit and looking to play football at all opportunities

Report by Aaron Whitaker

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