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West Brom 2015

Our 2015 match at The Hawthorns kicked off in glorious sunshine, and with the pitch in excellent condition as well, the scene was set for a great day and the Baggies fans players didn’t disappoint, serving up an enthralling encounter. The Home team raced into a 3-1 lead at half-time but were pegged back by an impressive 2nd half comeback by the Aways and in the end the 3-3 draw was a very fair reflection of the way the game went.  

Date: Thursday 21st May 2015
Venue: The Hawthorns
West Brom (Home) vs West Brom (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Legends/Managers: Daryl Burgess & Bob Taylor
Match Officials: Phil Taylor, Vic Kelly, Gary Taylor & Phil Dawes

The West Brom Home team kicked the game off in glorious sunshine and they were quick to test the Away GK Peter Brunton-Douglas. However the big stopper was equal to the task and he comfortably held on to Chris Francis’ shot from long range.

The team in White and Dark Blue were playing the ball about well, and with Legend Daryl Burgess organising things at the back, they had all the makings of a good side. They troubled the Away defence again when a free-kick was played high into the box from Captain Garry Philpot, however despite rising well to meet the ball with his head, Chris Francis couldn’t divert his header on target.

Bob Taylor’s Away team, playing in all Red strips, were trying hard to create chances themselves, however the Home defence were coping well with their attacks and it was no surprise when the Baggies Home team opened the scoring on 11mins. The lively Sean Best collected the ball midway in the opposition half, skilfully turned inside an Away team midfielder then slotted a low shot inside the left hand post from outside the area (1-0). 

The Home team continued to press and Sean Best found himself in space on the right side of the area a few mins later, however fullback Hayden Jones was quick to shut him down and he cleared the danger well. From the resulting throw in Jason Guy played a dangerous cross into the box which Lee Blake met well with his head, however his effort flew just wide. Best and Blake then combined brilliantly to set the striker free, however another great bit of defending by Home No 4 John Bird snuffed out the danger. The ball wasn’t cleared properly and when Sean Best swung in a cross Lee Blake rose brilliantly to head the ball past Brunton-Douglas’ despairing dive, however the assistant’s flag was raised and the goal was chopped off for an infringement.   

The combination of Jason Guy and Sean Best continued to cause the Away team problems down the right flank, however the Away defence were holding firm at this stage and they hit back brilliantly on 26mins. Harrison Armitage started the move by nicking the ball in midfield, after some neat passing in midfield he exchanged passes with David Traynor in midfield and raced towards the penalty area before releasing striker John Denley on the left, the No 11 was forced away from goal but cleverly cut the ball back to Armitage who smashed a left foot shot low past Home keeper Chris Bradley (1-1).

The Away team were buoyed by their excellent opener and created a chance for Samuel Bradley soon after, however his Father, Chris, playing in the Home goal was equal to the task and beat the ball away for a corner. The impressive Away midfielder Harrison Armitage was pulling the strings for the Reds now and he crafted an opportunity for Bob Taylor on the edge of the area, however much to everyone’s surprise the Away team’s Legend smashed his shot high over the bar. 

The Home team responded well though and took the lead again on 36mins. A long throw from Daniel Mortlock found Best down the right wing and when he played the ball into the box Francis did well to turn and find Blake in space, the striker’s shot was blocked by defender Danny Emerson however No 17 Daniel Foster was on hand to force the ball home from a couple of yards out (2-1).

The heat was starting to take its toll on the players and the pace of the game dropped slightly as half-time approached, however both teams continued to push for opportunities. There was just time for Samuel Bradley to test his Father with another shot on target, however both defences held firm and the referee’s whistle went for half-time with the score narrowly in favour of the Home team, 2 goals to 1.

Half Time: West Brom (Home) 2 - 1 West Brom (Away)

The Away team kicked off the 2nd half, eager to get back on level terms as quickly as possible, however it was the Home team who pressed early on, with No 17 Daniel Foster looking a danger down the left wing.

The team in White and Dark Blue made the pressure team and increased their lead on 53mins. John Denley won an aerial battle on the edge of the box and when the ball was played into Lee Blake he showed great feet to go past Chris Lazenby and the big defender was adjudged to have taken him down as he went past him. The striker dusted himself down and expertly fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the net (3-1).

With the Home team two goals to the good the pressure was definitely on the Away team to get the next goal. John Denley created a chance for his strike partner Bradley on the left side of the area, however after showing good feet to make space the striker was closed down before he could get a shot on goal. Back at the other end Lee Blake showed his pace to outstrip the Away defence, however the last ditch defensive combination of Gk Brunton-Douglas and CH Louis Codd denied him his 2nd goal of the game. 

Back came the Away team and on 68mins they narrowed their deficit to just one goal. No 10 Paul Wakefield started the move, winning the ball in midfield and feeding John Denley on the right side of the area, the No 11 played a great ball across the box which just eluded Chris Bradley’s dive and Samuel Bradley was in the perfect place to chest the ball home from 6 yards out (3-2).

The game was on a knife edge now and it was anyone’s guess as to how it would turn out. The Home team pressed for the decisive 4th goal, however it was the Away team who struck next on 76mins. The Home defence did well to charge down a couple of efforts from Armitage and Codd, however when the ball broke to Samuel Bradley the No 9 made no mistake from 10 yards, smashing a volley low past the despairing dive of his Dad in the Home goal (3-3)!

The scores were now level going into the final 15mins and the win was there for the taking for both teams. The Away team sensed the opportunity of an unlikely comeback win, however it was the Home team who created the next opportunity. The tireless Sean Best broke on the left and fed Lee Blake just inside the area. The striker fired a shot goalwards, however Peter Brunton-Douglas stood up well and pushed the ball away to safety.

The game was real end to end stuff now, and it was the Away team that came closest to breaking the deadlock with efforts from Wakefield and Lazenby, however the 1st effort was just off target and the clock ticking down to 90mins Bradley saved bravely at Lazenby’s feet. There was just time for one last chance for the Away team from the resulting corner, however the Home team held out well and the referee’s whistle brought the game to an end seconds later.  

It had been an excellent game for the watching Baggies fans, with both sides playing an impressive brand of football throughout and scoring some excellent goals. The Home team just shaded the 1st 45mins of play, however the Away team came out strongly after the break to gain a deserved 3-3 draw, which meant that both teams went home happy at the end of the day.

Full Time: West Brom (Home) 3 - 3 West Brom (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Daniel Mortlock 
Man of the Match (Away): Antony Horne
Moment of the Match: Samuel Bradley

Home Team: Chris Bradley, Jason Guy, Daryl Burgess, John Bird, Garry Philpot (C), Chris Francis, Sean Best, Nick Medlicott, Dave Wheatley, Daniel Mortlock, Lee Blake, John Foster, Karl Allen, Nathan Rogers, Daniel Foster
Home Mascot: Charlie Philpot

Away Team: Peter Brunton-Douglas (C), Hayden Jones, Bob Taylor, Chris Lazenby, Malcolm Collinson, Joe Hunter, Craig Mellon, Harrison Armitage, Samuel Bradley, Paul Wakefield, John Denley, David Traynor, Louis Codd, Danny Emmerson, Antony Horne
Away Mascot: Alfie Jones