Billericay Town boss Edwards disappointed on closure of the game

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Billericay Town manager Craig Edwards was disappointed that his Ryman Premier side could not close the game out after their 2-1 victory, against their local rivals Brentwood Town in the Robert Dyas League Cup second round on Monday evening.

“I’m disappointed with the way we closed the game out, it should have been comfortable and we made hard work of it,” said Edwards.

This match saw Brentwood’s joint-boss Adam Flanagan return to his former club where he won the Essex Senior Cup and was voted player of the year in the 2010/11 season under Edwards.

“I really enjoyed my time at Billericay. Craig was the manager at the time; I won’t lie we clashed a few times but we got on and we still talk now. I think we clashed because we were both really passionate people and both wanted to do well,” said Flanagan.

Edwards praised Brentwood’s performance: “Fair play to them, they never turned it in at all, I can see why they’re doing so well, they work hard.”

He added: “I thought Brentwood were very competitive, they were in the ascendancy in the final 10-15 minutes.”

This was the first meeting between the clubs in many years, despite there being just a stone throw away from both clubs.

The first half lacked any real clear-cut chances, but as expected the Ryman Premier side had the majority of possession without really testing the Brentwood goal.

“First half we must have had 75% possession but didn’t create enough chances,” said Edwards.

The game came to life three minutes after half-time when Billericay took the lead through striker Rowan Liburd who was recently brought back from a loan spell at Ryman League North Division club Thamesmead Town.

“At half-time we said to them we needed to be more adventurous and ruthless, a bit more positive around the box and we come out and got off to a flyer”.

Brentwood equalised two minutes later when captain for the night Sam Bantick’s lofted cross found its way straight in.

“Then we have conceded probably the worst goal we have conceded in two years here. It was abysmal… because we were so dominate I think we just switched off”.

Billericay regained the lead ten minutes later with a well worked move which was finished off with a great strike from Richard Halle, his 11th goal of the season from centre-back.

“I thought overall it was a fairly even game. We had to dig in first 20 minutes, they put us under a lot of pressure, but as the first half went on we grew into the game and started to knock the ball around a bit better,” said Flanagan.

“It’s the final third we are struggling with at the moment, whether it be our passing selection or movement. That is the one area which I think can take us from a good team to becoming an even better team.”

“It’s not something we can do immediately, unless we get more experienced players in with the knowledge and the knowhow, but we can’t afford those types of players this season but we will get there.”

“I’m pleased as Great Wakering came here and lost 8-2 and we came here with six first teamers out and lost 2-1.”

Brentwood will be hoping to continue their push for promotion with a victory over Barkingside at The Arena on Saturday, but Flanagan is unsure on whether he will have his strongest eleven.

He said: “We might have a few out for the Barkingside game but we will go with our best team.”



Robert Dyas Cup: Billericay Town 2 Brentwood Town 1

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Billericay Town will progress to the third round of the Robert Dyas Cup with a hard fought 2-1 victory over local rivals Brentwood Town.

A Rowan Liburd header gave Billericay an early second half goal to lead, Brentwood responded with a quick fire equaliser through Sam bantick but Richard Halle strike was enough to progress the home side.

Billericay Town had an early strike only three minutes in as Poole lashed his shot straight at Bowles from a cleared corner which he held on to.

The home side had the ball in the net 27 minutes in which was disallowed for an infringement on Bowles as he was bundled into the goal.

Billericay took the lead three minutes into the second half as Poole whipped in ball found Rowan Liburd at the back post to head in.

Brentwood replied two minutes later as a long high lofted ball towards the far post from Bantick went straight in to equalise for ‘The Blues’.

The host regained the lead ten minutes later as Captain Halle picked up the ball on the edge of the box and rifled a superb strike into the bottom right corner for his 11th of the season.

A Bantick free-kick on the edge of the box beat the wall but went just narrowly wide of the bottom corner.

Jack Edwards almost sealed it three minutes from time as the ball was given on a plate inside the box but his half volley went wide of the target.

In injury time Liburd was through on goal for Billericay and as he was about to pull the trigger, a risky last ditch sliding tackle came from Danny Dafter which stopped Liburd from his second.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 James Love (79), 3 Andy Freeman, 4 Chrisitian Mbulu, 5 Danny Dafter, 6 Adam Rooke, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Robbie Rees, 9 Sam Bantick, 10 Daniel Aldwinckle (68), 11 Yeshaya Lomotey (82)

Substitutes: 12 Connor Hogan (68), 14 Tommy Oliver (79), 15 Junior Ibeawuchi (82)

Billericay Town Lineup: 1 Billy Lumley, 2 Stevie Sheehan, 3 Glenn O’hanlon, 4 Jack Edwards, 5 Richard Halle, 6 Ryan Scott (70), 7 Gerald Akosa, 8 Glenn Poole, 9 Afalobi Obafemi (73), 10 Rowan Liburd, 11 Roman Micheal-Percil (73)

Substitutes: 14 Ricky Sappleton (73), 15 Harry Baker (73), 16 Cyrus Mahler (70)

Attendance: 108

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Ryman League North: Harlow Town 1 Brentwood Town 1

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Brentwood Town extend their unbeaten league run to seven as they got a point in an eventful 1-1 draw away to Harlow Town, as both sides ended with 10-men.

Sherwin Stanley gave Brentwood the lead in the first half but Harlow got an early second half goal through David Cowley to end the game level.

The home side were reduced to 10-men after a second yellow for Shane Stamp and Brentwood also went down to ten men in injury time as Danny Dafter was given his second yellow.

Brentwood almost took the lead with two great chances as a short corner was whipped in by Sam Bantick which was headed by Stanley but cleared off the line. The clearance then came to Jamie Love whose shot from 20 yards was palmed away at full stretch by Ed Thompson.

On the 20 minute mark Harlow had a glorious chance as Stamp’s whipped in ball was flicked on by Alex Read but again went just wide of the far post.

Harlow’s Read tucked the ball in the net 30 minutes in but the linesman put his flag up for offside to Brentwood’s relief after poor defending.

Brentwood took the lead as Bantick from his own half beat several players and slotted in to the path of Stanley, which he calmly placed the ball under the keeper to give ‘The Blues’ the lead.

The home side equalised two minutes in to the half as David Cowley was slotted in inside the box to tuck it past Ollie Bowles.

Robbie Rees put his corner on a plate for Stokes who headed narrowly wide from the six yard box.

A quickly taken free-kick by Dafter fell to Rees on the edge of the box which his fierce shot was parried away by Thompson.

Shane Stamp saw a second yellow for Harlow, after getting the first for simulation the second came a few minutes after for a late tackle on Ollie Bowles, to play the final 19 minutes down to 10-men.

The sides were balanced a minute into injury time as Dafter was given a second yellow for dissent but Brentwood held off the final surge from Harlow to take home a point.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Robbie Rees, 7 James Love, 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Sherwin Stanley (76), 10 Shad Ngandu (80), 11 Sam Bantick (77)

Substitutes: 14 Marcus Milner (77), 17 Danny Aldwinckle (76), 12 Adam Rooke, 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Ryan McFarlane (80)

Harlow Town Lineup: 1 Ed Thompson, 2 Robbie Martin, 3 Layne Eadie, 4 Joshua Urquhart, 5 Daniel Matsuzaka, 6 Fabion Simms, 7 Junnior Appiah (87), 8 David Cowley, 9 Alex Read, 10 James Smith, 11 Shane Stamp

Substitutes: 12 Warren Goodhind (87), 14 Michael Toner, 15 Luke Cuthbert, 16 Billy Jones, 17 Ben Glasgow

Attendance: 225

Essex A claim top spot

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Essex A finish top of the group after another great team performance as they won 29-11 against Cambridgeshire at Stonyhills.

Essex only needed 25 points to secure mathematically top spot in the group and gives Essex a great chance of getting a bye to the quarter-finals.

Pauline Child set the standard as she knocked up the shots as she won 18-7.

Roger Dover was 11-11 after 11 in his match up but fail to score a shot after that as he lost 18-11.

The Essex pair Shirley Newman and Colin Addis maintained their recent form as they made easy work of their first game with a 13-6 victory.

The young duo in Mark Chittock and Sadie Young made the Cambridge pair pay as they took their chances as they won 20-6, to take a 6-2 lead into the second session.

Greg Wade, Pat Goodchild and Phil Banner breezed past their opponents with a 19-4 win.

Rita Blackhall, Michelle Squires and Tony Hayes could not replicate their team mates as they just lost 9-6.

Rob Wade’s quartet of Racheal Cordy, Peggy May and Dave Chittock eased to a 15-5 victory.

The other Essex four, Frank Amoss, Eileen Smith-Allen, Paul Cairnes and Peter Debenham edged their game with a 10-8 win, with a repeat of the first session and lead 12-4 at the break.

In the third session Child’s had a tougher game than her first but she came through with a 20-16 victory.

Dover was did not get out the blocks and fell to a heavy 18-5 defeat which cost the singles bonus points by four shots.

Newman and Addis made it two wins out of two with a copy of their first as they won 13-6.

Chittock and Young had a tight game which went down to the final end as they were in front by one but held of the pair, as they won 15-12 and secured the bonus points to lead 20-8 overall.

In the final session the Essex triple Wade (Junior), Goodchild and Banner sped to an easy 15-5 victory.

Blackhall, Squires and Hayes won with an easy 13-1 which secured the bonus points as the triples only dropped two points out of the 12.

Amoss, Smith-Allen, Cairnes and Debenham were content with a 7-7 draw, which avoided the loss.

The final four to finish was Cordy, May, Chittock and Wade (Senior) as they kept their game tight as they lost a narrowly 8-7.

Which claimed the fours bonus points to finish 29-11 with Essex on 208 shots to Cambridgeshire’s 141, to secure top of the table and qualify for the knockouts.

Essex will have to wait and see if they get a bye to the quarter-finals or have to play a prelim.

Essex secure qualification to knockout stages

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Essex Premier secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Inter County Competition with a 20-20 draw against Northampton at Stonyhills.

The home side despite a healthy lead at the break, had to come from 16-12 down at the end of the third session to scrape a draw in the final session.

Adam Sultana gave Essex their first two points as he won 13-10 over Lee Hall, as his aggressive tactics just paid off.

Matt Dillon took Edward Sawbridge all the way, at 9-9 in the final end but Sawbridge edged Dillon to win 11-9.

Barry Hedges and Mo Binstead got an early lead and held off Callum Beale’s pairing, as they won 18-13.

Babs Morokutti and Dominic Reed fell 11-4 down after 11 ends and despite their best efforts lost out 13-10 against Thelma Hopkins and Chris Western, to go into the second session 4-4.

The second session was vastly improved by Essex as Del Coates, Tony Ealham and Mitchell Young held off Chris Hopkins triple, as they won 10-4.

Essex’s other triple Linda Lambert, Fred Gudgeon and Jack Shepard also kept the Northampton triple at arm’s length as they won 11-7.

The fours precipitated, as Debbie Tomlinson, Tony Orpin, Nigel Reed and Anthony Faultey did enough as they won 9-6.

Ian Arthur, Sammy Lambert, Keith Paxman and Steve Killington had a narrow 11-8 victory to make it a clean sweep for the hosts and went into the break with a 12-4 lead.

Northampton responded after the break as a frustrated Dillon was out bowled by Hall and lost 17-7.

Sultana was caught out by Sawbridge in his second game, after he lead 11-7 after 11 ends was pegged back and lost 14-11, which secured the bonus points for Northampton.

It went from bad to worse for Essex as Hedges and Binstead fell to another session defeat 16-13.

Northampton completed the reverse clean sweep as Reed (Junior) and Morokutti lost out to Beale’s pair 14-6, which gave them the bonus points and lead 16-12 going into the last session.

Essex had it all to do in the final session and Coates, Ealham and Young stormed to a 15-4 victory, to start the revival.

The comeback was halted somewhat as Lambert, Gudgeon and Shepard came from 9-3 down to 9-8 last end but was edged out by Hopkins’s triple 10-8, as Essex held on to the bonus points.

Tomlinson, Orpin, Reed (Senior) and Faultey came from behind to snatch a draw from 8-5 down as Faultey drew his last bowl to take the valuable draw, with Essex trailing at 19-17 overall.

The final four, Arthur, Lambert, Paxman and Killington were 8-6 in front on the last end and were in danger of the defeat but held on for the draw and took the bonus points to draw 20-20 overall.

Essex secured qualification to the knockouts and top the group for momentarily, as Norfolk have a game in hand and play Northampton in the final group game next week with only 13 points required to reclaim top spot.

Players Ratings

Adam Sultana 6/10

Dom Reed 6/10

Mo Binstead 7/10

Barry Hedges 6 ½ /10

Babs Morokutti 6/10

Matt Dillon 6/10

Del Coates 8/10

Mitchell Young 8/10

Jack Shepard 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Tony Ealham 7 ½ /10

Tony Orpin 7/10

Debbie Tomkinson 7 ½ /10

Nigel Reed 7 ½ /10

Keith Paxman 8 ½ /10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Sammy Lambert 7/10

Fred Gudgeon 7/10

Anthony Fautley 8/10

Steve Killington 7 ½ /10

Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 3 Great Wakering Rovers 0

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Brentwood Town extend their unbeaten league run to six as they swept aside Great Wakering Rovers with a 3-0 victory at the Brentwood Arena.

Robbie Rees grabbed a brace, one from a free-kick and the other with a deflected shot on the edge of the box.

In between Rees’s goals was a quality drilled free-kick by Sam Bantick as Brentwood move up to third.

Brentwood took the lead with their first shot on target as a Rees free-kick was clipped in to Ryan O’Rawe who missed the header but caught Adam Seal off guard and crept in.

“The Blues” almost doubled their lead down the left flank as Bantick squared the ball across goal came to Mcfarlane, who burst in the box and fired his shot over.

Great Wakering nearly equalised just before half-time as Liam Nash was slotted in over the far side but his shot was blocked by Ollie Bowles.

Brentwood doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a sweetly struck free-kick by Bantick was arrowed into the near post.

Wakering nearly got back in the game as the ball fell to Jay Nash at the far post and his header was superbly saved by Bowles.

Brentwood sealed the three points seven minutes from time as Rees picked up the ball on the edge of the box and his deflected shot found the bottom corner.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Robbie Rees (87), 7 Ryan Mcfarlane (67), 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Sherwin Stanley, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Sam Bantick (86)

Substitutes: 12 Christian Mbulu (86), 14 Danny Aldwinckle (67), 15 Adam Rooke (87), 16 Yeshaya Lomotey

Great Wakering Rovers: 1 Adam Seal, 2 James Pugsley (81), 3 Elijay Worrell, 4 John Bradley, 5 Dan Trenkel, 6 Nick Skelton, 7 Billy Johnson, 8 Tom Ranger, 9 Liam Nash, 10 Jay Nash, 11 Tom Strickland

Substitutes: 12 Tony Jacobs (45), 14 Antonio Mehmeti, 15 Malaki Toussaint, 16 Lewis Sparrow, 17 Adam Holmes (81)

Attendance: 85

Goal fest rewards UEL 1st with Quarter-Final

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The University of East London progressed to the quarter-finals of The South Eastern Conference Cup with an emphatic 11-1 victory over fellow league opposition Imperial University 1st.

UEL grabbed two hat-tricks, the in-form Johan Caney-Bryan got his three goals in the first half with 14 goals in seven games and recently back from injury Stefan Neilson.

The East London side also got a double brace through Shahid Kasako and Jason Ngandu who now has three goals in two games with the other from Saio Levi-Blackwood.

UEL broke the deadlock 15 minutes in after Caney-Bryan laid off the ball on the edge of the box for Levi-Blackwood to curl his shot past the keeper.

The home side doubled their lead four minutes later after great work from Dillian Stephenson down the right flank and whipped a ball in for Caney-Bryan to tuck in the bottom corner.

The third goal was inevitable as Caney-Bryan squared a ball to Kasako in the box which he lashed inside the far post.

The fourth came almost from the restart after Caney-Bryan involved once again was brought down 20 yards out. Neilson stepped up and fired the free-kick into the far post leaving the keeper no chance, to put UEL in a commanding lead.

UEL got their fifth ten minutes from the break after a long throw from Stefan Wright was headed into the top corner by Caney-Bryan.

Caney-Bryan capped off a comprehensive first-half in added time as he snuck in and poked the ball underneath the keeper.

UEL continued the rout seven minutes into the second-half as the ball fell to Neilson on the edge of the box and his shot was too strong for the Imperial keeper as he parried it into his own net.

Substitute Ngandu made an immediate impact as he burst away down the left, beat the defender and unselfishly cut it back for Neilson to fire home from close range.

The ninth came only a minute later as Ngandu popped up on the right and his individual shot caught the keeper off guard and crept into the top corner.

UEL had to go down to ten men after all substitutes had been used and Wright limped off but that did not stop UEL’s tenth as Kasako’s shot fizzed into the bottom right corner.

Substitute Vendal Nunes got a superb 11th goal as he burst from the right back position beating several Imperial defenders, crossed a low ball into the box for Ngandu to tap in.

Imperial however did get a goal as UEL switched off in final seconds to give them a consolation as UEL progressed to the quarter-finals.

UEL now have another home tie either against Chichester 3rd or Portsmouth 1st in two week’s time.

UEL Lineup: 1 Richie Robins ©, 2 Stefan Wright, 3 Darren Hammond, 4 Jaden Osei-Bonsu, 5 Nnamdi Harold-Egole (65 Ousmone Kone), 6 Shahid Kasako, 7 Siao Levi-Blackwood, 8 Harry Mathews, 9 Johan Caney-Bryan (52 Jason Ngandu), 10 Stefan Neilson, 11 Dillan Stephenson (69 Vendal Nunes)