Redbridge FC 1 Brentwood Town 2
Brentwood secured their second league win of the season with a 2-1 away victory against local side Redbridge at the Oakside Stadium.
Sherwin Stanley opened his account for the season in his third spell at the club with Robbie Rees who got the second in the first half, ‘The Motormen’ only managed a late consolation in added time through Daniel Charge.
Courtney White for ‘The Blues’ had the first chance on goal as he was put through after driving in to the box but his tame shot was saved by Mark Parker in the Redbridge goal.
Brentwood took their next opportunity a minute later through Sherwin Stanley seven minutes in after he slotted the ball in from close range to give them the lead.
White beat the keeper to the ball 19 minutes in from a clipped ball into space on the edge of the box, with the referee only awarding a free-kick and a yellow for parker, Brentwood management were furious he wasn’t sent off.
The resulting free-kick was dangerously whipped in by Jack Gardener which bend just wide, Brentwood were in full control 20 minutes in.
Four minutes from the break ‘The Blues’ doubled their lead as Stanley again involved, Tyron Thomas’s tackle lead the ball to fall for Robbie Rees whose shot on the spin bend inside the left post.
The visitors almost got a third three minutes in to the second half as Gardner’s free-kick smashed off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced back in to play, for Redbridge to scrap the ball away from danger.
Stanley again making a nuisance of himself to the Redbridge defence and put the ball in to the path of Rees but put his shot wide.
On the hour mark Stanley went down the left after substitute Charlie Parish miss-timed his header leaving him aches of space and slipped the ball in to White whose shot straight at Parker.
Rees long range effort was almost fumbled by Parker from 25 yards on the slick surface but scrapped the ball back away from his goal.
In the final 20 minutes Brentwood nearly sealed the three points as Callum Webb found substitute Alex Akofi but a great last ditch block by Vinny Murphy denied ‘The Blues’ their third.
The home side had a glorious chance to get back in it nine minutes from time as Patrick Damali first time shot fizzed just over the bar.
The home side grabbed a late consolation in the fourth minute of injury time as Daniel Charge tapped the ball in from close range.
This took the shine off a good performance from Brentwood but still held on for the remaining seconds to take all three points back down the A12.
Redbridge Line-up: 1. Mark Parker, 2 Vinny Murphy, 3 AJ Adelekan (53), 4 Aaron Scott, 5 Tyron Thomas, 6 Mark Nougher, 7 Joe Grant, 8 Patrick Damali, 9 Shane Wallace (57), 10 Daniel Charge, 11 Daniel Chambers
Subs: 12 Leon Smith, 13 Brian Moses, 14 Hulusi Mustafa (57), 16 Sam Gent, 17 Charlie Parish (53)
Brentwood Town Line-up: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Callum Webb, 7 Jason Dobbs (82), 8 Danny Daftner, 9 Courtney White, 10 Sherwin Stanley (68), 11 Robbie Rees (67)
Subs: 12 Alex Akofi (68), 13 Shad Ngandu, 15 Christian Mbulu (82), 16 Sam Bantick (67), 17 Micheal Alaile
Harlow Town remain unbeaten after four games with a 2-1 away win to Brentwood Town at The Brentwood Centre.
Alex Read grabbed the opener within the first minute of the match but Brentwood didn’t respond till the second half and Harlow got the winner 18 minutes from the end to take all three points.
Harlow took the lead after only 30 seconds when a long clearance put Alex Read in and struck the ball on the half volley from outside the box leaving Olly Bowles stranded.
George Smith was replaced by Shane Stamp after a lengthy injury leaving him to limp off in crotches.
Fabian Simms went close to doubling the visitors lead just before the half hour mark from a dangerous free-kick but his header went over.
In injury time, after great play by Sherwin Stanley he played in Alex Akofi who was blatantly body checked by the Harlow Keeper after winning the ball but the referee waved away claims.
Substitute Stamp had the first chance of the second half, a shot from 25 yards which stun the hands of Bowles, down low to his right post.
Brentwood equalised in the 65th minute after a another great move involving Akofi who slotted in Sam Bantick who didn’t panic and cut the ball back to substitute Robbie Rees.
The away side responded eight minutes later after a corner wasn’t cleared, fell to Stamp who fired it across goal for Jared Small to guide it in.
Martyn Stokes had a shot just inside the box as the loose ball dropped to him but it was lashes just over the bar.
Brentwood huffed and puffed in the remaining ten minutes but couldn’t muster a chance to snatch a leveller.
Brentwood Lineup: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Sam Cross, 3 Martyn Stokes, 4 Micheal Alille, 5 O’Rawe, 6 Dafner, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Jason Dobbs (58), 9 Shad Ngandu (78), 10 Stanley (70), 11 Alex Akofi.
Subs: 12 Daryl Robson (78), 13 Courtney White (70), 14 Louis Baucutt, 15 Callum Webb, 17 Robbie Rees (58)
Harlow Town Lineup: 1 Edward Thompson, 2 Ben Glasgow, 3 Layne Eadie, 4 Micheal Tower, 5 David Kendall, 6 Fabion Simms, 7 Jared Small, 8 David Cowley, 9 Alex Read (84), 10 James Smith ©, 11 George Smith (12).
Subs: 12 Daniel Fry, 14 Chinedu Mckenzie (84), 15 Shane Stamp (12) , 16 Claudio Lorenzani, 21 Tristan Hickman
Thurrock started their campaign in The Ryman League North with their first opening season game win in a decade after a 3-0 win against hosts Brentwood Town at The Brentwood Arena.
Former Brentwood Town player Ross Wall got his account started with a 67th minute volley, followed by an own goal from Jason Dobbs.
The result was concrete after another assist from Wall, for second half substitute Lamar Reynolds to tap in.
Brentwood almost got a goal in the opening moments as Courtney White slid in but Andy Walker blocked the shot.
Immediately at the other end Callum Ibe was brought down in the area by Olly Bowles but the referee deemed Bowles got a touch.
Sam Bantick had to come off injured and was replaced by Matt Hall, with Brentwood arguably being better side in the first 20 minutes of the match.
Alex Akofi skipped passed his marker and struck his shot off the post just under the half hour mark and Lewis Clark for Thurrock almost put Jack Gardener’s free-kick in his own net five minutes later.
Akofi again nicked the ball in the box and his shot on the turn was blocked but fell to White who couldn’t get enough power on his shot.
Half-time substitute Lamar Reynolds broke the offside trap and was in on goal but Bowls got enough on it to tip it over the bar.
Three minutes in to the second half and Akofi was slotted in but his side-footed shot was saved by the foot of Walker.
A Thurrock corner caused a goal mouth scramble after Remi Sutton header was off the post somehow remaining the tie goalless.
The game had a quiet period until the 67 minute when White’s header was tipped away by Walker to deny Brentwood.
Thurrock made the breakthrough two minutes later as Lewwis Spence poked the ball towards Ross Wall who smashed his volley past Bowls leaving him no chance.
The away side extended their lead eight minutes later as debutant Jack Paxman’s free-kick was deflected in by Jason Dobbs to double ‘The Fleet’s’ lead.
The visitors secured the three points two minutes from time as Wall broke through the defence and rolled the ball to the impact-sub Lamar Reynolds to tap in from close range and take the opening points back to Ship Lane.
Brentwood Lineups: 1 Olly Bowls, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes, © 5 Micheal Alaile, 6 Jason Dobbs, 7 Sam Bantick (20), 8 Callum Webb (86), 9 Courtney White, 10 Alex Akrofi, 11 Sam Cross (75)
Subs: 12 Shad Nganda (86), 14 Christian Mbulu, 15 Matt Hall (20), 16 Robbie Rees (75)
Thurrock Lineup: 1 Walker, 2 Clark (38), 3 Sutton, 4 Gilman, 5 King, 6 Stewart, 7 Paxman (80),© 8 Spence, 9 Ibe (45), 10 Wall, 11 Warner
Subs: 12 Moore-Azille, 14 Okah (81), 15 Reynolds (45), 16 Goode (38), 17 Martin
Ryman Premier side AFC Hornchurch beat Thurrock 2-1 with two second half goals in a pre-season friendly at Ship Lane.
Junior Luke slotted the first on the hour mark, Charlie Stimson’s curling equaliser put Thurrock on terms but Martin Tuohy nicked the winner 11 minutes from time.
Hornchurch had the majority of the opening exchanges keeping the ball and made Thurrock chase the ball in the ‘tropical’ conditions.
The home side had the first chance seven minutes in as Charlie Stimson’s flick on gave Lamar Reynolds an opportunity to turn his marker, he burst in to the box and his snap shot was turned over by Same Mott.
The visitors were awarded a soft penalty 12 minutes in after Rob Gilman brought down Marshall-Katung but George Purcell’s penalty rebounded off the post, which was justice in the Thurrock supporter’s eyes.
A ball put down the channel was picked up by work-horse Stimson who put the ball in for Brad Warner but Mott just beat him to it.
Captain Lewwis Spence almost put the ‘The Fleet’ in front 37 minutes in as Spence’s free-kick was hit low and hard to Mott’s left post but was equal to it.
Hornchurch nearly caught Thurrock napping four minutes in to the second half, as a lofted ball straight down the middle put Purcell in on goal but Andy Walker stayed big and blocked the shot.
On the hour mark, Hornchurch grabbed the opener as Junior Luke dribbled past three Thurrock players and slotted the ball into the net.
Drinks breaks were needed during each half due to the hot conditions at Ship Lane.
Thurrock equalised in the 73rd minute with a great curling shot from 20-yards as Stimson turned, nobody closed him down and put his shot into the top corner.
‘The Urchins’ took the lead in six minutes later as substitute Chris Bourne’s whipped in cross was turned in by substitute Martin Tuohy.
Clark almost got an equaliser two minutes from time as his shot just outside the box was tipped over by Mott.
Thurrock Lineup: 1 Walker, 2 Clark (64), 3 Sutton (83), 4 Gilman (45 Moore-Azille), 5 King (83), 6 Stewart, 7 Warner, 8 Spence, 9 Reynolds (45), 10 Stimson (83), 11 Paxman
Subs- 12 Jordan Clark (45), 14 Moore-Azille, 15 Goode (85), 16 Clark (64), 17 Martin (83), 18 Ibe (83), 19 Williams (85), Osa
Hornchurch Lineup- 1 Mott, 2 Starkey, 3 Bentley, 5 Beckles (54), 18 May, 6 Curley (78), 15 Marshall-Katung (Starting) (61), 8 Davis (69), 16 Luke, 10 Purcell, 11 Dadson (66)
Subs- 12 Homans (66), 14 Hursit (78), 7 Bourne (66), 9 Tuohy (61), 17 Joseph (66), 4 Styles (54), 19 Griffin (69), Chafer
Portsmouth won 2-0 in their third pre-season friendly against Thurrock FC at Ship Lane tonight with two first half goals in their preparations ahead of the fast approaching new season.
New signing Craig Westcarr’s brace was enough to see off Ryman North side hosts Thurrock FC at Ship Lane tonight in a 2-0 pre-season friendly.
Portsmouth could have converted more chances has they been more clinical mixed with determined defending from the hosts.
Portsmouth kept the ball neatly in the opening exchanges and had the first clear chance on the Thurrock goal as Johnny Ertl’s unchallenged header was straight at Andy Walker.
Charlie Stimson’s frustration showed early on from chasing down the ball after his reckless challenge on Jack Whatmouth, with only a stern word from the referee.
Portsmouth broke the deadlock 33 minutes in as Craig Westcarr was given time to hit a crisp volley on the turn low into the bottom left corner catching out Andy Walker to take the lead.
The visitors grabbed a second five minutes later as Westcarr got his second, once again with bags of time to cut inside Lewis Clark and slotted his shot in off the post to double their lead.
Although Thurrock had an appeal for a penalty just before the break as Lamar Reynolds was brought down but the referee ignored the appeals.
A flurry of changes in the second half as expected for the away side as Ben Close, Andy Barcham and Bradley Tarbuck were introduced. Thurrock made one change in Jordan Clark looking to turn things around for the hosts.
Substitute Tarbuck only lasted seven minutes as he was replaced by Rickie Holmes due to injury.
The first second half chance came ten minutes in after a superb block by Simon King denied Miles Storey from extending their lead after a well worked move from Portsmouth.
Substitute Holmes put the ball on a plate for Wynter from a corner 65 minutes in but mistimed his leap. Holmes again got down the left flank soon after and cut the ball back for substitute Close whose finesse shot bent wide.
Holmes for the second time put the ball on a tee for Wynter again whose header down this time bounce wide of the goal.
Thurrock almost got a goal back nine minutes from time as Remi Sutton burst into the box but his cutback was blocked and cleared.
Close had an open goal to score after Walker’s antics in the corner got the home side in trouble but his shot went wide.
Portsmouth’s final opportunity to end on a high came four minutes from time as Barcham’s cross was met by Ryan Bird which bounced off the crossbar and cleared away from danger to deny the third goal.
Thurrock play their next pre-season friendly at home to local Ryman Premier side AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
Portsmouth Lineup: 1 Paul Jones (75), 2 Alex Wynter, 3 Dan Butler, 4 Johnny Ertl ©, 5 Adam Webster, 6 Jack Whatmouth, 7 Jed Wallace, 8 Nigel Atangana, 9 Ryan Bird, 10 Craig Westcarr, 23 Patrick Agyemang (starts), 11 Miles Storey
Subs- 12 Nick Awford, 13 Alex Bass (75), 14 Joe Devera, 15 Ben Close (45), 16 Nicky Shorey, 17 Ben Chorley(60), 18 Danny Hollands, 19 Andy Barcham(45), 20 Bradley Tarbuck (45), 21 Ricky Holmes (60),
Thurrock Lineup: 1 Andy Walker, 2 Lewis Clark, 3 Remi Sutton, 4 Rob Gilman, 5 Simon King, 6 Greg Stuart, 7 Brad Warner, 8 Lewwis Spence, 9 Robert Clark, 10 Charlie Stimson (60), 11 Lamar Reynolds
Subs- 12 Tarik Moore-Azille, 14 Jordan Clark (45), 15 Charlie Honeness, 16 Calum Ibe, 17 Conor Martin, 18 Lee Rome, 19 James Goode, 20 Frazer Williams
‘The Hammers’ overturned a six point deficit with five races remaining to win by four points as the stormy weather loomed.
Kim Nilsson returned to the side for ‘The Hammers’ in his first home meeting for the claret and blues after the departure of veteran Peter Karlsson as Eastbourne used rider replacement for Mikkel Michelsen.
Eastbourne took an early 4-2 lead in the first race after Richard ‘Awesome’ Lawson was excluded for falling. Bjarne Pederson got to the bend first and took the win holding off Davey Watt in second as Timo Lahti was third.
Lewis Blackbird won heat two keeping Adam Ellis and Ben Morely at bay to hold their slender lead. The visitors extended their lead as Joonas Kylmakorpi held off Lewis Bridger to extend their gap to 4-11.
Kim Nilsson got ‘The Hammers’ first win of the night in race four as Morely struggled to assist him but kept the meeting in the balance. The home side then stepped it up with a 5-1 as captain Davey Watt and guested rider Rory Schlein levelled up the scoreline.
Although this was short lived as ‘The Eagles’ rolled of two 5-1 reverses in races six and seven with Timo Lahti aided by Pederson taking the first and Cameron Woodwood followed up by Blackbird to lead 25-17.
The hosts fought straight back with their second 5-1 of the night as Bridger won heat eight aided by the fresh Nilsson. The away side stretched their lead to six with a 4-2, Blackbird won once again as Daniel Halsey followed in second.
‘The Hammers’ held on in race ten as the visitors claimed another race win for Pederson (R/R) but stopped Eastbourne from extending their lead with Lawson and Watt in second and third.
The comeback began in heat 11, owed to Schlein as he won and Bridger made a pass from the back to second on the third bend on lap one and stood firm for the 5-1 with the deficit at 32-34.
Blackbird replaced Halsey in race 12 and after his collision with Lawson brushed himself down and won as he took his third win of the night but ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely and Lawson made second and third.
Lakeside went in front for the first time of the evening with a 5-1 as Schlein won another race assisted by Watt as he past Pederson on lap two to lead 40-38. Heat 14 was taken by the visitors as Woodwood won but after Morely replaced Ellis tactically the home side held on to their lead taking second and third.
In the penultimate race and as the rain started to fall the skipper stepped up to the plate for ‘The Hammers’ to secure the win and valuable guest Schlein helped in third to take the victory and two precious home league points.
Lakeside Hammers had an away fixture at Leicester Lions which was postponed due to bad weather on Saturday and will go on their travels again tonight at Wolverhampton Wolves.
Action at the Lakeside Arena will continue next Friday in the form of a challenge match as Essex play Kent featuring Ben Morely and Adam Ellis from ‘The Hammers’.
Heat 01: Re-run Pedersen, Watt, Lahti 2-4 60.3
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Halsey 3-3 5-7 60.4
Heat 03: Kylmakorpi, Bridger, Woodward, Schlein 2-4 7-11 59.9
Heat 04: Nilsson, Lahti, Blackbird, Morley 3-3 10-14 58.9
Heat 05: Watt, Schlein, Kylmakorpi, Woodward 5-1 15-15 58.8
Heat 06: Lahti, Pedersen, Bridger, Nilsson 1-5 16-20 58.7
Heat 07: Woodward, Blackbird, Lawson, Ellis 1-5 17-25 59.3
Heat 08: Bridger, Nilsson, Lahti, Kylmakorpi 5-1 22-26 59.7
Heat 09: Blackbird, Morley, Halsey, Ellis 2-4 24-30 60.0
Heat 10: Pedersen, Watt, Lawson, Kylmakorpi 3-3 27-33 59.2
Heat 11: Schlein, Bridger, Pedersen, Woodward 5-1 32-34 59.2
Heat 12: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Lawson, Lahti 3-3 35-37 60.3
Heat 13: Schlein, Watt, Pedersen, Halsey 5-1 40-38 58.6
Heat 14: Woodward, Nilsson, Morley, Halsey 3-3 43-41 59.5
Heat 15: Watt, Pedersen, Schlein, Woodward 4-2 47-43 60.4
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The Lakeside Hammers end the league leaders King’s Lynn Stars 14 meetings unbeaten run with a 47-43 home victory at Arena Essex on Friday.
The Hammers came from an eight point deficit in heat six to overturn that into an eight point lead going in to the last heat.
The only consolation for the leaders was that they went back to Norfolk with a point which they picked up in the final heat.
Niels Kristian Iverson took heat one after he passed Richard Lawson off the first bend and the race win with stand-in captain Richard Lawson and Peter Karlsson following in second and third.
Adam Ellis lead off the first bend in heat two but Lewis Blackbird went by to take heat two with Ben Morely in third. Scott Nicholls guested for the away side and picked up three points in his first race as Rory Schlein followed for an early 7-11 lead.
King’s Lyn extended their lead to 15-9, as Blackbird stepped in and held off a great effort from The Hammers guest Ben Barker who had to settle for second. Heat five was split as Schlein won from the start as Karlsson and Lawson could not find a way round.
Nicholls gained his second win of the night and added to the Stars lead as Barker settled for second again as the visitors stretched their lead to eight points.
Lawson started The Hammers comeback in race seven as he held off Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis kept hold of third to draw the score back to within six. The real meeting changer was heat eight with Mikkel Bech and Barker’s 5-1 victory after Jan Graversen fell on the first bend which brought the score to 23-25.
Race nine was split after Blackbird beat Morely to the line with Ellis in third. The Hammers kicked on again and lead for the first time in the evening in heat ten as ‘The Awesome’ Richard Lawson with the victory and Bech held off Lambert all the way to the line and a two point advantage 31-29.
Karlsson increased the home side’s margin to four as he won race 11 but Iverson passed Bech to avoid the 5-1 which left the score at 35-31. Lawson and Morely reversed their eight point deficit to an eight point lead as Lawson allowed Morely to take the victory on the line.
The table toppers fought straight back with a 5-1 themselves as Iverson won and Nicholls supported in second after he passed Karlsson which brought the score to 41-37.
The Hammers were rewarded for their hard fight back with a guaranteed two home points going in to the final heat as guest Barker sped to victory followed by ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely with the score at 46-38.
The final heat made sure The Stars went home with something to show for their efforts with an away point as Nicholls won another race with Iverson in support for second to complete the meeting at 47-43.
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers were delighted ending the away sides unbeaten run and finish the month unbeaten themselves. As they now have a deserved two week break until they welcome Wolverhampton Wolves to the Arena on the 5th of July.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Graversen 3-3 59.4
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Rose 3-3 6-6 60.1
Heat 03: Nicholls, Schlein, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 7-11 59.2
Heat 04: Blackbird, Barker, Graversen, Morley ret 2-4 9-15 60.3
Heat 05: Schlein, Karlsson, Lawson, Lambert 3-3 12-18 59.3
Heat 06: Re-run Nicholls, Barker, Iversen, Bech 2-4 14-22 59.0
Heat 07: Lawson, Lambert, Ellis, Rose 4-2 18-24 59.5
Heat 08: Bech, Barker, Schlein, Graversen frem 5-1 23-25 59.4
Heat 09: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Ellis, Rose 3-3 26-28 60.3
Heat 10: Lawson, Bech, Schlein, Nicholls 5-1 31-29 59.3
Heat 11: Karlsson, Iversen, Bech, Lambert fell 4-2 35-31 60.1
Heat 12: Morley, Lawson, Blackbird, Graversen 5-1 40-32 61.1
Heat 13: Iversen, Nicholls, Karlsson, Barker 1-5 41-37 59.3
Heat 14: Barker, Morley, Blackbird, Lambert 5-1 46-38 59.8
Heat 15: Nicholls, Iversen, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 47-43 59.2