The Lakeside Vortex Hammers end their seven defeat streak as they secured three league points in their push for promotion with a 35-26 victory against Poole Pirates at Arena Essex.
The meeting was abandoned after only ten heats at the Captains agreement due to a downpour during heat seven.
The Lakeside Hammers burst out of the starting blocks as Kim Nilsson got to the first bend infront and won in a sharp 58.6 seconds. Captain Davey Watt passed Dakota North on lap three to take second and an early 5-1.
Adam Ellis led on lap one but Kyle Newman found a way round to gain back a 4-2 which was aided by Benji Compton.
Race three could not separate the two side as Daniel King for ‘The Hammers’ with a superb run but Poole held firm with Maciej Janowski and Vaclav Milik in second and third.
Lewis Bridger got his first race win under his belt even with North and Newman on his heels but ‘The Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely was struggled to get going.
‘The Hammers’ extended their narrow lead up to six as Watt beat the bunch to the bend and saw his victory through as King held off pressure from Josh Grajczonek.
Bridger claimed his second race of the night as he stormed to the line with Janowski in second with Richard ‘Awesome’ Lawson in third on heat six as the home side stretched to a 22-14 lead.
The rain began to loom over heat seven and caught out Ellis on bend three caused him to fall so too did the rain which caused a 40 minute delay.
The visitors looked for a postponement but the Lakeside ground staff and volunteers got to work with clearance of the excess water and sawdust to speed up the delay and to keep the meeting alive.
Once the meeting recommenced Nilsson had a great race despite the track conditions and won as Grajczonek slipped on lap two at bend three with Compton in second.
Bridger made a hat-trick of wins in heat eight to push ‘The Hammers’ closer to victory with Lawson in support to cement a trio of 5-1, with the score at 30-17.
Race nine had a double fall as Ellis went down on the first bend and Compton attempted to overtake Morely on the last bend and fell. The race was awarded to Newman as he was in the lead and Morely took second with Compton excluded.
The away side used the tactical ride in heat ten which nominated rider Janowski won but Nilsson and Watt picked up the pieces to take second and third.
The meeting was then abandoned by mutual agreement from both Captains due to the lack of visibility from the riders on the track with the result standing.
The Lakeside Hammers will welcome back The Poole Pirates on the Friday for their second visit to The Arena for ‘The Hammers’ hoping for a repeat performance to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Heat 01: Nilsson, Watt, North, Pedersen 5-1 Time: 58.60
Heat 02: Newman, Ellis, Compton, Morley 2-4 7-5 Time: 60.00
Heat 03: King, Janowski, Milik, Lawson 3-3 10-8 Time: 59.20
Heat 04: Bridger, North, Newman, Morley 3-3 13-11 Time: 59.80
Heat 05: Watt, King, Grajczonek, Milik 5-1 18-12 Time: 60.10
Heat 06: Bridger, Janowski, Lawson, Pedersen – Retired 4-2 22-14 Time: 59.40
Heat 07: Nilsson, Grajczonek, Compton – Fell 3-2 25-16 Time: 62.40 (Ellis – Fell / Excluded)
Heat 08: Lawson, Bridger, North, Milik – Retired 5-1 30-17 Time: 63.10
Heat 09: Race Awarded: Newman, Morley, Compton – Fell / Excluded, Ellis – Retired 2-3 32-20
Heat 10: Janowski, Nilsson, Watt, Milik – Retired 35-26 Time: 61.50
Brentwood Town progressed to the FA Cup First Round Qualifier with a 1-0 home win over Potters Bar Town at the Brentwood Arena.
Courtney White grabbed the only goal of the game eight minutes from time to put ‘The Blues’ through and will now have another home tie against London Colony.
Potters Bar Town were down to ten-men for the remaining 28 minutes of the game after Lee Close was given a straight red for a stamp on Callum Webb.
Brentwood had the first chance of the match, with a free-kick lofted into the box was met by Courtney White for Brentwood which fell to Captain Martyn Stokes but his shot was blocked and away from the visitors.
The away side had their first real opportunity from range as Josh Hutchinson’s shot was well held from Ollie Bowles.
Callum Webb had a glorious chance to take the lead 27 minutes in after Sherwin Stanley’s pass came off the defender and into the path of Webb who shot wide from inside the box.
In the second half just after the hour mark Lee Close was sent off after stamp on Webb, referee played advantage and brought it back after spotting the incident and gave him a straight red.
Potters Bar still managed to create chances despite being down to ten men as Hutchinson’s header went just wide.
Early second-half substitute Sam Bantick burst down the left flank and cut inside to whip a shot which stung the palms of Underwood.
Alex Akofi went past his man on the counter-attack and tried to lift the ball over the keeper which was saved, Bantick at the second attempt for Brentwood just outside the box was blocked then the rebound back to Bantick was cleared off the line by Matt Clifford.
The visitors sat deeper and deeper the longer the game went on but Brentwood finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes remaining as Jason Dobbs solo run down the right hand side got a cross in from the by-line was tucked home by White.
Substitute Alex Akofi almost secured the win after he turned his man and attacked the box and lashed his shot towards goal which was well saved by Underwood.
The away side’s defence was beginning to open up and Dobbs again with a great cross was headed just over by Bantick.
Brentwood held off the remaining four minutes of injury time to go into the next of the FA Cup with another home tie on the 13 September.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner (89), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Callum Webb, 7 Jason Dobbs, 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Courtney White, 10 Sherwin Stanley (55), 11 Robbie Rees (51).
Subs: 12 Alex Akofi (55), 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Daryl Robson, 17 Sam Bantick (51), 18 James Pellin, 19 Yeshaya Lomoley (89)
Potters Bar Town Lineup: 1 Mike Underwood, 2 Lee Close, 3 Matt Clifford, 4 Jack Friend, 5 Tom Boxer, 6 Ashley Harrison-Barker (89), 7 James Ewington (71), 8 Chris Doyle, 9 Josh Hutchinson, 10 Alex Sheperd, 11 Lamar Simpson
Subs: 13 Connor Sanson, 14 Sonny Feltwell, 15 Mark Brown (89), 16 Laurence Rispoli, 17 Frankie Lane (71)
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