Ryman League Premier: Needham Market 4 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town fell short in a bottom of the table clash and remain in the relegation zone after a 4-0 away defeat to Needham Market.

Needham grabbed a three goal advantage in the first half, as Jay Davies opened the scoring from the spot, Connor Hogan deflected the second into his own net and a Callum Harrison volley gave Needham the advantage.

Oliver Mann then made Brentwood play for their defensive frailties with the fourth and extended the gap from Brentwood and the relegation zone to four points.

George Borg made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town last time out. Shad Ngandu misses out due to suspension, as Jamie Guy comes back into the side with Phillip Anderson and new signing Bradley Nobbs joins the Brentwood fold.

Brentwood almost grabbed an early goal six minutes in, as Mitch Hahn’s whipped in free-kick had to be tipped away by Daniel Gay.

Needham were awarded a penalty ten minutes in, as Andrew Freeman accidently clipped Luke Ingram giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Davies stepped up to convert from Needham despite Martyn Guest diving the right way.

Brentwood nearly grabbed an equaliser, as Captain Martyn Stokes dinked a cross back into the box for Ryan O’Rawe which was headed goalwards but kept out by Gay.

The home side were pressuring the Brentwood defence and almost doubled their lead, as Callum Harrison’s long range shot 20 yards out went just over the crossbar.

Needham doubled their advantage, after a ball was not cleared by Brentwood and Ingram’s strike just inside the box was deflected in by Hogan.

The hosts grabbed a third a minute before the break, as Harrison teed the ball up for himself to volley the ball into the top corner – to give Brentwood a monumental task to get back into the game.

In the second half, Needham extended their lead six minutes in as Oliver Mann nodded in at the far post after a miss-timed clearance.

Brentwood now have an even bigger match at home next Saturday against Farnborough who are joint on points with ‘The Blues’.

Needham Market Lineup: 1 Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Brown (73), 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Oliver Fenn (78), 5 Keiran Morphew, 6 Joe Whight, 7 Luke Ingram, 8 Callum Harrison, 9 Oliver Mann, 10 Jay Davies, 11 Jordan Patrick

Substitutes: 12 Kemal Izzet (78), 14 Michael Brothers, 15 Sam Newson, 16 Ian Miller (73), GK Nathan Munson

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman (75), 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe (84), 6 Phillip Anderson, 7 Connor Hogan, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Jamie Guy, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Bradley Nobbs (45)

Substitutes: 12 Ryan Boswell (84), 14 Nicky Symons, 15 Joshua Banton (75), 16 Dwade James (45), 17 Matt Belcher

Attendance: 248

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Bognor Regis Town 1

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Bognor Regis Town continue their rich vein of form, as they move up to second in the table in tricky conditions with a narrow 1-0 victory away to Brentwood Town.

A late second half goal was the difference between the two sides, as Ollie Pearce converted directly from a set piece.

Before kick-off Brentwood announced that caretaker manager George Borg will take charge of ‘The Blues’ on a permanent basis.

Borg made three changes to his side that lost away in the FA Trophy at the weekend. Young Dwade James started in place of Craig Reid, Connor Hogan got his spot ahead of the injured Nicky Symons and Andrew Freeman was preferred to Ollie Bell.

The windy conditions caused all sorts of problems for the visitors, as Brentwood maintained large amounts of possession with the conditions favouring them but could not convert the majority of the pressure into clear cut chances.

Brentwood used the conditions to their advantage and put the ball in the net just after the half hour mark. Mitch Hahn’s low cross squeezed through the defence to the far post, for the unmarked Liam Hope but was ruled out for offside by the linesmen.

‘The Blues’ had to make an early substitute, as Sam Lechmere went down after a 50/50 tackle and had to be stretchered off – to be replaced by Ritchie Jones.

Tom Richardson nearly grabbed the opening goal for Brentwood, after a high ball was not clear by Bognor and he found time to shoot on the turn but his shot went just over the bar – with the keeper at full stretch.

Brentwood continued their dominance, which almost caught the Bognor keeper out as Hahn’s over hit cross nearly found its way in at the far post.

In the second half, Bognor were now in the ascendancy and almost scored 64 minutes in after good play down the left flank was cut inside for James Crane to strike goalwards – inside the box but for a last ditch block by Captain Martyn Stokes.

The away side nearly scored from the corner, as Pearces’ caused Brentwood problems after Hope’s clearance attempt blew goalwards and Guest had to produce a save at full stretch – to deny the visitors as the rebound was fired over.

Brentwood were under constant pressure at the back and were pinned in their own half from the persistent wind and Pearce nearly scored directly from the corner, as it hit the top of the crossbar.

The visitors tested Guest once more from range, as Jason Priors’ shot got a slight deflection but Guest was equal to it with a strong hand to tip it over.

Bognor broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining from the repeat threat at corners, as Pearce’s set piece went straight in at the far post, catching Guest off guard.

In the away sides’ attempt to seal the win substitute Alfie Rutherford’s long range shot skimmed the crossbar, to deny Bognor a second and saw out the final minutes to take all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Tom Richardson, 8 Dwade James, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Dwade James, 11 Sam Lechmere (40)

Substitutes: 12 Ritchie Jones (40), 14 Ollie Bell, 15 Charlie Portway, 16 Matt Belcher 17 Louis Baucutt

Bognor Regis Town: 1 Grant Smith, 2 Harvey Whyte, 3 James Crane, 4 Doug Tuck (76), 5 Sami El-Abd, 6 Craig Robson, 7 Ollie Pearce, 8 Snorre Nilsen, 9 Jason Prior, 10 Chike Kandi (69), 11 Chad Field

Substitutes: 12 Alfie Rutherford (69), 14 Alex Parsons (76), 15 Daryl Wollers, 16 Stuart Green, 17 Dan Beck

Attendance: 88

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Holdsworth leaves Brentwood in pursuit of Bolton Takeover

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Mitchell Young reports on the shock departure of Dean Holdsworth at Non-League club Brentwood Town…

Dean Holdsworth steps down as manager of non-league club Brentwood Town just five months into his position due to business commitments.

The former Bolton Wanderers striker has been linked with a possible takeover of his former side in a consortium.

Other business commitments include, being the chief executive of the Non-League Footballers Association which was a factor in not being able to fully commit to the club – despite his positive start.

Holdsworth has had a decent start at the Essex club, overseeing Brentwood’s tough life in the Isthmian Ryman Premier League after promotion last season.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with a great chairman and people at the club, the players have been superb”, said Holdsworth after he spoke to the Brentwood Gazzette.

Brentwood currently sit 20th in the league six points off the relegation zone with a game in hand and go into a tough away fixture to AFC Bideford in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy at the weekend.

Big loss

Holdsworth made history during his short spell at the non-league club, as he took them to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time – before being knocked out to the lowest ranked team at the time Didcot Town.

George Borg one of Holdsworth’s coaching staff will be the Caretaker Manager for the long away trip to Devon on Saturday.

Brentwood Town’s official Twitter page said: “Dean Holdsworth has stepped down as manager of the club. A new appointment will be made in due course”.

“I still remain at the club in a role in which I can be involved, I didn’t want to let them down due to other commitments.” he added.

The ex-Wimbledon player will still remain at the club in a Director of Football role.

“It’s a big loss for Brentwood Town. Holdsworth brought a wealth of experience to the club and guided them to a successful start in the Ryan Premier Division.” said Brentwood Official Martin Voller.

“He helped recreate the excellent team spirit we saw under the previous management and we wish him well for the future.” He added.

Borg is certain to be one of the main contenders for the permanent role as manager and Assistant Manager Steve Portway may also join the shortlist of possible candidates.

Also as a fan Voller tweeted his interest in the managerial vacancy: “So I’ve seen four managers go at Brentwood Town FC. Just Appoint me already…I’ve a degree and everything! #NewGaffer”.


Ryman League Premier: VCD Athletic 0 Brentwood Town 2

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Brentwood Town gained their first win in five league games after a comfortable 2-0 away victory over bottom of the table VCD Athletic.

Two second half goals sealed the three points for Brentwood, Sam Lechmere with the opener shortly after the break with a powerful strike. Defender Ryan O’Rawe extended Brentwood’s advantage with a header from a set piece.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his lineup that won 2-0 at home to Aylesbury in the FA Trophy Replay on Tuesday. Liam Hope moves to the bench as Shad Ngandu returns from injury, Jamie Guy is preferred to Laurence Vaughan and Sam Lechmere is in place of Tom Richardson.

The home side had to make an unexpected change before the start of play, as VCD goalkeeper Charlie Thomas was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by outfield player Ashley Probets

VCD nearly opened the scoring six minutes in as Nigel Neita’s cross was met by Donovan Simmonds but his header went just wide.

Brentwood struggled to turn possession into chances, but a free-kick from Mitch Hahn was whipped in and headed goalwards by Ryan O’Rawe but was comfortably saved by Ashley Probets.

Mark Nwokeji for ‘The Vickers’ has a shot on the edge of the box, which was straight at Guest.

In the second half, Hahn went for glory from just inside the VCD half and looked to be heading wide but swerved back and come back off the far post. Hahn shortly after had another vicious shot from a tight angle which was parried by Probets.

Brentwood broke the deadlock 52 minutes in, as a long throw by Hahn was not cleared by VCD and came to the edge of the box for Lechmere to fire his shot in – giving the keeper no chance.

‘The Blues’ doubled their lead as Andy Freeman’s corner was whipped into the danger area, which O’Rawe met at the far post to head past Probets.

VCD made a change in keepers, as Probets moved into outfield and Rob Budd was introduced in goal in place of Richie Graham.

The home side nearly got back into the match, as Davidson Tejaiye had a shot from the edge of the box but was parried away by Guest.

Brentwood almost got a third, as Hahn’s low ball across the box came to substitute Jordan Holdsworth at the far post but the defender did enough to force his shot wide and held on for the vital win.

VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Ashley Probets, 2 Frantz Tchonang, 3 Aaron Wickam, 4 Mark Nwokeji (69), 5 Joseph Bruce, 6 Ricardo Joseph, 7 Richie Graham (64), 8 Davidson Tejaiye, 9 Nigel Neita, 10 Donovan Simmonds, 11 Kojo Awotwi

Substitutes: 12 Lheureux Meuga (69), 15 Harry Brickwood, 16 Mathias Bakare, 17 Rob Budd (64)

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu (82), 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy (88), 11 Sam Lechmere (71)

Substitutes: 12 Laurence Vaughan (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth (82), 15 Liam Hope (71), 16 Charlie Portway, 17 Connor Hogan

Attendance: 90

FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Replay: Brentwood Town 2 Aylesbury 0

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Brentwood Town progress to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy, as they won 2-0 against Aylesbury in the replay at the Arena.

A goal in each half secured their place in the next round, through Craig Reid’s strike 13 minutes in.

Brentwood doubled their lead with nine minutes remaining after Richardson was brought down inside the box and Liam Hope slotted in to secure Brentwood’s place in the next round.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his side that played in the 1-1 draw at Aylesbury on Saturday. Philip Anderson, Sam Lechmere and Jamie Guy were replaced by Liam Hope, Tom Richardson and Laurence Vaughan.

Brentwood started brightly and almost opened the scoring three minutes in as a half clearance from Aylesbury came to Nicky Symons on the volley, which stung the hands of James Weatherill.

Tom Richardson intercepted the ball in the Aylesbury half and burst goalwards, his shot was originally spilled by Weatherrill but was eventually collected.

‘The Blues’ took the lead 14 minutes in, after Mitch Hahn raced down the left flank and cut the ball to Reid to steady himself and fire his shot into the bottom corner.

Aylesbury had a glorious chance to equalise 22 minutes in, as Ken Feyi was played in on goal. Paul Goodacre stalled his run under pressure but Feyi won the ball back and his shot on the turn hit the side netting.

The Evo-Stik Southern Division One side had another opportunity, as James Dobson clipped a ball towards the far post for Brian Haule to head just wide of the far post.

Richardson again caused the Aylesbury defence problems, as he out muscled Dobson but his snap shot went wide.

In the second half, Aylesbury nearly equalised 53 minutes in. Gareth Price arrowed in a fierce cross for Feyi who turned it goalwards but hit the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors squandered another chance for a leveller, as substitute Ryan O’Toole was slotted in on goal but his shot with just Martyn Guest to beat was put wide.

Brentwood could have doubled their lead 73 minutes in, as the ball was given to Hahn on the edge of the box but his low shot was saved by Weatherill.

‘The Blues’ were again in search of a second goal and almost got it, as substitute Jamie Guy crossed the ball to the far post for Brentwood’s second substitute Sam Lechmere, which he headed wide.

Brentwood were awarded a penalty 81 minutes in, after Richardson fought his way into the box but was brought down by Dobson. Liam Hope then stepped up and coolly converted to book Brentwood’s place into the next round.

Brentwood Town will now travel away to face Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Bideford AFC in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy Saturday week.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Liam Hope, 9 Craig Reid (45), 10 Tom Richardson (87), 11 Laurence Vaughan (70)

Substitutes: 12 Jamie Guy (45), 14 Sam Lechmere (70), 15 Jordan Holdsworth (87), Joshua Banton, 17 Charlie Portway

Aylesbury Lineup: 1 James Weatherill, 2 Grant Fryer, 3 James Dobson, 4 Jon Montgomery (77), 5 Kyle Anthony © (60), 6 Nathan Bowden-Hasse, 7 Gareth Price, 8 Jeanmal Prosper, 9 Brian Haule, 10 Ken Feyi (85), 11 Aston Goss

Substitutes: 12 Ryan O’Toole (60), 14 Ben Bateman, 16 Rob Timlin, 17 Davis Haule (85), 18 Lynton Goss (77)

Attendance: 89

Sky Bet League One: Millwall 2 Doncaster Rovers 0

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Morison Double Roars Lions to Victory

Millwall claimed back-to-back league victories with a first half brace from Steve Morison to seal a comfortable 2-0 home victory against Doncaster Rovers.

Morison bagged two within eight minutes from a defensive error from the Doncaster defence and a sweet strike, for sixth goal of the season.

Darren Ferguson woes continue as they fall to their second defeat on the trot and remain in the relegation zone, as Millwall climb to eighth.

Neil Harris made two changes to his side that won away at Sheffield United at the weekend. Carlos Edwards returned from suspension to replace Shaun Cummings, as Shane Ferguson is preferred to Fred Onyedinma who both move to the bench.

Millwall were gifted an early goal just five minutes in, as the Doncaster goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann gave a loose ball straight for Morison to intercept and poke his shot into an empty net.

‘The Lions’ doubled their lead within three minutes of the first, as a free-kick by Shane Ferguson was whipped in to an unmarked Morison at the far post to fire his first time volley into the bottom corner – his second in quick succession.

Rovers could have got themselves back in the game after lackadaisical defending gave Coppinger a chance to cut a fierce ball across goal, which Nathan Tyson could not turn on target.

Aiden O’Brien went bursting down the left flank as the Doncaster defender slipped, he then clipped a ball towards the far post for Lee Gregory whose stabbed shot was saved, by the legs of Stuckmann.

Morison should have collected his hat-trick within 28 minutes, as Gregory intercepted the ball inside the box squared it to Morison who somehow put his shot wide with the goal gapping.

The target man had yet another opportunity to grasp his hat-trick after neat play down the left was whipped in by Joe Martin for the unchallenged Morison but headed over.

Millwall could have had several goals in the first half, with another glorious chance as Gregory again put a dangerous low ball across goal for O’Brien this time, but scuffed his shot wide.

In the second half, Doncaster had a chance to claw their way back into the game as Aaron Taylor-Sinclair chased a loose ball out wide and lofted the ball towards the far post for Tyson to head wide.

Morison continued his search for a hat-trick, as Carlos Edwards clipped a ball into box which Morison met but was palmed away by Stuckmann for a corner.

The visitors almost found a fortunate goal, as substitute Harry Forrester’s’ free-kick deflected goalwards but went wide of the target – with Jordan Archer stationary.

Millwall kept Doncaster at bay to collect a deserved clean sheet, as Millwall extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions – with Bradford City ahead visiting ‘The Den’ on Saturday.

Millwall Team Lineup: 13 Jordan Archer, 3 Joe Martin, 4 Carlos Edwards, 5 Tony Craig, 9 Lee Gregory (69), 16 Mark Beevers, 18 Shane Ferguson (92), 20 Steve Morison, 21 George Saville, 22 Aiden O’Brien (86), 24 Ben Thompson

Substitutes: 1 David Forde, 2 Shaun Cummings, 10 Fred Onyedinma (69), 11 Lee Martin (86), 17 Byron Webster (92, 23 Jack Powell, 29 Alfie Pavey

Doncaster Rovers Lineup: 12 Thorsten Stuckmann, 2 Mitchell Lund (77), 3 Cedric Evina, 4 Luke McCullough, 6 Andy Butler, 7 Richard Wellens (53), 8 14 Nathan Tyson, 20 Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, James Coppinger ©, 27 Cameron Stewart (56), 29 Harry Middleton

Substitutes: 23 Marko Marosi, 10 Harry Forrester (53), 11 Andy Williams (77), 15 Dany N’Guessan (56), 16 Oscar Gobern, 18 Paul Keegan, 32 Billy Whithouse

Attendance: 8,294


FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying: Didcot Town 4 Brentwood Town 2

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10-man Brentwood Town are out of the FA Cup after they let slip an early two goal lead, as they lost 4-2 away to Didcot Town and fall short of a place in the FA Cup first round proper.

‘The Blues’ set off at a canter and grabbed an early two goal lead as Craig Reid opened the scoring for Brentwood with a long range strike. Jamie Guy doubled Brentwood’s advantage shortly afterwards, as he smartly tucked away his shot.

Didcot then started the comeback, as Mark Janes’ low strike found its way past Norton. The equaliser came just before half-time as Jack Longford’s bullet header brought Didcot back on terms.

Joshua Banton was then sent off for violent conduct shortly into the second half.

Didcot broke down Brentwood and got infront, as Josh Dutton-Black slotted in and finished with a fourth – as Jack Powell put Didcot into the first round proper for the first time.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to their side that knocked out Hoddesdon Town in the previous round, as Jack Norton was drafted in for the absent Martyn Guest. Joshua Banton and Liam Hope replaced Andrew Freeman and Leon Fisher who drop to the bench.

Brentwood took an early lead just eight minutes in as Jamie Guy knocked the ball down to Craig Reid who spotted the keeper off his line and hit his shot from over 25 yards, to rocket into the back of the net.

‘The Blues’ extended their advantage within two minutes of the first, after a loose pass from the Didcot defender put Guy in to burst towards goal and slotted it past Leigh Bedwell.

Didcot were back in the game within six minutes, as the ball was worked out to Janes and his snap shot skidded off the surface – to squirm underneath Jack Norton.

Reid went for another spectacular shot on the volley this time from 20 yards, which was scrambled away by Bedwell.

Didcot grabbed the equaliser five minutes before the break, as James Heapys’ clipped cross to the far post was met by Longford to power his header home.

Brentwood almost converted virtually from the restart, as a goal mouth scramble was poked goalwards by Reid which had to be cleared off the line by Andrew Ballard.

In the second half, Reid was put through on goal and as he tried to tuck it past Bedwell he wasequal to it as he palmed the shot away with a strong hand.

Brentwood were reduced to 10-men just seven minutes in, after Banton was penalised for pulling the Didcot players shirt, as he retreated he then retaliated with a head-butt on substitute Jack Powell and was sent to the stands.

Didcot pilled on the pressure, as Brentwood were a man down – Longford’s volley on the edge off the box was well-saved by Norton down low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Adam Learoyds’ header looked goal bound but for Nicky Symons to instinctively hook the ball off the line, to keep Didcot at bay.

Brentwood were on the ropes and were stretched at the back, as the home side found a breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining, from a loose ball which was not cleared by the Brentwood defence as Dutton-Black swept the ball inside the far post.

‘The Blues’ were so near to an equaliser after a poor back pass from the keeper Bedwell, to give Guy a one-on-one but his shot was saved again by Bedwell to make up for his opening mistake.

The home side finished with a flourish in injury-time due to Brentwood being outnumbered at the back. Heapy made his second assist after surging forward and cut the ball across the box for an unmarked Powell to fire in from close range – to put Didcot into the draw for the first round proper.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Joshua Banton, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu (75), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Liam Hope (53)

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth, 15 Andrew Freeman (53), 16 Leon Fisher, 17 Laurence, 18 Robbie Rees (75), 20 Matt Belcher

Didcot Town: 1 Leigh Bedwell, 2 James Heapy, 3 James Organ, 4 Andrew Ballard, 5 Luke Carnell ©, Adam Learoyd, 7 Jack Longford, 8 Jack Self, 9 Mark Janes (17), 10 Mark Francis, 11 Josh Dutton-Black

Substitutes: 12 Jack Powell (17), 14 Jimmy Deabill, 15 Matthew Woodley, 16 Graham Edney, 17 Kieran Collins, 18 Joel Thompson (64), GK Josh Gannon

Attendance: 347

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