Brentwood Town claimed their first win of 2016 to keep their survival bid in the Ryman Premier alive, after a 3-1 away victory at Mersham.
The home side took the lead early in the second half, as Antone Douglas scored from close range.
Brentwood responded with the leveller shortly after, as Lewis Knight nodded in for his first goal for the club.
‘The Blues’ then got themselves infront, as second half substitute Leon Gordon put his strike away from close range.
The visitors sealed the points in injury time, as Tom Richardson slotted in to give Brentwood their first win since November.
Mike Flanagan names an unchanged starting 11 that gained a 1-1 home draw against Burgess Hill Town last weekend, with the added boost of Leon Gordon as he returned from injury to make the bench.
Brentwood had the first meaningful shot of the match 22 minutes in, after good work from Andrew Freeman in a tight situation out wide – he then lifted a deep ball into the box for Robbie Rees’ shot on the volley to be held by Josh Smith.
‘The Blues’ had another chance from a set piece this time, as Mitch Hahn’s corner was whipped in for Captain Martyn Stokes to head just wide, as it clipped the post.
Mersham showed their attacking threat, as Captain Fabio Saraiva slotted it into Tom Kavanagh whose snap shot was straight at Ollie Bowles.
In the second half, the home side took the lead 58 minutes in as Saraiva’s in swinging free-kick was not cleared from Brentwood and was tucked in by Douglas at the far post.
Brentwood responded with a set piece of their own, as Hahn’s free-kick was whipped in goalwards and diverted by Knight to evade the keeper Smith to equalise.
‘The Blues’ went on to take the lead shortly after, as Richardson wriggled into the box and managed to find Rees who flicked it to substitute Gordon coming in from the right to fire in.
The away side almost extended their advantage, as Richardson again caused havoc out wide and played in Freeman on the overlap to find Rees whose shot went narrowly wide.
Mersham nearly scored with a couples of minutes remaining of normal time, as Savaiva’s whipped in ball was headed just wide by substitute Ellis Brown.
Brentwood then secured the three points on the stroke of 90 minutes, from a long ball by Bowles which was flicked on to put in Richardson who coolly finish from a tight angle to push the away side up 21st.
Mersham Lineup: 1 Josh Smith, 2 Michael Abnett, 3 Issac Nehemie, 4 Antone Douglas, 5 Tutu Henriques, 6 Kershanly Samuels (80), 7 Aaron Hopkinson (62), 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Callum Willock, 10 Fabio Saraiva ©, 11 Aaron Rhule (62)
Substitutes: 12 Charlie Penny (62), 14 Ellis Brown (62), 15 Simon Cooper, 16 Landre Azeez (64), 17 Yannick Makiese
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 5, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu (64), 18 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andy Freeman
Substitutes: 12 Petrit Elbi, 14 Leon Gordon (64), 15 Chris Manangu, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley
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Brentwood Town were denied their first win since November by a late equaliser from Burgess Hill Town’s Joe Keehan in their 1-1 draw at the Brentwood Arena.
Robbie Rees gave ‘The Blues’ the lead early in the second half, with his diving header in Brentwood’s first home game of 2016.
Burgess Hill got a last minute leveller from a set piece, to snatch a point and stun the home side and deny them what would have been a vital win in their survival bid.
Mike Flanagan made two changes to his side that grabbed an away draw against local rivals Billericay, as Captain Martyn Stokes returned from injury in place of Connor Hogan and Robbie Rees was chosen ahead of Petrit Elbi.
Burgess Hill had the first shot of the match 11 minutes in, as Lee Harding’s strike from just outside the box was saved by Ollie Bowles and collected at the second attempt.
In the second half, the visitors had a great chance to lead as Captain Darren Budd had a shot from close range, which was stopped by Bowles.
Brentwood lost the ball from the broken down corner, which worked its way to Sam Gargan on the edge of the box, whose shot was kept out by a great save from Bowles at full stretch.
The hosts broke the deadlock, just before the hour mark after good work from Brentwood, Tom Richardson managed to find a yard and whipped in a cross for Rees to head home.
Burgess Hill went straight in search of the leveller as Harding’s shot was parried for a corner by Bowles. From the resulting corner, Dan Pearce whipped in a deep cross for Harding to meet again at the far post, which Bowles had to help onto the bar and Ryan O’Rawe finally cleared the danger.
The away side nearly equalised, as the ball broke to Budd and his vicious strike had to be turned over the bar again by Bowles to deny the visitors.
Brentwood hit Burgess Hill on the counter-attack, with great work from substitute Petrit Elbi and Richardson whose shot was well held by Josh James.
The visitors got a late equaliser in injury time, as Pearce’s corner was put in to the back post for first half substitute Joe Keehan to nod in – to deny the host all three points.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Mitch Hahn (79), 9 Tom Richardson (87), 10 Robbie Rees (80), 11 Andy Freeman
Substitutes: 12 Connor Hogan (79), 14 Petrit Elbi (80), 15 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Chris Manangu (87), 17 Sherwin Stanley
Burgess Hill Town Lineup: 1 Josh James, 2 Toby Pointing, 3 Sam Fisk, 4 Darren Budd ©, 5 Andy Pearson (24), 6 Will Miles, 7 Dan Pearce, 8 Pat Harding (77), 9 Sam Gargan, 10 Chris Smith (85), 11 Lee Harding
Substitutes: 12 Joe Keehan (24), 14 Scott Kirkwood, 15 Jack Rowe-Hurst (77), 16 Cam Wiltshire (85)
Billericay Town extended their unbeaten league run to 15 games, after a 1-1 draw against local strugglers Brentwood Town at New Lodge.
Brentwood gained their first and vital point of the New Year courtesy of Captain Ryan O’Rawe in the first half to the local neighbours the lead.
Billericay finally broke down the Brentwood defence in the second half, through Teddy Nesbitt to continue their playoff push.
Mike Flanagan brought in three new signings for Brentwood who all featured, as Ollie Bowles returned in between the sticks on loan from Concord Rangers. Lewis Knight cames in to sure up the defence from Chatham Town and Petrit Elbi from Aveley to strengthen ‘The Blues’ at the other end.
Craig Edwards had an introduction of his own, as he brought in Jordan Cox from Braintree Town to add to Billericay’s strike force.
Billericay almost broke the deadlock 15 minutes in, as Connor Hubble’s strike from outside the box was heading goalwards but for Ryan O’Rawe to direct it over the bar.
The home side should have taken the lead 25 minutes in, as Billericay’s new signing Cox was put through on goal but his shot on the edge of the box went just wide.
Brentwood took the lead on the half hour mark, as Mitch Hahn’s free kick came back off the post and into the path of O’Rawe who tapped in the rebound from close range.
In the second half, Billericay equalised on the hour mark, as Quentin Monville did well to keep the ball in and whipped a deep ball into the box – which was not dealt with by Bowles to fall to Nesbitt at the far post to fire home.
Brentwood threatened through Elbi’s flick on for Tom Richardson, who burst goal bound cut back inside for his shot which went wide.
Billericay could have snatched the three points at the death in injury time, as substitute Glen Poole’s corner went through everyone in the six-yard box and Brentwood cleared – to hold on for an important point.
Billericay Lineup: 1 Jack Giddens, 2 Ibrahim Diallo, 3 Alex Stephenson, 4 Connor Hubble, 5 Joe Ellul, 6 George Beavan, 7 Quentin Monville, 8 Frankie Curley © (81), 9 Jordan Cox, 10 Tom Derry (67), 11 Teddy Nesbitt
Substitutes: 12 Hafeez Sanusi, 14 Onome Sodje (67), 15 Glenn Poole (81), 16 Cliff Akurang
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Andrew Freeman (85), 8 Mitch Hahn (87), 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Petrit Elbi (68), 11 Shad Ngandu
Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (68), 14 Robbie Rees (85), 15 Bradley Nobbs (87), 16 Joshua Banton, 17 Chris Manangu
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A late Claudiu Vilcu goal dampened Brentwood Town’s New Year festivities after a 2-1 away defeat to Enfield Town in Mike Flanagan’s first game in charge of ‘The Blues’.
Brentwood slip to eight points off safety despite having four games in hand and remain without a win since early November.
Bobby Devyne grabbed a first-half opener with his free-kick, which went straight in to set Enfield on their way.
‘The Blues’ levelled the match in the second half through the return of Tom Richardson, as his close range strike gave the away side holding a vital point.
But on the approach to injury-time Vilcu headed home to snatch yet another late victory to continue their hopes of possible promotion.
Flanagan brought back two absent Blues players Ryan O’Rawe and Tom Richardson with the introduction of new keeper Andrew Plummer from Brightlingsea Regent to the starting lineup.
Tom Richardson had an early shot for the visitors, as he checked back to evade the defender inside the box but his shot was straight at Nathan Mcdonald.
Enfield had a great chance 15 minutes in as Evans Kouassi burst down the left flank into space, his cross into the box broke for Devyne whose shot came off the crossbar and was eventually cleared by Brentwood.
Corey Whitely was put through for Enfield shortly after, breaking through the Brentwood defence but his snap shot went wide of the target.
Brentwood crafted an opportunity for the lead, as Richardson did good work out wide and whipped a ball in for Shad Ngandu whose free header went over.
Richardson turned his man once again to put Brentwood on the attack, he then laid the ball to Ngandu whose shot was parried over the bar by Mcdonald.
Ngandu gave away a needless free-kick for Brentwood just inside their own half, which resulted in Enfield taking the lead as Devyne lifted the ball into the box which caused confusion and found its way in.
Brentwood almost equalised five minutes into the second half, as Mitch Hahn whipped in his first time cross which was overhit but came back off the crossbar.
Enfield nearly doubled their lead, as Whitely’s strike from outside the box was palmed into the path of Devyne whose heavy touch was clawed off the line by Plummer.
Brentwood equalised 65 minutes in, as Ngandu was able to cut the ball back across the box after beating the defender for Richardson to tuck in from close range.
Devyne got himself through on goal shortly after, and had just Plummer to beat but his poked shot went just wide of the post.
Enfield were pressing for the winner and Harry Ottoway nearly grabbed it for the home side but his shot went wide of Plummer’s near post.
The hosts broke Brentwood’s valiant defence on the brink of injury time, after a half cleared corner was clipped to the far post to be headed home by Vilcu to snatch the three points.
Enfield Town Lineup: 1 Nathan Mcdonald, 2 Ryan Doyle, 3 Joe Stevens, 4 Claudiu Vilcu, 5 Harold Joseph, 6 Stanley Muguo, 7 Corey Whitely, 8 Nathan Livings (36), 9 Bobby Devyne (92), 10 Harry Ottaway, 11 Evans Kouassi (45)
Substitutes: 12 Phil Lowen (36), 14 Jandir Da Cruz (92), 15 Mickey Parcell, 16 Tayshan Hayden-Smith, 17 Tyler Campbell (45)
Brentwood Town: 1 Andrew Plummer, 2 Leon Gordon (29), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Mitch Hahn, 5 Phillip Anderson, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Connor Hogan (54), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Andrew Freeman
Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (54), 14 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Joshua Banton (29), Dwade James
Brentwood Town suffer another away defeat, as their survival in the Ryman Premier becomes harder after a narrow 1-0 loss at Leatherhead.
Chris Kinnear’s first half strike was the only goal that separated the two sides despite Leatherhead’s dominance throughout the majority of the game.
‘The Blues’ remain 21st in the table and seven points adrift of safety and with scoring only one goal in their last five games, George Borg is still without a win as Town manager.
Borg made one change to his side that drew away at Met Police last week, as Shad Ngandu comes in for Ritchie Jones who suffered a knee injury last week.
Within the opening few seconds of the game Brentwood’s Leon Gordon was already in the book for a strong tackle on Paul Walsh.
Brentwood had the first opportunity 12 minutes in, as Mitch Hahn on the opposite wing kept the ball in-play out wide. He cut it back for Shad Ngandu whose cross was just overhit for Liam Hope.
The home side struck early, as Brentwood did not close down Leatherhead’s men so Kinnear’s shot from just outside the box squirmed its way in off the inside of the post.
Leatherhead almost doubled their lead from a floating free-kick, which was met by the new assistant manager Steve Watt but came off the top of the crossbar.
‘The Tanners’ had another chance to extend their advantage, as Alex Brown found space inside the box but his shot went wide of the target.
In the second half, Leatherhead continued their dominance with another shot from Brown which was deflected off a Brentwood defender to go wide.
From the resulting corner which Kieran Huches-Mason whipped in, was headed again by Watt into the ground and Martyn Guest had to pull off a smart save – to deny the hosts.
Brentwood had sparse opportunity, as Hogan’s free-kick was whipped in low for Jamie Guy to hold up and on the turn his shot was well-held by Captain Louis Wells.
Leatherhead thought they had practically sealed the three points, as a whipped in ball to the far post was almost put in by Phil Anderson but for Guest to claw it off the line.
The home side had a chance to wrap it up in injury time, as Huches-Mason went on the counter-attack for the home side but was palmed away by Guest.
Brentwood threw everything at Leatherhead even resorting to Guest going forward but could not break down ‘The Tanners’, as their revival to get out the relegation zone gets tougher.
Leatherhead Lineup: 1 Louis Wells ©, 2 Adam Cash, 3 Adam Green, 4 Paul Semakula, 5 Steve Watt, 6 Jerry Nnamani, 7 Alex Brown (90), 8 Chris Kinnear, 9 Paul Walsh (59), 10 Kieran Huches-Mason, 11 Kaka Dembele (74)
Substitutes: 12 Tomi Adeloye (59), 14 Josh Callacher, 15 Ryan Mahal (74), 16 Matt Smart (90), 17 Stephen Okoh
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Phil Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Shad Ngandu (73), 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope (45), 19 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (63)
Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (45), 14 Ryan O’Rawe, 15 Connor Witherspoon, 16 Dwade James (63), 17 Arthur Rodgers (73)
Essex Premier extended their pole position finish in their final Inter County group match with a healthy 25-15 away victory over Oxfordshire, at the Regal Centre.
Essex were without numerous players including manager Adam Sultana, Barry Hedges, Matt Stifford and Mo Binstead but still stuck to the job at hand – to progress to the knockout stages.
Mitchell Young and Matt Dillon stepped up into the singles with Young getting Essex off the mark after a 14-6 win over Gareth Davies. Dillon found himself behind early on and struggled to get back into the game despite his best efforts lost 15-13.
Chris Coates and Peter Fautley continued their superb partnership with a 14-9 victory over the Oxford pairing skipped by AJ Brown. Babs Morokutti and Keith Paxman tried their best to find a way through Geoff Brown and Dave Wiggins but could not find enough, as they lost 15-10 – to split the session 4-4.
In the second session, the Essex triples had a tough time as Shirley Banner, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham fell to a 13-6 defeat. Also Tony Orpin, Paul Read and Phil Banner went behind and to lose by the same scoreline.
The fours had more fortune, as Del Coates, Rachael Cordy, Steve Killington and Craig Burgess held off the Oxford quartet to win 8-5. Debbie Dillion, Linda Lambert, Paul Bax and Anthony Fautley pulled away towards the end of their game to win comfortably 18-5 – as both sides went into the break level at 8-8.
After the break, Young continued his good start, as he won 20-4. Dillon followed up with a 15-10 win over Davies – to claim the bonus points.
Fautley (Senior) and Coates (Junior) showed their promising partnership, as they won 15-6. Morokutti and Paxman struggled once again against Brown and his counterpart, but Paxman saved the bonus points with his last bowl as they lost 16-7 – to split the points and gave Essex a 17-11 lead.
In the final session, Banner, Kay and Ealham found themselves in more trouble – resorting to damage limitation as they lost 21-6. Orpin, Read and Banner put their first game behind them, as they won 13-6 but unfortunately was not enough to recover the bonus point deficit.
The fours carried on where they left off, as Dillon, Lambert, Bax and Fautley (Junior) held off a late attack from the Oxford four as they won 10-8. Coates (Senior), Cordy, Killington and Burgess also maintained their lead despite a last end gasp, with a 10-8 victory and the bonus points to complete the 25-15 win.
Essex will now await their opponents in the knockout stages, after the festive break in search of their first ICC premier title.
Craig Burgess: 7 1/2 / 10
Matt Dillion: 7/10
Debbie Dillion: 8/10
Mitchell Young: 8/10
Peter Fautley: 8/10
Chris Coates: 8/10
Babs Morokutti: 4/10
Keith Paxman: 4/10
Tony Orpin: 5/10
Paul Read: 5 1/2 /10
Phil Banner: 5 1/2 / 10
Shirley Banner: 3 1/2 /10
Alan Kay: 4/10
Tony Ealham: 4/10
Linda Lambert: 7/10
Paul Bax: 7/10
Anthony Fautley: 7/10
Del Coates: 7/10
Rachael Cordy: 6 1/2 /10
Steve Killington: 7/10
Brentwood Town held on for a resilient point with a 0-0 away draw against mid-tabled Metropolitan Police.
Neither side could break the deadlock in blustery conditions at Imber Court, for Brentwood’s second consecutive draw in the league and move up to 21st in the table.
Brentwood still remain in the relegation zone but reduce the gap to four points behind Hendon, with games in hand.
George Borg made one change to his side that drew at home to Farnborough last week, as Louis Baucutt comes in place of Dwade James who moved to the bench.
Brentwood had to make an early substitution 24 minutes in, as Ritchie Jones had a knee injury and was replaced by the return of Connor Witherspoon.
The first real opportunity of the match came 40 minutes in from the left as Louis Baucutt whipped in ball, was flicked goalwards by Jamie Guy but could not get a good enough connection to steer it on target.
In the second half, Brentwood had to make their second substitution as Captain Martyn Stokes suffered a dead leg and was replaced by Josh Banton.
The Met Police almost broke the deadlock five minutes in, as Joe Turner’s half volley beat Martyn Guest but his volley hit the outside of the post.
The home side had another opportunity on the break, as Captain Billy Crook cut the ball to Will Salmon whose tame shot went wide of the goal.
The Met Police had another glorious chance to open the scoring, as Charlie Collins’ corner was on a plate for Nathan Campbell but he miss-timed his header for Brentwood to clear their lines.
Guest denied the Met Police the lead with 13 minutes remaining, as Leon Smith broke past Banton and his shot was well-saved, to maintain his clean sheet.
The hosts thought they had the lead, after a Collins free-kick took a wicked deflection in the box went up in the air and was heading in but for the top of the crossbar, to deny the home side.
Brentwood held on in the closing stages to move up a place and close the gap on the teams above, who were all defeated.
‘The Blues’ will now look to Tuesday night, to continue their good recent form and host title chasers Wingate and Finchley.
Metropolitan Police Lineup: 1 Craig King, 2 Will Salmon, 3 Ollie Treacher, 4 Billy Crook ©, 5 Jay Lovett, 6 Rob Bartley, 7 Charlie Collins (84), 8 Nathan Campbell, 9 Leon Smith, 10 Ryan James (67), 11 Joe Turner
Substitutes: 12 Elliot Taylor, 14 Steve Sutherland (84), 15 Tom Hickey, 16 Neil Barrett (67), 17 Alex Kozakis
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ritchie Jones (24), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes (45), 5 Philip Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Leon Gordon, 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (75)
Substitutes: 12 Dwade James, 14 Sherwin Stanley (75), 15 Connor Witherspoon (24), 16 Josh Banton (45), 17 Bradley Nobbs
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