Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 VCD Athletic 0

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Brentwood Town picked up their first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory against VCD Athletic at the Brentwood Arena.

Two first half goals were the difference between both sides as Ryan O’Rawe sublime strike gave Brentwood the lead. Shad Ngandu doubled Brentwood’s start with a second after great intricate play in the box was tucked away by Ngandu.

Brentwood now move out of the relegation zone (22nd) and move up to 17th in the table.

The visitors almost scored in the opening minute as Alex Teniola turned Ryan O’Rawe and his shot stung the hands of Martyn Guest, to be cleared from danger.

Brentwood took the lead 13 minutes in as a cross field ball from Richie Jones out wide to Ryan O’Rawe. The centre back brought the ball down and bent the shot from just outside the box into the far corner.

Jack Stevenson broke for VCD and slotted in Loick Pires who was through on goal but Guest got a strong right hand, to divert it for a corner.

A long throw for Brentwood nearly double their lead, as Mitch Hahn’s effective throw was met by O’Rawe which was well-saved down low by Rob Budd to his right, for a corner.

Brentwood doubled their lead just after the half hour mark as Ngandu popped the ball to Liam Hope on the edge of the box, who slotted the ball into the space inside the box for Ngandu to tuck home past Budd.

Early in the second half Robbie Rees took his man on and got fortunate as he went past him and his shot at a tight angle was parried by Budd.

‘The Blues’ almost extended their lead as Mitch Hahn was given space out wide, which he put a dangerous low ball across the box which Hope was denied an almost certain goal with a last ditch clearance from Lewis Tozer.

The home side had a dangerous free kick after substitute Daryl Robson was brought down on edge of the box and Hahn stepped up and curled it round the wall but was palmed away by Budd.

Brentwood held off the final remaining pressure from VCD to seal their first win of the season. ‘The Blues’ will go into the Robert Dyas League Cup action on Tuesday at home to Enfield Town.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (58), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Joshua Banton, 7 Leon Gordon (64), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope (84), 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees

Not in Squad: Tom Richardson (Knee), Ade Cole, Sherwin Stanley

Substitutes: 12 Jordan Holdsworth (84), 14 Sam Cross (58), 15 Daryl Robson (64), 16 Andrew Freeman, 17 Tarkan Mustafa

VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Robb Budd, 2 Mathias Bakare, 3 Ashley Probets (50), 4 Max Fitzgerald (65), 5 Lewis Tozer, 6 Richardo Joseph, 7 Aaron Wickham, 8 Richie Graham, 9 Loick Pires, 10 Jack Stevenson, 11 Alex Teniola (55)

Substitutes: 12 Leon Fisher (65), 14 Niko Muir (55), 15 Adem Ramadam, 16 Paul King (50), 17 Giannoulis Frankinos

Attendance: 69

Ryman Premier: Wingate and Finchley 2 Brentwood Town 1

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Brentwood Town start their 2015/16 Ryman Premier campaign with a narrow 2-1 away defeat to Wingate and Finchley at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

Wingate got off to a flyer with an early two goal lead through Billy Healey brace after his recent return from injury within 20 minutes.

Brentwood got back into the game before the break as Liam Hope opened his account with a strike inside the box.

Neither side could get that all-important goal in the second half despite several chances for both sides, as the home side take home all three points.

Wingate took the lead within four minutes as Kyle Watson down the left was given space, he whipped the cross in for Healey to glance into the far corner – leaving Martyn Guest motionless.

The home side doubled their lead 16 minutes in as Healey again was given time around the box to cut inside and his low right footed shot sneaked past Guest at the near post.

Brentwood had their first real opportunity shortly after as Dave Collins’ over hit cross was heading in but for a superb clawed save away by Bobby Smith.

‘The Blues’ had another chance as Collins’ cross was met by a diving header by Tom Richardson which was saved well by Smith down to his right.

Brentwood got back into the game 37 minutes in after a long throw by Mitch Hahn fell to Liam Hope who reacted first and fired into the roof of the net.

Tommy Tejan-Sie almost grabbed Wingate’s third with a low shot heading for the far corner but went just wide.

The second half started quiet until just before the hour mark as Hahn had a great first touch from a long ball up field, but his first time half volley was well held again by Smith.

Brentwood had a great opportunity to get an equaliser, as a ball through midfield cut the Wingate defence in half leaving a great chance for substitute Leon Gordon but his low cross was just scrambled before Hope could get to it.

The away sides’ best chance of the half came from Hahn’s lethal long throw which fell to Robbie Rees inside the box two yards out but his shot was over the bar.

Wingate substitute Meshach Williams skilfully lobbed two Brentwood defenders but could not find the finish – he went down looking for the penalty which the referee waved away despite appeals.

Richardson had a glorious chance in added time to snatch a late leveller as he span his man but his toe poked shot came back off the post, to painfully deny Brentwood a point.

Wingate and Finchley Lineup: 1 Bobby Smith, 2 Leon Solomon ©, 3 Kyle Watson, 4 Michael Buckley, 5 Bradley Hewitt (82), 6 Ahmet Rifat, 7 Martel Powell (82), 8 Tommy Tejan-Sie, 9 Billy Healey (77), 10 Ola Sogbanmu, 11 Karl Oliyide

Substitutes: 12 Marc Weatherstone (82), 17 Jack Metcalfe, 14 Kieron Street (82), 15 Meshach Williams (77), 16 Joe Sharpe

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins, 4 Nicky Symons ©, 5 Tarkan Mustafa, 6 Josh Banton, 7 Adi Cole (68), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Robbie Rees (77)

Substitutes: 12 Daryl Robson, 14 Matt Gill, 15 Andy Freeman (77), 16 Jordan Holdsworth, Leon Gordon (68)

Attendance: 104

Pre-Season Friendly: Brentwood Town 1 Harlow Town 1

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Brentwood Town end their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Ryman North side Harlow Town at the Brentwood Arena.

Ryan O’Rawe took the lead for the home side just before the break with a header. In the second half Harlow were awarded a penalty early in the second half which Alex Read converted from the spot.

Brentwood almost broke the deadlock 13 minutes in, as Robbie Rees cut inside across the box to lay it back to Shad Ngandu who returned the ball for Rees but his shot was dragged wide.

A Long clearance by Johnny Bulter put Mitch Hahn in out wide, he lifted the ball into the box for Rees to run on too but he could not slip the ball past the keeper.

O’Rawe denied Harlow the lead just after the half hour mark. A great last ditch clearance was hooked off the line by the centre back, to keep the score goalless.

New face, Jared Small whipped in a ball at the by-line – which came to Rees to cut the ball back for centre back Butler and his shot was held by the Harlow keeper.

Brentwood should have taken the lead as Ngandu switched the play to Tom Richardson whose first time ball across goal was met by Small at the far post which was saved at close range by the Harlow keeper.

‘The Blues’ took the lead two minutes before the break from the resulting corner, Hahn’s ball in was converted by O’Rawe at the far post, despite a hand from the keeper.

Brentwood made three changes in the second half as Michael Asombalonga, Daryl Robson and Ade Cole replaced Johnny Butler, Shad Ngandu and Jared Small.

Harlow equalised five minutes in, as Brentwood substitute Michael Asombalonga went sliding in on Junior inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Read stepped up for Harlow and tucked-in from the spot passed Guest to equalise.

Just under the hour mark Rees out wide went to cross the ball which was over-hit and became a shot as the Harlow keeper, at full stretch palmed it clear.

Hahn’s long throw for substitute Martyn Stokes was flicked on but was parried to substitute Louis Baucutt with an open goal but his shot was over.

Substitutes slowed the game down in the second half as the game concluded in a draw.

Brentwood will now set their stool up for next week’s Ryman Premier opener away at Wingate and Finchley.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest (74), 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (73), 5 Ryan O’Rawe © (66), 4 Johnny Butler (45), 10 Mitch Hahn, 11 Robbie Rees (69), 8 Shad Ngandu (45), 9 Tom Richardson (85), 6 Nicky Symons (81), 7 Jared Small (45)

Substitutes: 14 Jordan Holdsworth (69), 18 Louis Baucutt (73), 12 Ade Cole (45), 17 Daryl Robson (45), 20, 15 Martyn Stokes (66), Matt Gill (74), 16 Michael Asombalonga (45), 20 Harrison Yates (85), Tom Bradshaw (81)

Attendance: 101

Pre-Season Friendly: Brentwood Town 2 Southend United XI 1

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Brentwood Town make it two preseason victories out of three, with a 2-1 win over a youthful Southend United XI at the Brentwood Arena.

The visitors struck first early in the first half through Brandon Scott with a shot from inside the box. Brentwood levelled the match up shortly after as Liam Hope tucked in from close range.

Brentwood took the win late in the second half as debutant substitute Ade Cole was brought down. Shad Ngandu scored from the spot to secure the victory for ‘The Blues’.

Southend went infront 18 minutes in after a long range shot was blocked and the ball fell for Scott who bend his shot coolly into the top right corner, with Jack Norton stationary.

Brentwood Town equalised five minutes later as a long throw from Mitch Hahn beat the first defender and landed on a plate for an unmarked Hope to tap in from close range, to level.

Tom Richardson almost put ‘The Blues’ in front after a lovely long ball by Daryl Robson forced ‘The Shrimpers’ keeper to rush out, Richardson went for the shot out wide but was saved by the feet of Josh Bexon.

Another long throw by Hahn was flicked on by Martyn Stokes and nodded in by Robbie Rees, but for the offside flag which denied Brentwood the lead.

In the second half a free-kick 20 yards out by Hahn was curled goalwards at the near post which was well-held save by Bexon.

Brentwood played with confidence in the second half with long dominated periods of play as Richie Jones slotted a ball to Robbie Rees, he turned just outside the box and his shot was just wide of the target.

The home sides’ free flowing play nearly came off with a goal as substitute Shad Ngandu’s lifted ball out wide for Hahn gave him an opportunity to cut inside, as his deflected shot was spilt by Bexon but eventually cleared.

‘The Blues’ side were awarded a penalty with 11 minutes to go as replacement for Rees, Cole was brought down after some quick footwork in the box.

Ngandu stepped up and sent Bexon the wrong way to score low into the bottom left, to give Brentwood the lead.

Brentwood newbie right back Michael Asombolonga went storming down the right flank with a return inside from Jordan Holdsworth, Asombalonga’s shot and rebound was denied by a superb double save by Bexon to deny Brentwood a third goal.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Richie Jones 3 Louis Baucutt (64), 4 Daryl Robson 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Mitch Hahn (83), 11 Robbie Rees (76), 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Liam Hope (68), 10 Tom Richardson (76), 6 Nicky Symons (45)

Substitutes: 18 Tim Pitman, 15 Jordan Holdsworth, 16 Dave Collins (64), 12 Ade Cole (76), 14 Shad Ngandu, 17 Johnny Butler (76)

Also featured: Emmanuel Osei, 11 Micheal Asombalonga, Matt Gill, Harrison Yates, Tom Bradshaw

Southend United Lineup: 13 Josh Bexon, 3 Manny Adeyeye, 5 Yago Fernandez Priesto (45), 16 Dan Matsuzaka, 2 Jordan Williams, 4 Harry Norman (62), 7 Brandon Scott, 8 Ross Johnson, 11 Nico Cotton, 10 Freddie Gard, 9 Danny Galbraith

Substitutes: 15 Harry Phillips, 12 MaCauley Keeting (83), 17 Rene Batlokwa, 14 Abdul Salami (45)

Attendance: 196

Speedway Elite League: Lakeside Vortex Hammers 51 Belle Vue Aces 42

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers claimed another three home points after a 51-42 win, for their fourth straight home victory against Belle Vue Aces at Arena Essex.

Top scorer of the night was Belle Vues’ Matej Zagar with 19+1 with the Hammers top rider captain Andreas Jonsson with 13.

Mikkel Bech was away on international duty ahead of the World U21’s Series as Lakeside drafted in a fans favourite former Hammer captain Davey Watt.

Number two rider Kim Nilsson remains out injured as former Hammer Piotr Swiderski stepped in. Ashley Birks is out injured for remainder of the season as Ben Morely comes in as the reserve guest.

Zagar set his stool out in heat one, gating first and claiming the victory despite Jonsson coming from the back to finish second to level the heat.

Heat two was a second split heat with another victory for Belle Vue through Steve Worrell but Adam Ellis and Morely stopped ‘The Aces’ gaining an advantage.

The visitors’ stunned Lakeside with an early maximum as Zagar again was electric out the gates and Scott Nicholls supported to take an early 11-7 lead.

‘The Hammers’ responded instantly with a reverse maximum as Ellis made a great start and was aided by Richard Lawson, to level up the meeting.

The home side got a slender lead as Swiderski made the bend in front and held off guest Kevin Doolan, as Morely took third.

‘The Aces’ claimed a second maximum as Zagar made his hat-trick of victories and a superb pass by Nicholls in between both Hammers on lap 2 took second, to regain the overall lead at 19-17.

Lakeside responded again as Jonsson and Watt got the home sides’ second maximum to regain the lead.

‘The Hammers’ extended their lead to six points after back to back maximums as Lawson won heat eight and Ellis took second.

Heat nine was eventful as after the third restart Belle Vue guest Grzegorz Zengota was excluded after falling on the first bend. Swiderski won his second race on the re-start as Ellis supported for their third maximum.

Zagar took the tactical ride and won despite Watt’s efforts to shorten the 10 point gap to only five – as the scores stood 34-29.

Jonsson secured the race victory after he took the lead during lap two and Swiderski chipped in with a point in third, to maintain their lead.

The second reserve race was importantly split as Ellis put in a great ride despite pressure from Worrall who settled for second.

Jonsson sped to his third victory and finally got the better of Zagar as he went wide around everyone to lead and hold off Nicholls in second.

‘The Hammers’ secured victory in race 14 with a brilliant ride from Edward Kennett who struggled throughout the evening and was backed-up by Lawson for a fourth maximum.

In the nominated heat Zagar ended a very successful night with another victory as Jonsson settled for second and claim a 51-42 victory.

Heat Results

Heat 01: Zagar, Jonsson, Swiderski, Doolan. 3-3 3-3 58.2
Heat 02: Worrall, Ellis, Morley, Hughes. 3-3 6-6 60.1
Heat 03: Zagar, Nicholls, Watt, Kennett 1-5 7-11 58.2
Heat 04: Ellis, Lawson, Zengota, Hughes. 5-1 12-12 59.7
Heat 05: Swiderski, Doolan, Morley, Worrall fell 4-2 16-14 59.3
Heat 06: Zagar, Nicholls, Lawson, Kennett. 1-5 17-19 58.9
Heat 07: Jonsson, Watt, Zengota, Worrall. 5-1 22-20 59.0
Heat 08: Re-run Lawson, Ellis, Doolan, Hughes. 5-1 27-21 60.3
Heat 09: Re-runx3 Swiderski, Ellis, Worrall 5-1 32-22 60.6
Heat 10: ZAGAR, Watt, Doolan, Kennett. 2-7 34-29 59.7
Heat 11: Jonsson, Nicholls, Swiderski, Zengota. 4-2 38-31 59.7
Heat 12: Ellis, Worrall, Hughes, Morley. 3-3 41-34 60.4
Heat 13: Jonsson, Nicholls, Zagar, Watt. 3-3 44-37 59.2
Heat 14: Kennett, Lawson, Doolan, Zengota. 5-1 49-38 60.3
Heat 15: Zagar, Jonsson, Nicholls, Lawson. 2-4 51-42 59.6


Pre-Season Friendly: Brentwood Town 2 Dagenham and Redbridge XI 0

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Brentwood Town kicked off their pre-season with a victory under new boss Dean Holdsworth after a 2-0 win over a Dagenham and Redbridge XI at the Brentwood Arena.

Two first half goals was the difference for the home side as retainee Robbie Rees scored the opener for ‘The Blues’ from a set piece. New signing Nick Symons who has had a previous spell at the club grabbed the second with a strike just outside the box.

New signings that featured in the match was striker Liam Hope from Enfield, Sam Letchmere from local rivals Billericay Town, midfielder Mitch Hahn from Cheshunt and assistant manager Tarkan Mustafa at right back.

Brentwood took an early lead 15 minutes in as a free-kick by Rees 30 yards out was whipped in deep and was spilled by the Dagenham keeper Lewis Moore into his own net.

‘The Blues’ continued their lively start as the ball broke to new recruit Hahn whose strike was well saved this time by Moore.

A Throw in by Brentwood was headed goalwards by Captain Martyn Stokes but was parried away for a corner by Moore. The resulting corner was put on a plate for Liam Hope but his header across goal went just wide.

34 minutes in ‘The Daggers’ showed their threat going forward as Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s header inside the box was straight at the Brentwood keeper Martyn Guest.

Goalscorer Rees was substituted 38 minutes in after a knock and was replaced by Jordan Holdsworth.

Brentwood doubled their lead 38 minutes in as the ball was half cleared to the edge of the box for new signing Symons to lash his shot, from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

In the second half ‘The Daggers’ made a few changes to their side and as the half went on Brentwood made several changes which impacted on the second half.

With 17 minutes to go a corner for Brentwood was headed back into the box by substitute Andrew Freeman and was turned in by Ryan O’Rawe but was ruled out for offside.

Symons was awarded Man of the Match as Brentwood now look to their next test before the start of the season Colchester United XI on July 14th.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest (76), 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes © (83), 3 Louis Baucutt (76), 2 Tarkan Mustafa (57), 7 Sam Letchmere (67), Mitch Hahn (57), Nicky Symons (62), 11 Robbie Rees (38), Shad Ngandu (67), 9 Liam Hope (62)

Players that featured: GK Tim Pitman (76), Matt Gill (62), Jordan Holdsworth (38), Andrew Freeman (57), Daryl Robson (67) Harrison Yates, Dave Collins, Tom Bradshaw, Richie Jones

Dagenham and Redbridge XI: Lewis Moore, Tyler McCarthy, Jimmy Nottage, Jimmy Shepard, David Nicol, Darren Foxley, Kai Heather, Henry Burnett, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Alfie Moulder, Jodi Jones

Attendance: 117

Players Retained: Ryan O’Rawe, Martin Stokes ©, Louis Baucutt, Robbie Rees, Shad Ngandu, Daryl Robson, Tom Richardson, Connor Hogan, Andrew Freeman, Sherwin Stanley

Players Released: Danny Dafter, Alex Akrofi (Maidstone), Jack Gardner (Bowers & Pitsea), Sam Bantick (Concord Rangers), Christian Mbulu, James Love, Ollie Bowles (Loaned from Concord Rangers to AFC Sudbury)

Speedway Elite League: The Lakeside Vortex Hammers 57 Leicester Lions 35

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers continued their spell of home victories with three points, after an emphatic 57-35 win against Elite League strugglers Leicester Lions at Arena Essex.

‘The Hammers’ bounced back from their heavy defeat on Thursday night away at King’s Lynn by claiming the home win with three races to go.

Lakeside’s number one rider confirmed on the night to promoter Jon Cook during the meeting that he will be back at the raceway next season for ‘The Hammers’.

Former Hammers’ riders Davey Watt and Ben Morely returned, as guests for the home side as Kim Nilsson was away preparing for a GP Qualifier, as Morely stepped in for the injured Ashley Birks.

Lakeside were on the offensive from the opening race, despite Leicester No.1 Jason Doyle gating in the lead. Andreas Jonsson passed Doyle on lap 2 and Mikkel Bech fought till the last bend as he also sneaked passed Doyle for the maximum.

Adam Ellis continued the success as he led the first bend and won – guest Morely battled with Leicester guest Adam Roynon but finished third for a 4-2.

Edward Kennett extended the lead to 10 points as he gated first and won followed by Poole asset Watt in second – for a 14-4 lead and second maximum of the night.

‘The Hammers’ claimed a fourth heat victory through Richard Lawson by gating first and Morely held off Szymon Wozniak this time for a 4-2 race victory.

Leicester rekindled a fightback after Ellis fell on lap 2 and was excluded. Richie Worrall hit the front on the re-run and Simon Lambert followed to leave Bech at the back for a 5-1 reverse maximum.

‘The Lions’ got back to within six points as Doyle got his first win of the night with Lawson in second and former Hammer Piotr Swiderski held off Kennett for a 4-2, with the score at 21-15.

Lakeside gained their third maximum of the night through superb racing by Jonsson as he overtook Wozniak on bend 3 of the opening lap as Watt also surpassed him on lap 2 to maintain the 10 point lead.

Lawson got his second race win but Morely lost out in the battle for second with Worrall – extending the lead none the less, with the Hammers leading 30-12.

Bech grabbed his first victory of the night and Ellis came through in second for a fourth maximum, to open up a convincing lead.

On the start of heat 10, Watt was edged out by Doyle and collided into Worrall. All four riders restarted and Watt was out for revenge and targeted the nominated tactical rider Doyle and passed him at the end of lap 3 to take victory – Kennett took third to split the race 4-4.

Jonsson made it a hat-trick of wins for him as he lead from the front and Bech followed in third for another 4-2, with the overall score at 43-25.

In the second reserve race Morely has a superb individual race as he gated second but took the lead on lap 3 and Ellis also grinded out third with a lap to go and claim the overall three points.

‘The Hammers’ completed their sixth 4-2 of the evening and Jonsson made his fourth victory of the night as Watt held third.

The home side really rubbed salt in the wounds as Lawson grabbed his hat-trick of race wins and was supported by Kennett.

In the nominated final heat Leicester gained back some pride with their second maximum of the night through Doyle and Swiderski, as Jonsson missed out on a full maximum – to end the night with a convincing 57-35 win for ‘The Hammers’ as they move up to sixth.

Heat Results

Heat 01: Jonsson, Bech, Doyle, Worrall. 5-1 58.4
Heat 02: Ellis, Roynon, Morley, Lambert. 4-2 9-3 60.0
Heat 03: Kennett, Watt, Swiderski, Walasek. 5-1 14-4 58.9
Heat 04: Lawson, Roynon, Morley, Wozniak. 4-2 18-6 59.5
Heat 05: Re-run Worrall, Lambert, Bech, Ellis(ex) 1-5 19-11 60.5
Heat 06: Doyle, Lawson, Swiderski, Kennett. 2-4 21-15 59.2
Heat 07: Jonsson, Watt, Wozniak, Walasek. 5-1 26-16 58.6
Heat 08: Lawson, Worrall, Morley, Lambert 4-2 30-18 59.8
Heat 09: Bech, Ellis, Roynon, Wozniak. 5-1 35-19 60.5
Heat 10: Re-runx2 Watt, DOYLE, Kennett, Worrall. 4-4 39-23 59.1
Heat 11: Jonsson, Swiderski, Bech, Walasek ret 4-2 43-25 59.2
Heat 12: Morley, Roynon, Ellis, Lambert. 4-2 47-27 61.1
Heat 13: Jonsson, Doyle, Watt, Swiderski. 4-2 51-29 58.9
Heat 14: Lawson, Kennett, Wozniak, Roynon. 5-1 56-30 60.2
Heat 15: Re-runx2 Doyle, Swiderski, Jonsson, Lawson. 1-5 (57-35) 60.3s