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

Ryman League North Play-off Final: Brentwood Town 5 Thurrock 0

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Brentwood Town are promoted to the Ryman Premier for the first time in their recent history after an emphatic 5-0 victory in the Ryman League North play-off final over 10-man Thurrock at the Brentwood Arena.

Alex Akrofi grabbed his first non-league hat-trick of his career to send Brentwood on their way to promotion, along with goals from Robbie Rees and Sherwin Stanley.

Joint-manager Danny Dafter capped off his final match for Brentwood with one of the highlights of his career in front of 763 fans, Brentwood’s biggest competitive attendance.

Brentwood had a half chance 10 minutes in as a whipped in corner by Sam Bantick had to be palmed away by Rhys Madden for Thurrock with pressure from Tom Richardson.

Ross Wall peeled off deep and chipped the ball for Jordan Clark as Martyn Stokes slipped but his shot was tame.

‘The Blues’ had a great chance 22 minutes in after a bursting run from Robbie Rees to the edge of the box cut the ball across the outside of the box for Bantick to slice his shot just wide.

The home side created an opportunity from a goal kick as it was flicked on and Akrofi made something from nothing as he hit the side netting from a tight angle.

Sloppy defending by Thurrock allowed Bantick to pounce, dart passed a couple of players but struck a tame shot which went just wide from the edge of the box.

Thurrock almost caught Brentwood unaware as a whipped in ball was flicked goalwards by Lewwis Spence but went just over the bar.

‘The Fleet’ had an opportunity just before the break as Steve Carvel was slotted in but just as he was about to pull the trigger was tackled by a great last ditch defending by Jack Gardner.

Brentwood took the lead five minutes into the second half, as Bantick lifted the ball over the defence for Akrofi with his blistering pace to fire passed Madden, to give the hosts an all-important lead.

‘The Blues’ extended their lead nine minutes later, with a similar second goal as Bantick’s ball over the top was chased down by Akrofi his first shot was saved but tapped in the rebound into an empty net.

Shortly after the restart Clark was in on goal but fell over Bowles as the referee gave a yellow for simulation.

Akrofi was brought down for Brentwood 62 minutes in, as he hunted another ball down over the defence after getting goal side of Aaron Waters. He was sent to the stands for being the last man and Akrofi stepped up and tucked away the penalty from the spot to claim the match ball.

Brentwood extended their lead further as Rees dribbled to the edge of the box and bent a shot into the bottom, with Madden motionless.

Thurrock tried to grab a goal back as Wall’s shot on the turn was expertly saved by Bowles to maintain his clean sheet.

Brentwood grabbed a fifth as substitute Sherwin Stanley beat the offside trap and coolly slotted it passed Madden, to spark the celebrations.

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner, Andrew Freeman, Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Sam Bantick, Danny Dafter, Alex Akrofi (79), Tom Richardson (45), Robbie Rees (67)

Substitutes: Louis Baucutt (79), Jason Dobbs (45), Sam Cole, Christian Mbulu, Sherwin Stanley (67)

Thurrock Lineup: Rhys Madden, Gareth Madden, Lewis Clark, Aaron Waters, Remi Sutton, James Goode, Steven Carvell (67), Lewwis Spence, Joe Christou, Ross Wall, Jordan Clark (69)

Substitutes: Brad Warner (67), Robert Clark (69), Lee Rome, Leon Smith, Jordan Warren

Attendance: 763

Speedway Elite League: Lakeside Vortex Hammers 42 Coventry Bees 47

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers suffer a second straight defeat after a hard fought meeting as they lost 42-47 against The Coventry Bees at Arena Essex.

‘The Hammers’ had once again gave away a four point lead with two races remaining, failing to hold on after two reverse maximums to the league leaders as they took three away points back to the midlands.

Lakeside still had riders out injured, as Wolves number one rider Fredrik Lindgren guested in place of Andreas Jonsson – Marc Owen made his first hammers debut in for Steve Boxall.

The home side had a dream start with a 5-1 maximum as Kim Nilsson sped to victory and supported by guest Lindgren.

Coventry found their feet in the reserve race as Jason Garrity won with Adam Ellis in second. Daryl Ritchings tool third to take a 4-2 reverse.

Edward Kennett burst out the blocks in heat three to victory with the quickest time of the night. Mikkel Bech looked to have secured third but overcooked the last bend to allow Joonas Kylmakorpi through, for a split heat.

Last season’s Hammer regular Daniel King had a superb heat four win, as he passed both Richard Lawson and Adam Ellis on lap one at the third bend but ‘The Hammers’ held an even heat.

Nilsson grabbed his second race victory as Stuart Robson followed closely behind for ‘The Bees’ for a third split heat, as Lakeside held a slender lead 16-14.

Lawson won heat six after gating first, Lakeside were on for a maximum but on lap two Hans Anderson took advantage of an opportunity to pass Bech off lap three bend four, to settle for a 4-2 and extend their lead to four points.

Coventry reversed the previous race as King claimed his second victory after a great battle with Kennett, as Kylmakorpi grabbed third.

Heat eight was a second race win for Lawson as both sides split the race, with the scores at 25-23.

The visitors’ were level after the next heat as Garrity got his double race victory with King in third to take a 4-2 heat win.

Kennett had a gutsy ride in heat 10 as he came from third after the first bend to overtake Robson and then Anderson on lap 3 to snatch a split heat.

‘The Hammers’ replicated the first heat with a second maximum through Nilsson’s victory followed by Lindgren in second, to open up a four point lead at 38-34.

The second reserve race was tense, as Garrity won his second race of the night. Adam Ellis came second and Owen claimed a crucial point in third to maintain their four point lead.

Kennett made it a hat-trick of wins in heat 13 but Chris Harris and Andersen kept out Lindgren for a seventh split heat.

Bech was excluded in race 14 for crashing and in the re-run Lawson gated first and lead for two laps until his engine blew, which gave Coventry a 5-0 heat and one point advantage into the final race.

In the final nominated heat Kennett burst to the first bend but was edged out just by King. The Coventry pairing of Harris and King held off ‘The Hammers’ to take three away points and maintain top spot.

Heat Results

Heat 01: Nilsson, Lindgren, Robson, Andersen 58.7 – 5-1
Heat 02: Garrity, Ellis, Ritchings, Owen 58.9 – 2-4; 7-5
Heat 03: Kennett, Kylmakorpi, Harris, Bech 58.5 – 3-3; 10-8
Heat 04: King, Lawson, Ellis, Ritchings 59.3 – 3-3; 13-11
Heat 05: Nilsson, Robson, Garrity, Ellis 58.8 – 3-3; 16-14
Heat 06: Lawson, Harris, Bech, Andersen 59.0 – 4-2; 20-16
Heat 07: King, Kennett, Kylmakorpi, Lindgren 59.1 – 2-4; 22-20
Heat 08: Lawson, Robson, Garrity, Owen 59.3 – 3-3; 25-23
Heat 09: Garrity, Nilsson, King, Ellis 59.2 – 2-4; 27-27
Heat 10: Kennett, Andersen, Robson, Bech 58.9 – 3-3; 30-30
Heat 11: Nilsson, Lindgren, Kylmakorpi, Harris 59.1 – 5-1; 35-31
Heat 12: Garrity, Ellis, Owen, Ritchings (R) 59.9 – 3-3; 38-34
Heat 13: Kennett, Harris, Andersen, Lindgren 58.6 – 3-3; 41-37
Heat 14: King, Kylmakporpi, Lawson (R), Bech (FX) 60.8 – 0-5; 41-42
Heat 15: King, Harris, Lindgren, Kennett 59.1 – 1-5; 42-47

Ryman League North Playoff Semi-Final: AFC Sudbury 0 Brentwood Town 0 (1-4 Penalties)

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Brentwood Town are through to the Ryman League North playoff final after a dramatic 4-1 penalty shootout victory away to AFC Sudbury at Wardale Williams Stadium.

Neither side could be separated within 120 minutes despite Brentwood being down to 10-men, which was decided by captain Martyn Stokes penultimate penalty.

Ollie Bowles was the standout player for Brentwood keeping them in the contest throughout the match and in the shootout saved two vital penalties to put Brentwood through.

Brentwood will now face local side Thurrock at The Brentwood Arena, in the playoff final on Sunday.

AFC Sudbury almost scored within 23 seconds as Luke Callander pounced on Brentwood’s defensive lapse and his shot on the edge of the box was well held by Ollie Bowles.

Kris Newby had a free-kick for the home side 25 yards out, which deflected off the wall and had to be parried by Bowles away down at his bottom left post.

From the resulting corner a goal mouth scramble was created as the ball was knocked to the far post and the ball fell to Craig Parker on the half volley but came back off the crossbar.

A short corner taken by Sudbury, fell to Parker to shoot which was deflected- in the box off James Love and Bowles had to re-adjust and claw out a superb save to palm it away for a corner.

Just five minutes into the second half, Sherwin Stanley clipped a ball across field for Sam Bantick who cut inside to shoot but was saved down low at the near post by Marcus Garnham.

Callander made it past Stokes to break the Brentwood defence but Bowles was quick off his line and blocked the shot with his leg.

The home side had another chance as Newby ran at Gardner, cut inside and his shot was held by Bowles.

Stanley battled in the middle of the park and burst forward, to slot in Love who turned the last defender but his shot was scuffed into the hands of Garnham.

Callander again dangerous and gained a yard on Stokes to shoot but was saved again by Bowles with his outstretched leg.

In injury time, Bantick whipped in a cross for substitute Tom Richardson to head goalwards which went just wide.

Early in extra-time Stokes headed the ball off the line for Brentwood as the Sudbury striker beat Bowles to the ball in the air, but was cleared away by the captain.

In the second half of extra time, Shad Ngandu was given a second yellow for a late tackle on Clarke and was sent to the stands.

Brentwood had a great opportunity with nine minutes to play, as a long ball by Love put Richardson in one on one but his shot was saved away for a corner by Garnham.

With moments remaining Clarke was in on goal after Sudbury won the knockdown but his shot on the edge of the box went over.

Into penalties and Richardson stepped up first for Brentwood which he sent the keeper the wrong way to gain an early lead.

James Baker made the long walk to the spot and Bowles again excelled himself with a great save down to his right, to give Brentwood the upper hand.

Substitute Jason Dobbs was next to take a spot kick and his shot was just powerful enough, despite a strong glove from Garnham – to squeeze in the top corner, to give Brentwood a two goal lead.

Parker put Sudbury on the board as he slotted in. Love kept Brentwood’s two goal advantage as he tucked it passed Garnham.

Newby was up next for Sudbury and his shot at Bowles was saved by his leg as he dived left.

Captain Stokes stepped up with the crucial penalty which he coolly slotted into the bottom right corner as Garnham went the wrong way, to book their place in the playoff final.

AFC Sudbury Lineup: 1 Mark Garnham, 2 Ben Robinson, 3 Scott Mitchell, 4 Ollie Berquez (90), 5 Ryan Henshaw, 6 James Baker, 7 Kris Newby, 8 Sam Clarke, 9 Luke Callander, 10 Craig Parker, 11 Jordan Blackwell (89)

Substitutes: 12 Terry Rymer (89), 14 Ayrton Coley, 15 Josh Kerridge (90), 16 Tyler Kemp, 17 Louis Johnson

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner, Louis Baucutt (81), Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Sam Bantick, Danny Dafter (91), Sherwin Stanley (74), Shad Ngandu, Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: Tom Richardson (74), Jason Dobbs (91), Daryl Robson (81), Christian Mbulu, Sam Cole

Attendance: 543