Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 3 Cray Wanderers 3

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Brentwood Town drew 3-3 against Cray Wanderers and extend their unbeaten run to six at the Brentwood Arena.

Early goals for Sam Bantick and Shaun Welford levelled it up at half-time. The visitors went two goals in front Gary Beckett and Jordan Bird.

Brentwood did not give up and Alex Akofi and Shad Ngandu drew back the visitors to grab the draw.

Brentwood Town burst straight out the blocks as Ngandu lofted a deep ball towards the in-form Bantick with four goals in three games rose above Bird to head in the far post only 44 seconds in.

Cray Wanderers almost struck back through Ramone McRae as his shot went wide. ‘The Blues’ almost doubled their lead three minutes later as Bantick fed in Sherwin Stanley with his curled shot which bounced of the post.

The away side did get their equaliser 13 minutes in after an original shot was parried by Olly Bowles and smashed in by Shaun Welford from close range.

Robbie Rees for the home side had the Cray keeper Darren Behcet worried as he had to tip over a heavy cross.

Cray caught the Brentwood defence off guard and took the lead after a corner was met by Gary Beckett to bundle in from close range.

‘The Blues’ almost grabbed an equaliser twice for Courtney White within a minute after Shad Ngandu slotted him in and went past the keeper but intercepted by the last defender. The second he was put through and beat the keeper but clipped the top of the crossbar.

Brentwood rued their chances and Cray extended their lead after a ball was lifted back into the box from a loose ball and struck sweetly on the volley by Nick Humphreys.

The home side struck back just after the hour mark as substitute Alex Akofi burst through the defence knocked it past the rushed keeper and knocked it in.

A route one ball from the Cray keeper was lifted straight down the middle with the Brentwood defence caught asleep and Welford shot from the penalty spot saved by Bowles for a corner.

Brentwood got their equaliser six minutes from time as White’s byline cross was spilled by Behcet which fell to Ngandu to grab a deserved draw.

Brentwood Lineup: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Daryl Robson, 9 Courtney White, 10 Sherwin Stanley (57), 11 Robbie Rees (57)

Subs: 12 Alex Akofi (57), 14 Jason Dobbs (57), 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Callum Webb, 17 Danny Dafter

Cray Wanderers Lineup: 1 Darren Behcet, 2 Gianioulis Fakinos, 3 Jordan Bird, 4 Danny Lye ©, 5 Nick Humphreys, 6 Adrian Stone, 7 Gary Beckett, 8 Tom O’Conner (24), 9 Shaun Welford, 10 Ramone McRae, 11 Andre Marques,

Subs: 12 Dan Stubbs, 14 Steve Springgett, 15 Martin Dynan (24), 16 Ian Daly

Attendance: 87

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