Ryman League North: Harlow Town 1 Brentwood Town 1

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Brentwood Town extend their unbeaten league run to seven as they got a point in an eventful 1-1 draw away to Harlow Town, as both sides ended with 10-men.

Sherwin Stanley gave Brentwood the lead in the first half but Harlow got an early second half goal through David Cowley to end the game level.

The home side were reduced to 10-men after a second yellow for Shane Stamp and Brentwood also went down to ten men in injury time as Danny Dafter was given his second yellow.

Brentwood almost took the lead with two great chances as a short corner was whipped in by Sam Bantick which was headed by Stanley but cleared off the line. The clearance then came to Jamie Love whose shot from 20 yards was palmed away at full stretch by Ed Thompson.

On the 20 minute mark Harlow had a glorious chance as Stamp’s whipped in ball was flicked on by Alex Read but again went just wide of the far post.

Harlow’s Read tucked the ball in the net 30 minutes in but the linesman put his flag up for offside to Brentwood’s relief after poor defending.

Brentwood took the lead as Bantick from his own half beat several players and slotted in to the path of Stanley, which he calmly placed the ball under the keeper to give ‘The Blues’ the lead.

The home side equalised two minutes in to the half as David Cowley was slotted in inside the box to tuck it past Ollie Bowles.

Robbie Rees put his corner on a plate for Stokes who headed narrowly wide from the six yard box.

A quickly taken free-kick by Dafter fell to Rees on the edge of the box which his fierce shot was parried away by Thompson.

Shane Stamp saw a second yellow for Harlow, after getting the first for simulation the second came a few minutes after for a late tackle on Ollie Bowles, to play the final 19 minutes down to 10-men.

The sides were balanced a minute into injury time as Dafter was given a second yellow for dissent but Brentwood held off the final surge from Harlow to take home a point.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Robbie Rees, 7 James Love, 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Sherwin Stanley (76), 10 Shad Ngandu (80), 11 Sam Bantick (77)

Substitutes: 14 Marcus Milner (77), 17 Danny Aldwinckle (76), 12 Adam Rooke, 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Ryan McFarlane (80)

Harlow Town Lineup: 1 Ed Thompson, 2 Robbie Martin, 3 Layne Eadie, 4 Joshua Urquhart, 5 Daniel Matsuzaka, 6 Fabion Simms, 7 Junnior Appiah (87), 8 David Cowley, 9 Alex Read, 10 James Smith, 11 Shane Stamp

Substitutes: 12 Warren Goodhind (87), 14 Michael Toner, 15 Luke Cuthbert, 16 Billy Jones, 17 Ben Glasgow

Attendance: 225

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