Month: January 2015

UEL continue unbeaten run

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University of East London 1st still remain unbeaten this season as they brushed aside Reading University with an 8-3 victory at Beckton District Park.

Top goal scorer Johan Caney-Bryan grabbed four goals to take his total to 19 goals in just nine games.

Dillan Stephenson got superb goals the first a great well-worked team goal and the second a lovely individual goal.

UEL took the lead just two minutes into the game as Wright slotted in Neilson down the right hand side, his shot was saved by the Reading keeper but Caney-Bryan tapped the rebound into an empty net.

The hosts doubled their lead ten minutes later as defender Shafik Walusumbi bursting run set up the move as Neilson slipped in Stephenson and slotted his shot into the bottom corner.

Reading reacted a few minutes later as the forward was put through on goal and despite UEL keeper Richie Robbins getting something on the shot, it crept into the corner.

Within three minutes the visitors were level as a cross was spilled by Robbins and the Reading striker squared the ball across the six yard box to be fired in to equalise.

Straight from the restart Caney-Bryan was given space down the left and restored UEL’s lead as he lifted the ball over the keeper and into the top corner.

Just before the break UEL extended their lead as Caney-Bryan was the creator this time as he clipped a ball onto the head of Captain Neilson, to lead 4-2 at half-time.

UEL started the second half more dominate and got their reward on the hour mark as Stephenson burst down the right, shrugged off two defenders and struck into the bottom corner for UEL’s fifth.

The East London side went and got another as Neilson broke the offside trap, went round the keeper and his shot came back off the post to goal poacher Caney-Bryan to slam it home for his hat-trick.

The home side continued to be clinical as a corner from Siao Levi-Blackwood was met by Caney-Brown with a superb header into the top corner for his fourth.

Reading managed a consolation three minutes later as a whipped in ball was headed into the bottom corner by the Reading striker.

UEL completed the performance with an eighth two minutes from time to cap off the goal fest, as Neilson got his fifth assist with a low cross for Stefan Wright to get on the end of.

UEL Lineup: Richie Robbins, Darren Hammond, Stefan Wright, Shafik Walusumbi, Jaden Osei-Bonsu, Ousane Kone, Dillan Stephenson, Siao Levi-Blackwood, Jason Ngandu (45 Olly Soulsby) Johan Caney-Bryan, Stefan Neilson ©



Ryman League North: Cray Wanderers 2 Brentwood Town 3

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Brentwood Town’s Sherwin Stanley scored late on to perform the perfect comeback to snatch all three points as they won 3-2 away at Cray Wanderers.

Sherwin Stanley scored his 10th league goal of the season and the all-important winner three minutes from time with a cool finish.

Cray Wanderers took an early two goal lead as Adrian Stone slotted passed Bowles for the first and a toe poke from Moses Ashkodi.

Tom Richardson grabbed a brace with three goals in two starts for Brentwood with a strike just before half-time and the equaliser with eight minutes left.

Stanley snatched the point from the hosts as he slotted the ball past the Cray keeper to continue their playoff promise.

An early strike six minutes in from Richardson stung the hands of the Cray keeper Lewis Moore.

Cray took the lead from the first real chance of the game as Chris Piper’s wriggling run not dealt with by the Brentwood defence and Adrian Stoner slotted it into the bottom corner.

From the restart the ball from a free-kick was not cleared by Cray, Stanley’s shot on the turn came off the left hand post and cleared away.

Cray doubled their lead seven minutes later as a deep cross from Nathan Simpson was not dealt with. Moses Ashikodi beat O’Rawe to the ball to poke it past Bowles.

Just before the break Brentwood got one back after a great ball wide to Rees was squared across the edge of the box for Richardson to fire his strike low and hard past the keeper.

Sam Bantick’s free-kick on the edge of the box was hammered towards goal but a fine fingertip save denied Brentwood an equaliser.

Brentwood almost equalised ten minutes into the second half as Richardson’s bursting run into the box was cut back to Bantick as his shot was superbly blocked by C J Williams.

Cray missed a great chance to extend their lead as Ashkodi beat O’Rawe to the ball and went round Bowles but his shot went wide, despite a gapping goal.

Brentwood equalised seven minutes from time as a long ball was headed to Stanley by Richardson and cut back across goal by Stanley to Richardson to fire in from close range.

‘The Blues’ went in front three minutes from time as Bantick slotted in Stanley who clinically finished past the keeper, to sweep the three points from Cray.

Cray Wanderers Lineup: Lewis Moore, Frank Griffin, Nathan Simpson, Cesc Fakinos, C. J Williams, Fraser Stevens (83), Chris Piper, Alex Stavrinou (65), Moses Ashkodi ©, Adrian Stone, Warren Whitely

Substitutes: Hussein Isa, Steve Springett (83), James Pass, Kery Kedze, Elyon Marshall-Katung (65)

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner (89), Lewis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, Robbie Rees, James Love, Daryl Robson (75), Sherwin Stanley, Thomas Richardson, Sam Bantick

Substitutes: Christian Mbulu (89), Marcus Milner (75), Ryan Mcfarlane,, Adam Rooke

Attendance: 141

UEL concede late to only take point

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University of East London 1st conceded late on as they drew 2-2 with Imperial University 1st at Beckton District Park.

Imperial took the lead with a quick fire second half goal but a Stefan Wright header levelled things up shortly after.

UEL gained the lead with just four minutes left as Johan Caney-Bryan slotted home for his 15th goal in eight matches.

An injury-time goal by Imperial spoiled the party for UEL but remain top of the league and unbeaten this season in all competitions.

UEL dominated the early exchanges as the Imperial keeper gave UEL a free-kick after he handled the ball out of his area, Stefan Neilson stepped up but his shot was well held by the keeper.

Dillan Stephenson lifted a great arrowed cross to the far post for an unmarked Shahid Kasako which caused an instinctive reflect save from the keeper.

Kasako kept the ball in play and worked the ball back to Stephenson who ran on to the layoff which fizzed narrowly wide.

Imperial had their first dangerous attack 18 minutes in as the striker found space on the left and his low shot was denied by a fingertip save by Dan Robinson.

The hosts had the majority of possession and played most of the first half in the visitors half but lacked the final pass and cutting edge, as it stayed goalless at the break.

UEL were caught off guard with the defence on the back foot. Imperial scored virtually from the restart as a ball was lifted over the top of the defence and the striker lifted the ball over Robinson to lead.

The goal sparked UEL to live and responded three minutes later as a corner taken by Saio Levi-Blackwood, whipped in at the near post for Wright to power the header down into the bottom corner.

Imperial almost regained the lead minutes later after a corner was not dealt with by UEL and a snap shot on the penalty spot went over.

Stephenson went on a darting run and shrugged of two defenders before getting a shot off and forced a good save down to the keepers’ right at the near post.

UEL grabbed the lead four minutes from time after great work down the left flank, Darren Hammond at the by-line cut it back for Caney-Bryan to slot home in the bottom corner.

East London just had to close out the final minutes but in the 92nd minute the ball was only half cleared, for the Imperial striker to run on to and his shot crept agonisingly past Robinson to equalise.

UEL Lineup: Dan Robinson, Darren Hammond, Stefan Wright, Shafik Walusumbi, Nnamdi Harold-Egole (88), Ousane Kone, Dillan Stephenson, Shahid Kasako (62), Siao Levi-Blackwood, Johan Caney-Bryan, Stefan Neilson © (81)

Substitutes: Dylan Feehily (88), Tobi Adesina (62), Micheal Ogboin (81)

Lakeside Hammers 2015 riders announced

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers have confirmed their 2015 rider line-up – including the return of two time World Cup winner Andreas Jonsson.

The Hammers’ team was completed last week as Kim Nilsson joined Jonsson, Mikkel Bech, Richard Lawson and Edward Kennett to the reserve fast track riders Adam Ellis and Ashley Birks.

Four of the seven riders have stayed with the Purfleet-based side after they finished a disappointing sixth last year in the Elite League despite being in the playoffs for the majority of the season.

Due to the reserve draft rider system both former Hammers Ellis and Ben Morely were in the same tier for the pick – forcing a hard decision.

“That was a difficult decision, but on balance we need to win on the road and that’s where Adam had the advantage. I’m sure we’ll call Ben in whenever we need a replacement at reserve,” said manager Neil Vatcher.

The second reserve rider who has joined the Essex side is young Ashley Birks, in his debut for the Hammers.

Experienced 34-year-old Swede Jonsson returned to Vatcher’s side after a previous spell from 2006 to2008 and will be hot favourite to be their number one rider.

A surprise return was Danish star Bech after he missed the second half of the season in strange circumstances but tweeted positively after signing: “I don’t think any of you expected that! I’m very pleased to sign for Lakeside Hammers again in 2015 season. #HAMMERTIME”

Next to sign just before the festive period was British duo Edward Kennett and Hammer favourite Richard Lawson.

Lakeside Hammers 2014 Rider of the Year Lawson was almost certain to return but issues with his parent club prolonged the imminent signing.

Edward Kennett, a fan of the Arena track, joined The Hammers for the first time after guesting previously numerous times; it’s evident he is a Vortex Hammer ally.

Finalising the Lakeside line-up is Kim Nilsson who had his best spell to date after he made the Swedish World Cup team and returned to ‘The Hammers’ in the second half of last season.

The Lakeside Hammers website commented on former captain Davey Watt’s contribution over the last three seasons at the club, after he chose not to re-sign and joined fellow Elite League side Poole Pirates: “The Vortex Hammers would like to thank Davey Watt for his three years of service to the club and wish him well on his return to parent club Poole.”

Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 1 Redbridge 0

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Brentwood Town move up to third in the table as they secured a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Redbridge at the Brentwood Arena, to start 2015 with three points.

Robbie Rees’s first half strike was the only difference between the two sides despite Redbridge hitting the crossbar and threatening in the final stages.

In the early exchanges James Love had a strike just inside the box which was well held by Mark Parker.

Shortly after Rees nearly broke the deadlock as his shot was tipped over, from the end product of Beveney and Stanley’s link up play on the left hand side.

An over hit cross by Brentwood’s Ryan Mcfarlane almost caught Mark Parker out in goal as he had to tip the ball over for a corner.

Brentwood took the lead 20 minutes in as Jamie Love slotted a lovely through ball for Rees just inside the box and he slotted it past Parker.

Just before the break a corner from Rees was in the area for an unmarked Stanley but his header went just over.

A dangerous ball whipped in ball by Patrick Damali for the visitors evaded everyone and almost crept in at the far post.

Redbridge should have equalised as Chinedu Mckenzie far post cross fell to Damali who headed wide from three yards out.

On the next attack Brentwood should have doubled their lead as Rees cut inside and put his foot through the shot which was well saved by Parker.

A shot by Redbridge bending into the top corner got a deflection from a Brentwood defender and come back off the crossbar.

The referee went down injured but got back to his feet and continued after receiving treatment.

Sherwin could have sealed it as he was through on goal tried to shoot through the keeper’s legs but Parker just clipped it away for a corner.

Ollie Bowles nearly got caught out on a closed down clearance by the Redbridge forward but the rebound fortunately for Brentwood went out for a goal kick.

In the final seconds of the game Mckenzie had a shot from the right of the box which went just over as the whistle blows and Brentwood move up to third.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Robbie Rees (60), 7 Ryan Mcfarlane (81), 8 Jamie Love, 9 Sherwin Stanley (81), 10 Shaun Beveney, 11 Daryl Robson

Substitutes: 12 Christian Mbulu, 14 Shad Ngandu (81), 15 Sam Bantick (60), 16 Marcus Milner, 17 Danny Aldwinckle (81)

Redbridge Lineup: 1 Mark Parker, 2 Luke Edgar (34), 3 George Winn, 4 Aaron Tatham, 5 Liam Thomas, 6 Vinny Murphy, 7 Chinedu Mckenzie, 8 Ryan Carolan, 9 Jacob Cleaver, 10 Patrick Damali, 11 Bostry Bansende (87)

Substitutes: 12 Brian Moses (87), 14 Ronnie Winn (34), 15 Hulusi Mustafa, 16 Dapo Abitogun, 17 Jack Avery

Attendance: 80