Month: March 2015

Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 4 Burnham Ramblers 2

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9-man Brentwood Town sustain fourth in an entertaining 4-2 victory over relegation sufferers Burnham Ramblers at the Brentwood Arena.

Sherwin Stanley gave Brentwood the lead early in the first half, Sam Bantick doubled their lead after just 30 minutes. Burnham replied after a free-kick from Ricky Evans was not held by Ollie Bowles.

Before the break Alex Akrofi was given a straight red for violent conduct- in added time Tom Richardson headed Brentwood into a 3-1 lead at the break.

Burnham got back to within one in the second half after Lee Pleasance was brought and Bradley Nobbs turned in the penalty.

As two minutes remained Ryan O’Rawe was given a second yellow for a high elbow leaving Brentwood down to nine men. Brentwood’s young substitute Andy Freeman scored the clincher in injury time with a superb finish.

It only took Brentwood eight minutes to break the Burnham defence after a poor goal kick, Stanley burst through the back line and slotted it in from close range.

A free-kick on the edge of the box should have doubled Brentwood’s lead as Bantick’s strike deflected into the path of Akrofi but could not direct it goal wards.

Brentwood doubled their lead on the half hour mark from a great flick on by Stanley- chased down by Richardson to back heel it for Bantick to tuck home from close range.

Burnham responded four minutes later as a free-kick by Evans was straight at Bowles but he spilled the ball into his own net, despite retrieving the ball the referee confirmed it crossed the line.

Brentwood went down to ten men with four minutes to the break as Alex Akrofi reacted to a tackle and was given a straight red for violent conduct.

In added time of the first half Brentwood got their third as a corner by Jack Gardner was headed back across goal by Richardson into the top corner.

Burnham got back into the game after Christian Mbulu brought down Lee Pleasance in the box which the referee pointed straight to the spot. Nobbs stepped up and sent Bowles the wrong way to bring the visitors back into the game.

With two minutes to play Ryan O’Rawe was given a second yellow for a leading elbow to reduce Brentwood to nine men for the remaining few minutes.

In injury time Brentwood regained their two goal lead as substitute Andy Freeman linked up well with Richardson on the counter-attack and bend his shot round Sam Tregakes, to seal the three points.

Brentwood Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner, Louis Baucutt, Christian Mbulu, Ryan O’Rawe ©, James Love, Sam Bantick (54), Robbie Rees (84), Sherwin Stanley, Tom Richardson, Alex Akrofi

Substitutes: Martyn Stokes, Shad Ngandu (54), Andrew Freeman (84), Michael Osei, Adam Flanagan

Burnham Ramblers: Sam Tregaskes, Ryan Boswell, Bobby Bird, Ricky Evans, Kye Jude, Jack Long, Tom Anderson (60), Stuart Judd ©, Charlie Burns, Lee Pleasance (68), Bradley Nobbs

Substitutes: Brandon Scorey (60), Nigel Mukundu (69), Jeffrey Best, Luke Francis, Bertie Brayley

Attendance: 60

Speedway Elite League: The Lakeside Vortex Hammers 59 Leicester Lions 31

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers sealed three home points with an emphatic 59-31 victory over Leicester Lions, in their first Elite League meeting at Arena Essex.

‘The Hammers’ reeled off five consecutive maximum heats on their stroll to victory with Mikkel Bech claiming a paid maximum.

Leicester only managed three heat wins throughout the entire meeting with two of those going to Josh Auty in both the reserve rides.

The home side kicked of the evening with a 4-2 heat victory- Kim Nilsson held off Ben Barker to win as Andreas Jonsson followed in third, after passing recent Elite League Riders Champion Jason Doyle.

Heat two was a split session, as Josh Auty lead from the first bend and despite the chase from Adam Ellis and Ashley Birks settled for second and third.

Richard Lawson and Bech reacted first out of the gate to spark spectacular riding from ’The Hammers’ as they gained the first maximum of the night.

Formal debuts for Edward Kennett and Birks did not faze them with back to back 5-1’s, Kennett and Birks overtook Ben Barker as he faded further into the race.

A third maximum was claimed by the hosts, despite Leicester’s tactical ride failing to make an impact. Nilsson gained his second victory followed by a superb ride by Ellis to take second, which opened up a commanding 22-8 lead.

Lakeside continued their spell of dominance with another 5-1 race, with Kennett’s second victory of the meeting followed by Danish star Bech.

Hammers number one Jonsson made it five maximums in a row to extend their lead to 22 points, as he was supported by Lawson in second.

Kennett shortly after had a hat-trick of race wins in heat eight but Birks pushed for second place and ended up dropping off, as ‘The Hammers’ levelled the heat.

Nilsson matched teammate Kennett with a third race victory and Ellis came from the back of the pack to snatch third, for a 4-2 heat to lead 39-15.

‘The Hammers’ eased of in heats 10, 11 and 12 splitting all three heats. Bech took heat 10- Bjarne Pedersen broke the dominance in heat 11 and Auty won the second reserve race in heat 12.

Lakeside had claimed all three points after 12 heats with the score at 48-24. Jonsson snapped up his second victory of the night in heat 13, supported by Lawson to continue the class display from the home side.

Bech sped to his second race win, as in-form Kennett settled for second- to notched up a sixth maximum to give ‘The Hammers’ a 30 point lead.

In the final heat, Jason Doyle’s fall on the first attempt of the race did not faze him as he took the re-run victory and a consolation 4-2 heat victory for Leicester, as it concluded 59-31.

Heat Results

Heat 01: Nilsson, Doyle, Jonsson, Barker 4-2; 4-2; 59.4

Heat 02: Auty, Birks, Ellis, Lambert 3-3; 7-5 60.1
Heat 03: Lawson, Bech, Walasek, Pedersen 5-1; 12-6 60.7
Heat 04: Kennett, Birks, Lambert, Wozniak 5-1; 17-7 61.3
Heat 05: Nilsson, Ellis, Auty, BARKER 5-1; 22-8 59.4
Heat 06: Kennett, Bech, Doyle, Pedersen 5-1; 27-9 59.8
Heat 07: Jonsson, Lawson, Wozniak, Walasek (R) 5-1; 32-10 60.0
Heat 08: Kennett, Auty, Barker, Birks 3-3; 35-13 60.1
Heat 09: Nilsson, Wozniak, Ellis, Lambert 4-2; 39-15 60.5
Heat 10: Bech, Doyle, Barker, Lawson 3-3; 42-18 60.1
Heat 11: Pedersen, Jonsson, Nilsson, Walasek 3-3; 45-21 60.3
Heat 12: Auty, Birks, Ellis, Lambert 3-3; 48-24 61.4
Heat 13: Jonsson, Doyle, Lawson, Pedersen 4-2; 52-26 59.4
Heat 14: Bech, Kennett, Wozniak, Walasek 5-1; 57-27 60.8
Heat 15: Doyle, Jonsson, Barker, Kennett 2-4; 59-31 59.7

Updates Courtesy of @lakesidelive

Mildenhall edge Young Hammers in final

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Mitchell Young reports on the National League Pairs 4 Team Tournament which took place at Arena Essex…

Mildenhall won the National League Pairs 4 team tournament as they snatched a 5-4 victory from hosts the Lakeside Young Hammers in the final at Arena Essex.

Four teams made up the field as Lakeside, Mildenhall, Kent and King’s Lynn faced off to battle for the trophy.

Mildenhall topped the table with 17 points to go into the finale against the Young Hammers on 14 points.

The Young Hammers kicked off proceedings against Mildenhall, with hot prospect Marc Owen taking heat one but Connor Coles and Conner Mountain took second and third to take the overall heat win.

In heat two Kent Kings faced King’s Lynn who only had Scott Campos due to Tom Stokes being unable to make the meeting due to being stuck in traffic. Despite the lone rider Campus won the race but Danno Verge and Adam Shepard followed to take a 5-4 win.

Owen took centre stage in heat three after passing Campos on lap two to his second race win and was supported by Jack Kingston in third, to take an overall 6-3 heat against King’s Lynn.

Heat four was an emphatic 7-2 victory for Mildenhall against Kent as Coles won, followed closely by his teammate Mountain in second.

The Young Hammers faced Kent Kings in race five with only Kingston riding for the hosts; this did not faze him as he won the heat to book their place in the final with 14 points.

Mildenhall continued their consistency in the final heat taking an overall 5-4 victory against King’s Lynn to put them into the final race in top spot with 17 points- despite Campos again for King’s Lynn singlehandedly taking his second victory out of three races.

The final was a repeat of heat one – Owen stepped up to show his class to take the final race victory but Kingston, needing only third to give the Young Hammers the victory, was held off by Coles in third. Mountain followed in second to win the overall final 5-4 and the National League Pairs 4 Team Tournament trophy.

The Rico Spring Classic: The Lakeside Vortex Hammers 45 Rico’s All Stars 45

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Rory Schlein won the Rico Spring trophy in the penultimate heat as the evening ended in a fitting 45-45 draw to the Rico Spring Classic at the Arena.

The meeting was tight throughout with hardly anything to separate both sides with 11 of the 15 heats split 3-3.

The new Lakeside Hammer riders experimented throughout the charity event, in name of former Hammer Lee Richardson who passed away in 2012.

The opening heat was won by last year’s Hammer captain Davey Watt for the All Stars as he lead from the first bend, followed closely by Kim Nilsson and Andreas Jonsson.

Sky Sports Speedway commentator Kelvin Tatum came out of retirement- for one night only, for a great occasion to show his experience as he won the reserve race in heat two.

Richard Lawson for ‘the hammers’ took heat 3 to keep the score level at 9-9. Edward Kennett’s debut could not have gone better with a heat victory but neither side could take advantage despite Nilsson winning heat five, as the score remained level at 12-12.

‘The hammers’ broke the deadlock in heat six with newbie Kennett as he took his second race win- supported by the return of Danish star Mikkel Beck in second to take the first 5-1 of the evening, to open up a four point gap.

The split heats continued in seven and eight as Kings Lynn asset Rory Schlein won heat seven and Kennett took no time settling down in heat eight, to notch up his third race victory.

The All Stars pegged their way back in heat nine as Richie Worrall won- supported by former Lakeside Hammer Ben Morely, to take a 4-2 heat and brought the score to within two at 28-26.

Davey Watt gained his second race win but Lawson and Bech denied The All Stars further points.

The All Stars levelled up the meeting at 33-33 after heat 11, as Schlein grabbed his second race victory- Nilsson split the All Star riders in second but Scott Nicholls snapped up third for another 4-2 heat.

New hammers reserve rider Ashley Birks popped up with a victory in the reserve race but split the overall heat- Nicholls took heat 13 splitting yet another race to bring the scores to 39-39.

In heat 14 Kennett was riding well until he and Worrall collided- Worrall was disqualified but despite only Schlein racing he got his third race win and managed another split heat, to go into the nominated heat 15 42-42.

In the final heat Schlein burst out the gate and sped to victory to take the Rico Spring crown but Nicholls in second overdid the second from last bend on the final lap and swept out Lawson on the outside. Nicholls was consequently disqualified and the race was awarded with Nilsson in second and Lawson took third to end the night inseparable at 45-45.

Heat Results

Heat 01: Watt, Jonsson, Nilsson, Sedgmen 3-3 59.5
Heat 02: Re-run Tatum, Birks, Ellis, Morley 3-3 6-6 61.8
Heat 03: Re-run Lawson, Schlein, Nicholls, Bech 3-3 9-9 60.4
Heat 04: Re-run Kennett, Morley, Worrall, Birks 3-3 12-12 61.4
Heat 05: Nilsson, Tatum, Sedgmen, Ellis 3-3 15-15 60.0
Heat 06: Kennett, Bech, Watt, Nicholls 5-1 20-16 60.6
Heat 07: Schlein, Lawson, Jonsson, Worrall 3-3 23-19 59.9
Heat 08: Kennett, Sedgmen, Tatum, Birks fell 3-3 26-22 60.8
Heat 09: Worrall, Nilsson, Morley, Ellis 2-4 28-26 60.7
Heat 10: Watt, Lawson, Bech, Sedgmen 3-3 31-29 60.3
Heat 11: Schlein, Nilsson, Nicholls, Jonsson 2-4 33-33 60.4
Heat 12: Birks, Morley, Tatum, Ellis 3-3 36-36 60.2
Heat 13: Nicholls, Lawson, Jonsson, Watt ret 3-3 39-39 60.5
Heat 14: Re-run Schlein, Bech, Kennett 3-3 42-42 60.3
Heat 15: Schlein, Nilsson, Lawson, Nicholls excluded 5-1 45-45 Awarded

Technology in football: the next steps

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Mitchell Young mulls over the technology options to improve sports officiating…

Football is at the stage where immense pressure is put on referees to get every decision right and magnified if they get a decision wrong. Significant decisions have created momentous outcomes like the famous Maradona ‘Hand of God’ in 1986 and Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost’ goal in 2010.

Goal-line technology is the latest revelation which has taken the Premier League by storm.

“This is one of the biggest changes that has happened in the 150 years since we conceived the laws of the game and it is fitting that it is happening in our 150th anniversary year,” said FA General Secretary Alex Horne at the start of the season. Meanwhile, referees have less power over the game, lower-league teams can’t afford the technology – and the system only verifies goals, not offside decisions or possible red cards.

The next step for football should be for further video technology to be brought in, by emulating the great sports that have embraced technology: rugby and tennis. Take rugby’s video analysis and combine it with tennis’ Hawkeye system. Both teams would be given two or three appeals to be made by the captains per half – on any decision, which would be replayed by the fourth official or a fifth adjudicator and decide with the referee whether to accept or decline the appeal. If the decision is accepted, your team keep the appeal; if not you lose one of your three ‘challenges’ or appeals, similar to tennis.

Some might argue that it would take too long and slow the game down, but if the ‘Goal Decision System’ can have a replay in less than 20 seconds, then you can get a video technology decision in a similar time. There would be no additional cost for clubs, as most football league clubs already have video replays; and the use of the fourth official would not cost the FA any money either, as all they do is mediate arguments on the touchline and put the board up for substitutes.

“The decisions we see over the weekend – we all know, and see from every single angle, that they’re wrong,” said former Millwall manager Ian Holloway back in November. “We never used to know that but now we do.” 

He called out to the powers that be in the FA and UEFA: “Let’s just make sense of this, shall we? UEFA, FIFA, whoever, I’m sick of mistakes. What I’m saying is we have cameras in all these grounds: Premier League, Championship, we don’t need to go any lower. Your eyes are not as quick as the ball, so just get the fourth official in the stand and GET THE DECISION RIGHT!

“It can’t be right, what’s happening to football. Give the referees those little angles, so they will get it right. It will take five seconds, that’s all. And then none of us would be talking about anything other than a magnificent game of football.” The players and the managers are beginning to notice what needs to be implement but why has this yet to be done? And will it be introduced in the next five years? It’s unlikely.

Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 1 Needham Market 3

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Brentwood Town fell short against the league leaders with a 3-1 defeat to Needham Market at the Brentwood Arena.

Luke Ingram got a brilliant brace with a 25 yard half volley and another close range strike. Sam Newson chipped in with the third after poor keeping from Bowles.

Substitute Sherwin Stanley scored a consolation in injury time for Brentwood, to make sure the visitors did not leave with a clean sheet.

Brentwood had the first opportunity as Tom Richardson was played in over the defence and the keeper’s clearance came off Richardson but his volley towards an empty net was cleared off the line.

Needham had a great chance 36 minutes in as Ian Westlake was in after poor defending but his shot was superbly saved by Bowles and the rebound was put into the side netting.

In added time of the first half, Needham had another great chance as the ball fell inside the box to Oliver Fenn whose half volley was blocked by a last ditch tackle by captain Martyn Stokes.

Needham took the lead five minutes into the second half as Ingram struck a half volley from 25 yards which fizzed into the top corner, Bowles at full stretch had no chance.

Alex Akrofi had a chance as he darted in and out of the Needham defenders but over ran it as Shaun Phillips pounced on the ball.

The away side extended their lead, through great play as Sam Newson was slotted in but his original shot was well saved by Bowles but came out to Ingram who fired in the rebound from close range.

Needham’s third came shortly after as a shot by Newson looked to be held by Bowles, but unfortunately could not hold on to the low bobbling shot as it found its way into the net.

Brentwood grabbed a consolation in injury time as James Love’s volley was blocked only to substitute Sherwin Stanley to tuck it in at the far post, as Needham took home all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner (74), Louis Baucutt, Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Daryl Robson, Shad Ngandu, Sam Bantick (84), Tom Richardson (74), Alex Akrofi

Substitutes: Christian Mbulu (74), Sherwin Stanley (74), Robbie Rees, Adam Flanagan, Michael Osei (84)

Needham Market Lineup: Shaun Phillips, Oliver Brown, Darryl Coakley, Kieran Morphew, Oliver Fenn, Joe Wright, Luke Ingram, Kemel Izzet ©, Sam Newson, Michael Brothers (86), Ian Westlake (86)

Substitutes: Ryan Crisp (86), Rhys Henry, Adam Mills (86), Samuel Nunn, Lee Norfolf

Attendance: 100

Ryman League North: Maldon and Tiptree 1 Brentwood Town 2

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Brentwood Town held on to gain another three points on the road, with a 2-1 victory against Maldon and Tiptree.

Sherwin Stanley’s scored in the first half from the spot after Shad Ngandu was brought down. Stanley got his second early in the second half from a close range strike but Maldon struck straight back as substitute Alex Andrews shot slotted in just inside the box.

Shad Ngandu was put through by a great ball from Jack Gardner 20 minutes in, but was brought down by Gavin Greenfield and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

Sherwin Stanley stepped up and after a long pause slotted his spot kick into the right corner as Darren Behcet dived the wrong way.

A ball in by Gardner was not dealt with by the Maldon defence and Dafter won the second ball which was volleyed in by Ngandu but was disallowed for offside.

Maldon had a chance just before the break as Nathan Koranteng got away from his man and hit a shot from 25 yards which fizzed over the bar.

Brentwood almost extended their lead, after great counter attacking play put Alex Akrofi in down the right flank hit low cross which was half cleared but Stanley’s shot was well held by Behcet.

Tunde Adewunni has a snap shot inside the box which almost caught Bowles unaware but quickly sorted his feet out to hold on to the shot.

Brentwood extended their lead with a second seven minutes into the second half as Akrofi beat Phil Anderson down the left flank cut inside and Stanley nicked the ball off Akrofi to fire in.

Maldon responded from the restart as Adewunni long ball to the far post was cut back across goal to the edge of the box, to be slotted in by substitute Alex Andrews.

Substitute Robbie Rees had strike on the edge of the box after a short corner which stung the hands of Behcet and out for a corner.

In added time Akrofi was in on goal as substitute Tom Richardson put him in but as he went round the keeper the ball was plucked off Akrofi by the Maldon keeper, as Brentwood brought home three points to maintain their playoff push.

Maldon Lineup: Darren Behcet, Danny Hayes, Mitchell Hunter, Ruddock Yala, Gavin Greenfield, Phil Anderson, Theo Jones (51), Matt Guler, Jonathon Nzengo (84), Tunde Adewunni, Nathan Koranteng

Substitutes: Matt Pooley, Alex Andrews (51), Alberto Pinto, Jordan Jackson (84), Harry Palmer

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Jack Gardner, Louis Baucutt, Martyn Stokes ©, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Danny Dafter (74), Shad Ngandu, Sam Bantick (71), Sherwin Stanley (78), Alex Akrofi

Substitutes: Christian Mbulu, Tom Richardson (78), Robbie Rees (71), Daryl Robson (74), Michael Osei

Attendance: 71