Month: August 2015

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 VCD Athletic 0

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Brentwood Town picked up their first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory against VCD Athletic at the Brentwood Arena.

Two first half goals were the difference between both sides as Ryan O’Rawe sublime strike gave Brentwood the lead. Shad Ngandu doubled Brentwood’s start with a second after great intricate play in the box was tucked away by Ngandu.

Brentwood now move out of the relegation zone (22nd) and move up to 17th in the table.

The visitors almost scored in the opening minute as Alex Teniola turned Ryan O’Rawe and his shot stung the hands of Martyn Guest, to be cleared from danger.

Brentwood took the lead 13 minutes in as a cross field ball from Richie Jones out wide to Ryan O’Rawe. The centre back brought the ball down and bent the shot from just outside the box into the far corner.

Jack Stevenson broke for VCD and slotted in Loick Pires who was through on goal but Guest got a strong right hand, to divert it for a corner.

A long throw for Brentwood nearly double their lead, as Mitch Hahn’s effective throw was met by O’Rawe which was well-saved down low by Rob Budd to his right, for a corner.

Brentwood doubled their lead just after the half hour mark as Ngandu popped the ball to Liam Hope on the edge of the box, who slotted the ball into the space inside the box for Ngandu to tuck home past Budd.

Early in the second half Robbie Rees took his man on and got fortunate as he went past him and his shot at a tight angle was parried by Budd.

‘The Blues’ almost extended their lead as Mitch Hahn was given space out wide, which he put a dangerous low ball across the box which Hope was denied an almost certain goal with a last ditch clearance from Lewis Tozer.

The home side had a dangerous free kick after substitute Daryl Robson was brought down on edge of the box and Hahn stepped up and curled it round the wall but was palmed away by Budd.

Brentwood held off the final remaining pressure from VCD to seal their first win of the season. ‘The Blues’ will go into the Robert Dyas League Cup action on Tuesday at home to Enfield Town.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (58), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Joshua Banton, 7 Leon Gordon (64), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope (84), 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees

Not in Squad: Tom Richardson (Knee), Ade Cole, Sherwin Stanley

Substitutes: 12 Jordan Holdsworth (84), 14 Sam Cross (58), 15 Daryl Robson (64), 16 Andrew Freeman, 17 Tarkan Mustafa

VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Robb Budd, 2 Mathias Bakare, 3 Ashley Probets (50), 4 Max Fitzgerald (65), 5 Lewis Tozer, 6 Richardo Joseph, 7 Aaron Wickham, 8 Richie Graham, 9 Loick Pires, 10 Jack Stevenson, 11 Alex Teniola (55)

Substitutes: 12 Leon Fisher (65), 14 Niko Muir (55), 15 Adem Ramadam, 16 Paul King (50), 17 Giannoulis Frankinos

Attendance: 69

Ryman Premier: Wingate and Finchley 2 Brentwood Town 1

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Brentwood Town start their 2015/16 Ryman Premier campaign with a narrow 2-1 away defeat to Wingate and Finchley at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

Wingate got off to a flyer with an early two goal lead through Billy Healey brace after his recent return from injury within 20 minutes.

Brentwood got back into the game before the break as Liam Hope opened his account with a strike inside the box.

Neither side could get that all-important goal in the second half despite several chances for both sides, as the home side take home all three points.

Wingate took the lead within four minutes as Kyle Watson down the left was given space, he whipped the cross in for Healey to glance into the far corner – leaving Martyn Guest motionless.

The home side doubled their lead 16 minutes in as Healey again was given time around the box to cut inside and his low right footed shot sneaked past Guest at the near post.

Brentwood had their first real opportunity shortly after as Dave Collins’ over hit cross was heading in but for a superb clawed save away by Bobby Smith.

‘The Blues’ had another chance as Collins’ cross was met by a diving header by Tom Richardson which was saved well by Smith down to his right.

Brentwood got back into the game 37 minutes in after a long throw by Mitch Hahn fell to Liam Hope who reacted first and fired into the roof of the net.

Tommy Tejan-Sie almost grabbed Wingate’s third with a low shot heading for the far corner but went just wide.

The second half started quiet until just before the hour mark as Hahn had a great first touch from a long ball up field, but his first time half volley was well held again by Smith.

Brentwood had a great opportunity to get an equaliser, as a ball through midfield cut the Wingate defence in half leaving a great chance for substitute Leon Gordon but his low cross was just scrambled before Hope could get to it.

The away sides’ best chance of the half came from Hahn’s lethal long throw which fell to Robbie Rees inside the box two yards out but his shot was over the bar.

Wingate substitute Meshach Williams skilfully lobbed two Brentwood defenders but could not find the finish – he went down looking for the penalty which the referee waved away despite appeals.

Richardson had a glorious chance in added time to snatch a late leveller as he span his man but his toe poked shot came back off the post, to painfully deny Brentwood a point.

Wingate and Finchley Lineup: 1 Bobby Smith, 2 Leon Solomon ©, 3 Kyle Watson, 4 Michael Buckley, 5 Bradley Hewitt (82), 6 Ahmet Rifat, 7 Martel Powell (82), 8 Tommy Tejan-Sie, 9 Billy Healey (77), 10 Ola Sogbanmu, 11 Karl Oliyide

Substitutes: 12 Marc Weatherstone (82), 17 Jack Metcalfe, 14 Kieron Street (82), 15 Meshach Williams (77), 16 Joe Sharpe

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins, 4 Nicky Symons ©, 5 Tarkan Mustafa, 6 Josh Banton, 7 Adi Cole (68), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Robbie Rees (77)

Substitutes: 12 Daryl Robson, 14 Matt Gill, 15 Andy Freeman (77), 16 Jordan Holdsworth, Leon Gordon (68)

Attendance: 104

Pre-Season Friendly: Brentwood Town 1 Harlow Town 1

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Brentwood Town end their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Ryman North side Harlow Town at the Brentwood Arena.

Ryan O’Rawe took the lead for the home side just before the break with a header. In the second half Harlow were awarded a penalty early in the second half which Alex Read converted from the spot.

Brentwood almost broke the deadlock 13 minutes in, as Robbie Rees cut inside across the box to lay it back to Shad Ngandu who returned the ball for Rees but his shot was dragged wide.

A Long clearance by Johnny Bulter put Mitch Hahn in out wide, he lifted the ball into the box for Rees to run on too but he could not slip the ball past the keeper.

O’Rawe denied Harlow the lead just after the half hour mark. A great last ditch clearance was hooked off the line by the centre back, to keep the score goalless.

New face, Jared Small whipped in a ball at the by-line – which came to Rees to cut the ball back for centre back Butler and his shot was held by the Harlow keeper.

Brentwood should have taken the lead as Ngandu switched the play to Tom Richardson whose first time ball across goal was met by Small at the far post which was saved at close range by the Harlow keeper.

‘The Blues’ took the lead two minutes before the break from the resulting corner, Hahn’s ball in was converted by O’Rawe at the far post, despite a hand from the keeper.

Brentwood made three changes in the second half as Michael Asombalonga, Daryl Robson and Ade Cole replaced Johnny Butler, Shad Ngandu and Jared Small.

Harlow equalised five minutes in, as Brentwood substitute Michael Asombalonga went sliding in on Junior inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Read stepped up for Harlow and tucked-in from the spot passed Guest to equalise.

Just under the hour mark Rees out wide went to cross the ball which was over-hit and became a shot as the Harlow keeper, at full stretch palmed it clear.

Hahn’s long throw for substitute Martyn Stokes was flicked on but was parried to substitute Louis Baucutt with an open goal but his shot was over.

Substitutes slowed the game down in the second half as the game concluded in a draw.

Brentwood will now set their stool up for next week’s Ryman Premier opener away at Wingate and Finchley.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest (74), 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (73), 5 Ryan O’Rawe © (66), 4 Johnny Butler (45), 10 Mitch Hahn, 11 Robbie Rees (69), 8 Shad Ngandu (45), 9 Tom Richardson (85), 6 Nicky Symons (81), 7 Jared Small (45)

Substitutes: 14 Jordan Holdsworth (69), 18 Louis Baucutt (73), 12 Ade Cole (45), 17 Daryl Robson (45), 20, 15 Martyn Stokes (66), Matt Gill (74), 16 Michael Asombalonga (45), 20 Harrison Yates (85), Tom Bradshaw (81)

Attendance: 101