Month: October 2015

Sky Bet League One: Millwall 2 Doncaster Rovers 0

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Morison Double Roars Lions to Victory

Millwall claimed back-to-back league victories with a first half brace from Steve Morison to seal a comfortable 2-0 home victory against Doncaster Rovers.

Morison bagged two within eight minutes from a defensive error from the Doncaster defence and a sweet strike, for sixth goal of the season.

Darren Ferguson woes continue as they fall to their second defeat on the trot and remain in the relegation zone, as Millwall climb to eighth.

Neil Harris made two changes to his side that won away at Sheffield United at the weekend. Carlos Edwards returned from suspension to replace Shaun Cummings, as Shane Ferguson is preferred to Fred Onyedinma who both move to the bench.

Millwall were gifted an early goal just five minutes in, as the Doncaster goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann gave a loose ball straight for Morison to intercept and poke his shot into an empty net.

‘The Lions’ doubled their lead within three minutes of the first, as a free-kick by Shane Ferguson was whipped in to an unmarked Morison at the far post to fire his first time volley into the bottom corner – his second in quick succession.

Rovers could have got themselves back in the game after lackadaisical defending gave Coppinger a chance to cut a fierce ball across goal, which Nathan Tyson could not turn on target.

Aiden O’Brien went bursting down the left flank as the Doncaster defender slipped, he then clipped a ball towards the far post for Lee Gregory whose stabbed shot was saved, by the legs of Stuckmann.

Morison should have collected his hat-trick within 28 minutes, as Gregory intercepted the ball inside the box squared it to Morison who somehow put his shot wide with the goal gapping.

The target man had yet another opportunity to grasp his hat-trick after neat play down the left was whipped in by Joe Martin for the unchallenged Morison but headed over.

Millwall could have had several goals in the first half, with another glorious chance as Gregory again put a dangerous low ball across goal for O’Brien this time, but scuffed his shot wide.

In the second half, Doncaster had a chance to claw their way back into the game as Aaron Taylor-Sinclair chased a loose ball out wide and lofted the ball towards the far post for Tyson to head wide.

Morison continued his search for a hat-trick, as Carlos Edwards clipped a ball into box which Morison met but was palmed away by Stuckmann for a corner.

The visitors almost found a fortunate goal, as substitute Harry Forrester’s’ free-kick deflected goalwards but went wide of the target – with Jordan Archer stationary.

Millwall kept Doncaster at bay to collect a deserved clean sheet, as Millwall extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions – with Bradford City ahead visiting ‘The Den’ on Saturday.

Millwall Team Lineup: 13 Jordan Archer, 3 Joe Martin, 4 Carlos Edwards, 5 Tony Craig, 9 Lee Gregory (69), 16 Mark Beevers, 18 Shane Ferguson (92), 20 Steve Morison, 21 George Saville, 22 Aiden O’Brien (86), 24 Ben Thompson

Substitutes: 1 David Forde, 2 Shaun Cummings, 10 Fred Onyedinma (69), 11 Lee Martin (86), 17 Byron Webster (92, 23 Jack Powell, 29 Alfie Pavey

Doncaster Rovers Lineup: 12 Thorsten Stuckmann, 2 Mitchell Lund (77), 3 Cedric Evina, 4 Luke McCullough, 6 Andy Butler, 7 Richard Wellens (53), 8 14 Nathan Tyson, 20 Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, James Coppinger ©, 27 Cameron Stewart (56), 29 Harry Middleton

Substitutes: 23 Marko Marosi, 10 Harry Forrester (53), 11 Andy Williams (77), 15 Dany N’Guessan (56), 16 Oscar Gobern, 18 Paul Keegan, 32 Billy Whithouse

Attendance: 8,294



FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying: Didcot Town 4 Brentwood Town 2

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10-man Brentwood Town are out of the FA Cup after they let slip an early two goal lead, as they lost 4-2 away to Didcot Town and fall short of a place in the FA Cup first round proper.

‘The Blues’ set off at a canter and grabbed an early two goal lead as Craig Reid opened the scoring for Brentwood with a long range strike. Jamie Guy doubled Brentwood’s advantage shortly afterwards, as he smartly tucked away his shot.

Didcot then started the comeback, as Mark Janes’ low strike found its way past Norton. The equaliser came just before half-time as Jack Longford’s bullet header brought Didcot back on terms.

Joshua Banton was then sent off for violent conduct shortly into the second half.

Didcot broke down Brentwood and got infront, as Josh Dutton-Black slotted in and finished with a fourth – as Jack Powell put Didcot into the first round proper for the first time.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to their side that knocked out Hoddesdon Town in the previous round, as Jack Norton was drafted in for the absent Martyn Guest. Joshua Banton and Liam Hope replaced Andrew Freeman and Leon Fisher who drop to the bench.

Brentwood took an early lead just eight minutes in as Jamie Guy knocked the ball down to Craig Reid who spotted the keeper off his line and hit his shot from over 25 yards, to rocket into the back of the net.

‘The Blues’ extended their advantage within two minutes of the first, after a loose pass from the Didcot defender put Guy in to burst towards goal and slotted it past Leigh Bedwell.

Didcot were back in the game within six minutes, as the ball was worked out to Janes and his snap shot skidded off the surface – to squirm underneath Jack Norton.

Reid went for another spectacular shot on the volley this time from 20 yards, which was scrambled away by Bedwell.

Didcot grabbed the equaliser five minutes before the break, as James Heapys’ clipped cross to the far post was met by Longford to power his header home.

Brentwood almost converted virtually from the restart, as a goal mouth scramble was poked goalwards by Reid which had to be cleared off the line by Andrew Ballard.

In the second half, Reid was put through on goal and as he tried to tuck it past Bedwell he wasequal to it as he palmed the shot away with a strong hand.

Brentwood were reduced to 10-men just seven minutes in, after Banton was penalised for pulling the Didcot players shirt, as he retreated he then retaliated with a head-butt on substitute Jack Powell and was sent to the stands.

Didcot pilled on the pressure, as Brentwood were a man down – Longford’s volley on the edge off the box was well-saved by Norton down low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Adam Learoyds’ header looked goal bound but for Nicky Symons to instinctively hook the ball off the line, to keep Didcot at bay.

Brentwood were on the ropes and were stretched at the back, as the home side found a breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining, from a loose ball which was not cleared by the Brentwood defence as Dutton-Black swept the ball inside the far post.

‘The Blues’ were so near to an equaliser after a poor back pass from the keeper Bedwell, to give Guy a one-on-one but his shot was saved again by Bedwell to make up for his opening mistake.

The home side finished with a flourish in injury-time due to Brentwood being outnumbered at the back. Heapy made his second assist after surging forward and cut the ball across the box for an unmarked Powell to fire in from close range – to put Didcot into the draw for the first round proper.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Joshua Banton, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu (75), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Liam Hope (53)

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth, 15 Andrew Freeman (53), 16 Leon Fisher, 17 Laurence, 18 Robbie Rees (75), 20 Matt Belcher

Didcot Town: 1 Leigh Bedwell, 2 James Heapy, 3 James Organ, 4 Andrew Ballard, 5 Luke Carnell ©, Adam Learoyd, 7 Jack Longford, 8 Jack Self, 9 Mark Janes (17), 10 Mark Francis, 11 Josh Dutton-Black

Substitutes: 12 Jack Powell (17), 14 Jimmy Deabill, 15 Matthew Woodley, 16 Graham Edney, 17 Kieran Collins, 18 Joel Thompson (64), GK Josh Gannon

Attendance: 347

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Speedway to Stay at Arena Essex

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Mitchell Young reports on the latest exciting developments with the Lakeside Hammers

Lakeside Vortex Hammers’ co-promoter Jon Cook has announced that the team will compete in the 2016 Elite League season.

After fears that the Hammers would not be able to race next year, it looks like speedway will be staying in the area for at least another season.

Joint promoters Cook and Stuart Douglas said at a fans forum that they have been in ongoing talks with the landlords at Arena Essex over recent weeks and will continue discussions.

Cook also announced to delighted Hammers supporters that number-one rider and fans favourite Andreas ‘AJ’ Jonsson has agreed to return to the Arena next season, despite other offers from Elite League clubs.

Cook said about the club’s number-one rider “he is a dream to work with as you know exactly where he is and when he’s riding”.


The news comes after a period of turmoil and uncertainty for the team and their stay at Arena Essex.

Cook admitted that he was distracted last season with other interests and took his eye off the racing on the track, describing last season as “frankly rubbish”.

The Lakeside promoter admitted the mood inside the dressing room last season was not right: “There was something wrong about the atmosphere this year and often completely wrong”.

Cook said he wants to improve that team spirit and passion for next season.

Back in September, Lakeside were hit by the news that, after finishing bottom of the Elite League table, the air-fence surrounding the track was condemned following a safety inspection.

The cost to improve the fence was said to be in the region of £20,000 but after help from volunteers last Tuesday, the projected figure has now been reduced by half.

Mystery riders

Meanwhile, reserve rider Adam Ellis will be going out on loan for next season. Cook said this was by ‘mutual agreement’ and Ellis would be going to a track ‘more suited to his development at this point’.

Cook hinted that an as yet unknown rider duo could be on their way to Lakeside for the upcoming season: “We are in negotiations with a pair and if they do come I think they would complement AJ well”.

The opening meeting for the Lakeside Hammers next March will mark the 10th anniversary of promoter’s Cook and Douglas’ partnership.

The press and practice day for the Lakeside Hammers will likely be in the middle of that month.

Essex Senior Cup Third Round: Brentwood Town 4 Brightlingsea Regent 1

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Brentwood Town breeze passed Ryman North side Brightlingsea Regent to progress to the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup with a 4-1 victory, at the Brentwood Arena.

Tom Richardson snapped up a first half brace to help Brentwood on their way, after a goal from Charlie Portway, to streak to a three goal advantage at the break.

The visitors got an early second half goal with a neat finish from Ricky Griggs to give Brightlingsea hope but was cancelled out by a quick-fire response at the restart from Dwade James.

Brentwood made nine changes to their lineup that lost 4-0 to Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday as the Ryman Premier side put out a youthful outfit.

Within the opening minute and a half, Ricky Griggs broke away on a counter-attack for Brightlingsea but his snap shot had to be tipped over by Martyn Guest.

Brentwood took the lead 25 minutes in, after a dangerous free-kick by Portway caused confusion in the Brightlingsea box – the ball then bounced onto the crossbar and crept in.

Richardson doubled ‘The Blues’ lead five minutes later, from a great individual run out wide and burst into the box and bend his shot into the far corner.

Brightlingsea had a chance to get a goal back, as a free-kick from Lamell Howell was drifted in for Josh Gould to meet at the far post – which Guest palmed away low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Brightlingsea should have scored as the header was heading into the far post but for a goal line header off the line by the Brentwood defender.

Brentwood then had to deal with a short period of sustained pressure from Brightlingsea but weathered the storm, as Richardson grabbed his second with an ambitious shot which was spilled by Daniel Beeson into his own goal.

In the second half, Brightlingsea got an early goal two minutes in as Griggs was played in and tucked it coolly past Guest.

Brentwood responded from the restart, as one killer ball broke the high defence and set substitute Dwade James on his way as he smartly tucked it beyond Beeson – to restore ‘The Blues’ three goal advantage.

‘The Blues’ could have extended their lead further, as Laurence Vaughan had the ball squared back to him just inside the box with the goal gapping but his shot was wide of the target.

Brightlingsea’s evening was summed up, as Jake Turner’s volley from 20 yards hit the inside of the post and rolled across the goal line and cleared from danger, as Brentwood saw out the remaining minutes to progress into the next round.

Brentwood will now go into the draw for the fourth round which will take place after the 14th of November, as they now look ahead to their big FA Cup fourth qualifying clash away to Didcot Town on Saturday.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest ©, 2 Will Barry, 3 Ollie Bell, 4 Josh Banton, 5 John Burgess, 6 Leon Fisher, 7 Arthur Rogers, 8 Charlie Portway, 9 Tom Richardson (45), 10 Jordan Holdsworth, 11 Laurence Vaughan (77)

Substitutes: 12 Dwade James (45), 14 Charlie Burns (77), 15 Tommy Oliver, 16 Ruben Duarte, 17 Jack Suters

Brightlingsea Regent Lineup: 1 Daniel Beeson, 2 Jason Dobbs (57), 3 Jack Gould, 4 Kieron Baker, 5 Josh Gould, 6 Matt Cripps ©, 7 Luke Read, 8 Brendon Heath, 9 Ricky Griggs, 10 Jake Turner, 11 Lamell Howell

Substitutes: 12 Robbie Lee, 14 Josh Mayhew, 15 Harry Johnson, 16 George Clarke, 17 Jake Phillips (57)

Attendance: 70

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Replay: Brentwood Town 2 Hoddesdon Town 1

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Brentwood Town are through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time, after coming from behind to score an injury-time winner to beat a courageous 10-man Hoddesdon Town side.

Hoddesdon two leagues below Brentwood, stunned the home side to take a shock lead in the final third of the game as Ricky Light’s deflected shot found its way in.

Brentwood responded shortly after as a free-kick was headed by Charlie Edwards and found its way into his own net.

The home side grasped the victory in the additional time, as Reed’s half-volley was belted into the top corner to book Brentwood’s place into the next round.

Jack Bartlett then saw red, after Brentwood lead with a dangerous tackle which sent him to the stands’ with only moments remaining.

Dean Holdsworth named an unchanged starting XI in the goalless draw against their counterparts, Hoddesdon on Saturday.

Brentwood had the first real opportunity 20 minutes in, as a free-kick by Mitch Hahn was punched out to Leon Fisher – who knocked it forward for Ryan O’Rawe to flick goalwards which had to be palmed away by Reece Buck.

Hoddesdon then showed their attacking threat, as Joss Lillis was given the ball out wide – he then cut it back for Ricky Light to meet, but lashed his shot over the bar.

Neither side gave much away in the first half in the cagey encounter, as both sides were determined not to concede.

In the second half, Brentwood had a great chance from a half cleared corner as Fisher’s shot outside the box was blocked by the Hoddesdon defender and deflected just wide.

Hoddesdon then had the first clear-cut chance of the match, as Brett O’Connor dribbled across the box into the box slipped the ball through to Tommy Wade whose shot was well saved by Guest and cleared.

Brentwood then went down the other end and a cross from Hahn was helped goalwards by O’Rawe and had to be palmed away from safety by Buck.

‘The Lilywhites’ took the lead 73 minutes in, as a long ball up by Hoddesdon caught Brentwood napping. Wade then laid it off for Light to strike which deflected and Guest could not keep it out.

Brentwood then equalised just two minutes later, as a central Hahn’s free-kick was lifted into the box which Ngandu went up to head goalwards but came off Charlie Edwards for Hoddesdon and into the top corner.

‘The Blues’ then grabbed an almighty important goal in the second minute of injury-time, newbie Reed had the ball fall sweetly for him to hit a half-volley just inside the box into the top corner.

Shortly after the restart, Bartlett was sent off for a serious foul on substitute Sam Lechmere to leave Hoddesdon down to 10-men, with seconds remaining.

Brentwood then held off the last onslaught from Hoddesdon to reach the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time and will travel away to Didcot Town in the next round.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu (82), 9 Craig Reed, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope, 14 Sam Lechmere (82), 15 Jordan Holdsworth, 16 Connor Hogan, 17 Tom Richardson, 18 Josh Banton, 19 Charlie Portway

Hoddesdon Town Lineup: 1 Reece Buck, 2 Ollie Sharman, 3 Ed Taylor, 4 Phil Lowen, 5 Jack Bartlett, 6 Ryan McMenemy, 7 Ricky Light, 8 Joss Lillis, 9 Tommy Wade, 10 Charlie Edwards, 11 Brett O’Connor

Substitutes: 12 Glenn Draper, 14 Mark Twumasi, 15 Connor Scully, 16 Dan Ferrigno, 17 Max Mitchell, 18 Harry Spicer, 19 Lee Robinson (GK)

Attendance: 294

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FA Cup Third Qualifying Round: Hoddesdon Town 0 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town were denied a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup after they were held goalless away to Hoddesdon Town at Lowfield.

Neither side could grab the all-important goal to go through to the next round despite Hoddesdon’s great efforts – who are the equivalent to two leagues below Brentwood, as they look to the replay at the Arena on Tuesday.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his side that lost at home to Mersham, as Andrew Freeman replaces the injured Leon Gordon at left-back. New signing Craig Reid from Kidderminster comes in to join Brentwood’s frontline for Tom Richardson, as Leon Fisher starts replaces Sam Lechmere.

Hoddesdon had the brighter start, as a long ball up by Reece Buck was flicked on to put Tommy Wade through on goal but his shot was straight at Martyn Guest.

Brentwood had their first threat on goal, as Nicky Symons whipped the ball back into the box from a half clearance – which Captain Martyn Stokes headed goalwards but went just wide of the far post.

Hoddesdon put Brentwood under pressure through a succession of corners as Charlie Edwards’ high corner was headed high at the far post by Jack Barrett which bounced off the outside of the post and off Guest.

The resulting corner was then taken by Ricky Light on the opposite side which Guest had to palm over the bar, as it almost went straight in to deny Hoddesdon the lead.

The home side should have opened the scoring, as the ball was worked out wide for Joss Lillis who cut the ball back across the box for Wade to shoot from six-yards but came back off the post.

In the second half, Edwards had another dangerous set piece which Barrett met but was cleared acrobatically by Stokes to deny ‘The Lilywhites’.

Brentwood then had an opportunity, as Hahn’s long throw was flicked on by Ryan O’Rawe which came off the top of the crossbar.

‘The Blues’ had were mounting the pressure on the home side, as Leon Fisher burst down the left flank and squared the ball across the box for Jamie Guy, who could not turn it in.

Brentwood almost snatch the tie with five minutes remaining, as Reid’s low shot bounced off the post and came back into the hands of Buck’s, as both sides had to settle for a replay.

Hoddesdon or Brentwood will know their opponents going into the replay back at the Brentwood Arena on Tuesday evening for either side to make history and reach the fourth qualifying round for the first time.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher (83)

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (83), 14 Sam Lechmere, 15 Philip Anderson, 16 Jordan Holdsworth, 17 Joshua Banton, 18 Tom Richardson, 19 Charlie Portway

Hoddesdon Town Lineup: 1 Reece Buck, 2 Ollie Sharman ©, 3 Ed Taylor, 4 Phil Lowen, 5 Jack Barrett, 6 Ryan McMenemy, 7 Ricky Light, 8 Joss Lillis (79), 9 Tommy Wade, 10 Charlie Edwards, 11 Brett O’Connor

Substitutes: 12 Glen Draper, 14 Mark Twumasi, 15 Connor Scully, 16 Dan Ferrigno, 17 Max Mitchell (79), 18 Harry Spicer

Attendance: 420

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Merstham FC 2

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Brentwood Town suffer back to back defeats due to two first half goals which cost them as they lost 2-1 against Merstham at the Brentwood Arena.

The away side grabbed two first half goals after a great individual run by Tommy Hutchings found its way inside the near post. Merstham added to their lead from the penalty spot after a handball inside the box, which Fabio Saravia converted.

Jamie Guy gave Brentwood an immediate boost in the second half as he slotted the ball in from close range, for his seventh goal in 11 games.

Brentwood assistant Steve Portway brought in Tom Richardson and Sam Lechmere into the side that were defeated away at Canvey Island on Saturday to replace Liam Hope and Leon Fisher.

‘The Blues’ almost pounced on an early mistake, as Mitch Hahn’s free-kick was spilled by the Merstham keeper Brandon Daly but Brentwood could not react to the loose ball.

The visitors then went on the counter attack from the clearance, as winger Stefan Cox’s cross found Saravia at the back post, to head across goal which Martyn Guest at full stretch denied Merstham the lead.

Merstham took the lead 24 minutes in, as a ball was put into the path of Hutchings out wide who went passed Ryan O’Rawe and got a low shot off, which crept in at the near post.

Just four minutes later, Nicky Symons went sliding in on Cox whose cross hit his raised arm which the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Saraiva stepped up to double Mersham’s advantage despite Guest’s best efforts.

In the second half, Brentwood got a quick-fire goal after a long hit cross by Hahn was headed back into the box by Captain Martyn Stokes to Guy, who held it up and on the turn nestled his shot into the bottom corner.

Brentwood went for broke as they brought on striker Liam Hope for Tom Richardson and Leon Fisher for Sam Lechmere, before and shortly after the hour mark.

Merstham nearly added a third as substitute Michael Olarewaju intercepted Paul Goodacre in the corner, which he cut back to the edge of the box for Tom Kavanagh, but his shot went over the bar.

‘The Blues’ tried to hunt for an equaliser in the closing stages but lacked the final ball as the game pleated out. Brentwood drop to 16th as Merstham move up to 18th with three points.

Brentwood now go turn to Cup action as they travel to Hoddesdon Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon (13), 3 Paul Goodacre, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Tom Richardson (65), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Sam Lechmere (57)

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (65), 14 Leon Fisher (57), 15 Jordan Holdsworth, 16 Phillip Anderson (13), 17 Daryl Robson

Merstham Lineup: 1 Brandon Daly, 2 Simon Cooper, 3 Antone Douglas, 4 Lewis Gonsalves, 5 Tutu Henriques, 6 Kershaney Samuels, 7 Stefan Cox (83), 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Omar Folkes (54), 10 Tommy Hutchings © (89), 11 Fabio Saraiva

Substitutes: 12 Michael Abnett, 14 Aaron Rhule (53), 15 Dexter Peters, 16 Jerald Aboagye (83), 17 Michael Olarewaju (89)

Attendance: 90