Month: March 2016

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Enfield Town 2

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Brentwood Town’s chances of survival in the Ryman Premier look to be slipping away, after a 2-1 defeat to promotion pushing Enfield Town at the Brentwood Arena.

Enfield opened up their lead late in the first half, as Harry Ottaway tucked away his close range shot.

Brentwood equalised early in the second half, as Marcus Milner fired home to give ‘The Blues’ a chance.

The visitors then scored their second shortly after, as Harold Joseph’s strike restored Enfield’s advantage – to sink Brnetwood to their third straight defeat at home.

Mike Flanagan made four changes to his side that drew 1-1 away at Hendon 48 hours ago, as Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu move to the bench, for Joshua Banton and Mitch Hahn to step in. Simon Glover and Alex Teniola were also not involved as Petrit Elbi starts along with Marcus Milner.

Enfield had a great opportunity for the lead 21 minutes in, as Corey Whitley was through on goal after Banton slipped he then cut inside and bent his shot towards the far post which Ollie Bowles tipped round the post.

Brentwood had a chance to open the scoring, as Andrew Freeman whipped it in for Robbie Rees but he could not get a decent connection on it inside the six-yard box.

The away side broke the deadlock 37 minutes in, as Whitley caused havoc down the left flank he then cut inside for the shot which was saved by Bowles but only into the path of Ottaway to slot in. Despite Bowles’ best efforts to deny the ball crossing the line but the linesman flagged to signal the ball had crossed the line.

Enfield almost extended their advantage, as the ball fell to Imedd Kartita inside the box but his shot went narrowly wide of the post.

Brentwood levelled five minutes into the second half, as a ball down the left by Rees left Freeman to chase which he drilled the ball across goal for Milner to smash home.

‘The Blues’ equaliser lasted just 15 minutes, as a free-kick was held up and laid-off to Whitley to strike which was saved by Bowles but came out to Joseph to lash in – to regain the lead.

Enfield had the chance to secure the three points eight minutes from time, as the ball fell to Whitley just inside the box but his shot was fired well over the bar.

Brentwood were close to a late equaliser three minutes from time, as a long throw by Hahn was flicked goalwards by Freeman but went just wide of the post – which leaves Brentwood still seven points off safety.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon (90), 7 Marcus Milner (83), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Petrit Elbi (28), 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Alex Teniola (83), 14 Shad Ngandu (28), 15 Leon Gordon (90)

Enfield Town Lineup: 1 Nathan McDonald, 2 Jordan Lockie, 3 Harold Joseph, 4 Stanley Muguo (61), 5 Mark Kirby, 6 Mickey Parcell, 7 Billy Crook, 8 Samir Bihmountine, 9 Imedd Kartia (82), 10 Harry Ottaway, 11 Corey Whitley

Substitutes: 12 Claudiu Vilcu (61), Nathan Livings (82) 17 Tyler Campbell (62)

Attendance: 226

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Enfield Town 2


Elite League Speedway: Lakeside Hammers 56 King’s Lynn Stars 36

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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers kick-off their start to the new Elite League season with three home points, after a 56-36 victory over the King’s Lynn Stars at Arena Essex.

Lakeside dominated the early heats which played the part in securing the Hammers victory with three 5-1 maximums in the first third of the meeting.

Neils Kristian Iversen won the opening race of the afternoon, as he proved to be Lakesides headache with Andreas Jonsson in hot pursuit to be beaten by half a wheel’s length at the finish to split the heat 3-3.

The opening reserve race needed a rerun, as Carl Wilkinson collided with Lewis Kerr which swept out Rob Mear as a result. Mear then put the throttle down and took the rerun with Kerr in support to take Lakesides’ first maximum of the season.

The hosts made it back-to-back 5-1’s, as Kim Nilsson got his first race victory with Lewis Bridger holding on for second on his Elite League return – to take an early 13-5 lead.

Richard Lawson grabbed his first win, as he got to the first bend in front and capitalised but Kerr struggled as he slipped out of the points as Mads Korneliussen took second and Lewis Rose third.

The Hammers then got back to the race maximums in heat five, for their third of the night as Piotr Swiderski sped to victory and Mear snatched second on the final bend off Kai Huckenbeck.

King’s Lynn then played their tactical ride, with Iversen in the chequered helmet. Bridger was unfortunately excluded for stopping the race after his fall, so Lawson stepped up for damage limitation as Iversen took his second victory of the day and Lawson secured second – for a 2-7 heat with the score at 23-16.

Lakeside won the next two heats courtesy of Nilsson and Lawson but split both races to maintain their seven-point advantage.

The home side then opened up their lead once again, as Swiderski got his second race victory and Mear once again put up a fight to take third for a 4-2 lead.

Nilsson got his hat-trick of wins in heat 10, as the Hammers finally found a route past Iversen and Bridger aided in third to open up a 11-point lead at 37-26.

Heat 11 was full of drama, as Rory Schlein was excluded for stopping the race. On the rerun Robert Lambert looked to have clipped Swiderski, as the race was stopped again but all three rider’s returned.

On the third attempt, the race was stopped again as Lambert was then disqualified for causing the race to stop as Swiderski fell again. The Hammers then battled it out between themselves for a 5-0, as Jonsson won with Swiderski settling for second and opened up a 16-point advantage with the scores at 42-26.

The next three heats were split 3-3, as Mear rode a superb race to take his afternoon double. Iversen grabbed his hat-trick of victories in race 13 and Korneliussen took heat 14.

The Hammers finished in fine style for their fourth and final maximum of a glorious afternoon at Arena Essex, as Lawson took victory and Nilsson second – to complete the 56-36 overall win.

Lakeside now take the dash to Norfolk for the second leg of the Good Friday double to face King’s Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena, in search of some vital away points.

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Elite League Speedway: Lakeside Hammers 56 King’s Lynn Stars 36

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Wingate & Finchley 1

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Brentwood Town’s survival in the Ryman Premier has taken a hit, after back-to-back 1-0 home defeat to Wingate & Finchley at the Brentwood Arena.

Wingate grabbed the opener just before the break in the first half, as former Blues player Leon Fisher nodded in from close range.

Mike Flanagan made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Lewes, as new signing Simon Glover from Witham Town steps in place of the vacant Captain Martyn Stokes.

Connor Witherspoon returns from injury and replaces Marcus Milner, while Tom Richardson suffered an injury so Alex Teniola replaced him.

Brentwood made a late change to their lineup minutes before kick-off, as Mitch Hahn slotted in for Petrit Elbi.

Wingate almost scored in the opening three minutes of the match, as former midfielder Leon Fisher whipped in a free-kick which fell to the Captain Marc Weatherstone but his sliced volley was frantically cleared by Brentwood.

The visitors again threatened, as Karl Oliyide went past Leon Gordon into the box, lifted the ball over Ollie Bowles but debutant Glover hooked it around the post.

Brentwood nearly went in front themselves, as a long throw by Hahn was flicked on by Teniola and Shad Ngandu turned the ball goalwards but was saved by Charlie Crowley.

Wingate were dangerous down the left flank once again, as Oliyide ghosted past Gordon and whipped it in for Rob Laney whose header went over the crossbar.

‘The Blues’ on the half hour mark had a chance, as Teniola slotted in Ngandu to run through on goal but his shot went just over the bar.

Wingate took the lead four minutes before the break, as a cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Laney for the former Brentwood man Fisher to head in from the six-yard box.

In the second half, the away side almost doubled their lead as Weatherstone again flicked the inswinging corner by Fisher towards goal which Bowles lifted over the bar.

After the break the game was broken up by various substitutions by the visitors due to injury, which broke up any flow to the game and hindered any attacking flow from the home side.

The visitors saw out a fizzled end to the match, which leaves Brentwood still eight points off safety with just three games in hand.

‘The Blues’ will now look to a crucial game in their relegation fight, as they travel to Hendon in desperate need of three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Simon Glover, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon (80), 7 Shad Ngandu, 12 Mitch Hahn, 9 Alex Teniola, 10 Robbie Rees ©, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 14 Joshua Banton, 15 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Marcus Milner (80), 17 Kevin Watson

Wingate & Finchley Lineup: 1 Charlie Crowley, 2 Mark Goodman, 3 Tommy Cummings, 4 Ahmet Rifat, 5 Marc Weatherstone, 6 Leon Fisher, 7 Alex Addai (85), 8 Ola Sogbanmu (62), 9 Billy Healey (68), 10 Rob Laney, 11 Karl Oliyide

Substitutes: 12 Jack Read (68), 14 Karl Stevenson (85), 15 Alfie Bartram (62)

Attendance: 107

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Lewes 1

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Brentwood Town suffer a further setback in their battle to remain in the Ryman Premier, after a narrow 1-0 home defeat to rock bottom Lewes at the Brentwood Arena.

A second half strike from Henry Muggeridge was the difference between the two sides, despite Brentwood’s dominate spells means they now fall eight points off safety with four games in hand.

Mike Flanagan makes three changes to his side that lost 4-0 away to Kingstonian, Bradley Nobbs and Sam Collins were replaced by Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu, while Connor Witherspoon had a hip injury so Marcus Milner slotted in.

The visitors had the opening glimpse of a goal, as Leon Redwood’s long range shot was comfortable for Ollie Bowles.

Lewes had the first real chance of the match, as Redwood’s free-kick almost went straight in but was helped away by Bowles and cleared by Captain Martyn Stokes.

Brentwood finished the better of the two sides, after good play from Milner and Petrit Elbi who crossed it into the path of Tom Richardson in the six-yard box but his shot was blocked.

In the second half the visitors took the lead which stunned Brentwood, as Steve Brinkhurst broke the back line out wide and his ball across was kept out by Bowles but only to Muggeridge at the far post whose shot was too strong for Bowles.

Brentwood had an opportunity to equalise shortly after the hour mark, as Elbi won the loose ball in the air and Richardson picked it up but his shot was dragged wide.

Andrew Freeman turned the ball over the defence for Richardson to run on to but his shot was straight at Chris Winterton.

‘The Blues’ nearly equalised, as Freeman burst down the left flank and whipped it in for substitute Alex Teniola to chest it down but his strike went over the bar.

Brentwood again with the pressure, as Teniola flicks it on for Ngandu who slots in Richardson but his shot was comfortable for Windterton.

The home side substitute Mitch Hahn almost levelled on the half volley but was palmed away by Winterton.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Marcus Milner (58), 8 Petrit Elbi (81), 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn (81), 14 Josh Banton, 15 Alex Teniola (58), 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 James Scammell

Lewes Lineup: 1 Chris Winterton, 2 Steve Brinkhurst, 3 Leon Redwood, 4 Lee Carey ©, 5 Stacey Freeman, 6 Alex Malins, 7 Henry Muggeridge, 8 James Hammond, 9 Josh Street (84), 10 Alex Laing, 11 Ronnie Conlon (92)

Substitutes: 12 Dee Okojie (84), 14 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (92), 15 Jordan badger, 17 Nathan Stroomberg

Attendance: 111

AJ takes Spring Trophy

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Ben Morley (Left), Leigh Lanham (Inside Left), Stuart Robson (Inside Right), Robert Mear (Right)
Andreas Jonsson won the 2016 Lakeside Vortex Hammers Spring Trophy in their pre-season warm up fixture ahead of the new Elite League season.

Jonsson remained unbeaten throughout the night with five race victories from five including the final and was the standout rider of the night.

In the winner takes all grand finale it featured four of this year’s Lakeside riders for the upcoming season, as Richard Lawson finished second and Kim Nilsson in third.

Former Hammers Stuart Robson, Ben Morley and Leigh Lanham returned as guests for the meeting to face the spritely Lakeside team ahead of their bank holiday opener.

Grand finalist Piotr Swiderski kicked proceedings off with victory in heat one. Lawson took heat two from the first bend, despite constant pressure from his teammate Edward Kennett who settled for second.

AJ stamped his authority on the evening with his opening win, after he overtook Nilsson on the third bend of the first lap.

Lawson got his second victory of the night, after gating in front and held off the threat of returning Hammer Lewis Bridger.

Nilsson won heat five and AJ got his second victory of the night at the second attempt after his unsatisfactory start in heat six, ahead of Swiderski in second.

At the halfway stage occupying the top four spots were, AJ and Lawson joint on six points with Swiderski and Nilsson on five points.

Robson got his first race win of the night in heat seven, ahead of Morley and Lanham.

AJ then made it a hat-trick of wins in heat eight the hard way, as D Jonsson lead until the fourth bend on lap two when AJ swept round the outside to take the victory.

Kennett then pressed to his first victory of the night with his offensive style, as Nilsson came second and Swiderski third.

AJ won heat ten for his fourth race win from four, which secured his place in the winner takes all final and set the fastest time of the evening in 58.9 seconds.

Bridger took heat 11 to give him a chance to get in the grand finale finishing on seven points, after Kennett fell on lap two.

In the final heat, Lawson gated first and won which put him into the final. Nilsson came second which also put him through and Swiderski finished third.

AJ topped the heat scoring with 12 points, Lawson came second with 10 points, Nilsson in third with 9 points and Swiderski and Bridger on 7 points each.

Swiderski sneaked into the final on head-to-head, as he beat Bridger in the opening heat to put him into the final alongside AJ, Lawson and Nilsson.

In the grand finale, Lawson gated first and lead for the first three laps with AJ in hot pursuit. Lawson then lost control on the third bend on lap three and AJ’s outside manoeuvre replicated from heat eight worked again to take the victory and the 2016 Spring Trophy.

The Hammers are now raring to go, as the season starts with an away trip to the Kings Lyn Stars on Thursday 24th March before the Good Friday reverse fixture at the Raceway at 1pm.   

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Hampton and Richmond Borough 3

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Hampton and Richmond Borough return to the top of the Ryman League, after a comfortable 3-0 away victory to Brentwood Town to stump their survival hopes at the Brentwood Arena.

The away side got a quick two goal lead through Eddie Hutchinson’ early opener and Jamal Lowe’s strike.

Lowe then capped off Hampton’s return to lead the table, with a brace in the second half for their fifth straight win.

Mike Flanagan made four changes to his sides that drew 1-1 in the derby against Billericay Town, Tom Richardson was side-lined due to a hamstring injury which made way for Shad Ngandu.

Sam Cross, Leon Gordon and Andrew Freeman all moved to the bench as Concord loanee Sam Collins, Joshua Banton and Mitch Hahn come into the side.

Hampton got off to a flier as they scored within four minutes, after a free-kick by Tom Beere was headed goalwards and superbly saved by Ollie Bowles but Hutchinson was first to react to tuck it in.

The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brendan Kiernan went through on goal and his well-struck shot was palmed by Bowles onto the crossbar and the rebound fell to Lowe who headed over from the six-yard box.

Hampton again, showed why their at the top end of the table by almost getting a second, as Beere chased down a through ball which was blocked by the rushing Bowles, for his third save in ten minutes.

Lowe was then put through on goal and scored but for the linesman who flagged offside to Brentwood’s relief.

Although Lowe did put the ball into the net 12 minutes later whilst remaining onside, as he was allowed to travel with the ball into the box and lashed his shot into the bottom corner.

Brentwood had their first real clear chance shortly after the half hour mark, as Elbi cut the ball back out on the wide right to whip the ball in for Marcus Milner – who miss times his header wide.

In the second half Brentwood had the opening chance of the half, as Ngandu worked the ball out to Milner whose shot was well-saved by Mark Smith down low at his near post.

Hampton sealed the three points 15 minutes from time, as Leon Soloman managed to squeeze the ball across the six-yard box for Lowe to finish.

‘The Blues’ now move on to the crucial match in their relegation battle, as they take the trip to Staines Town at the weekend.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Mitch Hahn (72), 9 Petrit Elbi, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees

Substitutes: 12 Sam Cross, 14 Andrew Freeman (72), 15 Leon Gordon, 16 Matt Rose

Hampton and Richmond Lineup: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley (45), 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Soloman, 7 Eddie Hutchinson, 8 Tom Beere (79), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan, 11 Jamal Lowe (84)

Substitutes: 12 Joe Hicks (79), 14 Jerome Federico, 15 Michael Kamara (45), 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick (84)

Attendance: 123

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Hampton and Richmond Borough 3

Norfolk blow Essex away to take ICC title 

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Norfolk Premier won their first Inter County Competition title since 1999, after they swept aside Essex Premier 22-6 at Daventry Indoor Bowling Club. 

Norfolk put on a terrific team performance to despatch Essex in the East Anglian derby, as Essex ended the weekend with their second runners up trophy.

It was Essex’ fifth attempt at the prestigious trophy but once again came up short and were convincingly beaten.

The game was conceded by the Essex side after the third session, as the game was beyond them.

Essex flew out the blocks in the opening session, team manager Adam Sultana asserted himself as he won 22-8 against Chris Mann. Norfolk battled back, as Neil Davidson was too strong for Hedges’ as he won 16-10.

In the pairs Jack Pye and Dave Lamb kept Mitchell Young and Matt Dillon at arms length to win 14-9. Father and son duo, Chris Coates and Del Coates held on to take the victory 14-12 over Simon Warnes and John Sparham, to level the session 4-4. 

In the second session Norfolk started to pile on the pressure, as Debbie Dillon, Racheal Cordy, Steve Killington and Craig Burgess were edged out on the final end despite a comeback to lose 10-8 against Norfolk manager Selwyn Goldsmith. In the other fours skipped by Anthony Fautley along with Babs Morokutti, Linda Lambert and Keith Paxman could not find a way back from their slow start, as they lost 10-9. 

The triples did not have better fortune either, as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham were held off by Keith Cooke’s trio to win 11-8. The only glimmer of joy for Essex in the session was Phil Banner, Dave Stifford and Matt Stifford who beat Melvin Woods’ contingent 15-11. Which gave Norfolk a 10-6 lead going in the break.

Norfolk kicked on in the singles and pairs, as Hedges was beaten 19-8 by Mann. Davidson again showed his superb form with a 13-11 victory over Sultana and to claw the singles bonus points from the eight shot deficit. 

Coates’ pairing came from a slow start to get back in with a fighting chance against Pye and Lamb but Norfolk were just too strong as they lost 17-11. The match was unfortunately put out of reach for Essex, as their fate was sealed after Dillon and Young lost 13-9 to Warnes and Sparham. For Norfolk’s first ever ICC title. 

Sultana then revealed to the Essex players that he will step down as county manager, due to personal circumstances. 

I as an Essex player would like to thank Sultana for his hard work this season, on and off the mat and wish him all the best for the future.