Month: April 2016

Ryman League Premier: Farnborough 3 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town ended their Ryman League Premier season with a 3-0 away defeat to Farnborough at the Cherrywood Stadium.

Already relegated Brentwood finished the season with a dreary defeat, which confirmed Farnborough’s safety for now in the Ryman Premier.

John Oyenuga opened the scoring in the first half for Farnborough with a strange goal to give the hosts the early lead.

The home side extended their advantage in the second half, as Dennis Oli tucked his close range shot away.

Freddie Grant sealed the three points late in the second half, as he was brought down and then stepped up to tuck away the spot kick.

Mike Flanagan made one change to his side that were beaten 3-1 away at Bognor Regis in the week, as Joshua Banton is preferred to Marcus Milner.

Brentwood had the first shot on target, as a cross dropped to Petrit Elbi just outside the box which he had to adjust his body to get a strong shot on goal that was well held by Melvin Minter.

‘The Blues’ had another opportunity through sloppy defending, as Alex Teniola slotted in Shad Ngandu, who looked to be offside but the linesman didn’t flag but Ngandu could not turn it past Minter.

The home side took the lead 21 minutes in, from Oyenuga out wide as his hopeful high ball caught Ollie Bowles off guard and found its way into the top corner.

Brentwood almost equalised shortly after, as Sam Cross’ free-kick was heading into the top right hand corner but for Minter who tipped it over the bar.

In the second half, tried to shake things up with two changes as Tom Richardson came on for Petrit Elbi and Simon Glover replaced the injured Ryan O’Rawe.

Farnborough doubled their advantage 11 minutes from the end, as Joshua Gallagher put a low cross into Oli who peeled away and struck his shot into the far corner.

‘The Borough’ nearly added insult to injury, as Grants free-kick was heading goalwards but for Bowles to direct it over the bar.

The hosts extended their lead with moments to go, as Glover brought down Grant inside the box, which left the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Grant then brushed himself down and sent Bowles the wrong way to finish the match off.

Farnborough Lineup: 1 Melvin Minter, 2 John Oyenuga, 3 Freddie Grant, 4 CJ Fearn, 5 Keith Emmerson, 6 Terrell Forbes, 7 Joshua Gallagher, 8 Charlie Allen (88), 9 Dennis Oli (85), 10 Oliver Bailey, 11 Jack Battie (68)

Substitutes: 12 Matt Ball (68), 14 Jack Barton (85), 15 Usman Adeniji, 16 Dean Joseph-Whittingham (88), 18 Harry Knight

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Sam Cross, 5 Ryan O’Rawe © (45), 6 Mitch Hahn (88), 7 Petrit Elbi (68), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Shad Ngandu, 10 Alex Teniola, 11 Sam Bantick

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (68), 14 Simon Glover (45), 15 Kevin Watson (88), 17 James Scammell

Attendance: 315

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Ryman League Premier: Farnborough 3 Brentwood Town 0


Essex Senior Cup Final: Concord Rangers 1 Heybridge Swifts 0

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Concord Rangers won the Essex Senior Cup for the third successive season, after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The Beachboys are the first team to claim the Cup for the last three seasons since their existence in 1967.

Ben Greenhalgh scored the National League South side match winning goal early in the first half to claim the glory.

This was the first time the Ryman Division One North side had reached the final in their club history and did not disgrace themselves in the defeat.

Ben Greenhalgh had a tame shot for ‘The Beachboys’ just six minutes in but was comfortable for Danny Sambridge.

Concord opened the scoring 14 minutes in, as Sam Bantick had a shot just outside the box which was parried by Danny Sambridge but fell to Greenhalgh inside the six-yard box to bundle the ball home.

Heybridge almost responded with a set piece, as Captain Liam Thomas’ shot on the turn inside the box was straight at Ben McNamara.

Swifts then nearly got their searching equaliser, as George Doyle’s delivery from a set piece was almost fumbled by McNamara – who managed to clear it for a corner.

From the resulting break down of the corner, Concord broke on the counter-attack as Steve Cawley slipped in Bantick to get his shot on the stretch goal bound but came back off the near post.

Greenhalgh again caused trouble from a free-kick this time, which was whipped in and had to be palmed over by Sambridge.

Lamar Reynolds broke down the left for Heybridge six minutes before the break, he almost brought Swifts back on level terms, as his pull back was almost turned in by John Eaterford.

In the second half, Concord nearly grabbed their second, as Captain James White’s clearance put Cawley in on goal his shot was saved by Sambridge and Bantick miss-controlled the follow-up.

Tempers flared just after the hour mark, as Bantick was held by Lewis Dark, which caused the both to confront eachother – both players were cautioned for incident.

Heybridge almost got their equaliser, as a long searching ball found Reynolds he then burst goalwards and his shot was well stopped by McNamara.

Swifts had another opportunity with 13 minutes to go, through Reynolds as his cut back was miss-timed by the Heybridge forward and was turned goalwards by Jack Barham which was held on the line by McNamara.

Concord held on in the dying minutes to deny a late goal for Heybridge, to take the trophy for the third successive time.

Concord Rangers Lineup: 1 Ben McNamara, 2 Jay Dowie, 3 Tom Stephen, 4 Max Cornhill, 5 Steve King, 6 John Easterford, 7 Lewis Taaffe, 8 James White ©, 9 Ben Greenhalgh, 10 Steve Cawley, 11 Sam Bantick (86)

Substitutes: 12 James Hammond, 14 Bayley Newell, 15 Sam Collins (86), 16 Adam Topley, 17 Andy Young

Heybridge Swifts Lineup: 1 Danny Sambridge, 2 George Doyle, 3 Oliver Emsden, 4 Lewis Dark, 5 Liam Thomas ©, 6 Phil Anderson, 7 Matthew Pooley, 8 Lewis Godbold, 9 Jack Barham, 10 Tyrone Alleyne (82), 11 Lamar Reynolds

Substitutes: 12 Raphael Duyile (82), 14 Declan Hunt, 15 Lewis Riches, 16 Oliver Devenish, 21 Laurence Whymark

Attendance: 460

Follow the link for interviews with Concord Rangers midfielder Sam Bantick and manager Adam Flanagan

Essex Senior Cup Final: Concord Rangers 1 Heybridge Swifts 0

Eyes On A World Cup Spot

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November in the European Masters
November in the European Masters
Mitchell Young evaluates his season so far and previews his chances in the final Short Mat Players Tour (SMPT) event coming up this weekend…

Currently sitting 22nd in the Order of Merit, which takes into account this seasons performances I want to end this 2015/16 season with my best performance yet.

Considering I missed the first two events due to being away on holiday, overall I don’t think it’s been a bad effort, even if I say so myself! However, the competitiveness in me is saying that’s good but not good enough.

Back in November I competed in my first European Masters over in Herentals, Belgium where I managed to reach the final 16, but eventually lost out to fellow Englishmen, Nigel Reed who in all fairness played me off the park.

In between the ranking events was the World Fours and Pairs, where I had my best weekend’s performance in the SMPT and made it through to the semi-finals in the Fours and collected a whopping £32.50 in prize money.

The Pairs was also a strong finish having reached the quarter-finals, with fellow Tour  player, Dan Winmill.

Then on it was over to Stromstad in Sweden for the start of 2016. I was really getting used to this jet-set lifestyle. It was probably one of the best events I’d attended with great hospitality and facilities, but performance wise, I had a disappointing tournament – falling at the first knockout hurdle in the last 64.

Fast forward to the English Masters in February and I had a solid performance, reaching the last 16 for the second time this season, before being knocked out by Pauline Beattie – one half of the 2014 World Pairs Champions.

Looking forward

As we tee up for the final SMPT event of the season, The World Masters in Belfast, where 210 players will battle it out for one of the biggest prizes in Short Mat bowls.

Currently sitting 35th in the World Rankings, which takes into account ranking points from the last three seasons, I feel that this is a comfortable reflection of where I’m at, but I know I still have a lot more to give and achieve.

Pushing past the last 16 seems to be my nemesis at the moment  – I haven’t been able to progress past this stage since the SMPT’s first year where I managed a quarter-final place, but with less players.

This year has not been my best in Short Mat bowls and if I’m honest probably one of my worst, however as the season comes to an end I still want to finish it as best I can.

So I’m going into this tournament my eyes firmly fixed on achieving a spot in the SMPT World Cup, where the top four highest ranked players in each country will represent their country in the World Cup – which will take place before the first event of the new season in August.

Although I need to have the best performance I have ever produced to get close to snatching a late spot (currently sitting 8th in England 109 points off a World Cup position).

A good preparation for the tournament is the 2 Bowl World Masters on Friday, which will get my arm in ready for the tournament at the Weekend.

Wish me luck!

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 4 Hendon 1

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Brentwood Town keep their survival hopes alive with a superb 4-1 home victory over Hendon at the Brentwood Arena.

Brentwood opened their account for the evening in the first half with a header from Alex Teniola, which he then got his brace with a volley early in the second half.

Ben Pattie then immediately pulled it back for the visitors, as he tucked away a smart finish.

The Concord Rangers loanee Sam Bantick then scored on his return to Brentwood, which maintain their two goal cushion.

Teniola capped off Brentwood’s first win at home in five games with his hat-trick and the match ball for his fourth goal in two games.

Mike Flanagan made three changes to his side that were beaten heavily at Hampton and Richmond at the weekend as Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu shifted to the bench.

Joshua Banton and former Blue Bantick were preferred, who returns to Brentwood for the remainder of the season. Tom Richardson also returned from injury and played ahead of the missing Robbie Rees.

Bantick on his return was at the forefront of Brentwood’s early pressure, as he found some space just outside the box to get a shot off but was tame despite Joe Wright making a hash of the collection which nearly found its way through his legs.

Brentwood started with intent due to the current position they’re in and almost broke the deadlock through a Hendon mistake, as Casey Maclaren collided with the Hendon keeper Wright which allowed Richardson to get a shot off but lifted it just wide.

‘The Blues’ took the lead 20 minutes in, after a corner from Bantick was whipped in and nodded back across goal by Richardson for Teniola to nod in from the six-yard box.

The home side then went in search of a second and nearly got it, as Bantick on the left this time managed to find room for a shot which hit the bar.

Hendon finished the half stronger and could have levelled just before the break, as Sam Murphy volleyed a ball into the box for Ben Pattie to head goalwards but Ollie Bowles had it covered.

In the second half, the hosts scored just two minutes in as Banton did went down the left to whip a ball in which was cleared only for Teniola to cannon into the tope corner on the volley.

Hendon then responded from the kick-off, as Pattie went down the left and slotted in from a tight angle – which gave the away side an immediate response.

‘The Blues’ almost grabbed their third, as the ball broke to Freeman and he lifted it over the keeper but hit the underside of the upright and was cleared.

Brentwood then went and restored their two goal lead, as Richardson was given a ball to chase he then cut inside and smashed a shot which was well-saved by Wright but only for Bantick to convert to follow up.

The home side then held-off any late onslaught from a youthful Hendon, as Brentwood finished the night with their fourth in injury time. Richardson played a great high through ball for Teniola to hunt down and control past the keeper – to seal the three points and their first win since early March.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 21 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 20 Simon Glover, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Alex Teniola, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Marcus Milner, 16 Leon Gordon, 17 Kevin Watson

Hendon Lineup: 1 Joe Wright, 2 Sam Flegg, 3 Oliver Sprague, 4 Dave Diedhiou, 5 Casey Maclaren (70), 6 Oliver Achille, 7 Sam Murphy, 8 Keagan Cole, 9 Kenzie Ibe (45), 10 Ben Pattie (70), 11 Nyv Bogaire

Substitutes: 12 Mahrez Bettache (45), 13 Brandon Adams (70), 14 Luke Tingey (70), 15 Jordan Spearman, 16 Kieran Warren

Attendance: 132

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 4 Hendon 1