George Borg

Ryman League Premier: Leatherhead 1 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town suffer another away defeat, as their survival in the Ryman Premier becomes harder after a narrow 1-0 loss at Leatherhead.

Chris Kinnear’s first half strike was the only goal that separated the two sides despite Leatherhead’s dominance throughout the majority of the game.

‘The Blues’ remain 21st in the table and seven points adrift of safety and with scoring only one goal in their last five games, George Borg is still without a win as Town manager.

Borg made one change to his side that drew away at Met Police last week, as Shad Ngandu comes in for Ritchie Jones who suffered a knee injury last week.

Within the opening few seconds of the game Brentwood’s Leon Gordon was already in the book for a strong tackle on Paul Walsh.

Brentwood had the first opportunity 12 minutes in, as Mitch Hahn on the opposite wing kept the ball in-play out wide. He cut it back for Shad Ngandu whose cross was just overhit for Liam Hope.

The home side struck early, as Brentwood did not close down Leatherhead’s men so Kinnear’s shot from just outside the box squirmed its way in off the inside of the post.

Leatherhead almost doubled their lead from a floating free-kick, which was met by the new assistant manager Steve Watt but came off the top of the crossbar.

‘The Tanners’ had another chance to extend their advantage, as Alex Brown found space inside the box but his shot went wide of the target.

In the second half, Leatherhead continued their dominance with another shot from Brown which was deflected off a Brentwood defender to go wide.

From the resulting corner which Kieran Huches-Mason whipped in, was headed again by Watt into the ground and Martyn Guest had to pull off a smart save – to deny the hosts.  

Brentwood had sparse opportunity, as Hogan’s free-kick was whipped in low for Jamie Guy to hold up and on the turn his shot was well-held by Captain Louis Wells.

Leatherhead thought they had practically sealed the three points, as a whipped in ball to the far post was almost put in by Phil Anderson but for Guest to claw it off the line.

The home side had a chance to wrap it up in injury time, as Huches-Mason went on the counter-attack for the home side but was palmed away by Guest.

Brentwood threw everything at Leatherhead even resorting to Guest going forward but could not break down ‘The Tanners’, as their revival to get out the relegation zone gets tougher.

Leatherhead Lineup: 1 Louis Wells ©, 2 Adam Cash, 3 Adam Green, 4 Paul Semakula, 5 Steve Watt, 6 Jerry Nnamani, 7 Alex Brown (90), 8 Chris Kinnear, 9 Paul Walsh (59), 10 Kieran Huches-Mason, 11 Kaka Dembele (74)

Substitutes: 12 Tomi Adeloye (59), 14 Josh Callacher, 15 Ryan Mahal (74), 16 Matt Smart (90), 17 Stephen Okoh

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Phil Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Shad Ngandu (73), 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope (45), 19 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (63)

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (45), 14 Ryan O’Rawe, 15 Connor Witherspoon, 16 Dwade James (63), 17 Arthur Rodgers (73)

Attendance: 238


Ryman League Premier: Metropolitan Police 0 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town held on for a resilient point with a 0-0 away draw against mid-tabled Metropolitan Police.

Neither side could break the deadlock in blustery conditions at Imber Court, for Brentwood’s second consecutive draw in the league and move up to 21st in the table.

Brentwood still remain in the relegation zone but reduce the gap to four points behind Hendon, with games in hand.

George Borg made one change to his side that drew at home to Farnborough last week, as Louis Baucutt comes in place of Dwade James who moved to the bench.

Brentwood had to make an early substitution 24 minutes in, as Ritchie Jones had a knee injury and was replaced by the return of Connor Witherspoon.

The first real opportunity of the match came 40 minutes in from the left as Louis Baucutt whipped in ball, was flicked goalwards by Jamie Guy but could not get a good enough connection to steer it on target.

In the second half, Brentwood had to make their second substitution as Captain Martyn Stokes suffered a dead leg and was replaced by Josh Banton.

The Met Police almost broke the deadlock five minutes in, as Joe Turner’s half volley beat Martyn Guest but his volley hit the outside of the post.

The home side had another opportunity on the break, as Captain Billy Crook cut the ball to Will Salmon whose tame shot went wide of the goal.

The Met Police had another glorious chance to open the scoring, as Charlie Collins’ corner was on a plate for Nathan Campbell but he miss-timed his header for Brentwood to clear their lines.

Guest denied the Met Police the lead with 13 minutes remaining, as Leon Smith broke past Banton and his shot was well-saved, to maintain his clean sheet.

The hosts thought they had the lead, after a Collins free-kick took a wicked deflection in the box went up in the air and was heading in but for the top of the crossbar, to deny the home side.

Brentwood held on in the closing stages to move up a place and close the gap on the teams above, who were all defeated.

‘The Blues’ will now look to Tuesday night, to continue their good recent form and host title chasers Wingate and Finchley.

Metropolitan Police Lineup: 1 Craig King, 2 Will Salmon, 3 Ollie Treacher, 4 Billy Crook ©, 5 Jay Lovett, 6 Rob Bartley, 7 Charlie Collins (84), 8 Nathan Campbell, 9 Leon Smith, 10 Ryan James (67), 11 Joe Turner

Substitutes: 12 Elliot Taylor, 14 Steve Sutherland (84), 15 Tom Hickey, 16 Neil Barrett (67), 17 Alex Kozakis

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ritchie Jones (24), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes (45), 5 Philip Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Leon Gordon, 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (75)

Substitutes: 12 Dwade James, 14 Sherwin Stanley (75), 15 Connor Witherspoon (24), 16 Josh Banton (45), 17 Bradley Nobbs

Attendance: 95

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Essex Senior Cup Fourth Round: Brentwood Town 3 Bowers and Pitsea 5

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Underdogs Bowers and Pitsea progress to the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup with a spirited 5-3 victory away at struggling Ryman Premier side Brentwood Town.

Bowers with now six wins out of their seven games in all competitions, gained a deserved three goal advantage before Brentwood got into the game, as Jack Gardner on his return grabbed a goal along with a Vinny Durrant goal for a 2-0 lead at the break.

An early second half wonder strike from Scott Pethers gave Pitsea a three goal lead, Arthur Rogers goal gave Brentwood a glimmer of hope. A Chris Bryan brace sealed their place in the next round cancelling out a Dwade James goal and a Charlie Portway free-kick.   

George Borg kept only five players from his team that drew 1-1 at home to Farnborough with regulars Martyn Guest, Connor Hogan, Mitch Hahn, Dwade James and Nicky Symons starting, mixed with a youthful Brentwood side – with Steve Portway taking charge of Brentwood for the evening.

The Essex Senior side almost took the lead ten minutes in, as Vinny Durrants’ early cross was into the path of Lewis Manor whose shot was superbly parried away by Guest.

Brentwood had their first opportunity, as Connor Hogan bent a free-kick into the box for the unmarked Charlie Portway who headed into the hands of Dylan Skinner.

From the resulting save Bowers went down the other end and capitalised on Brentwood not dealing with their lines, as another dangerous cross caused panic in the box and on his return Gardner turned it in from a tight angle to lead.

Pitsea almost extended their advantage with a set piece in a central position on the edge of the box which Bryan bent goalwards and had to be tipped over the bar by Guest.

A loose ball fell to James on the edge of the box which he struck on target and Skinner spilled the initial shot but collected the loose ball.

The visitors doubled their lead shortly after, as Billy Sendall broke down the far flank and whipped a ball into the far post for the unmarked Durrant to smash into the net.

In the second half Bowers stunned Brentwood only a minute in, as Pethers burst forward from a clearance and struck a shot from 25 yards which went in – with Guest glued to the spot to give the visitors a three goal lead.

Brentwood gave themselves a lifeline four minutes later, as Portway fed in Rogers who coolly tucked in to give Brentwood a fighting chance.

The away side were given a penalty, as Baucutt slid in on Simon-Parsons giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Bryan stepped up and sent Guest the wrong way to restore their three goal lead.

Brentwood got their second virtually from the restart, with Baucutt making up for his miss-timed tackle with a superb ball into James who brought it down and his first time shot beat the keeper to go in off the post.

‘The Blues’ put Bowers under more pressure with two minutes remaining, as Portway’s free-kick bent into the top corner from 20 yards – to give Brentwood a glimmer of hope.

The away side clinched the tie in injury time, as Bryan ran through on goal from the half way line with the Brentwood defence committed and went round Guest and tucked it in to send them in the quarter-finals.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ollie Bell, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Josh Banton, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Hogan, 7 Arthur Rogers (45), 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Charlie Portway, 10 Dwade James, 11 Nicky Symons ©

Substitutes: 12 John Burgess, 14 Ruben Duarte, 15 Liam Hope, 16 Andrew Freeman (45), GK James Alborough

Bowers and Pitsea: 1 Dylan Skinner, 2 Scott Pethers, 3 Vinny Durrant, 4 Billy Sendall (58), 20 Dan Trenkel, 6 Aaron Waters, 7 Aaron Russell, 8 Jack Gardner, 9 Lewis Manor, 10 Chris Bryan, 11 Alfie Hilton

Substitutes: 12 Julian Simon-Parsons, 14 Tom Hine (58), 15 Jamie Salmon, 16 Rob Whitnell, GK Lewis Godwin-Green

Ryman League Premier: Needham Market 4 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town fell short in a bottom of the table clash and remain in the relegation zone after a 4-0 away defeat to Needham Market.

Needham grabbed a three goal advantage in the first half, as Jay Davies opened the scoring from the spot, Connor Hogan deflected the second into his own net and a Callum Harrison volley gave Needham the advantage.

Oliver Mann then made Brentwood play for their defensive frailties with the fourth and extended the gap from Brentwood and the relegation zone to four points.

George Borg made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town last time out. Shad Ngandu misses out due to suspension, as Jamie Guy comes back into the side with Phillip Anderson and new signing Bradley Nobbs joins the Brentwood fold.

Brentwood almost grabbed an early goal six minutes in, as Mitch Hahn’s whipped in free-kick had to be tipped away by Daniel Gay.

Needham were awarded a penalty ten minutes in, as Andrew Freeman accidently clipped Luke Ingram giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Davies stepped up to convert from Needham despite Martyn Guest diving the right way.

Brentwood nearly grabbed an equaliser, as Captain Martyn Stokes dinked a cross back into the box for Ryan O’Rawe which was headed goalwards but kept out by Gay.

The home side were pressuring the Brentwood defence and almost doubled their lead, as Callum Harrison’s long range shot 20 yards out went just over the crossbar.

Needham doubled their advantage, after a ball was not cleared by Brentwood and Ingram’s strike just inside the box was deflected in by Hogan.

The hosts grabbed a third a minute before the break, as Harrison teed the ball up for himself to volley the ball into the top corner – to give Brentwood a monumental task to get back into the game.

In the second half, Needham extended their lead six minutes in as Oliver Mann nodded in at the far post after a miss-timed clearance.

Brentwood now have an even bigger match at home next Saturday against Farnborough who are joint on points with ‘The Blues’.

Needham Market Lineup: 1 Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Brown (73), 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Oliver Fenn (78), 5 Keiran Morphew, 6 Joe Whight, 7 Luke Ingram, 8 Callum Harrison, 9 Oliver Mann, 10 Jay Davies, 11 Jordan Patrick

Substitutes: 12 Kemal Izzet (78), 14 Michael Brothers, 15 Sam Newson, 16 Ian Miller (73), GK Nathan Munson

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman (75), 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe (84), 6 Phillip Anderson, 7 Connor Hogan, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Jamie Guy, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Bradley Nobbs (45)

Substitutes: 12 Ryan Boswell (84), 14 Nicky Symons, 15 Joshua Banton (75), 16 Dwade James (45), 17 Matt Belcher

Attendance: 248

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Bognor Regis Town 1

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Bognor Regis Town continue their rich vein of form, as they move up to second in the table in tricky conditions with a narrow 1-0 victory away to Brentwood Town.

A late second half goal was the difference between the two sides, as Ollie Pearce converted directly from a set piece.

Before kick-off Brentwood announced that caretaker manager George Borg will take charge of ‘The Blues’ on a permanent basis.

Borg made three changes to his side that lost away in the FA Trophy at the weekend. Young Dwade James started in place of Craig Reid, Connor Hogan got his spot ahead of the injured Nicky Symons and Andrew Freeman was preferred to Ollie Bell.

The windy conditions caused all sorts of problems for the visitors, as Brentwood maintained large amounts of possession with the conditions favouring them but could not convert the majority of the pressure into clear cut chances.

Brentwood used the conditions to their advantage and put the ball in the net just after the half hour mark. Mitch Hahn’s low cross squeezed through the defence to the far post, for the unmarked Liam Hope but was ruled out for offside by the linesmen.

‘The Blues’ had to make an early substitute, as Sam Lechmere went down after a 50/50 tackle and had to be stretchered off – to be replaced by Ritchie Jones.

Tom Richardson nearly grabbed the opening goal for Brentwood, after a high ball was not clear by Bognor and he found time to shoot on the turn but his shot went just over the bar – with the keeper at full stretch.

Brentwood continued their dominance, which almost caught the Bognor keeper out as Hahn’s over hit cross nearly found its way in at the far post.

In the second half, Bognor were now in the ascendancy and almost scored 64 minutes in after good play down the left flank was cut inside for James Crane to strike goalwards – inside the box but for a last ditch block by Captain Martyn Stokes.

The away side nearly scored from the corner, as Pearces’ caused Brentwood problems after Hope’s clearance attempt blew goalwards and Guest had to produce a save at full stretch – to deny the visitors as the rebound was fired over.

Brentwood were under constant pressure at the back and were pinned in their own half from the persistent wind and Pearce nearly scored directly from the corner, as it hit the top of the crossbar.

The visitors tested Guest once more from range, as Jason Priors’ shot got a slight deflection but Guest was equal to it with a strong hand to tip it over.

Bognor broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining from the repeat threat at corners, as Pearce’s set piece went straight in at the far post, catching Guest off guard.

In the away sides’ attempt to seal the win substitute Alfie Rutherford’s long range shot skimmed the crossbar, to deny Bognor a second and saw out the final minutes to take all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Tom Richardson, 8 Dwade James, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Dwade James, 11 Sam Lechmere (40)

Substitutes: 12 Ritchie Jones (40), 14 Ollie Bell, 15 Charlie Portway, 16 Matt Belcher 17 Louis Baucutt

Bognor Regis Town: 1 Grant Smith, 2 Harvey Whyte, 3 James Crane, 4 Doug Tuck (76), 5 Sami El-Abd, 6 Craig Robson, 7 Ollie Pearce, 8 Snorre Nilsen, 9 Jason Prior, 10 Chike Kandi (69), 11 Chad Field

Substitutes: 12 Alfie Rutherford (69), 14 Alex Parsons (76), 15 Daryl Wollers, 16 Stuart Green, 17 Dan Beck

Attendance: 88

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