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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

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

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

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

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 Harrow Borough 1

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Brentwood Town move closer to survival in the Ryman Premier with three vital points at home, after a 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough at the Brentwood Arena.

‘The Blues’ claimed their first win at home in the league since late September, as Robbie Rees grabbed his brace either side of the break.

Although there was a late scare for the hosts, as Harrow centre-back David Taylor converted in injury-time but Brentwood held strong to secure the three points.  

Mike Flanagan makes three changes to his side that drew 1-1 away at Burgess Hill Town, as Joshua Banton was replaced by Sam Collins for his debut on loan from Concord Rangers. Midfielders Mitch Hahn and Bradley Nobbs had been rested, as Marcus Milner and Petrit Elbi were preferred choices.

Brentwood had the first chance of the match, as Robbie Rees’ free-kick on the edge of the box was fired in low but was palmed away by Joe Mcdonnell.

Richardson almost gave ‘The Blues’ the lead, as he shook off the Harrow defender and with Mcdonnell off his line attempted the shot which looped just wide.

The home side took the lead shortly after, as Andrew Freeman beat his man down the left to progress and smartly cut the ball to the edge of the box for the on running Rees to fire into the far post.

Harrow nearly equalised on the counter-attack, as Elbi’s went down in the Harrow box which the visitors broke through Fekiri Okerabirhie whose shot went just wide.

Brentwood were close to a second, as Rees slotted in Richardson to burst goalwards and his shot was saved at the legs of McDonnell.

Harrow then went down the other end and almost punished the home side, as Jack Waldren’s cross was lifted goal bound by Marc Charles-Smith, which was helped onto the crossbar and then collected by Bowles.

In the second half, ‘The Blues’ doubled their advantage eight minutes in, as a long ball over the top by Elbi was chased down by Richardson who squared it to Rees to coolly slot home.

Harrow’s night went from bad to worse, as first half substitute Shaun Preddie had to leave the field due to injury and was replace by Joshua Webb.

Brentwood almost put the game to bed just after the hour mark, as Freeman looped a ball into the box for Richardson whose half volley went just wide.

Rees very nearly grabbed his hat-trick, as a lifted ball by Collins into the path of Richardson broke for him, which he then laid off to Rees as his curling effort bent just outside the post.

Harrow almost gave themselves a lifeline, as the ball fell to Spencer McCall whose shot inside the box was parried around the post by Bowles.

Richardson was put through on goal with just McDonnell to beat and tried to lift it over him but put it over the bar, which would have sealed the three points.

Borough grabbed a late consolation in injury time, after a high back post header was nodded back into the six-yard box which was spilled by Bowles and drilled in by Taylor.

Brentwood held on to secure the win and move up to 21st in the table, just five points off survival with five games in hand, as they now look to face local rivals Billericay at the weekend.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Petrit Elbi, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Joshua Banton, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley

Harrow Borough Lineup: 1 Joe McDonnell, 2 Josh Webb, 3 Jack Waldren, 4 David Taylor, 5 Michael Peacock (45), 6 Tom Wilment, 7 Spencer McCall (61), 8 Mark Mcleod, 9 Marc Charles-Smith ©, 10 Lewis Driver, 11 Fejiri Okerabirhie

Substitutes: 12 Michael Bryan, 14 Harry Newman (61), 15 Joshua Webb (59), 16 Shaun Preddie (45) (59), 13 Brendan Hazlett

Attendance: 81

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 Harrow Borough 1

Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Leiston FC 2

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Brentwood Town’s four game unbeaten run comes to an end and halts their survival chase, after a 2-0 home defeat to Leiston at the Arena.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half but in the second half Billy Clark slotted in from close range to give the visitors the lead.

Leiston had lost their previous four matches and as Brentwood pushed for an equaliser the away side got the second in injury time from a deflected Clark shot.

Mike Flanagan made two changes to his side that drew 3-3 at home to Canvey Island, as Bradley Nobbs starts in place of the injured Lewis Knight and Shad Ngandu is preferred to Mitch Hahn.

Marcus Milner returned to ‘The Blues’ from Cheshunt and made the bench for the home side.

With just five minutes on the clock, Brentwood almost took the lead as Robbie Rees’ corner was whipped in and came back off the crossbar but was cleared from danger.

Leiston had a half chance shortly after, as Kelsey Trotter took on a strike from a loose ball but was comfortable for Ollie Bowles.

Brentwood nearly broke the deadlock 38 minutes in, from quick play by Bowles up field for Tom Richardson and Robbie Rees. The ball eventually fell to Andrew Freeman at the far post but his drilled shot across the six-yard box could not be turned in.

The visitors still made their attacking threat known, after a high ball into the box by Stuart Boardley was won by Leon Ottley-Gooch beating Bowles to the ball but his header went wide.

In the second half, Leiston grabbed the lead just after the hour mark, as Louis Baucutt was dispossessed by Ottley-Gooch who whipped it across the box and was tucked away by Clark at the far post.

Brentwood nearly got the leveller through Shad Ngandu, as the ball broke to him just inside the box he cut back inside and his shot was well held by Ashlee Jones.

‘The Blues’ pushed for the equaliser, which did not come and Leiston doubled their lead in injury time, as Clark’s shot took a wicked deflection off the Brentwood defender and crept in the near post to seal the three points.

Brentwood remain 22nd eight points off safety with six games in hand, facing third placed Dulwich Hamlet at the Arena on Saturday.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 18 Shad Ngandu, 7 Bradley Nobbs (77), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Marcus Milner (77), 15 Chris Manangu, 16 Joshua Banton, 17 Dwade James

Leiston Lineup: 1 Ashlee Jones, 2 Jack Ainsley, 3 Stuart Boardley, 4 Toby Kerslake, 5 Joe Jefford, 6 Tom Bullard ©, 7 Jack Baker, 8 Kelsey Trotter, 9 Leon Ottley-Gooch, 10 Tom Winter, 11 Billy Clark

Substitutes: 12 Christy Finch, 13 Alex Rossis, 14 Will Oxbrow, 15 Aaron Thurlow, 16 Gareth Heath

Attendance: 98

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Ryman League Premier: Mersham 1 Brentwood Town 3

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Brentwood Town claimed their first win of 2016 to keep their survival bid in the Ryman Premier alive, after a 3-1 away victory at Mersham.

The home side took the lead early in the second half, as Antone Douglas scored from close range.

Brentwood responded with the leveller shortly after, as Lewis Knight nodded in for his first goal for the club.

‘The Blues’ then got themselves infront, as second half substitute Leon Gordon put his strike away from close range.

The visitors sealed the points in injury time, as Tom Richardson slotted in to give Brentwood their first win since November.

Mike Flanagan names an unchanged starting 11 that gained a 1-1 home draw against Burgess Hill Town last weekend, with the added boost of Leon Gordon as he returned from injury to make the bench.

Brentwood had the first meaningful shot of the match 22 minutes in, after good work from Andrew Freeman in a tight situation out wide – he then lifted a deep ball into the box for Robbie Rees’ shot on the volley to be held by Josh Smith.

‘The Blues’ had another chance from a set piece this time, as Mitch Hahn’s corner was whipped in for Captain Martyn Stokes to head just wide, as it clipped the post.

Mersham showed their attacking threat, as Captain Fabio Saraiva slotted it into Tom Kavanagh whose snap shot was straight at Ollie Bowles.

In the second half, the home side took the lead 58 minutes in as Saraiva’s in swinging free-kick was not cleared from Brentwood and was tucked in by Douglas at the far post.

Brentwood responded with a set piece of their own, as Hahn’s free-kick was whipped in goalwards and diverted by Knight to evade the keeper Smith to equalise.

‘The Blues’ went on to take the lead shortly after, as Richardson wriggled into the box and managed to find Rees who flicked it to substitute Gordon coming in from the right to fire in.

The away side almost extended their advantage, as Richardson again caused havoc out wide and played in Freeman on the overlap to find Rees whose shot went narrowly wide.

Mersham nearly scored with a couples of minutes remaining of normal time, as Savaiva’s whipped in ball was headed just wide by substitute Ellis Brown.

Brentwood then secured the three points on the stroke of 90 minutes, from a long ball by Bowles which was flicked on to put in Richardson who coolly finish from a tight angle to push the away side up 21st.

Mersham Lineup: 1 Josh Smith, 2 Michael Abnett, 3 Issac Nehemie, 4 Antone Douglas, 5 Tutu Henriques, 6 Kershanly Samuels (80), 7 Aaron Hopkinson (62), 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Callum Willock, 10 Fabio Saraiva ©, 11 Aaron Rhule (62)

Substitutes: 12 Charlie Penny (62), 14 Ellis Brown (62), 15 Simon Cooper, 16 Landre Azeez (64), 17 Yannick Makiese

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 5, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu (64), 18 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andy Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Petrit Elbi, 14 Leon Gordon (64), 15 Chris Manangu, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley

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Ryman Premier League: Brentwood Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 1

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Brentwood Town were denied their first win since November by a late equaliser from Burgess Hill Town’s Joe Keehan in their 1-1 draw at the Brentwood Arena.

Robbie Rees gave ‘The Blues’ the lead early in the second half, with his diving header in Brentwood’s first home game of 2016.

Burgess Hill got a last minute leveller from a set piece, to snatch a point and stun the home side and deny them what would have been a vital win in their survival bid.

Mike Flanagan made two changes to his side that grabbed an away draw against local rivals Billericay, as Captain Martyn Stokes returned from injury in place of Connor Hogan and Robbie Rees was chosen ahead of Petrit Elbi.

Burgess Hill had the first shot of the match 11 minutes in, as Lee Harding’s strike from just outside the box was saved by Ollie Bowles and collected at the second attempt.

In the second half, the visitors had a great chance to lead as Captain Darren Budd had a shot from close range, which was stopped by Bowles.

Brentwood lost the ball from the broken down corner, which worked its way to Sam Gargan on the edge of the box, whose shot was kept out by a great save from Bowles at full stretch.

The hosts broke the deadlock, just before the hour mark after good work from Brentwood, Tom Richardson managed to find a yard and whipped in a cross for Rees to head home.

Burgess Hill went straight in search of the leveller as Harding’s shot was parried for a corner by Bowles. From the resulting corner, Dan Pearce whipped in a deep cross for Harding to meet again at the far post, which Bowles had to help onto the bar and Ryan O’Rawe finally cleared the danger.

The away side nearly equalised, as the ball broke to Budd and his vicious strike had to be turned over the bar again by Bowles to deny the visitors.

Brentwood hit Burgess Hill on the counter-attack, with great work from substitute Petrit Elbi and Richardson whose shot was well held by Josh James.

The visitors got a late equaliser in injury time, as Pearce’s corner was put in to the back post for first half substitute Joe Keehan to nod in – to deny the host all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Mitch Hahn (79), 9 Tom Richardson (87), 10 Robbie Rees (80), 11 Andy Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Connor Hogan (79), 14 Petrit Elbi (80), 15 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Chris Manangu (87), 17 Sherwin Stanley

Burgess Hill Town Lineup: 1 Josh James, 2 Toby Pointing, 3 Sam Fisk, 4 Darren Budd ©, 5 Andy Pearson (24), 6 Will Miles, 7 Dan Pearce, 8 Pat Harding (77), 9 Sam Gargan, 10 Chris Smith (85), 11 Lee Harding

Substitutes: 12 Joe Keehan (24), 14 Scott Kirkwood, 15 Jack Rowe-Hurst (77), 16 Cam Wiltshire (85)

Attendance: 154

Ryman League Premier: Billericay Town 1 Brentwood Town 1

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Billericay Town extended their unbeaten league run to 15 games, after a 1-1 draw against local strugglers Brentwood Town at New Lodge.

Brentwood gained their first and vital point of the New Year courtesy of Captain Ryan O’Rawe in the first half to the local neighbours the lead.

Billericay finally broke down the Brentwood defence in the second half, through Teddy Nesbitt to continue their playoff push.

Mike Flanagan brought in three new signings for Brentwood who all featured, as Ollie Bowles returned in between the sticks on loan from Concord Rangers. Lewis Knight cames in to sure up the defence from Chatham Town and Petrit Elbi from Aveley to strengthen ‘The Blues’ at the other end.

Craig Edwards had an introduction of his own, as he brought in Jordan Cox from Braintree Town to add to Billericay’s strike force.

Billericay almost broke the deadlock 15 minutes in, as Connor Hubble’s strike from outside the box was heading goalwards but for Ryan O’Rawe to direct it over the bar.

The home side should have taken the lead 25 minutes in, as Billericay’s new signing Cox was put through on goal but his shot on the edge of the box went just wide.

Brentwood took the lead on the half hour mark, as Mitch Hahn’s free kick came back off the post and into the path of O’Rawe who tapped in the rebound from close range.

In the second half, Billericay equalised on the hour mark, as Quentin Monville did well to keep the ball in and whipped a deep ball into the box – which was not dealt with by Bowles to fall to Nesbitt at the far post to fire home.

Brentwood threatened through Elbi’s flick on for Tom Richardson, who burst goal bound cut back inside for his shot which went wide.

Billericay could have snatched the three points at the death in injury time, as substitute Glen Poole’s corner went through everyone in the six-yard box and Brentwood cleared – to hold on for an important point.

Billericay Lineup: 1 Jack Giddens, 2 Ibrahim Diallo, 3 Alex Stephenson, 4 Connor Hubble, 5 Joe Ellul, 6 George Beavan, 7 Quentin Monville, 8 Frankie Curley © (81), 9 Jordan Cox, 10 Tom Derry (67), 11 Teddy Nesbitt

Substitutes: 12 Hafeez Sanusi, 14 Onome Sodje (67), 15 Glenn Poole (81), 16 Cliff Akurang

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Andrew Freeman (85), 8 Mitch Hahn (87), 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Petrit Elbi (68), 11 Shad Ngandu

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (68), 14 Robbie Rees (85), 15 Bradley Nobbs (87), 16 Joshua Banton, 17 Chris Manangu 

Attendance: 551

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