Brentwood Town gained their first win in five league games after a comfortable 2-0 away victory over bottom of the table VCD Athletic.
Two second half goals sealed the three points for Brentwood, Sam Lechmere with the opener shortly after the break with a powerful strike. Defender Ryan O’Rawe extended Brentwood’s advantage with a header from a set piece.
Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his lineup that won 2-0 at home to Aylesbury in the FA Trophy Replay on Tuesday. Liam Hope moves to the bench as Shad Ngandu returns from injury, Jamie Guy is preferred to Laurence Vaughan and Sam Lechmere is in place of Tom Richardson.
The home side had to make an unexpected change before the start of play, as VCD goalkeeper Charlie Thomas was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by outfield player Ashley Probets
VCD nearly opened the scoring six minutes in as Nigel Neita’s cross was met by Donovan Simmonds but his header went just wide.
Brentwood struggled to turn possession into chances, but a free-kick from Mitch Hahn was whipped in and headed goalwards by Ryan O’Rawe but was comfortably saved by Ashley Probets.
Mark Nwokeji for ‘The Vickers’ has a shot on the edge of the box, which was straight at Guest.
In the second half, Hahn went for glory from just inside the VCD half and looked to be heading wide but swerved back and come back off the far post. Hahn shortly after had another vicious shot from a tight angle which was parried by Probets.
Brentwood broke the deadlock 52 minutes in, as a long throw by Hahn was not cleared by VCD and came to the edge of the box for Lechmere to fire his shot in – giving the keeper no chance.
‘The Blues’ doubled their lead as Andy Freeman’s corner was whipped into the danger area, which O’Rawe met at the far post to head past Probets.
VCD made a change in keepers, as Probets moved into outfield and Rob Budd was introduced in goal in place of Richie Graham.
The home side nearly got back into the match, as Davidson Tejaiye had a shot from the edge of the box but was parried away by Guest.
Brentwood almost got a third, as Hahn’s low ball across the box came to substitute Jordan Holdsworth at the far post but the defender did enough to force his shot wide and held on for the vital win.
VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Ashley Probets, 2 Frantz Tchonang, 3 Aaron Wickam, 4 Mark Nwokeji (69), 5 Joseph Bruce, 6 Ricardo Joseph, 7 Richie Graham (64), 8 Davidson Tejaiye, 9 Nigel Neita, 10 Donovan Simmonds, 11 Kojo Awotwi
Substitutes: 12 Lheureux Meuga (69), 15 Harry Brickwood, 16 Mathias Bakare, 17 Rob Budd (64)
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu (82), 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy (88), 11 Sam Lechmere (71)
Substitutes: 12 Laurence Vaughan (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth (82), 15 Liam Hope (71), 16 Charlie Portway, 17 Connor Hogan
Brentwood Town picked up their first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory against VCD Athletic at the Brentwood Arena.
Two first half goals were the difference between both sides as Ryan O’Rawe sublime strike gave Brentwood the lead. Shad Ngandu doubled Brentwood’s start with a second after great intricate play in the box was tucked away by Ngandu.
Brentwood now move out of the relegation zone (22nd) and move up to 17th in the table.
The visitors almost scored in the opening minute as Alex Teniola turned Ryan O’Rawe and his shot stung the hands of Martyn Guest, to be cleared from danger.
Brentwood took the lead 13 minutes in as a cross field ball from Richie Jones out wide to Ryan O’Rawe. The centre back brought the ball down and bent the shot from just outside the box into the far corner.
Jack Stevenson broke for VCD and slotted in Loick Pires who was through on goal but Guest got a strong right hand, to divert it for a corner.
A long throw for Brentwood nearly double their lead, as Mitch Hahn’s effective throw was met by O’Rawe which was well-saved down low by Rob Budd to his right, for a corner.
Brentwood doubled their lead just after the half hour mark as Ngandu popped the ball to Liam Hope on the edge of the box, who slotted the ball into the space inside the box for Ngandu to tuck home past Budd.
Early in the second half Robbie Rees took his man on and got fortunate as he went past him and his shot at a tight angle was parried by Budd.
‘The Blues’ almost extended their lead as Mitch Hahn was given space out wide, which he put a dangerous low ball across the box which Hope was denied an almost certain goal with a last ditch clearance from Lewis Tozer.
The home side had a dangerous free kick after substitute Daryl Robson was brought down on edge of the box and Hahn stepped up and curled it round the wall but was palmed away by Budd.
Brentwood held off the final remaining pressure from VCD to seal their first win of the season. ‘The Blues’ will go into the Robert Dyas League Cup action on Tuesday at home to Enfield Town.
Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (58), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Joshua Banton, 7 Leon Gordon (64), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope (84), 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees
Not in Squad: Tom Richardson (Knee), Ade Cole, Sherwin Stanley
Substitutes: 12 Jordan Holdsworth (84), 14 Sam Cross (58), 15 Daryl Robson (64), 16 Andrew Freeman, 17 Tarkan Mustafa
VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Robb Budd, 2 Mathias Bakare, 3 Ashley Probets (50), 4 Max Fitzgerald (65), 5 Lewis Tozer, 6 Richardo Joseph, 7 Aaron Wickham, 8 Richie Graham, 9 Loick Pires, 10 Jack Stevenson, 11 Alex Teniola (55)
Substitutes: 12 Leon Fisher (65), 14 Niko Muir (55), 15 Adem Ramadam, 16 Paul King (50), 17 Giannoulis Frankinos