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The Saturday Kickabout - 8th September Results and Round Up

Ryman League Division One North

8th September 2007


Top of the table Blues entertained high flying Ware FC at The Arena in what was to be a tight affair in front of a crowd of 108. The home side took the initiative and dominated for the first twenty five minutes. Eight minutes into the game, Blues' Sean Thomas was fouled just outside the Ware penalty area and Joao Carlos' free kick from the left flank was met by Steve King but his unchallenged header went straight to the Ware keeper.

On twenty minutes, Blues' Lee Noble curled a ball over the defensive Ware wall from the left hand flank after a foul on Carlos Ware 'keeper, Tim Treges, did well to hold onto the ball.Two minutes later, Carlos was again the instigator of a Brentwood thrust when he waltzed past two Ware defenders and fired in a low shot that shaved the base of left hand side post. Noble was threatening in the 26th minute when he chipped in a near perfect pass to Thomas, this time Treges anticipating well and coming quickly off his line to collect the ball.

Two minutes later, Treges misjudged a through ball and left Thomas clear but he cut back to Noble whose shot was wide of the target. Wares influential wide player, Danny Spendlove, cut in and his drive was parried over by Blues' 'keeper Marc Palmer in the 29th minute.In the 30th minute, Ware's John Frendo shot over from the left hand side following an awkward bounce.A minute later and the visitors were pressing and looking the stronger side when Spendlove hit the Blues crossbar after a good passing movement down the Ware left flank. In the 34th minute, clever play through the Ware mid field opened up Blues' defence and Ware's Scott Nielson's header failed to register.

As the game become tense, a three player skirmish evolved and the referee did well to diffuse the situation, although the confrontations boiled over on several occasions. Blues responded with Noble hitting a left foot cross in from the left flank to find Thomas unmarked but his header cleared the cross bar.As half time approached, Brentwood applied more pressure but it was against the run of play that Blues took the lead in the fortieth minute. A long range free kick was hit deep into the Ware penalty area and the Ware 'keeper mishandled the ball giving away a corner. Carlos hit the corner in and Thomas, once again, rose unchallenged and this time his header looped over the Treges and into the back of the net.  In the 44th minute, another Carlos corner was met by Thomas and his low shot was blocked on the line as Blues threatened to increase their lead.As the second half began, Thomas challenged the Treges and the ball ran wide to Jon Whittaker who chipped an effort wide off the target. The ball bounced awkwardly and hit a Ware defender's hand with hopeful calls for a penalty but the referee waved play on.

Blues upped their game when Danny Carroll replaced Whittaker. A move down the right flank in the 69th minute culminated with Thomas shooting wide from a Gary Street cross. However, in the 71st minute, Ware forced a corner from the left and Scott Neilson rose unchallenged to head past Mark Palmer to level the score.

Brentwood's response was immediate. The hard working Noble cut in from the right flank, set up Carroll whose shot hit Treges and it was Thomas, again, who fired the rebound into the back of the net and Blues into a 2-1 lead. A minute later, Carroll latched onto a pass from Thomas and the former saw his shot well held by Treges. Thomas could have added to his tally after controlling the ball well but watched his measured chipped deflected for a corner in the 82nd minute.Ware then staged an onslaught on the Blues defence in the dying minutes but marshalled by Richard Ketchell, Brentwood held on seemingly forever as time added on ticked by.

Manager Steve Witherspoon was very pleased with the result. Blues beat a very good side who will be among the front runners at the end of the season. The three points maintains Brentwood's lead at the top of the Division.

Brentwood Town: Marc Palmer, Steve King, Chris Neville, Richard Ketchell, Terry Scotchner, Gary Street, Danny Dafter, Joao Carlos (Donavon Wilson 82 mins), Sean Thomas, Jon Whittaker (Danny Carroll 58 mins), Lee Noble. Subs not used : Leon Diaczuk, Chris Jenkins, Jimmy Noakes. 

There is now a break from League action as Blues travel to Redbridge on Tuesday (11th September, kick off 7.45pm) for an Isthmian League Cup 1st Round match, and then to Tiptree United next Saturday (15th Sep, 3pm) for an FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round tie.

Blues will start favourites at Tiptree but the Jam Makers are in good form, sitting top of Division One of the Ridgeons Eastern Counties League, and last Saturday they had a 6-1 win over Northampton side Sileby Rangers in the FA Vase.

If Saturday's game finishes in a draw then the replay will be at the Brentwood Centre next Tuesday 18th September, kick off 7.45pm. If there is no replay then Brentwood are due to play a Ryman League North fixture against Bury Town on that night, also at the Brentwood Centre, that is unless Bury Town are themselves involved in an FA Cup replay.

The latest fixture news can be found on the club website: www.brentwoodtownfc.co.uk


Billericay’s unbeaten start to the season ended with a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Harrow Borough at Earlsmead.
The Blues started brightly, with Bradley Woods-Garness forcing Boro ‘keeper Gary Ross to make the first save of the game in the first minute. Harrow had the best early chances. The opening goal came on 28mins when Harrow’s James Bent found Elliott Onochie free on the edge of the box, from where he shot past a diving Billy McMahon to break the deadlock. Elliott Onochie then added a second goal; although he looked offside when he received the ball from Jamie Lawrence, the linesman was in no position to give the decision and Onochie duly capitalised. Billericay’s woes deepened on 36 minutes when Highton crossed from near the corner flag for Rob Swaine to divert the ball into the net at the near post, for an own goal.  By this point Billericay seemed shell-shocked and the home side could have marked up another couple of goals. James Bent went agonisingly close before the half-time whistle came to Billericay’s rescue.

Matt Jones made two half-time substitutions, with Ricky Burbridge and Wayne Semanshia replacing Dave Wareham and Rob Swaine. Ricky Burbridge’s aerial threat almost paid dividends when he headed towards goal forcing Ross to make a rare save. As the second half progressed Billericay became increasing frustrated. Lee Hodges replaced Abbott and managed some neat touches but Billericay never looked likely to get back into the game.

Harrow played like a team enjoying themselves and could have added to their comfortable tally on numerous occasions, the most dramatic being when McMahon blocked a point blank shot from James Bent. In the final minutes Billericay managed a consolation goal when Woods-Garness crossed in from the right for Leon Hunter to head into the top of the net. However it proved to be too little too late. Harrow deserved their comfortable win against a seemingly out-of-sorts Billericay team.

McMahon, McSweeney Heffer, Swaine (Semanshia) Kerrigan Abbott (Hodges), Hunter, Dormer, Wareham (Burbridge) Woods-Garness, Flack

Andy Richardson www.billericaytownfc.co.uk

EURO 2008 Games 8th September Results

A Azerbaijan against Armenia - cancelled
A Serbia V Finland  8:15 KO 0-0
A Portugal V Poland 9:00 KO 2-2

B Scotland v Lithuania 15:00  3-1
B Georgia v Ukraine 19:00 1-1
B Italy v France 20:50 0-0

C Hungary v Bosnia-Herzegovina 16:00 1-0
C Malta v Turkey 19:30 2-2
C Moldova v Norway 21:00 0-1

D Wales v  Germany 19:30 0-2
D San Marino v Czech Republic 20:15 0-3
D Slovakia v Republic of Ireland 20:30 2-2

E England v Israel 17:00 3-0E Russia 19:00 F.Y.R. Macedonia 3-0
E Croatia 20:30 Estonia 2-0

F Latvia 19:15 Northern Ireland 1-0
F Iceland 20:00 Spain 1-1
F Sweden 20:30 Denmark 0-0

G Luxembourg 17:00 Slovenia 0-3
G Belarus 19:00 Romania 1-3
G Netherlands 20:30 Bulgaria 2-0

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