Venue - Len Salmon Stadium
Brentwood Town 1. Dan Mulrooney, 2. Brendan Cavalier, 3. Ben Sampayo, 4. Sam Owusu (C), 5. Billy Rees, 6. Jake Alexander, 7. Andy Greenslade (sub 14, Mathias Bakere), 8. Matt Hall (sub Reece Cosson), 9. Charlie Georgiou (Sub Zatos Zeqeri), 10. Lamar Reynolds, 11. Andrew Freeman
Brentwood travelled to Bowers and Pitsea on Tuesday night for the first league meeting between the two sides in almost a decade. The home side were promoted to the Ryman League Division One North last season after winning the Essex Senior League.
Tony Ievoli made a number of changes to the team that started the game at the weekend, giving debuts to: Billy Rees, Jake Alexander, Matt Hall and Lamar Reynolds. The changes seemed to be working dividends as The Blues retained the majority of possession in the first half and got into a number of promising positions.
Despite all the possession it was two balls into the box in the first half which served to be our undoing in the match. Bowers and Pitsea were awarded a free-kick in the 30th minute which was crossed in from the left-hand side and headed in from Luke Wilson. Brentwood responded strongly however a corner awarded to Bowers three-minutes before the break was subsequently headed in by Aaron Walters to make it two nil to the home side before half time. There was still time before the break to create opportunities including a shot from Andy Greenslade that went over the bar from a short distance. Even more drama was to follow before half time where the home side were reduced to 10 men with James Stevens being sent off. Brentwood came out strongly in the second half but a very good defensive effort from Bowers and Pitsea reduced the number of opportunities The Blues were able to create.
The Brentwood faithful travelled in a good number to the Len Salmon Stadium and will have been encouraged by the efforts of the side. Tony Ievoli's side will now take a break from league action and focus attention to The Emirates FA Cup where we face Tilbury at home.