Brentwood Town have just completed a hectic programme of three Bostik North fixtures in five days, with mixed results, and face a continuation of the gruelling end of season programme next week when they have four more matches in seven days.
Tuesday 20th March
BRENTWOOD TOWN 7 – 1 MILDENHALL TOWN
Due to continuing doubts about the Brentwood playing surface, this match, which was originally scheduled for Thursday 22nd at the Brentwood Arena, was hurriedly rearranged for Tuesday at Aveley FC. Blues certainly adapted very well to the 3G surface and produced some excellent passing football scoring some excellent goals.
Luke Foster completed a remarkable hat-trick in the first 28 minutes, Alfie Hilton scored another in the 37th minute before Jake Chambers-Shaw reduced the arrears with a fine strike only for Harry Gibbs to make it 5-1 at half-time to Brentwood.
Harry Cuthbert notched his first goal for Blues eleven minutes after the restart and Mildenhall’s misery was completed by a late own goal by defender Joshua Curry.
Thursday 22nd March
BRENTWOOD TOWN 1 – 2 AVELEY
A 94th minute goal by Millers sub Max Bradford gave the visitors a dramatic win at the Brentwood Arena. This match had originally been scheduled for the Tuesday earlier in the week but was moved to the Thursday by which time the Arena pitch had improved considerably.
Harry Gibbs got his second goal in three days to give Blues the lead with a 27th minute header to complete a good move constructed by Tony Stokes and Harry Cuthbert. Stokes was unlucky to see his shot hit the Aveley crossbar a few minutes later before ex-Blues forward Tom Richardson equalised for the visitors in the 34th minute.
It looked as though it would be a point apiece until some late pressure from Aveley resulted in Bradford forcing home a late winner.
Saturday 24th March
CHESHUNT 2 – 0 BRENTWOOD TOWN
The busy schedule of matches seemed to be catching up with Brentwood on Saturday as they succumbed to a strong Cheshunt side at Theobalds Lane.
Two second half goals by veteran striker Jason Hallett in the 64th and 73rd minutes earned the Ambers the points. Hallett should have put hi team ahead in the first half, but he wasted a penalty kick by shooting well over the crossbar.
Blues now face another busy week with three home games next week, plus a visit to Witham on Easter Saturday. Fixtures:
Tuesday 27th March – Tilbury (Home), 7.45pm.
Thursday 29th March – Grays Athletic (Home), 7.45pm.
Saturday 31st March – Witham Town (Away), 3pm.
Easter Monday 2nd April – AFC Hornchurch (Home), 3pm.