Three successive league wins for Brentwood
Brentwood chalked up their third successive league win with another strong home performance at the Brentwood Arena on Tuesday.
Blues Manager Tony Ievoli named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that beat Waltham Abbey on Saturday and, after a closely fought first half, saw his team dominate the second period, establishing a commanding 4-1 lead by the 65th minute.
Bowers, who have made a good start to their first Ryman League season, started strongly with James Thomas having a couple of chances and Brentwood keeper Ronnie Yates saving from Ben Sartain.
But Blues took the lead with a fine strike from their leader scorer Lamar Reynolds (pictured) in the 27th minute. However, it took only six minutes before Brad Warner slotted in an equaliser for the visitors.
It looked as though the teams would go in all square at half time but Blues took the lead in stoppage time, Reynolds again, this time from the penalty spot, for his fourteenth goal of the season.
It was 3-1 in the 57th minute, Andy Greenslade’s header from Arthur Goncalves’ cross to complete an excellent 16-pass move.
Shad Ngandu then got on the scoresheet shooting home from fifteen yards and Brentwood threatened to extend their lead as they dominated for much of the rest of the match, despite Alfie Hilton scoring a 90th minute consolation goal for Bowers.
Brentwood Town: Yates, Goncalves, Sampayo, Owusu, Alexander, Burgess, Milner (Adlington 74), Greenslade, Freeman (Foster 85), Ngandu (Rowe 75), Reynolds.
Tony Ievoli writes before tonight's match with Bowers
On Saturday we were back in league action as we hosted Waltham Abbey. Whilst we were without a league game on Tuesday, our guests entertained play-off hopefuls Aveley and ran out 1-0 winners. In doing so, they leapfrogged us in the league table. So it was important to get something from the game but more importantly we needed to get our performance levels back up to what we showed last Tuesday, when we deservedly overcame VCD Athletic with that last minute winner.
The treatment room is slowly emptying and although we are still missing some key individuals, I am really pleased to see other players working extremely hard to fill their void and deliver good performances. I have to remind myself that there was no squad left at the end of last season with only three players returning. However, we are starting to see the squad ‘gel’ and with that a good team spirit is developing.
To say that Saturday’s game started frantically is an understatement! We didn’t get off to the best of starts as our opponents struck the first blow with the opening goal after just three minutes. Our response was fantastic and on 6 minutes Lamar Reynolds was fouled in the box and he dispatched the resulting spot-kick with real aplomb. Only another minute had passed when it was goal number three, as a fine move, down the right, was finished off, at the far post, by that man again Reynolds as we edged our noses in front 2-1. We then had two very good chances to make it 3-1 but couldn’t take them. On 21 minutes our hosts did take their chance to score and equalised. The game was end-to-end but the half ended all square at 2-2. After the interval our hosts started well with a couple forcing a couple of corners and having a long effort graze the top of the bar. From around 55 minutes we started to take control and our quick passing and pace was causing problems for our opponents. On 66 minutes anther great move involving Andy Freeman and Lamar Reynolds was this time finished off at the far post by Marcus Milner. We created several good opportunities to extend our lead, whilst being able to keep our defence much tighter than in the first half. Chances fell to Reynolds, Freeman & Milner but we just couldn’t capitalise on our dominance. So no last minute winner this time but Milner’s finish was good enough to seal the points and give us two league wins in succession.
Tonight we host Bowers & Pitsea, who defeated us 2-0, in the reverse fixture, early August. They have made a great start to life in the Ryman after their promotion, but we will be doing everything we can to avenge that result and keep our winning run going.
I’m convinced that our supporters really played a part in driving us on in that second half on Saturday. You really were the twelfth man!
Enjoy the game… COYB!
Marcus goal seals win over Waltham Abbey
Brentwood recorded their second successive Ryman North win after a closely-fought match with Waltham Abbey at The Arena on Saturday.
The two teams kicked off level on points in the league and there was an exciting start to the game with three goals in the first seven minutes. Michael Spencer headed the Abbotts ahead in the third minute but Lamar Reynolds equalised from the penalty spot in the sixth minute after he had been fouled in the area.
Within a minute Reynolds scored again, converting from close range at the far post.
It was 2-2 by the 21st minute after a good break by the visitors. Romaric Logon’s shot was stopped by Blues keeper Ronnie Yates but Darrelle Russell was on hand to score.
Brentwood soon had a chance to regain the lead but Shad Ngandu could not quite convert a loose ball after a good run and shot by Andy Freeman from the right wing.
Reynolds went close to a hat-trick either side of half time and Abbey’s Gregory Moorse clipped the crossbar in the 57th minute, but the visitors goal threat decreased as the second half progressed.
Blues introduced new signing from Tower Hamlets, O’Neal Rowe, and he soon made an impact, threading a perfect through pass for Reynolds who was denied by Abbey keeper Lewis Lockyer.
Marcus Milner (pictured) scored the winner in the 66th minute, following in to score after Freeman’s shot had been saved by Lockyer. Brentwood threatened to increase their lead and Reynolds had a good effort in stoppage time well saved by Lockyer.
Brentwood Town: Yates, Goncalves, Sampayo, Owusu, Alexander, Burgess, Milner, Greenslade, Freeman, Ngandu (Rowe 54), Reynolds.
Supreme Soccer U8s acted as ball boys for our fixture last Saturday against Waltham Abbey and they are pictured here with the first team squad after the match.
BRENTWOOD TOWN MANAGER TONY IEVOLI WRITES. . . . .
Last Saturday we were in FA Trophy action, as we hosted Marlow, from the Evo-Stik Southern League. They were in 8th position and we knew that they would provide us with a stern test.
Our injury list had slightly improved as we welcomed two more back from the treatment table, with a further five still missing, but they could only get a place on the bench due to not being ready to start a game at this time. We started reasonably well and during the opening exchanges it was fair to say that we enjoyed more of the ball than our opponents. However, in a five-minute period we didn’t defend particularly well and the visitors opened the scoring from a defensive misjudgement.
This lifted our opponents and they now had more of a ‘spring’ in their step. Unfortunately for us we made another defensive error that led to a penalty being conceded right on half-time to see us go 2-0 down. After the interval, we came out with a bit more purpose and other than a couple of early corners we starting to dictate matters and really took the game to Marlow. Eventually our pressure told and Andy Greenslade grabbed one back with just over 15 minutes remaining. It’s fair to say that although we did take the game to our visitors, for the whole of the 2nd half, we just lacked that creativity on the day and there was no last minute excitement this time, as we were edged out 2-1.
On Tuesday we played a friendly at Stansted FC. The main aim of which was two-fold; maintaining/improving match fitness for some and an opportunity for me to have a better look at some of the player’s trialling with us. The match served its purpose and was a good workout.
On Saturday, we’re back in League action as we entertain Waltham Abbey, another club who have been able to attract more quality players this season. Their win on Tuesday night has seen them leapfrog us in the table. We have shown that we are capable of beating anyone. All we need to do now is show a little more care in certain key areas of the pitch, in order to help us achieve better results. I’m sure we can count on all of our supporters, including the famous ‘Bell End’, to lift the boys like you always do!
Due to Thurrock FC's Essex Senior Cup tie being scheduled for Tuesday 11th October, our Ryman North fixture at Thurrock, originally scheduled for that date, has been rearranged for Tuesday 15th November.
Another rearranged league fixture is our away match at Wroxham. Due to Wroxham having an FA trophy match on Saturday 29th October, our visit has been moved to Tuesday 1st November.
In the Essex Senior Cup, Brentwood Town are at home to Harlow Town on Tuesday 8th November.
Shad passes 100
Before Saturday's FA Trophy match at home to Marlow, manager Tony Ievoli presented Shad Ngandu a trophy to mark his having passed 100 1st team appearances for Brentwood Town.
Photos by David Tinkler