Brentwood hit back in second half to take a point

Tuesday 21st September


Brentwood retrieved a two-goal half-time deficit to earn a deserved point at Thurrock FC on Tuesday. It was another entertaining end-to-end match with chances for both sides to win the match right up to the final whistle but in the end a draw was a fair result.

Brentwood were up against it from the eighth minute when Ryan Boswell’s cross from the right found Will Green who had time to pick his spot and put the home side ahead.

Chinedu McKenzie had a chance to increase the lead but he shot wide from a good position and it was McKenzie who made it 2-0 with Boro’s second goal in the 34th minute, showing some smart footwork and rounding Lewis Moore to score.

Brentwood did have some good attacks in the first half and threatened to score from free kicks, Joe Oseyemi heading wide and Lamar Reynolds forcing a good save from home keeper Callum Chafer.

Four minutes into the second half, Brentwood reduced the arrears when Marcus Milner crossed from the right and Reynolds scored his first of the night.

McKenzie had a chance to restore Boro’s two-goal lead but Lewis Moore smothered the shot and Brentwood began creating a lot chances, Oseyemi heading over from a Shad Ngandu corner and Andy Freeman and Ngandu having good opportunities to score.

It was Freeman who set up the equaliser in the 63rd minute with a fine run down the left before setting up Reynolds to hit his second goal of the match and his eighth of the season for Brentwood.

Moore saved well again from Green but it was the visitors that went closest to grabbing a winner with Reynolds having three chances to complete a hat-trick. After an excellent Brentwood build-up, Reynolds shot straight at Chafer and the forward had two more opportunities in stoppage time. First, Ngandu found Milner whose fierce shot was blocked by Chafer and the ball ran just behind Reynolds who was unable to force it home. Then in the dying seconds, Reynolds shot just wide of the far post from the left of the goal.

Brentwood Town: Moore, Cavalier, Sampayo, Owusu, Oseyemi (Goncalves 75), Rees, Milner, Ngandu, C. Georgiou (Hall 71), Reynolds, Freeman.

Blues beaten by late Bury Town goal

Saturday 24th September

By Martin Voller and Ken Hobbs

Ollie Canfer headed in an 89th minute winner as Bury Town edged past Brentwood at The Arena on Saturday.

Blues had to make an enforced change after goalkeeper Lewis Moore had moved on to Canvey Island during the week so there was a debut for another young keeper, James Macree, who made a good impression with some confident handling.

Bury Town, who have lost just once in the league this season, moved up to second place in the Ryman North table following this win but they must have considered themselves somewhat fortunate to leave the Arena with all three points.

Tony Ievoli's Brentwood were the better side in the first half. Captain Sam Owusu clipped the post with a looping cross before winger Andy Freeman had a shot cleared off the line.

Nick Ingram created Bury’s best chance of the half but Luke Reed blazed it over from close range.

Brentwood’s danger man Lamar Reynolds had a free-kick tipped around the post and was denied a further two times after linking up well with Shad Ngandu.

Canfer kept Brentwood on their toes with a couple of earlier chances before eventually breaking the deadlock with a minute to go, towering above the defence to convert Remi Garrett’s pin-point delivery.

Ievoli told local radio station Phoenix FM: “Football can sometimes be very cruel. We did so many things well today and the result was not a reflection of the way the game went. We are on the right track and we will stick with it and keep learning”.

Brentwood Town: Macree, Cavalier, Sampayo, Owusu (Hall 71), Goncalves, Burgess, Milner, Ngandu, C. Georgiou (Oseyemi 90), Reynolds, Freeman.

Blues beaten in classic game of two halves

Saturday 17th September

In a classic game of two halves, Great Wakering came from behind to take the points with both their goals scored by two of five former Town players in the visitors starting line-up.

After Brentwood had dominated the first half, but with only a one-goal lead to show for their efforts, Wakering turned the game on its head with two goals in, in the 50th and 56th minute through Josh Banton and Leon Gordon.

Brentwood had created a lot of chances in the first half. In the ninth minute Lamar Reynolds played in Charlie Georgiou whose shot hit the outside of the post.

Reynolds himself then got clear but he was blocked home Rovers keeper Matt Belcher, who had a brief spell with Blues last season. Belcher then saved well again from a deflected shot by Andy Freeman who had cleverly found space on the left of the penalty area.

Matt Hall’s dipping shot hit the crossbar before the Blues deservedly went ahead in the 38th minute when Georgiou turned well and shot home.

Banton equalised early in the second half when he found himself clear in the penalty area. Blues keeper blocked the initial shot but the ball rebounded of Banton into the net. Six minute later Leon Gordon put his team ahead with a deft touch from a corner.

Brentwood Town: Moore, Cavalier, Sampayo, Owusu, Goncalves, Alexander (Rees 75), Milner (Bakare 75), Hall C. Georgiou, Reynolds, Freeman.

Blues out of Alan Turvey Cup after home defeat by Ware

Tuesday 13th September


After four consecutive league matches away from home, Brentwood returned to the Arena on Tuesday night to host Ware in the 1st round of the Alan Turvey Trophy (Isthmian League Cup). Blues took a 31st minute lead when Ware defender Murat Karagul bizarrely scored an own goal heading a cross into the top corner of the goal giving his keeper Kyle Forster no chance. 

Josh Oyibo equalised seven minutes later and it looked as though the tie would go straight to penalties at the end of 90 minutes until Josh Price won the match for the Herfordshire side in the 87th minute. 

Brentwood Town: Moore, Cavalier, Greenslade, Owusu, Burgess (Rees 46), Craig, Freeman, Alexander, C. Georgiou (Zeqeri 77), Ngandu (Milner 86), Reynolds. 

Blues unbeaten run ended at Soham

Saturday 10th September

Brentwood’s four-match unbeaten run ended in Cambridgeshire on Saturday. The game was decided by Brentwood’s inability to cope with Soham’s two tall centre backs, Lloyd Groves and Jordan Gent, who between them scored all the home sides goals with headers following corner kicks. 

In a lively opening to the first half, Soham’s Ryan Sharman had three chances to put his team ahead in the first fifteen minutes with Dubi Ogbonna often the creator with some strong runs on the right flank.

Marcus Milner had just failed to get a firm head to a Lamar Reynolds cross in only the second minute and it was Milner who went closest to putting the Blues ahead in the 32nd minute when he cut in from the left wing and hit a powerful drive the that Soham keeper Clarke Bogard did well to stop.

Groves then gave Soham the lead two minutes before half time, heading in Ryan Horne’s corner kick at the far post.

Blues stared the second half brightly but fell further behind in the 51st minute. Lewis Moore made a very good save at the foot of the post to deny Ogbonna but from the resulting corner, Groves heading in his second of the afternoon.

Reynolds had caused the home defence a lot of problems and he had a great chance in the 59th minute when Harrison Georgiou cleverly put him through on goal but Reynold’s lob over the keeper dropped just wide of the far post. Andy Greenslade and Charlie Georgiou had shot blocked in quick succession but it was 3-0 in the 64th minute when Gent applied the finishing touch from close range with another header.

Brentwood had brought on Shad Ngandu and Andy Freeman and Freeman created a chance for Charlie Georgiou, who turned and shot but Bogard saved.

Reynolds finally reduced the arrears with an excellent shot from a free kick, hitting the ball over the wall and in off the post.

Reynolds had further chances before the end but could not find a way back into the game.

Brentwood Town: Moore, Sampayo, Foster (Cavalier 68), Greenslade, Goncalves, Alexander, Milner (Freeman 62), Hall, C. Georgiou, H. Georgiou (Ngandu 62), Reynolds.

Next fixture for Brentwood Town is at home Ware in the first round of the Alan Turvey Trophy (Isthmian League Cup) on Tuesday, 13th September, kick-off 7.45pm at the Brentwood Arena. 

Blues take a point at Hornchurch

Tuesday 6th September

After leading 2-0 at half time, Brentwood had to settle for a draw in an entertaining local derby at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday. 

Lamar Reynolds burst through the home defence in only the second minute and coolly finished to give the Blues an early lead.

That lead could have been short-lived but Abs Thompson’s rebounded of an upright in the fourth minute and George Purcell also hit a post with a header from Thompson’s cross in the eighteenth minute.

At the other end, Blues had a great chance on the break when Charlie Georgiou found Reynolds in front of goal but Urchins keeper Sam Mott came out and Reynolds could only hurriedly lift the ball over Mott but over the bar.

However, it was 2-0 in the 37th minute when Charlie Georgiou clinically finished after a delightful chipped pass from Matt Hall.

Hornchurch put the Blues defence under pressure at the start of the second half but the Urchins had Mott to thank for a good save from Charlie Georgiou in the 59th minute.

David Knight pulled a goal back in the 70th minute with an emphatic finish after more good work on the right by Thompson.

At 2-1, Brentwood had two good chances to clinch the points. In the 80th minute, Sam Owusu’s cross found Reynolds at the back post but his shot was superbly turned away by Mott. Then two minutes later, Mott was beaten by a Reynolds shot but the ball hit the post.

Hornchurch then earned a point in the 87th minute when substitute Ayrton Coley made a good run on the left and crossed for another sub, Ricky Freeman, to shoot through a crowded area into the net.

Brentwood Town: Moore, Cavalier, Foster, Owusu, Goncalves, Alexander, Freeman (Milner 70), Hall, C. Georgiou (Scarlett 62), H. Georgiou (Greenslade 76), Reynolds.