Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final
Venue: Leslie Field
Date: Monday 17th April 2017
Takeley : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks
Eton Manor : Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a cloudy afternoon at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field Stadium, Takeley took on Eton Manor in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final. Neither of these sides had won this competition before so we would see a new name on the cup regardless.
Takeley started the stronger of the two teams in the early-going with winger Andy Bartram and forward Mitchell Das having early strikes on goal, though they couldn’t get past Manor ‘keeper Michael Shoudry. Manor did have to defend deep at times, though they had chances of their own in their best spell of the game from the half-hour mark with midfielder Michael Castle blasting an effort over the bar after decent build-up play. Only a few minutes later, Manor had arguably their best chance with tireless forward Harry Prince striking his shot well, though a good save from Takeley ‘keeper Ronnie Yates tipped it onto the bar.
Half-Time: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor
The second half began with Takeley pushing forward, striving to break the deadlock. Just before the hour mark, Takeley hot-shot Charlie Cole had his header cleared off the line by the under-pressure but resolute Manor back-line. Shortly afterwards, Cole then played in Das though his shot wide, in a good position. Manor had to soak up a lot of Takeley pressure and battled very hard throughout, with centre-backs Josh Woodcock and Ryan Cosson & midfielder Jacob Dixon particularly showing that iron will. Try as they might, Takeley could not quite find that ‘final ball’ often enough.
End of 90 Minutes: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor
As extra-time began, early on there was a nervy moment at the back for Marc Das’ men though Manor captain Ben Bradbury’s effort was saved by Yates. Takeley surged forward again and captain Jason Todd nearly opened the scoring on 96 minutes with a curled drive that only just went over the bar. It was a sign of things to come though as Takeley won a free-kick soon after on the ‘edge of the D’ and substitute Reece Barrett’s curled strike evaded Shoudry to give Takeley the lead.
Unsurprisingly, Takeley were buoyed on by the goal, though just a minute afterward, Cole headed over and then moments later, Cole sent his shot over an unguarded net from Das’ pass. Cole would have his moment in the sun though with minutes remaining, first slotting home past Shoudry from a narrow angle and then getting a tap-in after the Manor ‘keeper had saved Mitchell Das’ effort.
A deserved, hard-fought win it was for Takeley, though admittedly the score-line did flatter them a bit in the end. Tony Stavri’s Manor, to their credit dug in and showed battling qualities which will hold them in good stead for the future, they can be proud of themselves too.
FT (AET): Takeley 3 – 0 Eton Manor
Cole 112’, 116’
Manager: Marc Das
Manager: Tony Stavri
|1 Ronnie Yates (GK)||1 Michael Shoudry (GK)|
|2 Danny Hammett||2 Billy Johnson|
|3 Bryn Thorpe||3 James Shadwell|
|4 Nick Barrett||4 Josh Woodcock|
|5 George Powell||5 Ryan Cosson|
|6 Alex Martin (Subbed 106’)||6 Jacob Dixon|
|7 Andy Bartram (Subbed 83’)||7 Daniel Chambers (Subbed 37’)|
|8 Jason Todd (C)||8 Michael Castle|
|9 Mitchell Das||9 Harry Prince (Subbed 106’)|
|10 Charlie Cole||10 Ben Bradbury (C)|
|11 George Wappett (Subbed 85’)||11 Daniel Crowie (Subbed 83’)|
|12 Joe Bees||12 Mason Stavri|
|14 Freddie Burrell (On 106’)||14 Kingsley Francis (On 37’)|
|15 Sean Sanmoogan||15 Lewis Hagland|
|16 Matt Hurley (On 83’)||16 Kadeem Brightly (On 106’)|
|17 Reece Barrett (On 85’)||17 Dominic Herbert (On 83’)|
|Booked: Martin, Das||Booked: Johnson, Cosson, Crowie, Francis, Castle, Woodcock|
Eddie Andrews and Tony King