Ryman League Division North
Venue: Burroughs Park
Date: Saturday 14th April 2017 3pm KO
Great Wakering Rovers : Green & White Striped Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks
Brentwood Town : Burgundy Shirts, Burgundy Shorts, Burgundy Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a sunny, pleasant afternoon at Burroughs Park, relegated Great Wakering Rovers took on fellow strugglers Brentwood Town in a Ryman League Division North encounter. The visitors badly needed the win to stave off resurgent Ware who were just two points behind them in the drop-zone at kick-off.
The match started with both sides trading chances, Brentwood forward Andy Freeman curling a shot wide and Wakering midfielder Harley Kee also shooting wide in the opening five minutes. Brentwood were more assertive with the ball and kept pouring forward, knowing the onus was on them. Town forward Lamar Reynolds was denied at point-blank range by home ‘keeper Rees Hawkins, who was busy for most of the match.
The visitors did open the scoring with livewire forward Andy Freeman slotting past Hawkins just after the quarter-hour. Wakering had chances to level, though Kee and forward Neil Richmond couldn’t beat visiting ‘stopper Anthony Page.
As the half-hour approached, a strike from Brentwood forward Freeman was parried away for a corner by Hawkins. Soon afterward, Richmond saw a shot go over the bar after being played in by full-back Jason Ring. Wakering did get the crucial equaliser just before the break, with captain Nikki Beale blasting a lovely volley from 20 yards past Page, good technique from the central defender.
Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Brentwood Town
The second half began with a flourish from the home side, Wakering having several chances in the opening 20 minutes. Forward Jake Gordon headed over the bar, substitute Billy Johnson twice hitting the woodwork, and Richmond was denied by ‘keeper Page.
It was getting rather tense for the visitors, and relief came on 69’ when they re-took the lead, forward Reynolds with a tap-in after an unselfish pass by substitute Harrison Georgiou. Brentwood saw a third goal chalked off by the linesman’s flag as Ryan O’Rawe’s goal was disallowed for pushing.
Wakering got ever deeper in defence as substitute Georgiou curled a shot which was well-parried by Hawkins for a corner. Wakering then burst forward themselves with about ten minutes remaining, with strikes from Gordon and Richmond blocked by the Brentwood defence. Wakering almost grabbed a slightly-freakish leveller with minutes left, as defender Scott Pethers launched a long free-kick forward though it almost caught out Page to sail into the net, but the ‘keeper gathered his bearings and the ball before that happened.
Brentwood were not to be denied the win though as deep in stoppage-time, Reynolds once again popped up to curl home a good effort from inside the box after Andy Freeman’s initial effort was saved by Hawkins.
Brentwood will be mighty pleased with the win, though Wakering really made them work for it, and on another day the result may well have been different. Brentwood rise to 19th spot though they are still just two points above the drop-zone. If Great Wakering can keep most of these players next season, they may be one of quite a few sides who could do well in the Essex Senior League next season.
FT: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 3 Brentwood Town
Beale 42’ Freeman 16’ , Reynolds 69’, 90’ +4
|Great Wakering Rovers
Manager: Iain O’Connell
Caretaker Manager: Craig Shipman
|1 Rees Hawkins (GK)||20 Anthony Page (GK)|
|2 Charlie Seaden||18 James Pugsley|
|3 Jason Ring||3 Luke Foster|
|4 Louis Robinson||4 Nick Hilder|
|5 Nikki Beale (C)||5 Ryan O’Rawe (C)|
|6 Scott Pethers||6 Brendan Cavalier|
|7 Stephen Butterworth (Subbed 78’)||7 Ruben Duarte (Subbed 70’)|
|8 Ricky Evans (Subbed 46’)||8 Billy Rees (Subbed 61’)|
|9 Jake Gordon (Subbed 90’ +4)||9 Andy Freeman|
|10 Neil Richmond||10 Shad Ngandu (Subbed 56’)|
|11 Harley Kee||11 Lamar Reynolds|
|12 Elliott Warren||12 Leon Gordon|
|14 Kye Jude||14 Matt Hall (On 61’)|
|15 Billy Johnson (On 46’)||15 Kieran English (On 70’)|
|16 Franklin Craik (On 78’)||16 Harrison Georgiou (On 56’)|
|17 Rhys Fatt (On 90’ +4)||17 Sam Owusu|
|Booked: Evans, Gordon, Kee||Booked: Hilder, Rees, O’Rawe|