Sunday saw the 4th Peter Henry Day at Brading Football Club. The day saw a new format and a new team.. West Wight, who had asked to be a part of the day and they were an excellent addition to the day. With Brading having the largest squad, they played in both groups, this enabled the visiting sides to play at least 2 matches each.
The draw took place and Group 1 and saw Vics, 3 times winners Newport and Brading. Group 2 also had Brading, along with Cowes and West Wight.
The 1st game of the day saw Vics play Brading, in a very tight affair, Adie Newbold’s first half strike gave Vics a win. The next game in group 1,saw Vics take on Newport, the game was a very tight and close affair. The nearest anyone came to scoring was in the final minute, Danny Neale was denied by an excellent save from the Newport keeper. The game finished 0-0, Newport knew that a 2 goal win against Brading would take them into the final. Vics, managed by our own Tim Lewis, were hoping that Brading would do them a favour.
The final group game saw Brading’s best performance of the day, this guaranteed that a new name would adorn the Peter Henry Shield, with a resounding 3-0 victory. First half goals from Stuart McDonald and Keith Rust gave Brading the platform they needed and a Chris Hitchcox own goal right at the end of the game ended Newport’s hope of 4 in a row.
Group 2 kicked off with Cowes beating newcomers West Wight 1-0, thanks to a stunning goal from Phil McDonald, who then scored a penalty in the next game against Brading, along with a Lee Dixon strike, to earn a 2-0 win and a place in the final against Vics. A replica of this season’s Gold Cup final !
The final group 2 game saw the host’s defeat the newcomers 2-1. In an entertaining game, West Wight were denied the lead, thanks to 2 sensational saves from Brading’s Stuart Pardy, before 2 Stuart Mcdonald goals put Brading in control. West Wight did score a consolation near the end and the general feedback was that they had enjoyed their day.
The final was again a tight game and with no goals, the game went to penalties, like the Gold Cup, but this time Vics were victorious . Penalties were scored by both sides before Vics hit the post. Nigel True then came to Vics rescue by saving well, before Danny Neale hit the bar. True again saved in spectacular fashion before Vics converted the winning spot kick.
Brading Town Chairman, Paul Morris presented the Peter Henry Shield to Vics, who then went on to celebrate in true Veteran’s style in the bar, with several well deserved beverages !!
Special thanks to Peter Hudson and Bomber, who officiated superbly all day along, with help from”guest” linesmen, supplied by each team.
Thanks to Rob Brewer and Lea for their work in the tea-bar. Paul and Keith for the bar, and to all the players and managers for making the day a success.
BTFC would like to thank Sandown Rotary Club…. who recently awarded the Colts Section of the club, the sum of £1155-00.
Colts U15 manager Ged Riley & Colts chairman, Mark Powell, received the cheque from Sandown Rotary President, Dorothy Dye. Dorothy also stayed at the Peter Henry ground to present trophies at the Colts end of season bash…
This sum of money will be used to help the Colts section of the club gain, FA Charter Standard.
This will give the many parents who are involved in the colts section, a lovely boost for the coming season.
Brading Town Colts is the only IOW club to have colts teams from U8’s thro to U16’s.
Congratulations to Brading Town Colts U10’s, who overcame the favourites Binstead, to win the U 10’s cup.
Binstead 1 v 1 Brading. aet. ( pens Brading won 2 v 4 )
Brading held a 0 v 1, after a Lewis FLEMING shot took a deflection and went in the net. Unfortunately, in the closing minutes, Binstead grabbed an equaliser, to take the game into extra-time. The extra-time periods led to no goals and penalties were needed to decide the cup winners.
The shoot-out saw Brading goalie, Luke NIGH pull off two superb stops to deny Binstead,
Two Brading players were in the running for the Man of the Match award, Shay Phillipson for his superb defensive display, making tackle after tackle, to deny a slick Binstead forward line. The other was Luke NIGH, whose 2 penalty stops earned him the coveted Man of the match award.
Despite playing some good fotball, Brading Town U16’s were undone by S & L, who put away their chances.
Sandown & Lake 2 v 1 Brading Town ( aet )
A goaless 1st half between to evenly matched sides.
In the 2nd half, S & L took the lead from the penalty spot. Brading grabbed an equaliser some 15 mins from time… Emerson Tattersall punished a defensive mistake, to make it 1 v 1. A goaless last 15 mins saw the game go into extra-time.
The 1st period of extra-time saw S & L take the lead once more, despite some good saves from Brading keeper, Stevens.
Brading Town & Ventnor were locked in battle for the first 30 mins, Mulholland & Urry matched Hitchcox & Attrill blow for blow in the middle of the park. Lacy was causing problems for the Roman’s defence, as was Vale for the Ventnor back four. Roper showed all his experience to keep the Brading back four intact. Thompson was missing nothing at the back for Ventnor. The final 15 mins saw Ventnor gaining control and playing some nice football. For all their pressure, True was hardly called into action.
The 2nd half saw Brading change personnel, with Roper not appearing for the 2nd half ( work commitments ) “Ropes” was replaced by young McIntosh, who fitted in seamlessly…It was obvious that Brading had received the “hair dryer” treatment. From the 46th minute on they began to take control… Matt Burford, who covered every blade of grass, began to run the game and was a continual danger to Ventnor. Vale continued to work hard, and should have been rewarded with a couple of goals, but failed to take the chances. As did Hayward and Burford. Finally, the Brading pressure paid off.. a continuous wave off attacks led to HAYWARD firing home to give the Romans a deserved lead. Aarron Burford came on for Hayward… his fresh legs helped to push Ventnor further back, and Douglas was kept very busy.
Lacy was reduced to 2nd fiddle status and Thompson at the heart of the Ventnor defence, was fighting an uphill battle to keep Brading at bay…Woodhouse was a late sub for Brading, but filled in well down the right. All in all a good solid show from Brading, and they now live to play Northwood on Wednesday for the Div 1 runner’s up position. Close to the 90 min mark and Ventnor began to show their frustration… Urry could easily have been red carded when he threw a wild punch, fortunately it was carbon copy of Derek Chisora, and missed.
Brading Town MOM… Matt BURFORD.
WEDNESDAY 16th May.
BRADING TOWN RES 3 v 0 Northwood SJ.
( Danny Vale, James Woodhouse & Aarron Burford )
Something like a match report to follow…………………………..somewhen!!
A comprehensive victory over a gallant Northwood SJ, saw Brading Town Reserves take all 3 ponits and ensure the runner’s up position in Division 1. A tremendous achievement to all concerned. With special congratulations to Steve Lawton… and his assistant Steve Rowe.
Team.. True J. Phelps Younie Roper McIntosh Phipps M. Burford Attrill A. Burford B. Armstrong Vale.
Well done to the Under 13’s, who have finished their season with 4 wins out of 5. Beating Oakfield Wanderers 2 v 6 in their final game of the season. Scorer’s were.. J. O’Brien 2, D. Bowen 1, J. Clinch 1, H. Matthews 1 & N. James 1.
The u13’s had a mixed season, but their manager Paul Daysh, has worked hard to keep them focused till the end.
This season, every player in the squad, managed to score a goal. The only exception was Tom, who sadly, has been injured for most of the season.. Jake O’Brien left it late to score his first goals of the season and notched 2!!
The Golden Boot will be a 3 way share, between J. ATTRILL, H. MATTHEWS & N. JAMES, who all managed to score 17 goals each.
Thanks to Paul Daysh and Caroline Diamond for their ” match reports ”