( Danny Vale 2, Simon Armstrong 2, Brian Attrill, Caymen Collins 1 )
An excellent TEAM performance throughout. Niton who came with a strong side, and expecting a point at least, were outplayed for most of the game. Brading looked solid from Brenchley to Vale.
Niton managed 2 attempts on goal, one hit the post, the other Brenchley pulled off a top save. Those apart, Niton were restricted to shooting from 20 yards out and further. Urry is probably still in Quigley’s pocket as I type, what he missed Connor mopped up with some ease. Chambers and Woodnutt kept their respective wide men, as quiet as church mice…
Lawson and Attrill fought and battled for everything…. Niton were not going to surrender easily in this department but the two Brading men won thro and ran the game. Phipps and Ben Armstrong were both outstanding…. two passes from Ben led to goals, probably the 2 best passes seen down the “Lane” for a while. Ben is now finding his feet and showed last night what he is capable of. Some of his left foot crosses, were a striker’s dream. Phipps, just pipped Ben for the MOM award, covering the ground non-stop for 90 mins, Phipps ran, tackled, chased, passed non-stop, giving a top performance.
Up front, Simon Armstrong and Vale, gave the Niton back 4 a torrid night, both never stopped closing down, harrassing and tormenting Niton’s defence… both scoring 2 goals apiece, and good goals they were. Although it finished 6 v 0, it could really have been more. This would probably been harsh on Niton, who worked hard, but were eventually run ragged by Brading’s passing game. Some times amounting to 14/15 unbroken passes.
Ranson came on and had 2 assists, C. Collins came on too and once again his pace caused immediate problems. After Vale and the Armstrongs had been subbed, Niton may have thought it might be a little easier, but with Ranson and Collins on, nothing changed. Hitchcox was also on…. immediately into his short passing game and Niton were done and dusted and chasing shadows and the ball..
Now…. on to Northwood SJ ( away ) and a performance of similar standard will be needed to get a result there…..
Team.. Brenchley Woodnutt Connor Quigley Chambers Phipps Lawson Attrill B Armstrong S Armstrong Vale.
Subs.. Hitchcox, Ranson, C Collins. ( all used )
Stan Dupp’s Brading Town Man of the Match.. JAMES PHIPPS.
Manager Steve Lawton had to make several tough dercisions, as he named his starting line up. Pan Sports are never an easy touch, and that proved to be tghe case.
Danny VALE opened the scoring after only a few minutes, notching his 100th goal for Brading Town. Brading’s defence, marshalled by Will Quigley, allowed Pan’s forward very little lee-way and Brenchley was rarely tested in the first 40 minutes. Brading squandered several good opportunities to extend their lead, Ben Armstrong sending in several good crosses which went begging. Scott Lawson’s many long throw in’s, were generally wasted in the first half.
With all this said, Pan Sports do not give up, they worked hard and if it moved, it got tackled, they were probably lucky not to have received several yellow cards. Danny Vale and Simon Armstrong were up against to tough tackling centre backs and were let down by the midfield who continually hit long balls in the air, to them. Pan defender Bast, dealt with them easily for most of the game. Just before half time, Pan were awarded a free kick, some 20 yards out, it was put away with some aplomb, top corner, leaving Brenchley helpless, 1 v 1. Brading punished for their hap-hazard finishing.
No changes at half time for Brading, who were now kicking into the head wind. The Romans made a good start to the half as Lawson and Atrrill started to gain some ground from the tough tackling Pan midfielders…. Lawson was much more prominent and winning balls and Atrrill improved on his 1st half showing. Ben Armstrong was doing well down the left…. At the back, Quigley and co continued to keep Pan to the edge of the box for most of the 2nd half.
Brian ATTRILL headed Brading into the lead…. getting up above the Pan defence for probably the 1st time in the game. Pan were not to be beaten yet!!! They equalised again… and it looked like a good finish to the game… was looming. Brading used all 3 subs, with Hitchcox coming on in the middle, changing the game with his neat passing and holding the ball, keeping possession. Collins added some pace and looked to show the manager, ( I’m back )
But Brading hit back almost immediatley, when Danny Vale set substitute Ollie WILSON up to grab the winner. Mins later and Wilson had to go off with a ankle injury and Brading had to see the game out with 10 men.
Stan Dupp’s Brading Town Man of the Match.. WILL QUIGLEY.
Team.. Brenchley Woodnutt Quigley Connor Chambers Ranson Attrill Lawson B Armstrong Vale S Armstrong.
Subs.. Hitchcox Wilson C Collins ( all used )
Shanklin VYCC 2 v 4 BRADING TOWN RES.
( A. Burford 1 James Phipps 2, Matt Trundle 1 )
Team.. Alger Eldridge Roper Knowles B Burns A. Burford Phipps Boirand Trundle Woodhouse C Murray.
Stan Dupp’s Brading Town Man of the Match.. Ben ARMSTRONG.
With several players not available….all gone shopping etc ;)…. Dean Stuber, Will Quigley, Caymen Collins, Scott Lawson, Ollie Wilson, Ollie Buckett, Rog Roper ( Ropes excused, carrying an old age injury )…. manager Steve Lawton has some hard decisions to make for the Final and the 1st league game of the season!!!!
The final will be played at St. George’s Park Newport, on Wednesday 19th September….. opponents, Northwood S J.
BTFC are delighted to announce further signings ahead of the new season.
We have signed goalkeeper Paul Brenchley, who left West Wight in the summer. Paul is a top quality keeper, who has played Wessex League football with East Cowes Vics. He has also has won many honours at Island league level, including the Island League Championship with West Wight over the last few seasons. He made his competitive debut yesterday in the 0 – 2 victory at Cowes Sports.
Adam Connor has returned to the club after spending many season’s with local rivals, Shanklin. I have been trying to persuade him to come back for several season’s and I’m delighted that he has finally returned to theLane. He skippered Shanklin last year and is a top quality defender, who is very comfortable on the ball. Adam played in the friendly at Newport last Wed but was unavailable yesterday.
Chris Murray has signed after spending last season at Ryde Saints. Chris can play either wide or up front, he also made his competitive debut yesterday, coming off the bench and impressing against Cowes yesterday.
George Alger is a 16 year old keeper who has come through the youth system, and shows agreat deal of potential. George is the nephew of Brading’s Dean Stuber. He has impressed in recent friendlies for both the 1st team and reserves.
Further players have re-signed from last season, including Will Quigley, Dean Stuber, Ollie Buckett and John Chambers who all have valuable experience and quality to add to the club for the forthcoming season.
Another good, solid performance. A result built round a sound keeper and defence. With several players unavailable, Roper, Ranson, Attrill, Wilson, Burford to name a few….. the squad showed strength in depth.
Stan Dupp’s Brading Town Man of the Match.. James PHIPPS.
Team.. Brenchley Woodnutt Quigley Stuber Knowles S Armstrong Woodhouse Phipps B Armstrong Vale C Collins