Saturday 2nd March. Hampshire Inter Cup, Semi-Final.

Hamp Inter Cup, Semi-Final.

Colden Common FC 2 v 0 BRADING TOWN.

A fair result all round. CCFC wanted it more as individuals and as a team. Bigger HEARTS..and no mean skills won the day. Their number 8 was a very good player, as was their numbers 10 & 3.

2 sloppy goals to be fair, one a deflection, the second was poor defensively!! Apart from them, Ruck really went untested, apart from aerial balls into his box, which he dealt with easily. Vale had 2 efforts flash past the post & one hit the bar, Wilson had another flash past the post also.

Chances for both sides were few.

Only a few BTFC players came out of todays game with any credit… no names, no pack drill!! Most kits will not require a wash.

Now be bloody told Brian, your not having my number, so don’t sulk. (photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons)


They were not helped by a hapless performance from referee….. Paula Wyatt 55/100.

Team: Ruck Woodnutt Connor Hitchcox Quigley Vale Henderson Wilson Attrill C Collins Buckett.

Subs: Reeve, S Armstrong. ( both used ) Woodhouse ( unused )

Brading Town Man of the Match: ADAM CONNOR.


IOW Saturday League, Comb 1.

Gkn Res 2 v 4 BRADING TOWN Res.

( James Ranson 2, Alex Boirand 1 & Chris Murray 1 )

Been asked to mention JR’s ” wonder ” goal… apparently the Gkn keeper still don’t know where or how this cracker flew past him…

Team: Brenchley R Phelps Stuber Roper Knowles Sayers Ranson Davis Boirand Askwith Murray.

Subs: Trundle Sloane Thomas. ( all used )

Referee: Mr. T. Coward. 65/100

Brading Town Man of the Match: JAMES RANSON.


Hamp Intermediate Cup…

Congratulations to ” Lawts ” and his squad, reaching the semi’s of this competition is no mean feat. A very tough semi lies ahead this weekend. Colden Common beat AFC Totten Res in the 5th round, 3 v 0.

The run so far, has seen the Romans play mainland sides only, 5 in total.

Wins against BTC FC, who knocked out Newport (IW) Reserves…. and Bush Hill FC, both from the Southampton Premier Division. Bush Hill, by far the best side we have played so far in this comp., altho the score line does not suggest that.

A confident away win at Yateley FC, started the run. This was followed up by wins at US Portsmouth and New Milton Town, both from the Wyvern League. The win at NMT was especially pleasing, NMT currently top their division and are unbeaten in the league.

Hopefully, manager Steve Lawton will have a full squad to select from, Colden Common will probably be our toughest game of the season so far, as games begin to come thick and fast.


Saturday..23rd Feb 2013…. Romans into the semi- finals!!!

Brading Town Man of the Match, Ollie Buckett. ( photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons )


Hampshire Intermediate Cup… 5th rd.

New Milton Town Res 0 v 2 BRADING TOWN.

Goals from Ollie BUCKETT and Danny VALE, gave the Romans a well deserved away cup win.

Team: Ruck Quigley Connor Hitchcox Younie C Collins Henderson Lawson Wilson Vale Buckett.

Subs: Woodnutt S Armstrong Attrill. ( all used )


As reported by a Legionnaire.

Brading earned a place in the Hampshire Intermediate Cup semi finals, with a very polished performance at New Milton on Saturday.

Played on a council pitch… next door to their main pitch and in very difficult conditions. The performance was based on an excellent defensive display and hard work all over the pitch. As a team, Brading shut down, harried and blocked whatever came their way, so much so, that Paul Ruck never had a serious save to make, although he was very commanding when balls were swung into the Romans box.

New Milton were a very big and physical side, but Brading never allowed them to play either short or long. The middle three of Lawson, Henderson and Wilson were “at it” from the start. As the half settled down their influence took hold of the game. Brading took the lead after 20 mins, Ollie BUCKETT escaped the land of the giants to finish quite brilliantly in the top corner. 0 v 1.

Their back four had a torrid time trying to contain Ollie alone, with great support from Vale and Collins they had no chance. The Romans made it 0 v 2 five minutes before half time, when Buckett raced away down their right and his perfect cross was superbly finished by Danny VALE.

Their poor left back was a quivering wreck at half time, after trying to deal with Vale, it was no surprise they changed it for the second half. Strangely after playing route 1 in the first half, they tried to play shorter in the second half, but Brading’s work rate never allowed it. If anything Brading had more chances in the second half, as they opened Milton up, almost at will.

Henderson, Buckett and Vale were all denied by the home keeper and Younie’s long range effort just missed the target. Brading’s back four were immense, giving nothing away all afternoon.

All three subs made valuable contributions when they joined the game and Armstrong almost added a third late on.

ALL 14 players were superb and a credit to our club. To reach the last 4 of a County cup competion is an amazing achievement, the manner in which Brading have reached the last 4, has added to it. Yesterday’s opponents are unbeaten in their league, at the final whistle they could have no complaints.

It was difficult to pick a MOM, as everyone gave a great performance, but Ollie Buckett was quite simply awesome yesterday. His hold up play was superb and the goal he scored was top drawer. The cross for the second was a striker’s dream and he never gave their back four a minute’s peace.

Next week’s semi-final will be a very tough game. Colden Common FC are flying high in the Hampshire League and they have knocked out both GKN and West Wight in earlier rounds. Having said that, Brading will go into the tie with confidence following recent displays and can guarantee that the boys will give it 150%.

Brading Town Man of the Match… OLIVER BUCKETT.


IOW Saturday League, Comb 1.

Ryde Saints Res 0 v 0 BRADING TOWN Res.

Team: Brenchley R Phelps Stuber Knowles Sloane Sayers Ranson Woodhouse Boirand Davis Murray.

Subs: Trundle B Burns ( used )    A Lawton (unused)

Brading Town Man of the Match.. James RANSON.


Saturday,16th Feb, 2013….

Hampshire Intermediate Cup. Quarter Final.

New Milton Town Res P v P Brading Town.

New Milton play in the same Wyvern division as East Cowes Vics reserves, Milton top the division, with Vics reserves in 2nd place.


IOW Saturday League, Comb 1.

BRADING TOWN Res 1 v 0 West Wight Res.

( Sam Sayers )

Team: Brenchley R Phelps Knowles Roper Woodnutt Murray Davis Ranson Sayers Boirand Askwith.

Subs: Woodhouse B Burns (used)    A Lawton (unused)

Brading Town Man of the Match: Sam KNOWLES.

Referee: Mr D. Jukes,  60/100



I would like to thank everyone at the club for their efforts this week, which enabled today’s game to take place.

It was an amazing effort by all involved, we reaped the rewards today by earning ourselves a place in the 1/4 finals of the Hants Intermediate Cup. I won’t name names, as these people don’t do it for the thanks, or the pat’s on the back, they do it for the club. I know that the club has been through a difficult few years, but the work that people do behind the scenes has never been in question and without them we would be in a far worse place.

On the pitch the lads turned in an immense performance against a very good side. Bush Hill FC have won their league for the last 4 season’s and were formidable opponents. We dug in, defended superbly, scored some excellent goals and when possible played some excellent football. ALL the players were superb today and thoroughly deserved the win. We now face a huge game away at New Milton Town Res, but it’s one we should approach with confidence.

Thanks again, from an extremely proud manager. UTR Lawts .


Saturday, 9th Feb 2013..

Hampshire Intermediate Cup.


BRADING TOWN 5 v 1 Bush Hill FC.

( Referee: Mr. Brian Hayward 90/100)

( Danny VALE 3, Justin HENDERSON 1, Josh YOUNIE 1 )

As seen by a Legionnaire…

The pitch passed it’s inspection, thanks to a hardy band of Romans… Brading kicked down the slope, they soon found that Bush Hill were no bodies mugs and were in fact a very good side, who played some good football along with some no nonsense defending.

Ref, Mr. Haywood, allowed the game to flow, the conditions were not easy in the top half… the bottom half was in a remarkably good condition..

Henderson, Lawson & Wilson, were up against three good players in the middle of the park.. it was a good battle, a battle that was to be won by Henderson, some nice, neat football and passing to white shirts.. but with a bite also, hardly lost a tackle all afternoon. He was well supported by Lawson and Wilson. Out wide Collins and Vale were working hard as Bush Hill looked to play down the flanks.

In the left back position they hit a block, Younie was in tremendous form… 90 mins of effort and no mean skills, they hardly passed him all afternoon. At the back Connor received a knock that led to him coming off, Woodnutt came on and Quigley moved into the middle… Woodnutt had a very good game and put in some top tackles and over lapped well, helping Vale to cause problems down the right.

Up front, Ollie Buckett worked his socks off, closing down, making himslef available and holding the ball up… Bush Hill struggled to contain him. Buckett covered a lot of ground… a great effort, deserved a goal…

Ruck didn’t have a lot to do really, a class save in the 1st half was vital… In front of him, Hitchcox was prepared to tackle and block, several times blocking shots as he raced out closing down attackers…

Brading raced into a 3 goal lead…. only some slack defending allowed Bush Hill a slight way back in, the Romans were punished for not putting their foot thro the ball and out of the mud, simples!! Fortunately, Brading scored a fourth just before the interval..

2nd half saw Bush Hill kicking down the slope, Brading knew what was coming, Bush Hill were not going to lie down and until the last 15…they didnt! Eeventually they looked drained, good defending, hard work up front and Henderson running the middle was enough to eventually break Bush Hill’s hearts.

Josh Younie capped off a fine display with a 25 yard ” trickle “….. that even Joe Hart might have saved….  but no more than Josh deserved.

So a ” proper ” hat-trick from Vale, right foot, left foot and a superb header… a word must be said about his effort today… the lad ran his socks off and in the end… ran himself to a stand still, tremendous effort!!

Henderson, fired home a cracker and capped off a MOM performance, he had shown how to play football, no matter what the conditions… a note, he was Brading’s oldest player, by a country mile!!!

Brading Town MOM.. Justin Henderson. ( Photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons )



Brading Town Man of the Match: JUSTIN HENDERSON.

Team: Ruck Quigley Connor Hitchcox Younie C Collins Henderson Lawson Wilson Vale Buckett.

Subs: Woodnutt S Armstrong   (used)






IOW Saturday League, Comb 1.


Oakfield Res 1 v 3 BRADING TOWN Res.

( Referee: Mr. Andy King 75/100 )

( Danny REEVE 2, Alex ASWITH 1 )

Brading Town Man of the Match: SAM SAYERS.

A superb result for the reserves, with several players not available. The lads who stepped in did extremely well against the likes of Betts & Prescott.

Danny Reeve in only his 2nd game as he returns from swerious surgery grabbed 2 and Alex Askwith notched the other. A word for young Sam Sayers… a good performance again, as he begins to show what he is capable of.

Team: Alger R Phelps Woodhouse Knowles Davis Sayers Ranson Boirand Murray Askwith Reeve.

Subs: Trundle & B Burns ( both used )