The committee wish to thank several volunteers for their work around the club, especially over the last few months.
Without the time these people put in, the club would not function, their work is much appreciated.
So hearty thanks to….. Paul Woodnutt (pitch), Rob Brewer (kitchen), Geoff Ruck (clubhouse), Wayne Bradley (general), Keith White (roof) and Bernard and Tony for their normal all round work around the ground.
Also thanks to Newport Colour Centre, who supplied the paint for the clubhouse interior.
The last time Brading Town FC won this Competition, was back in 1972.
BRADING TOWN 2 v 0 Newport (IW) FC Res.
( Justin Henderson & Danny Vale )
Team: Brenchley Woodnutt Connor Hitchcox Quigley Vale Wilson Henderson Lawson C Collins Buckett.
Subs: Reeve S Armstrong Ranson (all used)
Brading moved into the final of the Challenge Cup, with a deserved victory over their Wyvern League opponents. The Romans were the better side throughout the 1st half. They should have scored as early as the 3rd minute, when the ball was cleared off the line and also hitting the bar. Brading took the lead when Justin HENDERSON volleyed home from 12 yards and he also continued to control Brading’s attacking options during the 1st half. Shortly after, they hit the woodwork and the Port keeper also pulled off a fine diving save to deny Ollie Buckett. In fact, Buckett terrorised the Port defence throughout the 1st half, ably supported by Danny Vale down the right flank. Brenchley was almost untested in th first 45 mins.
The opening 20 mins of the second half, saw the Port push Brading back and they were having to defend stoutly. The Brading back four stood firm and were well led by Luke Hitchcox and Adam Connor. The ever reliable Will Quigley backed them up as did Josh Woodnutt. The appearance of Danny Reeve, allowed Lawts to change things and Brading again began to cause problems.
Brading increased their lead after a determined Danny VALE, beat the keeper to a loose ball and fire home from a tight angle. The introduction of Ranson and Armstrong gave more fresh legs to the Romans, which saw them thro to the final whistle.
Since the Colts was founded, we have used Samba mini-soccer goals.
BTFC Colts would recommend this equipment for being incredibly durable, with its locking system, it is very safe.
I have personally witnessed “inferior” products break during assembly, even falling to pieces during a game, when hit with a 10 year old’s shot!
We are still using some of the original sets we bought, years on.
In terms of assembly, I often put these goals up on my own (a familiar feeling for some coaches, I am sure!) and with a little initial practice, a goal can be set up completely, in under 10 minutes.
This season, our League went to the 9 v 9 format for Under 11’s and we purchased the 16 x 7 version of the Samba goals. I have found these to be of the same high standard as the 12 x 6 size. Indeed, with the metal reinforcement of the corner locking parts, this has added to their robust nature. Both sizes of goal have stood up brilliantly to the awful weather this season has thrown at them.
When it comes to transportation and storage, the 16 x 7’s breakdown in to the same size carry bag as the 12 x 6’s, easily compact enough to fit into most cars.
The Soccer Store stocks all sizes of Samba goals. We have always found their service to be excellent, with competitive prices and speedy delivery, as well as usefully supplying spare parts such as net clips, carry bags and replacement goal nets.
Excellent TEAM performance. Massive improvement from Saturday.
After going behind, Brading showed great character playing up the slope second half… turning the game around.
Sam Knowles, following his continued good form in the reserves, earned a call up and did very well, after coming on as a second half sub. Adam Connor had another excellent game. The Romans saw the return of keeper Paul Brenchley, who was in good form on the night. Ollie Buckett who grabbed the winner, was superb again, as he led the line. NSJ’s back four must have had nightmares, Ollie gave them a torrid time. Difficult to pick a Man of the Match… it was a tremendous team performance but Scott Lawson was immense. He and Brian Attrill dominated the midfield and set up two of the goals. Scott’s all round play and work rate was superb, he drove the team onto a deserved victory.