Keeper signs for the Romans…..

The club are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper, Ben Self. Ben has played Wessex League football for Newport and is very highly rated.

After meeting with Ben on Thursday, he has signed for the Romans. Ben is very much looking forward to being part of a very young and talented squad.

I’m hoping to announce a couple more signings soon.

Lawts.

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Peter Henry Day…a Family Day.

legends Sunday, 25th MAY.

Pompey Vets, who attended The Peter Henry Day at Brading Town FC.

Pompey Vets 1 v 4 IOW Peter Henry Vets.

Thanks to them all, their presence helped to make a superb family day out……..

A huge thank you to everyone that made this years Peter Henry Memorial game, another great day.
I’m sure, Peter would have been proud of this event, which is held in his memory. There are too many to name individually but the Club members, players, officials and supporters, made it another fantastic event.
From my own point of view, I would like to thank the players that helped us out on the day and played in a very enjoyable 4-1 win. Thanks also to those that stepped in last minute to help me out. The Portsmouth lads that came over were great and on behalf of the club, thanks for making the effort.

Lawts.

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A few bits and bobs….

1st team, played 39 games. League & Cup.

Danny Vale played in 38, scoring 39 goals.

Elliott Day played in 34, scoring 22 goals.

Most appearances, a possible 39.

Danny Vale 38. Elliott Day 34. Caymen Collins 34. Sam Knowles 34. Josh Woodnutt 32. Ryan Brose 31. Luke Hitchcox 30. Aaron Burford 29. Matt Oatley 26.

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Reserve team, leading goal scorers.

Nathan McAllister 9. Paul Davis 7. Todd Connor 7. Dan Thomas 6. Chris Murray 5.

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“A” Team, leading scorers.

Harry McIntosh 7. Nathan Rowe 6. Mark Warne 6. Marcin Seder 6.

1st Team manager’s season review.

Season 2013/14.

This season has again proved to be a very frustrating one, which has mirrored the last two campaigns. We had an excellent pre- season, as we beat Newport, drew with Cowes and lost to Vics but only to a very late winner.

We signed a top keeper in Andy Payne, but before a ball was kicked in anger, we lost him to work!! New signings included Elliott Day and Liam Mulholland , both ex-players, returning to a very young and exciting squad. Also, several youngsters signed for the Romans, the “A” team returned in Division 3, but 2 of those youngsters were to make huge strides as the season progressed.

A 0-3 defeat at home to ECS, a result which gave hope to our rivals and a huge kick up the arse to us!!! Our next game was the Jubilee Cup, we faced Cowes Sports Res at St George’s Park. We won the trophy in a thrilling game, which finished 5-2. Some of the football played was breathtaking and standards were set!

We then had a string of injuries, which included losing Adam Connor, Ollie Buckett, Justin Henderson for the season.

Will Quigley, James Ranson, Caymen Collins and Luke Hitchcox were lost for large parts of the season.. It made things really tough and results suffered. As well as losing players to injuries, we lost players for other reasons. Kev Read due to work and family commitments, while Oli Wilson and Josh Younie decided to move on.

Our home form was terrible, with only 3 league wins all season, incredibly our away form was the complete opposite. We won 9 and drew 2 of our 11 league games away from the Peter Henry Ground!! If we had anything like that at home we would have been Champions.

The Hampshire Cup again saw some highlights, but like last year in big games ( this time the 1/4 final) we didn’t perform.

In the IW Memorial Cup Final, we played W & B FC, a side that had won their league, without losing a game. Also winning the IW Junior “A” Cup final. Again the big occasion seemed to affect us and we lost 1-0, to a side full of top players and more importantly, experience.

We were lucky to secure the service of American goalkeeper, Ryan Brose, who joined us from Newport and has had an outstanding season. A great lad and a very good keeper, Ryan will be sorely missed.

Another highlight for us was the emergence of the youngsters. The reserves, due to injuries and other problems, have had a very young side all season but several ” nippers” have played football for the first team and made big impressions. Sam Cant and Sam Lancey in recent weeks, have done very well when called up. Dan Thomas, as well as being a big part of the reserves, has been involved with a lot of first team fixtures as well. Two 16 year olds have really been outstanding this season…..Liam Bennett and Matty Oatley have performed with a maturity well beyond their years. They have been superb all season, so much so, they have been regulars for the most part of the season.

The lads have been brilliant and the top performers will be awarded at the presentation in a couple of weeks time. Special mentions to Ells and Rans for their help with training and warm ups,  also Dan Vale, who took over the captaincy when we lost Adam back in September. Dan has also scored 30+ goals for the fifth consecutive season, this year being his personal best, with 39.

I want to thank Geoff Ruck, who in my opinion, is the best chairman I’ve certainly been involved with, in all my years of playing and managing. The committee have been hard working and committed as always. Big thanks to Rob in the tea bar, who has done an brilliant job again. Thanks to Stan Dupp for all his hard work behind the scenes with the paperwork and the website.

Paul and Wayne have produced an amazing pitch this year, in very testing conditions. It is in the best condition that I can recall, in the 20 years I’ve been here…superb effort. Big thanks to Chambo, Keith and Phil Davis, who have worked so very hard, supporting the club and working hard with their respective teams.

Also to my right hand man, Steve Rowe, who I have a great relationship with and enjoy working with. Thanks also to Pete Hudson….the best club linesman on the Island…bar none.

I’m currently busy speaking to players, in the hope to strengthen what we have and to go that next step in 2014/15 and hopefully become Champions.
Steve Lawton, UTR!

IW Memorial Cup Final…

FRIDAY 16th May.

At Westwood Park, Cowes.

BRADING TOWN 0 v 1 Whitecroft & Barton.

A poor performance from Brading Town, who never really turned up against a very experienced W & B side. With their captain Joe Rayner, leading from the front and having a cracking game.

Congratulations to Steve Rayner and his side, who will be competing for the Div 1 title next season.

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Team: Brose Woodnutt Knowles Attrill Burford Lawson Mulholland Oatley Vale Day Bennett.

Subs used: Quigley, C Collins, Urrry. Subs unused: Davis, Thomas.

Referee: Mr. Richard Wetherick 55/100.

Brading Town Man of the Match: Liam Mulholland / Will Quigley.

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Colts end of season presentation.

The official end of season celebrations took place on 3rd May. The worst winter on record ensured that 4 league games and 2 cup finals were still to be played.

Broadlea held the now traditional, annual games between supporters and players, which attracted record numbers. Spectators commented how competitive the games were this year, some excellent football was played in a great spirit, it was also full of commitment, shown by all involved.

The evening presentations were held at a packed Burlington Hotel in Sandown. Awards were given to all players, who have trained or featured in matches for the Colts this season. Individual awards were also given by team(s)

(see list below).

The Clubman Award for Outstanding Support of the Colts was presented to Kathy CLIFFORD.. for a variety fundraising activities over the past seasons, including organising the hugely successful Horse Race Nights.

The Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Colts was given to Rachel POWELL.. for her ongoing support in a number of roles, from Assistant team manager, to fundraiser and administrator.

Special recognition was given to the Under 16s Manager, Gary MILLIS.. with a Service Award for Dedication to the Colts.

Mention should also be given to Chelsea Football Club, who donated VIP Matchday Hospitality tickets, which were won in a ‘Golden Ticket’ draw at the end of the Evening. This is not the only prize that has been donated by the Premier League Club – watch this space!!!

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Another Colts section success….

Brading Town Colts Youth Football Club, are delighted to announce that they are the winners of the 2014 Community Action Award for Sports, sponsored by Wightlink and the IOW County Press.

At a gala event held at the Riverside Centre, Ged Riley (Club Secretary) and Mark Powell (Chairman) were presented with a Certificate of Merit and a winners cheque for £250.

Of the Award, Mark said, ” This award recognises the enormous amount of hard work, put in by all the volunteers at the Club, helping to enriching the lives of young people. I’m very proud. ”

Mark was asked to give a presentation to the judging panel, which highlighted the efforts managers, coaches, Mini-Soccer raisers and supporters put in, on a year-round basis.

Full story and pictures are due to be published in next Friday’s County Press (16/5/14).

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Under 10’s and U 12’s both beaten in penalty lotteries….

Penalties deny battling Colts in Cup Finals.

Excellent goalkeeping displays and the agony of penalty shoot-outs, prevented the Under 12’s and Under 10’s from repeating their Cup successes of recent seasons.

In both games, extra-time could not split the teams, each match finishing 2-2. Despite Brading being arguably the better sides in each Final, they could not find a winner and the lottery of penalties went against the boys.

After watching the games, Chairman,  Mark Powell said, “Firstly, on behalf of our Club, I would like to congratulate West Wight and Newport Panthers, for two
hard-fought games.

From our Club’s perspective, the way the players, managers and supporters conducted themselves in defeat, was exemplary. I am very proud of the style of football the boys played and the spirit shown.  I am sure that both sides will come back stronger next season”

Mark Powell.

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