A very good display by a very young “A” side. With several of the lads putting in good performances..esp the lads at the back. But taking nothing away from the other lads, who all put a shift in. A fully deserved victory.
Highlight of the game was a superb 25 yard strike from Blair Burns, which capped his all round performance. The improvement in his fitness and all round play, is amost unrecognisable, well done young man and keep it up.
Subs: Larbalestier, Armstrong, McIntosh. ( all used )
( Video courtesy of Mavis Siddons )
As reported by a lost rambler.
A very entertaining game at the Peter Henry Ground today, where the visitors came from 2-0 to earn a well deserved point.
For the third game in a row, Brading turned in a very good 45, then not so good in the other 45. To be fair, Brading looked heavy-legged, following Wednesday’s bruising encounter with Oakers.
The first 35 min and the Romans were superb, they gained a 1-0 lead, thanks to Caymen Collins flicking in Bennett’s header from close range.
With Scott Lawson ( who arrived 5 mins before the game, after being on international duty with the England beach football team), Matty Oatley and Luke Hitchcox pulling the strings in midfield, Brading played some great stuff.
Dan Vale then raced clear and rounded Joe McCormack, before finishing well to make it 2-0. The Romans then scored from a free-kick.. 3-0??? NO!! Hitchcox’s free-kick sailed in the net but it was disallowed, the ref had his arm raised to indicate an indirect free-kick. This seemed to be the turning point, as minutes later, Adam Millar headed in a corner. Half-time 2-1.
The second half belonged to West Wight, as they applied a lot of pressure and created several chances. They levelled following a defensive error, Kevin Read’s rushed clearance fell to Zak Harris, who calmly chipped over Read and into the unguarded net.
Moments later Read atoned for the error, with a stunning save from a close range drive. Connor White then hit the bar with a stunning strike before Read again saved brilliantly from a header.
Both teams looked like they had settled for a draw, when Vale was sent crashing to the floor by McCormack, to earn a penalty. Vale had to leave the pitch after treatment. With Vale off, Jake Younie who had been outstanding, stepped forward to take the pen, only to see McCormack save his well struck spot-kick.
That was the final action in a superb game of football. A draw on reflection, was a fair result and on the day, neither team deserved to lose.
The Romans need to find some consistency and they will be a match for most sides in the division. Taking into account that Andy Payne, Danny Hatcher and Darren Williams, were all unavailable, it shows what a strong squad the club has.
Brading Town Man of the Match: Jake YOUNIE.
IW Saturday League, Comb 1.
West Wight Res 0 v 1 BRADING TOWN Res.
( C Page )
Team: Woodhouse Poore Woodburn Stuber Davison Davis Burns Page Cook Wilson Charmen.
Team: Read Woodnutt Knowles Hitchcox T Bennett Williams Larbalestier Lawson Vale Collins Treagus.
Subs: Woodburn, Cook, Day. ( all used )
Brading Town followed up Saturday’s win, with another 3 points against Oakfield. Always a tough game, this was no exception but the game was a tale of two halves.
Brading had the better of the first half, playing up the slope. The Romans took the lead following Scott Lawson’s excellent ball into the box, which was superbly headed over the keeper by Caymen Collins.
The Oakers keeper had already denied Darren Williams’s excellent strike from distance but could only watch, as Luke Hitchcox’s superb free kick, found the back of the net.
Oakfield’s best chances fell to Nathan Bett, who was denied twice by the excellent Kevin Read, who was making his first Brading appearance in nearly 2 seasons. H/T: 2-0.
The second half as expected, saw Oakers giving it a real go. Ford was driving his team, Phil McDonald pulled a goal back from close range ( although he did his best to try and miss it !). Brading were then indebted to Read again, as he produced a flying save from another Bett thunderbolt.
The Romans had chances to make the game safe… Oakfields keeper pulled off a superb save, foiling Scott Lawson’s free-kick.
Both teams had players missing but still provided an entertaining game. These encounters with Scott Warrick’s teams are always enjoyable and I’m sure, like last season, they will be in the shake up come the end of the season.
The Romans were excellent first half, with all players contributing to a good team performance.
An excellent first two games, have seen Brading off to a great start. We look forward to entertaining West Wight on Saturday, with the return of former Romans, Liam Mulholland and now player-manager, Joe McCormack.
Referee: Mr. J. Hopkinson.
Brading Town Man of the Match: Josh WOODNUTT.
IW Saturday League, Div 3.
Kyngs Towne 1 v 2 BRADING TOWN “A”.
( P Gould 2 )
Team: Howells Page Phillips Martin R White McKinney Shaw Gould Charman Rowe Day.