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.
Sunday saw the 4th Peter Henry Day at Brading Football Club. The day saw a new format and a new team.. West Wight, who had asked to be a part of the day and they were an excellent addition to the day. With Brading having the largest squad, they played in both groups, this enabled the visiting sides to play at least 2 matches each.
The draw took place and Group 1 and saw Vics, 3 times winners Newport and Brading. Group 2 also had Brading, along with Cowes and West Wight.
The 1st game of the day saw Vics play Brading, in a very tight affair, Adie Newbold’s first half strike gave Vics a win. The next game in group 1,saw Vics take on Newport, the game was a very tight and close affair. The nearest anyone came to scoring was in the final minute, Danny Neale was denied by an excellent save from the Newport keeper. The game finished 0-0, Newport knew that a 2 goal win against Brading would take them into the final. Vics, managed by our own Tim Lewis, were hoping that Brading would do them a favour.
The final group game saw Brading’s best performance of the day, this guaranteed that a new name would adorn the Peter Henry Shield, with a resounding 3-0 victory. First half goals from Stuart McDonald and Keith Rust gave Brading the platform they needed and a Chris Hitchcox own goal right at the end of the game ended Newport’s hope of 4 in a row.
Group 2 kicked off with Cowes beating newcomers West Wight 1-0, thanks to a stunning goal from Phil McDonald, who then scored a penalty in the next game against Brading, along with a Lee Dixon strike, to earn a 2-0 win and a place in the final against Vics. A replica of this season’s Gold Cup final !
The final group 2 game saw the host’s defeat the newcomers 2-1. In an entertaining game, West Wight were denied the lead, thanks to 2 sensational saves from Brading’s Stuart Pardy, before 2 Stuart Mcdonald goals put Brading in control. West Wight did score a consolation near the end and the general feedback was that they had enjoyed their day.
The final was again a tight game and with no goals, the game went to penalties, like the Gold Cup, but this time Vics were victorious . Penalties were scored by both sides before Vics hit the post. Nigel True then came to Vics rescue by saving well, before Danny Neale hit the bar. True again saved in spectacular fashion before Vics converted the winning spot kick.
Brading Town Chairman, Paul Morris presented the Peter Henry Shield to Vics, who then went on to celebrate in true Veteran’s style in the bar, with several well deserved beverages !!
Special thanks to Peter Hudson and Bomber, who officiated superbly all day along, with help from”guest” linesmen, supplied by each team.
Thanks to Rob Brewer and Lea for their work in the tea-bar. Paul and Keith for the bar, and to all the players and managers for making the day a success.