Under 11’s

Brading Town U11’s.

Manager: Mark Powell.

Sponsored by: Premier League / PFA & SWR Logistics.

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• Players are required to arrive at least 20 minutes before kick off (times to be advised).  Home matches will be played at Broadlea Primary School.

• Players are required to bring shin pads and boots likely to be appropriate to the conditions.

• Players should also bring warm clothing during the winter months as there will be times when kick offs are delayed or that they are substitutes.

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( Please note: results, squad and scorer’s as and when supplied by your manager(s).

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BTFC COLTS Under 11’s. Double Winners 2014/15.

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Season 2016/2017.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Downside (a)       29th April 2015.
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Henry Allen
Harvey Fuller
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Cian Preston, Charlie Wood

The boys were soon back on the road with an evening fixture in warm Spring sunshine at Downside. The importance of the match was not lost on anybody. This was evident by Kev’s team selection, bolstering the midfield with experienced and tenacious Harvey and by the boys’ watering of a nearby hedge ‘in formation’ moments before kick-off.

The nerves were jangling as Downside belied their lowly league position posing early questions, and forcing a series of early corners, which were solidly headed clear by skipper Kieran. Brading responded with Jack and Kallum going close, and a particularly breath-taking save denied Jack.

Meanwhile, Kieran was in fine form marshalling the defence. On one occasion, the referee adjudged Kieran to have stopped a Downside attack with excessive force, but the resulting free kick did not test Tai.

On 11 minutes, George fed Jenson on the edge of the Downside box; the Brading midfielder skilfully held off a challenge with his back to goal and laid the ball off to Henry, who prowled ominously in the position he has scored so many vital goals. This time, he fired narrowly wide. Brading then displayed their passing skills with a flowing move involving Kallum, Cian and Jack shooting agonisingly just past the post.

The good football for no reward continued as Cian and Henry moved the ball well for Jack but the shot was deflected wide.

Kieran, pushing the team forward, decided to take the game by the scruff of the net. He powered forward intent on a goal in a second successive game. It took a last ditch challenge to stop the skipper. The ball bounced and Cian, Jack and Kieran all attempted but failed to turn the loose ball home.

As the half drew to a close, Brading heaved a collective sigh of relief and were offered a lifeline. A poor goal kick was intercepted by a Downside forward who slotted the ball into an empty net. However, the alert referee noticed that the ball hadn’t left the penalty area and disallowed the goal and ordered that the goal kick be retaken. Nevertheless, Downside ended the half in the ascendancy and forced a couple of corners; the first resulted in a shot which was volleyed wide whilst the second prompted a great save from Tai.

Half Time: Downside 0-0 Brading
As the second half got underway, Brading huffed and puffed but still appeared to need a touch of alchemy to turn something into gold. Kallum, Jack and Jenson continued to spurn chances.

Finally, the deadlock was broken on 38 minutes. George took a quick throw on the left flank to Jack who progressed along the left flank. He crossed to Cian, who controlled the ball with aplomb, kept his composure and fired Brading into the lead. Downside 0-1 Brading.

Now, with a precious lead, Jenson quickly added a second in somewhat bizarre circumstances. Jenson picked up the ball inside the Downside half and fired a shot towards the hosts’ goal. The Brading supporters were left pleasantly surprised as the referee pointed to the centre circle, indicating a goal. It dawned on the incredulous fans (and players) that the ball had crept underneath the net having beaten the Downside ‘keeper en route. Downside 0-2 Brading.

Brading were now firmly in control and set up camp in the Downside half, with Rafferty looking particularly threatening on the right wing.

On 50 minutes, Henry played in Cian, who picked out a terrific pass to find Jenson, who effortlessly slotted past the goalkeeper for a well-deserved quick-fire brace, particularly as Jenson hobbled off part-way through the first half after picking up a knock.

In the dying moments, Harvey went close after a chipped ball through from George, and Jenson landed a shot on the roof of the net.

Full Time Downside 0-3 Brading

Another away-day, another victory! And, an important victory it was too. One more to go against title rivals Newport in a winner-takes-all battle will secure a famous double. This game, however, was not as comfortable as the scoreline might suggest. All credit to Downside who fought hard, and ensured that Brading did not merely coast their way towards the show-down with Newport.

Man of The Match: Kallum Orchard

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Vectis Youth U11s (h)      29th March 2015
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Charlie Wood
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harvey Fuller

As the season enters the ‘business end’, Kev Read was forced into shuffling his back yet. Skipper Kieran had been taken ill which prompted the boss to hand the armband to George and also to return the experienced defender to the back, but this time with a new partner, Henry. This enabled Jack, with a brace in his previous outing, to lead the line in attack.

The manager was soon rewarded for his tweaking of the line-up. After a flurry of early corners, Jenson found George on the edge of the Vectis box; George threaded the ball through to Jack who controlled the ball skilfully and fired into the net. Brading were ahead after only 3 minutes. Brading 1-0 Vectis Youth.

The boys were in determined form; the passion displayed in the previous match had not abandoned them , and two minutes later Jenson collected the ball in midfield; he advanced menacingly, evaded a Vectis defender and lifted an exquisite shot over the Vectis ‘keeper; the ball hit the stanchion and nestled in the back of the net. Brading were 2-0 to the good and scarcely 5 minutes had been played.

With the blustery conditions in Brading’s favour Jack and Jenson continued to fire shots at the Vectis goal which were well saved. The wind was beginning to cause as much problems to the Vectis defenders as their hosts. A clearance on the half-way line seemed to launch vertically, the ball then veered backwards towards the visitors’ goal and almost resulted in the most bizarre own goal imaginable.

On 16 minutes, George released Kallum who shot narrowly wide. Vectis were unable to escape their own half until 20 minutes. The visitors moved the ball forward with panache and a goal was averted by a quality save from Tai. The immediate danger had passed, but Brading were unable to hold on to the ball and the defence was outnumbered; once again Vectis cleverly moved the ball across the Brading penalty area creating an opportunity for a striker to fire into an empty net. Brading 2-1 Vectis Youth.

The visitors tails were up and once again the Brading defence was exposed; the boys owed Henry a huge debt of gratitude for a magnificent last ditch tackle. Moments later a long punt downfield from the Vectis defence was met by a striker and another fine tackle from Henry ensured that Brading’s lead was preserved. On 28 minutes, Tai bravely snuffed out further danger following another long ball downfield. As the half-time whistle blew, Brading’s attacking threat seemed to have been extinguished and Tai was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Half Time Brading 2-1 Vectis Youth.

Brading started the second half in a more spirited fashion. On 32 minutes, Jenson raced down the left flank, cut in and fired a shot which hit the inside of the post, rolled across the goal-line and incredibly refused to roll over the line. A minute later, Henry fed Cian who, in turn, found Jack, who tried to bend a shot around the ‘keeper but the ball sadly missed the target.

The boys did not have to wait long before asserting their second half superiority. Once again, Jenson carved open a path in the Vectis defence and blasted home his second goal of the game. Brading 3-1 Vectis Youth.

In spite of the windswept conditions, Brading were playing some great football. Kallum, Cian, Charlie and Jack were interchanging passes expertly and chances were beginning to stack up. Charlie and Jack in particular were unfortunate not to add to Brading’s tally.

Vectis sensed that there was still something for them in the game, particularly with the wind at their favour. Brading were forced to drop further back and defend very well. Jenson and Rafferty slotted into defensive wing-back roles to assist George and the imperious Henry. Tai remained calm under pressure and his handling was secure when required.

On 57 minutes, with the strong wind blowing into their faces, a poor Brading goal kick landed at the feet of a Vectis striker who received the gift gratefully. Brading 3-2 Vectis Youth.

Inevitably, Brading were hanging on with three minutes to go. In the last minute, Vectis Youth were awarded a corner, and there was a palpable sense of relief around Broadlea when the corner failed to threaten the Brading defence and the referee blew for full-time.

Full Time Brading 3-2 Vectis Youth

This was the second encounter against Vectis Youth in a month and the match resulted in the same scoreline and with Brading grimly hanging onto a lead. In truth, given the chances Brading created when in the ascendancy, the result should not have been as close as it reads. Nevertheless Vectis Youth are a tough nut to crack and warrant a great deal of respect. The boys will have to work extremely hard and remain focused if they want to complete a hat-trick of victories against Vectis this season, and in process bring the Under 11 Cup back to Broadlea.
Man of the Match: Rafferty Boyd-Kerr

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Rew Valley U11s (h)        22nd March 2015
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
Jack Dyer
Kieran Barsdell
George Downer
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Kallum Orchard
Harry Burton

Subs: Rafferty Boyd-Kerr, Harvey Fuller, Harri Thavaseelan, Charlie Wood

After last week’s scintillating display against Isle of Wight Community Club, boss Kev Read kept faith with the new formation for the middle-leg of three testing home fixtures. Rew Valley had on two previous occasions already this season provided the boys with a stern test at Ventnor. Hopefully there would be no slip-ups or complacency as the boys sought to complete the hat-trick over today’s rivals.

Brading were soon on the front foot with Jenson and Cian linking particularly well in midfield. However, the visitors were soon asking questions but Tai had all the answers. Two competitive midfields were cancelling each other out and the boys appeared to drawn into playing very narrowly and eschewing any width.

On 14 minutes, the home supporters had their hearts in their mouths as following a long throw, a back-header stranded Tai and deflected just past Tai’s post. Moments later Cian broke forward accelerating down the right flank and won a corner. From the resulting corner, a great passing move involving Jenson, Kieran and Henry worked the ball across the Rew Valley penalty area, teeing the ball up perfectly for Kallum to slam home. Brading 1-0 Rew Valley.

Rather than effortlessly move through the gears, the boys tended to sit back. On 20 minutes, from an apparently innocuous position, Brading dwelt on the edge of the box and an aimless flick upfield fell to Rew Valley sweeper, Devon, who lobbed the ball high over the Brading defence. The ball landed on the stanchion and dropped into the net past a bemused Tai. The crowd was left bemused by the temerity of the strike. Brading 1-1 Rew Valley.

It required this setback to propel the boys into action. Jenson collected the ball in his own half and spotted George in space on the left wing. George outpaced Devon to the ball and raced towards the penalty area. As the goalkeeper advanced, he pulled the ball back into Rafferty’s path to sweep the ball home. Brading 2-1 Rew Valley.

Half Time Brading 2-1 Rew Valley

The second half started quietly, but it soon became apparent that Rew Valley were determined to get on terms. The early warning system was activated when a long ball was held up in the wind. A Rew Valley striker bundled the ball into the net but was adjudged to have bundled tai into the net at the same time and the referee disallowed the ‘goal.’ Devon then tried to double his tally firing narrowly wider, and then Brading lost possession in the left back position and the Rew Valley striker wasted no time in pouncing on the mistake and equalising. Brading 2-2 Rew Valley.

Keen to regain the lead, Kev Read reorganised his troops and sent Jack forward to add his prolific finishing skills to the forward line, and dropping George back into his familiar position alongside Kieran. This tactical switch almost paid an immediate dividend. George sent a free kick up to Jack who turned, shot and rattled the crossbar.

On 46 minutes controversy enveloped Broadlea, as Jack apparently sprung the Rew Valley offside trap to race clear, only to be thwarted by a late flag, which prompted a sharp intake of breath from the home support. To rub salt into this apparent wound, Rew Valley advanced from the free kick, outfoxed the Brading defence and forced a wonderful save from Tai. However, a Rew Valley striker followed in for a tap in, giving the visitors the lead. Brading 2-3 Rew Valley.

Could this be the turning point in Brading’s long season, with the boys preparing yet again having to settle for second place? A defeat would certainly take Brading’s destiny out of their own hands. This was not a scenario Jack, for one, was going to accept. With his heart pumping through his crimson shirt, the veins on his neck standing proud, he was yelling a motivational speech to his teammates. The name Jack Dyer today would have sat comfortably alongside Churchill and Shakespeare:

‘The game’s afoot: Follow your spirit: and upon this charge, Cry God for Harry, [Brading and St] George, Jenson, Kieran etc…..’

Fittingly, after several sighters, Jack demonstrated his passion in the best was possible by popping up with the leveller. Brading 3-3 Rew Valley.

A weight had been lifted from the boys’ shoulders and they began to play with their usual fluency. A free kick from Jenson on the right hand edge of the penalty area evaded the massed ranks in the Rew Valley box. It looked as if the chance had disappeared but Kallum reached the ball and steered it back into the danger zone, where is was diverted into the net by a Rew Valley defender for an own goal. Brading 4-3 Rew Valley.

Remarkably, the boys had turned the game on its head, and there was just time to add a little daylight between the teams. Appropriately, Jack took possession of the ball in the inside left position; he controlled it adeptly and fired into the back of the net.

Full Time: Brading 5-3 Rew Valley.

This was not the prettiest game to watch as the long season reaches the business end, but without doubt it showed the heart and determination the boys have. Clearly, the boys have an amazing desire. True, the season might unfold with the boys finishing runners-up again, but today proved that they will not leave one jot of blood sweat or tears in the dressing room, and the manager and supporters cannot ask for anything else. A special mention should be made for Kev, who arguably turned the game by sending Jack forward and was rewarded with his 26th and 27th goals of the season, just when they were really needed.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v  Isle of Wight Community Club U11s (a)       15th March 2015
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
Jack Dyer
Kieran Barsdell
George Downer
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Charlie Wood

Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Kallum Orchard, Harri Thavaseelan

With the fit-again Jack returning to action, boss Kev Read took the opportunity to re-format the team, ahead of the crucial last few games of the season. Jack slotted into a sweeper’s role allowing George greater licence to push forward, with Henry the deeper midfielder in a diamond formation. Isle of Wight Community Club proved a tough nut to crack in the reverse fixture, with the boys relieved to escape Cowes with a point. Another close encounter was eagerly anticipated.

Brading were keen to show the visitors that the performance at Cowes was not representative of a team which had previously carried all before them. Jenson soon found Cian who skilfully worked space for a shot, but fired just over the bar. Meanwhile, Jack was sweeping up tidily at the back, whilst Tai nullified any long balls towards his goal.

Rafferty was finding a great deal of joy on the right flank; his hard work and trademark enthusiasm was earning Brading a series of corners and on 11 minutes Brading deservedly took the lead. George failed to give up a lost cause and chased down an IWCC defender, pressurizing him to cede possession. George pulled the ball back from the bye-line to Cian, who unselfishly laid the ball off to Charlie to slot home. Brading 1-0 Isle of Wight Community Club.

Moments later, Brading doubled their lead. A fine passing move orchestrated by the Brading midfield was finished off by Rafferty , a goal which justly rewarded his tireless industry. Brading 2-0 Isle of Wight Community Club.

Brading were firmly entrenched in the IWCC half. Kieran strode forward imperiously and launched a shot, which was deflected wide. Jack also tried his luck from distance. The boys were fully enjoying their day; after a couple of stuttering performances, the boys were playing with tempo, rhythm and fluidity. Jenson, George and Henry held the midfield in a vice-like grip.

On 26 minutes, Jenson held the ball up in the outside left position; he spotted the run of George and laid the ball off. George powered into the IWCC penalty area and was unceremoniously upended. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. George was nominated to take the spot kick and coolly dispatched it to the bottom left hand corner.

Drama then ensued as the visitors protested that the referee had not actually placed the ball on the penalty spot. Indeed, it was further away from the goal, so the letter of the law had to be applied and the referee ordered George to re-take the kick. Fortunately, he remained unflustered and crashed the second attempt straight down the middle. Brading 3-0 Isle of Wight Community Club.
Brading remained dominant as the first half drew to a close. Half Time: Brading 3-0 Isle of Wight Community Club.

It was clear that IWCC had not done justice to themselves in the first half hour. They resumed the match a much livelier proposition. Tai was called into action several times during the first few minutes after the resumption. Momentarily, the boys struggled to get their passing together and were playing far too narrowly.

On 39 minutes, Brading conceded a free kick on the edge of their penalty area. The move was cleverly executed, with a one-two followed by a shot which lobbed over Tai into the back of the net. Brading 3-1 Isle of Wight Community Club.

The goal recharged Brading and shortly after the restart, the boys were awarded a free kick of their own, which was equally well-worked. Jenson fired to the edge of the box, where the ball was held up by George; he moved the ball into the path of Henry who hit a scorcher into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Brading 4-1 Isle of Wight Community Club.

It was now time dust off the party pieces. Harry and Harri worked a classy one-two on the left wing, whilst Kieran and George provided a constant supply for Rafferty on the right wing. The boys enjoyed plenty of possession but were unable to add to their tally.

Full Time: Brading 4-1 Isle of Wight Community Club.

This was one of the boys’ best performances of the season; they played attractive free-flowing football and for long periods of the game were dominant against very useful opposition. Indeed, IWCC are second in the league, and that is earned on merit by mid-March. Kev’s decision to freshen the team by altering the formation appeared to have been a master-stroke. If the diamond formation could always guarantee a performance like this one, then there is only tune that the boys could run out to. Cue Shirley Bassey………………………..
Man of the Match: Kallum Orchard

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Newport U11s (h) 1st March 2015
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Henry Allen
Cian Preston
Kallum Orchard
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Charlie Wood, Matthew Woolford

Broadlea was to pay host to a fixture between the only two unbeaten sides in the league. This really seemed like a Clash of The Titans. Anticipation was high and curiosity was heightened following Newport’s exit from the Under 11 Cup the previous weekend, leaving Brading the only team likely to eye ‘the double.’ But, how would today’s visitors respond?

Brading kicked off, and the boys began by passing the ball around confidently, with Jack and Jenson linking impressively. Henry and Cian pushed forward and fashioned chances but the Newport defence was equal to it.

After ten minutes of watching Brading enjoy the bulk of possession, Newport displayed an expansive passing game, forcing Tai to react alertly to smother the danger. Newport then forced a series of corners. After dealing with these crosses, Brading were exposed following another great ball from the left flank. It was Kallum, who found himself required to track back deep into his own territory to avert the danger.

The Newport express continued to gather momentum and Brading could scarcely muster an attack worthy of the name; the boys were hanging on by the fraying strands of their bootlaces. George and Tai in particular were working overtime to keep the goal intact.

Just as boss Kev Read was banking on the half time whistle to re-organise and re-energise the team, the inevitable happened on 27 minutes. A Newport winger raced down the left flank and cut the ball back from the by-line. The ball was not cleared and the Newport striker had a simple chance to put the visitors ahead. Brading 0-1 Newport.

Half Time: Brading 0-1 Newport.

Brading started the second half determined to fight back. Kallum was determined to impose himself on the game and orchestrated some forays down the Newport right flank, and finding room to fire a rare shot on goal. On 36 minutes, Kieran purposefully carried the ball out of defence before finding Cian. Cian then found Jack, whose shot narrowly missed the left hand post. Brading were getting closer to finding an equaliser.

Unfortunately the Brading charabanc began to run out of puff, as Newport began to pile on the pressure as the half continued. Following a Jenson corner on 48 minutes, Newport broke forward. The ball, which Jenson thought was heading safely out for a goal, was pounced upon by a determined Newport striker, who fired at goal. Fortuitously, Brading had a man on the line who was able to divert the ball to safety. It was not long before Newport doubled their lead. On so many occasions during the season, Brading’s strikers had punished the opposition as a result of sloppy goal kicks. It was Brading’s turn to taste the medicine. The ball was given away on 52 minutes from a goal kick, allowing a Newport striker to slot home with aplomb.

In the last minute, Newport seized possession on the Brading left; again the Newport striker headed for the by-line; this time a shot was launched from an acute angle and nestled into Tai’s net.

Full Time Brading 0-3 Newport

This result was simply inexplicable. It was totally out of character and at variance from the performances in recent weeks, which had witnessed 30 goals (with 2 conceded) since the turn of the year. True, Newport were a talented and well-drilled outfit, but the Brading boys simply did not compete or offer much in the way of a threat, and I am sure they would be the first to admit that it was an all round bad day at the office. Disappointingly, nobody managed to get their name on the scoresheet. Perhaps it is testament to how far the team has progressed and improved that this was the team’s first blank for nearly two years. (17th March 2013 v Gurnard h 0-2). Over the course of a season, a surprise result is bound to crop up and it is a credit to the boys that the supporters have had to wait until March to witness it!

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v  Gurnard U11s (h).  15th February 2015
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Henry Allen
Matthew Woolford
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Cian Preston
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harvey Fuller, Harri Thavaseelan, Charlie Wood

The magic of the Cup returned to Broadlea, as Brading prepared to take on Gurnard with a place at Beatrice Avenue at stake for the winners. It had seemed an interminable wait since the hard-fought quarter-final victory at Rew Valley, almost three months ago to the day. Curiously, Brading’s previous fixture had been another formidable victory against Rew Valley, so the omens were well placed as kick off approached.

Brading kicked off and seized the initiative from the outset. George and Matthew linked well on the left, whilst Rafferty’s tenacity gained an early corner on the right. Gurnard found themselves immediately on the back foot.

The visitors made their first meaningful foray into the Brading half after 6 minutes but were thwarted by a challenge from George. Brading won possession from the resulting throw-in and Jenson launched a perfect through ball for Jack to run onto. Brading’s leading scorer kept his composure; he raced forward and slotted home. Brading 1-0 Gurnard.

Jack, Jenson and Rafferty immediately pushed forward looking for a quick-fire second, but Gurnard held firm. On 15 minutes, Henry gained possession in midfield and fed Jenson. He curled his shot around the defender but was well saved by the Gurnard keeper. Jenson had another two great opportunities a moment later, but inexplicably his radar was not working. Nevertheless, Jenson remained in the thick of the action. He curled a free kick into the penalty area and the Gurnard goal was not breached owing to the outstretched boot of a Gurnard defender. In truth, the ball could have deflected anywhere.

On 24 minutes, Jack showed he could be provider as well as goalscorer. He combined well with Charlie in the outside left position; Jack sent in a dangerous cross which was not dealt with by the Gurnard defence, and there was Rafferty on hand to prod the ball home. Brading 2-0 Gurnard.

As the half ended, the visitors rallied and forced a corner. Jenson, defended the cross and stormed the length of the pitch, holding off all challenges, but unfortunately merely troubled the side netting. That would have been some goal to close the first half entertainment.

Half Time Brading 2-0 Gurnard

Gurnard restarted the match and caught their hosts fast asleep at the start of the second period. They cut through the Brading defence, and a Gurnard striker found himself one on one with Tai. Luckily, the shot evaded both Tai and the goal. Gurnard were passing the ball with more aplomb and penning Brading into their own half.

The boys managed to weather the storm and gradually imposed themselves on the game as the half wore on. Kev moved decisively to bolster the defence by moving Jack to a sweeper role to counter the Gurnard threat. He soon showed the value of this move as Gurnard tried again to reduce the deficit. A chance was created but Jack bravely blocked the shot.

Brading finished the stronger. With five minutes to play, Jenson, Charlie and George peppered the Gurnard goal, however the Gurnard ‘keeper was equal to the task. Henry also fired a shot on target but his effort was saved by a prostrate Rafferty laying on the Gurnard goal-line. Brading, though, were not to be denied a third. George gained possession in the centre of the park; he played an exquisite ball to Rafferty, who flicked it on to Charlie to pass into the net for a superbly worked goal.

There was still time for Gurnard to try to fight back. A free kick on the edge of the Brading box was fired directly towards the bottom left hand corner, but was expertly tipped round the post by Tai. There was no time for the corner to be taken, as the referee blew the final whistle, sending the boys to a third successive cup final.

Although Gurnard gave a good account of themselves, the boys had enough in the locker and a little more class to get the job done. Players and supporters alike could look forward to a Spring afternoon at East Cowes, and the only pressing questions now were which hotel to book, what suits to order for the boys and whether the BBC or Sky Sports would be bidding for the TV rights, though the smart money is on the coverage being provided by a parent’s surreptitiously placed I-Phone!

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Gurnard U11s (h).  11th January 2015.
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Henry Allen
Matthew Woolford
Harvey Fuller
Kallum Orchard
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Cian Preston, Charlie Wood

The boys returned to action after the Christmas break to face a tricky encounter against long-time rivals Gurnard. The visitors had been languishing in the lower reaches of the table before Christmas but surely this was a false position?

Brading immediately took the game to Gurnard, and displayed their trademark passing skills from the first whistle. Almost before the home spectators had been relieved of the boys’match-fees, a corner was dispatched by Jenson from the left; the ball fell to Jack who lifted the ball over the bar.

It did not take Jack long to make amends; after a scrappy passage of play, a breath-taking exhibition of neat, short passing between Jenson and Harvey carved a opening through the Gurnard defence, before Harvey played Jack in to slot home after 7 minutes from close range. Brading 1-0 Gurnard.

The goal was richly deserved following a superb passing move. Unfortunately, the goal spurred the visitors forward, and on 12 minutes, they won a free kick on the left hand edge of the Brading penalty area. The free kick looked very innocuous, and there was no pressure exerted on the Brading defence. However, the ball was cleared from in front of Tai and it fell to a Gurnard striker, whose crisp first time shot passed Tai and nestled in the back of the net. Brading 1-1 Gurnard.

Moments later, the hosts earned a free kick themselves, as Kieran made a powerful surge through the Gurnard half, evading several challenges before being pushed off the ball. An indirect free kick was awarded; fortunately the boys were aware and the ball was laid off to Jenson who placed an exquisite free kick over the Gurnard defence; the ball crashed against the bar before landing safely in the ‘keepers arms.

The Gurnard stopper was soon in the thick of the action once more; he came out of his area to clear the ball, but failed to dispose of it allowing Brading an attempt on goal. However, the ball decided it was preferable to engage in a spot of pinball on the edge of the Gurnard box, denying the Brading strikers a clear attempt to convert.

Nevertheless, Brading maintained a grip on possession and the boys’ increased influence was evidenced by a series of corners. On 23 minutes, George gained the ball near the centre circle and who set Charlie away on the left wing. Upon reaching the by-line, he played a beautifully weighted ball into the box for Jack to gain his and Brading’s second. Brading 2-1 Gurnard.

A minute later, Charlie almost turned from provider to scorer as a powerful shot was well saved. He was causing the visitors immense problems on the left wing, and the visitors were doubtless grateful for the half time whistle.

Half Time Brading 2-1 Gurnard

As the match resumed, Kallum began causing the visitors a headache on the right wing. Jenson sprayed a wonderful crossfield pass into the winger’s path; he turned several defenders inside and out, but sadly the end product did not match the breath-taking skills of the approach play.

On 41 minutes, Jenson took possession in midfield, ably supported by Kieran. The Brading skipper weaved his way into the Gurnard penalty area before sending a teasing low cross from the right flank. Matthew met the cross but the Gurnard ‘keeper did just enough to ensure that the shot went wide.

Five minutes later, the Gurnard ‘keeper attempted to smother a Brading free kick, but the ball squirmed away and yet again, when a clear goal scoring opportunity seemed to present itself, the ball had other ideas and Henry’s snatched shot could not find the target.

With only a one goal advantage against a determined Gurnard outfit, a sense of hesitancy and lack of fluidity seemed to envelope the boys. They did not know whether to stick or twist. Gurnard supporters sensed a means back into the game encouraging their boys and reminding them that another goal would be an equaliser, whilst Brading boss, Kev Read urged his team not to panic and keep possession of the ball as the minutes ticked away.

The Gurnard goalkeeper continued to thwart any efforts Brading made to engineer a two goal cushion, by keeping shots away. On 53 minutes, Jenson swung in a low corner from the left and Charlie cleverly ducked and directed a back header skilfully towards goal. This audacious effort sadly rustled only the side-netting.

Full Time Brading 2-1

As always, Gurnard offered a stern test for the boys. Clearly their lower standing in the league did not reflect the team’s tenacity and determination. Brading had to work hard for the victory and began to lose a little composure towards the end of the game. Nevertheless, this should not overshadow the fact that Brading undoubtedly did enough to win the game and played some mesmerizing football with Jenson controlling the midfield for long periods whilst Charlie and Kallum put the Gurnard defenders into a tailspin with their attacking prowess on the wings.
MOM: Kallum Orchard

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v IW Binstead U11s (h)      14th December 2014
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Harvey Fuller
Henry Allen
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Charlie Wood

Subs: Harry Burton, Jack Dyer, Jenson Norman, Harri Thavaseelen, Matthew Woolford

The boys’ final game before the Christmas break heralded a reverse of the opening day’s fixture against Binstead, and the weather could not have provided a greater contrast to the balmy late summer morning in September when the teams last met. Manager, Kev Read shuffled his pack providing Harvey with his second start of the season.

Brading started the match in a positive fashion and within 2 minutes, George and Henry were combining well on the right wing, with Henry’s shot narrowly missing the target. There followed a period of sustained Brading pressure, which Binstead managed to withstand. Brading continued to attack, probing on the left flank, with the ball played into Cian, who pushed his shot just wide.

Binstead were holding firm, so the boss brought on Jenson; this proved a master-stroke as Brading’s mercurial playmaker opened the scoring within moments of entering the fray. Brading 1-0 Binstead.

On 10 minutes, Jenson doubled his and Brading’s account. He picked the ball up on the left wing, and danced with great control into the box and angled a precise shot into the corner of the net. Brading 2-0 Binstead.

George continued to raid forward combining with the midfield. He neatly exchanged passes with Kallum, who in turn fed Jack, but was thwarted by a fine save by Jabel Philpott in the Binstead goal.

Brading did not have to wait long to add to their tally. Cian continued his fine recent scoring form, with a well-taken effort from the inside right channel. Brading 3-0 Binstead.

On 20 minutes, composed passing in the Binstead box between Harry and Harvey resulted in a ball across the face of the Binstead goal which Jack tucked away in typical poacher’s fashion. Brading 4-0 Binstead.

Two minutes later, a corner swung in from the left was met with strength and determination by Harvey who deservedly opened his account for the season. Brading 5-0 Binstead.

Brading closed the half in ebullient mood, displaying tricks and party pieces as confidence was soaring, rounded off by a super goal from Jack who raced clear of the Binstead defence and delicately lofted the ball over Jabel’s head into the net with the precision of a golfer pitching onto a green. Brading 6-0 Binstead.

Half Time Brading 6-0 Binstead.

As the second half progressed, Brading pinned the visitors further back and on 37 minutes gained a corner from the left. Harry sent the ball goalwards, but a last ditch save merely sent the ball back into the danger area. George was gratefully on hand to nod the ball into the gaping net. Brading 7-0 Binstead.

With a third of the match to play, the officials became as busy as any player on the pitch. On 40 minutes, Rafferty was bundled over inside the Binstead penalty area. The referee acknowledged the billowing flag and pointed to the spot. Harry was nominated to take the spot-kick, but his powerful shot was well saved by Jabel. Poor Harry’s luck did not improve after Rafferty steamed forward, unleashed a shot which rebounded to Harry, who hit the post from close range.

Controversy was averted with ten minutes left to play. Brading were awarded a free kick half way inside the Binstead half. Jenson had not noticed that the referee’s arm was raised signalling an indirect free-kick, and thundered a trademark free kick past Jabel into the back of the net. Fortuitously for Brading, the keeper managed to get his finger-tips to the ball, which therefore allowed the goal to stand. Unfortunately, in spite of a skilful free-kick, the goal cannot be awarded to Jenson as the official clearly had his arm raised, and must be chalked up as an own goal. One can only imagine what might have ensued if the goalkeeper had not touched the ball on its flight-path?

Brading managed to reach double figures in the final five minutes. On 55 minutes, a weak goal kick fell straight to Jack who accepted gleefully, who completed a remarkable 5th hat trick before Christmas. Two minutes later, another Jenson corner from the left was merely parried by the Binstead defence, allowing Harri to prod home for his first and Brading’s tenth.

Full Time Brading 10-0 Binstead

A comfortable win catapulted Brading back to the top of the table following the latest round of results, and deservedly so. The boys have been in terrific form, remaining unbeaten during the first half of the season, progressing to the cup semi-finals as well as topping the table. True, no medals are handed out in December, but credit must be given to Kev who has skilfully managed his squad in spite of injuries and absences. However, special praise to the boys; indeed as well as averaging approximately 6 goals per game, Tai and his defenders did not concede a goal from open play until 16th November. A truly remarkable first half of the season which bodes well for the months ahead.
MOM: Rafferty Boyd-Kerr

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v IW Community Club U11s (a)    7th December 2014
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Matthew Woolford
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Cian Preston

Subs: Harvey Fuller, Harri Thavaseelen Charlie Wood

The unpredictable late autumn weather imposed another three week break between fixtures, whilst today’s opponents, IW Community Club (IWCC) flourished, leapfrogging Brading to the top of the table. Thus, the fixture list had thrown up Brading’s third first v second match out of the eight games played.

Brading kicked off and showed early promise with Rafferty, Matthew and Jenson fashioning an early opportunity. However, IWCC were not phased and began probing the Brading defence, which was equal to the task. When IWCC outwitted George and Kieran, the hosts found Tai in great form, making a series of tremendous saves.

The game sprang to life on 10 minutes when Rafferty’s pace found him one on one with the advancing IWCC goalkeeper. The ‘keeper raced out of his box at such pace that he unceremoniously up-ended the Brading forward. Amid great speculation amongst the travelling supporters, the referee refrained from reaching for a card; from the visiting fans’ vantage point, this undoubtedly looked like a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Jenson took the resulting free-kick, and the goalkeeper made a fine save turning the ball around the post. This could have been regarded as a particular injustice.

On 17 minutes, a Brading corner was comfortably dealt with by IWCC who raced upfield, and with no cover, the IWCC striker skilfully lobbed Tai to put the hosts into the lead. IWCC 1-0 Brading.

Within 3 minutes, the boys were hopelessly out of position, with advancing runners not being marked. The ball was played into the Brading box from the right wing, and an easy tap in was presented to the IWCC striker. IWCC 2-0 Brading.

Moments before half time, Brading had a great chance to halve the deficit. Kieran gained possession and set Jenson moving forward. Jenson, in turn, lofted a beautiful pass to Rafferty, who played the ball into the path of Matthew, who shot narrowly wide. The half ended with a super exhibition of football from the boys, which offered some encouragement for the second half.

Half Time IWCC 2-0 Brading.

Brading started the second half as they ended the first, with Kallum, Kieran and Jenson fashioning an opportunity for Rafferty.

On 34 minutes, Brading gained a toe-hold in the match thanks to a piece of individual brilliance from Jenson. He picked the ball up on the edge of the IWCC box and crafted a deft lob over the IWCC keeper. IWCC 2-1 Brading.

The boys kept up the pressure winning a series of corners. The watching spectators thought Brading had equalised when a corner from the right was adeptly flicked goalwards by Harri, only for a IWCC defender to clear the ball off the line. On 45 minutes, another effort from Jenson was turned past the post. From the ensuing corner, Kallum’s great delivery found Cian who slotted home at the far post. Brading had deservedly equalised. IWCC 2-2 Brading.

Brading pressed forward to garner all three points. On 52 minutes, George raced forward along the left wing, before cutting the ball back to Matthew, whose shot was well smothered by the IWCC goalkeeper. A minute later, Jenson powered into the IWCC and unleashed a shot, which again was well saved by the IWCC keeper.

As the clock ticked down, the momentum of the game swung back towards IWCC, and Brading found themselves clinging on. A free kick from the left hand edge of the penalty area caused some confusion in the Brading box, but George and Tai managed to avert the danger. As Tai released the ball, it fell to Charlie who made a hurried clearance almost firing into his own net, providing another heart in the mouth moment for Brading’s supporters.

Full Time: IWCC 2-2 Brading

All in all, a fair result in a hugely entertaining game. It really was a game of two halves, with Brading winning the second half after showing signs of rustiness in the first half. True, top scorer Jack was absent through illness, and the boys felt that the referee could have made a different decision at a pivotal moment in the first half, but at the end of the season this match could represent a valuable point gained.

MOM: Rafferty Boyd-Kerr

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Rew Valley U11s (a)    Cup Quarter Final, 16th November 2014
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
Jack Dyer
Kieran Barsdell
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Matthew Woolford
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
George Downer

Subs: Harry Burton, Cian Preston, Harri Thavaseelen Charlie Wood

The draw for the cup quarter finals offered another mouth-watering tie, as Brading were pitted against second-place Rew Valley, who had enjoyed a fine run of form. If the boys were to progress in this season’s cup competition, they would have to earn any potential rewards. Manager, Kev Read started with the new defensive pairing of Kieran and Jack, allowing George to express himself further upfield. There was also a welcome return for Matthew after a lengthy spell on the sidelines after an injury.

Brading kicked off although Rew Valley made the more composed start to the game forcing Brading immediately on to the back foot. Within minutes, Brading conceded a free kick on the edge of their box. Rew Valley’s full back stepped up and floated a beautifully weighted free kick past Tai into the back of the Brading net. Rew Valley 1-0 Brading.

The goal prodded the boys from their slumbers and they galvanised themselves into action. George collected the ball on the right wing, passed the full back and sent an inviting cross into the box. This was not properly cleared and the ball fell invitingly to Henry, who rattled the bar from distance and the ball fell directly into the keeper’s arms. Moments later Rafferty also found joy on the right flank; his cross found Kallum who fired narrowly wide. Still, the boys could not break down a resolute Rew Valley. Next, Kallum attacked down the left wing; his cross caused problems and Cian’s shot hit the post.

The wave of Brading attacks continued. A corner from the right was deftly flicked goalwards by George; the ball flicked the outside of the post and trickled wide. Had Brading missed their chance to level the game up? Rew Valley dusted themselves down and began to re-assert themselves in what was turning out to be a hugely entertaining game.

On 17 minutes, Brading wrestled the initiative back from their hosts. Another right-wing corner from Jenson, found its way to Kieran, who whistled a shot wide. A minute later, the boys gained a well-deserved equaliser. Jack showed great strength on the left flank to hold off a challenge. He laid the ball off to Kallum, who crossed. Charlie expertly dummied the ball allowing Cian to follow up and lash the ball home. Rew Valley 1-1 Brading.

The game ebbed and flowed until the 28th minute, when Harry B tenaciously won the ball in midfield, before threading a super ball for Jack, (who had now swapped duties with George), to run onto and put Brading into the lead. Rew Valley 1-2 Brading.

The hosts were not to be outdone, however. On the stroke of half time, Rew Valley raced forward following a Brading corner, but Tai produced another world class save from his repertoire to maintain Brading’s lead.

Half Time Rew Valley 1-2 Brading.

The heavens opened at half time and did not relent for the remainder of the game, causing your scribe to take only the briefest of notes. However, the second half started in the same vein as the first with the hosts seizing the initiative. Rew Valley caught Brading napping and outfoxed the Brading defence and soon the match was all square. Rew Valley 2-2 Brading.

The goal revitalised Rew Valley who certainly had their tails up. The boys had to withstand a long period of pressure, but this was relieved by a tantalising move as George danced through the Rew Valley defence before flicking the ball onto Jenson, who in one movement passed the ball onto Jack to restore Brading’s lead. A goal to savour as Brading restored their advantage.

On 42 minutes, Brading extended their lead. Kieran showed great determination moving forward out of defence before passing the ball onto Jenson who coolly swept the ball home. Rew Valley 2-4 Brading.

Jenson capped an outstanding second half performance by running the length of the left wing before delightfully executing a lob over the keeper’s head. Rew Valley 2-5 Brading.

Brading further executed their superiority when Jack completed a fine hat trick, steering the boys into the hat for the semi-final draw. On this performance, the other teams surely will be eager to avoid Brading Town Colts Under 11s?

Full Time Rew Valley 2-6 Brading

Brading advanced to the cup semi –finals with a hard fought yet ultimately satisfying performance against a useful Rew Valley outfit. As the weather deteriorated, the quality of the boys’ football increased accordingly. An even first half was supplanted by a sublime second half performance which would rank with one of the team’s best, particularly in the atrocious weather conditions.

MOM: Jenson Norman

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Shanklin U11s. 19th oct 14.
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Henry Allen
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Charlie Wood

The vagaries of the fixture list pitted Brading with Shanklin, who the boys put to the sword in the Cup, merely 3 weeks ago. The match provided the visitors with an opportunity to show that they are better team than the Cup-tie suggested, whilst the boys were handed the opportunity to prove that they were indeed a superior outfit to high-flying Shanklin.

Brading kicked off and were soon on the front foot. After only 3 minutes, a Shanklin break was smartly broken down by Henry, who intelligently found Jenson, who threaded a cross-field ball into the path of Jack, who slotted home with aplomb. The visitors had scarcely drawn breath before they found themselves behind. Brading 1-0 Shanklin.

Jack was certainly in the mood for adding to his tally. Two minutes later, Cian thwarted Shanklin in midfield, who fed Jack to double his tally. Brading 2-0 Shanklin.

Shanklin responded with more vigour after finding themselves 2-0 down. However, Brading were defending stoutly, and Henry dropped back to assist George and Kieran each time Shanklin moved forward menacingly. The boys soon regained the initiative. Jenson tricked and turned his way through the Shanklin defence before laying off an inch perfect pass for Rafferty to slot home. Brading 3-0 Shanklin.

On 14 minutes, Kieran showed great determination and ploughed a furrow through the Shanklin half before being unceremoniously up-ended. The Brading skipper needed no persuasion to take the free kick and crashed a dipping shot onto the crossbar, which fell invitingly for Jack to complete a 15 minute hat-trick. Brading 4-0 Shanklin.

After racing into a convincing lead, perhaps it was inevitable that the game now became a bit scrappy; it was no surprise when Kieran was forced to give away a free kick on the edge of the Brading box. Tai organised his wall, but a superbly flighted free-kick was the first breach of Brading’s goal this season. Brading 4-1 Shanklin.

The visitors now grew in confidence and peppered Brading’s goal, with Tai compelled to make a string of super saves to maintain Brading’s 3 goal cushion. On the stroke of half-time, Brading ‘s defence was caught out on the right flank. The ball was squared across an empty penalty area, but fortunately for Brading, Shanklin’s striker pushed his shot wide. This was a lucky escape and Shanklin ended the half as the better side.

Half Time: Brading 4-1 Shanklin

Words of wisdom from boss Kev Read clearly paid dividends. Kallum and Jack moved the ball forward before picking out Jenson on the edge of the area to fire the ball home. Brading 5-1 Shanklin.

A minute later, Jack showed great strength on the right wing, cutting the ball back for Cian to crash the ball home. Brading 6-1 Shanklin.

Shanklin resolutely tried to maintain a foothold in the match. The visitors continued to ask questions but Tai responded with another masterclass of goalkeeping. The hosts rode their luck on 39 minutes when poor defending from a corner resulted in the ball being played across the Brading goalmouth, before being deflected wide.

Kallum relieved the pressure on the Brading goal, displaying his trademark trickery on the left wing. The clever winger caused Shanklin problems forcing a series of corners but with no end result. As in the first half, the game became scrappy as the half progressed, probably due to a series of substitutions and positional changes. Nevertheless, George, Henry and Rafferty linked well to set up Kieran to open his account for the season, prompting unbridled joy from the Brading skipper. Brading 7-1 Shanklin.

The captain’s goal inspired Brading to finish the game in a rousing manner. Jack worked well on the left wing and flashed the ball back across the Shanklin box. Kallum called for Henry to leave the ball, which proved to be a good decision, as he smote the ball powerfully into the Shanklin net.

Full Time: 8-1

Overall, another fine performance from the boys, particularly against a Shanklin side perched in the loftier regions of the league table. As ever, when Brading execute their skilful passing game, they are unstoppable and provide a great sight for their loyal supporters.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Gurnard. 5th Oct 14.

Starting line up

Tai Derry

George Downer

Kieran Barsdell

Jenson Norman

Cian Preston

Rafferty Boyd-Kerr

Kallum Orchard

Harvey Fuller

Jack Dyer

Subs: Harri Thavaseelan,  Charlie Wood

Illness to Henry Allen compelled manager Kev Read to shuffle his pack, once again revealing the squad’s strength in depth as Harvey Fuller gained his first start of the season alongside recalls to the starting line-up for Kallum Orchard and Cian Preston. An away fixture at Gurnard should always be treated with the utmost respect but it was suggested that the reigning Under 10 champions were in a state of transition and had lost their opening fixture by a considerable margin.

Indeed, it was the hosts who started the brightest. Their forward line were pulling the boys out of position throughout the early stages of the match and Brading were bereft of all fluency. On 9 minutes, Kieran bundled over the tricky George Humphrys just outside the Brading box, but was relieved to see the resulting free kick float over Tai’s crossbar. Slowly Brading began to arise from their slumbers. George motored down the right flank before crossing to Jenson who shot narrowly wide.

Brading were beginning to getting a foot-hold into the match. On 19 minutes, a super flowing move involving George, Charlie and Kallum set Kieran up for a dipping shot which was expertly tipped over the bar. From Jenson’s corner, Harri stole in front of his marker and lashed a volley inches past the post.

Gurnard responded by exposing Brading once again and Kieran clumsily conceded another free kick. The Brading skipper made amends by diverting the free kick behind for a corner. The corner was cleared and Kallum broke quickly up the left flank and weighted a perfect ball into Jack. This time, Brading’s marksman was tripped and a free kick on the edge of the Gurnard box was awarded. Jenson picked his spot and coolly slotted home through a crowded penalty area. Gurnard 0-1 Brading.

On the stroke of half-time, Brading were caught daydreaming and almost punished for not playing to the whistle as George Humphrys ran onto a ball over the top of the Brading defence and inexplicably put the ball wide when it seemed easier to score.

Half Time Gurnard 0-1 Brading.

Whether the hairdryer had made its first appearance of the season, only the boss and the players will ever know, but Brading started the second half in much brighter fashion. Kallum was causing problems roaming the left flank and soon set up Jack whose side-footed shot was well saved. Moments later, Rafferty powered through the Gurnard half and was only thwarted by a last ditch tackle from a Gurnard defender.

As the half progressed, Brading were exerting more and more pressure. Rafferty and Kieran both went close to doubling the boys’ lead and the hosts were merely conceding corners and free kicks. Nevertheless, Gurnard could not be written off, and as they attacked the Seaview Road end, Brading started panicking on the ball and the nerves were palpably jangling. Safety first defending seemed a distant memory.

On 50 minutes however, the nerves were expunged as Jack showed great strength on the right wing, holding off several challenges before cutting the ball back to Kallum who picked his spot beautifully for a richly deserved goal for the hardworking midfielder.

In the dying embers of the game, George linked well with Kallum on the left wing before the overlapping full back was clipped. Kallum took the resulting free kick, which drifted into the net, partly thanks to George’s dummy as he ducked underneath it.

Make no mistake, this was a stern test for the boys, who had to work hard for the victory. Gurnard remain a quality side and perhaps the scoreline flattered Brading. Nevertheless, Kev Read can take many positives from the game. Although the boys did not play with their usual fluency in the first half, they gained maximum points from a difficult away fixture, Tai has now played 4 hours of football without conceding a goal and there were excellent performances from the newer squad members and an entertaining cameo from Harri.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s MATCH REPORT

 (home) 28 Sept 14.

Starting line up

Tai Derry

George Downer

Kieran Barsdell

Jenson Norman

Charlie Wood

Harry Burton

Rafferty Boyd-Kerr

Henry Allen

Jack Dyer

Subs: Harvey Fuller, Kallum Orchard, Cian Preston

An early season foray into the Under 11’s Cup looked to be a mouth-watering encounter, as the draw pitted first v second in the fledgling league table. Manager Kev Read handed full debuts to Charlie Wood and Harry Burton in what appeared to be the glamour-tie of the round.

Brading, seemingly determined to reach a third successive cup final proved menacing from the outset, with Jack threatening the Shanklin goal after some fine link-up work between Jenson and George. Brading’s ace predator was soon rewarded slotting home following a quick throw-in on the right. Brading 1-0 Shanklin.

Shanklin responded in a lively fashion forcing Brading to defend a series of corners. Finally Jenson took controlled the ball in his own half, fed Jack on the half-way line who powered through the Shanklin half and unleashed a rasping shot which was turned round the post by the keeper. A minute later, Henry shot agonisingly wide of the post.

On 12 minutes, Henry was gain at the heart of the Brading threat. Combining intricately with Charlie, Henry drew the defence to him before squaring the ball across the Shanklin penalty area for Jack to tap in. Brading 2-0 Shanklin.

Jack almost grasped a quick-fire hattrick, after Jenson played a delightful ball into Jack, who unfortunately shot wide. Jenson soon added his name to the scoresheet as he fired an angled ball into the back of the net. Jack was determined to get his hattrick and this he duly achieved although further shots were thwarted by great goalkeeping from Shanklin’s stopper.

As half-time approached Brading were playing some sublime football. A back-heel from Jenson released Henry who raced forward and fired a left foot shot into the back of the net. Brading 5-0 Shanklin.

Jenson continued to mesmerize the Shanklin defence, exemplified by his pulling the goalkeeper as far out as the corner flag and causing panic in the Shanklin box, although his lofted shot was headed off the line.

On the stroke of half-time, Shanklin were offered a toe-hold back into the match. With Brading swarming forward in numbers seeking further glory, a long ball out of defence caught the boys napping. George made a last-ditch challenge but merely felled the Shanklin striker. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The Shanklin striker shot low to his right but Tai was not going to allow his clean sheet to be tarnished and dived full-stretch to his left and tipped the ball round the post.

Half Time Brading 5-0 Shanklin.

The visitors kicked off and started the second half brightly forcing Brading to defend a corner. Jack broke forward but was fouled mid-way into the Shanklin half. Jenson swung the ball into the box, but the ball evaded everyone.

Brading soon exerted pressure. Shanklin failed to clear a number of corners from Brading’s right. Panic and hesitation ensued before George reacted brightly to stab the ball home. Brading 6-0 Shanklin.

Rafferty and Jenson were combining with pace and skill on Brading’s left flank. Rafferty’s great form continued with a quick-fire double. He skilfully saw on opportunity from long range on the left flank and scored a beautifully executed goal. This was immediately followed by his trademark tenacity in pouncing upon a poor goal kick and firing the ball low into the back of the net. Brading 8-0 Shanklin.

Shanklin still continued to show glimpses of form. In patches, the visitors played some delightful football, as a super cross caught Brading out but the Shanklin striker shot narrowly wide.

On 26 minutes, normal service was resumed as Kieran, achingly seeking his first goal of the season motored forward in the inside left channel and unleashed a powerful shot, which beat the Shanklin ‘keeper. Unfortunately for the skipper, the ball cannoned off the post directly into the path of Henry who gleefully smashed in the rebound.

Three minutes later, the post was rattled at the other end, as Brading fully exposed in their quest for double figures allowed a Shanklin striker to curl a shot past Tai, but the post fortuitously came to his rescue.

In the shadow of full-time, Brading reached double figures as George swept a loose ball into the Shanklin net for his second and Brading’s tenth of the match.

Full Time: Brading 10-0 Shanklin

This convincing win posted another statement of intent from the boys, dispatching of a useful Shanklin team with ease and underlining their confidence and determination to progress to a third consecutive cup final. Their reward, however, is to negotiate a tricky tie away to Rew Valley.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Downside U11s (home) 21st September 2014.
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Kallum Orchard
Henry Allen
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton,  Charlie Wood

A wrist injury to Matthew Woolford forced manager Kev Read to shuffle his pack, and in came Rafferty Boyd-Kerr for his first start of the season after his impressive display against Binstead in the previous game. A bumper crowd basked in the warm early-season sunshine in anticipation of opening home game of the season.

Initially, the expectant crowd might have been forgiven for wondering whether Brading were still in their slumbers after a scrappy opening, but Jenson and Henry soon galvanised the boys into action. They combined beautifully to set up a shot for Jack which was well saved. Moments later, Jack fed Kallum, whose shot drew a fine save from the Downside ‘keeper. From the resulting corner, Kallum returned the compliment by creating a chance for Jack.

However, it was a shot from distance which broke the deadlock. Henry received the ball in midfield before laying it off for Jenson, whose long range shot nestled into the corner of the net. Brading 1-0 Downside.

After 13 minutes, Downside enjoyed their best spell of the match, forcing a series of corners, which Brading dealt with comfortably. Indeed, Kieran headed the ball out defence into the path of Jenson, who powered forward before feeding the ball to Kallum, who in turn pulled the ball back to Jack who made no mistake. A third almost followed immediately as George fed Henry, who once again linked well with Jenson in the inside left channel, whose shot whistled agonisingly wide of the post.

Downside countered gaining a free kick on the edge of the Brading penalty area. Downside almost clawed a way back into the game, but Tai made a fine save to deny the visitors. Tai released the ball quickly and found Jack, who spotted Jenson, but once again a fine save denied the Brading playmaker. The Downside ‘keeper was called into action immediately afterwards as George spotted Charlie on the right flank, but his low shot was tipped round the post.

On the stroke of half-time, a further spell of Brading pressure led to a speculative shot from Jenson. However, panic stations broke out by players from both sides within the Downside box, as the defenders were unable to clear effectively, whilst Brading simply could not turn the ball home.

Half Time Brading 2-0 Downside.

Whatever the words of wisdom from manager Kev Read at half-time, Brading resumed in assertive mood after the break. After narrowly missing, Jack soon doubled his tally thumping the ball into the back of the net, yet more fine work from Jenson. Brading 3-0 Downside.

Brading, enjoying the ascendancy, began to play with great flair and fluidity. Jack almost gained a second consecutive hattrick, after some delightful interchanges between Rafferty and Kallum played Jack through. He outpaced the defence but his shot was well saved. On 52 minutes, Brading’s style was epitomised by a sweetly-struck volley from Rafferty following a Kallum corner. A minute later, George flew up the right wing before laying the ball off into the path of Henry, whose rasping shot was saved at full length by the keeper.

Brading were not to be denied further goals. Jenson grabbed a second goal following more fine work from Kallum.  Kallum was at the heart of most of Brading’s outstanding attacking play, no more so than in the dying embers of the game when he unselfishly capped a great performance by providing a sublime assist for Henry to slot home.

Full Time Brading 5-0 Downside.

This was a truly a fine team performance, with quality, style and flair backed up by a miserly defence. Tai, was equal to the task when called upon, and was justly rewarded with the man of the match award. Whisper it, but the boys have yet to concede a goal after two hours of football. This could prove to be a very exciting season………………

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 11s v Binstead U11s (away)…… 14th September 2014.
Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Matthew Woolford
Kieran Barsdell
Henry Allen
Kallum Orchard
Cian Preston
Jenson Norman
Jack Dyer

Subs: Rafferty Boyd-Kerr, Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Charlie Wood

Warm Autumnal sunshine greeted the start of a new campaign, with manager Kev Read unveiling a host of new signings to complement his seasoned veterans. The boys embarked on a season hoping to banish memories of the previous season, which culminated in an agonising defeat on penalties in the U-10s Cup Final.

Brading made a bright start to the game and soon made the most of the terrain by keeping Binstead penned in their own half, and were soon create notable opportunities. The boys made the best start possible to the season after only 5 minutes, Jenson swung in a corner from the right which the hosts failed to clear, with the ball popping up for George to steady himself and lash home. Binstead 0-1 Brading.

Within moments, Kallum reacted first to a poorly taken goal kick and coolly doubled Brading’s advantage.

Binstead were somewhat shell-shocked and only after 10 minutes did they make a foray into the Brading half, but any danger was soon averted, and defence was quickly turned into attack, but alas Jack was flagged for the boys’ first competitive off-side call. Nevertheless, Jack intelligently timed his next run to perfection but unluckily shot into the side netting. Next, he was thwarted by a tremendous save from the Binstead ‘keeper.

Jack was soon justly rewarded after a determined run from Kieran on the left flank; the Brading skipper played a delightful cross into the Binstead penalty area, which Jack turned in with a deft touch. Binstead 0-3 Brading.

Had jack been applying finesse to his pace and strength during the off-season? Minutes later, another delicate touch from the marksman saw Brading’s 9 grab a quick-fire double.

As the half settled down, Kev Read made a number of substitutions which illustrated Brading’s strength in depth as Rafferty, Charlie and Harry combined well. Rafferty was running the home side’s defenders ragged and was clearly enjoying himself. It was not long before Brading increased their lead through an emphatic strike by Henry. Binstead 0-5 Brading.

On the stroke of half-time, Binstead came close to scoring. Brading were unable to deal with a penetrating attack on their left, and subsequently failed to clear, but the ball refused to sit up to allow Jabel Philpott to launch a shot. Half Time Binstead 0-5 Brading
The second half resumed in similar fashion to the first, and the boys set the tone for what was to follow with a debut goal for Cian. Binstead 0-6 Brading.

The visitors’ pressure was relentless, but no clear opportunity arose in spite some mesmerising play from Jenson and Henry. It took a Binstead mistake for Brading to increase their advantage. Jenson pounced on to a loose ball on the right and delivered another inviting low cross which Matthew delicately turned into the net. Binstead 0-7 Brading.

Jenson was immediately denied by a fine save from the Binstead goalkeeper, however the rebound fell into the path of Rafferty who fired only inches wide of the right-hand post. The keeper’s good work was sadly undone when a poor goal kick was picked up by Jack who thundered home for an opening day hattrick. Binstead 0-8 Brading.

Next, there was another debut goal to celebrate as George’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper, with the ball falling into the path of Charlie who made no mistake. Binstead 0-9 Brading.

The goals continued to come for the boys. Brading reached double figures as Kallum intercepted some sloppy defending and caressed a shot into the back of the net. A minute later, Kallum was the architect of Brading’s third debut goal as he headed on a corner into the path of Henry, whose shot rebounded off the post into the path of Tai (Harry had taken up duty in nets) who did the rest.

Full Time Binstead 0-11 Brading.

Without question, the boys will face much sterner tests as the season progresses, but the game would have worked wonders for the boys’ confidence. Additionally, the game witnessed three debut goals providing Kev with a remarkable strength in depth, which augurs promisingly for the campaign ahead.

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