Under 12’s

Brading Town U12’s.

Manager: Simon Bligh & Marc Archer.

Sponsored by: Bartlett’s Service Station & Wrights Estate Agents.

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: Players are required to arrive 30 minutes before kick off (times to be advised).  Home matches will be played at Sandown Bay Academy North Site (old Sandham Middle)

: 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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Season 2016/17.

(info, as and when supplied by your manager(s).

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v West Wight.  (h) 27th September 2015.

Starting Line Up.

Tai Derry
George Robinson
Kieran Barsdell
George Downer
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Kallum Orchard, Charlie Wood

After a three week hiatus following the comprehensive dismantling of Binstead Allstars, the boys returned to action with a home fixture against West Wight. Boss Kev Read juggled his squad providing a season bow for Cian and Rafferty and unveiling new recruit George Robinson (George R) to the home supporters.

West Wight kicked off and looked useful in possession in the opening exchanges, with questions posed to Tai from the outset. Happily, the Brading stopper was able to provide the requisite answers.

Brading quickly settled, however, and with the first meaningful foray into the visitors half, Jenson took possession in midfield and played the ball to Rafferty who was closing in on goal from the flank. His shot was blocked but the ball fell to Jack, who still had much work to do. With his back to goal at the edge of the penalty area, the Brading marksman swivelled and fired a terrific shot into the roof of the net. Brading 1-0 West Wight.

On 12 minutes, the visitors caught Brading on the break. A WW winger advanced in the outside left position and crossed dangerously into the penalty area. The ball was heading for the Brading goal, but thankfully Tai was able to divert the ball away. However, the danger had not passed and it required Kieran to race back and complete the clearance.

The Brading skipper was the beating heart of his team. Moments later, he thwarted another WW attack and fed George in midfield, who moved the ball onto Jack, who was unable to take advantage. Nevertheless, Jack and Kallum were beginning to cause problems with their pace and movement, as indicated by the number of corners the hosts were beginning to tot up. Jenson floated one corner across which Kieran tried to steer home courtesy of a cheeky back-heel, but his showmanship was prevented a goal by a clearance off the line.

It wasn’t long however before Brading doubled their lead, thanks to a fine solo effort from Jenson. He outfoxed the WW defence after penetrating down the left flank, cut inside and unleashed a low shot past the keeper. Brading 2-0 WW.

On 27 minutes, Jenson came to the team’s rescue at the other end. WW escaped from their own half following another Brading corner. Kieran was isolated at the back and was unable to cope with marauding WW forwards. The striker found himself 1 on 1 with Tai, who squared the ball to his strike partner. The shot came in but Jenson raced back to send the ball out for a corner.
Jenson continued to exert his influence on the game. At the stroke of half time, he superbly kept close control and bamboozled the WW defence before a deft lay-off to Jack who calmly slotted home. Half Time: Brading 3-0 West Wight.

Brading started the second half where they left off in the first. Jenson and Kallum displayed their skilful trickery on the right wing, unleashing a game of pinball in the WW penalty area before Charlie took responsibility and unleashed a shot which hit the post.

The game now began to open up and WW enjoyed their best spell in the match. Indeed rather than settlers in the wild west, those from the west began to settle in the Brading half. Again, Brading’s defence was lacking in personnel and a lobbed shot crashed against the underside of the bar; the ball dropped on the goal line and bounced to safety. A further dangerous cross was only neutralised thanks to a flying header from George.

George gained some brief respite for the Brading defence as he embarked on a typically tenacious run but was unceremoniously upended on the edge of the box. Jenson took the resulting free kick but failed to trouble the keeper.

After this brief interlude, the initiative reverted back to the visitors. WW took advantage of some sloppy Brading defending; no meaningful pressure was applied to a WW striker who scored a simple goal to reduce the deficit. Brading 3-1 West Wight.

Inexplicably, it seemed that Brading had lost their composure in defence and the boys’ passing all but disappeared as WW finished the game the stronger. Tai was called into action on several occasions in the last few minutes to snuff out any lingering thoughts of a WW comeback.

Full Time Brading 3-1 West Wight

This game represented a stern test for the boys. If proof was needed, it surely demonstrated that concentration is required throughout the whole match. Rather than extend their comfortable half time lead, the boys handed WW the initiative in the second half and the visitors duly caused problems. Nevertheless, excellent first half performances, plus the mitigating factor that it was the first game of the season for some of the squad should not be overlooked. When all is said and done, boys claimed an important 3 points.

Man of The Match: Kieran Barsdell.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v Vectis Youth.  (a) 4th October 2015.

Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Kallum Orchard
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harvey Fuller, George Robinson, Charlie Wood

The boys were set for their sternest test of the new season so far. An away fixture ‘down the road’ against old rivals Vectis Youth, a fixture which last year produced three epic battles which Brading emerged narrowly victorious on each occasion. Kev Read opted for a very attacking line-up, perhaps to snuff out the Vectis threat from the outset.

This was indeed the case as Brading enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges. Rafferty in particular was causing problems with his pace on the flank, dispatching fine crosses for Jack to chase onto. Brading’s prolific striker looked potent and keen to add to his season’s tally. This was exemplified within 5 minutes as Rafferty floated a ball into the box for Jack to run onto and slot into the corner of the net. Vectis 0-1 Brading.

Brading’s football was easy on the eye, with precision passing against quality opposition. Indeed, concentration was imperative against good footballing opponents. Vectis were slowly clawing themselves back into the game but Brading’s defence were holding their hosts at bay.

On 13 minutes, Brading broke from inside their half following a Vectis free kick. Jenson found Jack in space in front of goal; sadly the shot was off-target. Vectis raced forward seeking to catch Brading out. An attack cutting in from the right was eventually stopped by Tai……at the third time of asking. It was certainly a ‘heart-in-the-mouth’ moment for the Brading supporters.

George then moved the ball out of defence; he found Jenson, who in turn played in Jack but the danger was averted. Once again, Vectis raced forward. The striker cut in from the edge of the box; his shot was parried by Tai. The Brading stopped took the pace off the ball, allowing George to make a valiant effort to clear the ball, but the angle of trajectory eluded him by a whisker, resulting in an equaliser for the hosts. Vectis 1-1 Brading.

The teams, so well-known to each other, began to cancel each other out. Perhaps the game needed a piece of individual brilliance to break the deadlock. Stand –up Jenson! He brought the ball under control, advanced down the left wing, keeping the ball under close control. The Brading playmaker then decided to turn 90° and cut across the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a thunderous shot, which gave the Vectis ‘keeper no chance. Vectis 1-2 Brading.

The goal injected confidence into the boys. George R, Rafferty and Jack combined menacingly just as the half time whistle blew. Half Time: Vectis 1-2 Brading.

Brading started the second half in the same as manner as the first. George and Charlie exerted pressure on the hosts and forced an early corner. George was involved in much of Brading’s best work. Aftre linking up positively with Charlie, he moved forward interchanging passes with Henry and launched a shot which narrowly evaded the goal.

At the other end, George and his fellow defenders were holding firm, and the hosts searched for an equaliser. Vectis were putting the boys under a great deal of pressure, but Tai was in inspired form. He continued to thwart any efforts Vectis managed to fire at his goal.

The longer the game continued, the more assured Brading became. Harvey was leading the line well, especially with his hold-up play. On 53 minutes, George glided forward, fed the ball to Jenson, who shot wide.

Brading found themselves encamped in their own half for the final moments. A free kick from the edge of the penalty area caused the visiting fans to hold their breath, but it was well-saved by Tai. The pressure was not relieved and Brading were forced to concede a raft of corners as nerves seemed to permeate the boys. Vectis, however were unable to capitalise and the boys held on for victory.

Full Time: Vectis 1-2 Brading.

Credit should be given to both sides for a game of fast-flowing, high quality football. Once again, there was precious little to separate the sides, and fortunately Brading were able to get their noses in front. The boys worked hard and played some terrific football, and with a series of tricky fixtures on the horizon, this game proved that the boys were in fine form ahead of a trip to last-season’s runner-up, Newport.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v Newport.  (a) 18th October 2015.

Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
George Robinson
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Kallum Orchard, Charlie Wood

The boys entered into the second of two extremely tough fixtures in fine fettle, following a pleasing performance against old rivals Vectis two weeks earlier. Another old rivalry was set to be renewed, this time against Newport, who Brading pipped to the title on the last day of last season. Kev opted for an extra defensive player by promoting George Robinson to the starting line-up.

Newport were determined to erase memories of last season and asserted themselves from the start. Brading were having to soak up a great deal of pressure and defending some well worked Newport corners. Thankfully, Tai was untroubled and Brading made a rare sortie into the Newport half and gained a corner.

Jenson teased a corner high into the Newport penalty area. It seemed to hang tantalizingly in the air causing panic in the Newport defence and the ball found its way into the back of the net. Against the run of play, somewhat, Brading had taken the lead. 1-0.

Brading now started to work the ball around with confidence and Henry, Cian and Jenson well controlling the midfield forcing Newport to back-peddle. Newport, however, continued to pose problems on the break. On 9 minutes, Newport attacked on their right flank and shot towards goal. Kieran manfully tried to steer the ball wide but the ball evaded him and the hosts were on level terms.

Newport now seemed to wrestle control of the game; minutes later, Newport had a great chance to take the lead but the striker blasted the ball wide. As Newport’s dominance grew, Brading seemed uncharacteristically out of sorts, and the boys were clearly agitated. Thankfully, a goal calmed the situation down. In almost a carbon copy of his goal a fortnight ago, Jenson picked up possession on the right flank from a throw-in. He danced across the edge of the penalty area to work an angle for a shot, and fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Newport 1-2 Brading.

It was Brading’s turn to enjoy a spell of superiority, and Kallum lofted a world-class shot from his own half into the roof of the net. The technique was superb and Kallum’s teammates rushed to congratulate him on his artistry. Now, one has to tread rather carefully as other matters seemed to surface which slowly started to overshadow the match, and I will describe events as I saw them.

As both teams and the referee got into position for the restart, linesman submitted by the home team called the referee over. He informed the referee that he had flagged as the ball had gone out of play before Kallum had shot. Although not doubting that the linesman had indicated this, none of the players or the referee was aware and the referee took the play back, thus wiping off Kallum’s terrific goal. Perhaps, the linesman had not made a vigorous signal with his flag, which led to the confusion. Unfortunately, Kallum’s goal was ruled out and worryingly it raised the temperature amongst the travelling fans.

Optimism soon returned to the Brading ranks, as George now tried his luck from distance and crashed the bar against the Newport bar from the half-way line. Was it going not going to be Brading’s day? It seemed that all was well thanks to Newport conceding a scrappy own goal after great pressure from Rafferty and Charlie and the half truly belonged to Brading when Jenson struck a free kick with great precision into the Newport net. Brading’s talisman had enjoyed a majestic first half.

Half Time Newport 1-4 Brading

It was likely that Newport would emerge for the second half raring to go, and with the wind at their backs, Brading would have to defend robustly and keep repel the Newport onslaught and pick the hosts off as they tired. It was not to be. Within 4 minutes of the restart, George intercepted a Newport attack and cushioned a header back to Tai. Inexplicably, Tai opted to kick rather than pick the ball up and allow Brading to regroup. Tai kicked the ball straight to a Newport striker who joyfully slotted the ball into an empty net. Newport 2- 4 Brading.

Controversy reigned again as Brading sought restore their three goal advantage. As Jenson powered into the Newport box, he was quickly grounded following a Newport challenge. The referee waved play on, and a usually placid Jenson was on the floor, outraged. Within seconds, Newport counter-attacked and (I will tell it as I saw it), Kieran made an equally strong challenge on the Newport striker and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. True, I was not particularly close to either penalty shout, but they seemed pretty identical incidents. However, to compound matters, the linesman submitted by the away team was waving his flag furiously, trying to get the attention of the referee, as he felt the infringement had taken place outside the penalty area. On this occasion, the referee did not consult his assistant.

At this stage the game imploded for both the players and the supporters. Whatever one’s personal view of the referee’s decision making process, it is essential to abide by the decision. This is not out-dated Victorian sentimentality, but hard-headed realism that without youngsters entering onto the first rungs of refereeing, our boys will not be able to play football on a Sunday morning.

True, the Newport manager conceded that football is a passionate game, but is it right to let our passions get the better of us, when after all we are watching 11 and 12 year old boys on a small rock in the English Channel? We are not paying money we can ill-afford to watch pampered millionaires in stadia sponsored by airlines and insurance firms. Whatever was said in the heat of the moment by any of us did not reflect well on the club and has echoes of the Bournemouth Red Cup Tie in 2012, when those of us with long memories will recall that we were appalled at the comments made by the visiting supporters.

Sadly the match went from bad to worse for Brading; the penalty was expertly lashed into the back of the net and shortly afterwards Newport levelled to make the score 4-4. Brading would have taken a draw at this stage as Newport were camped in the Brading half and there appeared to be no respite. Fate had one further twist. In the dying minute of the game, the linesman flagged for a throw in for Newport. The Brading defenders were furious as they were convinced it was a ‘red ball’. (I could not see owing to encroachment by the Newport substitutes). Nevertheless, the ball fell to a Newport striker who’s attempted a cross/shot. George placed his body on the line and took the sting out of the shot. The ball trickled towards Tai and relief was felt that this was likely to be the end of the game and Brading had earned a draw. Oh no!! The ball trickled slowly towards Tai and rolled between his legs and mustered just enough strength to cross the line. Newport had snatched victory thanks to a most bizarre own goal.

Full Time Newport 5-4 Brading

It should not be overlooked that Newport overturned a 4-1 deficit to win the game and full credit to the boys in yellow. This was no mean feat given the form that Brading finished the first half.

After the match, apologies were made by away supporters to the Newport manager, but Brading let themselves down terribly. The controversy which ignited strong and vocal passion amongst supporters clearly transmitted itself to the boys which might explain the uncharacteristic and nervous performance of the second half. After the match, Kev Read encouraged the boys to keep their heads up and the game ‘will make us stronger in future games.’

I’m sure the boys will learn from the game and I am sure the supporters will too, namely to keep their vocal passions in check.

Man of The Match: George Robinson.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v Shanklin.  (h) 25th October 2015.

Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
George Robinson
Jenson Norman
Charlie Wood
Kallum Orchard
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Henry Allen, Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Cian Preston, Harry Woodward-Parker

The boys returned to Broadlea for another tough examination following the previous week’s dramatic fixture at Newport. It was an opportunity to exorcise the defeat and boss Kev Read opted for extra attacking options with Kallum and Charlie added to the starting line-up.

Shanklin kicked off and Brading seemed to be still licking their wounds as the visitors immediately carved the Brading defence open. Without a red shirt touching the ball, Shanklin raced through and scored the quickest goal of the season to date. Brading 0-1 Shanklin.

The early goal galvanised Brading into action and the visitors’ lead did not last long. Jenson laid the ball off to George who motored down the right wing. He beat the full-back, pulled the ball back beautifully for Jack to slot home. Brading 1-1 Shanklin.

The game now evened itself out and developed into an fairly open match. Both tai and the Shanklin goalkeeper were called into action to make some terrific saves. It was not long, however, before Brading took the lead. It was almost a carbon copy of their opener. George and Jack cleverly worked the ball between them on the right flank. The ball was passed through to the industrious Charlie, who was at the heart of Brading’s best work. His shot was saved but the rebound fell to Rafferty who swept the ball home. Brading 2-1 Shanklin.

Now fully in their stride, Brading almost added a third in a similar fashion as George played Jack in again from the right hand side. More success followed as George set Jenson free on the right wing, who reached the by line and pulled the ball back which Henry turned in with a sublime side-foot volley within seconds of coming on. Brading 3-1 Shanklin.

As the half drew to a close Shanklin broke forward outpacing the Brading defence, but Tai was alert and pounced off his line to avert the danger. Half Time Brading 3-1 Shanklin.

Brading kicked off the second half but were soon on the backfoot as the second half opened in a similar vein to the first. Brading missed a number of tackles and Shanklin strung a number of exquisite passes together before shooting narrowly wide. On 35 minutes, disaster struck as George mishit a free kick straight to a Shanklin forward who raced forward and fired past Tai. Brading 3-2 Shanklin.

The visitors clearly had their tails up and were playing the better football. Brading were unable to get their feet on the ball. Each clearance resulted in the ball coming back menacingly deep into Brading territory. There seemed to be no outlet.

Therefore it was against the run of play when Brading extended their lead. Jack won the ball in his own half and sent Cian running at pace towards the visitors’ penalty box. Cian paused, waiting for support, then passed to George R on the edge of the area who rifled the ball home. Brading 4-2 Shanklin.

Moments later, lightening struck in the same place twice as Cian once again found George R. This time, George R was further away from the Shanklin goal, but he skilfully lofted the ball over the Shanklin defenders. The ball struck the underside of the ball and nestled in the back of the net. Brading 5-2 Shanklin.

The visitors almost responded immediately when a high ball outfoxed the Brading defence, leaving a Shanklin striker clear, but fortunately for the hosts, the shot sailed high above the bar. Shanklin’s heads did not drop and it needed a last ditch clearance from Henry to avert a dangerous cross from the left. From the resulting corner, the ball fell to a Shanklin striker who had the goal at his mercy, but inexplicably shot wide.

As full time approached, Brading had weathered the storm and Henry moved forward dangerously and shot, which was parried by the Shanklin ‘keeper. Harvey, however, was on hand to lash the loose ball home.

Full Time: Brading 6-2 Shanklin

This was a good performance from the boys. They were back to winning ways against their neighbours from the County Ground, who are a very useful outfit. It was pleasing to see some terrific passing and significant contributions were made by all the members of the team. Most importantly, confidence was restored ahead of a further series of testing fixtures
Man of The Match: Harry Burton.

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v Rew Valley. (h)  8th November 2015.

Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
Henry Allen
Jenson Norman
Cian Preston
Kallum Orchard
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, George Robinson, Charlie Wood

After a fortnight’s break, the boys returned to action for a home match against Rew Valley. This fixture is always much anticipated as it historically provides a great deal of entertainment for the spectators. Henry returned to the starting line-up with two-goal hero from the Shanklin match, George Robinson, starting from the bench.

Brading started where they had left off against Shanklin and immediately asserted themselves, playing some intricate passing football, with Kallum instrumental, with some great touches. For their part, Rew Valley were also playing some open and attacking football. It was an open and exciting start to the game.

It was the hosts who struck first, when Jack outpaced the Rew Valley defence. The Brading centre forward showed great strength and composure to put an assured finish past the Rew Valley ‘keeper. Brading 1-0 Rew Valley.

Henry, Kallum and Jenson were beginning to control the midfield as Brading searched for a second goal. Henry launched a trademark strike, but the ball landed in the arms of the Rew Valley goalkeeper. In their eagerness to capitalise on their possession, Brading were exposed after Rew Valley broke away following a corner. The home defence was hopelessly out of position as a Rew Valley striker danced through the wilderness to equalise. Brading 1-1 Rew Valley.

Moments later, Brading had a gilt edged opportunity as Cian worked the ball forward and found Jack just feet away from the goal, but inexplicably the ball sailed over the bar when it seemed to the supporters that it was easier to score. Nevertheless, Brading soon regained the lead. Jenson’s corner from the right bobbled tantalisingly in the six yard box, before Rafferty, the smallest player on the pitch, popped up to nod the ball home. Brading 2-1 Rew Valley.

Brading again exerted their superiority. Henry fired another long-shot on goal; the ball bounced off the ‘keepers legs and goal-sniffer Jack was on hand to tuck the rebound home. Brading 3-1 Rew Valley.

Once again, the whole team were playing as well-oiled unit with George, Rafferty and Henry combining well. Jenson then powered through the Rew Valley defence but his shot was blocked before falling to George R outside the area, who launched another exorcet missile into the Rew Valley net. The season’s new signing was surely making a name for himself with long-range strikes. Brading 4-1 Rew Valley.
Henry almost capped an awesome first half performance with another strike which bounced back off the crossbar; unfortunately, Rew Valley were able to smuggle the rebound to safety. The Rew Valley ‘keeper made a fantastic save to deny Rafferty as the half closed.

Half Time Brading 4-1 Rew Valley

On 35 minutes, Jenson troubled Rew Valley with another corner. The corner found Kieran on the edge of the penalty area. The Brading skipper played the ball back to Jenson in the inside left position, who fired with precision accuracy into the roof of the net. Brading 5-1 Rew Valley.

Controversy abounded midway through the second half as some meaty challenges threatened to mar the entertainment and exciting football. Indeed, the referee was obliged to talk to the Brading skipper, as a series of free-kicks were needlessly given away. Rew Valley were provided a lifeline when a free kick was floated into the Brading box, and was expertly headed home. Alas, the header was scored by Harvey in the wrong net! Brading 5-2 Rew Valley.

On 50 minutes, George calmly brought the ball out of defence; he moved forward and fed Jenson, who now applied the thrusters and launched a shot. Again, the crossbar came to Rew Valley’s defence and the ball harmlessly continued onwards for a goal kick.

Brading did, however, complete another sextet of goals, as Cian and Kieran combined effortlessly to present Jack with an opportunity to grab his second hat trick of the season. He didn’t need to be asked twice and calmly slotted home. Brading 6-2 Rew Valley.

There was still time for Rew Valley to respond. The visitors gained another corner and Brading failed to make a telling clearance. As the game was approaching its conclusion the boys lost their defensive discipline and Rew Valley pounced to close the gap.

Full Time Brading 6-3 Rew Valley

Another hugely entertaining game, for which the players and staff of both sides should take enormous credit. The boys continued where they had left off against Shanklin and are now playing with verve and confidence. True, the defenders want to join in the attack and sometimes leave the team short at the back, but the boys are able to rely on their quality to emulate the Brazilian philosophy of the 1950s and 1960s that the important thing was not keeping a clean sheet but scoring more goals than the other side.

Man of The Match: Kallum Orchard

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BRADING TOWN UNDER 12s v IW Community Club.  (h) 22nd November 2015.

Starting Line Up
Tai Derry
George Downer
Kieran Barsdell
George Robinson
Jenson Norman
Charlie Wood
Kallum Orchard
Rafferty Boyd-Kerr
Jack Dyer

Subs: Henry Allen, Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Cian Preston, Harri Thavaseelan

Next up were free-scoring league leaders, Isle of Wight Community Club. The visitors had majestically swept all before them throughout the season so far and were rightfully proud of their 100% record. In order to maintain their own challenge for the title, Brading needed to take points off of their visitors. In some circles, he was whispered that a defeat today would render the league challenge over before Christmas.

The importance of the goal appeared to weigh heavy on both sides during the opening exchanges. Nevertheless, the boys were moving the ball around well. Jenson fashioned the first shooting opportunity but fired straight at the keeper. IWC played on the break and their best shooting opportunity was thwarted by George.

The rhythm of the match was interrupted owing to an injury to a IWC defender and it understandably troubled the visitors for a while as Brading seized the initiative after play was resumed. A great passing move involving Charlie, Kallum and Jenson created a shooting opportunity for Jack who duly obliged. Brading 1-0 Isle of Wight Community Club.

The goal re-energised IWC and they soon started to pepper the Brading goal. On 16 minutes, IWC unlocked the Brading defence and slotted home the equaliser. Brading 1-1 Isle of Wight Community Club.

The boys now had to fight a rearguard action as the upper hand lay firmly with the league leaders. Slowly, Brading regained the initiative exemplified by a terrific move from Jack and Rafferty on the left; Jack cut in and skilfully lifted the ball over the ‘keeper to restore Brading’s lead on the cusp of half time. Brading 2-1 IWC.

Brading started the second half brightly with Cian and Jenson causing problems for the IWC defence. The boys’ superiority was further asserted as Jack claimed the ball in the IWC half and weaved his way through the penalty area to complete a well-deserved and possibly crucial hat trick. Brading 3-1 IWC.

George then sent Rafferty clear on the left; the diminutive winger beat his marker, before sending a cross over to Jenson, who uncharacteristically fired over the bar.

On 42 minutes, the boys received a warning against complacency as IWC exerted a great deal of pressure on the Brading defence. However, the boys were standing firm, limiting IWC to shots from outside the box. One shot was deflected for a corner, but Rafferty and Jenson dealt with the threat convincingly.

It was now Brading’s turn to turn defence into attack. A deft lay-off from Harry Burton set Cian away, who passed to Jenson, who clearly did not have his shooting boots with him and once again saw his shot sail over the bar.

The game was now becoming further stretched as IWC sought to retain their unbeaten start to the season. Brading were relying on last ditch tackles from Kieran and good saves from Tai. IWC continued to press and gain a series of corners but Brading were able to deal with everything that was being thrown at them. Boss, Kev Read re-enforced the Brading defence by switching Jack to play alongside George and Kieran. Jenson moved further forward to play alongside Harri. The Brading substitute thought he had put the icing on the Brading cake when he scored from close range in the dying moments, but alas the linesman had flagged for offside.

Full Time Brading 3-1 Isle of Wight Community Club.

This was indeed a crucial result for the boys as the victory has now thrown the title race wide open. As December approached, Brading, Isle of Wight Community Club and Newport had each lost one game. Each team could now look forward to the return fixtures believing that they each held their destiny in their own hands.

In terms of the match, it was another entertaining match between two evenly matched sides in every department at Broadlea. The boys worked extremely hard and now found that they had replaced their visitors at the top of the league.

Man of The Match: Cian Preston.

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