Football Club


Jeagor are pleased to announce the continuation of their shirt sponsorship for the 2007/08 season

Managers Update - 12th October 2007
Welcome to the new look First Team report. This season we welcome the arrival of new sponsors: Speedy Bookkeeping Services; Disco Jay n Co; CAT Development; and Flamex, and the continued support of existing sponsors, Jeagor and Fish Recruitment. The new initiatives include advertising on the First Team pages of ON THE BRINK and also on the Club’s website. There are still sponsorship opportunities available - speak to Paul if you are interested.

This season the First Team are competing in:

• Coventry Alliance (Continental Products) Division 3
• Coventry Evening Telegraph Junior Cup
• Major Boyd Carpenter Cup
• Foleshill Charity Cup

The first two of these campaigns are underway and progressing well. We are currently 4th in the league with 9 points from 5 games, whilst our opening game in the CET Junior Cup saw us travel to and beat Folly Lane Reserves from Division 1 to earn our place in the second round. The Major Boyd Carpenter Cup competition, in which we were runners up in the last 2 seasons, begins for us on 27th October when we take on Triumph Athletic Reserves from Division 2. We have been drawn with home advantage for that game and it would be tremendous to get a strong turnout to support the team.

Coventry Evening Telegraph Junior Cup - Folly Lane Res 1 Brinklow 2
6th October 2007
(Chris Bedder, Scott Vallance)

What a superb display of disciplined Football! Brinklow started strongly from the off, competing with our Alliance 1 counterparts in every department and soon starting to dominate the game within the opening period. The defence of James A'Barrow, Si Bullock, Dave Anderson, and MOM Paul A'Barrow were extremely organised with keeper Dale Huddlestone cleaning up anything that got through. With this the midfield had the confidence to then take the game to our hosts creating chances before a superb strike by Chris Bedder beat the giant Folly keeper firing into the roof of the net from 10 yards. With our hosts reeling from this Brinklow piled on the pressure and a through ball from the outstanding Ross Irvine found Scott Vallance on the penalty spot with his back to goal. With players around him screaming for a lay back, he simply 'span on a sixpence' and dispatched a curling left foot effort into the bottom corner of the net past the despairing dive of the 'Lane keeper. The game was very much in Brinklow's control when a strange penalty was given for handball even though none of the opposition players or supporters actually appealed for it!

The second half was a more even affair with our hosts coming out a little more forcing two smart stops by Huddlestone within the opening 15 minutes. But with the Brinklow team standing firm in defence and the midfield of Irvine and Andy Sorrell working tirelessly till the end, the forward line of Bedder and Marc Woodward began to get hold of the ball, holding up for support and totally killing the game off from the front.

League Result - AEI Rugby Res 1 Brinklow 3
29th Sept 2007
(Marc Woodward,Chris Bedder,Scott Vallance)

Brinklow travelled to AEI with the bare 11 for this league encounter but took control of the game within the opening minutes. On a very large and superb playing surface the Brinklow midfield of Micky Bullock and Ross Irvine stetched their AEI conterparts creating opportunities for strikers Marc Woodward and Chris Bedder who came close on several occassions. However it was the hosts who took the lead against the run of play, springing the offside trap to create a one on one which was slotted under the advancing Dale Huddlestone in the Brinklow goal. Despite this break away goal Brinklow didn't let their heads drop equalising through a snap shot from the edge of the area by Woodward after good work down the left flank by fullback Simon Bullock and winger Richard Nelmes.

The second half was one way traffic from the start with Irvine creating space in the middle and slotting a defence splitting through ball to Bedder who showed excellent calmness to slot past the static AEI keeper. With the home side in disaray Brinklow stole a march on the game after good work from Micky Bullock again released Scott Vallance to fire into the opposition net. In the final period AEI brought on some more first team players but resolute defending by Si Bullock, Dave Anderson, and two excellent point blank blocks by James A'Barrow helped preserve the score line with Huddlestone making the best save of the game, flying to his left to turn round a fierce top corner drive.

League Result - Brinkow 1 The Hub 3
8th Sept 2007
(Lee Trainer)

Brinklow's unbeaten league run came to an abrupt halt on Saturday with a scrappy 3-1 defeat at the hands of a very fit and determined Hub side. Again Brinklow had several key players missing from the starting line up, but things were to get worse with Captain Mark Bird having to be replaced in the first 5 minutes due to muscle damage. The Hub capitalised on this and opened the scoring midway through the half by way of a snap shot from the edge of the Brinklow area. Brinklow rallied after this forcing a penalty, but the resultant kick by Paul A'Barrow was pushed onto the post by the visiting keeper. As the Brinklow heads dropped, The Hub managed to capitalise on the home side's dissapointment to go in 2-0 at the break with a sweet top corner strike.

The second half was again scrappy but Brinklow managed to force several chances to get back into the game with Lee Trainer eventualy firing home from close range to give Brinklow a life line. Dave Anderson was then put clear at an angle but with the keeper routed to his line the ball was smashed onto the bar and hooked up the other end for The Hub to score the best goal of the game, another top corner finish from the outside of the stikers boot.

League Result - Brinklow 6 Coundon Court Res 4
1st Sept 2007
(Mark Bird 2,Mark Woodward,Dave Anderson,Kyle O'Conner,Chris Bedder)

Brinklow went into this game without the services of seven first choice players and also knowing that the opposition had brought a very strong squad due to them having no first team game. It was no surprise that the visitors capitalised on the disarray within the Brinklow ranks, speeding into a 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes. The Brinklow side, who incidentaly hadn't even met half of their team mates before the game, then managed to see a little more of the ball with forwards Marc Woodward and Lee Trainer forcing two penalties which were superbly executed by captain Mark Bird. As the home side gained in confidence the visitors began to panic at the back with Woodward and Dave Anderson both scoring headers to see a jubillant Brinklow go in 4-3 up at the break!!

The second half was played at the same tempo with Coundon managing to force a penalty to equalise. This only served to spur Brinklow on though, and as the game turned very niggly within the final 15 minutes, the home side's never say die attitude saw debutant Kyle O'Conner jink past two defenders down the flank before firing past the helpless opposition keeper. In the final minutes sustitute Chris Bedder then slotted home for an amazing victory to Brinklow against all the odds!!

League Result - Brinklow 4 Dunlop Res 3
25th August 2007
(Lee Trainer, Ross Irvine, Richard Nelmes, Chris Bedder)

A very under strength Brinklow started sprightly in their first league game of the season, going 2-0 up at half time through a 25 yard top corner strike by Lee Trainer and a coolly converted penalty by Ross Irvine.

The 2nd half saw very much of the same Brinklow pressure with Richard Nelmes skipping by two defenders to fire into the roof of the net before Dale Huddlestone saved a very unjust penalty from the visitors. However, as the heat took it's toll and a little complacency slipped in, Dunlop managed to claw their way back into the game with a goal mouth scramble being stabbed home and then Huddlestone misjudging the bounce of a speculative shot come cross to see the ball sail over his head. With only minutes remaining Brinklow substitute Chris Bedder managed to regain the 2 goal cushion before the visitors snatched a very late consolation.


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