Managers Update -
16th October 2007
Another good league result for the Brinklow First Team ensures that our league campaign is in good shape as we enter a three week run of cup matches. Hopefully these next three weeks will see our campaigns in the Major Boyd Carpenter Cup, CET Junior Cup and Foleshill Charity Cup continue into subsequent rounds. Unfortunately all of this Cup activity will provide our league opponents with opportunities to close in or overtake us, but we will respond when we resume league matches in November. It was good to see some new faces amongst the Brinklow spectators as we beat Jaguar-Daimler last weekend and hopefully we can maintain this support next weekend as we take on Folly Lane Reserves in the first round of the Foleshill Charity Cup at their ground in London Road. Having just knocked them out of the CET Junior Cup this promises to be a great match with plenty of opportunity for us to repeat the result against our Division 1 opponents. It is great to be able to report that the First Team sponsorship initiative is gathering momentum, but there are still advertising opportunities available - contact Paul Huddlestone if you are interested.
Jaguar-Daimler 0 Brinklow 2
13th October 2007
(Chris Bedder, Scott Vallance)
Report from Paul Huddlestone:-
Following our previous week’s Cup result, the lads may have been a little complacent going into this game against a team sitting 5 points above us in the league. After ten minutes of relentless Jag pressure Brinklow realised they were in a game, and were only kept on terms by some resolute defending by Dave Anderson and Paul A’Barrow, and wayward shooting by our hosts. As the game settled down and the Brinklow Midfield started to get hold of the ball, the two Brinklow flank men managed get involved in the game and in turn started to feed our strikers. The game opened up on the half hour mark with both sides managing to force good saves from their respective opposition keepers. A Brinklow move down the right involving Scott Vallance and James A’Barrow was then centred for a controlled shot to be placed in the bottom corner of the net by the in-form Chris Bedder. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the hosts and settled the Brinklow side to play out the half in a very comfortable fashion.
The second half was played much more to Brinklow’s liking with us dominating the opening exchanges and our opposition running out of ideas. Against the run of play, Jag forced a free kick on the Brinklow right which was swung in at pace and met by their centre forward just inside the penalty spot. His glancing header seemed to have beaten Dale Huddlestone in the Brinklow goal, but a magnificent dive and firm hand, turned the ball round to prevent a certain equaliser. Ross Irvine and Andy Sorrell were much more comfortable in the centre of midfield when makeshift striker Mark Bird was dropped back a few yards to help out. This enabled left midfielder Richard Nelmes to push forward much more, creating space for an Irvine centre to find Vallance who fired in from the six yard line. The Jag gave it one last shot pushing more players down our left, but only to meet an inspired Simon Bullock, who with the help of teenager Nelmes, handled everything that the opposition threw at them. With our hosts completely deflated, Brinklow played out the remaining 20 minutes in a comfortable and professional manner creating further chances to kill off the game but poor finishing saved the Jag from an underserved route.
Report from Gordon Betts:-
Brinklow travelled to Jaguar-Daimler needing a win to maintain our league challenge ahead of a run of Cup matches, and a win was what we got. It was good to have Mark Bird back from injury and he delivered a captain’s performance throughout as he led the team to victory. Goals came from Chris Bedder and Scott Vallance, but we had opportunities for several more in the final ten minutes but were just unable to find the back of the net. A strong defence and determined goal keeping ensured that we kept a clean sheet. Ironically having beaten Jaguar-Daimler they remained third in the league and we slipped to fifth as The Hub’s convincing win gave them superior goal difference. However, we have closed the gap and have games in hand on two of the teams above us so our league aspirations remain strong.