I will let the team managers provide the detail in respect of our football achievements, but for the record I have to say that this has been an exceptional season, and one for the entire club to be proud of. League titles and promotion do not come easy, and for the 1st team to take the Alliance 2 title by 5 clear points is outstanding. The reserve team finally found its feet this year finishing the season in a respectable 8th position, in doing so creating a greater level of commitment and interest to build on next season. The fact that both 1st and reserve teams field particularly young squads, many of whom have developed and grown up through the ranks with the club, bodes well for the future and our continued success. The youth team has provided players to both 1st and reserve teams during the season, and this must be encouraged.
It will of course remain a challenge as one integrated football club, to ensure that the senior section is an inspiration to our junior players, and I sincerely hope that the experience of seeing the seniors win the Bedworth Nursing Cup at the Oval was one that was enjoyed by everyone. What a fantastic night out for all those connected with the club.
On a personal level one of the most rewarding aspects of the season was the respect the club received from league and cup officials, which extended right back into our local community via the parish council when Christ the King officials commended our football as well as our conduct and appearance at the league presentation night.
Off the pitch, at the beginning of the season the club formally adopted a specific constitution and policy for the senior section and a small group of committee members have focused specifically on the senior section in addition to their main committee roles. Whilst it has not been easy at times we have made real progress, and notably we have achieved an improved performance on subs collection, for which I extend sincere thanks to Marie Kearney. I am also pleased to report that we have successfully recruited a number of players to work with us, bringing new ideas, energy and a sense of ownership to what goes on behind the scenes. Perhaps most importantly we have outlined a 3 year plan which sets clear objectives for the continued development of senior football, including improved player and team development, coaching methods and techniques, and the need to restructure the financing of senior football within the club. We know that positive change is necessary if we are to progress and we should remember that we are just one step from playing in Alliance Premier.
So, we still have work to do, but this years success has been a tremendous team effort and I thank Paul, Bob, Marie, Paul Wilby and Dale for all their work “behind the scenes”, with a particular mention for Bolty who worked tirelessly all season to make sure that pitches and changing rooms were in order.
To complete the seniors picture I will give a quick mention for the over 30’s who continue to meet and play every Thursday. This is really a social event rather than a football one, and all previous comments about being organised, disciplined and successful do not apply. However we do enjoy the banter nonetheless, and I thank all those who make the effort to come along.
Finally I would like to express my congratulations, respect and thanks to each and every player for their contribution and commitment to the club, it has been a great season. And on behalf of the players, thank you to those who have supported us throughout the season.
Brinklow 'B', also playing today, unfortunately lost in the quarterfinals losing 3.1 to ‘Realize A’ but a head injury to Mark Woodward didn’t help matters and as he went off Brinklow B’s chance seemed to go with him. Still, the lads played some good football, after having lost their first match 2.0, they won the next three games to qualify top of their group. The Brinklow 'B' team consisted of James Shannon, Sam Lunt, Mark Woodward, Matt James, Tom Pye-Ford, Tom Brookes, Lee Huddlestone and Luke Roper who made his debut today playing Seniors football and doing very well.
In all, it was a successful day for Brinklow, and it’s always nice to see the silverware lifted in what turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable tournament.
The second half really saw Brinklow step up a gear and virtually from the restart, the score should have been increased when Jamie Fox had a shot blocked on the line. With fifty-three minutes gone Shaun Clusker made the score 4-0 with a low drive into the bottom corner. Just minutes later Roger Lunt had a good header cleared off the line and at this point it looked just a matter of how many Brinklow would go on to score. Five nil arrived on the hour mark, when Matt James beat the keeper to the ball as he raced out the goal, Matt’s shot going under his attempted save and into an unguarded net. It got worse for Bourton just six minutes later when Jamie Fox netted Brinklow’s sixth with a thumping shot that flew past the keeper giving him no chance. Soon after Brinklow made it 7-0 when a Tom Brookes corner was met by a Matt James bullet of a header that flew into the roof of the net. Bourton did eventually get a consolation goal when they were awarded a penalty which was duly converted to make the score 7-1. Brinklow immediately hit back to finish the scoring when a good cross from Lee Huddlestone allowed Jamie Fox to complete his hat trick with a shot into the top corner. In all, it left Brinklow clear 8-1 winners, but with all the chances that went begging the scoreline could have easily been doubled. This was a great end to what has once again, proved to be an extremely hard season to which the lads have given 100% to the team. I hope that they have enjoyed their football, I certainly have. We now look forward towards next season and maybe improving once again.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was very difficult as everyone put in excellent performances today with total effort to gain the win – it was a real team performance. If I were pushed, it would be awarded to Jamie Fox to whom Bourton had no answer as both he and Matt James ran riot in their defence.
Triumph Athletic Reserves 5 Brinklow Reserves 0
The day did not start well with one lad not turning up at all, and the with the rest of the team having only nine fit players with two already carrying knocks, this left an already weakened Brinklow side to struggle even more. The only thing that I can say in defence of the lads is that Triumph who are going for promotion had made eight changes from the previous meeting and with no first team game, maybe they dropped some of the players down to help, for long periods of the game it certainly looked like it. To be fair, not every Brinklow player had a poor game, with Danny Bell and Sam Lunt doing everything they could to stem the tide in defence, add Tom Stenger in the midfield and Matt James who gave it a go leading the line. Here-in lies the problem as the rest of the team today were unusually poor, and with no subs available to make any changes the lads’ fate was sealed.
Game wise today Brinklow created very little up front of goal, with just a couple of half-chances throughout the game that was about all one can say. Still, we put this game down to one of them games and move on to next Saturday when we play our final game of the season at home to Bourton & Frankton. I hope that we can end the season on a high note with a better performance and a win.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was awarded to Danny Bell who marshalled the defence well and just pipped Sam Lunt to the award.
Brinklow 3 Triumph Athletic Reserves 4
The second half saw a determined Brinklow side once again take to the field and after just two minutes, Matt Wilson got in on the action with a low drive that the keeper palmed away for a corner. Despite the bright restart it was Triumph who managed to find the net again when a break away run down the wing followed by a cross to the back post, was headed home to put Triumph 3-1 up after fifty-one minutes. Brinklow to their credit were still playing the better football and it wasn’t long before Shaun Clusker won another penalty. Once again Shaun found the net to make the score 3-2 and put Brinklow right back in the game. Five minutes later the score was level as Jamie Fox equalised by tapping home at the far post after a Richard Nelmes cross. It was no more than Brinklow deserved after coming from two goals behind. Both sides were clearly looking to go on and get the winner, but being honest the game looked to have ‘draw’ written all over from this point. It would have ended this way apart from an expensive error from Brinklow, which cost them the game. Too many players forward for a corner left the defence exposed, and with one big clearance up field from Triumph to a lone striker who ran the ball home, they scored what turned out to be the winner. As much as the lads tried to salvage a point, it never quite happened and yet another good performance from Brinklow goes unrewarded. This has been the story on many occasions this season, but the lads are improving all the time and things will get better I am sure. This was an excellent performance from Brinklow today; it is just a pity that sometimes the better team does not win.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was Shaun Clusker who scored a couple of goals and worked tirelessly to always be involved in the game.
Brinklow 3 Peugeot Res 2
Well done to the team from all involved with the club
BRINKLOW TAKE THE NURSING CUP!!
Brinklow 2 Christ The King 1
Brinklow started brightly & a towering header from Jamie Huddlestone saw Brinklow take a deserved lead. Ryan Bryne was controlling the midfield & the lads were starting to look dominant. A quality goal from Dildale Linton, beating his marker for pace & smashing a low strike past the keeper meant that Brinklow were in control. At this stage Brinklow were flying, an injury to Dilly meant he had to be replaced but the replacement by Ian Judd just meant we became more compact and we saw the half out at 2-0.
Into the second half & the loss of Dilly & his blistering pace up front meant that Christ the King pushed on. Brinklow sat on the lead & coped well with the pressure that CTK were trying to apply, a free kick which beat Dale to his right moved the score to 2-1 but that was the only real chance created.
A couple of half chances & an open goal should have made the score 3-1 to Brinklow & put the final result to bed but these were missed & a nervous last 10 minutes was defended well by the whole team.
Jamie Huddlestone was nominated MOTM by the Bedworth Mayor.
An excellent performance by the whole team, the first real silverware of the season and hopefully it won't be the last!!
Further photographs from the final can now be found HERE.
The second half if anything saw Brinklow step up a gear, once again starting on the front foot and apart from a desperate last-ditch block on the line Matt James would have increased the lead soon after the restart, and Richard Bollen and Matt Wilson combined well soon after, allowing Richard a shot that narrowly missed the far post. With nineteen minutes of the second half gone Tom Pye-Ford did find the net for a second time but his effort was ruled out for offside. The question was could Brinklow manage to find the all-important second goal and seal the win their play deserved. Twenty-eight minutes had gone when the Bermuda keeper got lucky when he fumbled a Matt James shot, just managing to stop the ball crossing the line. Just a few minutes after, the same keeper pulled off three excellent saves from a great Brinklow move, the initial save from a Richard Bollen shot was good but two follow-up saves from a Roger Lunt double point-blank effort showed some quality keeping. A number of efforts from Brinklow came and went, until eventually, the lads got their just deserts and killed the game off with eight-four minutes gone. Dan Mallinson started the move with a great pass to Tom Pye-Ford who drew the keeper out of position before rolling the ball into the path of Matt James. Matt made no mistake, and fired home a lovely shot into the corner of the net. It was job done and a great result for the Brinklow Reserves who today showed that they are capable of playing some very nice football. Importantly today, it was the effort that the whole team put in today with many of the lads putting in some very good performances. Notably Danny Bell and Sam Lunt in the central defence, Matt James was always a danger with his range of passes, James a couple of important timely saves and Scott holding things together in the midfield. All these players had a claim to man-of-the-match but one player was today was heads and shoulders above and that was Roger Lunt who was awesome and involved in everything.
In all, it was a good team performance and credit goes to the whole team. Bermuda beat us 6.1 in this fixture last season so it shows how much improved the Reserves have become over the past twelve months, Well done to all the lads and keep up the good work.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Roger Lunt who was simply awesome!
The second half saw a steady improvement from Church Lawford, and just a minute after the restart they were allowed to run straight through from midfield and get in a shot that was well over the bar but showed intent. On the fifty-two minute mark, a schoolboy error let Lawford regain the lead; the Lawford striker picked up the ball in an offside position, all the Brinklow defence stopped, but no flag went up so the Lawford striker literally walked the ball over the line, looking almost embarrassed. The third Lawford goal belonged to the fluke category, with the ball bouncing off the Lawford striker and over the head of James Shannon who could do little about it. With the score 3.1 to Church Lawford, Brinklow really did to try and rally and chances started to fall the lads way. Dan Mallinson fired over from a good position, Matt James headed narrowly wide from an incoming corner, and a Roger Lunt shot also forced another great save from the keeper. Unfortunately, as Brinklow pushed forward looking for goals, they inevitably got caught at the back when a long clearance out of defence fell nicely to the Lawford striker who slotted home goal number four. With the game effectively over and just ten minutes remaining Roger Lunt set up Jamie Fox who coolly chipped the keeper, ending the scoring at 4.2. The Brinklow lads kept going and were unlucky with a couple of efforts that very nearly found the net but it wasn’t to be and it was Church Lawford who took all three points. Brinklow had their chances today to win this game, but a combination of good goalkeeping from the Lawford keeper and fluffed chances by Brinklow gave Lawford the win but despite the score it was a tight game.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Sam Lunt who was once again solid in the back four.
Once again, Brinklow started the game very well, were much quicker to settle than Hartshill, and really should have opened the scoring in the very first minute when Ian Judd found the space for a shot that saw the ball hit the keeper, who knew very little about it and bounced away to safety. Shortly after, Matt Wilson found himself in the clear with just the keeper to beat, again though the shot was too close to the keeper who managed to make the save. A third excellent chance fell Brinklow’s way after 15 minutes when a Shaun Clusker free kick was met at the far post by Matt James who volleyed the ball goal wards only to see the ball skim the crossbar, once again letting Hartshill off the hook. After this, Hartshill did start to improve and the game became increasingly more of a stalemate. It was still enjoyable but the goal opportunities dried up leaving just a few half chances for both sides. Just before the break, Hartshill had their best chance of the half when a shot that looked destined for the top corner was saved by James Shannon who just got his fingertips to the ball. Overall, it was a decent half played by Brinklow, but those early misses stopped the lads going in at half time in front.
The second half sadly turned out like too many Reserve games this season, as they completely switched off for a 10 minute spell in which Hartshill scored three goals. The first came just two minutes after the restart and should not of stood, with a clear case of obstruction and the striker shouting ‘leave it’, but with Brinklow’s luck this season the referee allowed the goal to stand. There was no argument about the second goal as it was a fine strike from 20 yards giving James Shannon absolutely no chance. Just a minute later Hartshill notched up their third goal with sloppy defending this time being the main culprit. The remainder of the short half once more balanced out and became an even battle, but the damage had been done. With the light fading badly the referee blew the whistle to end proceedings leaving Brinklow with nothing to show from a game that they had played their part in with some decent football.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Shaun Clusker who never stopped running and was always involved in the match.
The second half was much more to Brinklow’s liking as the lads stepped up a gear putting Crick firmly on the back foot. The early pressure paid off for Brinklow when with 53 minutes gone Shaun Clusker extended the lead as he rounded the keeper, calmly slotting home Brinklow’s second goal. This was the point at which Brinklow started to enjoy total domination as Crick were firmly pegged back. Andy Sorrell very nearly made it three nil when he hit the crossbar after 63 minutes following a run through the midfield. Crick did not survive much longer as the inevitable Brinklow third goal did arrive when Lee Huddlestone finished neatly into the corner of the net. It was 3.0 and with the points almost certainly secure, it just seemed a matter of how many Brinklow would go on to score. Matt James made it 4.0 after 88 minutes with a sweet left foot shot into the top corner from 20 yards leaving the keeper rooted to the spot. Just two minutes later Brinklow finished their scoring when Dan Mallinson broke clear and put the ball in the back of the net under the advancing Crick keeper. That really should have been the end, but sloppy play in the Brinklow back four allowed an injury time consolation goal, which was virtually their only shot on target all game. It was very annoying and the lads have to try to stop these errors, as this is not the first time this has happened. Otherwise, I have no complaints and Brinklow have a well-earned win and a handy 3 points from a game that was a scrappy untidy affair.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Matt Wilson who showed a big improvement today. He was lively and always involved throughout the game.
The match itself saw Brinklow once again, start brightly setting the early pace and in the process taking an early lead when awarded a penalty after Jamie Fox was felled in the box. Tom Pye-Ford added to his goal tally for the season when he stepped up to the spot and sent the keeper the wrong way. This promising start should have seen Brinklow carry on and take command of the game but it didn’t work out like that, as the game altered with Balsall changing tactics and playing a spoiling game, the constant stoppages then began breaking up any Brinklow pattern of play. Balsall equalised when sloppy defending allowed the Balsall striker to get clear and roll the ball home. With 28 minutes gone Balsall were awarded the first of their 2 soft penalties, somewhat fortunate but it made the score 2.1 to Balsall. Just before the break, the referee once again gifted Balsall another penalty when Roger Lunt was adjudged to have handled the ball but with the ball being blasted at him from close range, he had no chance. It was a disappointing half, which ended soon after.
The second half saw Brinklow start better but the lads couldn’t find the finish needed to get themselves back into the game and when two efforts were cleared off the line during one attack you got the distinct feeling that it was going to be one of those days. Brinklow’s efforts did finally get rewarded after 63 minutes when Roger Lunt headed home a cross from Jamie Fox. Brinklow went on the search for an equaliser but the lads just couldn’t put the ball in the net and as the game went on it started to look more unlikely. Balsall scored 2 more goals late on as Brinklow were caught up field in search of a point scoring equaliser. Gaps were left at the back, and the lads were duly punished leaving a flattering score in Balsall’s favour. It was not a good Brinklow performance today with too many players not having the best of games, but we try again next week hopefully with a better performance to get us back on track.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was Ryan Byrne who was everywhere and involved in everything, as well as being the brunt of some robust challenges.
The first real chance of note fell to Church Lawford after 17 minutes and they scored from it when a free kick could only be parried away by James Shannon into the path of the Lawford striker who duly put the ball in the back of the net. It was 1.0 to Church Lawford and on the play up to this point fully deserved. Just 2 minutes later, it was 2.0 when again another free kick did the damage, this time though it hit the top corner giving James very little chance of making the save. It did seem at this point that Brinklow may end up on the wrong end of a big score but somehow they dug deep and kept the score at just 2.0. On the half hour mark Brinklow should have pulled a goal back when Scott Vallance put Dan Mallinson through with just the keeper to beat, but the keeper made the save denying Brinklow a lifeline. Church Lawford went 3.0 up on the 37 minute mark with a quick counter-attack catching the lads out. Strangely, at 3.0 down the lads started to play some of the football they are capable of as Lawford found themselves pegged back in their own half. It started when Jamie Fox was pushed over in the box, it was a clear penalty but the referee chose to ignore it and played on, whilst Matt James was unlucky with a shot that hit the crossbar after 41 minutes letting Lawford off the hook. Brinklow to their credit continued to plug away and got their due reward when Jamie Fox headed home a Matt James cross. It was now 3.1 with 43 minutes played. Dan Mallinson really should have netted a second Brinklow goal just a minute later, but once again, the Lawford keeper pulled off a good save. Brinklow though had battled on and weathered the storm and it had been a promising last quarter of an hour that really should have seen Brinklow go in level at the break.
The second half saw a vastly improved Brinklow with far more determination throughout the team, and had Dan Mallinson scored within 2 minutes of the restart, things may have been different, but yet again, it was another good save by the Church Lawford keeper. On the 60 minute mark, a penalty was awarded against Brinklow. James Shannon made a fantastic save but the ball ran loose, James pounced on the loose ball getting a kick in the head in the process and with the Brinklow keeper sprawled out on the floor, the referee waved play on and this allowed Church Lawford the chance to bundle the ball home. It was 4.1 and once again refereeing decisions going against the Brinklow lads. All this incident seemed to do was spur Brinklow on to try even harder and with 72 minutes gone Jamie Fox headed against the crossbar after some great build up play from Shaun Clusker. Brinklow did pull a goal back from a corner when Jamie Fox headed home with 12 minutes left to play. Just a couple of minutes later Tom Pye-Ford netted a third goal for Brinklow after good work by Tom Brookes. This set up a rousing finish as Church Lawford clung on to their slender lead, but as much as Brinklow tried, they couldn’t find the equaliser and the points went Lawford’s way, which on the day they maybe just about deserved, as Brinklow in the first half really just didn’t do enough. Having said that the Brinklow lads had more than enough chances to pinch a point or even win it.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today would have to be awarded to Jamie Fox who worked tirelessly up front and netted a brace into the bargain.
As I said earlier, it was Brinklow’s set pieces that seemed to be causing Jag/Daimler problems and just a minute after going behind Brinklow equalized from one as Matt James’ corner was met by Stuart McQuillan who headed home at the far post. It was 1.1 and that is how the score remained for the rest of the half as both sides started to cancel each other out. Chances came and went for both sides but there was little to choose between the two teams.
The second half saw Jag/Daimler start to take control of the game as some of the Brinklow lads started to tire from either lack of football or because they were carrying injuries. Certainly, Brinklow were on the back foot for the early part of this half, but we did see some excellent defending from the Brinklow back four during this spell. After a couple of scares Brinklow did manage to find a second wind and gradually got themselves back into the game and it all came from a mistake by Jag/Daimler who made a suicide pass in defence that Matt Wilson was onto in a flash. With just the keeper to beat, Matt got his shot in only to see it go inches wide of the post, after what was a glorious chance to take the lead. This got Brinklow going again as the chances started to come their way and Lee Huddlestone, Roger Lunt and Matt James all had good efforts saved by the keeper. With eighty-five minutes gone, everything changed when Brinklow took the lead as Lee Huddlestone’s cross was fumbled by the keeper leaving Tom Pye-Ford a tap home. Would this be enough to give Brinklow the win? it should have been but once again lady luck deserted the lads as with just a couple of minutes to go a shot from Jag/Daimler took a deflection off the Brinklow defence curling into the corner of the net leaving Brinklow keeper Richard Bollen no chance of making a save.
Just before the end Tom Stenger could have sealed the win for Brinklow when he managed to get clear, he chipped the keeper but unfortunately, the ball started to dip too late and narrowly missed the crossbar just going over. Still, at the final whistle 2.2 was a fair result between two evenly matched teams on the day. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable game and a well-earned point for the lads.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today put forward a couple of names but went to Roger Lunt who put in an excellent display at centre half, he hardly gave the Jag/Daimler attack a look in, once again showing what a key player he is for this team. He had help at the back today, as the entire Brinklow back four played well.
Bourton & Frankton Reserves 0 Brinklow Reserves 6
Shaun Clusker started the goals off for Brinklow when he netted at the back post, getting on the end of a good cross from Tom Pye-Ford. It was a great start for the lads after only six minutes and it clearly allowed them to settle and to play some of the nice passing football of late. Goal number two probably should have come a lot earlier than it did as Ben Clarke, Richard Bollen and Tom Pye-Ford all had good chances to increase the Brinklow lead. When the second goal did arrive, it came from Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell who managed to get forward from the defence to fire home under the keeper’s attempt to save. The third goal followed shortly after, with Nic Whittam starting the move with a good pass from midfield that allowed Richard Bollen to pick his cross right into the path of Matt ‘Fabregas’ James who duly finished the move off with some style. As the half progressed, many more chances fell Brinklow’s way but it took until the fortieth minute to wrap up the points with goal number four. Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell won the ball from a free kick and in the process put the ball through setting up Tom Pye-Ford to slot the ball home. At the break, Brinklow could be well pleased with themselves with a strong performance, and in the process giving Bourton and Frankton very little at all regarding goal opportunities.
The second half saw pretty much the same pattern, with Brinklow well on top and it was really starting to look a case of just how many goals would the lads go on to score. It really should have been far more, but some good goalkeeping from the Bourton and Frankton keeper coupled with a spell of poor finishing meant that goal number five did not arrive until the seventy-fifth minute when Shaun Clusker followed in a loose ball to tap home after the keeper spilled the ball from a Brinklow free kick. Just two minutes later Shaun completed his hat trick, again with another simple tap in after another keeper error. The end couldn’t come quick enough for Bourton and Frankton at this point, as they were under constant pressure with six Brinklow centre forwards all looking to get on the score sheet. The final whistle saved the home team any more grief and gave Brinklow three fairly easy points in the process, which were really won from an excellent first half when the lads played as a team and punished enough of Bourton and Frankton’s errors to win the game.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was a again difficult this week with a good all-round team performance but went to Ian Gardner, another new lad who slotted in nicely at right back making a quality debut.
As you would expect, the restart did see Balsall & Berkswell improve somewhat, trying to claw their way back into the game and at only 0-1 down they still had a chance. For all this though, it was still Brinklow who were creating all the chances. As the half progressed, and after having had 4 Brinklow attempts all cleared off the line, plus a Tom Pye-Ford shot hitting the under side of the bar and bouncing down over the line (the referee was unsighted), you somehow got the feeling that Brinklow’s inability to kill teams off would somehow come back to haunt them. This assumption proved correct when a poor piece of defending from a big up & under kick allowed Balsall a sloppy equaliser after 70 minutes. This then made the remainder of the game uneasy for Brinklow as Balsall tried their best to pinch a winner. The game was decided on 80 minutes when Brinklow pushed the self-destruct button once again with some very poor defending, allowing Balsall & Berkswell the softest of winners.
Even with only a few minutes remaining Brinklow still had a couple of chances to get the equaliser, but it wasn’t to be as Balsall & Berkswell saw out the rest of the game and managed to steal the points, they frankly hardly deserved. Unfortunately, Brinklow only have themselves to blame as once again the lads Achilles heel of not finishing teams off again showed itself, and I suspect this won’t be the last time this season that this happens. This is a major shame as the lads are really playing some lovely football and not getting any reward, but if they are patient and continue to progress like they are doing, they do have the makings of a good side that will be able to push for promotion in the coming seasons.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was a little difficult this week as every body put the effort in and played well, but in the end, it went to another Youth team player making his debut for the Seniors – Ben Morely. He looked comfortable out there today and always seemed to do the right thing.
Report by Ashley Marks
I normally relish writing these reports as it high-lights some of the good work that the lads put in every week, but today it is difficult to come up with something we got right. Even in front of goal, very little was created which to be fair is highly unusual. There were a couple of chances early on, and then late on Nic Whittam could have scored a consolation goal, but that’s about it. The problem today was that too many players were not involved in the game, carrying them, you could say, but anyway just not good enough as Church Lawford just showed far more determination and in the end deservedly won the game. A few of the players did do their best and gave everything; namely James Shannon, Dan Mallinson, Jamie Huddlestone and Andy ‘monster’ Sorrell. The rest of the players really had various levels of disappointing displays. Still, looking forward, on a more positive note, we have a league game again next week that hopefully will see the Reserves get back on track and back to winning ways.
To pick out a Brinklow Man-of-the-match today went to James Shannon in goal. He saved his teammates on several occasions today with a fine display.
The game was hardly a good spirited affair as Bermuda started how they meant to go on, and it only took two minutes for Brinklow to be awarded their first free kick after a scything challenge. Nic Whittam took the kick and Scott Vallance worked an opening to get in a shot, which the keeper managed to block. It was a great start for Brinklow, with them quickly gaining the upper hand in the match, which they held all game really as Bermuda for all their effort, only occasionally troubled the Brinklow defence. Dale Huddlestone in the Brinklow goal really only had to make a couple of saves all game, although they were vital at the time, one of which was a fine fingertip save just over the bar in the first half. It was always Brinklow who looked most likely to open the scoring and 16 minutes into the match, that lead should have been taken when Matt James’ shot was saved by the keeper who could only force the ball into the path of Richard Nelmes who somehow managed to shoot wide from 5 yards out. Just 10 minutes later the pitch saved Bermuda when the ever lively Richard Nelmes rounded the keeper and fired the ball home, only to see the ball stop in the mud on the line, allowing a defender to run in and clear the danger. As the half continued, the game started to see most of the action in the middle of the pitch with few real chances falling to the players. Probably the best chance fell to Matt James whose shot on 42 minutes forced a great save out of the Bermuda keeper. Still, you got the feeling that it was only a matter of time before Brinklow found the back of the net as the half ended 0-0
A minute into the second half, some good play from Tom Brookes set up Tom Pye-Ford to fire home Brinklow’s long overdue goal, with a low drive into the corner of the net. In response, Bermuda did briefly try to rally, in which they may well have equalized had it not been for Dale Huddlestone standing big in the Brinklow goal as a point-blank shot came through a load of boots. As the half progressed, it really became more Brinklow’s game as they continued to push Bermuda back. Several great chances went begging, until finally Brinklow virtually sealed the points when the second goal went in after 79 minutes. This time, some good interplay between Tom Pye-Ford and Matt James setting up Ryan Byrne to send the ball into the back of the net. As the match ended, Richard Nelmes hit the post, which summed up his day today; a fine game but luck wasn’t on his side. On another day, Richard may have easily scored 3 or 4 of the chances that came his way. Today was not an easy game but Brinklow came through it today trying to play proper football from start to finish in a controlled and professional manner. The lads today worked hard against strong opposition and it was this hard work that saw them deservedly win the game.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today is between two players; firstly, Nick Whittam, who was superb at centre-half and hardly gave the Bermuda forwards a chance, and secondly Scott Vallance who worked his socks off in the difficult midfield area, with the majority of the Brinklow attacks starting from him. A quality player and it showed today.
The pitch being on the heavy side did cause problems but it was the same for both teams and Brinklow got to grips with the conditions much better and for most of the first half especially James Shannon in the Brinklow goal was a virtual spectator, such was the Brinklow dominance going forward. The lads should have opened the scoring earlier than they did with shots from Richard Nelmes, Nic Whittam, Matt James and Tom Pye-Ford all forcing good saves out of the opposition keeper. Finally, with 13 minutes of the match gone his luck ran out when Sam Lunt’s 25-yard cracker of a shot flew past him, the ball hitting the post and going in, giving him no chance. This really set Brinklow up nicely to build on their lead but somehow it never quite happened, with a combination of weak finishing, great goal keeping and just pure luck on Fillongley’s part the half ended only 1.0 in Brinklow’s favour.
The scoreline definitely made the second half far more awkward than it should have been for Brinklow as Fillongley started to push forward a bit more looking for an equaliser and in the process breaking up the Brinklow team play. It was during this spell that Brinklow for the first time started to look second best, without them ever really looking in any danger of conceding. Even when not playing at their best during this spell Brinklow were still lively when they broke forward with Matt James and Richard Nelmes forcing a superb double save from the Fillongley keeper. With 70 minutes, gone Fillongley finally got some reward for their hard work when they levelled the game as a shot from just outside the box was fumbled by the Brinklow keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net. It was a rare error from James giving Fillongley a lifeline, and for the next ten minutes, to be fair Brinklow rode their luck as Fillongley pegged them back well and but for a couple of last ditch tackles from Sam Lunt and Stuart McQuillan, they may have well taken the lead.
The Brinklow lads kept going and battled on and got their reward after 80 minutes when Matt James fired home the winner, the keeper having made an initial save from Nic Whittam he could only parry the ball into the path of Matt who made no mistake putting the ball in the back of the net. It was no more than the Brinklow lads deserved after all their hard work. Fillongley clearly deflated by the goal suddenly appeared to run out of steam. Brinklow could have easily extended their lead shortly after, during this spell when Dan Carter hit a shot against the cross-bar with the keeper beaten, and a shot from Tom Brookes hit a defender and deflected safely into the keepers arms. As it was 2.1 was enough for Brinklow and with it comes three valuable points which lifts us off the bottom of the league and with several games in hand on our immediate rivals hopefully we can keep this run and form going and climb higher up the table. Credit has to go to the lads today as they worked hard against rugged opposition and it was this hard work that saw them deservedly win the game.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today went to Matt James who always looked a touch above today with his style of football and Fillongley had no answer to him.
The match today, was clearly a game of two halves, the first all belonged to Brinklow as Richard Nelmes netted after only 11 minutes and Stuart McQuillan increased Brinklow’s lead just 3 minutes later giving a 2.0 scoreline to the lads which whilst maybe a little surprising was certainly well deserved. During the rest of the half Brinklow’s passing game created chance after chance and really the match should have been well over by the interval with the lads winning comfortably. Tom Brookes missed an open goal, Richard Nelmes missed an easy chance with only the keeper to beat, Tom Pye-Ford blazed a glorious ball over the bar and the post also came to Stockton’s aid. Unfortunately, the openings were not taken but the actual build-up play from Brinklow during the half was very promising and as the halftime whistle blew, Stockton could count themselves lucky not to be dead and buried.
The second half started as expected with Stockton coming out more determined, and they began to put more pressure on the Brinklow defence really for the first time in the match, although there was nothing too dangerous to trouble the lads. In fact, it took a mistake from Brinklow to give Stockton a foothold in the game when a vicious spin on the ball caused it to bounce over keeper James Shannon and into the net, making the score 2.1. Just 5 minutes later Richard Nelmes should have restored Brinklow’s two-goal lead when he lost his marker and put in a shot that beat the keeper only to see the ball bounce off the post. This was the turning point of the match, had Brinklow scored there was a great chance of them going on to possibly win the game as Stockton were not creating a great deal. As it was, soon after Stockton equalised from a header at the far post, and this started a spell in the game for them that allowed them to show off their attacking prowess and why they played division one football. Goals 3 and 4 followed soon after, a little unfairly maybe but on the day, it was the difference between the two sides.
Brinklow to their credit never gave up and continued to try and get forward having a shot just wide and also hitting the post with five minutes to go. Stockton did get a final goal right on the final whistle from the penalty spot, but the outcome of the game had really been decided a while before hand. All in all, this was an enjoyable game of football with the Brinklow lads putting in an excellent performance.
To pick out a Brinklow Man-of-the-match today would be unfair as every player gave 100% but Richard Nelmes and Scott Vallance both had top games, Scott in central midfield and Richard up front a constant threat to Stockton all game.
Brinklow started slowly but despite this, they had an unlucky handball, which meant that they had a goal disallowed within the first minute of the game. Shilton rallied immediately, but apart from the opening five minutes that saw Brinklow go two nil down, the rest of the half was all Brinklow as they started to put Shilton firmly on the back foot. In the process, they created many good chances to get back in the game, and this is probably the only negative thing I can say about today. Our poor finishing failed to punish Shilton with the many chances Brinklow created; the first chance after ten minutes, with only the keeper to beat was Matt James, who normally misses nothing. Just five minutes later, Tom Pye-Ford’s shot came back off the cross bar, the ball fell to Zack Bevins whose shot hit the post giving Shilton a major let-off. Brinklow though kept going and they got their reward after twenty minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a push in the back. Tom Pye-Ford stepped up to fire home into the corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. It was 2-1 and Brinklow were right back in the game. The next excellent chance for the lads came from a free kick just outside the box. Tom Brookes lined up to take it only to see his effort hit the crossbar, with the keeper beaten. Other decent chances fell to various players, but one sticks out as the obvious equaliser; Zack Bevins outstripped the full back for pace and put in a lovely cross, the ball fell nicely for Danny Carter to just tap the ball into the net, but he scuffed the shot and Shilton survived yet another scare. The rest of the half continued in this vein but Brinklow could not find the breakthrough their play deserved.
The second half as you would expect saw Shilton try to raise their game but Brinklow dug in and after the first ten minutes or so they once again threatened the Shilton goal. It was on the 58th minute that the tie changed when Brinklow had Andy Sorrell sent off for bad language – no excuses as the referee had been cautioning all game for this offence. Any real hope Brinklow had after may have disappeared but it did not stop the Brinklow lads from still giving it everything. As the game progressed, Shilton’s extra man started to tell and only a couple of excellent saves from the Brinklow keeper James Shannon kept the game on a knife-edge. The gallant effort from the lads finally came to an end just two minutes before the final whistle when Brinklow were caught up field pushing for the equaliser and extra time. A long ball out of the Shilton defence caught too many players out of position, but it still took a good finish from the Shilton striker as James Shannon got a touch to the ball but couldn’t stop it going in.
I suppose on the day, some may say the best team won, but I know today they didn’t, and had Brinklow not been playing with a man down for a large part of the second half, there was always the possibility of a major shock. Keep your heads up lads, you were brilliant, and gave them a real scare today. Every Brinklow player gave the 100% effort I asked for before the match and every player was an absolute credit to Brinklow football club today.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today is somewhat difficult with so many excellent performances on show, it really was a team effort but the vote went to Stuart McQuillan with a fine defensive display
The two teams were pretty evenly matched with both sides making errors on a regular basis, with the only real difference that Bilton took their chances and Brinklow did not. In fact, Brinklow could have easily been two goals to the good, but instead found themselves 4.0 down within the first half hour. Brinklow had not played badly but could not take their chances and a couple of defensive errors proved costly. Sam Walder did pull a goal back for Brinklow before half time with a beautifully neat 20 yard lob over the keeper.
The second half saw an improvement in the overall play by Brinklow. Following a slight re-shuffle and Tom Brookes coming on as a sub, Brinklow started to put the pressure on Bilton and after fifty minutes, it paid of when Richard Nelmes was brought down inside the box. A penalty was awarded and Tom Pye-Ford stepped up to take the kick, which he fired home low into the corner of the net. It was 4-2 and just maybe Brinklow could get back in the game. The comeback never quite happened though as just as Brinklow managed to close the gap, another defensive error allowed Bilton to score and just keep Brinklow at arm’s length.
Brinklow did get a third goal, scored by the hard-working Richard Nelmes, but in general, they never quite had control of the game. When Danny Carter’s shot hit the post, Dan Mallinson missed an open goal and Tom Pye-Ford missed a penalty, it sort of summed up the day’s performance. Having said that, the lads did enough to possibly deserve a point from a game where they had enough chances but it just was not to be today.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today went to Richard Nelmes, who with his hard work and determination caused problems for the Bilton defence all game.
The game itself started well for Brinklow with Danny Carter scoring after sixty seconds, catching Shilton cold, with a simple tap in after good work from Tom Brookes to set up the chance. Shilton levelled after eight minutes with poor defending from a corner to blame, and with twenty-one minutes gone, they took the lead with a goal that had been coming for a while. To Brinklow’s credit, they fought back and Shilton’s lead did not last long as Brinklow equalised virtually from the kick off with Shaun Clusker netting from 25 yards past the advancing keeper into an unguarded net. Shilton scored twice more before the break to go in at half time 4.2 up.
The second half saw Brinklow play some good passing football and as a result, Tom Brookes pulled a goal back a few minutes after the restart to put Brinklow right back in the match. The next ten minutes was all Brinklow as the lads piled the pressure on Shilton and Brinklow missed two excellent opportunities during this period, with both Tom Brookes and Matt James both fluffing the chances to give Brinklow the lead. Shilton weathered this storm and started to gradually push Brinklow back, and when they got the sight of goal, they were not so generous as given the chance to score their fifth, they took it with a neat move that split the Brinklow defence. This was after 68 minutes and it clearly dented Brinklow’s hopes as a few heads began to drop and for the remainder of the match Shilton eased to victory.
With results like this you have to look behind the scoreline and being fair to the lads they really did try, but in the end they were just a little too lightweight against stronger opposition. Annoyingly, its just a few silly mistakes, not being able to keep the ball longer, and finally putting the ball in the net after some good work that stops the Reserves from having a better season.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today goes to Matt Wilson, who worked tirelessly in the midfield, was always lively and put in plenty of effort.
MOM - Ally Keay
Report by Ashley Marks
Half time proved a much needed break for the lads, changes made and ear drums ringing they went out fired up for the second half. The whole half was the opposite of the first with Brinklow dominating possession and creating chance after chance. The equaliser finally came when a scramble in the box ended with Dilly Linton vollying in at the back post. Again the lads pushed on and nearly got caught out with Stockingfords only chance of the half being well saved by Dale Huddlestone. The game was sealed for Brinklow when a long ball was latched onto by Dilly Linton who calmly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper for the 3 points. Close scare but great determination and character from the lads.
MOM -Tommy Glasscoe
Report by Ashley Marks
With Brinklow’s recent games being somewhat disappointing, today was a welcome change to show what the Reserves can do. To be fair the Reserves today were a much stronger looking team with Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell and Ryan Wood stepping into the problem centre-half positions. It certainly beefed up the Brinklow defence, which allowed the more creative players in the team to go and cause problems for the opposition. Apart from the quality of Brinklow’s play today, the only other surprise was how the lads only scored three, as this could have easily been six or seven nil with Brinklow making some glaring misses early on in the game. If these had been scored, it would have made the game a formality early on, but as it was, it wasn’t until the 83rd minute when Matt Wilson scored Brinklow’s third goal with a 20 yard shot the keeper couldn’t hold which signalled the game over. Brinklow’s other two goals both came courtesy of Matt James. His first goal came after 13 minutes with a snap shot inside the box that found the roof of the net to give Brinklow their well deserved lead, and he scored a second after 70 minutes when he found just enough of a gap to squeeze in a shot between the two Folly Lane defenders and past the stranded keeper.
The result today was no more than Brinklow deserved as they played very well, but it is the way they achieved the result that was most noticeable. They played with a gutsy, spirited team performance that has been missing as of late. Brinklow are back to league action next week when we aim to start picking up some points and on this showing, things look promising.
Congratulations to Zack Bevins who is the latest of the up and coming young players to make their debut in ‘Seniors’ football with a good hard-working 45 minutes. Also, welcome to Callum Ogilvie who is a new player to join us as Brinklow recruit players, which will hopefully improve the squad and add good healthy competition for places.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was difficult today as so many players had a good game but the honour goes to Matt James who stood out with a classy display and two goals as well.
The hardest thing to take today was the non-competitiveness throughout the side, which left Jaguar with probably one of the easiest wins they will get all season! No excuses Brinklow were terrible today and it was a match to be forgotten and fast. One of the main things to come out of today is the fact that Brinklow clearly need to recruit extra players, not so much from a quality point of view but from the amount of players to choose from.
I won’t dwell on the game except to mention a few of the lads who did their best today: Stuart McQuillan worked hard in defence, whilst Tom Pye-Ford also worked hard on the right wing and James Shannon made a number of vital saves in the Brinklow goal. The rest of the lads really struggled to make any real impact on the game, and too many had an ‘off’ day to keep Brinklow in the match.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today has to go to Danny Carter, who worked tirelessly in the midfield all game, putting in a solid performance.
DOD - David Sinclair
Report by Ashley Marks
DOD - Ash Marks
Report by Ashley Marks
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After the break it was complete 1-way traffic with the home side queing up to score. First it was Clusker with a volly at the back post, then Justin with a solid strike before Clusker again scored with a tap in on the line. The game was complete when Ben Clarke rounded the keeper and tapped it home to complete the rout. Great concentration levels from the lads to see the game out and get the name into the hat.
DOD - Ashley Marks
Report by Ashley Marks
A 2-0 half time lead was more than deserved and the instructions from the management was much more of the same and to be clinical infront of goal. The game was killed off 10 minutes into the second half, Dilly getting his second of the day with a powerful strike after more good work from the Brinklow midfield. The game fizzled out after this and the away team knew there was no way back, especially as the Brinklow defence looked so solid all match. The icing was put on the cake with the last kick of the game after Tommy squared the ball across goal for Ashley to tap in at the back post and send the boys into the hat for the next round.
DOD - Ian Judd
Report by Ashley Marks
Report by Ashley Marks
The game itself, started as it meant to go on, and was pretty even from start to finish. A bright start from Brinklow meant that a very early tentative effort from Tom Brookes within the first minute could have easily found the net instead of just going over the crossbar. Chances in this game were at a premium and it wasn’t until the 22nd minute that the next chance came along and once more, it fell Brinklow’s way. Tom Brookes wriggled his way free past his marker and made sure that the Kenilworth keeper had no chance with his shot that flew in past him. It was 1-0 to Brinklow and a great start for the lads. Kenilworth though were still a threat and a narrow miss with a header that skimmed the Brinklow crossbar just reminded the lads that the game was far from over. As the half neared its end, Brinklow may well have gone further in front when Danny Carter blasted over from a great position, missing a sitter of a goal!
The second half once again started well for Brinklow with a Dan Mallinson shot being cleared off the line, Dan Gyselynck picked up on the rebound but his shot went wide. With fifty minutes gone Roger Lunt set up Richard Bollen for a shot that the keeper did well to save. Kenilworth though had been waiting patiently for their chance to break and when Brinklow, pushing forward for the goal, lost possession in a bad position, it ended with the Kenilworth striker hitting a shot that bounced off the post. This was the start of a brief spell that saw Kenilworth get on top of the game, and just three minutes after hitting the post, they got their equaliser. A Kenilworth corner, saw their striker get the first touch as it came over to send the ball past James Shannon into the Brinklow goal. Although there was nearly half an hour remaining of the game the best of the chances were gone as both defences stood firm mopping up any danger. It was still a tense exciting game just tight. As the game continued it looked more and more likely to go to extra time and this proved to be the case; 1-1 at the final whistle of normal time.
Extra time saw both sides start to tire a little, so chances started to fall to both sides, nothing clear cut but there were half chances. It was really the second period of extra time that the game opened up. Just two minutes in Kenilworth were awarded a corner, after a clear foul on Dan Mallinson was not given, and they scored their second goal with a header that looked like it may well take them through the tie. To be fair to the Brinklow lads, they never let their heads drop and in fact played some of their best football of the game. Dan Mallinson , Matt Wilson and Lee Huddlestone all had good chances to pull the team level. Brinklow’s efforts were rewarded with just two minutes remaining when Roger Lunt fired in a 20 yard rocket, it was nothing less than Brinklow deserved. It was 2-2, the final score and penalties looming. Tom Brookes, Matt Wilson, Tom Pye-Ford and Danny Carter all scored their penalties and it was left to Dan Mallinson, who if he scored would put Brinklow through, due to the fact that Kenilworth had missed an earlier chance. Unfortunately, Dan found out how difficult and cruel the fifth penalty can be as the Kenilworth keeper made the save. Maybe this unsettled Stuart McQuillan the next Brinklow penalty taker who put his shot just too near the keeper who again made the save. Kenilworth made no mistake with their final penalty and won the tie 5-4.
It was a cracking cup tie played in the right spirit by two decent sides, with Kenilworth just getting the luck at the right time, but that’s football! I just feel sorry for all the lads today who put in a tremendous amount of work for no reward, but they were superb and a credit to the yellow and blue shirt of Brinklow. Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Dan Mallinson who was involved in everything.
Report by Ashley Marks
The game started lively enough from Brinklow and after only two minutes, Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell scored the opening goal after running in on a loose ball in the box. It was a promising start to the game, and whilst Hartshill were still trying to get into the match both Dan Gyselynck and Tom Brookes had chances to increase Brinklow’s lead. Unfortunately, the lads’ inability to finish moves off inevitably comes back to haunt them as the game goes on.
Hartshill steadily worked themselves back into the game by the 20 minute mark and from this point onwards, they started to boss the game, at times leaving Brinklow chasing shadows. It was not that they were really any better than Brinklow but it was simply that they were more determined and wanted the result more. The Hartshill equaliser came after 24 minutes with a shot from just outside the box finding the net. James Shannon in the Brinklow goal then started to come under pressure as Hartshill upped the level but James coped well and made a couple of decent saves to keep his team level. The half ended all square at 1.1 soon after and Brinklow still had something to aim at.
The second half started much the same with Hartshill on top and Brinklow playing catch-up. Just a minute after the restart some sloppy play at the back resulted in Hartshill’s second goal, as the striker reacted quickest to a loose ball and fired home into the corner of the net. Just eight minutes later they got their third goal with a lofted ball in from the wing. From this point on, it was really game over with tiring legs and the Brinklow work rate dropping alarmingly. Brinklow did have a couple of golden opportunities to pull the game level but the chances were not taken, with Andy Sorrell missing from just a few yards out and Tom Pye-Ford shooting just over after having beaten the keeper. Hartshill scored a fourth goal late on but the game was finished as a contest a while before this. In all, it was a very disappointing display from Brinklow in a game, where if the earlier chances had been taken, the result could have been so different.
To end on an encouraging note, the young players coming through from the youth set-up all did very well today in a tough and physical game. James Shannon, Iknam Chavens and Lee Huddlestone, together with Elliot Lasielles who played his first ‘Seniors’ game today all played their part.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was James Shannon who made a number of important saves to keep the scoreline down. Special mention must also go to Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell who may be the most senior of the Reserves players but ran round the pitch today like an 18 year old and never gave up encouraging the team.
The game kicked off and it was Bilton that settled much the quicker of the two sides. They are a strong rugged side that the younger lads of Brinklow seemed a little daunted by at first. The tall Bilton striker caused real problems up front and it was he who headed home the first goal from a long throw-in to give them the lead. Brinklow though soon put this setback behind them, and only two minutes later Dan Gyselynck fired home the equalizer from a tight angle into the far corner after some good work from Danny Carter who must take credit for setting up the chance. With 24 minutes gone Bilton regained the lead with a copy of their first goal, a long throw headed home. They made it 3.1 just 10 minutes later, this time with a chip over James Shannon. Against a better team, Brinklow would have been in trouble but the lads rallied and Bilton were in a generous mood. As half time loomed Brinklow were given a lifeline, when they were awarded a penalty after Danny Carter was flattened in the box. Matt James took the spot kick only to see the keeper make the save and palm the ball away, but Tom Brookes reacted quickest to smash the ball home to make the score 3.2 and give the lads something to aim at in the second half.
An urgent discussion at half time seemed to do the trick as Brinklow came out looking a completely different team after the break. Just 2 minutes after the restart Dan Gyselynck netted the Brinklow equalizer with a great header at the far post from a Tom Brookes corner. It was Brinklow’s own undoing when they gifted Bilton a fourth goal with some sloppy play at the back, undoing all their previous hard work. Still, in a game like this, the score didn’t stay the same for long when on the 58 minute mark Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell once again levelled the score with a looping header over the Bilton keeper. With 70 minutes gone some good passing play resulted in Tom Pye-Ford putting the lads in front for the first time in the match, after he ran onto a through ball and scored from an acute angle to make the score 5.4. At this point it looked like Brinklow may go on and win the game comfortably such was their domination. Unfortunately, once again some poor play allowed Bilton to score, with far too much time being allowed to build up an attack. Many more chances fell Brinklow’s way, none of which were converted into goals, and it is this inability to finish off moves that is costing Brinklow dearly. Even with an average performance today, the lads had more than enough chances to record a double figure score. Bilton got the winner late on against a tiring Brinklow side when a draw looked like it would have been a fair result. You don’t get many games like this thankfully. In the first half Brinklow certainly rode their luck, but after the break the lads looked a totally different side showing some excellent football, and showed what a good side they could be if they could just be more ruthless in front of goal. In the end, the biggest problem today apart from the finishing, was that the lads ran out of steam and this ultimately cost us the game in the end, with the midfield struggling to get back despite their best efforts. Still it was a decent second half performance with plenty to work on in training.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Matt James, who put in some nice passing play and was always looking to get things moving up front. The only downside today was his lack of goals as he really should have had at least a hat-trick today.
Report by Ashley Marks
Report by Ashley Marks
After the break the next goal was always going to be important. Brinklow started well winning all the 50/50's and a quick break down the right in the early period of the half saw Justin provide a tap in for Dilly to complete his hat-trick. This just about killed the game off and Brinklow kept possession very well, creating more chances but unfortunately not converting. However the 4 goal haul was completed after another Brinklow break caught Shilton off guard at the back, a through ball from the Brinklow midfield provided the opportunity for Dilly to round the keeper and pass into the open net. Another great performance by the lads keeping up the 100% start.
MOTM - Dilly Linton
Report by Ashley Marks
The game did not start particularly well for Brinklow, which is unusual as the lads normally tend to start brightly, but this time they found themselves under immediate attack from the start. Shilton gained a corner after only two minutes and a good cross found an unmarked Shilton player who simply tapped the ball home. Poor marking was to blame and it was a terrible start for the lads. Shilton were clearly fired up by their good start and did their best to add to their tally forcing James Shannon to make a couple of decent saves to deny them. With the defence also having to make some timely tackles to prevent another goal, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Brinklow. Fortunately, Shilton’s second goal never arrived as Brinklow slowly started to pull themselves back into the game and by the time Matt James’ shot was blocked on the line after 15 minutes Brinklow were playing some decent football. Chances were starting to fall Brinklow’s way on a regular basis and with 20 minutes gone, Tom Pye-Ford had a good chance but blazed the ball over the bar. Soon after Matt Wilson and Matt James both had chances to level the score but the unfortunately finish wasn’t there. Shilton did put the ball in the back of the net after 32 minutes but the effort was ruled offside. The best effort from Brinklow came from a Lee Huddlestone cross that Tom Brookes fired goal wards only to see the keeper pull off a fine save. As the half ended Brinklow were really unlucky to be behind as they had hung on in there and slowly turned the game around.
The second half saw Brinklow turn up the heat and really take the game to Shilton and just 30 seconds after the restart Dan Gyselynck should have levelled the scores but his shot was just wide. If Brinklow were going to get back into the game you felt it would be during this spell and sure enough after 51 minutes Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell and Tom Brookes combined well to leave Dan Gyselynck a simple ball to finish the move off and score the well deserved equalizer. Brinklow now went on the hunt for the lead, with Tom, Dan and Andy all having numerous chances to give Brinklow the lead but the finish was lacking at the vital time. Shilton did give a timely reminder that the game was far from over when they had a shot hit the bar after 60 minutes, followed by a shot off the post. The let-off was heeded by the lads as once again they started to play the game more in the Shilton half. Brinklow continued to create more and better openings than their opponents but the finishing was wayward and you couldn’t help thinking that there might be a sting in the tail to this match. Sure enough with 83 minutes gone a lapse in the Brinklow defence allowed Shilton regain the lead , most definitely against the run of play, and it looked like Brinklow would end up pointless after all their efforts.
With 89 minutes played Brinklow got their reward for not giving up when Dan Mallinson ran the length of the pitch before passing the ball to Richard Bollen who chipped the ball over the top of the diving keeper. The score was 2 - 2 and the equalizer thoroughly deserved.
In all, it was an enjoyable game, maybe a little disappointing for the lads as they put in a lot of work for only a point, but after the poor start a point is better than nothing at all. Well done Brinklow.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was very difficult today as a number of players gave a good showing so it would be unfair to name any one player in particular; therefore the award goes to the whole team for a committed and battling performance.
The game started very well for Brinklow and for the first 15 minutes the lads played some quality football pegging Fillongley back in their own half. The only problem during this good spell was that the ball was not put in the back of the net when on numerous occasions Brinklow should have gone ahead as Matt James, Matt Wilson and Sam Walder all had good chances. Fillongley did eventually start to claw their way back into the game and Brinklow began to lose their way. The play became erratic and sloppy allowing an ordinary Fillongley side to look better than they were. It wasn’t until the 35th minute that Fillongley got their first real shot on goal and you expect in games like this, the ball ended up in the net, although there was little James Shannon could do about it. Fillongley looked to have caught Brinklow on one of those off days, in fact during the whole match Fillongley only put four shots on target compared to twenty plus from the Brinklow lads, but putting the ball in the back of the net is what counts.
The second half didn’t really see much change in the match with Fillongley just about doing enough to keep Brinklow at arms length. Three minutes after the restart, Fillongley increased their lead. Once again some sloppy play allowed an easy finish for the visitors, leaving Brinklow an uphill battle to turn the game around. Credit to the lads they did try, but too many below par performances and not enough teamwork contributed to their downfall, which is a shame after all the hard work of the previous game. The match did at least end with Brinklow battling back on top. New lad Richard Bollen scored from a corner after 84 minutes giving Brinklow a lifeline, and for the remaining six minutes Brinklow bombarded the Fillongley goal. A couple of really good chances were missed to grab the equalizer from Matt James, Sam Walder, Tom Pye-Ford and Dan Mallinson, before Matt Wilson right on the time with only the keeper to beat screwed his shot just wide. The final whistle blew on what was a disappointing game from Brinklow’s point of view with three points thrown away. They gave their best, but so many players were out of position today. Just on the day, Brinklow as a team were not good enough all round.
Still we pick ourselves up and try again next Thursday and hopefully the lads will react positively to this disappointing set back.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was Sam Walder who showed plenty of trickery and should have scored. He was the player Fillongley seemed to fear most and it showed with the amount of tackles on him.
The game kicked off late due to Crick being held up by traffic but the match was well worth waiting for as both sides did their best in a lively start to the game. Brinklow had chances early on when both Shaun Clusker and Tom Pye-Ford both should have scored within the opening five minutes. Brinklow had most of the possession as they passed the ball around nicely and plenty of chances looked likely to be coming the lads’ way. It was Crick though who scored first against the run of play with a goal flying into the top corner from a free kick giving James Shannon no chance. Crick’s joy was short lived though as Brinklow soon got back on top, and when Shaun Clusker left his marker he fired home the equalizer. Tom Pye-Ford should have put his team 2.1 up minutes later when a well set up move from Tom Brookes and Shaun Clusker left Tom with a clear shot on goal, but he put the ball too near the keeper who made the save. As Brinklow continued to press forward, it seemed just a matter of time before Brinklow took the lead and with 30 minutes, gone Tom Pye-Ford chipped the keeper giving Brinklow a well-deserved lead. There are periods in the game when Brinklow lose concentration and allow opponents back into the match and today and it was around the 35-minute mark that Brinklow for some reason seemed to lose the plot and after failing to clear their lines, Crick scored an equalizer. The only other chance of the half did fall to Brinklow, following a corner, Danny Carter got in a header that was cleared off the line by a Crick defender. The half ended all square but Brinklow had created more chances and really could feel aggrieved that they weren’t in front.
The second half saw Crick start much better, and whilst not creating much in front of goal they still had the best spell of their game. When one of their strikers was tripped in the box the referee had no choice but to award the penalty and it was left to James Shannon to keep the scores level which he did with a superb fingertip save. This incident definitely woke Brinklow up and virtually straight away Matt James set up Tom Pye-Ford to fire home Brinklow’s third goal to restore the lead. Just two minutes later Shaun Clusker netted goal number four, leaving Crick shell-shocked and goal number five followed soon after from Matt James with a peach of a left foot shot that flew in of the underside of the crossbar. Many more chances were created by Brinklow and Crick were fortunate not to be further adrift, but when Stuart McQuillan finished the scoring with probably the goal of the game after a thirty yard run beating three players and firing home the shot low in the bottom corner, the rout was complete.
It was a great start to the season from the lads and apart from the twenty minute spell during the game when they lost concentration they pretty much bossed the game, playing some nice football in the process. There is still work to do but considering our first match last season was a 6.1 loss the improvement from the Reserves is starting to show.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was a difficult choice with some good individual performances but was awarded to Shaun Clusker, a livewire performance, he did his job well never giving the Crick defence a minute and scored two good goals.
Report by Ashley Marks
Brinklow started the game brightly and looked sharp getting hold of the ball and knocking it about confidently. Christ The King, on the other hand, looked a little unsure and a couple of early Brinklow breaks had them panicking a bit at the back. Apart from this the game was pretty even with both teams giving very little away. The two Christ The King forwards looked to be the danger as they were strong and quick and on the twelve minute mark gave a warning to the Brinklow defence when a shot flashed just wide of the post. The Brinklow defence which today consisted of Ryan Wood, Stuart McQuillan, Iknam ‘Dooey’ Chavens and Tom Pye-Ford took note and tightened up restricting the Kings’ forwards space and closing down the shots. On 19 minutes though they could do nothing as one of the Kings’ strikers broke clear and ran on to a through ball and got in a shot that James Shannon in the Brinklow goal just couldn’t hold. A soaking wet ball maybe didn’t help, but I suspect James may feel a little disappointed that he didn’t stop it, however to his credit he put this behind him and got on with the game and never really looked in too much trouble for the remainder of the match.
Brinklow didn’t let their heads drop and kept up the pressure and some good work from Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell set up Dan Gyselynck for a tap –in and the deserved equalizer, unfortunately the goal was not given as the Kings’ linesman flagged for the ball out of play, which it clearly wasn’t and Brinklow were denied a perfectly good goal. Still that’s football and probably the only thing referee Peter Day got wrong all game but to be fair he can only go by his assistants decisions. This could have upset Brinklow but credit to the lads they got on with things and continued to play their game. Christ The King got their second just before half time and again it took a quality move to break down the Brinklow defence, this time a good cross found a Kings’ head and the corner of the net.
The half time get-together still found a very buoyant Brinklow team with everybody looking and feeling positive. This alone is a good thing, and a change among the team I’ve noticed this season already for the better!
The second half saw much the same sort of game with things fairly even. There was some exciting end-to-end football with Brinklow making their chances and doing everything but score. Dan Gyselynck looked sharp out on the wing and he could have bagged a couple of goals, whilst Matt James and Tom Pye-Ford could also have got their names on the score sheet. As Brinklow tired towards the end, Christ The King had a several chances late on to extend their lead, but with the lads never giving up and a good save from James, they kept the score at 2.0. The result at the end favours Christ The King, but a lot of credit must go to the Brinklow lads who gave a real good fighting performance against decent opposition.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was tight today with a number of good individual performances but was awarded to Ryan Wood, who always looked assured today at the heart of the defence and on this showing will take some shifting from the position.
Everybody who played today did very well and if everyone stays positive and works hard, the Reserves could have a fair season ahead of them. Now for the hard work of earning the points!
The game itself saw Brinklow start unusually sluggish with Crick gaining the upper hand from the off, although James Shannon in the Brinklow goal had little to do during this spell of the game. The first real chance that fell to Crick found the back of the net after just 10 minutes when the new look Brinklow defence found themselves caught out of position. From this point on the game really started to change as Brinklow got themselves into the match playing some lovely passing football along the way. Chris Grimsley and Matt James both got the ball in the back of the net for Brinklow with decent strikes at the 20 minute mark but the equalizer was ruled out each time for offside. This was just the start of an excellent attacking spell for Brinklow that continued up until the end of the half. Tom Pye-Ford scored Brinklow’s equalizer after 23 minutes. Running onto a neat pass from Andy ‘Monster’ Sorrell, Tom finished off the move firing past the stranded Crick keeper. The score was 1.1 and just a couple of minutes later Brinklow should have scored again with Tom getting in another clean shot. Crick were now clearly struggling to cope with Brinklow’s movement as chance after chance was created. Alex Olner, Chris Grimsley, Andy Sorrell and Matt James all really should have scored with excellent chances to put the game beyond Crick’s reach by half time.
The second half saw a number of substitutions from Brinklow which upset the balance a little, but not enough to allow Crick any real joy and through-out Brinklow continued to be the team that looked most likely to go on and win the game. Tom Brookes could have given his team the win when he broke clear of his marker, but once more the Crick keeper did his job well to deny Brinklow. The game stayed like this until the final whistle as Brinklow could just not finish off Crick and the game ended 1.1. Really the lads today should have scored 5 or 6 and earned the win that their play deserved.
Goal Scorer(s): Tom Pye-Ford Brinklow
Brinklow Man-of-the-match: Iknam ‘Dooey’ Chavens, a dodgy back pass early in the game nearly gave a goal away, but after that he never put a foot wrong and looked a good solid player for the remainder of the match
Fillongley kindly played hosts to Brinklow’s young lads in our first friendly of the new season. I would like to say Fillongley played a full Reserve side like we did but they didn’t as they had 4 or 5 First team players which they used cleverly whenever Brinklow started to get the upper hand which they did for periods of the game.
Brinklow did start quite brightly making sure their tackles were well-timed and the opposition were all marked up and really for the first 15 minutes the game was fairly tight with few real chances for either side. Fillongley held the edge with their slightly stronger team on the pitch and looked the favourites to open the scoring which they did after 20 minutes when a shot looped up over James Shannon in the Brinklow goal, although there was little he could have done about it. The score was 1.0 with Fillongley having the lead which they probably just about deserved. The game continued like this up until the half hour mark when Fillongley made a few changes taking off some of their Senior players. From this point the game started to swing Brinklow’s way with the lads always trying to pass and play the ball on the ground, which had Fillongley at this point struggling to keep with them. Matt James and Matt Wilson both had good chances to pull Brinklow level. Matt James’ skimmed the crossbar from a 20 yard free kick and soon after Matt Wilson was denied his glory after an excellent challenge from a Fillongley defender. Maybe as the half ended Brinklow had done enough to be level, but the effort was there and during the half-time debate the lads were in a buoyant mood about how to put things right.
The second half once again saw Brinklow take the upper hand playing some nice passing football. By this time also, all the new young Youth lads were on the pitch with Iknam ‘Durag’ Chaven, Lee Huddlestone and Chris Ward all making their debuts’ in Senior football. They all did very well and although a little nervous they contributed fully to the team and did not let their team mates down. In fact, Lee Huddlestone had probably Brinklow’s best chance to equalise when a Tom Pye-Ford cross found Lee unmarked at the far post but just as he was going to bury the shot the ball hit a bobble and Lee could only shoot wide. With 20 minutes left Fillongley clearly thought that the equaliser was on the cards and they strengthened up again. This move saw Brinklow’s tiring side on the back foot for the remainder of the game although they still gave a good showing of spirit and determination. Two goals late on; the first a decent shot , the second a defensive mix-up, flattered Fillongley but maybe it was expected as by this time Brinklow were running on empty. In all though this was a promising performance with some nice football on show at times from the lads, there is still plenty of work still to be done at training but we will pull together and get there.
Brinklow Man-of-the-match: Alex Olner who gave everything where-ever he played and always looked like he could play at a higher level.
Laugh-of-the-Day: Steve Clarke and his new boots, all shiny and clean as he took them out of the box only to find they were both left-footed boots!!!
A working party is to gather at Barr Lane to prepare Barr Lane pitch, Respect line and Goal-posts for the new season. If anyone from the seniors wishes to lend a hand please meet at Barr Lane on 24th July at 10.00am.
Start Of season for Coventry Alliance League will be Saturday 28th August 2010.
Bon Kearney has prepared entry forms for cup competitions this season: Bedworth Nursing Cup, CET Cup & Foleshill Charity Cup for Brinklow First team. Major Boyd Carpenter & Coventry Benevolent Fund for Brinklow Reserves. (Waiting for entry form for Stockton Charity Cup).
The 1st team thank all their local sponsors and spectators for all their help & support.
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