Five trophies in one night should be enough for any club but surprises were in store as first team centre forward Danny Nelson picked up the Alliance Golden Boot as top goalscorer and seniors secretary Marie Kearney was awarded the Bob Slater Memorial Trophy for Alliance League Secretary Of The Year, a much deserved award.
The night was completed in style when the club as a whole were awarded the Ted Boscott Memorial Shield for Club Of the Year.
Brinklow Reserves are
Well done to everyone involved with the team!!!!!!
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Brinklow did start well, with some quick neat passing that had Colliery quickly on the back foot, and it took just seven minutes for Brinklow to carve out the first real opening of the game. A lively Lee Huddlestone linked up with Luke Roper who fired in a low shot across the box, the ball just skipping wide of the post. With fifteen minutes gone, Matt James opened the scoring with a nice curling shot high into the top corner of the net, and Brinklow had their reward for a bright start. Shortly after the ball was in the net again when a Matt James free kick just inside the Colliery half hit the back of the goal but it was indirect and with no player able to get a touch on it, the goal did not stand. Various chances came and went before Jake Chater scored Brinklow’s second, as his low drive into the bottom corner beat the keeper’s attempt to make the save. It was 2-0 and with fifteen minutes of the half still to go, Brinklow were looking comfortable and more goals seemed a distinct possibility. Certainly Lee, Jordan, Matt and Jake all had good opportunities to increase the lead but a combination of good goalkeeping and wasteful finishing saw the half remain at two nil.
Frankly, the second half failed to live up to the first as Brinklow tired and lost their way a little. A couple of enforced changes did leave the side slightly less balanced and this did allow Colliery far more time on the ball but even when they did work an opening, the Brinklow defence closed down the chance and held firm. Even the odd time Colliery did get through Dan Mallinson in the Brinklow goal was in top form to deny the visitors anything. Brinklow did still create an odd flurry up front and after a fine run down the wing Jordan only just missed the far post with a neat shot under the advancing keeper.
In the end, the match finished two nil, with all the hard work the lads put in during the first half being enough to earn them the win today. The match was by no means a classic but still even a below par Brinklow had far too much for their opponents on the day. Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was voted Matt Walker, who was faultless at the back and on his day is a class act.
Bermuda Reserves 1 Brinklow Reserves 4 (H E Mann Cup (North Group) - Rnd 1)
The first half to be honest was a fairly even contest with Brinklow starting the better of the two sides, as Jordan Smallwood set up Lee Huddlestone for a shot just two minutes into the game. Unfortunately, Lee couldn’t quite get the ball under control and the ball skipped just over the bar. Soon after Jordan again was the provider of a great ball in, turning the ball back from the edge of the box into the path of Jake Chater who fired home, but the goal was ruled out for offside. Just two minutes later Brinklow did get the ball in the back of the net, and this time the goal did stand. Jordan skinning the fullback once again to put in a deep cross ball that Lee volleyed home at the far post. Despite going behind Bermuda did react well and pushing forward had a couple of decent chances themselves, but good defending from Matt Walker, Jack Cunningham, Luke Roper and ‘Taff’ plus a useful save from Dan Mallinson kept the lads lead intact. With twenty minutes gone, the lively Jordan broke clear of his marker to get in a low drive that the Bermuda keeper did well to save. Nevertheless, the second goal was coming and just a few minutes later, it did when Scott Vallance was on hand to tap home into an empty net after good build-up play from Jordan and Luke Roper. Although two nil up Brinklow kept up the pressure with a number of decent chances going begging, Jake Chater forcing a good save from the Bermuda keeper being probably the best of them. There was one more goal in the half and it went Bermuda’s way, they possibly deserved something for all their efforts but unfortunately, it came from a goal keeping error. Brinklow though, had done enough to show that they were more than capable of endangering the Bermuda goal and were still upbeat going in at the break 2-1 in Brinklow’s favour.
The second half was far more one-sided as the Brinklow lads upped their game and Bermuda started to struggle with their slick passing game. The chances began to start falling Brinklow’s way on a regular basis and goal number three just had to come. With just seven minutes of the half gone it did, as Jake Chater’s pinpoint pass found Matt James, who rounded the keeper to tuck the ball home off the defender. Brinklow had many more very good chances to increase their tally, including Taff’s shot blocked on the line and Luke Roper’s fierce 20-yard drive that needed a fine save from the Bermuda keeper. Brinklow did get their fourth goal ten minutes from time, and it was possibly the best of the day, with Liam Cawley placing a neat chipped ball over the advancing keeper into the back of the net after some fine build-up play in the midfield. The final result was 4-1 against. in the end, a well-beaten Bermuda side, and it could have been so many more. Today Brinklow put in a solid team performance, and the way they played as a team, that to me was the important thing working together for the deserved win. Once again – Well done lads!
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-Match today was Jordan Smallwood who especially in the first half was a constant threat up front and Bermuda didn’t know what to do with him.
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Brinklow started the game full of confidence and Crick found themselves defending from the start as chances to score came along at regular intervals. A Lee Huddlestone cross found Luke Roper unmarked at the far post inside the minute but Luke could only head wide. A few minutes later Scott Vallance fired a shot just over the bar from a good position, and Jordan Smallwood also fired just wide after a cross from Luke found him in the box unmarked. With twenty minutes gone yet another decent chance was spurned, this time Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton turned provider after a great run down the wing, he set up Matt James who could only shoot wide. With so many chances being created it was only a matter of time before Brinklow scored the opener and it really should have come on the half hour mark when following a scramble in the Crick box, Jordan smashed the ball against the crossbar from two yards out. Crick fell lucky a few minutes later when they made a break and scored completely against the run of play. The goal scorer was at least four yards offside but there was no flag as the Brinklow linesman had momentarily switched off so the goal stood. To be fair this rattled Brinklow briefly and it took a few players time to calm down before they started to play their game again. ‘Eggy’ was fully with the game when he latched on to a loose ball just outside the box, the keeper pulled off a great block from his shot but the ball fell back into his path and ‘Eggy’ with an open goal and certain equaliser in front of him somehow managed to hit the post and Crick to everyone’s amazement survived. A couple more of quick chances came Brinklow’s way with ‘Taff’ Powell going closer with a header and Tom Pye-Ford making the keeper react quickly to a neat shot aiming for the far corner. With the half almost gone Brinklow finally got the reward their hard work so richly deserved when a Jordan cross was bundled over the line by Scott Vallance. It was a scrappy goal, but oh so crucial as it finally allowed the lads to settle down.
The second half started as expected with Brinklow really geed up by the goal, and just two minutes after the restart Brinklow took the vital step closer to the title when they scored their second as Matt James found the far corner of the net with a fierce shot through a crowded box. It was 2-0 to Brinklow and the lads were clearly looking in the mood to score more but the inability to hit the target blighted some great build-up play with ‘Eggy’ Tom and Matt all missing great chances. Even when Brinklow got it right Crick escaped as the keeper made some great saves to keep the score down. With just ten minutes left Tom thought he had secured the winning goal as a beautiful neat chip was lifted over the keeper and looked goal-bound, but instead it bounced off the crossbar. He did get his goal though just a few minutes later as Brinklow tied up the game when Jake Chater’s shot was pushed away by the keeper, only for Tom to snap up the loose ball and tap home the third goal. It ended the game as a contest and the celebrations could start.
A long league season comes to an end and the lads have earned the title. For most of the season they have played some excellent football, they have scored the most goals in the division and had the best defensive record, thoroughly deserving the league title in the end. We do have a few cup matches left to play but the one the Reserves so wanted, the League title, is in the bag – Well done lads!
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was Luke Roper who worked so hard and covered almost every blade of grass today, a solid performance.
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The Coventry Alliance One outfit inflicted a 3-0 defeat of Nuneaton Griff, the third Midland Combination club they have beaten in the area’s most prestigious junior football tournament, and now look forward to meeting either Christ the King or Triumph Athletic at the home of the Sky Blues on Tuesday, May 1.
After a goalless opening period, Brinklow took the lead through Justin Neal on the hour while substitute Ashley Marks doubled the lead on 87 minutes before Andy Gordon clinched the semi final win in the closing seconds.
Delighted team boss Paul Huddlestone said: “This is the first time we’ve entered the main Telegraph Cup and not for a single second did we believe we could get to the final. “It’s a dream come true and we are really looking forward to the occasion. “And we did it the hard way by beating higher league clubs in Racing Club Warwick 2-1 and Alvis 3-2, both away, before Griff on Tuesday night at Coventry Copsewood.”
He continued: “Now it’s either Christ the King or Triumph in the final and whoever that may be we shall give our best shot.
“Getting this far was not expected but we are certainly going to enjoy ourselves.”
Brinklow are going great guns this term and are looking to complete a unique four-timer as they are through to the Foleshill Charity Cup Final and also the Bedworth Nursing Cup equivalent, a trophy they won last season and are hoping to retain for a second year, while they also top Alliance One in which they are odds-on favourites to take the crown and achieve promotion to the Premier flight.
Huddlestone added: “It’s been a tremendous season for us so far, fingers crossed we can finish it off in style.
“Certainly the club is buzzing at the moment with the reserves also well clear at the top of Alliance Five.”
We're all going to the Ricoh!!
Congratulation to Brinklow 1st team.
3 second half goals from Justin Neal, Ash Marks and Andy Gordon saw Brinklow beat the Midland Combination Premiership side Nuneaton Griff and saw the team through to the final to be played at the Ricoh Arena!!
Well done to everyone involved with the team!!!!!!
Brinklow took a while to settle today with various changes to players and formation and so goal opportunities were a little scarce early on, together with RealiZe doing their best to upset any rhythm to Brinklow’s normal passing play. It left a couple of efforts from Danny Nelson as the sum total of efforts in the first twenty minutes. The second chance really should have found the net with Danny losing out with a one-on-one with the keeper. To be fair on the day the RealiZe keeper went on to be their best player, and this was the first of a string of saves he made during the match. Brinklow did steadily improve and more chances started to come their way. Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton fired in s shot that skimmed the post and a Matt James corner was headed just over by Jamie Huddlestone. Despite their efforts, it did seem that Brinklow would have to settle for a score line of 0-0 at the break. However, just as the end of the half was approaching Matt James finished off a good Brinklow attack with a shot into the roof of the net, giving the lads some reward and a deserved lead. In added time at the end of the first half Brinklow increased their lead when Matt James was up-ended in the box and a penalty awarded. Dan Mallinson stepped up to fire home, to make the score 2-0 and a good base for the second half.
Right from the restart Brinklow began testing the RealiZe keeper, who just managed to tip over a Danny Nelson shot after less than a minute. Soon after, a Jamie Huddlestone header was cleared off the line, and a header from ‘Rooney’ bounced off the crossbar, both good chances that should have increased Brinklow’s lead further. Steadily though, RealiZe weathered the storm and gradually pulled themselves back into the game as Brinklow’s inability to finish them off gave them renewed vigour. Despite this Brinklow were still creating the better scoring opportunities and ‘Eggy’ could have made it three nil but couldn’t quite latch on to a Danny Nelson ball whizzed in across the box, when he was unmarked at the far post. Various chances came and went but late on Brinklow did have two glorious chances within a minute, the RealiZe keeper saving another one-on-one from Danny, and ‘Eggy’ again firing just wide with the keeper beaten. On another day these chances would have been scored, but it summed up the day. Still, it is another win and it keeps Brinklow Reserves firmly on target for some silverware and the league title.
I would just like to thank the lads who stepped in today at late notice, ‘Rooney’ Danny and David Moyo, your help was very much appreciated.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was awarded to Matt James who worked hard, was always looking to push forward and was involved in most of the Brinklow attacks as well as scoring the vital opening goal.
The match itself saw Brinklow once again, start the much better of the two sides, with some quick football opening up the Fillongley back four early on. Matt James got in on a pass just a few minutes into the game, and put in a shot that the Fillongley keeper did well to palm round the post for a corner, and just after Jordan Smallwood skimmed the post with a rasping shot from the edge of the box. Fillongley, though, steadily gained their composure back and bit by bit pulled themselves back into the game. They were not so much an attacking side but were solid defensively and they cut out many of Brinklow’s forward moves for lengthy spells of the game. It was however, all Brinklow going forward, and the lads fluffed a large number of chances. However, with Brinklow’s slick play you always felt the goal was coming, and on the half-hour mark it took a superb finger-tip save from the Fillongley keeper to keep out a good header from Jordan who must have thought he had opened the scoring for Brinklow. Only two minutes later ‘Eggy’ Linton also narrowly missed the target, his shot across the box going just wide of the post. Brinklow’s long overdue goal finally arrived after forty one minutes, Matt James the scorer with a nice shot low and hard into the bottom corner of the net. It was no more than the lads deserved and a good solid base for the Reserves to go on and win the game in the second half.
The second half saw Brinklow up the pace of the game, and once again, Fillongley started to struggle, as chances began to fall Brinklow’s way on a regular basis. Scott Vallance tested the keeper early on with a shot that forced a good save from the Fillongley keeper, and soon after Shane ‘Taff’ Powell, Eggy and Tom Pye-Ford all had excellent chances to make the score 2-0, but it just wasn’t quite happening. The vital second Brinklow goal finally arrived after sixty-eight minutes when Eggy turned and neatly chipped the ball high over the keeper into the top corner of the net. This pretty much secured the result for the Reserves, and when Shaun Tiernan headed in goal number three from a Matt James corner, it really was game over. Brinklow were now constantly on the attack, and running rampant. Jordan scored number four after eighty minutes firing a shot into the roof of the net after good work by Eggy, and Brinklow completed their tally when Mike Edwards scored number five after a mix-up in the Fillongley defence. Fillongley to their credit were always trying to play football and they did make life difficult for the Reserves at times but the relentless pressure wore them down and the Reserves went on to gain this vital win.
Many congratulations to all the lads for gaining promotion. Work still has to be done to win the league so we need to keep our concentration for a couple more games yet, but well done everyone!
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was a real team effort but the individual honour was awarded to Shane ‘Taff’ Powell who was all over the pitch, and put in a captain’s performance.
The performance today was as good as any this season from the Reserves with everyone working hard in the game, and more importantly working hard for each other, with the temperament good and moral high, knowing what this result would mean in the league. The outcome was a 6-0 win against Bilton to match the 6-0 league win earlier in the season. The Reserves are determined to stay on track to lift the division title and on this showing are capable of doing just that. Technically the lads still require a point from their three remaining games to go up so concentration must be kept. They need to keep their stranglehold on the league and let no slip-ups occur in the next important three weeks.
Although Brinklow started brightly today, Bilton defended resolutely making life difficult for the Brinklow attack. Although it did take a while to break the home side down, it was Brinklow who were doing all the pressing and it felt only a matter of time before a goal was likely to fall Brinklow’s way. Tom Pye-ford had a shot saved by the Bilton keeper early on, and a header from Jamie Huddlestone that whizzed just wide of the post following a corner, were a couple of the better chances that fell Brinklow’s way as a combination of Bilton defending and Brinklow just not quite getting the final ball correct kept the score level. After eighteen minutes, Bilton survived a scare when Matt James saw his shot hit the post, but their luck didn’t last long as Brinklow finally took the lead when Matt fired in a low hard drive that the keeper fumbled into the net. This was the start of a really good spell for Brinklow as they upped their game to try to get goal number two. Jordan Smallwood forced the Bilton keeper into a good save, whilst Jack Cunningham also set Jordan up for a shot that this time hit the post. As the half progressed, Tom and Luke Roper also had shots that had the keeper beaten but were just slightly off target. In the end, Bilton survived until the break keeping the scoreline at 1-0, giving Brinklow still work to do in the second half.
After the restart, things resumed much the same, with Brinklow doing the majority of the pressing. Again, chance after chance came and went, with efforts from Scott Vallance, Shane Powell and Jordan all going close. The second goal just had to come, and with sixty-one minutes gone Brinklow finally got their reward for all their hard work. Excellent work from Scott in the midfield and a pinpoint pass from Jordan found Matt James unmarked to smash the ball home into the back of the net. Just three minutes later Brinklow made the game safe as the Bilton heads dropped and Matt James completed his hat trick by tapping home a dropped ball by the Bilton keeper. Funnily enough, at 3-0 down Bilton had a brief spell of pressure and would have pulled a goal back except for a quality double save of the highest order from Dan Mallinson in the Brinklow goal. Bilton’s resurgence didn’t last long though, and Brinklow soon regained control of the game. With seventy-three minutes gone the Brinklow goal attack started once more when Jordan made it 4-0 with a good shot into the far corner. With Brinklow launching such an assault on the Bilton goal, it seemed a matter of just how many goals could the lads go on to score as they really had Bilton on the back foot. Goal number five was made by debut lad David Moyo, who raced away down the wing before putting in a beautiful cross that found Jordan unmarked in the box. Jordan duly put the ball in the back of the net under the diving keeper. Only a couple of minutes remained when Brinklow completed the rout, with goal number six being scored again by Jordan who after a one-on-one with the keeper, neatly slipped the ball past him to also complete his hat-trick.
By the end, Bilton were a well-beaten side and Brinklow fully deserved the three points. It was an all-round excellent team performance today with all 14 players deserving credit. We now move on to face Fillongley next Saturday, a challenge all the lads are looking forward to in the quest for the title.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was very difficult as every single player did his bit, and it really was a team performance. However, the accolade goes to the two lads with their hat tricks, Joint winners Matt James and Jordan Smallwood.
Bilton, to their credit had a real go at the lads and it was a robust performance from them that eventually won the tie. Over the ninety minutes, it was Brinklow who played the better football, but with the finishing off key today, the lads let Bilton off the hook. With three shots cleared off the line, and four off the woodwork, try as they might they just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net to cancel out Bilton’s early goal.
It was late into the second half when substitute Jake Chater finally scored the long overdue equalizer with a class finish into the top corner from 25 yards. It looked set for a good end to the game as Brinklow were looking stronger and pushing for the winner their play deserved. Unfortunately, the opportunity to go on and win the game was missed, as Brinklow just could not put the ball in the back of the net. A couple of errors crept into the lads play and Bilton took full advantage, netting two late goals to give the scoreline a slightly unrealistic look. Today we made life hard for ourselves at times, as you cannot let teams off the hook in front of goal as it will come back to punish you.
However, it is not all doom and gloom; we played some good football today and are creating a lot of scoring chances. We are still in the driving seat in the league and it is that we must now concentrate on as we still have some tough games ahead.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today comes from the back four who today kept Bilton quite for long periods of the game, and is awarded to Matt Walker who was solid at centre-half..
Brinklow Reserves 5 Crick Reserves 2
It was Brinklow who started the better of the two teams settling quickly and really putting Crick on the back foot straight away. Jamie Huddlestone was the first to test the keeper with a shot blocked on the line just a couple of minutes after the start. With only nine minutes gone Brinklow made the breakthrough when Tom Pye-Ford’s long corner found Luke Roper at the far post, Luke skipped past a couple of challenges and put in a shot that went in by the far post. Only three minutes later, the same pairing made it two nil. This time Tom’s excellent lofted cross found Luke in the box where he met the ball to head home goal number two giving the keeper little chance. Crick did improve somewhat after this and Brinklow’s chances did dry up for a while; a combination of some good defending from Crick and Brinklow’s final ball not being quite right. However, with thirty seven minutes of the game played Crick could do little about Brinklow’s third goal when Luke completed his well deserved hat-trick with a cracking twenty-five yard drive that flew into the top corner of the net. The remainder of the half once again evened out and when the whistle went for the break, Brinklow had a comfortable 3.0 lead.
The second half didn’t quite match up to the first as the game became a bit scrappy, although Brinklow were still creating chances. Tom Pye-Ford missing a glorious opportunity to make it 4-0 when one-on-one with the keeper he scuffed a weak shot into the keepers arms, and Mike Edwards also put in a decent shot that the Crick keeper once again claimed comfortably. With seventy minutes of the game gone Crick were awarded a fortunate penalty (even now no one is really sure why it was awarded, even their linesman!) which they duly scored to make the score 3-1. Brinklow despite this set back just got back into their game and only minutes later should have restored the three-goal advantage when Luke Roper again skipped past the full back to put in a glorious cross for Jordan Smallwood to just tap home. Somehow though, Jordan managed to scoop the ball from just in front of the line and lift it up over the bar with the goal at his mercy. It could have been a costly miss as Crick soon made it 3-2 when a shot came flying in from outside the box completely out of the blue. Brinklow had an uncomfortable five minutes before Matt James made the game safe with seven minutes left, as he fired home a nice low drive into the corner of the net. As the game neared its conclusion, Brinklow netted goal number five following good link-up play from Jack Cunningham and Matt Walker to set up Jordan to finish the move at the far post.
It was not a classic game today by any means but the result was more important than the performance. We still hold all the aces in the league after today’s victory and all credit must go to the lads who keep on going and working together.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today has to be the hat-trick lad Luke Roper who was brilliant, and involved in everything.
The match itself started with Brinklow taking charge and it wasn’t long before Bilton found themselves defending deep in their own half as the Reserves created chance after chance. Tom Pye-Ford, Shane ‘Taff’ Powell, Matt James and Jordan Smallwood all had good efforts either saved or kicked off the line and Shaun Tiernan skimmed the bar with a firm header from a corner. Various chances came and went but you sensed that Brinklow would find the net, and after twenty-four minutes they finally did. A Taff Powell shot was blocked on the line but the rebound fell kindly at the feet of Tom Pye-Ford who scored at the far post. It was no more than the lads deserved for all their efforts. Brinklow had the lead only for two minutes when keeper Dale Huddlestone was called into action and had to race out in order to make an important save. Dale clearly won the ball fairly, but the Bilton striker fell over him in the process and the referee awarded Bilton the gift of a spot kick. Justice felt done when Dale managed to make the save to maintain Brinklow’s lead. After the penalty incident Brinklow resumed much as before with them making the majority of the chances and it wasn’t long before Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton blasted home Brinklow’s second with a thumping shot from just inside the box. The remaining ten minutes of the half saw Brinklow find the net once more but it was disallowed for a foul earlier in the move. The whistle blew to end a super half for the lads and the score 2-0.
The second half if anything was even better, and it was just a matter of sealing the win and Brinklow’s third goal coming just 17 seconds after the restart did just that. A Matt James cross came flying into the box where Jordan Smallwood was first to reach the ball and put it neatly into the back of the net. Ten minutes later Brinklow scored goal number four, when excellent work from Luke Roper set up ‘Eggy’ for a simple tap in. The lads continued to run rampant and create chances but it wasn't until the seventy-ninth minute that goal number five arrived, a vicious Jordan Smallwood shot coming off the Bilton defender into his own net, it was technically an own goal but was awarded to Jordan. The rout was completed on eighty-four minutes when Jordan completed his hat trick, this time with the ever-busy Scott Vallance the provider. This just capped a superb day from the Reserves who on the day simply had too much for Bilton to handle. An excellent performance, three vital points and back on top of the league is a great days’ work.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was almost impossible as the entire team worked hard and everyone was on top form and contributed to this result, but Scott Vallance took the vote in the end from Taff and Jordan who both did more than enough to win it themselves.
Brinklow set about this game as if it was the final itself and really, from the start they had Crick back-pedalling for long periods of the game. When Jordan Smallwood fired in a stinging shot just after thirty seconds of the game that the keeper saved well, it set the tone for pretty much the remainder of the match. It was just the start Brinklow were looking for, and as the game progressed, they created chance after chance after chance. There were far too many opportunities to comment on, but really Jordan, Tom Pye-ford, Matt James and Jamie Huddlestone all had excellent chances to give Brinklow the early lead. Unfortunately, a combination of poor finishing and a Crick goalkeeper who on the day played a blinder kept the score at 0-0. Such was Brinklow’s dominance today that they had earned fourteen corners in the first twenty-five minutes of the game, which says it all really. The goal was coming, and Crick’s luck finally ran out after forty minutes when Jordan Smallwood raced onto a through ball from Scott Vallance, this time finishing neatly with a shot at the near post. At last, and long overdue Brinklow had the lead they so deserved. Just a minute later, Roger Lunt set up the lively Jordan who this time smacked his shot against the post. Brinklow scored again right on the stroke of half-time when again Jordan, who was causing all sorts of trouble for the Crick left back, managed to break clear and score his and Brinklow’s second with a low drive under the keeper doing the damage.
The second half saw Brinklow start where they left off. With some good approach work, the only surprise was that it took until the fifty-seventh minute for Matt James to curl a shot around the keeper for 3-0. Ten minutes later Brinklow scored goal number four, with Lee Huddlestone making a fine tackle in the midfield, he found Matt James who in turn set up Tom Pye-ford for a tap in goal. Goal number five was not long coming for the lads as once aging Matt James and Jordan Smallwood carved open the Crick defence. Matt put in a stinging shot that the keep could only palm away into the path of Tom who pounced on the loose ball to make the score 5-0. With twenty minutes to go it really did seem just a matter of how many goals the lads could notch up, they certainly should have gone on to score more. Fortune today smiled on Crick as the keeper made save after save, and also survived a number of close shaves as Roger Lunt hit the post twice and also had a shot cleared of the line, and Jordan should of scored his hat-trick when clean through his shot was just too near to the keeper who scrambled the save. Try as they might Brinklow just couldn’t add to their tally and the game ended 5-0 and job done, through to the semi-finals. Importantly today, Brinklow played some very good football today with a big improvement on their passing of the last game and it showed, as the lads were just too good for Crick on the day.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match goes to a forward today. Jordan Smallwood takes the vote, tearing the Crick defence apart repeatedly, especially in the first half when Crick had no answer to him.
Mention also has top go to the whole Brinklow defence who never gave Crick a worthwhile shot on goal in the whole ninety minutes, giving our more creative attacking players a solid base to go on and do their stuff. It was an all round excellent team performance.
The team took a while to settle with both sides vying for the upper hand and really it was no surprise that there were fifteen minutes on the clock before the first real effort on goal arrived with Mike Edwards flashing a shot well wide of the target, but it was still an opening in the Sporting defence. Roger Lunt, just five minutes later, tried a shot from just outside the box, but although on target it was an easy save for the keeper. Sporting Club got their first real break after twenty-three minutes when they broke away on the counter-attack but a superb challenge by Shaun ‘Iceman’ Tiernan kept the score level. Brinklow had a great chance to go ahead when the ball fell to Ricky Bains who forced a good save from the keeper, who parried the ball away for a corner but the two Sporting centre-halves were then able to clear the danger as they had most of the half. Although Brinklow did push forward looking for the goal they were vulnerable to the Sporting counter attack. Fortune smiled on the lads with five minutes of the half left, as a breakaway down the wing saw Sporting fizz the ball in across goal only to see it bounce back off the far post before Brinklow managed to clear the danger. The last real chance of the half came from Brinklow, with Ricky Bains latching onto a Dan Mallinson clearance, Ricky’s pass set up Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton who only had to slot the ball home, but was stopped by an excellent last ditch tackle from a Sporting defender. The half ended all square with Sporting Club just about shading the play.
The second half definitely saw an improvement in the Brinklow performance and it was the lads who started to get themselves more into the match as they started to push Sporting back. An early effort for Mike Edwards was blocked as the ball headed towards goal and a couple of half chances went begging before the chances started to dry up again as both defences held firm. Brinklow did get a let off with Sporting putting the ball in the back of the net but it was given offside and the Brinklow lads quickly pushed the ball up field and their efforts resulted in working a good opening for Eggy who was presented with a clear shot on goal. Unfortunately, under pressure the shot was sliced just wide when maybe Brinklow should have taken the lead. Dan Mallinson in the Brinklow goal hadn’t had a great deal to do during the game but with seventy-nine minutes gone he was forced into a brilliant save from a point blank shot, the ball fell to Shaun Tiernan who cleared the danger from the advancing striker.
With the game nearing the end, and despite some tiring legs on a heavy pitch, both sides were clearly trying to win the game, knowing how important these points would be in the league. Gaps now started to appear in the Sporting defence as they pushed forward, and Eggy found himself one-on-one with the keeper, who just managed to win the race and smother the ball as Eggy went to take the shot. The breakthrough came eventually after eighty-seven minutes with Lee Huddlestone winning the ball in the midfield. Lee found Luke Roper running through, who in turn put super sub Jordan Smallwood clean through on goal. It was a lovely cool finish from Jordan, his shot giving the advancing keeper no chance. The celebrations from the Brinklow lads said it all; this could be the crucial goal in Brinklow’s season. The excitement was not quite over though as just a minute after the restart Brinklow were awarded a penalty after Lee went down in the box. Scott Vallance stepped up to take the penalty only to see the keeper make the save, but fortunately it didn’t matter as the whistle blew shortly after. It gave the Reserves a vital 1-0 win from a match that really looked like a draw for quite a while. On the day, the lads played with grit and determination, and Brinklow kept their concentration and composure better and for longer than Sporting Club in a game that worked out fairly evenly over the two halves in a scrappy game.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today goes Shaun ‘Ice-man’ Tiernan who was a tower of strength at the back, constantly talking to his defence and a massive positive influence on the team.
Brinklow started this match much better than Folly Lane, as they were quick to the ball, and their slick passing caused problems for Folly Lane for most of the first half. In the process, they created a number of good goal scoring opportunities that unfortunately the lads did not take, although to be fair the Folly lane keeper made a succession of quality saves to keep his side in the match. Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton started Brinklow’s string of chances after just three minutes with a shot that only just passed the far post. This serves as a warning, and just a few minutes later ‘Eggy’ once again broke clear only to see the keeper make a good save. On the fifteen minute, mark ‘Eggy’ once again had the Folly Lane defence pedalling backwards and his shot once again forced another good save out of the keeper. Five minutes later Brinklow really should have taken the lead, a Mike Edwards pass finding Eggy who with most of an open goal at his mercy, put the shot too close to the keeper who scrambled over and got his fingertips to the ball, it was a real let-off for Folly Lane. With Brinklow unable to find that final ball, Folly Lane began to get in the game more and Dan Mallinson had to make a couple of good saves from Folly Lane moves. Various half-chances fell to both teams before finally the deadlock was broken after 43 minutes, Brinklow got their overdue goal, when the ever dangerous Eggy scored with a run that took out two defenders before cooling slotting the ball home. It was no more than the lads deserved for a really good half.
The second half saw Folly Lane gaining in stature all the time, whilst Brinklow still looked more than capable of adding to their tally, and it added up to a game full of end to end football with both sides failing to hit the net when maybe they should have. After fifty five minutes, Dan Mallinson pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to turn the ball around the post, and a few minutes later made another top save with a finger-tip touch over the bar to keep Brinklow’s slender lead in place. Whilst at the other end of the pitch, Eggy had a chance parried away and Scott Vallance had a chip shot scrape just over the bar with the keeper well beaten. The eighty-fourth minute finally saw Folly lane get the equaliser they deserved as they were finishing much the stronger, but it came with a large slice of luck as Shaun Tiernan was pushed over in the challenge leading up to the goal, it was a clear foul but not given. There was still time to get a winner though before the possibility of extra time and Brinklow should have retaken the lead when Liam Cawley set up Eggy whose shot went straight at the keeper, when anywhere else would have been a certain goal. The winning goal came three minutes from the end when a Folly lane forward nipped in between the Brinklow defence to score. It was so cruel on the lads after such a sterling display, but you do need to take your chances when they fall your way as on the day, that was the real distinction between the two sides as Brinklow made light work of the three divisions’ difference. The Folly Lane players knew they had been in a match and had certainly had to work hard for their win.
On this performance, I cannot praise the Brinklow Reserve team high enough, they played superbly today and with a little more luck may have well claimed a major scalp.
Brinklow’s man of the match vote today had loads of contenders, and when this happens the winner is fully deserved of the award, but it has to go to Dan Mallinson in the Brinklow goal, for a string of excellent saves at vital times. His counterpart in goal for Folly Lane also made a large number of vital saves and both keepers can be well pleased with their performances today.
Brinklow Reserves 8 Bourton & Frankton Reserves 2
Brinklow started the game well as they quickly went in search of an early goal. They didn’t have to wait long, only seven minutes in fact, when a Luke Roper cross was headed home by Tom Pye-Ford. The Reserves don’t score that many headers but this was a lovely looping header giving the keeper no chance. It was just the start the lads were looking for, and was the beginning of a good spell of attacking football by the Reserves hoping to build on a strong start. A number of good chances fell Brinklow’s way with Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton, Tom Pye-Ford and Mike Edwards all having the opportunity to extend the lead, but some good goal keeping by Bourton saved them from going further behind. Bourton really had created very little up front, but with twenty minutes gone, they managed to get an equaliser after a goalmouth scramble. It was against the run of play but the lads were made to pay the price for some sloppy defending. Tom Pye-Ford should have restored Brinklow’s lead pretty much straight away when he found himself clear, only to see the keeper make a good save. Despite Brinklow still creating a number of good chances, the next ten minutes saw Bourton improve steadily and make life difficult at times for Brinklow with their counter-attacks causing some unnecessary panic in the defence and loss of shape in the team. Chances-wise, the better ones were all still falling for Brinklow, and both Liam Cawley and Scott Vallance had shots that had the keeper beaten but both went just over the bar instead. The half ended with the score 1-1 and all to play for.
The second half started badly for Brinklow when, with only three minutes after the restart Bourton took the lead. The Bourton striker allowed to run at the defence put a shot straight at Dan Mallinson who made a great stop but could only parry the ball away into the path of the striker to slide the ball home. Bourton’s lead lasted only two minutes as Jack Cunningham on a rare foray forward, got Brinklow level scoring his debut goal for the Seniors with a close range shot. At this point, the game was quite tight between the two sides, until Brinklow regained the lead after sixty-three minutes with a scrappy but vital goal from the captain, Scott Vallance. It was the start of a complete change in the game and Brinklow began to push forward and take control of the match. The score soon became 4.2 when Brinklow were awarded a penalty after Eggy was felled in the box; Tom Pye-Ford stepped up and calmly converted the spot kick. With the mood in the team now lifted, they really started to push forward at every opportunity and just two minutes later Tom completed his hat trick squeezing the ball home across the goal from a tight angle. It was really starting to feel a matter of how many goals Brinklow could score before the final whistle, as chance after chance bombarded the Bourton goal. With seventy-seven minutes gone Tom tapped home his fourth, and Brinklow’s sixth as the team surged forward looking to improve their goal difference in the league. Soon after, Liam Cawley showed a real touch of class as with a neat turn and lovely (‘Messi’) chip over the keeper he made the score 7.2. The final goal, to make it 8.2 came from Ricky Bains, who also scored his debut goal for the club today, following good work form Liam and Eggy. Jack Cunningham tried his best to increase the scoreline with a twenty-yard shot hitting the post after eighty-five minutes, Tom and Eggy both also firing in shots that were either blocked or just over the bar. With time almost up, Brinklow should have got goal number nine, but somehow Eggy managed to miss an open goal and lift the ball over the bar from less than a yard out (doing a ‘Justin’ as the lads called it). In the end today, Brinklow ran out comfortable winners but at times they really and to dig deep with a patchy performance on a difficult pitch and a Bourton side that didn’t want to lie down. This result really caps a great season to date for the Reserves ending 2011 on a real high, and although we have won nothing yet, it bodes well for the remainder of the season if we keep working hard as a team.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today goes to Tom Pye-Ford who contributed to the game with a four goal haul, that could have been more, but also today you could not under-estimate the contribution that Scott Vallance gives to the team; an unsung hero who was always in the thick of things.
It just leaves me to wish all the players and their families a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. See you all in January.
As ever - Proud to be Brinklow FC........
Well here we are a third of the way through the season and sitting in a very nice position indeed. As you can see we are sitting in the “box” seat in the league and are through to the ¼ final stages of The Telegraph Challenge Cup where we meet the winners of Alvis or Southam, (Final at the Ricoh Arena) , the final of The Bedworth Nursing Cup (we are the current holders of this cup), and are also in the ¼ final of the Foleshill charity cup. I’d like to welcome Ryan Byrne and Martin Smith to the management team who both bring an abundance of footballing knowledge to the management team.
I now have the great pleasure of introducing the 1st team squad for season 2011-2012 to the rest of the club.
Dale Huddlestone (Goal keeper) Class keeper who has made several top class saves at very important times when the games could have gone either way.
James A’Barrow (Right Back, Captain) Steady and calming influence to the young players around him.
Rob Wallace (Left Back) Fittest player in the squad, with a willingness to win at all levels.
Luke Walker (Sweeper) Top class, no panic attitude that covers our defence and makes the game look very easy.
Marc Woodward (Centre Half) Man mountain! Is a match for any semi-pro centre forward. Never loses a header.
Martin Bunning (Centre Half, Vice captain) “Rooney” is calm, reliable, reads the game superbly, and chips in with fair share of goals.
Jamie Huddlestone (Centre Half) Utility player who can play anywhere across the back line, has missed much of the season due to University.
Ashley Marks (Centre Mid) Excellent work rate, never stops running to cover defence and also chips in with many important goals.
Dave Sinclair (Centre Mid) Skilful and determined, puts foot on ball and plays simple 5 yard balls to work the ball through the middle of the park.
Ryan Byrne (Centre Mid, Assistant Manager) Play maker, skilful, strong, and always in the thick of the action. Has scored some unbelievable free kicks this season.
Tommy Glasscoe (Attacking Mid) Technically excellent, has grown in strength and stamina over the past couple of years.
Andy Gordon (Attacking Mid) Flare player, makes things happen in and around the box, links play from midfield to attack, dangerous.
Justin Neal (Winger) Skilful, deceptively quick, twists defenders inside out, has made and scored more than his fair share of goals this season.
Dale Linton (Winger) “Dilly” Pace in abundance, gets to the bye line and whips some excellent crosses in to the danger area, or ghosts in to round the keeper.
Ian Judd (Winger) Fast, gutsy player with never say die attitude, versatile and can play absolutely anywhere on the pitch, massive asset.
Danny Nelson (Forward) Strong as an ox, skilful, holds the ball up well to link with midfielders, scores goals for fun, top scorer this season
All the very best for the rest of the season to all Brinklow Football Club players, officials, relatives, and supporters. Have a great Christmas and a happy New year.
Brinklow Reserves have had an excellent start to the new season ,winning 6, drawing 2 and losing only once in the Alliance Division 5. It really does seem a thing of the past that we were the team that could be beaten by lots of goals. I feel this change is due to mainly to the great attitude within the team now, which is 100% improvement on the past couple of seasons. The big influx of new players within the team have also brought a far more professional and positive approach to the game with them. A number of them are from this season’s current Youth team set-up; namely Jack Cunningham, Luke Roper, Josh Stothard and Liam Cawley. They are all good players and certainly do not look out of place in the Senior League, and with players like this coming through it can only benefit Brinklow as a club. Together with the other new lads who have joined us, the Reserves are all the more stronger for it.
Behind the scenes, a lot of hard work goes on getting matches on every week, and with us moving to Barr lane from Wolston Leisure Centre last season it becomes a real team effort. With Dan Mallinson taking care of our pre-match warm up, a vital role that allows me to organise elsewhere, it adds up to a smoothly run team which is ticking along nicely and steadily improving. The level of football is also of a better quality throughout the side with the lads benefitting from well run training sessions and playing along side the First team players on a regular basis. This helps get everybody playing the same style of football, which allows the Reserve players to step up and help the First team fairly easily when required.
At the moment, the Reserves are sitting in 3rd place in the league with two games in hand. We were on top for quite a while but with cup games where we have managed to reach two quarter finals, we have dropped slightly. With the games in hand, if we can get a couple of good wins we can regain the top spot.
There have been some notable games this season so far with vital wins away at Cov Colliery and Bourton & Frankton, 1-4 and 0-5 respectively. However, at home the results have been even better with good wins over Khalsa 3-1, Realise 4-0, Cov Colliery 4-2 and Sporting Club 3-1. We do have a draw to our name against Bermuda, but considering they brought along a number of their first team players I consider this to be just about our best performance to date taking into account our opponents play in Division two. We have progressed to the Major-Boyd Carpenter quarterfinals after a good win against Division four side Rugby FC 4-1 with a hat-trick from Tom Pye-Ford doing the damage. Really, I cannot say enough about the way the lads have been so far, a real credit to the club with their football and their attitude, and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the season. If it does, who knows what the Reserves can achieve. Well done!
As an old school Brinklow Bloke with a passion to get back involved with the the senior section, I did not hesitate when asked to come on-board and help Huddy and Ryan with the First Team, Who are without doubt the most talented group of lads we have seen pull on the Brinklow jersey, Starting the season in Alliance One I and many more Brinklow regulars were a little concerned about the squads age and expierience in such a competitive league, How wrong was I. The lads Have gone on from strength to strength in the last couple of months and god help anyone when they all actually realise how good a team they are. Racing Club Warwick away in the Telegraph cup was most definetly Brinklows biggest "ever" game and the lads should be proud of that performance. One thing is for certain as the games come thick and fast any upcoming opponent will be more worried about playing Brinklow than we will about playing them. If anybody with young lads wanting to learn the game or even if you are at a loose end on a Saturday afternoon I strongly recommend a trip to fortress Barr Lane. Keep up the good work lads and who knows with a little luck we might just finish the season with a much deserved trip to the Ricoh. All the best boys.
From a coaches perspective both senior teams have demonstrated high technical ability in training and in matches. With the clubs natural playing philosphy established players have a clear picture of how to play when they are selected for first team or reserve team duties and this is continuously spreading downwards through the youth and junior set up which can only be positive from the clubs perspective. Reflecting on the season so far, the first team have enjoyed dominant ball possession in every game, players have demonstrated that they are comfortable with passing the ball on the floor from the defensive third to the attacking third, with slick, sharp rotational movements and options all around the pitch. The depth of quality in the squad is a major factor in the progress of the team this season. We have welcomed established semi-pro players into the squad and added to the regulars from the past 5/6 seasons the squad has a youthful and energetic feel to it and with experienced players offering support and guidance. The squad is in a position to challenge and compete on all domestic fronts this season. it is important the players continue to absorb the winning mentality in the team, and focus on games one at a time, set short term goals and always strive to improve individually and collectively. the team spirit in the camp is fantastic and we should continue to train hard, continue to absorb tactical information, and keep themselves in peak condition as the biggest tests will come after the xmas period.
Brooklands/Jaguar 3 Brinklow 3 - Dominant performance but wasted chances cost Brinklow 3 points with a last minute equaliser. MOM – Dilly Linton DOD – Danny Nelson
Brinklow 5 Dunlop 1 - Learnt from previous mistakes and took chances well. Great team performance.
Shilton 1 Brinklow 5 - First away game and a totally dominant performance. Great team inter-play and lots of chances created. MOM – Luke Walker DOD – Justin Neal
Alvis 0 Brinklow 5 - Difficult first half against a well organised defence but managed to pinch a goal. Second half 1 way traffic with great wing play destroying the home team. MOM – Ash Marks DOD – Ryan Byrne
Brinklow 6 Coventry Colliery 0 - First vs Second in league and Brinklow started like a train scoring 3 in the first 15 minutes. Game continued in similar fashion with great determination and quality on the ball. MOM – Danny Nelson DOD – Ash Marks
Brinklow 2 Bedworth Ex Service Res 0 - Difficult game against a determined lower division team. Got in Brinklows face from the off but quality came through in the end with 2 great headers and world class goalkeeping. MOM – Dale Huddlestone DOD – Ryan Byrne
Brinklow 7 Fillongley 1 - Another tough cup game and Brinklow more than stepped up to the plate, putting 7 past a team tipped to challange for the title in the same league. Again great wing play proving more than the opposition could cope with. MOM – Justin Neal DOD – Dale Huddlestone
Brinklow 5 Whitnash 3 - VERY bad start going 3-0 down inside the first half hour but Brinklows never say die attitude was well and truly proven. Real character and belief shone through the whole team and the comeback was complete. MOM – Ian Judd DOD – Ian Judd
Racing Club Warwick 1 Brinklow 2 - David vs Goliath as Brinklow met a team several leagues higher and doing well. The game started with Brinklow pressing well but turned when a mix up at the back let the home team go into a 1-0 lead. Brinklow continued to battle well and was rewarded when a well worked free-kick flew in just before half time. Second half was backs to the wall for Brinklow but great determination and fitness gave Brinklow a late chance which was well taken and well deserved over the 90 minutes. Great squad commitment and performance.
Brinklow 3 Brooklands/Jaguar 0 - Brinklow learnt from there mistakes in the return fixture and shut up shop, meaning 3 well worked goals collected all 3 points. MOM – Ash Marks DOD – Ian Judd
Brinklow 4 Bulkington S.S. 0 - Another cup game against higher league opposition, another scalp for Brinklow. Again great team play and clean sheet earning Brinklow a semi-final place. MOM – Danny Nelson DOD – Ryan Byrne
Brinklow 2 Hartshill 1 - Last 2 teams in all 6 divisions with unbeaten records clashed in this repeat of a previous cup final. Both teams very competitive attitude showed from the off and 3 injuries almost proved costly for Brinklow. However a moment of class won the game in extra time for the home side and left Brinklow the only unbeaten team (League & Cup) in the Coventry Alliance. MOM – Ryan Byrne DOD – Luke Walker
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Normally, games between Brinklow and Bermuda are fairly tight encounters with little between the two teams. Today though, Brinklow got off to a flyer, pressing the home side right from the first whistle and really it was only for the Bermuda keeper making three very good saves early on that kept his side in the match, Matt James being denied on two occasions and Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton with the other chance. The only surprise in this match was that it took until the 24th minute for the Bermuda keeper’s luck to run out and Brinklow to score their opening goal, with Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton firing home a low hard drive after a good run in from the wing. Just two minutes later Brinklow made it 2-0 with a carbon copy of the first goal, again ‘Eggy’ the scorer, and he could have had his hat-trick just four minutes later when he ran free again, this time though the shot went narrowly wide. Brinklow did score their inevitable third goal when Luke Roper skipped past a couple of challenges and managed to tuck the ball nicely away past the oncoming keeper, Luke joining ‘Eggy’ on the score sheet, with both players today scoring their debut goals for the team. The half ended with a deserved 3-0 lead and a reward for a good all round team effort that saw the lads playing some really nice football.
The second half if anything was even more to Brinklow’s liking and after only three minutes into the half Matt James scored goal number four, following a slip by the Bermuda keeper, the ball fell kindly to Matt who turned and finished well. At 4-0 to Brinklow the game was effectively over as a contest and it just seemed to be a case of how many goals the lads would go on to score. With fifty five minutes gone, Matt James scored goal number five when his free kick sailed in over the keeper and into the net. It was a little fortunate, as it seemed more of a cross albeit a very good one! Bermuda should have pulled a goal back after seventy eight minutes when a rare sight of the Brinklow goal ended up with them hitting the far post from a free kick on the edge of the box, this probably summed up their day. The final ten minutes of the match saw Brinklow make the score line much bigger as the substitutions settled into the match. When Liam Cawley’s free kick was headed home by Jordan Smallwood for 6-0, it seemed to really kick-start the hunt for goals again. The final few minutes of the match saw Brinklow finish off their scoring first with a lovely 25 yard drive from Luke Roper into the top corner, probably the best of the goals of the day, soon followed by Liam Cawley setting up ‘Eggy’ to complete his hat-trick. It was another great move from the lads, with a finish that was past the keeper before he had the chance to move, making the score 8-0. In all, this was an excellent performance from Brinklow today and really, this result could have been far greater, but that is a minor gripe on what was an excellent team performance and a great win.
Brinklow’s man of the match vote today was again difficult with a lot of strong performances and contenders but with a hat-trick to his name, Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton takes the accolade with a fine performance. He constantly caused problems up front, at times with three or four defenders all trying to stop him.
The first half saw Brinklow start rather slowly and AEI took advantage of this getting on the front foot, they were first to the ball and winning the 50/50 balls. It left the Brinklow defence with some defending to do which they did fairly well. One free kick from AEI did smack against the post after nine minutes to serve as a warning, which they heeded and otherwise coped. With Brinklow unable to really get hold of the ball, you did get the feeling that AEI may well get the opening goal, and so it proved on the 19 minute mark when a free kick wasn’t dealt with and it left a simple tap in for AEI at the far post. AEI didn’t capitalise on this and Brinklow slowly pulled themselves back into the game, making it a fairly even match. Neither team was creating much in front of goal as both defences did their bit. Brinklow should have equalised after 32 minutes, with Matt James setting up Roger Lunt who turned his marker and let loose a thumping shot that bounced off the AEI crossbar. This was pretty much the only goal mouth action of the half, and when the referee blew for the break Brinklow could probably have no complaints at being behind but at 1.0 there was all still to play for.
The second half saw Brinklow come out with a lot more purpose and within the first minute of the restart, Matt James and Tom Pye-Ford had managed to work an opening for Roger Lunt to shoot just over the bar. They had a warning of AEI’s intent soon after when a shot was cleared off the line by Matt Walker but they still tried to push forward looking for an equaliser. With sixty minutes gone AEI took complete charge of the game when they scored their second; an excellent goal line clearance by Jack Cunningham rebounded into the path of then AEI striker who blasted home. An incident soon after this gave Brinklow a mountain to climb when they had two players sent off and with them went any real chance of a come back. The remaining Brinklow lads all have to be commended as they still tried to play football and did so well. On the 71 minute mark they should have pulled a goal back, with Tom Pye-Ford putting in a cross for Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton to fire home into an empty net, but somehow the chance was wasted as the ball hit the side netting, and you know when these things happen it is just not your day! Towards the end Tom could have scored a consolation goal but again poor finishing meant the chance was gone. AEI scored a third just before the final whistle, but the game was over as a contest a while before hand.
On the day AEI did enough to deservedly win the game, leaving Brinklow kicking themselves for their missed chances, but in the end it was division three versus division five and at times it showed. However like I said earlier it was not all bad today as a number of lads worked hard and showed a lot of promise; Stuart McQuillan, Matt Walker, Luke Roper , and Jack Cunningham all playing very well indeed and today’s Man of the match comes from these lads.
Brinklow’s man of the match today was split between the lads mentioned, just shading the decision would be Matt Walker, but it was a close call.
Brinklow right from the kick off found their form and within the first minute, Mike Edwards had set Richard Nelmes through on goal for a shot that the keeper parried away. With ten minutes gone, a Tom Pye-Ford corner was met by Stuart McQuillan at the back post, his header going just wide. Brinklow’s first goal really should have come when Matt James found himself clear; he chose to chip the keeper only to see the ball creep over the bar as well, when a hard and low shot would have been the better option. A few minutes later, a mix up in the Fillongley box saw Tom Pye-Ford gifted a chance, but he sliced the ball wide. It was with twenty minutes gone that you had the feeling it was one of those days when Tom and Richard Nelmes both broke clear but managed to fluff the golden opportunity as Richard slipped at the vital moment. Just a minute later Gregg ‘Eggy’ Linton very nearly put things right with a great shot that the keeper did well to push round the post. After having been in total control for thirty minutes, Brinklow pushed the self-destruct button with Dan Mallinson conceding a penalty while trying to make a save. It had been about the only real Fillongley attack of the half, and they put away comfortably the resulting penalty. The first shot at the Brinklow goal for the home side and it was 1-0. After this, Fillongley did enjoy a brief spell of pressure as Brinklow lost their way a little. Fillongley made it 2-0 five minutes later, after Brinklow didn’t clear their line, it was a soft goal and a goal that certainly gave the lads an uphill task. One of the most positive things about the Reserves this season is that even after going behind they do not give up but fight to get back in the game and today was no exception. Brinklow went straight back on the attack and almost immediately won a corner. The ball was met by Martin ‘Rooney’ Bunning whose header was blocked and cleared off the line. Just before half time Fillongley had a man sent off and with them down to ten men and Brinklow still playing for the game it gave hope for the second half.
The second half saw Fillongley put up the barricades to protect their lead and they defended very well with Brinklow trying all they could to break them down. Numerous chances fell Brinklow’s way with Tom Pye-Ford and Shane ‘Taff’ Powell trying shots from varying distances early in the half. It really took until the 67th minute for a real chance for the lads with Matt James turning provider when he set up Matt Walker for a shot that ended up in the keeper’s arms. It looked as if for all their hard work the lads were going to be unlucky but they never stopped working for each other and rightly so got the break through they deserved when they pulled a goal back after 83 minutes, Matt James sliding the ball across goal for Richard Nelmes to tap home. This signalled an all out attack from Brinklow as they pushed for the equaliser and two minutes into added time they got their reward when they scored their second goal, Matt James turning in a Jack Cunningham cross to make the score 2-2. Brinklow certainly tried for a winner and with maybe a bit longer to play may have indeed got it but the referee blew for full time to end an enjoyable match with Brinklow rescuing a point from what looked like defeat with ten minutes left. With the way the lads battled for their point today and other results elsewhere, not too much damage has been done in the league. We have games in hand and playing as we can, if we can win these we can still go back to the top of the division, things are in our own hands.
Brinklow’s man of the match vote today was split between ‘Rooney’, Jack Cunningham and ‘Taff’ who all played superbly and it is hard to pick when everyone gives 100%, today’s result was a real team effort. The casting vote however, went to Martin ‘Rooney’ Bunning who played like the class act he is – Excellent.
Cov Colliery Reserves 1 Brinklow Reserves 4
The match itself saw both sides start somewhat slowly with neither settling well, Brinklow just about doing enough to create the odd chance now and then but little of note, just an odd half chance. Cov Colliery were getting nothing at all until they were awarded a free kick just outside the area after 20 minutes. The kick deflected off the wall and flew past Dan into the corner of the net giving Colliery a lead against the run of play and a goal with really their only chance so far. With twenty-three minutes gone, Brinklow should have pulled level when Roger Lunt put Tom Pye-Ford clean through but his shot was straight at the keeper. Just a few minutes later Luke Roper set Tom clear again, this time the shot was blazed over the bar, quickly followed by a good Stuart McQuillan effort blocked by a Colliery defender minutes later. The equaliser had to come with Brinklow pressing forward repeatedly. Forty minutes into the game the lads got their reward with Scott Vallance scoring a lovely curling shot from the edge of the box into the top of the net giving the keeper no chance. It was a just reward for the lads as they had responded very well after the early set back.
The second half saw Brinklow really step up a gear as they went in search of a second goal. Matt James nearly claimed it ten minutes into the half but a good save from the Colliery keeper denied him. Brinklow didn’t have to wait long for another chance when a good run into the penalty box by Luke Roper resulted in a penalty after Luke was brought down. Tom Pye-Ford stepped up and, making no mistake in putting the ball away. The score was 2-1 to Brinklow and just five minutes later it was 3-1 as recent signing Jordan Smallwood fired home his first goal for the club. With Brinklow now firmly in the driving seat, they set about adding to their tally. Richard Nelmes had a couple of shots, and Jordan went close with another shot just over the bar. With Matt James and Jamie Huddlestone also having chances Brinklow were playing some great attacking football. As the game neared the end, despite all the chances it looked like it would finish 3-1 but the lads scored their fourth goal with possibly the best move of the game. Richard Nelmes picked up the ball in the midfield and switched the ball across field to Jordan Smallwood who ran the ball into the box, with the keeper pulled out of position; he put in a perfect pass to Matt James who neatly slid the ball home.
Brinklow played some excellent football today, and it was a fully justified win for the lads giving Brinklow three useful points to keep the pressure on at the top of the division.
Brinklow’s man of the match today was Scott Vallance who gives the team so much with his experience and it showed today with a good solid midfield performance and a goal as well.
The match itself saw Brinklow start very quickly from the off, asserting themselves and putting Rugby on the back foot immediately. In the process, they created so many chances, of which there are just far too many to mention, but some of the main ones are listed as follows. Greg Linton had the first clean chance after 8 minutes when he wriggled between two defenders, getting in a thumping shot that fortunately for the keeper was straight at him, anywhere else and he wouldn’t have seen it let alone save it. However, Rugby didn’t get away for long, and the next Brinklow attack came from Liam Cawley who started and finished a great move when he fired home through a crowd of players. It was a fitting goal to end a good pass and move including Lee Huddlestone and Jake Chater who worked well to set up Liam’s strike. Just four minutes later it should have been two nil when Greg Linton smacked a shot across the crossbar that bounced down onto the line and into the keepers arms.
The second half saw no change in personnel or Brinklow’s dominance as once again, they set about Rugby, and within a minute of the restart, Scott Vallance had a shot whistle just over the bar. With forty-nine minutes gone, Liam Cawley almost claimed his second goal of the game when he bent a free kick past the keeper but just wide of the far post. The game did start to change Rugby’s way briefly when they managed to get an 11th player for the second half, and they did enjoy a bit more up front. Brinklow conceded a goal from a free kick after sixty-six minutes, when a thunderous shot went through the wall. It was 1-1 and Rugby were somehow back in the game. Rugby did now start to really push hard for the winner, and Brinklow had to work hard to stay in the match but they battled hard and held firm. Eventually they started to push Rugby back and Brinklow were ending the game much stronger, but the goal just would not come.
Apart from the winning scoreline, it was very pleasing today seeing how the lads reacted to recent setbacks, with everyone battling hard and working for each other. The defence were solid and gave the team a firm footing to get forward and get the win. Well done lads.
Brinklow’s man of the match voted a shared decision between Tom Pye-Ford, his hat trick finally deciding the tie, and Scott Vallance who was excellent in the midfield, playing a real captain’s role. In addition, worthy of mention was Liam Cawley who played very well and also scored his first goal for the Reserves.
Khalsa Leamington 2 Brinklow Res 1
The match started fairly even as neither side created much in front of goal with both defences standing firm. With ten minutes gone, Khalsa got a break through with a somewhat fortunate goal. Dan Mallinson rushed out to make a clearance, the ball hit the Khalsa player and bounced back looping high over him goal-bound, Dan managed to get back and make a great goal line clearance only to see his hard work go to waste as the ball fell kindly to the Khalsa striker who had a simple tap in. Khalsa from this point did play the slightly better football, but they didn’t cause any real problems for Brinklow during this spell, and gradually the Brinklow lads pulled themselves back into the game. The remaining ten minutes of the half saw the lads turn things around and Richard Nelmes and Scott Vallance could have both levelled the score before half time had it not been for a couple of great saves from the Khalsa keeper.
The second half saw Brinklow come out a different side, playing with far more urgency and purpose. Within eight minutes of the re-start Brinklow got their reward, when a Tom Pye-Ford throw in found its way into a crowded box, Troy Watt reacted fastest and fired home the equaliser. Brinklow now had Khalsa on the back foot, and the lads went in search of a second goal. Josh Stothard had a half chance when he got a shot in that went just wide, followed by Tom Pye-Ford whose shot flew high over the bar. With sixty-nine minutes gone, completely against the run of play, Khalsa were awarded a penalty after a handball by Shane Powell. It was his second yellow card, unfortunately giving the referee no options, and with Brinklow down to ten men Khalsa made no mistake with the resulting penalty to put them back in the lead. It was the ten man Brinklow who were finishing strongest and they maintained the pressure right until the end. The lads did everything they could to draw level before the final whistle, notably Troy Watt who forced a couple of saves, and Liam Cawley, making his debut, who also went close with a header and a shot that whistled past the post. So the Reserves winning start to their league campaign comes to an end, with some of the lads not quite on top form today, but a slow start and the sending off helped push the points Khalsa’s way today. On a positive note, it was great to see the way the young Youth lads are integrating into the team and helping strengthen the squad and hopefully it will be back to winning ways next week.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today goes to one of our current Youth team players, Jack Cunningham, who played a blinder at right back today, and on this performance looks set to be a part of the Reserves set-up on a fairly regular basis.
The match itself saw Brinklow start a little sluggish, but saying that they had a chance to open the scoring in the first minute when Joe Stratford’s shot bounced off the keeper into the path of Jake Chater whose shot was then cleared off the line. With five minutes gone Folly Lane caught Brinklow napping when they were allowed a free header at the far post that crept in to make the score 0-1. Folly Lane then enjoyed a spell of heavy pressure on Brinklow as they tried to re-organise and they could have scored again but Matt Walker and Jack Cunningham made good tackles a vital times. Things started to change with 25 minutes gone when Luke Roper got in a shot that went just over the bar, quickly followed by a Jake Chater shot that also went close. The next venture forward though Brinklow finally got their reward, with Joe Stratford pulling the keeper out of position, Tom Pye-ford picked up the lose ball and set up Jake Chater who drilled the ball home to make the score 1-1. For the remainder of the half it was Brinklow who started to play some of the good football they are capable of and had the lads managed to take a couple of their numerous chances during this spell, Folly Lane may well have lost some of their spirit, but at the break it ended all square.
The second half saw Folly Lane get themselves back into the game, but it still took until the 58th minute to create a scoring opportunity when they rattled the Brinklow crossbar. It was a let-off for the lads but they were punished soon after, with another header over the line from an unmarked Folly Lane striker. Folly Lane’s lead was short lived as Brinklow rallied again and just 2 minutes later Shane ‘Taff’ Powell equalized with a goal inside the six-yard box that went through everybody to make it 2-2 and game on again. The remaining 20 minutes did see both sides create good scoring opportunities, with both Jake Chater and Stuart McQuillan both going close for Brinklow. Unfortunately, it was Folly Lane who were finishing stronger as Brinklow’s new lads started to tire, but extra time seemed to be on the cards, when, with only three minutes left a melee in the Brinklow box resulted in a Folly Lane goal. It gave Brinklow little time to reply, they did try hard but it was too late and the game ended giving Folly Lane a place in the Benevolent Cup semi-final. It was a disappointing result, but there were promising signs from the new players, and we put it behind us and make sure we are ready for Khalsa next Saturday.
Brinklow’s man of the match went to Shane ‘Taff’ Powell, an excellent captain and leader who was always talking and encouraging his team mates, plus he scored as a bonus.
MOM - Danny Nelson
Brinklow started lively enough, gaining control early on, but they had to wait nearly ten minutes before the first real opportunity to take the lead when Ash Marks ran onto a defence splitting pass to leave a one-on-one with the keeper, the keeper got lucky though when Ash’s shot was just too close and he made the save. Just a minute later Tom Pye-Ford was guilty of wasting a good chance when his shot went into the side netting.
Numerous chances fell Brinklow’s way with Ryan Byrne, Ash Marks and Max Ziolkowski all going close before Tom Pye-Ford scored Brinklow’s long overdue opening goal. Tom fired the ball home with 28 minutes gone after finishing off a good move involving Ryan and Max. With 41 minutes gone Brinklow extended their lead, when after another good cross from Max this time set up Matt James who drilled home a left-footed drive to put Brinklow 2.0 up. The half ended shortly after, with Brinklow looking good for their lead.
The second half saw much the same as the first half with Brinklow the better of the two teams especially in front of goal. This was the case when Brinklow soon scored goal number three, Lee Huddlestone tapping home another Max Ziolkowski cross after 58 minutes. Sporting Club did pull a goal back after 64 minutes when a ball went through a crowd of players leaving Dan Mallinson in the Brinklow goal little chance of making the save. Sporting clearly boosted by this goal then had a decent spell themselves, pushing Brinklow back and making a couple of excellent chances to pull level. Lee Huddlestone blocked an almost certain goal on the line, and Dan made a fine save from the other fierce shot that looked goal-bound. As the game neared the end, Troy Watt skimmed the post for Brinklow, but despite their best efforts to increase the score, the match finished 3.1 to Brinklow. Maybe, had Brinklow converted some of their many early chances the game may have been more comfortable, but saying that the lads had too much for Sporting on the day and the winning scoreline reflects the spirit within the side currently.
Brinklow’s man of the match today went to Dan Mallinson who made a fine save late on in the match at a vital time when Sporting were enjoying a good spell. Dan handled everything well throughout the game and gave the team a solid base to win the game.
Cov Colliery started the game the better of the two teams, settling straight away, whilst Brinklow seemed a little unsettled with the changes in the team. Colliery had a couple of chances early on to take the lead but Brinklow defended well and managed to keep the score level until they found a hold in the game. After about 20 minutes, the lads stepped up the pace and this had the desired effect as chances began to fall Brinklow’s way. It wasn’t long before Kieran O’Connor made Brinklow’s opener when after some good work just inside the box, he delivered a nice cross for Scott Vallance to head home from 5 yards. With 30 minutes gone Brinklow had a chance to increase their lead when they were awarded a penalty, as Elliot Lascelles was felled in the box. Tom Pye-Ford stepped up to take the shot only to see the ball strike the crossbar letting Colliery off the hook. Various chances fell to both teams after this, the Brinklow keeper Dan Mallinson pulling off a great save to keep his side in front, and Elliot having a last ditch tackle preventing him tapping the ball home. No more chances were destined for the net, and the half ended with Brinklow having their nose just in front 1-0 after a fairly even game.
The second half again saw Colliery start brighter and work an early chance, which once more brought a good save from Dan Mallinson. With 50 minutes of the game gone Brinklow did finally extend their lead when Luke Roper ran down the wing, skipped past a couple of challenges and set up Troy Watt, who fired home Brinklow’s second from just inside the box. Shortly after, Colliery were handed a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty of their own, which was duly converted. The score was 2-1 and the game back on, with Colliery lifted by this, they had a brief spell back in charge before Brinklow started to reassert themselves. Brinklow hit the post with a thunderous shot from Troy Watt before Brinklow did increase their lead when Matt James beat the keeper to tap home to make the score 3-1 and from this point onwards, Brinklow pretty much controlled the remainder of the match. Several chances went begging before Chris Ward sealed the win with Brinklow’s fourth goal, a simple tap in at the far post after the keeper had spilled a Tom Pye-Ford shot. Near the end, Colliery did score a consolation goal when a shot-cum-cross looped in over Dan’s head, somewhat lucky but the final whistle blew soon after so no real damage was done. In all it was a good solid all-round performance from the lads who on the day had a little too much for Colliery.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today, could have been awarded to half the team but went to Matt Walker who was solid at the back, making life difficult for the opposing forwards.
Brinklow Reserves 2 Bermuda Reserves 2
Right from the start, it was Brinklow who settled the better of the two teams, and the lads could have taken the lead within the first couple of minutes when Richard Nelmes found himself free in the box, somehow though his shot hit the fortunate Bermuda keeper who knew very little about it. It was a let off for Bermuda but Brinklow kept at them and got their reward after 10 minutes when a Matt James corner was fumbled by the keeper giving Shane ‘Taff’ Powell a tap in goal. It was 1-0 to Brinklow but at a cost as Taff had to go off when an old injury flared up. This was a big loss to the lads losing an influential player and captain, and certainly made Brinklow’s task much harder, but to their credit the lads did not let it faze them and they got on with playing their football. With 19 minutes gone, Brinklow should have extended their lead when Tom Pye-Ford hit the crossbar with a free kick, and a Matt James chance just after.
Bermuda equalised after 23 minutes with a chance they converted, after their striker won the race with the Brinklow keeper to a loose ball in the box. It was 1-1 and to be fair after this Bermuda did step things up and for the remainder of the half, they had the upper hand. Brinklow though, did hold firm and managed to get to half time with the score level.
The second half Brinklow once again started brightly and the lads regained the lead after only 2 minutes when Richard Nelmes, with his back to goal managed to turn and fire the ball home. It was 2-1 and an upset looked on the cards, but then the defences took over and chances became scarce. The game looked to be heading Brinklow’s way, as the lads held firm and looked worthy of their lead with some fine play at times and strong defending. It was Bermuda who managed to salvage a point when, with just 10 minutes to go they headed home a corner ball to make the score 2-2. After this Bermuda may have fancied their chances to go on and win the game, but it wasn’t to be as Brinklow held out for a well-earned point. It may have even have been a fantastic fourth win if Tom’s dipping shot had gone in and not hit the cross bar with a minute to go. All in all, it was a great team performance from Brinklow against good opposition and the lads should be well pleased with themselves, as they remain unbeaten.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today had a number of candidates but went to Stuart McQuillan who has started this season in very good form and his partnership today with ‘Rooney’ at the back gave Brinklow the platform to go and get this result today.
Brinklow 5 Dunlop 1
Shilton 1 Brinklow 5
Alvis 0 Brinklow 5
After creating a dozen chances and only coming away with a disappointing draw in the first game of the season, Brinklow have since made amends by scoring 5 in each of their games since. Brooklands Jaguar away was a game of missed chances for Brinklow. Open goal misses, hitting the post, some good saves from their keeper and finally a calamity of events leading to a last minute equaliser from the home team. Taking the disappointment from Brooklands Jaguar, Brinklow righted a few wrongs in a midweek game against Dunlop. Fitness and work rate was on show from the off and Brinklow looked like scoring on every attack, taking chances well when it came down to it. Next up was an away fixture at unbeaten Shilton. Brinklows pace down the wings created all sorts of trouble for the home team and again good finishing saw Brinklow take all 3 points. Next on Brinklows hit list was well known Alvis who started extremely well and organised but Brinklow managed to pinch a goal late in the first half against the run of play. The second half was 1 way traffic though with Brinklow finally waking up and showing what they can do to teams when they want to. Precision passing and crossing killing the home team off and keeping Brinklows unbeaten start to the season going.
It was a game that Brinklow dominated from the start with Bourton only occasionally getting a sight of the Brinklow goal, the lads having a little too much quality on the day for the home side. Although Brinklow got the early goal they wanted, scored by Matt James with a low drive under the keeper after good work in the midfield, they still had to work hard to keep Bourton at bay. Try as Bourton might though, all the main chances were falling Brinklow’s way. With 21 minutes gone Ben Clarke found the net, only to see his effort ruled out for a foul on the keeper, it had looked a perfectly good goal but the referee deemed otherwise. It was a let-off for Bourton, but it still seemed only a matter of time before Brinklow increased their lead, and Ash Marks had a good chance to do just that but his shot went just a little to high bouncing on the top of the net.
Bourton managed to hold out until the 38th minute when Ash Marks, after some good work in midfield, turned provider and put a great ball through for Matt James who scored his and Brinklow’s second goal with the finish being very similar to the first, low under the keeper. The half ended 2.0 to Brinklow and to be honest looking comfortable for the lads.
The second half if anything saw Brinklow enjoy even more of the play. It all started when Brinklow made the game safe with goal number three, as Ben Clarke tucked the ball away after a good cross from Tom Pye-Ford. Brinklow made it four goals after 60 minutes with Tom again involved, this time setting up the chance for Ian Judd to finish. Brinklow were by now really on top of the game, and it just seemed a matter of how many they could score. With chances falling to Matt James, Dilly and Troy, Brinklow should have been out of site before they finally scored number five, with Dale Linton causing all sorts of problems running down the wings. Brinklow finished their scoring when a ball into the box from Dale fell at the feet of Simon Bullock who tapped home from 5 yards. As the match neared its end, Dale also smacked a header onto the post, when it looked a certain goal. The score remained 5.0 despite all Brinklow’s efforts, but it was a good solid performance from the lads and three well-earned points in the bag.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match today was awarded to Matt James whom Bourton struggled to contain especially early on, he scored two goals and really should have completed his hat trick as he certainly had the opportunities.
Brinklow Reserves 4 RealiZe FC 0
The game started well for Brinklow who were on the front foot right from the whistle and on the attack from the off, the first goal wasn’t going to be long in coming. Just 7 minutes gone and a goal; crafted by two of the clubs ‘Youth’ team players who have come to start playing in Seniors football, and on this showing fully justifying their inclusion in the side. Luke Roper started the move when he managed to retrieve a lost cause ball; his cross was headed away from the keeper by Josh ‘Turbo’ Stothard, for a simple tap home by Tom Pye-Ford. It was the perfect start and allowed the lads to start playing the ball around with some real confidence. Brinklow’s next good chance came from a corner after 18 minutes, when Stuart McQuillan’s header was tipped over the bar when looking a certain goal, but it was an excellent save from their keeper. Just two minutes later though, Brinklow did increase their lead. Following a free kick, the Realize keeper could only punch clear into the path of Matt Walker who calmly slotted the ball back past him, giving Brinklow a 2.0 lead. This really saw a good spell from the lads as Realize were clearly second best and every Brinklow venture forward looked like it may increase the score. With 25 minutes gone, Brinklow scored probably their best goal of the game when Troy Watt blasted a 20-yard shot past the helpless keeper who could only watch the ball fly past him.
Credit must go to Realize as even though 3.0 down they never gave up and were always trying to create an opening in the Brinklow defence. They must have thought they had pulled a goal back when a free header in the box looked goal-bound but an excellent save from Dan Mallinson denied them.
Various chances fell Brinklow’s way for the remainder of the half, and with a little more luck Matt James, Josh Stothard and Stuart McQuillan could have all added to Brinklow’s tally, but at the interval it was 3.0 to the lads capping a good solid first half performance.
The second half, whilst still enjoyable, never quite lived up to the first, as Brinklow were happy to contain Realize. Chances though were still falling Brinklow’s way, and with 49 minutes gone, a Matt James shot across the goal, beat the keeper but also unfortunately went round the far post, whilst a Tom Pye-Ford chip over the keeper from just outside the box clipped the bar. A minute later Brinklow were let off the hook when they missed a golden opportunity for a consolation goal. Dan Mallinson didn’t quite clear the danger, and the ball ran loose to the Realize striker who shot against the crossbar with an open goal in front of him. With 75 minutes gone Brinklow completed the scoring when Matt James netted number four, his shot low under the keeper into the far corner. The remainder of the game belonged to Brinklow, and the only surprise was that the score remained at four as Lee Huddlestone, Kieran O’Connor and Chris Ward could have all made the scoreline even better.
This was another good team effort from the Reserves, building on last weeks’ opening result. We had a solid defence, a competitive midfield and some very good ‘Youth’ lads starting to integrate into the team. Well done everyone, all the hard work is really paying off.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was tricky today as everyone played very well, but two players today were outstanding; Troy Watt and Shane ‘Taff’ Powell, take a bow lads, you are joint winners-both brilliant.
Brinklow Reserves 3 Khalsa Leamington FC 1
New faces to the team, Shane, Matt, & Troy all fitted in well today looking like they will be a major asset to the squad, whilst the remaining Reserves from last season also looked lively. Thanks also go to the lads from the first team who helped out filling in the gaps where we needed players. The game itself was a tight contest with few goal chances especially in the first half and really, when Brinklow broke away after 13 minutes, Tom Pye-Ford slotting the ball home at the far post to open the scoring, it was the first real chance of the match. This gave Brinklow a foothold in the match and they started to control the game with the only thing missing, a second goal for all of their neat play. The half ended 1.0, a slender lead but with the lads well worthy of it.
The second half if anything saw Brinklow start even better and with only three minutes of the half gone, Tommy Glasscoe made it 2.0 with a low drive into the bottom corner well out of reach of the keeper. A number of chances then went begging as Tom Pye-Ford, Dale Linton, and Matt James all made chances to extend Brinklow’s lead. The game had to wait until the 72nd minute before another goal was scored, but this time it fell to Khalsa who had battled hard and put the ball in the back of the net after a clearance fell kindly to them. It was 2.1 and Khalsa were right back in the game.
As you would expect Khalsa gave it a real go, but to no avail as Brinklow got their fully deserved vital third goal just five minutes later. Dan Mallinson’s excellent long throw out of goal put Dale Linton on a run down the length of the wing out-pacing the Khalsa fullback, before putting in a good cross for Tommy Glasscoe to seal the win as he finished off the move with the ball going in at the far post. This gave the Brinklow Reserves a nice 3.1 opening day win against a tough side that will be one of our main competitors in the league.
Brinklow’s Man-of-the-match was difficult today with a number of good individual performances from the lads who all played very well, including everyone in the back four for starters, who hardly gave Khalsa a look in on goal. The final decision though went to Tommy Glasscoe who was always lively and looked a class above plus the two goals he scored.
As part of their pre-season training in August 2011 Brinklow FC Senior section took on the challenge of the 1000 mile sponsored Bikeathon as players and officials of the senior section rode non stop for 3 days on two static bikes provided by LA Fitness (Rugby). After more than 75 hours the riders finally completed the 1000 mile distance in split shifts of approx 40-45 minutes. The event was held at The Raven Inn Brinklow where local community members gave generously to help raise funds for Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service as well as the football club. This is the second charity donation from Brinklow FC who raised over £1500 for Leukemia Research when a team of 11 riders took part in the Rugby Bikeathon in June 2011.
The final league table:
Many thanks to everyone involved,
Sponsor forms are available from Ash Marks (details below) and we are in the process of setting up a “justgiving” website for donations online.
The event will conclude on Saturday afternoon 13th August when there will be a Karaoke event in the Raven Inn, Brinklow. Visitors and supporters during the event will be most welcome.
We are also running a raffle during the course of the event so we are looking for some prize donations if anyone can help ?
Your sponsorship and support would be very welcome.
If you would like to take part or sponsor us in any way please contact Ash Marks for further information.
Ash Marks 07795 142666 EMAIL
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.
The 1st team thank all their local sponsors and spectators for all their help & support.
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