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Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 5 Wroxham 1

photo (13)Mitch Young was at the Brentwood Arena on non-league day for one of the games of the weekend:-

Brentwood Town move up to seventh in the Ryman League North after they beat an in-form Wroxham 5-1 at The Brentwood Centre.

The visitors early lead from Christy Finch spurred the home side on as Sam Bantick’s brace was the spearhead for ‘The Blues’ aided with goals from Sherwin Stanley and late on Shad Ngandu.

Wroxham keeper Elliot Pride had a shaky start after he threw the ball straight to Sam Bantick on the edge of the box but was brought down, nothing given by the referee.

Brentwood conceded two dangerous free-kicks early on and struggled to deal with them as the ball went straight through the defence in the opening ten minutes.

Wroxham gained an early lead 17 minutes in, after right back Ben Lewis lofted a high ball to the back post which wasn’t dealt with by Captain Micheal Alaile and Finch coolly poked it past Ollie Bowles.

Brentwood equalised ten minutes later as a great whipped in free-kick from Ryan O’Rawe came off the head of defender Matthew Halliday due to pressure from Danny Dafter went in to the far corner.

Just after the half-hour mark a corner from Bantick was won by Danny Dafter, which hit the top of the crossbar.

In added time of the first half Wroxham’s goal scorer intercepted Jack Gardner and cut the ball back to striker partner Remy Gordon but struck straight at Bowles.

Brentwood went in front nine minutes in to the second half as a low whipped cross from Alex Akofi found Sherwin Stanley at the back post for a tap in.

Wroxham almost responded immediately as a loose ball over the top of the defence found Gordon but he blazed over.

The away sides strike force increased the pressure as Gordon again span his man and his first time shot was palmed away by Bowles.

Sam Bantick extended ‘The Blues’ lead with a free-kick 62 minutes in, with a low curled shot which caught the keeper unaware.

Brentwood put Wroxham further behind as substitute Courtney White flicked the ball through to Bantick to burst towards goal and lifted the ball over Pride for his second of the day. (72)

In injury time Brentwood added another as Akofi’s outside of the boot pass out wide to substitute Shad Ngandu cut inside his marker and slotted the ball inside the far post to cap off their first home league win.

Attendance: 129

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Bowles, 2 Gardner, 3 Baucutt, 4 Alaile, 5 O’Rawe, 6 Webb (56), 7 Dobbs (66), 8 Dafter, 9 Akofri, 10 Stanley (69), 11 Bantick

Substitutes: 12 Mbulu, 14 Ngandu (56), 15 White (69), 16 Robson (66), 17 Rees

Wroxham: 1 Elliot Pride, 2 Ben Lewis, 3 Danny Rust (84), 4 David Hinton, 5 Andrew Howell, 6 Matthew Halliday, 7 Jack Garrod, 8 Daniel White, 9 Daniel Shelf (58), 10 Christy Finch, 11 Remy Gordon

Sam Bantick spoke to Phoenix FM after the match. To listen to what he had to say, click below.

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