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Jordon Cox on Drive

It was a busy old time on Friday’s edition.  Not only were the roads clogged up, and Essex Police Commissioner Nick Alston on the show, Jordon Cox dropped by for a chat about the Brentwood Operatic Society’s new production, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

After a brief introduction, we played a song from the Broadway smash hit, and Jordon told us about himself, the show, and the Society.

Jordon Cox on Drive – Friday 11 October 2013

It’s quite apparent that Jordon, and the show is going to be a big success.  My thanks to Jordon for dropping by.  And remember, if you want to see this great show and have a fun night out, you can buy your tickets from the Brentwood Theatre box office on 01277 200305.

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Carshalton Athletic v Billericay Town – LIVE

Carshalton Athletic  1-0  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United  3-0  Cray Wanderers

Ware  5-5  Brentwood Town

Bury  1-1  Southend United

Morecambe  2-2  Dagenham & Redbridge

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FULL TIME:  So Billericay’s recent run of victories has come to a grinding halt in the most unlikeliest of places.  Full credit to Carshalton Athletic, though, they fully deserved their win, by far the better side in the first half, and rarely troubled in the second.  Craig Edwards will spend a long time having to re-evaluate some of his squad.  Yet again.

5 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay – Full Time

Never mind, another day, another dollar.  Unitl the next time, enjoy yourselves, and your football

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90th min  + 4 – And ‘Ricay’s misery is complete with Ricky Sappleton sent off for a crude tackle as Carshalton counted down the clock.

90th min – And as injury time drifts towards us, play is less and less around the Carshalton box and further upfield.  Except for a throw in on the left which comes to nothing.  Four minutes to go.

85th min – And from there, play switches downfield.  Another Town corner on the right, for a split second panic in the home six yard box, but it is eventually cleared.  Bah.

84th min – Alex Addai, talking of frustration, runs at the Billericay goal, has defenders in front of him, and Tommy Bradford free to his left.  What does he do?  Yes.  Chortle.  Richard Halle sees to him easily enough.

80th min – Another corner for ‘Ricay, this time on the left.  A bit of pinball inside the box, but Richard Halle’s awful effort just clears the corner flag.

76th min – Billericay substitution:  Final throw of the dice for Craig Edwards as Junior Luke has been replaced by Evans Kouassi.

75th min – Another ‘Ricay corner on the right.  Another set piece easily defended.  Gaaaahhhhh.  So frustrating.  Still, at least Scouse Butterworth has been subbed by the Robins after a subdued second half, so a Brucey Bonus there.  Not that it means Sweet Fanny Adams at this stage.

70th min – Billericay are pressing, forced a corner, but nothing clear cut.  Carshalton are reduced to the odd break but, bah, are looking comfortable.

4 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay Mid 2nd Half

Plenty of time left though.

64th min – Billericay subsitiutions – Max Lette Jallow and Joe Benjamin have been replaced by James Robinson and Glen Poole.

62nd min – Now we know why Alex Addai was released by Blackpool youths.  No left foot.  Sent clear on the right, he cuts inside the last defender, but instead of shooting with his left, tries to get into a shooting position with his right foot.  In the end, he has to lay it off to Luke Pigden, who shoots it into Kent.

59th min – Oh, so close!  Billericay have slowly gained a foothold in this game.  On the right, Joe Benjamin sends in a low curling cross.  It evades absolutely everyone and looks a certain equaliser but rebounds off the far post.  The nerves – and bowels – are well and truly jangling for the Robins now.

55th min – Now pretty evenly matched, with a lot of play in the middle third of the pitch.  Just a very soft Ricky Sappleton shot, easily collected, until …. ooh, Alex Addai gets clear of the ‘Ricay defence on the left and his curling shot goes just wide of the far post.  Yet another warning.

49th min – Much brighter from Billericay, keeping possession, and forcing a couple of  corners on the right, which ends in a Ricky Sappleton shot from about 10 yards being saved comfortably.  But much better already.

4.02pm – KICK OFF!  It simply has to get better this time round.  Hasn’t it?

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HALF TIME:  And a real bolt from the blue from the reds right on half time.  Thoroughly deserved, too.  Quite frankly, there’s only one team in it.  Craig Edwards will be tearing bricks off the changing room, let alone strips of paint.  A half where Billericay have been outplayed.  They have to do better.  They could hardly be any worse.

3 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay

Right, off for a Bovril and a prayer mat.  Laters.

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45th min – GOAL! ….. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 1, Billericay Town 0  It has been coming.  This time KIERAN WOODLEY was given the freedom of Surrey on the right to run into the area and shoot home on the edge of the six yard box.  Billericay are in big trouble here.

42nd min – The pressure is incessant on the Billericay goal now, and is almost becoming a deule between Butterworth and Lumley.  This time, Lumley is beaten, but the shot on the right goes agonisingly past the post for the hosts, much to our relief.  The corner from it is defended easily enough too.

40th min – And again Carshalton come.  A lovely dink over the defence on the right and that man Butterworth whacks it goalwards from about 8 yards.  Billy Lumley does brilliantly to parry it onto the bar and away.

35th min – Butterworth is being a real handful this afternoon and a run and shot on the left forces another corner.  From that, defender Bruce Hogg hits a powerful volley on the edge of the area that Billy Lumley did so well to get to and hold.  A good game for ‘Ricay it certainly hasn’t been so far (trying to tempt fate here, y’know).

32nd min – Nice work again from Addai and Bradford on the left for Carshalton, there’s a centre into the six yard box, but thankfully Scouse Butterworth’s header is tame and causes Billy Lumley less problem than a sloth on mogadon.

30th min – Max Lette-Jallow is fouled wide on the right.  It wasn’t particularly nasty but that was enough for one Billericay fan to continue his abuse of the referee.  Quite vitriolic.  And obviously henpecked at home.  Chortle.  From the free kick, a soft shot on the left is easily saved.

25th min – Huge shouts for a Billericay penalty after Ricky Sappleton is upended in the left hand side of the box are rightly waved away by the ref.  The Billericay players and supporters throw a tantrum.  I shouldn’t but chortle.

2 – Carhalton 0-0 Billericay Mid 1st Half

And overall, very much the home team the better side.

21st min – A real let off for Billericay.  Alex Addai gets clear of the Billericay back line and just inside the area rounds the keeper.  Lumley, however, superbly reaches back to get a vital hand to the ball, when it seems certain Carshalton will take the lead.

19th min – More possession and territory from ‘Ricay, at last.  Nothing clear cut but at least they seem to have weathered the early Carshalton storm.  Elsewhere, lively starts at the East Thurrock and Brentwood games.  I said it might turn out to be full of japery after all.

14th min – Back come the hosts though.  Ex Brentwood Town playmaker Steve Butterworth runs superbly down the right, and inside the area on the bye-line centres low.  It takes a desperate intervention by Callum Dunne to clear for a corner inside the six yard box, although it was perilously close to an own goal.  The subsequent corner is cleared easily enough though.

11th min – At last a Billericay attack worthy of the name.  Junior Luke runs clear down the left, and his low shot on the edge of the area is parried excellently by Dean Snedker.  From that, another shot goes in from Ricky Sappleton which is easily dealt with.  But much better from ‘Ricay.

7th min – And another Robins shot across the bow.  Corner on the right, a Bradford flick on, and ex Blackppol youth player Alex Addai’s bicycle kick goes just wide of the far post.  Have to say it, all Carshalton so far.

5th min – But then a real warning for ‘Ricay.  Harry Adanetey gets free on the right, goes wide of Lumley, but his angle is too tight and his shot hits the side netting.  Phew.  This ain’t gonna be a walk in the park, this.

4th min – First corner of the day goes to the hosts after a nice little Tommy Bradford run to the left bye-line.  Easily defended though, Billy Lumley punching clear.

2.59pm – KICKOFF!  Oh yes!  If a little premature

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2.57pm – The teams come out to mild applause in mild, overcast conditions, ‘Ricay in light blue, Carshalton all red.  Let’s see who finishes in the pink.  Chortle.

2.55pm – I like it here at Colston Avenue.  My Carshalton counterpart is as welcoming as a struggling club can be, my other half is here occupying herself with fixing her phone and look at the pictures in the Sun, and there’s been a very sweet and innocent display for some under 7’s cheerleaders.  Just lovely.

2.50pm – Team News:  Billericay Town go with:

1. – Billy Lumley

2. – Jeff Imudia

3. – George Beavon

4. – Callum Dunne

5. – Richard Halle (c)

6. – Paul Rodgers

7. – Junior Luke

8. – Max Lette-Jallow

9. – Ricky Sappleton

10. – Sean Bonnet-Johnson

11. – Joe Benjamin

SUBS:

12. – Ryan Scott

14. – James Robinson

15. – Evans Kouassi

17. – Chris Webber

18. – Glenn Poole

You see?  A few wins and all of a sudden the squad is settled and happy.  Happy days for Ming on the touchline, too, his job being made that much easier.

2.40pm – Looking elsewhere, it could be an afternoon of hard graft at Rookery Hill.  East Thurrock United, with just one home win so far, take on bottom side Cray Wanderers.  With Kye Ruel back in the ranks, though, it could just provide the Rocks with a bit of a spark.

Brentwood Town, meanwhile, already have a basement battle on their hands.  Just four points to their name, the Ryman One North strugglers travel to Ware, just one place above them in 22nd place.  Les Whitton’s boys desperately need something positive after their FA Cup humiliation at Clacton midweek.

And in League Two, out of form Southend United face a tough trip to the environs of Manchester, and Dagenham & Redbridge, who are rarely in form, head northwards, though in sunnier climes, as they take on Morecambe.

Frankly, it really looks like an unappetising and unappealing afternoon.  But it’s weekends like this that often throw up tons of drama and japery galore.  We will have to see.

 

2.35pm – A very good afternoon from the War Memorial Ground in leafy Surrey.  A nice ground, good chaps and cheapesses, but Billericay Town won’t care a jot.  Three points at the expense of hosts Carshalton Athletic is all that matters for Craig Edwards and the ‘Ricay supporters.

After a shaky start, three straight league and cup wins have boosted the mood and confidence at New Lodge.  Comfortable mid-table is an awful lot better than it was 11 days ago.

It could get better still.  After the Robins’ fortuitous survival last season, ending in the relegation zone before Thurrock’s points deduction kept them up, Carshalton are again at the wrong of the Ryman Premier, having lost all home games in the process.

If you’re like me, however, you always feel that runs and records come to an end as soon as you mention it.  Having already tempted fate by doing just that, we may have a game on our hands.

Oh, by the way, the reason why the cover pic is are rugby posts, with a football net in the background?  I just think it’s a pretty picture I took and wanted to share pretty things with you.  What a lovely chap I am.

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Billericay Town v Leiston – LIVE

Billericay Town  4-1  Leiston

Margate  1-1  East Thurrock United

Austria 1-0  Republic of Ireland

Luxmbourg  3-2  Northern Ireland

Macedonia  1-2  Scotland

Ukraine  0-0  England

Wales  0-3  Serbia

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FULL TIME:  And a welcome, excellent three points for ‘Ricay.  After the shock of conceding such an early goal, ‘Ricay responded in superb manner for over an hour.  Craig Edwards will be pleased at that but not so pleased with how they switched off for a while afterwards.  Still, great result and overall, a fine performance.

8 – Billericay 4-1 Leiston FT

Until the weekend, enjoy yourself, and your football.

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90th min – Three minutes of injury time.  Elsewhere, fabulous win for Scotland, but decidedly average to awful for the rest.  Still, an excellent result here.  Probably.

86th min – Sort of fizzling out.  Like the feeling in my backside.  It’s cold, it’s wet, and that’s just my jeans.

81st min – At long last play switches to the other end, with a lovely run down the right, low centre inside the box, and scramble.  Ironically, a really good, competitive ending to the game after a rather one-sided first hour or so.

76th min – Another big warning.  Ball in the back of the Billericay net after a cracking shot on the right hand edge of the area.  The linesman, though, had the offside flag up.   A real let-off for Billericay, that.

71st min – At least the few Leiston fans are trying to enjoy themselves, chanting “We’re gonna win 5-4.”  Meanwhile, ‘Ricay have fallen asleep and the visitors have done all the running the last few minutes.  Craig boy ain’t happy, I tells ya.

66th min – Craig Edwards still not a happy man, bemoaning a “stonewaller” penalty not being given.  Elsewhere, shockers for Wales and Northern Ireland.  Blimey O’ Reilly.

61st min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 4,  Leiston 1  Another free kick on the right into the opposite side of the area, and CALLUM DUNNE sends a looping header into the far corner of the net.

7 – Billericay 4-1 Leiston

Goal Pie.

59th min – More ‘Ricay pressure, a cross from the left, and eventually Junior Luke’s looping header from 10 yards is saved.

56th min – Attendance tonight is 165.  As another Billericay free-kick on the right is defended relatively comfortably.

51st min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 3,  Leiston 1  And Richard Halle puts it away after an obvious foul in the box.

6 – Billericay 3-1 Leiston

Now a bit of a cushion.

50th min – PENALTY FOR ‘RICAY!

8.48pm – KICK OFF!   Yep, again.

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HALF TIME:  And a thoroughly good one for the home side.  After the shock of that early goal, they’ve responded superbly.  It’s often the biased who say “there’s only one team in it” but it’s been that way for so much of the game so far.  For all ‘Ricay’s dominance, though, Leiston are well in this.

5 – Billericay 2-1 Leiston HT

Right, I’m off for a Bovril.  To dip my hands in.  Laters.

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45th min – A warning for Billericay though.  In a rare break, Craig Parker bursts to the edge of the home penalty area and shoots about a foot over the bar.  Oof.

40th min – The ‘Ricay fans are in good voice now, and the team are keeping up the pressure, with crosses into the box complimenting their corners.  No more clear-cut breaks though.  Leiston will be happy to get to the break at 2-1, as another Billericay shot just clears the bar.

33rd min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 2,  Leiston 1  And how they are made to pay!  From the goal kick, JUNIOR LUKE runs down the left, into the box, and bangs home a low shot into the far corner of the Blunts Wall End goal.

4 – Billericay 2-1 Leiston

Proper game changer, that.

31st min – Oh my, oh deary me.  Ryan Crisp is through on goal for Leiston, rounds the keeper, and from less than six yards – puts the ball wide of the right hand post.  “Unbelievable”, I was uttering before that, describing the Billericay defending.  But trust me.  Un. Be. Lieve. Able.  Miss of the decade.

28th min – “Great football lads” shouts Craig Edwards as another rapid run, this time on the right, ends in a free kick on the touchline.  It has been, too.  From that, Callum Dunne goes down in the box, but no can do says the ref.  Correctly.  Bah.  Where’s a bad ref when you need one?

22md min – Continual pressure from the hosts, winning a number of corners, and play mostly in the Leiston defensive third of the pitch.  Just now a lovely run on the left, low centre, shot from inside the area, and a good save.

17th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 1,  Leiston 1  It’s been coming.  A shot on the edge of the area was tipped over the bar.  From the corner, a scramble, and CALLUM DUNNE nods home.

3 – Billericay 1-1 Leiston

Liquid football!

13th min – Much better.  Sean Bonnett-Johnson runs down the left, inside the box, and his low shot is parried at the near post for a corner, which is eventually defended.

8th min – Billericay have been stung into action, understandably.  Plenty of pressure, but nothing clear-cut created.  But more encouraging as the rain starts to pour.  Ugh.

3rd min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 0,  LEISTON 1   An awful start.  A harmless looking centre on the left, but neither goalie called it or defender picked up RYAN CRISP who had the easiest of tasks from about eight yards.

2 – Billericay 0-1 Leiston

Ouch.

7.44pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!

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7.42pm – The teams come out to the odd cheer, from some very odd people.  Billericay in blue shirts and socks with white shorts, Leiston in all red.

7.40pm – Team News:  Billericay Town go with

1a – Teams

7.38pm – Meanwhile, well done Nor’n I’ron, slaughtering Luxembourg by 1-0 presently.  I still remember them from Spain ’82.  Especially that gorgeous blonde who followed Gerry Armstrong around the pitch after they beat the hosts.  Yummy.

 7.35pm – Team news will be here when my fingers have warmed up.  My but it’s a cold one tonight.  And the weather.

7.25pm – Elsewhere, it’s World Cup night.  Not that I know too much about it, apart from England and the two Irish sides being in contention, and Scotland and Wales only going to Brazil next year to take part in the Rio carnival.

I’m sure some people care, but as far as I’m concerned, it just means a month of blokes who know nothing about football crowding out pubs with their loud and stupid opinions next summer.  It’s bad enough as it is on Sundays but, gaaaaah, spare us from them, someone up above.  Please!

7.15pm – Welcome to a cloudy, slightly chilly, but very welcoming New Lodge for tonight’s Ryman League festival of frollicking fun.

It’s not been fun much, mind, for the hosts.  Just one win and six points so far leaves Craig Edwards side perilously close to the drop zone.

Standing in their way this evening is a thoroughly nailed on mid-table Leiston,but win three wins to their name already, will be dangerous opponents.  As well having beaten ‘Ricay 4-2 in their last visit here.

It’s going to be an intriguing, absorbing evening, as the hosts seek to finally kick-start their season.

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Thurrock v Brentwood Town – LIVE

Thurrock  4-1  Brentwood Town

AFC Hornchurch  3-0  East Thurrock United

Billericay Town  1-2  Bognor Regis Town

Dagenham & Redbridge  1-1  Exeter City

Southend United  1-3  Morecambe

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FULL TIME:  And a thumping defeat, albeit a little harsh, for Les Whitton’s side.  In it right until injury time, then blown away.  No doubt about it though, Thurrock thoroughly deserved the win.

6 – Thurrock 4-1 Brentwood – FT Summary

Ah well.  Until the net time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.

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95th min – GOALS! ….. THURROCK 4,  Brentwood Town 1  JORDAN CLARK with a cracker of a looping shot from 20 yards, and CHARLIE STIMSON with a low header.  Oops.

INJURY TIME:  And 7 (seven) minutes of it.  Blimey O’Reilly.

88th min – Petrit Elbi runs dangerously for Brentwood into the host penalty area.  Just as he’s about to wriggle clear and shoot, the tackle comes in.  Gaaaaaaah.

86th min – Thurrock corner on the left.  It’s played short.  Say no more.   Chortle.

82nd min – As if to tempt fate, the Thurrock defence switch off, and Sos Yao is through on goal, but shoots straight at keeper Reece Ottley.  Bah!  Really should have done so much better.

81st min – Not been too much creativity although ‘Wood are still in the ascendancy.  A fascinating closing stage of the game awaits.  Something which looked unlikely five minutes before the break.

75th min – Now all Brentwood.  Daniel Subola has had a shot go an inch wide of the left hand post, and sub Jason Dobbs has come close too.  Meanwhile, in Les Whitton’s final throw of the dice, Lippy Mtyanda is on for John Bradley.

70th min – GOAL! ….. Thurrock 2,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 1  A lifeline.  On the right came a harmless looking centre, with plenty of defenders about.  Nobody, however, picked up MARTYN STOKES, somehow alone in the six yard box, and he put it home with ease.

4 – Thurrock 2-1 Brentwood

Game on!

68th min – Brentwood’s response has been a Daniel Subola shot that went about a foor over the bar from 20 yards.  Erm, that’s it.

62nd min – GOAL! ….. THURROCK 2, Brentwood Town 0  A superb one as well.  LOUI HAZELWOOD cracks home a curling free kick from 20 yards out.  Just a minute before that, his shot had cannoned off a post.  Thoroughly deserved.

3 – Thurrock 2-0 Brentwood

A long way back for Brentwood now.

60th min – Nothing too much created in the past seven or eight minutes.  I should emphasise, though, that route-one football is  conspicuous by its absence.  Neat passing around the pitch.  Just need a forward to make the most of it.

57th min – Another Brentwood sub, Jason Dobbs replacing forward Oliver Smith.

54th min – Almost 2-0.  Again on the right.  The impressive Loui Hazlewood sends a curling cross into the box, Charlie Stimson meets it with his head, beating Rhys Madden all ends up, looking a certain goal, until it bounces onto the crossbar and out.  Great football from Thurrock though.

52nd min – In reply, Charlie Stimson twists and turns like a twisty turny thing inside the right of the Brentwood box, but the Thurrock forward’s run and attempted lay-off is cleared.

50th min – Better from Brentwood.  This time Martyn Stokes moves forward on the right.  His shot from 25 yards is deflected well wide.  But this is more like it from ‘Wood.

48th min – Oh, a real chance wasted.  Petrit Elbi charges down a Thurrock punt forward, and races menacingly towards the ‘Fleet penalty area on the right.  Instead of passing to Sos Yao, in space, he instead shoots aimlessly wide.  Gaaaaaaaah,

4.02pm – KICK OFF!  And a Brentwood substitution.  Scott Dixon on for Ryan Spurge.

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HALF TIME:  Well, you could see it coming, the pressure that Thurrock were exerting on Brentwood Town, and with the forward lines playing the way they are, it was almost bound to be from an error.  Poor James.  Chin up lad.  Still another 45 to go.

2 – Thurrock 1-0 Brentwood – HT Summary

Right, off for a pie and sun cream.  Laters

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42nd min – GOAL! ….. THURROCK 1,  Brentwood Town 0  And it had to come from an error.  Lewis Perkins and Ben Smith combine well on the right to feed in Loui Hazlewood, his low centre goes across the face of goal, and captain JAMES LOVE kicks into his own net.  Ah well.

38th min – Really not much going on.  Another terrible Thurrock corner, a shot whizzing well wide.  Plenty of good midfield play but in the final third, I’ve known a Quaker with a shyness complex to be more dangerous.

32nd min – Down the hosts right, Charlie Stimson combines well with Loui Hazlewood, who gets a low centre in by the bey-line.  It’s by-the-by though as it’s easily cleared.

28th min – But back come the ‘Fleet.  Brad Warner makes a charging run down the right and his low centre goes dangerously into the six yard box, but there’s nobody there to take advantage.

27th min – Corner to Thurrock on the right.  They play it short, and kick in right into a visiting defender.  I stand (or sit) corrected.  Worst.  Corner.  Ever.

 24th min – At the other end, Sos Yao wins Town a free kick on the edge of the area.  “This ain’t all about you, referee.”, bemoans a home official.  Again, chortle.  The shot, from 20 yards by Petrit Elbi, goes harmlessly wide.

22nd min – First real talking point.  Inside the right hand edge of the Brentwood penalty area, Lewis Perkins goes down under pressure.  “Gotta be a pen, ref.”, they yell next to me.  The ref says play on.  Chortle.  It was right, too.

18th min – Bit of a lull in play so I checked last night’s scores.  You can tell that you’ve had enough of the higher echelons of football when you don’t even know what the England score was the day after they played.  I’m turning into a grumpy old man, I tells ye.

14th min – More Town pressure gives them a corner on the left.  It’s centred low, to the edge of the area, and straight to a Thurrock defender.  Worst.  Corner.  Ever.

12th min – Hey, a threat from Brentwood this time, albeit a set piece.  Daniel Subola tries his luck from 30 yards in a central position after a silly host foul.  It goes a couple of feet over the bar.

11th min – And again, Perkins the creator this time, inside the area, laying it to Callum Ibe who’s free on the right, but his shot is hurried and sails over.

10th min – The ‘Fleet have got into their stride early, and a cross from the byeline on the right ends in an off-target header from Perkins again.  But the danger’s there alright.  Nice start by the hosts.

7th min – Ah, first attempt, though you could hardly say it was on goal.  The Thurrock striker Lewis Perkins will hope for better later in the game than a wild shank that is on its way into Kent.

5th min – The sum total of diddly squat minus zero created so far.  Lots of shouting and running around though.  Thurrock in their usual yellow shirts and green shorts, Brentwood in Hearts type maroon shirts and shorts.  Hurrah!.

3pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!  And to the sight of a Thurrock official and another media chappie blocking the view entirely so they could have a bit of a chinwag.  I do so love politeness.   Chortle.

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2.57pm – The teams come out to the youth sides being very enthusiastic but apathy from everyone else.  The PA tries to blare over a Queen track “And it’s suuuuu. perrrrrr Thurrock.”  Normal.

2.52pm – After the shower – no, not Scotland last night – it’s all sunny here at Ship Lane.  The crowd looks modest but good humoured.  Which is just as well as the Brentwood striker has been announced as Sos Yno, just so’s you know.

2.45pm – Team News:  Brentwood Town go with:

1. – Rhys Madden

2. – James Love (c)

3. – Ryan Spurge

4. – Martyn Stokes

5. – Nigel Seidu

6. – Jonathan Adebayo

7. – Petrit Elbi

8. – John Bradley

9. – Sos Yao

10. – Oliver Smith

11. – Daniel Subola

SUBS

12. – Gbenga Sonuga

14. – Lindisipho Mtyanda

15. – Jason Dobbs

16. – Scott Dixon

17. – Tim Pitman

So a semblence of continuity in the squad.  Getting to know each other is what teams are all about.  Unless you’re England in 2010 or the Netherlands at any time.

 

2.40pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town have had a steady if unimpressive opening month.  They’re up against a team in fine form, though, the visitors having dispatched Canvey Island 5-0 last week.  East Thurrock United have their work cut out, too, although they will feel they have a chance at AFC Hornchurch.

In League Two, Southend United need a bit of a kick-start after their great start was spoiled by a couple of recent defeats.  Dagenahm & Redbridge, meanwhile, will want to build on a superb 4-1 demolition of Colchester United in the JPT on Tuesday.

Intrigue and interest abounds this afternoon.  Just not neccesarily at the football.

 

2.30pm – A very warm welcome from a mild and very well appointed Ship Lane, home of perhaps one of the unluckiest clubs of the summer, Thurrock, on Non League Day.

The hosts had 3 points deducted, for fielding an ineligible player.  The player himself didn’t know he was suspended because the Sunday League side he played for in Yorkshire had been disbanded.  Then, because of the point deduction, Thurrock slipped into a relegation place.  Just how unlucky is that?

Brentwood Town will be hoping their ill fortune continues today.  A 100% win record so far this season when given the live treatment.  That, sadly, has been just the one game, and four points from their opening six games means a spot in the drop zone.  Les Whitton’s side need a win big time.

1 – Thurrock v Brentwood Preview

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and an afternoon of nervous tension, minus liver salts, will be yours.

GAME ON!

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Driving Through The Sunshine

It’s been a hectic few weeks for the poor drivers in and around Brentwood.  With the Crossrail infrastructure being put in place, you’d be forgiven for thinking tempers would be frayed as jams around the town centre soared.

Not a bit of it though.  Stuck in a queue one evening, one of our listeners, Tina, saw a somewhat spectacular skyline above Brentwood and felt inspired enough to take a pic as she waited patiently to move about two yards forward.

She was also kind enough to send through a copy of it.  So sit and admire a gorgeous, beautiful sun setting on gorgeous, beautiful Brentwood.

62 - Brentwood Skyline

It has to be better to look at than the boot of the car in front of you.  Sadly, this is typical of Shenfield Road during the week at around 6.30pm.

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So, let’s be inspired by beauty.  My thanks to Tina for such a lovely pic.  And let’s be entertained every weekday afternoon between 3 and 6.  News, sport, showbiz gossip, guests, banter, and great music.  That’s a guarantee!

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East Thurrock United v Hampton & Richmond – LIVE

East Thurrock United  0-1  Hampton & Richmond

Brentwood Town  3-2  Great Wakering Rovers

Mansfield Town  3-0  Dagenham & Redbridge

Wycombe Wanderers  2-1  Southend United

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FULL TIME:  As I said, one of those days.  Any other time the Rocks may have won comfortably, but that’s how soccerball goes sometimes.  Credit to the visitors, they dug in, and made their own luck.  Something East Thurrock United were right out of.  Ah well.

4 – ETU 0-1 H & R Full Time

Next up will probably be Brentwood Town on Monday.  Or maybe Billericay on Tuesday.  Until then, enjoy yourself, and your football.

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9oth min + 2 – Unbelievable Jeff.  Our man Rodney the Refresher pulls off a magnificent save, deflecting a Leon McKenzie piledriver onto the crossbar and over.  Wow.

90th min + 1 – Luke Wanadia’s overhead kick is parried away for a corner.  Which comes to zilch.  Bah.

Injury time:  And very probably a late winner for Brentwood.  Phew.

85th min – The Rocks furiously try to receive the situation , and from around 18 yards, Leon McKenzie hammers a shot in that Chiweshie does really well to parry clear.

81st min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 0,  HAMPTON & RICHMOND 1  Real controversy.  A corner was being aimlessly headed high and wide, the home defence thought it had gone off, the lino and ref said no, it was put back into the six yard box, a scramble, and ALAN BRAY slotted home.

3 – ETU 0-1 H & R

A real talking point.

80th min – More East Thurrock pressure, and Chiweshie does really well to get down low at the left hand post to stop a  Sheehan shot from going in.

78th min – Mitchell Gilbey and Grant Eagle come on for the hosts, replacing Nathan Korateng and Lea Dawson.

77th min – Oh my!  What an opportunity!  Under no pressure, on the edge of his own area, Rodney Chiweshie kicks the ball straight to Tom Stephen from 30 yards out.  With an open goal gaping, he shanks horribly high and wide.

75th min – Steve Sheehan obviously was looking for some sort of payback and is also booked for a tackle from behind.  Bit of the Nigel Niggles creeping in now.

73rd min – Karle Carder, the visiting midfielder, is pulled up sharpish for a crude tackle on Lea Dawson.  He’s booked – and then substituted immediately, presumably for his own good.  Elsewhere – ouch, Brentwood Town have let slip a two goal lead.  Hmmmmm.

69th min – The Rocks are pressing but …. ah, well, you get the feeling it’s one of those days.  It’s certainly not restricted to Rookery Hill though.  There’s not a single goal so far in this afternoon’s Premier League games.  Cracking value for anything up to £60 a pop.

62nd min – Yep, I said that to tempt fate, and it almost worked.  Lovely run again from Wanadia on the right, he cuts inside the area, runs the ball to Connor Witherspoon, and his on-target shot at the Manorway End goal is superbly parried by Rodney Chiweshie and hacked away by the visiting defence.  Grand stuff.

60th min – Plenty of neat possession from the hosts, from defence and midfield, but with selection problems meaning only able to play one upfront, clear-cut opportunities are fewer than Hearts points total.

55th min – Getting back to footballing action, Luke Wanadia has a decent run down the right, gets to the bye-line and creeps into the area.  His low shot is on target but well collected at the near post by Refresher man Chiweshie.

52nd min – First spark of controversy.  East Thurrock win a free kick, then while an H & R defender holds onto the ball to stop the kick being taken, Leon McKenzie pushes him rather vigorously and fierecly in the chest.  The ref gives McKenzie a yellow card.  Other officials may not have been so lenient.

48th min – Just for a second, after a throw-in on the left, Connor Witherspoon looks through on goal inside the area, but as we anticipate the shot, Malvin Kamara steps in and clears the danger.  Nice start by the Rocks this half though.

4.06pm – KICK OFF!  Bit late innit.

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HALF TIME:  And it’s been an okay goalless first 45 minutes.  The Rocks have been knocking the ball around well, but the visitors have shown spells of danger too.  It’s been almost an evenly balanced first, with the Rocks having the slightest of edges.  Not bad at all.

2 – ETU 0-0 H & R

Right, off for a Limeade and a Haribo.  Laters.

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45th min – As the game winds its way to half time, Tom Stephen marauds forward to try and get something going on the left.  He links up well with Nathan Korateng, which breaks down, but then stays upfield, collects a ball on the edge of the area, and shoots about 3 inches over the bar.  Good stuff.

38th min – A few meaty tackles going in, but the ref to his credit lets the game flow, and from that the Rocks win a corner on the left.  From that Leon McKenzie flashes a far post header wide.

35th min – Nothing too much going on here in the past few minutes.  But elsewhere – yes!  My buddy Stevie boy puts Wycombe 2-1 up against Sarfend.  Can’t help feeling chuffed for him.

29th min – And again H & R, finding success down the left this time.  Moon is thwarted by Darren Bechet rushing off his line to collect, then from another break by Simon Peddie covering back.

27th min – Back come Hampton & Richmond, and a cross from the right is whipped in, finding the head of Charlie Moon on the edge of the six yard box.  The cross is too pacy, though, and the ball hits his head rather than him heading it, ballooning over.

25th min – Luke Wanadia is causing all sorts of problems down the right, and his centre into the Bus Stops End box reaches Leon McKenzie.  He loops his shot over but still, more signs of menace from the hosts.

23rd min – A moment of danger from the visitors.  A free kick, central, a smidgeon over 25 yards out.  Luckily, the trusty boot of Joel Ledgister ensures it goes well over the bar.  Something I remember from his Southend United days.  Chortle.

19th min – Lovely bit of play from Ryan Sammons.  He closes down and blocks an H & R attack, then sends a slide rule pass that Nathan Korateng is onto in a flash.  He’s stopped on the edge of the area, but liquid football, Sammo.

15th min – East Thurrock are settling down well, without creating anything more clear-cut these past few minutes.  Elsewhere, Brentwood Town take their lead in the awkward FA Cup tie.  Hurrah and huzzah!

10th min – And again the hosts cause problems.  A simple Ryan Sammons throw-in is allowed to bounce inside the area, and Lea Dawson is onto it.  His shot lacks power, and is comfortably held by the superbly name Rodney Chiweshie in the H & R goal.  Great shirt as well.  Reminds me of a tube of Refreshers.  Chortle.

6th min – And the Rocks get into their stride.  A good cross wide on the right, level with the penalty area, from Luke Wanadia, and Connor Witherspoon finds space in the the box, his looping header going just over the bar.  Spiffing stuff.

2nd min – First chance falls to the visitors.  A long ball, chase, and Charlie Moon blazes over the Manorway End goal from about 20 yards.

3.03pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!

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2.59pm – The teams come out to the usual apathy, the Rocks in their normal amber shirts and black shorts and socks, Hampton & Richmond in light blue shirts and socks with white shorts.  All fashioned by Stella McCartney and a sweat shop in Thailand.

2.55pm – Oh my, it’s lovely and sunny here.  Make the most of it, everyone, with the onset of the X Factor, it means bad weather, depressing tv, and people with faces you just can’t punch enough.  A bit like living in Middlesbrough.

2.50pm – Team News:  East Thurrock United go with:

1. – Daren Bechet

2. – Ryan Sammons

3. – Tom Stephen

4. – Simon Peddie

5. – Steve Sheehan (c)

6. – Connor Witherspoon

7. – Luke Wanadia

8. – Stuart Thurgood

9. – Leon McKenzie

10 – Lea Dawson

11. – Nathan Korateng

SUBS:

12. – Mitchell Gilbey

14. – Craig Hughes

15. – Grant Eagle

17. – David Hughes

So, the Rocks again have a squad about as recogniseable as your average Heart of Midlothian libe-up.  Plenty of enthusiasm, though, a decent manager, and as some have already shown, some good, good players.  Hurrah!

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Brentwood Town have a tricky FA Cup tie to negotiate.  Great Wakering Rovers top the Essex Senior League and have a number of players who can and should be playing at a much higher level.

With Billericay Town’s game against Grays Athletic being put back to Sunday at Aveley, it just leaves our local League Two sides also in action.  Both have tricky looking away games.  I must, however, declare an interest, being mates with the Wycombe centre forward, so my legendary lack of bias will ensure an even handed take on things.  But come on Wanderers, and go on Steve lad.

1 – ETU v H & R Preview

2.40pm – Yo, hello kiddiwinks and everyone, welcome to a gloriously sunny Rookery Hill, as we see out the summer in style this afternoon.

Well, the Rocks are defying all pre-season predictions – including possibly a few from themselves too – by holding down a comfortable mid-table place with a young and inexperienced squad.  10 points from their first half a dozen games has been an excellent return so far.

Standing in their way are a team just 16 months ago were a Conference South outfit.  Now they find themselves still seeking their first win, in the drop zone on just two points.  They so need a win to kick-start their campaign.  It has the makings of yet another cracker.

 

As ever, simply refresh the page every few minutes, and the thrill of a Saturday afternoon in Corringham will be yours, all yours.

GAME ON!

 

 

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Mixed Derby Day Results As Warriors Brush Aside Airlie Final Challenge

With this weekend’s localised floods washing out the cricket, it was left to our winter sports to keep things ticking over.

Billericay Town, sadly, also had their Ryman Premier derby at Canvey Island postponed, but East Thurrock United had no such problems, sauntering to a 3-0 win over Grays Athletic.  Grimmer news for Brentwood Town in Ryman One North, though, going down 1-3 at Tilbury.

Luckily, the featured live game on Between The Lines came from Wembley Stadium, as Hull FC bid to upset the odds and Wigan Warriors to grab rugby league’s Challenge Cup in front of a soaked Final crowd of 78,000.

3 - Kick Off

Summariser Joe and myself were looking forward to it.

1 – Wigan v Hull Preview

The first half was tense and absorbing, nip and tuck, with hardly anything in it.  The half time scored reflected this as the feeling grew the the Humbersiders could spring a suprise.

2 – Hull 0-6 Wigan HT

The feeling, sadly, was wrong.  In a hugely disappointing second half, Wigan Warriors strolled to a comfortable win, topped off with a piece of Sam Tomkins magic in the dying seconds.  You couldn’t help feeling that Hull had underperformed.

3 – Hull 0-16 Wigan FT

So the Wigan Warriors march on.  Can they make it a Super League double?  Well, nobody could tell by today, as they were so inadequately tested.  The main thing is, though, sport was at least brought to the airwaves!

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Local Sports Summary – And Dan Sarginson Talks To Phoenix FM Sport

It was a busy weekend of local sport.  Here’s how it panned out:

Essex Cricket League

Premier Division

Brentwood beat Colchester & East Essex by 40 runs

NOW TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

 

Division Two

Billericay beat Leigh-on-Sea by 9 wickets

Billericay move up to 3rd

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Ryman League

Premier Division

Billericay Town  3-2  Thamesmead Town  (after trailing 0-2 at half time)

Kingstonian  3-0  East Thurrock United

 

Division One North

Brentwood Town  2-4  Dereham Town

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The featured live game on Between The Lines came from the Twickenham Stoop, where local Super League side the London Broncos completed their home campaign – and their worst one ever – with yet another defeat after succumbing to leaders Huddersfield Giants 12-26.

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It was a very brave performance from the rock bottom Broncos, though, who were well in contention right up until inside the last five minutes.  It was also the last home appearance by England Knights internationalist Dan Sarginson, on his way to title contenders Wigan Warriors.

At pitch side after the game, Dan was kind enough to give Phoenix FM Sport a little take on the game and his spell with the capital club.

Audio – Dan Sarginson Interview

We do, of course, wish Dan every success, and with Wigan Warriors he has every chance of succeeding.  A decent lad like Sarge deserves to.

And that’s what you call a busy weekend of sport!

 

 

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Crossrail – The Shape Of Things To Come?

Quite often, in the pleasant summer conditions, I forego the train and the road and instead wander into Phoenix Towers from Shenfield.  The leafy overhang almost forms a natural tunnel, somehow allowing the warmth of the sun to come through, but keeping you cool at the same time.  Very nice indeed.

Perhaps now more locals may be putting on their comfy shoes for a walk as well.  Earlier today, before 2pm, this was the sight that greeted me on the Shenfield Road between the Nuffield Hospital and Middleton Hall Lane.

16 Aug - Shenfield Rd

 

This is, of course, due to the ongoing construction work of the Crossrail scheme, linking Shenfield with a similarly modest and normally quiet village west of London.  The queues stretched into Brentwood town centre from past Crescent Drive, and from right down the High Street going the other way.

Wilsons Corner, predictably, was extremely busy, and turning into Ongar Road, the knock-on effect was evident too.

16 Aug - Ongar Rd

 

And this. remember, was a weekday afternoon, with no school run, a couple of hours before the rush hour really kicks in.

Is this the shape of things to come for Brentwood motorists?  If it is – get the train.  At least they tell you when their service is patchy or not going anywhere!

Or better still, have a wander, and enjoy the leafy mix of sun and breeze.  It’s lovely.  And jam free!

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Brentwood Town v Erith & Belvedere – LIVE

Brentwood Town  2-0  Erith & Belvedere

Billericay Town  0-1  East Thurrock United

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FULL TIME:  And in the end, an entertaing, desrerved home win.  An outstanding perforannce by Lindiipho Mtyanda was the decisive factor, at times almost unstoppable on the right.  Steve Cavell took his goal well – thank you lino – and Martyn Stokes, leading goalscorer, who’d have thunk it!

5 – Brentwood 2-0 Erith FT

Right, that’s it for a while.  London Broncos and then the Challenge Cup Final in the world of rugby league is taking up my time for a while.  Until the next game, enjoy yourselves, and your football.

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90th min – This time Mtyanda, James Love and Jake Cass combine, the latter’s low shot just inside the area going about 3 inches past the near post.  Great stuff.  Three minutes of injury time.

88th min – Yet another Mtyanda run, and this time he has a go himself inside the area.  It’s deflected and almost goes in but is saved.  From that another Brentwood sustutition, Jonathan Adebayo replacing opening scorer Steve Cavell.

84th min – Well under control.  The heads on top of those red and white quartered shirts you can see are dropping.  The full back Mtyanda is causing mayhem down the right, and links up well with the forward line.  Jake Cass was the latest to have a pop at goal from the right flank supply line but it was easily saved.

79th min – All Brentwood now and Steve Cavell marauds forward in the right hand edge of the box, his strong and accurate shot parried away superbly.  The hosts now totally bossing this.  Coach Les WHitton looking and sounding a lot happier.  Which means he’s merely grumpy.  Chortle.

73rd min – GOALLLLL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Erith & Belvedere 0.  A corner on the right, a bullet header from MARTYN STOKES, wallop, back of the net!  Oh yes!

4 – Brentwood 2-0 Erith

Liquid football, Stokesy!

70th min – All Brentwood now.  E&B keeper Jack Bradshaw has made a couple of outstanding saves from Robbie Rees and Petrit Elbi and Steve Cavell should have wrapped it up in a one-on-one.

65th min –  GOALLLL!!! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 1,  Erith & Belvedere 0  At last something!  Lindiipho Mtyanda has been making rampaging runs down the right from full back all this half, and from there, STEVE CAVELL, looking suspiciously offside, slotted a low curler home just inside the box

3 – Brentwood 1-0 Erith

They count, so long as that flag doesn’t go up!

 

59th min – John Bradley tries an audacious back heel to find a colleague.  It always makes you look stupid if it doesn’t come off.  It makes the defender look worse, though, when they too immediately give the ball away.  Steve Cavell gets a hold of  it and from 25 yards shoots just over the bar.  Hardly liquid football but a good Brentwood effort in the end.

56th min – And that is Anthony Ryan’s last action of the evening, being replaced by Robbie Ryan.

54th min – The closest yet to a goal.  Ryan goes wide on the right himself, turns his defender inside out, and shoots low inside the area.  Bradshaw makes an excellent reflex save but is parried out.  Agonisingly, there’s nobody there to follow it up.  Gaaaaah.

51st min – Much better from Brentwood.  Ball played out wide to James Love, and from the touchline, his cross finds the head of Anthony Ryan.  His effort on goal is looping, however, and comfortably taken by Jack Bradshaw, but still, some danger at last.

48th min – Well, we’ve got some, but again from the visitors.  Good chasing down ends in Rhys Madden and Gbenga Sonuka combining to put the ball out of play on the left.  From that a shot comes in and Madden atones for the situation with an excellent save, the subsequent corner being well defended.

8.47pm – KICK OFF!  Please let it be with a bit more goal chance frolics and fun please.

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HALF TIME:  And, well, it’s been okay to watch, without being particularly memorable.  The frustration towards the end of the half and not keeping possession, giving the ball away a bit too easily, could be felt among the Brentwood supporters as well as coach next to me.  As for Erith & Belvedere, nice going forward at times, no cutting edge.  0-0 is probably about right.  But only just.

2 – Brentwood 0-0 Erith HT

Right off for an Irn Bru.  Which I’ll not be giving away.  Laters.

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41st min – Rather picture skew now, with dusk, darkening clouds and that.  The coach’s vocabulary has become bluer and darker, too, with Brentwood struggling to hold and keep possession.

36th min – At last the hosts surge forward.  Steve Cavell is in a central position about 30 yards out.  “Wide”, comes the shout from the crowd.  He instead hits a low, rasping volley, destined for the left hand corner of the net until Jack Bradshaw gets a hand to it.  Great stuff.

33rd min – And still the visitors move forward, this time a wicked shot, wide on the left near the bye-line, whistles just over the bar across the face of goal.

31st min – And well might he be.  More visiting pressure, including a free kick, then a goalbound header scrambled away for a corner.  Neither I or my Kentish counterpart could see who made the header, although we both agreed the wooden post obscuring the view looked pretty.  Chortle.

29th min – Must be something about my after-shave.  Yet again, a member of the host club coaching staff sits – or stands – next to me during the game.  Maybe it’s my pearls of wisdom.  Anyway, he shouts at John Bradley for giving the ball away and letting E&B have another pop at goal.  Silent though when Charlie Rolls, at the other end sends in a super little cross from the left, which ends in a Jake Cass shot going just over.  Hard taskmaster, this ‘un.  And not a happy bunny.

24th min – No doubt about it, E&B have taken control after a bright home start.  More joy on the right, the ball is quickly switched, and then a low centre across the six yard box causes panic before it’s cleared – just.

22nd min – And a bit of visiting pressure down the right ends in a cross-cum-shot from over 25 yards that Rhys Madden has to parry out for a corner.  Which is easily defended.  Phew.

19th min – Indeed, Erith & Belvedere are already forced to make a substitution, Kevin Lott coming off and replaced by Danny Willis.  Hurrah, the sun has gone down, and the tunnel folded in.  Just the wire mesh gate and wooden posts in the way now.  Chortle.

16th min – Meanwhile, at New Lodge, I suspected this might happen.  Nathan Korteng has given East Thurrock United the lead at Billericay Town.  Covo’s got his young, young side playing beautifully and sets up that game perfectly.  Missing nothing here, though, with players being treated for a knock.

12th min – The first remote sign of threat from the visitors.  A free kick wide on the left about 35 yards out, hoisted into the area, then a tame header well wide of the far post.  At least I could see it though.

8thh min – As Brentwood are doing most of the attacking, at the end that can’t be seen from the press box, I can summarise that they’ve started well enough without scoring.  In the meantime, I like the E&B kit of red and white quarters.  Almost as much as I liked seeing the women doing some outdoor training walking towards the ground.  And a sausage dog keeps wandering by.  One way or another an interesing start.

3rd min – An early Brentwood Town foray forward.  A shot and a parry away at the Doddinghurst Road End goal, and a shout from the goalie at his defenders.  Who done what I have no idea because of the sun and the tunnel in the way.  I’m sure it was very good though.

7.46pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!

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7.43pm – The teams come out to waves of healthy apathy.  The tunnel obscures one half of the pitch.  As well as the sun.  The people around me are shielding their eyes with their programme and glaring at club officials.  Chortle.

7.35pm – TEAM NEWS:  Brentwood Town go with:

1. – Ryhs Madden

2. – Lindiipho Mtyanda

3. – Charlie Rolls

4. – Martyn Stokes

5. – Gbenga Sonuga

6. – James Love

7. – Petrit Elbi

8. – John Bradley

9. – Anthony Ryan

10. – Jake Cass

11. – Stephen Cavell

SUBS:

12 – Jonathan Adebayo

14. – Jay Simmons

15. – Jack Gardner

16. –  Robbie Rees

17. – Tim Pitman

A few changes in the summer, inevtably, with a new manager, Les Whitton.  Let’s have three new points.

 

 

7.30pm – Elsewhere, big derby at New Lodge tonight in the Ryman Premier.  Billericay Town started Saturday with a solid point at Harrow Borough.  Meanwhile, East Thurrock United had Saturday’s live treatment, and their 2-2 draw with Bury Town, as you know, was an absolute cracker.

Tomorrow, though, is something else.  England v Scotland.  Who do my loyalties lie with?  Well, what do you expect from a Hearts supporter?  Yep, that’s right, couldn’t care less one way or the other.  I’ll be watching Gold and I’m Alan Partridge.  Ah ha,

 

7.25pm – A very good afternoon from a very cool summer’s evening here at the Arena.  Brrrr, I should’ve known shorts wouldn’t be much cop for football.

Early days, of course, and predictable though it was, Brentwood Town’s opening day defeat at Maldon & Tiptree was disappointing, especially as Martyn Stokes had given the boys an early lead.

Never mind, that cannot be changed.  What they can do now is brush themselves off and get some points at the expense of their Kentish visitors.  With that extra eagerness of wanting to put on a show for their first home game, this could be a spiffing evening.

1 – Brentwood v Erith Preview

As ever, just keep refreashing the pages every few minutes, and the delights and splendour of a cold Tuesday night next to the A12 will be yours.

GAME ON!

 

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