Category Archives: Between The Lines

EFL 2017-2018 Season Start

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked back at Friday evening’s football action, at the start of the season.

Sky Bet Championship 
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Milwall 
Barrie McKay with a storming goal. 
Sunderland 1-1 Derby  
Lewis Grabban equaliser from the penalty spot for the home team at the Stadium of light. 
Also looking back at the evening before’s Rugby League. 
Huddersfield 36-6 Wakefield Trinity 
Hull FC 32-16 Salford 
Leeds Rhinos 32-16 Wigan Warriors 
Where a Stevie Ward hat-trick helped the Rhinos to a 32-16 win. 
In the show itself we were looking at the Ladbrokes Premiership 12.30 kick-off between Celtic & Hearts. Ending with the home side winning 4-1 at Celtic Park.
National League action kept us occupied with the 12.30 kick-off.
Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient was the final score At Gander Green Lane.

In cricket, the 4th test between  England & South Africa 
At Old Trafford. 
England leading the series 2-1. 
We also looked ahead to other local sides with 3.00 kick-offs.
Sky Bet League One 
3pm Southend United v Blackburn Rovers 
Southend starting the season as play-off favourites. Blackburn start as favourites to win the championship. 
Sky Bet League Two 
3pm Accrington Stanley v Colchester United 
John McGreal’s team travel to the Wham Stadium. 
National League 
3pm Dagenham & Redbridge v Barrow 
John Still’s team at home for the first match of the season.

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Wimbledon Middle Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked back at the first week of the Wimbledon fortnight, with British players into the second week.

We covered qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Lewis Hamilton starting the race from 8th on the grid.

Aaron Heanue looked at the latest transfer news, with details of Romelu Lukaku’s expected move to Old Trafford, reportedly snubbing Chelsea for Manchester United.

We also brought further news of the Lions v All Blacks test, ending in grid;ock with the last match finishing 15-15.

All this, along with some summer tunes in the weather, travel updates and local events.

Join us every Saturday from 1-3PM.

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The Lions Beat the All Blacks

This weekend on Between the Lines, Aaron Heanue and Steve Robertson were looking back at The Lions beating All Blacks 24-21.

We also looked at the transfer news as the window opened, being the first of July. We’ll be keeping an eye on this for the next few weeks.

Also looking back at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with Ricciardo winning and the controversy surrounding the Vettel and Hamilton incident.

Aaron was describing the latest kit launches for Premier League sides.

All this and updating the events guide and latest travel news.

Join us every Saturday from 1PM.

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Le Mans Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue looked at all the sport for the weekend.

With the Le Mans 24 Hour race starting, we looked at the options with a Toyota v Porsche battle expected at the front with the two teams the only ones contesting LMP1.

Aaron looked at the football transfer news and rumours. He also looked back at the England under 20 World Cup win – England’s first win since 1966!

We also looked at the Champions Trophy and ahead to the India v Pakistan final.

All this and the local events and up to date travel news.

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The Mantarays Play Live on Between the Lines

It’s always great to have live music on a Saturday lunchtime and this weekend was no exception. We were joined in the studio by Essex-based band The Manatarays.

The Mantarays

The Mantarays

Kyle, Sam, Matt & Luke played live for us, singing the following songs that they have written themselves after meeting at college:-

Leading on.
Take me Back.

To listen again to the session, click the link below:-

For more information, visit the band on facebook at

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Bloom Play Chinnery’s

The band who recently performed a live session on Between The Lines played Chinnery’s 28th of April. On the night we heard Bloom play a half an hour set. The set included mosh pitting throughout so it was a great atmosphere. My two personal favorites songs from the night was the Bag Raiders cover and also Bloom’s final song Brothers. Overall it was a very enjoyable night for everyone involved! 18197629_1032923246839629_1291327249_n

Blooms setlist they played is below.

  • Be There
  • Pacifier (Catfish and the Bottle Men cover)
  • Feel You
  • Shooting Stars (Bag Raiders cover)
  • Clowns
  • Brothers

Check out Blooms soundcloud :

Other bands performing at the gig were San Wilfred, The Trusted and also Stealing Signs.

Thanks for reading!


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Phoenix FM 10th birthday: Imogen Heap

This weekend as part of the Phoenix FM 10th birthday celebrations, we caught up with another long time friend of Phoenix FM, local musician Imogen Heap.

Imogen had a lot to talk about as she has written and produced all the music from the Harry Potter stage show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Imogen Heap at the Creative Sessions in 2011

Imogen Heap at the Creative Sessions in 2011

Imogen spoke to Steve Robertson about her involvement with this production, working alongside J.K. Rowling, saying how wonderful it has been to be involved with Harry Potter. Imogen’s work in the production has lead to an Olivier award nomination for outstanding achievement in music. Having already won two Grammy awards, along with an Ivor Novello, Imogen spoke about how she is looking forward to the ceremony on the 9th of April at the Royal Albert Hall.

We spoke about Imogen’s other musical work and what has been occupying her time since Harry potter and the Cursed Child started its run. Being kept busy as a mother to Scout, Imogen spoke about one of her latest releases – “The Happy Song” which is a song created to make babies happy.

To listen to the interview, click below.

For more information about Imogen’s music and her latest projects, visit her website by Imogen Heap’s Website.

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Phoenix FM 10th birthday: Katy Forkings

16 year old singer/songwriter Katy Forkings visited us during our 10th birthday celebrations to chat on air with Steve Robertson about her music and play some songs live. You can hear it all again here:

Katy, from Chelmsford, recently won the Undiscovered Solo competition and released her debut EP “Find My Feet” on March 10th, which includes 5 original tracks.

Find My Feet is available on iTunes and Spotify. You can find out more about Katy and her music on her YouTube channel.

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Burnley v Lincoln City

Last weekend on Between the Lines we featured the headline grabbing early fixture in the FA cup, as non-league Lincoln beat Burnley at Turf Moor.
Following their draw at Chelsea, Sean Dyche’s team were brought down to earth with a bump against the undergogs. Danny Cowley’s team more than coped with what the Premier League side had to offer and Sean Raggett’s goal capped it for the Imps.

The match kept us occupied and was a big feature as we carried on to 3pm, for Phoenix Sport.

We looked back at a busy week for English football teams in Europe, as Arsenal had lost 5-1 at Bayern Munich, with us adding to the Arsene Wenger speculation. Arsenal facing the prospect of a tough fixture on Sutton United’s 3g pitch in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Another match we looked back at was Spurs losing 1-0 to Gent, with work to do this coming week for the london side in the return leg at Wembley.
Positive news in Europe, with Manchester United winning 3-0 to Gent.

In other news, we looked back at Super League news from the night before. Leigh 14 – 17 Leeds being the final score.
Our Rugby Union recap included Gloucester 31 – 23 Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.

We looked ahead to local fixtures in the Football League, National League and Ryman League. Highlights including Billericay Town’s away fixture at Mill Field, to Grays Athletic. Brentwood Town were travelling to Waltham Abbey.

The upcoming F1 car launches were looked at, with a busy week for the teams as we are close to a month before the start of the season.

Join us every Saturday from 1-3pm for Between the Lines.

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Son Live Session

It was great to have Dan & Ryan from Son join us in the studio for the last Between the Lines of 2016.

Son UK

The local guys played three songs for us, which you can hear by clicking below.

1. Warm.

2. Sophia

3. Untitled

There are many ways you can keep in touch with the band’s work and listen to more of their music.



SON | Facebook

SON (@SON__UK) | Twitter

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Billericay Chairman Danny Groves

We spoke to the new Billericay Town Chairman, Danny Groves, just before his first Saturday game in the job.

Danny spoke about his joy at having the role, along with the challenges he faces. Danny also spoke about the match ahead, against Kingstonian.

Danny also talked about Monday’s Fans’ Forum, which is at New Lodge starting at 6pm.

To listen again to the interview, click below:-

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It’s Getting Nearer to Christmas

This weekend on Between the Lines, Gareth Williams and Aaron Heanue looked forward to the weekend’s football action.

Watford v Everton was the early game in the Premier League, finishing in a 5 goal thriller with the home side winning 3-2.

The team looked ahead to the Champions v Manchester City, with the surprise result of Leicester 4-2 Manchester City.

In addition, the Southend game was previewed, with Gareth a Southend United fan. This was a good result for the Essex side, winning 3-1.

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Darrel Church Visits Phoenix FM

Boxer Darrel Church came in to Between the Lines, talking about his training prior to his next fight, his fifth professional fight which comes up next month.

Darrel Church

Darrel Church

To listen to the interview again click below.

Follow Darrel on Twitter @Darrel_Church89

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Lochlan Bearman Visits Between the Lines

It was great to have Lochlan Bearman back in the Phoenix FM studio this weekend, with the 14 year-old recapping on his first season in car racing as he took part in the Fiesta Junior Championship.

John and Lochlan

Lochlan spoke about the experiences they had at 8 circuits throughout the year. Along with his father, John, we spoke about the highs and lows of the season in a racing calendar that includes travels to Silverstone and Angelsey, as well as the more local circuits of Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

To listen to the interview, click below.


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Mexican Grand Prix Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue was keeping an eye on Sunderland v Arsenal – a match that had a slow start but one that finished with the away side winning 4-1.

We looked ahead to the Mexican Grand Prix qualifying in a weekend they could see the Nico Rosberg become Germany’s 3rd World Champion.

Cricket action, with England in the test at Bangladesh, was another focus of attention.

Tune in every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Phoenix Moon Live Session

We were joined in the studio by the band Phoenix Moon, who chatted to us and played three songs in the studio.


The first song they played was Girl I Cry. To listen to the song, click below

The band chatted briefly after each song

The second song the band played was For a While, which you can listen to below

The band chatting to us after the song

The third song was You’ll Find Me

You can listen to the last part of the interview below-

To find out more on the Thames Delta band, visit their Facebook page

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Singapore Grand Prix

This weekend on Between the Lines we were looking ahead to a packed Premier League campaign, with no early kick off in the top division.

We looked ahead to qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix starting at 2pm. This is still the only race on the calendar that takes place entirely at night.

Film news kept us busy for the first hour of the show. Christian had a look at the latest new releases and the box office top 10.

Aaron Heanue and Scott W looked back at the success so far, nearing the end of the Paralympics. We mentioned many British successes, along with the heroics of former Formula One driver, hand cyclist Alex Zanardi.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Derby Day

This weekend on Between the Lines we were looking at the Old Firm Derby, kicking off at midday and the first with Rangers’ return to the Premiership. Celtic had the upper hand, winning 5-1.

In addition, Manchester United v Manchester City started at 12.30 and Aaron Heanue was watching this with interest. The blue team winning 2-1

Film news kept us busy for the first hour of the show. Christian had a look at the latest new releases and the box office top 10.

We had the latest Paralympic news from Aaron and looked ahead to the afternoon’s action.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Ben Simmons

This weekend on Phoenix FM we were visited by local comedian/writer/actor Ben Simmons. Ben spoke about his work as an entertainer and advised on getting into the business.

A lot of Ben’s time is taken up with writing scripts for pantomime and performing with his father, as the double act Simmons & Simmons. Ben and his dad are going to be performing in pantomime this year in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

More information about Ben is available at . Ben is on Twitter @bensim21.

To listen to the interview again, please click below:-

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British Grand Prix and Wimbledon

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the women’s final at Wimbledon, starting as the week’s show ended. Aaron Heanue and Scott W also previewed the men’s final and discussed the possibility of another home win for Andy Murray.

The Euro final between France and Portugal was also a major talking point for Aaron and Scott.

Film news kept us busy for the first hour of the show. Christian had a look at the latest new releases and the box office top 10.

The second hour of the show had us looking at qualifying for the British Grand Prix, with us seeing Lewis Hamilton on pole position for his home race.

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In this weekend’s Between the Lines, Aaron Heanue and Scott W kept an eye on all of the sporting action. Looking ahead to Wales and their match against Portugal, the team were wishing the principality well and in honour played the Manic Street Preachers with Together Stronger.

Christian Haywood gave us the latest film news for the first hour of the show, looking at the box office top 10 and reviewing the week’s new releases including Absolutely Fabulous.

Aaron and Scott looked ahead to the Austrian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton on pole for the race at the Red Bull Ring.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2 for Between the Lines.

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Rebecca Druce

This weekend on Between the Lines Rebecca Druce came in to the studio to sing three songs for us and to chat about her work and musical influences.


Rebecca sung three of her songs, which are available on iTunes and that can be heard on Spotify:-

Never Learn
You and Me

More information is available from Rebecca’s Twitter account here.

To listen to the interview and three songs, click below/

Rebecca Druce

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The Euros Begin

This weekend on Between the Lines we spent a lot of time looking ahead to the Euros, following France’s debut game and looking ahead to Wales v Slovakia and England v Russia.

The Rugby Union test between England and Australia was featured heavily, with England making history and looking to win a test down under for the first time.

Cricket, with England v Sri Lanka in the test and F1 motor racing with the Canadian Grand Prix were also major talking points.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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The Ultimate Sporting Legend

This weekend on Between the Lines we spent a lot of the show looking back at the life of Muhammed Ali.

Aaron Heanue and Scott W were looking ahead to Euros, with a view to the best outside bets – and there were a few mentions for the Wales team at odds of 80/1!

We had a look at the transfer rumours, with talk of Arsenal’s interest in Jamie Vardy leading the discussions.

Join us next weekend for a look back at the first game of the weekend and a look ahead to the first England match.

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Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue was looking ahead to the weekend’s play off finals, with the football season finishing just over a week before France 2016. We even played the UK number 1 single from this time in 1970 – the England world cup squad with Back Home.

With the England v Sri Lanka cricket test at Chester Le Street, boxing and rugby union we were busy with weekend previews.

In addition we featured the majority of the interupted qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix. For the second weekend in a row a Red Bull made the headlines, with Daniel Ricciardo in pole position (as predicted by Aaron at the start of the session).

The evening’s Champions League final was discussed by the team, with Aaron predicting the closest match for years.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue was looking at the Championship play off semi final between Derby County and Hull City. This ending with the Yorkshire side winning 3-0.

In addition we featured the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, mainly looking at the performance of Red Bull teenager Max Verstappen, qualifying on the 2nd row.

The Europa League final coming up during the week was previewed by Aaron. In addition, we had a look forward to the summer of sport with the Olympics and Euros coming up.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Sky Bet Championship 12:30 Kick-offs

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue had 12 matches in the Championship to keep an eye on, all kicking off at 12:30. In addition, Norwich were sealing their fate in (or out of) the Barclays Premier League, losing 1-0 at home to Manchester United.

The Championship results are as follows:-

Blackburn Rovers 3 – 1 Reading
Cardiff City 1 – 1 Birmingham City
Charlton Athletic 0 – 3 Burnley
Derby County 0 – 1 Ipswich Town
Fulham 1 – 0 Bolton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town 1 – 5 Brentford
Hull City 5 – 1 Rotherham United
Middlesbrough 1 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Milton Keynes Dons 1 – 2 Nottingham Forest
Preston North End 1 – 1 Leeds United
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 0 Bristol City
Wolves 2 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday

Nearing the end of the season, Aaron has already started looking at transfer rumours. We’re also looking ahead to a packed summer of sport, with the Euros and Olympics.

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Russian Grand Prix Weekend

There was no early Premier League match for Aaron Heanue to update us on this weekend, although there was plenty of action to keep us busy.

In the Scottish Premiership, we kept an eye on Hearts v Celtic, with the away side winning 3-1. We also had Bolton v Hull in the Championship, ending in a 1-0 scoreline to the home side. In League One, the Lancashire derby ended as Blackpool 0-4 Wigan Athletic.

We had a look at the qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix – with Nico Rosberg again on pole position after an engine issue for World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Other sports this weekend included snooker, with the World Championship.

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FA Cup Semi-final Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines we had a lot of sport to keep us busy, with the emphasis being on football and the end of the season.

Aafon Heanue kept an eye on the football matches kicking off earlier in the day. The main fixture was:-

Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City.

In the Championship, it was Derby v Sheffield Wednesday, finishing in a 1-1 draw. League One saw Sheffield United v Barnsley, which was goal-less.

In the Scottish Championship we had a 1-1 draw, with Rangers v Alloa Athletic.

Aaron and Scott W looked ahead to the local fixtures at the end of season in the Ryman Premier – Billericay beating Wingate & Finchley 4-0 and Brentwood sealing their drop from the Premier division with a 3-0 loss at Farnborough.

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Chinese Grand Prix Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines we had 5 league football matches to keep us occupied for the show.

The first game we looked at was between Hibernian and Dundee United in the Scottish FA Cup. The first of the weekend’s semi-finals going to extra-time and then penalties. In the end, the Edinburgh side won 4-2 on penalties.

In the Football League, we had updates from Bolton v Middlesbrough, which kicked off at 12:30 and finished with the away side winning 2-1.

In the Premier League, Aaron Heanue kept an eye on the match between Norwich and Sunderland, finishing with the away side winning 3-0. The two other fixtures were local derby matches, Chesterfield 0-3 Sheffield United and Mansfield 5-0 Notts County.

We looked at all other sport for the weekend, including qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix (with Lewis Hamilton at the back of the grid) and looked ahead to the World Snooker Championship.

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West Ham’s Last London Derby at Upton Park

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the Grand National, with the race starting an hour later that previous years, at 5.15.

Aaron Heanue had plenty of football action to keep him occupied with two 12.30 kick-offs.

In the Championship, the full time score in the Lancashire v Yorkshire match was Burnley 1-0 Leeds. In Scotland we had an exciting game between Motherwell and Celtic. This match having everything, including a missed penalty and ending Motherwell 1-2 Celtic.

The early kick-off in the Premier League was at West Ham. Their last match against a London side at their current home had the Hammers down by 2 goals when Andy Carroll started the first of three goals close to half time, going in 2-2 at the break. The match ending West Ham 3-3 Arsenal.

We also looked back at Lochlan Bearman’s first weekend of car racing, as the Phoenix FM sponsored driver came 9th in his first race and 6th in the second after some very promising driving, especially considering the 14 year old was up against far more experienced drivers 3 years older than him.

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Block 33 – live in session

Click below to listen to the whole interview and session:

Hertford band BLOCK 33 took a short trip around the M25 today to visit Phoenix FM for a debut interview and session.

2016-04-22 Block 33 (Aaron Heanue)


Photo: @Aaron_Heanue

Dan, Matt, Jack and Steve visited Steve Robertson’s Between The Lines show to talk about how they got together, recent recordings and gigs, and also to play three songs live which you can hear again below:

Their debut album “In The Eye Of A Hurricane” is out now. You can buy this, or just keep an ear on what the band are up to, by visiting their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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FA Cup Quarter Final Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue looked back on the Reading v Crystal Palace FA Cup Quarter Final match between Reading and Crystal Palace. This match saw the South London side qualify for the Wembley semi final.

Aaron kept us up to date with the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich and Manchester City, ending in a 0-0 draw but an exciting match nevertheless. The other games Aaron kept an eye on were Partick Thistle 1-2 Celtic and Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Leeds.

We looked ahead to the Formula 1 season, starting in a week’s time, and kept an eye across all sport.

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Marcella Detroit Speaks to Phoenix FM

This weekend on Between the Lines, Steve Robertson spoke to former Shakespeare’s Sister member Marcella Detroit.

Marcella spoke about her latest album, Gray Matterz, along with her upcoming EP which is released later this month.

Most remembered for spending 8 weeks at number one with the Shakespeare’s Sister song Stay, Marcella told us about some of the songs she’s been involved in – including writing and appearing on some of Eric Clapton’s biggest hits, along with her work on a recent Belgian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Click below to listen again to the interview and you will also find out why Marcella might be swapping the L.A sun for a move back to the UK sometime soon.

Interview with Marcella Detroit

To find out more about Marcella’s recent work, visit her website at

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West Ham Winning Run Continues

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue kept an eye on the football action, with things hotting up in the Premier League he was watching West Ham beat Sunderland by a goal to nil. Aaron also kept an eye on the Wolves win over Derby in the midlands match, with East v West.

We looked ahead to the local games. Colchester United drawing against Shrewsbury Town, Dagenham & Redbridge losing at home to Yeovil, Leyton Orient beating Crawley Town 2-0 and looking back at Southend’s Friday evening loss at Port Vale.

In the Ryman League we looked ahead to Brentwood’s visit to Burgess Hill Town, finishing 1-1.

All this, along with the sort of music you expect from Phoenix FM, travel news and the events guide.

Join us every Saturday from midday for Between the Lines.

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Superbike Challenge

This weekend on Between the Lines we were joined by Scott Cooper to talk about the Superbike Challenge.

The Superbike Challenge is an online game, with a win for every round of the British Superbike championship. The game itself is one of skill, testing players’ knowledge of the British Superbike Championship.

Scott told us about the prediction game, how people can get involved and the prizes that can be won for each race. The beauty of this game is that you don’t need to predict the results for the whole season, as prizes are based on predictions for each race.

To listen to the interview again, click below

All the details of the game, which is free to enter, are available at

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Mid February Blues (and Reds)

This weekend on Between the Lines Mitchell Young and Aaron Heanue joined us in the studio and kept an eye on all the sporting action. Mitchell was due to travel to Bognor Regis for the match involving Brentwood Town, until the match was postponed. Both Aaron and Mitchell looked at the early kick-off matches, including Manchester United losing to Sunderland and QPR v Fulham.

In other sport, we looked ahead to the rugby 6 nations games for the weekend, had a look at the new F1 tyre regulations and the driver changes for the year. We also kept an eye on the team news for the 3pk kick-offs.

Join us this coming Saturday from midday for Between the Lines.

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FA Cup 4th Round

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue looked ahead to the closing of the transfer window, with the latest rumours. Aaron also covered tennis as Jamie Murray was playing the doubles final of the Australian open a day before his brother contested the singles final. As it was FA cup 4th round weekend, we had Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur as our featured game.

Mitchell Young gave us a preview on Merstham v Brentwood Town, looking for the first Brentwood Town win of the year.

All this, along with the sort of music you expect from Phoenix FM, travel news and the events guide.

Join us every Saturday from midday for Between the Lines.

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Jonathan Robinson

This weekend on Between the Lines we are joined by Jonathan Robinson.

Jonathan Robinson

With a career as a helicopter pilot and instructor, Jonathan was convicted of stealing from his employer and spent 4 months in prison. He wrote about his experience in his first book, In It.

Jonathan wrote a second book, On It, about his experiences on leaving prison and now dedicates most of his time to prison reform.

Jonathan told us about his experiences and you can listen to the interview by clicking below.

Jonathan’s website is at

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FA Cup Round 3

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue kept us up to date with the early kick off in the FA cup, seeing Wycombe Wanderers and Aston Villa drawing 1-1.

We brought news of the fixtures falling victim to the weather, including Both Brentwood and Billericay’s games.

Aaron kept us up to date with all the transfer news and we looked ahead to the 3pm kick-offs in the FA Cup and football league.

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First Between the Lines of 2016

Mitchell Young spoke about Brentwood Town’s fortunes for 2016 heading into the first match of the year, against Enfield Town, with new manager Mike Flanagan ready for the challenge.

Aaron Heanue kept us up to date with West Ham v Liverpool and the Dundee derby in the Scottish Premiership.

Spoke about highlights of the year – Aaron talking about Diego Costa in Chelsea v Arsenal. Mitchell talking about the Brentwood and Southend United’s promotion. I mentioned Lochlan Bearman coming down and announcing his change to cars this year. Also Davis Cup win.

Looking ahead to West Ham in the Olympic stadium, we also looked ahead to potential highlights of the year with Euro 2016 in France and the Olympics in Brazil being the obvious talking points for the summer to come.

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Post Mourinho Chelsea

This weekend on the last Between the Lines of the year Aaron Heanue was looking back on the career so far of the former Chelsea manager. Aaron also brought us the news that Gus Hiddink had taken the reigns of the club until the end of the season.

During the show we also brought the sad news that Jimmy Hill had died.

As far as other football was concerned, we had a look back at Friday evening’s match between Southend and Bury, with the Essex side winning by 4 goals to 1. We also looked ahead to Brentwood’s trip to Surrey with Mitchell Young popping into the studio on the way to Leatherhead.

Join us in the new year, every Saturday from midday to 2pm.

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FA Cup 2nd Round Saturday

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue was keeping an eye on the two early kick-off games, between Dundee & Aberdeen and Stoke City v Manchester City.

With the FA Cup 2nd round matches kicking off, there wasn’t much in terms of local league action, although the cup brought us Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe to look forward to at 3pm.

We had a look at the latest news in the world of motorsport, where Renault announced they have taken over the Lotus F1 team and Red Bull said they have come to an engine agreement with Renault.

We looked ahead to the evening kick-off in the Premier League, as Bournemouth beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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Davis Cup and end of the F1 Season

This weekend on Between the Lines we didn’t have a Premier League match for Aaron Heanue to update us on, but there was plenty of action elsewhere. Aaron looked at the last matches in the Davis cup, along with qualifying in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mitchell Young was in the studio with us, on his way to Suffolk for Brentwood Town v Needham Market. Brentwood losing 4-0 in this match. Aaron and Mitchell also kept an eye across the world of football, with the latest coming and goings in football management, including up the A12 at Colchester United.

All this, along with the sort of music you expect from Phoenix FM, travel news and the events guide.

Join us every Saturday from midday for Between the Lines.

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Lochlan Bearman talks about his plans for next year

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Champion racing driver Lochlan Bearman visited Phoenix FM the studios this week to talk about his title-winning season and his step up for next year.

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13 year old Lochlan visited with his father John and team boss Gary Cooper from Cooper Motorsport.

Phoenix FM has been sponsoring Lochlan for two years, in which time he has won a number of awards, including winning the Rotax Minimax Championship in 2014 and 2015.

Lochlan announced on Steve Robertson’s “Between the Lines” sports show that he will be competing in the Fiesta Junior Championship next year, turning up to the studio with the very car they will be racing!

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Lochlan will be racing at top circuits in the UK in a campaign that will run from April next year. Some of the circuits Lochlan will be racing on for the first time includes Brands Hatch and Silverstone, with the official race calender being announced in early January.

This is a big step for Lochlan, moving from Minimax Karts but Lochlan, John and Gary are looking forward to the season already and are hungry for success.

Gary is keen to push the academy side of Cooper Motorsport, telling Steve Robertson that he is keen to see Lochlan make the move through to single seaters within the next couple of years.

Steve said, “Lochlan is clearly a real talent and we look forward to continuing to watch his progress next year at the country’s most prestigious racetracks”.

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John added, “It’s an exciting time for us, Lochlan has won four karting Championships and it’s time to step up despite his age. The Fiesta series will be Televised and we are looking for sponsors and partners to join Phoenix FM and Cooper Motorsport and be part of the story to help Lochlan continue his progress”.

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Early November Between the Lines

This weekend on Between the Lines we kept an eye on the early Premier League match between Bournemouth and Newcastle. With all the action from the home side, Newcastle winning 1-0. We also kept an eye on the Yorkshire derby, finishing Huddersfield Town 0-3 Leeds.

Mitchell Young spoke about Brentwood Town’s fortunes, both in the league and cup matches, on his way to see Brentwood travelling to VCD Athetic. Mitchell also gave us a preview for the following weekend’s FA Trophy fixture and journey to Devon, against Bideford Town.

All this, along with the sort of music you expect from Phoenix FM, travel news and the events guide.

Join us every Saturday from midday for Between the Lines.

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Rugby World Cup Final

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the first Mexican Grand Prix since 1992, with Nico Rosberg landing his Mercedes in pole position for the capacity crowd.

We kept an eye on the early Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool. The London side losing 3-1.

Aaron Heanue also looked ahead to the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia.

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Didcot v Brentwood Previewed

This weekend on Between the Lines we spoke to Mitchell Young ahead of one of the biggest games for Brentwood Town in their history. Mitchell was on the players’ coach on the way to Didcot, in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. We spoke to Mitchell on the way to the game and even had time to speak to a couple of the players.

As well as looking at the other local sides and games around the leagues we kept an eye on the weather for the US Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton looking to win with his team mate Rosberg finishing second to seal the British driver’s third world championship.

In addition we kept an eye across all sports with a Ruby World Cup semi final preview and an eye on the latest cricket news.

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British Touring Car Championship Final Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to Brentwood Town’s FA Cup 3rd qualifying round away to Hoddesdon, with Mitchell Young representing Phoenix FM on his trip to Hertfordshire, and again for the productive replay on Tuesday at the Brentwood Arena.

Aaron Heanue kept an eye on the qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg on pole but having the bad luck of his Mercedes breaking down early in the race and seeing his chances of becoming World Champion this year dwindling.

We also looked ahead to the final three races of the British Touring Car Championship, travelling to Brands Hatch and seeing Gordon Shedden seal his 2nd championship.

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The Tall Poppies live on Phoenix FM

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Click here to hear the whole interview and session:

It was great to welcome Catherine Hay and Susan Shoobert from The Tall Poppies into the studio today for a chat and some music.

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Catherine and Susan are twins, originally from Perth, Australia but now residing just down the A12 in East London. They told us about their music and influences, and also gave us FOUR live tracks which you can see and hear again below:

If you want to keep up to date with releases and gigs then keep an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Heading into October

On this week’s Been the Lines Aaron Heanue updated us on the Championship match between Wolves and Huddersfield, with the home side winning 3-0. Fifteen minutes later the kick off at Selhurst Park seeing Crystal Palace beating West Brom 2-0.

Mitchell Young had a look at the Ryman fixtures for the weekend on his way to the afternoon’s featured match between Canvey Island and Brentwood. The match finished with the home side beating Brentwood by a lone goal.

We had the latest update from Lochlan Bearman as the young kart racer heads to the end of the season and we looked ahead to the Rugby World Cup crunch match between England and Australia.

Join the team every Saturday for the local sport previews from midday.

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Singapore Grand Prix

This weekend on Between the Lines we kept an eye on the early kick off in the Premier League between Chelsea and Arsenal. Aaron Heanue also kept an eye on the Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.

We previewed the Ryman Premier match, with Brentwood travelling to Lewes and winning 5-1.

We looked ahead to qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton only managing a 3rd row grid position.

All this coupled with the latest travel updates and the music Phoenix FM is famous for.

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Southend United’s First Win of the Season

This weekend on Between the Lines Harriet Ivie and Aaron Heanue were watching Southend United v Peterborough in the early kick off in League One, with the final whistle being blown before the end of the match and Southend winning 2-1.

Aaron also looked ahead to England’s European qualifier away to San Marino. In addition, we had news of qualifying in F1 for the classic Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with Lewis Hamilton sealing another top spot as he secured yet another pole position.

As always, the emphasis was on local sides as Aaron looked ahead to thr Ryman League action, with Brentwood Town hammering Staines Town.

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Belgian Grand Prix

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue gave news on the Ashes series, looking ahead to the final test. This along with the Athletics World Championships, latest football transfer news and then live qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

As always, the emphasis was on local sides as Aaron looked ahead to the day’s football action but the first match featured kicked of at the start of the show, with Dundee United losing to Celtic. Also looking at the Premier League action, through to the Ryman fixtures.

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A Week Before the Start of the Football Season

This weekend on Between the Lines Mitchell Young joined us in the studio with his look ahead to the new football season. As always, the emphasis was on local sides as he previewed the season for Brentwood in the Ryman Premier, along with Billericay. Mitchell also looked at league action and the fortunes of Southend, Colchester, Leyton Orient and Dagenham in the league.

We also spoke with Mitchell about the speedway season for Lakeside Hammers, as they neared the end of their campaign. On top of this, the latest news on Phoenix FM cart champion Lochlan Bearman.

It was also the very start of the Scottish football season with us featuring Celtic v Ross County.

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Rowan Bailey – Ginetta Junior Racing Driver

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Rowan Bailey

We spoke to racing driver Rowan Bailey this weekend on Between the Lines. Rowan gave us an insight to the BTCC support series for 14-17 year olds, having raced since the age of 9 (in carts).

At just 16 years old, Rowan has ambition to work his way to a BTCC or even Formula One seat and to pass his driving test first time.

Click below to listen again to the interview:-



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It’s the Middle of Wimbledon

This weekend on Between the Lines we followed the qualifying session for this year’s British Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton pipping his team mate, Nico Rosberg, to pole position.

Aaron Heanue kept an eye on the transfer rumours and confirmations for the coming football season. Aaron also had a look at the fixtures coming up. Aaron also updated us with the latest from SW19, at the middle point of Wimbledon fortnight. Aaron also gave us the latest cricket news leading up to the Ashes.

We featured this year’s Sports Fest from the Brentwood Centre as it happened, with interviews coming from the various sports and activities featuring at the festival. Locally we also had an update of Lochlan Bearman’s latest race.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2PM

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Formula E Finale

This weekend on Between the Lines we kept an eye on the qualifying sessions for the first if the weekend’s street racing around Battersea Park in Formula E. Aaron Heanue also updated us with the latest in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, along with the latest transfer news in the men’s game.

We also previewed the season ahead for the local football sides and looked ahead to Wimbledon fortnight.

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Football Fixture Lists Announced and Chatting to James from Big Bold Productions

This weekend on Between the Lines, Aaron Heanue gave us the low-down on the latest transfer news – the biggest news breaking as the show started and Joe Gomez signed for Liverpool from Charlton for £3.5m.

Aaron also had a look at the fixture list for the coming season, which is a matter of weeks away and brought the news that Scottish fixtures will start on the 1st of August.

We kept an eye on other sport, with the Austrian Grand Prix keeping us busy and had the latest update from Phoenix FM sponsored karter Lochlan Bearman. All this and the biggest news out of Ascot.

In addition to this, James joined us on the phone from Big Bold Productions talking of his plans for Big Bold Theatre and Big Bold Youth, with their aim of branching out to the home counties.

To listen to the interview with James, click below:-



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Le Mans 2015 Starts

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue had his eyes across many sports, with the Women’s World Cup match between England and Mexico taking place in the evening along with England v Slovenia in the men’s qualifier the following day. Aaron also previewed the Le Mans 24 Hour race, looking to be a straight fight between Porsche and Audi with the event starting at 2pm.

We brought news from the Brentwood Strawberry Fair, including an interview with the president of Old Brentwoods Rugby club, talking to us about the acorns – for children up to 14.

Phoenix FM’s newest presenter, Sonny Jay, was also with us and gave us a preview of his new show on Phoenix, which starts at 10pm this coming Friday.

Aaron also took our regular summer look at the transfer news of the past few days.

Locally we updated the news on a busy week for Brentwood Town and Barry Corr leaving Southend United.

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French Open Final Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines Aaron Heanue kept an eye on Andy Murray’s semi final in the French Open tennis, running into its 2nd day. We brought the news that Novak Djokovic won, with domination in the final set. In addition Ronnie O’Sullivan gave his views on Murray’s ability to move on from this defeat, likening the situation to Lewis Hamilton’s loss of the Monaco Grand Prix and the fact this is the number one priority in any individual sport.

We had plenty to keep us busy, looking ahead to two big events in Canada with the Women’s football World Cup, in a week where events off the pitch had been making headlines. We also looked to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton looking favourite going before qualifying. We also mentioned the penultimate round of the Formula E championship in Moscow, with the final round in London’s Battersea Park at the end of the month.

Aaron also previewed the Champions League Final and news of the Epsom Derby. We also took our regular summer look at the transfer news of the past few days.

Locally we updated the news on a busy week for Brentwood Town and Barry Corr leaving Southend United.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm.

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Getting Near the End of the Premier League Season

This weekend on Between the Lines Mitchell Young looked back at the Ryman League D1N final between Brentwood and Thurrock, seeing Brentwood on a 5 goal rout as they sealed their place in the Ryman Premier.

Aaron Heanue kept an eye on qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton lost out to team mate Nico Rosberg.

Aaron also updated us on the important match for Sunderland as they beat Everton.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm for Between the Lines.

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Brentwood Town – Ready for the Play Off Final

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the Ryman League D1N final between Brentwood and Thurrock with Mitchell Young. The winner of this match going on to the Ryman Premier.

Aaron Heanue kept an eye on the last day of the Sky Bet Championship with all matches kicking off at 12:15. With the Blackpool v Huddersfield match being abandoned due to a crowd protest, things didn’t turn out as expected for the finale of the season just below the Premier League.

Aaron also gave Antonia Jones updates on the Premier League match between Leicester and Newcastle and looked ahead to the weekend sport with Southend aiming for automatic promotion away to Morecambe and looking ahead to the boxing match of the century.

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Easter Weekend

This weekend on Between the Lines we had 4 football matches to keep us occupied. Aaron Heanue updated us on the League One matches between Barnsley and Sheffield United and Swindon Town v Milton Keynes Dons. The action then turned to the Premier League with Arsenal beating Liverpool in North London. In the Ryman League Division One South the early kick off saw Guernsey beat Sittingbourne 3-0.

Mitchell Young had a look at the Ryman fixtures for the weekend on his way to the afternoon’s featured match between Romford and Brentwood.

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Scottish FA Cup 5th Round

This weekend on Between the Lines we started with the early kick-off in the Scottish FA Cup, with Celtic winning at Dundee 2-0. We also kept an eye on the North London Derby and although Arsenal drew first blood, Spurs ended up winning at home 2-1. The third early kick-off saw Burgess Hill Town beat Guernsey 3-0.

Aaron Heanue looked back at an successful start to the 6 Nations Championship, with England beating Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Mitchell Young previewed the main featured match for the afternoon, with Brentwood Town at home to Waltham Abbey.

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End of January – Australian Open Tennis

This weekend on Between the Lines we had 3 matches to occupy us, along with looking ahead to the rest of the weekend sport and back at an already eventful couple of days.

With Andy Murray through to the final of the Australian Open, we had the news of Serena Williams winning the ladies’ event. We also looked forward to what Sunday morning could bring for the Scottish player.

Other events we featured included the Superbowl, and our regular look ahead to the day’s sport.

Aaron Heanue brought us news from Hull City v Newcastle United in the Premier League, turning out to be a successful trip for the away side winning by 3 goals to nil. He also brought news from the Championship with Middlesbrough winning at Brentford and Leeds winning away to Huddersfield.

As the show finished snow was settling across the Brentwood Centre but the Brentwood match survived the weather.

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Lochlan Bearman Ambitions and Sponsorship

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Lochlan Bearman

This weekend we spoke to Lochman and John Bearman over the phone.

Lochlan, fresh from his season-opening near perfect weekend in the first round of the Hints Kart Racing Championship, explained to us how happy he was with his showing in the Minimax category.

Lochlan’s father, John, gave us a further update on their ambitions for the season as Lochlan is looking to race in Europe this season or compete in the UK National Televised series. The important thing is for the team to arrange sponsorship to help with the cost of running the car, accommodation and travel costs.

As a sponsor you would be able to assist in Lochlan’s journey, supporting the talented driver in his career and being part of his story. On top of this, with the televised series you would have the media exposure thatr this brings.

For more details on the plans and what is involved with sponsorship, the email address is

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Saturday Premier League Action

This weekend on Between the Lines we kept an eye on the match postponements, Brentwood’s match against Needham Market cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. As usual, we previewed the day’s fixtures with an eye on the local matches across the leagues.

In addition, looking ahead to the Premier League matches of the weekend, with Chelsea and Manchester City almost as close as possible at the top of the league.

As always we had the travel updates on both road and rail and as usual had a look at the events guide for the next few weeks.

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FA Cup 3rd Round

This weekend on Between the Lines we kept an eye on the match postponements, with both Brentwood and Billericay’s matches being cancelled due to waterlogged pitches. Every match in the Ryman Premier League was postponed. There was also concern with Southend fans travelling to Northampton having to wait on a late pitch inspection before the match was confirmed as definitely taking place.

During the show we had updates from Aaron Heanue, keeping an eye on the early kick-off Scottish Championship match between Hearts and Hibs. The Edinburgh derby ending in a 1-1 draw.

We looked back to the first of the FA Cup 3rd round games, with Colchester losing 3-1 at Cardiff. We then looked ahead to the pick of the 3rd round games, with 17 matches starting from 3pm, and more fixtures keeping us entertained going through to Tuesday.

As we had a lot of rain, we were kept busy with travel updates on both road and rail and as usual had a look at the events guide for the next few weeks.

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Last Between the Lines of the Year

This weekend on Between the lines we looked back at the Boxing Day football action and ahead to the Sunday fixtures across the festive period. On top of this, Aaron Heanue provided updates on the Scottish Championship match between Hibernian and Rangers, ending with the Edinburgh side winning 4-0.

News broke during the show that Neil Warnock had been sacked as the manager of Crystal Palace, sparking discussion of the next potential boss at the South London side.

As usual, we played the sort of music you would expect from Phoenix FM, along with regular travel updates and looks at the events guide.

Between the Lines, every Saturday from midday to 2pm on Phoenix FM.

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Lochlan Bearman Brings his Trophy to Phoenix FM

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Lochlan and John Bearman

We spoke to the Phoenix FM sponsored racing driver at the start of the season and Lochlan Bearman has come back to Phoenix FM as the Whilton Mill MiniMax Champion.

It was great to catch up with Lochlan and his father, John, after a busy season for the 12 year old who is gaining experience year on year.

We spoke about the last year and Lochlan’s plans for the year ahead, along with finding out what inspires him and where he sees himself in the next few years.

To listen again to the interview in full, click below.


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East Beach Dave

We had live music in the studio this Saturday, courtesy of Essex based singer East Beach Dave. Dave gave us three songs on this weekend’s show, chatting about how he became a singer, something he has been doing as his main occupation for just the past 2 years.

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East Beach Dave

Dave had time to chat to us about him musical loves and the range of music he sings locally, which includes some Ska, Funk, Swing, Reggae and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

To find out more about Dave and to see videos of him in action, visit his website at

To listen again to the interview, along with the three songs Dave sung for us, click the links below.



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Last Weekend of the F1 Season

In this weekend’s Between the Lines we looked at the final qualifying session of this year’s Formula One season, with Lewis Hamilton missing out on pole position to his team mate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg.

As always we previewed the weekend’s football, thankfully with very little news of postponements considering the weather for the weekend. On top of this we this Sunday’s fixture at the Brentwood Centre for the Leopards, against Bedford Dragons.

We also kept an eye on the local travel news, the local events for Brentwood and Billericay and played the usual music you would associate with Phoenix FM.

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FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round and England v Slovenia

Another busy show concentrating on the start of a football Saturday, with an international break and a preview of the England v Slovenia match with Aaron Heanue. Also keeping an eye on the match between Plymouth and Portsmouth, with the home side winning 3-0.

Updating the travel news, keeping an eye on the local events and playing the usual mix of music you get from Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon. We also looked ahead to next weekend’s title showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with the possibility of the controversial double points deciding the world champion. In other forms of motorsport, we had an update on the latest from Phoenix FM sponsored karter, Lochlan Bearman.

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Looking Ahead to Half Term

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked at the weekend’s local football fixtures, with Billericay drawing at home to Peacehaven & Telscombe and Brentwood taking 3 points from their visit to Soham.

During the show we had updates from Aaron Heanue, keeping an eye on the early kick-off between Manchester City and West Ham. With the London side winning 2-1.

Looking ahead to the half-term holidays, it was a packed events guide as we looked forward to what is going on locally.

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FA Trophy Preliminary Round

This weekend on Between the Lines, Mitchell Young gave us his preview to the big game between in-form Brentwood and Redhill. The match finishing 1-1.

We also looked at updates in the match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League with Aaron Heanue. On top of this, looking ahead to the Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm and never imagining the score of 8-0 between Southampton and Sunderland.

Looking ahead to the day’s local events, updating the travel news and playing Saturday afternoon music on Phoenix, Between the Lines is on every Saturday between midday and 2pm.

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A third helping of Taffy

Click here to listen to the whole session and interview:

It was great to welcome back Taffy – Iris, Koichin, Asano and Ken, along with Fifth Taffy Hiroaki – back to Phoenix FM for their third acoustic session.

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The band are on a UK tour to promote their new album of B-sides and rarities, Plus+++, which is out now on Club AC30. And as ever they popped in to rattle off a few more acoustic numbers, which you can see again below:

If you’re reading this missed the London gig sadly but you can catch them at the Craufard Arms in Milton Keynes on 18th October. And you really should see them live if you can – their music dances between Britpop, psychedelia and fuzzed-up shoegaze and it’s one heck of a show.

You can keep ahead of what the band are up to by following their Facebook and Twitter pages or their official website

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Voss Malone Visits Phoenix FM

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Voss Malone Live

This Saturday on Between the Lines we were joined in the studio by the Chris and Alyrck from Voss Malone. Using a number of instruments the two of them played three songs. You can listen to the whole set by clicking below.

If you want to find out more about the band, their official website is

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Brentwood Air Cadets

We were joined this Saturday by some of Brentwood Air Cadets, as they approach their open day on the 27th of September.

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Brentwood Air Cadets

You can listen to what they had to say about the local squadron, work they do and how you can get involved by clicking the link below:-

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Kate Thomas live on Phoenix FM

Click below to listen to the whole session and interview:

It was great to welcome Kate Thomas back to Brentwood for her first Phoenix FM session. No stranger to the station in recent months, Kate performed for us at Phoenix Fridays and we also caught her after her appearance at this year’s Brentwood Festival too.


As well as having a chat about her music, Kate performed three songs for us live in the studio which you can see again below:

You can find out about Kate’s music by visiting her Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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The FA Cup Begins for Brentwood in August

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the start of the FA Cup, with Mitchell Young. The First Preliminary round reviews. A selection of local scores as follows:-

Aveley 2 – 0 Basildon United
Barkingside 5 – 0 Wivenhoe Town
Bowers & P 1 – 0 Colney Heath
Brentwood T 1 – 0 Potters Bar Town
Burnham R 1 – 3 Hadleigh United
Cheshunt 0 – 1 Thurrock
Codicote 1 – 1 Tilbury
Hertford T 3 – 2 Great Wakering
London Tgrs 2 – 0 FC Clacton
Maldon & T 1 – 2 London Colney
Redbridge 1 – 1 AFC Sudbury
Royston T 2 – 3 Brightlingsea
Saffron Wldn 1 – 1 Welwyn Garden City
Waltham Aby 6 – 3 Cockfosters

As always, we updated the local travel news for another busy Saturday on the roads and rail.

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Start of the Football Season

This weekend on Between the Lines we had a at the fixtures on the first full day of the football season.

We also spoke to John Walford at Brentwood Cricket Club as they have reached the semi finals of the national league cup, playing on 31 August.

Mike Jones gave us the latest from Dagenham & Redbridge, talking of all the new signings as the local club starts its campaign.

Chris Hood had a look at the Ryman fixtures for the weekend. In addition, Mitchell Young looked ahead to the first match of the season for Brentwood Town, at home to Thurrock. You can find Mitchell’s full-time report here.

Join the team every Saturday for the local sport previews from midday.

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End of the Commonwealth Games

It was the last weekend of the Commonwealth Games and we looked back at the event knowing England would finish top of the medal table, already looking ahead to the next games in Australia’s Gold Coast in 4 year’s time.

As usual we had an update on Lochlan Bearman’s progress, the Phoenix FM sponsored racer having the race of his short career last weekend.

We also looked ahead to the following weekend and the start of the Ryman League and Football League season. There will be plenty of previews in next weekend’s show prior to the 3.00 kick-offs.

Join us next Saturday from midday to 2. The new season starts here.

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Commonwealth Games and Hungarian Grand Prix Special

On this weekend’s Between the Lines we brought the latest news from the 20th Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow. With England leading the medal table, very closely followed by Australia the host nation are currently enjoying their third position in the table. We brought news of further medals for England in the Mixed Triathlon, and the first gold medal for Wales in gymnastics.

For another weekend the grand prix qualifying was red-flagged during the session and Lewis Hamilton experienced reliability issues, this time with an engine fire in the first part of qualifying. Hamilton will be starting from the back of the grid and will need an engine and gearbox change.

We also had the local events updates and carried on playing the summer music for a hot Saturday afternoon.

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England Set a Cricket Record and Looking Ahead to the World Cup Final

This Saturday on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the FIFA World Cup 3rd place play off, predicting a win for The Netherlands. We also looked ahead to Sunday’s final, hoping for an exciting match between Germany and Argentina.

We had an update on Minimax karter Lochlan Bearman, facing a tough challenge on Sunday with round 8 of the Hunts Kart racing Club Championship at Kimbolton and Lochlan sitting in 3rd place in the championship.

During the show we also had updates from the 1st test at Trent Bridge between England and India. This day belonged to James Anderson and Joe Root, scoring the highest last wicket pairing in test history as between them they achieved 198.

As usual we updated the travel news and local events, as well as playing the sort of music to coax the sun from the clouds

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MiniMax karter Lochlan Bearman

Phoenix FM is delighted to announce a partnership with 12 year old MiniMax kart rider Lochlan Bearman.


Lochlan is a karting champion who won his first championship when he was just 8 years old, racing at speeds of up to 55mph. Among his recent achievements were victory in the Kimbolton HKRC Championship in December 2013, and 2nd place in the Buckmore Park Championship. He has also been raising money for CLIC Sargent for children with cancer and you can find out more on his JustGiving page.

Lochlan visited us with his father John and spoke about the career he has had in racing since the age of 6, gradually rising through the ranks in karting and reaching a point where he is running out of room for the number of trophies he has. We spoke about the involvement and the money involved in running a race team and what is involved in an average race weekend for Lochlan and John.


We covered the most important things for Lochlan to become successful, his ultimate ambitions and his heroes.

Lochlan will be keeping us updated on their progress through the season. To listen again to the interview, click below.

Team Bearman are always looking for sponsorship offers to help support Lochlan’s campaign – if you’re interested in this please contact John Bearman.

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Looking Ahead to the World Cup

This weekend on Between the Lines we were mainly looking ahead to the biggest football tournament in the world and viewing the chances of England against the best teams on the planet.

We looked ahead to the weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, cricket action with England’s test against Sri Lanka and keeping an eye on the local cricket as well.

As always we kept an eye on the local events for the weekend and played some good music to boot.

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Brentwood Eels Open Age Start Their Season

Today on Between the Lines we spoke to Carl Horsman, the Chairman of Brentwood Eels Rugby League team at the start of their season, playing their first two home matches at King Georges.

Brentwood played North Herts Knights in the 2.30 kick-off, which finished with the home side winning 74-24.

On the show we also looked ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix and kept an eye on all the sport. As always we also looked at the local events across the Bank Holiday weekend.

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LLR Team Essex

LLR Team Essex

LLR Team Essex

On this weekend’s Between the Lines Steve Robertson spoke to Lee Bedingfield from LLRTeamEssex raising money for blood cancers as they cycle around the county. Lee spoke to us about the up and coming events they are featuring in. Last year they cycled from London to Paris and this year they are warming up for the 100 mile Ride London event on 10 August from the Olympic park in Stratford to Surrey.

Lee’s daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia from 9 months. That was 11 years ago and Lee and the team have been raising money for blood cancer research ever since.

To listen again to the interview with Lee, click below.

More information on LLRTeamEssex is available from their website

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Spanish Grand Prix and End of the Premier League Season

On this weekend’s Between the Lines we kept an eye on the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying in the last hour of the show. Another weekend ending with Lewis Hamilton on Pole Position.

Locally we kept an eye on the League One Play-off Semi Final between Peterborough and Leyton Orient, ending with a 1-1 draw. We also looked ahead to the League Two Play-off seeing Southend travel to Burton Albion on Sunday.

With summer just around the corner we also looked ahead to Roy Hodgson’s naming of the England squad, kept up to date with the local events and travel news and played the best of music from the Phoenix FM playlist.

Join us this coming Saturday when we’ll be looking ahead to the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Hull City after bringing all the news from the League Two Play-off Semi Final 2nd leg between Southend and Burton. We’ll also be talking cricket, featuring Brentwood Cricket Club and the start of the national T20 season.

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Baseball and Softball with Essex Redbacks

This weekend on Between the Lines, Mike Jones came along from Essex Redbacks.

Mike talked about the work of the club, which is based at Melbourne Park in Chelmsford and Forest Glade near Barleylands Billericay.

The adult teams are based in Chelmsford, with adult and youth teams in Billericay. Mike explained that competitive action begins from the age of 14 upwards and that equipment and insurance are all covered with membership.

Thanks to Mike for coming in to the studio. He will continue to update us on the success of Essex Redbacks throughout the season.

Mike even found time for some live action outside the studio with Chris Sullivan, with some good action shots taken by Alan Johnson.

Mike and Chris

Mike and Chris

Chris in action

Chris in action

Mike in Action

Mike in Action



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Ryman League Shoot Out

This weekend on Between the Lines we looked ahead to the Ryman League action with Phoenix FM regular, local sports journalist Lee Morgan. As always we covered the local sides, also looking ahead to the play-offs. Final scores as follows:-

Ryman Premier

AFC Hornchurch 1-0 Metropolitan Police
East Thurrock 4-2 Bognor Regis Town
Maidstone United 2-1 Grays Athletic
Wealdstone 2-0 Canvey Island
Wingate & Finchley 5-0 Billericay Town

Bognor Regis, Lowestoft, Kingstonian and Hornchurch go through to the play-off finals.

Ryman North

Aveley 4-2 Waltham Abbey
Brentwood 0-2 Harlow
Cheshunt 1-1 Witham
Dereham 0-0 Burnham Ramblers
Heybridge Swifts 6-1 Redbridge
Maldon & Tiptree 2-1 Ware
Thurrock 1-2 Tilbury
VCD Athletic 6-0 Romford
Waltham Forest 1-3 Soham Town Rangers

This sees Heybridge, Harlow, Witham and Needham Market through to the play offs.

Follow Lee Morgan on Twitter @LeeM_007

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Essex Spartans and a Busy Easter

This weekend on Between The Lines we spoke to Ben from Essex Spartans American Football team about the up and coming events. This included the match against Maidstone on Sunday.

Essex Spartans can be followed on facebook and Twitter. Their website is at

As always we kept an eye on the weekend’s sport, although it was a day off for the local sides as the Football League and Ryman League action took a few days off for Easter as they played on Good Friday and have big matches coming up on Easter Monday.

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Looking at the Weekend’s Sport a Week Before Easter

This weekend on Between The Lines we previewed the weekend’s local football, with the added bonus of a local team playing during the show, with the score finishing at Luton Town 2 – 3 Braintree.

We looked ahead to the FA Cup semi-final, with Arsenal beating Wigan on Penalties.

Ryman League Results:-

Billericay Town 2 – 0 Dulwich Hamlet
Canvey Island 0 – 0 Hendon
Grays Athletic 1 – 1 Wealdstone
Harrow Borough 1 – 2 AFC Hornchurch
Leiston 3 – 1 East Thurrock United

AFC Sudbury 2 – 0 Aveley
Burnham Ramblers 1 – 6 VCD Athletic
Chatham Town 1 – 0 Maldon & Tiptree
Erith & Belvedere 1 – 2 Waltham Forest
Harlow Town 2 – 2 Cheshunt
Redbridge 4 – 0 Wroxham
Romford 1 – 3 Heybridge Swifts
Soham Town Rangers 2 – 3 Thurrock
Tilbury 0 – 2 Needham Market
Waltham Abbey 0 – 2 Barkingside
Ware 4 – 0 Dereham Town
Witham Town 1 – 0 Brentwood Town

Between The Lines. Every Saturday from midday to 2pm.

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Ready for Another Big Scoring Weekend

On this weekend’s Between The Lines, we kept an eye on the early kick off Chelsea v Arsenal and Derby v Nottingham Forest matches, finishing 6-0 and 5-0 respectively. We also kept an eye on the Ryman League South match between Peacehaven & Telscombe and Guernsey, which the home side won 2-0.

Looking ahead to the other league games, we also previewed the Ryman matches involving local sides. A selection of the results as follows:-

Ryman Premier
AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Maidstone United
East Thurrock 6 – 1 Hendon
Hampton & RB 0 – 1 Billericay
Harrow 2 – 0 Canvey Island
Metropolitan Police 1 – 2 Grays

Ryman North
AFC Sudbury 1 – 3 Romford
Aveley 1 – 2 Heybridge
Burnham 1 – 2 Witham
Erith & Belvedere 0 – 2 Harlow
Redbridge 1 – 1 Brentwood
Thurrock 1 – 0 Cheshunt
Tilbury 0 – 1 Maldon & Tiptree
Waltham Forest 0 – 4 Dereham
Wroxham 3 – 4 Chatham

Join us each Saturday from midday, with the build up to all the sport with Eric Hall from 3pm.

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Brentwood Rugby League on Phoenix FM

Last Saturday we spoke to Carl Horsman and some of the team from Brentwood Rugby League FC.

The team is keen to get as many people involved in the club locally as possible and if you’re currently playing Rugby Union during the winter, explained how it is possible to combine playing in both codes.

Listen again to the interview by clicking the below link

We also spoke to some of the players who are of school age and you can listen to this again by clicking the second link above.

We will continue to update you on the latest from Brentwood Rugby League FC in the coming months and are looking forward to welcoming them back in the studio soon.

More information is available from the club website by clicking here.

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Still Bringing in Local Football Scores

This weekend on the Phoenix FM sport show we continued to bring as many local scores as we could. Ryman results (from the surviving matches) as follows:-

Ryman Premier
AFC Hornchurch 4-2 Leiston
Canvey 2-1 Dulwich
Harrow 4-1 Maidstone
Kingstonian 1-4 Hendon
Thamesmead 0-2 Wealdstone

Ryman D1 North
Burnham Ramblers 5-0 Barkingside
Erith 0-4 AFC Sudbury
Wroxham 4-2 Tilbury
Dereham Town 6-1 Maldon

Chris Hood kept us up to date with all the local action.

Join the sport show team every Saturday afternoon from 3-6 for all the action.

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Paul Webb Visits from Brentwood Cricket Club

In another busy sport show we were joined in the studio by Paul Webb, the Chairman of Brentwood Cricket Club. Paul was looking ahead to the Lashings World XI match which takes place at the Old County Ground on Friday 11 July.

Paul Webb from Brentwood Cricket Club

Paul Webb from Brentwood Cricket Club

Paul also updated us on the work of the club. We will again be featuring all of Brentwood’s season on Phoenix FM from April.

To listen to the interview again click below.

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Brentwood Carp Show

This weekend on the Phoenix sport show we were joined by local angler Jimmy Lindsay, along with Nick from Crowsheath Fishery.

Fresh from the Carp Show

Fresh from the Carp Show

It’s been a while since we spoke about fishing on the Phoenix FM sport show and with the Carp Show on at the Brentwood Centre it was a good time to talk generally about the sport with the most participation in the country.

To listen to the interview again please click below.

Interview With Jimmy & Nick Fishing

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Leopards Basketball and West Ham Winning

On this weekend’s sport show, we had Lawrence Brown from the Leopards Basketball team joining us with Nigel Clarke and looking back over the season so far, along with looking forward to today’s home match against Bristol AC Flyers. This match tips off at 3pm.

We also kept an eye on the local fixtures in the Ryman League, at least the ones that survived the weather. Results as follows:-

Ryman League Premier Division
Bognor Regis Town 3 1 East Thurrock United
Bury Town 0 0 Thamesmead Town
Canvey Island 3 2 Wealdstone
Enfield Town 1 0 Cray Wanderers
Grays Athletic 0 1 Maidstone United
Hampton & Richmond 4 0 Carshalton Athletic
Harrow Borough 1 1 Lowestoft Town
Leiston 2 2 Lewes
Margate 2 3 Hendon
Metropolitan Police 2 1 AFC Hornchurch

Ryman League Division One North
AFC Sudbury 4 2 Barkingside
Burnham Ramblers 1 1 Dereham Town
Chatham Town 0 0 Needham Market
Erith & Belvedere 0 0 Wroxham
Harlow Town 5 1 Brentwood Town
Soham Town Rangers 4 1 Waltham Forest

We also kept up to date with the league fixtures, seeing Colchester and Leyton Orient both winning. Southend drawing away from home and Dagenham & Redbridge losing at home to Forest Green Rovers.

The big news in the Premier League was West Ham’s 2-0 win away to Cardiff, following their recent poor run of form.

Join us every Saturday for the Phoenix FM sport show, Between the Lines.

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The FA Cup 3rd Round

It was a mixed day for the local sides in the FA Cup 3rd round. Full results as follows:-

Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City
Crawley Town P-P Bristol Rovers
Bournemouth P-P Burton Albion
Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield United
Barnsley 1-2 Coventry City
Bolton 2-1 Blackpool
Brighton 1-0 Reading
Bristol City 1-1 Watford
Charlton P-P Oxford United
Doncaster Rovers 2-3 Stevenage
Everton 4-0 QPR
Grimsby Town 2-3 Huddersfield
Ipswich 1-1 Preston
Kidderminster 0-0 Peteborough
Macclesfield 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough 0-2 Hull City
Newcastle United 1-2 Cardiff City
Norwich City 1-1 Fulham
Rochdale 2-0 Leeds United
Southampton 4-3 Burnley
Southend United 4-1 Millwall
Stoke City 2-1 Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace
Wigan Athletic 3-3 MK Dons
Yeovil Town 4-0 Leyton Orient
Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

The scores were coming in thick and fast in all the matches, with real interest in the Southampton v Burnley game and respect to MK Dons, earning a home replay to Wigan in the 6 goal thriller. Cardiff’s first match under new management saw them take the spoils and entry into the 4th round at St James’ Park.

The match that had us talking most was the game at Roots Hall. Floodlight failure and late threats of abandoning the game due to the weather didn’t stop Southend beating opposition from 2 leagues above in the match which ended after the Arsenal SPurs match started.

Leyton Orient didn’t manage to grab any headlines at Yeovil.

The Ryman League programme had very few fixtures surviving the weather, but both Brentwood and Billericay didn’t come home empty handed as they earnt hard fought draws.

Maidstone United 1-1 Hendon
Thamesmead Town 3-3 Billericay Town

Dereham Town 2-2 Brentwood Town
Soham Town Rangers 4-1 Redbridge

Join the team every Saturday from 3pm for the latest in local sport and follow us during the week on Twitter @PhoenixFMSport.

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Only the Football League Gets a Break This Time of Year

On this weekend’s sport show, we looked back on another day of wasted opportunities for England in the Ashes series.

Although there was no Football League action, we concentrated on the Ryman League and the Premier League matches, getting updated scores throughout the afternoon.

Results as follows:-

Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa 1 1 Swansea City
Cardiff City 2 2 Sunderland
Hull City 6 0 Fulham
Manchester City 1 0       Crystal Palace
Norwich City 0 1 Manchester United
West Ham United 3 3       West Bromwich Albion

Skrill Premier
Braintree Town 2 0 Tamworth

The Skrill South match between Concord Rangers and Chelmsford City was postponed due to a power cut before the match. The referee called the match off as he wasn’t confident that the standby generator would be able to last the course of the game.

Ryman League Premier Division
Billericay Town P P Maidstone United
Bury Town 3 2 AFC Hornchurch
Carshalton Ath 1 3 Bognor Regis Town
Cray Wanderers 0 6 Dulwich Hamlet
Grays Athletic P P Wingate & Finchley
Hendon 3 1 Leiston
Kingstonian 2 2 Harrow Borough
Lewes 2 2 East Thurrock United
Lowestoft Town 2 1 Canvey Island
Margate 1 0 Enfield Town
Met Police 3 1 Thamesmead Town
Wealdstone 1 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Ryman League Division One North
AFC Sudbury 1 1 Maldon & Tiptree
Brentwood Town 2 1 Barkingside
Burnham Ramb 3 1 Tilbury
Chatham Town 1 2 Aveley
Cheshunt 0 1 Soham Town Rangers
Harlow Town 1 1 Thurrock
Heybridge Swfts 3 1 Ware
Romford         P P Erith & Belvedere
VCD Athletic 2 0 Waltham Abbey
Witham Town P P Dereham Town
Wroxham (0) 0 1 Waltham Forest

Join us next week for more news from the local sporting scene, as the scores come in.

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Every Nearer to Christmas Local Sport

Another busy sport show with updates on the following:

Chelmsford City 0-0 Hayes & Yeading United
AFC Hornchurch 3-2 Margate
East Thurrock United 2-2 Billericay Town
Erith & Belvedere 2-4 Brentwood Town
Waltham Forest 0-4 Romford

So Brentwood, in beating Erith & Belvedere managed to climb out of the relegation zone in the Ryman D1N by a point.romford also had a good day, finishing 17th.
In the Ryman Premier, AFC Hornchurch remain top wuth a 2 point lead. Billericay are sitting in 11th.

Local League action :-
Bradford City 1-1 Leyton Orient
Colchester United 0-4 Notts County
OXford United 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Torquay United 1-0 Southend United

Join us every week from 3-6 for Between the Lines.

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England out of the Rugby League World Cup

This weekend on the Phoenix FM sport show we started with the Rugby League World Cup semi-final result of New Zealand 20-18 England

In football, we featured all the local non-league action including:-

Billericay Town 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Brentwood Town 2-2 Redbridge
Braintree 1-0 Halifax Town
chelmsford City 0-4 Dover Athletic

Local League Club Results:-

Preston North End 1-1 Colchester United
Swindon Town 1-3 Leyton Orient
Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Southend United 2-1 York City

Join us this Saturday for the usual mix of music, along with news and travel updates.

Between the Lines. 3-6 on Phoenix FM

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FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

In this weekend’s Between The Lines we covered the results from local sides in the FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round. Including the following final scores:-
Bury Town 5 – 1 Grays Athletic
Chelmsford City 1 – 2 St Albans City
Dulwich Hamlet 1 – 1 Concord Rangers
East Thurrock United 4 – 2 Merthyr Town

In the Skrill Premier it finished:-
Alfreton Town 3 – 1 Braintree Town

Ryman League Results:-
Hornchurch 0 – 0 Kingstonian
Leiston 2 – 2 Billericay
Metropolitan Police 0 – 1 Canvey
Waltham Forest 3 – 3  Brentwood Town
Wroxham 3 – 2 Romford

And with no Premier League or Championship action so we concentrated on the following local league games:-
Colchester 1 – 2 Swindon
Leyton Orient 0 – 1 Preston North End
Dagenham & Redbridge 2 – 0 Burton Albion
Exeter City 0 – 2 Southend

We also featured the latest from the Brentwood Sunday League with Roger Johnson.

Between the Lines, every Saturday afternoon from 3-6 on Phoenix FM

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FA Cup 1st Round

Keeping an eye on the local sides in the first round of the FA Cup on the sport show from 3 it was a day of mixed fortunes for the Essex sides.

Braintree Town earned a replay and a trip to Wales after drawing 1-1 with Newport County. Dagenham & Redbridge lost 3-0 away to Bristol City. Colchester United lost at home to Sheffield United. Leyton Orient beat Southport 5-2 and Southend won 3-0 at Morecambe.

Brentwood and Billericay’s matches were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

We also had our regular Brentwood Sunday League updates from Roger Johnson.

Between the Lines, every Saturday afternoon from 3-6.

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At the Formula Ford Festival with Straight Talking Events

Phoenix FM had the pleasure of visiting The Straight Talking Events Hospitality Suite for this year’s Formula Ford Festival.

We spoke to the first ever winner of a Formula Ford race, Ray Allen. Ray spoke about his motor racing career which was across various single-seater formulas and included Formula Atlantic and Formula 5000. Ray then went on to have a long career as a racing instructor, eventually retiring from “sitting in the wrong seat” in 2009.

To listen to the interview with Ray click below.

Phoenix FM Interview With Ray Allen (stever) 271013

After chatting to Ray, we spoke to Tony Trimmer. Still racing at the age of 70 Tony has competed at various levels and wins include the famous Monaco Grand Prix Formula 3 support race, receiving the winner’s trophy from Princess Grace. Tony also raced in Formula 1, becoming the first winner of the British F1 championship which was run in the 1970s.

To listen to Tony’s interview click below.

Phoenix FM Interview With Tony Trimmer (stever) 271013

Thanks again to all the staff from Straight Talking Events. For more information on the best way to view racing at the famous Brands Hatch circuit visit

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FA Trophy First Qualifying Round

Another busy sport show and it was the FA Trophy that kept us on our toes. Results included:-

Eastbourne 0 – 0 East Thurrock
Grays 1 – 1 Herne Bay
Guernsey 1 – 2 Billericay
Hemel Hempstead 3 – 2 AFC Hornchurch
Heybridge Swifts 1 – 2 Canvey Island
Hythe Town 3 – 1 Tilbury
Maldon & Tiptree 1 – 3 Maidstone

Join us on Between the Lines, every Saturday from 3-6.

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Local Sport all the Way

Because of the international break, where England did the business against Montenegro, no top league action meant we could rely on local sides’ performance for this weekend’s sport show.

Updates from the games included:-

League One
Colchester 1 – 1 Walsall
Leyton Orient 2 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons
(Orient preserving their unbeaten record)

League Two
Burton Albion 0 – 1 Southend United
(With Southend scoring the goal in the last minute)
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 – 2 Cheltenham Town

Skrill Premier
Nuneaton 1 – 1 Braintree

Ryman Premier
Enfield 1 – 2 Billericay

Ryman D1 North
Aveley 1 – 2 Waltham Forest
Barkingside 2 – 4 Maldon & Tiptree
Brentwood 1 – 2 Tilbury
Burnham 2 – 2 Soham
Romford 2 – 3 Witham
Wroxham 2 – 3 Thurrock

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
(With the winners just one step from the 1st round proper)
Hornchurch 6 – 1 Wealdstone
Bromley 1 – 2 Heybridge
Canvey 2 – 1 North Greenford

We also updated the action from the Brentwood Sunday League, kept an eye on all the rugby action and previewed the Japanese Grand Prix.

Join us every Saturday from 3-6.

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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


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


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?


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


7.44pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


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.

1 – Billericay v Leiston Preview

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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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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

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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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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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.

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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



Division Two

Billericay beat Leigh-on-Sea by 9 wickets

Billericay move up to 3rd


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


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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Brentwood Town v Erith & Belvedere – LIVE

Brentwood Town  2-0  Erith & Belvedere

Billericay Town  0-1  East Thurrock United


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.



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Non League Football Start of the Season

On this week’s Between the Lines, Gerry Smith kept us up to date with the featured match between East Thurrock and Bury Town. We also kept an eye on all the matches featuring local sides a week before we get in full flow with Premier League matches as well.

A recap of the main scores:-

Hereford 1 – 1 Braintree
Dartford 1 – 0 Alfreton
Hornchurch 0 – 1 Lewes
Bognor Regis 0 – 3 Grays
Canvey 0 – 1 Kingstonian
East Thurrock 2 – 2 Bury
Harrow 1 – 1 Billericay
Aveley 6 – 1 Wroxham
Dereham 1 – Heybridge 3
Maldon & Tiptree 3 – 1 Brentwood
Needham Market 3 – 0 Romford
Soham 1 – 1 Harlow
Thurrock 1 – 3 Sudbury
Tilbury 0 – 3 Witham
Carlisle 1 – 5 Leyton Orient
Gillingham 0 – 1 Colchester
Dag & Red 2 – 0 York
Hartlepool 0 – 1 Southend

Join us next Saturday from 3pm.

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East Thurrock United v Bury Town – LIVE

East Thurrock United  2-2  Bury Town

Harrow Borough  1-1  Billericay Town

Maldon & Tiptree  3-1  Brentwood Town

Dagenham & Redbridge  2-0  York City

Hartlepool United  0-1  Southend United


FULL TIME:  And the curtain comes down on an absolute cracker of a game.  A youthful Rocks side, slung together at the last minute, put up a superb effort, against one of the genuine title favourites, and could easily have won it at the death.  Liquid football.

7 – ETU 2-2 Bury FT

Next up is the Rocks derby game at Billericay Town on Tuesday.  Until then, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


Injury time – 5th minute – Ohhhhhh!  After the earlier corner was only half cleared, a shot comes in, resulting in another Rocks corner at the Bus Stops End goal on the left.  From that, Menga has a free header at the far post, but it goes agonisingly wide.

Injury time – 3rd minute – Everyone falls asleep at a visiting substitution.  Except for that man Bryant.  A stinging shot is parried away for a corner.

Injury time – 1st minute – And a Bury Town free kick, from 22 yards, goes just wide of the left hand post.  Five minutes of it here.

90th min – David Bryant has, in managerial parlance, worked his socks off, running, hassling, cajoling, and scoring, but that was one punt too long to go for.  The mind was willing, but the legs just couldn’t do it.  Tremendous effort.

87th min – Bury’s Nathan Taylor also goes into the book for a crude hack on the left on the impressive Tom Stephen.

85th min – Now Steve Sheehan sees yellow for separating Seb Dunbar from the path of the ball.  He tries to protest his innocence but laughing has he does so makes it less than effective.  Chortle.

80th min – A long delay while a bit of handbags breaks out after David Bryant is flattened on the edge of the area.  Bury Town’s Seb Dunbar gets a sneaky punch in on Bryant in the aftermath, too, which isn’t seen by either ref or lino, so both get a yellow.  The free kick, inevitably, comes to nothing.


73rd min  – GOALLL!!! ….. East Thurrock United 2,  BURY TOWN 2  It’s been coming, I guess.  A corner on the right, scramble inside the six yard box, and ADAM BAILEY-DENNIS bundles home.

6 – ETU 2-2 Bury

Only one winner here now.  Meanwhile Lheureux Menga replaces Mitchell Gilbey for East Thurrock United.

71st min – A bit of respite.   Some lovely build-up play down the right flank, Mitchell Gilbey beats the offside trap, but he is tackled just as he’s about to pull the trigger.  The Rocks are running themselves into the ground here, giving their all.  Whatever happens, a superb home effort.

66th min – Pretty much one way traffic – as we feared it might be from the start.  Seb Dunbar has put over the bar a glorious chance to equalise, in a central position, unmarked, from about 10 yards out.  Squeaky bottom time.

61st min – This is the part of the game I like.  Players and supporters getting tense so shouting angrily and the ref and lino about any perceived slight for their team.  Lots of chortles from me which obviously doesn’t go down to well, as the visitors press.  Still, chortle.

56th min – GOALLL!!! ….. East Thurrock United 2,  BURY TOWN 1  The warning wasn’t heeded, and from the edge of the area on the right, BILLY CLARK smashes in a tremendous low volley into the left hand corner of the net.

5 – ETU 2-1 Bury

Game on!

54th min – Bury Town try to get things going.  A surging David Bridges run is put out for a corner, which is taken by Darren Bechet.  But then Bridges and Seb Dunbar cause chaos in the six yard box.  Again, the corner comes to nothing, after a visiting shove doesn’t go unnoticed.

48th min – That man David Bryant is making a nuisance of himself yet again, brushing aside the taller Bury defender on the edge of the area.  He lays the ball to Luke Wanadio on the left, and his shot is parried for a corner, which is easily cleared.  More encouraging signs though,

16.02pm – KICK OFF!  Super stuff.


HALF TIME:  And not quite so live.  Apologies for the loss of coverage but I’ve now put the shilling into the leccy meter and the dongle shows that Everything Everywhere means you can’t get anything anywhere.  Stupid Kevin Bacon

Anyway, five minutes before the break, great work from Luke Wanadio on the left, his cross is blocked, Tom Stephen does the honours at the second attempt, and DAVID BRYANT buries it at the far post.  Oh yes.

4 – East Thurrock United 2-0 Bury Town HT

Right, off for a decent dongle and a pie.  Laters.


37th min – Emboldened by the goal, Tom Stephen gets in on the act, and his low shot just inside the left hand edge of the area goes narrowly wide.  The Suffolk visitors have tried to get some pressure going of their own, but frustration has told, with Billy Clark being booked for a late tackle.

31st min – GOALLLLL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1,  Bury Town 0  What a marvellous example of chasing a lost cause.  Nathan Korateng, faces his own goal on the half way, wide on the left, somehow dispossesses his opponent, and runs menacing to the left hand edge of the area.  He low centre across the six yard box is perfect, beyond both keeper and back line, and DAVID BRYANT taps in at the far post.

3 – ETU 1-0 Bury Town

Liquid football!


29th min – The hosts are getting joy from wide crosses into the area.  Covo, sitting in the press box, is encouraged, and comments “They don’t like it there.”  Not quite Corporal Jones, but close enough.

25th min – Ooh, Nathan Koranteng is set free on the right, but his shot on the edge of the area swerves just wide of the left hand post.

2 – ETU v Bury Town – Mid 1st Half

Decent game this.

22nd min – Elsewhere, early goals in Ryman One North, as a 17th minute Martyn Stokes opener for Brentwood – hurrah! – is wiped out by Ben Bredbury – hurroo.

19th min – Back come Bury Town, though, but their free kick and corner from the training ground don’t go to plan.  Unless they’re lulling the Rocks  into a false sense of security with a couple of soft attempts at goal.

16th min – And the Rocks respond in kind.  A Ross Parmenter free kick, wide on the right, causes panic in the Manorway End goal before being scrambled clear.  Good competitive stuff.

13th min – First moment of real danger, and it’s from the visitors.  Simon Peddie fails to clear wide on the right, the ball is fed to Billy Clark on the edge of the area, and his lob grazes the top of the bar and over.  Phew.

10th min – Rocks keeper Darren Bechet punches a Bury Town corner clear.  Behind his goal is a Bury director.  I’m not saying he stands out but his Elton John tribute act must be coming along a treat, as he’s seemingly dressed for a gig straight after the game.

 5th min – Nowt much to report, other than a lino missing a handball about three yards in front of him, much to the ire of the aforesaid Neil.  Chortle.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to polite, lukewarm applause.  An improvement on last season then.

2.55pm – The crowd here is low on numbers but high on anticipation.  Nice weather and a convivial atnosphere.  Helped by the obvious sprucing up of Rookery Hill.  Plenty of paint afresh.

2.50pm – Looking through the rather splendid programme, my eye was drawn not only to secretary Neil’s realism, but also today’s ref.  Neil West was the guy that was given dog’s abuse a couple of weeks ago at Concord.  This could be fun.

2.45pm – TEAM NEWS:  East Thurrock United go with:

1. – Darren Bechet

2. – Connor Witherspoon

3. – Tom Stephen

4. – Simon Peddie

5. – Steve Sheehan (c)

6. – Ross Parmenter

7. – Luke Wanadio

8. – Mitchell Gilbey

9. – Craig Hughes

10. – David Bryant

11. – Nathan Koranteng


12. – L’hereux Menga

14. – Lee Scott

15. – Tom Anderson

16. – Ryan Sammons

17. – David Hughes

So pretty much a brand new squad for Covo, who had seven of his side that took to the play-offs at Lowestoft leaving in the summer, along with some in the past week.  In the circumstances, it’s almost an achievement to have a squad.  Blimey O’Reilly.


2.35pm – Looking around the grounds,  Billericay Town have a nice little tester at Harrow Borough, and ooh, proper needle match for Brentwood Town, a bit of bad feeling emanated last season when they played Maldon.  Chortle.

In League Two Southend United have a long trek to Peter Mandelson country, which is lovely, and the Daggers kick off their home campaign against York.  All exciting stuff.  So much so I’m nearly roused from my afternoon nap.

2.30pm – Hello, how the devil are you?

My, it’s been such a long time – far too long.  But still, it matters not a jot, we’re all here now, and jolly good show.

I must admit to being slow on the comings and goings of non-league football locally in the summer months.  While my netbook broke down I’ve taken a break from the beautiful game as well.

What I do know is that John Coventry will have his boys raring to go against impressive Suffolk visitors.  A spiffing first day encounter looks a cert.

1 – East Thurrock United v Bury Town Preview

As ever, just refresh the page every few minutes, and all the drama, fun and frolic of 90 minutes in Corringham will be yours.


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The Start of the 125th Football League Season

This week we mainly concentrated on the Football League action as the majority of league teams started their season as soon as this week’s Between the Lines started, at 3pm.

We kept on top of all the scores in the first half, although we experienced the same issue that all other media organisations had when trying to bring the the second half updates. The results involving the local sides:-

Carlisle 1-5 Leyton Orient
Gillingham 0-1 Colchester
Fleetwood 3-1 Dag & Red
Southend United 1-0 Plymouth

As is the case this time of year, our featured cricket team, Brentwood CC, had a busy week. They won the Essex 20/20 cup last Sunday and face Norfolk side Horsford in the regional final next week. Things didn’t go as well for the side in the Essex League this weekend, as they lost to last year’s champions, Wanstead, by 1 wicket in a long match.
Brentwood 163 all out.
Wanstead were 164 for 9.

See you next weekend from 4 as the Non-League teams start their campaigns. When the Premier League season starts the show moves to 3pm so you won’t miss an update in the new 3 hour Phoenix FM sport show.

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Writtle FC Visit Phoenix FM

After a season where we have been featuring Writtle FC regularly, the team came into the studio to chat about the upcoming season.

Just 12 minutes up the A12, the club is far more than a football club covering all sports in their historic venue. They also discussed the history of the club and brought in the trophy the won last season, for sportsmanship.

To listen to the interview click below.

Phoenix FM Interview with Writtle FC (Steve R 27-07-2013)

More details are available from the club’s website:-

Writtle Football Club

Writtle Football Club

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Ashes Changes Emphasis and Brentwood CC Take on Shenfield

On this week’s sport show we reached a major turning point in the Ashes 1st Test from Trent Bridge. During the show England had turned a finely poised match into one where they ended the day as more likely favourites, partly due to some fine bowling from Graeme Swann. Australia finishing the day at 174 for 6 and needing a further 137 runs to reach their victory target at the end of day 4.

Local cricket was featured as always. A day after this year’s Lashings match, Brentwood CC taking on Shenfield and losing the match by 2 wickets. Shenfield’s reply to Brentwood’s 317 for 9 over 64 over’s proving to be too much as they reached 320 for 8 as the evening action drew to a close.

Gerry Smith brought us action from the local friendly football match between Billericay and Romford. The team from outside the M25 winning 2-1 on home turf.

The other sporting news included the world of tennis following Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon. We featured updates from athletics, the women’s football Euro championships and motor sport as well as previewing the local events for the next few weekends and playing some good summer music in between.

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The Show Must Go On

This weekend on Between The Lines, I spoke to Paul Webb less than a week before the Lashings match at Brentwood Cricket Club. This coming Friday you’ll have the chance to see some of the world’s top cricket players in Brentwood as they play the Buccaneers at the Old County Ground.

The women’s singles final at Wimbledon, Lewis Hamilton’s pole position at the German Grand Prix and the British and Irish Lion’s win against Australia were all sporting events featured during the two hours, even though I had very little voice.

Hoping to be back in full fettle next weekend so join me from 4pm for Between the Lines.

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Wimbledon Middle Saturday and the British Grand Prix


This weekend we spoke to Jonathan Walford, the captain of Brentwood Cricket club, fresh from the end of their match away to Colchester. Brentwood won the match by 7 wickets to the team sitting at the bottom of the table. Jon spoke about his excitement at the forthcoming Lashings match, coming up on the 12th of July.

It was a good day for British sport, with the exception of the Lions losing by a point to Australia. Laura Robson and Andy Murray through to the last 16 at Wimbledon helped with the patriotism on a warm Saturday. We also spoke to Ben Pearce, live from Silverstone, with the news that Lewis Hamilton had earned pole position at the British Grand Prix.

It was the second week for the new West Ham feature with Tommy Wathen and his podcast.

Join us each Saturday for the latest sport here on Phoenix FM.

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Lions Roar Makes Rebels Yell

A busy old time during the evening rush hour this week.  Sadly, there’s been some serious road traffic accidents, as well as severe delays on the train.  It’s been no picnic for a commuter.

This is where we try to keep things going.  As well as the latest travel bulletins, if you’re stuck in a jam, or waiting on a platform, you want great music, and a mix of news, showbiz gossip, and sport.

Latterly, Laura Robson gave us something to smile about at Wimbledon this afternoon.  So, though, did the Lions this morning!  Sort of, anyway.


As regular listeners know, there’s been full summaries from every Lions game so far, as well as after match comments from the players.  The reports come from a trusty source, the humble phone, straight after the game!

Today, the Lions rumbled onto face the Melbourne Rebels, buoyed by their win in the 1st test at the weekend.  For the last time in midweek this is how they fared.

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And so, onto Saturday and the 2nd test.  To get the low down on that, you’ll have to tune into to the wonderful Steve and Between The Lines from 4pm on Saturday.  But hey, it’s been fun to have Drive invaded by Lions this summer!


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A Tragic Le Mans 24 Hour Race


This year, Between The Lines travelled to the home of the most famous endurance race of them all, to the 90th year of the Le Mans 24 hour race.

Three British drivers ended up on the podium, with Alan McNish winning for the third time alongside Danish driver Tom Kristensen who broke his own record by winning the race for the 9th time in the number 2 Audi.

Kristensen dedicated his race win to his fellow Dane Allan Simonsen who died after a crash at Tetre Rouge on the 4th lap of the 8.5 mile circuit. The whole of the race was run under a cloud after the accident and due to changing conditions much of the race took place under the safety car.

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1st Test: Lions Let Off By Last Gasp Miss For Famous Win

If you missed all the action from Brisbane earlier, my goodness, you missed something else!


In a match as absorbing and thrilling from first minute to last, it all hinged on the last kick of the game.  For a breathless summary of an epic test, just click below.

[audio:|titles=Australia 21-23 Lions]

One thing’s for sure, this test series is alive and kicking.  Next Saturday’s 2nd test is unmissable.  But if you do happen to somehow miss the unmissable, fear not, there will be full updates here right up to the end of the Lions tour.


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24 Hours From Hutton

Well, it’s been a busy week on Drive.  We’ve had a rock band, a businessman, and now a report live from arguably the greatest race on the planet!

‘Between The Lines’ presenter Steve Roberston hot-footed it over the channel to sample the delights of all the Aston Martins and Audis vying for victory, on a track almost as long as a traffic jam on the A12.

Drive listeners were treated to the wit and wisdom of our Steve.  And listen out for the unintentional wit at the end where one dimwit presenter doesn’t know how to put the phone down!

[audio:|titles=Le Mans 24 Hour Preview]

Hear more from Steve at Le Mans on Between The Lines from 4pm on Saturday afternoon.  Not only that, but there will also be a full summary on the Wallabies v Lions 1st test in Brisbane.  Unmissable!



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Bats, Balls, Bails, And Plenty Of Flannels

Things are gathering apace in the Essex Cricket League, and with about a third of the way through, things are taking shape.  This weekend’s fixtures have 11.30am starts, and throw up some intriguing battles.  Here’s our local clubs games:


Premier Division

Brentwood (6th)  v  Buckhurst Hill

Shenfield (7th)  v  Wanstead


Division Two

Gidea Park & Romford  v  Billericay (4th)

Hutton (1st)  v  Hornchurch


Division Three

Epping  v  Old Brentwoods (8th)

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Sport from the 15th of June. The build up to Le Mans.

It was another feature packed show with plenty of talk on the day’s events, a look back at some of the week’s sporting stories and a look ahead to what most enthusiasts consider the world’s greatest motor race.

In the 2 hours we brought news of the rain effected Aegon Championship from Queens. Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets to make the final in his warm-up tournament before Wimbledon. The world number 2 having to wait several hours before finally getting on court and eventually getting the job done.

Prior to the show, the British and Irish Lions had completed an emphatic victory over the New South Wales Waratahs, winning 47-17.

We brought news from the US Open golf and kept on top of India’s win over Pakistan at Edgbaston. We also kept an eye on Brentwood’s cricket scores, ending in a rain effected draw.

The other featured sport was the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It is a week before the event and I will be bringing live updates from the circuit next weekend throughout the race on its 90th anniversary. This is the event that National Geographic Magazine listed as number one in their top ten sporting events, pushing the Olympics into second place.

Join Chris Siviter next Saturday from 4pm for Between the Lines. Keep an ear out for updates from the race throughout next weekend and keep an eye on my twitter updates @steverobbo.

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Lions Driving On

Well, after a week full of traffic jams and delays on the road, and not too much to cheer the soul with the increasingly gloomy news headlines, at least there’s one bright spark.

The British & Irish Lions are on tour down under, and regular listeners will know all about how they’re getting along through the week on Drive, and at weekends on Between The Lines, with regular match summaries and team news.

Until today it was 4 wins out of 4 on tour in Hong Kong and Australia.  With just a week before the 1st test, could they make it a resounding 5 out of 5?  Of course they could!

Here’s a summary of the Lions latest win.

[audio:|titles=NSW Waratahs 17-47 British & Irish Lions]

As the summer (hopefully) steps up a gear, the Lions tour looks certain to hot up considerably over the next three weeks.

If you can’t see the games, worry not, Drive and Between The Lines will make sure you don’t miss a thing!


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Heading to a Summer of Sport

This weekend on Between The Lines, we spoke to Rory Barlow ahead of the Southend Half Marathon. Rory is raising money for Havens Hospices and his Just Giving Page has more details.

We also featured all the summer sport with cricket updates from Shenfield v Brentwood. Shenfield won this with 161 for 7 in response to Brentwood’s 160 all out.

We had news leading up to the Canadian Grand Prix and ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which I will be at in 2 week’s time, bringing all of the action from France.

Tune in next week from 4pm for the Phoenix FM Birthday sport show.

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Cricket: Far From Overs, Locally

It would be very remiss of us to overlook the national summer sport.  Essex has always had a lively cricket club scene and this season is proving to be no exception.  Here’s the latest Essex Cricket League results:


Premier Division

Brentwood (171-1) beat Chingford (170) by nine wickets to go 3rd in 10 team division

Shenfield (225-5) beat Buckhurst Hill (219) by five wickets and climb out of the drop zone to 8th.


Division One

Fives and Heronians (203) lost to Ardleigh Green (273) by 70 runs and slip to 6th

Harold Wood (178) lost to Hadleigh & Thundersley (256-7) by 78 runs and fall to 5th


Division Two

Billericay (198-6) beat Hutton (197) by 4 wickets

Billericay top the table, Hutton 3rd


Division Three

Old Brentwoods (133-7) beat Pegasus & Corringham (131) by 3 wickets and leap to 5th.

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Keeping up With Cricket and American Football

This weekend on Between the Lines, Steve Watson from Essex Spartans joined us to keep us up to date on the events and competitions the Billericay based club are involved in. Looking ahead to the home game against Kent Exiles and the big news that the Spartans Youth team were returning to competition after many years away.

Heading towards the halfway stage in the league, Spartans lost 44-8 to the side from across the water. Keep up to date withe the Spartans on Phoenix FM and

It was better news for Brentwood Cricket club as they won against Chingford. In response to Chingford’s 170 all out, Brentwood won by 9 wickets.

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Broncos Shock Saints To Kickstart Season As Football Sides Ends Theirs

With all of our local non-league football teams issues definitely sorted, and Football League sides almost definitely sorted as well, the Phoenix FM Sport roving reporters turned up at the Twickenham Stoop to follow the fortunes of our local Super League side the London Broncos.


With their season approaching the halfway stage, things were looking grim.  Just two wins all season, with no home wins to speak of, it looked as if a painful afternoon was in store as title contenders St. Helens visited, having never lost in the capital for a decade.

It was even worse for Joe and I.  We mistakenly thought it was a 3pm kick-off.  Wrong!  It was 1pm.  By the time we got there, the game was well underway.  Our summary was short on detail but big on enthusiasm:

[audio:|titles=1 – Broncos 12-10 HT and early 2nd half]

The Broncos staff, however, went beyond the call of duty, and kindly opened a side gate so we could watch the second half.  And what a half it was as the Broncos lead crept up and time ticked away.


A late St, Helens try had the match on a knife-edge, with the Broncos holding just an 18-14 advantage going into the last 10 minutes.  But in the heat of the battle, Michael Witt kept his cool.  A penalty, a drop goal, and the Broncos were incredibly home, handing out a sensational defeat on the title hunters.

Joe and I were delighted:

[audio:|titles=2 – Broncos 21-14 St. Helens FT]

That wasn’t all though!  As we made our way pitch side, hero of the hour Michael Witt strolled across to us.  He was more than happy to give Phoenix FM Sport his take on things.

[audio:|titles=3 – Michael Witt Interview]

So, perhaps we may have only seen 40 minutes, but we were lucky enough to see the most remarkable 40 minutes in the entire Super League so far this season, with lowly London making life Hell for the Saints!


Local Football / Super League Results


Billericay Town  1-0  Maidenhead United  (Billericay relegated from Conference South)

Brentwood Town  1-3  Romford  (Brentwood finish 10th in Ryman One North)

Whitehawk  1-0  East Thurrock United  (East Thurrock play Lowestoft away in Ryman Premier play-offs)

Dagenham & Redbridge  0-1  York City (Dagenham avoid relegation from League Two – just!)

Southend United  0-1  Morecambe  (Southend finish mid-table in League Two

London Broncos  21-14  St. Helens


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Mike Denness

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Denness today. Mike was a former Essex and England batsman and the first Scotsman to captain England.

Mike was also a Brentwood resident later in life, and Phoenix FM presenter Alison Smith visited him back in January 2003 to talk about the then current controversy surrounding Zimbabwe in world cricket. You can hear the interview again here.

Original Phoenix FM article

“Cricketers shouldn’t take Zimbabwe decision”

It is unreasonable to expect the England cricketers to decide whether to go ahead with the World Cup matches in Zimbabwe, according to former Kent and England captain and Brentwood resident Mike Denness. With the World Cup only a matter of a few weeks away, the decision should not be put off any longer, he said, but Britain’s relations with Zimbabwe, sporting or otherwise, need to be addressed in the wider political arena.

Mike Denness discusses his long career in cricket both with the bat and as an ICC referee, and the development of the game of cricket. His most controversial moment came during the Indian tour of South Africa in November 2001 when his decision to punish six Indian players for breach of the ICC code of conduct caused outrage amongst Indian players and fans. In India the punishments were taken as a slur on the character of some of their sporting heroes, including one of their most successful batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar. The controversy caused and the protestations from the Indian side led to an overhaul of the disciplinary and refereeing procedure in the international game.

The Australians certainly never take their foot off the gas, in his view, and all credit should be given to Nasser Hussain’s men for their win in the final game and to Michael Vaughan for his successes over the whole tour. The day when England can compete with the Australians over a whole series may be some way off, however.

The interview was recorded just before the recent ECB decision to go ahead with the World Cup matches in Zimbabwe.

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Last Gasp Heartbreak For ‘Ricay – Again

A frenzied, helter skelter 90 minutes at New Lodge ended yet again in injury time disaster for Billericay Town, who now look almost certain to be relegated from the Conference South after their 3-2 defeat by Staines Town.

A summary of the evening’s proceedings is here.

[audio:|titles=Billericay 2-3 Staines ( 56 secs )]

Other results:

Thamesmead Town  1-2 Brentwood Town (Steve Butterworth and Neil Cousins with the goals)

Cray Wanderers  2-2  East Thurrock United (A Sam Higgins double rescues a point for the Rocks)


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The 83 Year Itch – Southend United At Wembley

Their supporters have waited.   And waited.  And waited.  And then some.

Never appeared in a cup final there.  And just one re-arranged league game in 1930 their solitary visit.  Wembley Stadium has never been kind to one  of our local League Two sides, Southend United.

But after a frenetic, tumultuous, epic night at Roots Hall in February, the Shrimpers, along with over 30,000 fans, were going to their first ever cup final at the home of football.

The result, frankly, was immaterial.  Their opponents for the Johnstones Paint Trophy, Crewe Alexandra, are a division above Southend, and beat them home and away in the play-offs last season.

We hoped for a win, but fully expected defeat.  Just being there, however, was enough.  Joe and I were determined, along with a huge part of South Essex, to make the most of it.

[audio:|titles=1 – Southend v Crewe Preview]

They came in fancy dress.  Smurfs were popular.  Human beer bottles and super heroes were also in evidence.  Almost ever Southend supporter, though, had made the effort to at least wear something in their side’s navy colours.  Off the pitch, they were painting Wembley blue.

Which was just as well.  As expected, the heavily outnumbered Crewe fans were celebrating soon enough.  A goal up after just five minutes.  We feared the worst.  We needn’t have though.  Only the wrong refereeing decision had cost Southend the chance of a first half equaliser.  We reached the break in good spirits.

[audio:|titles=2 – Southend 0-1 Crewe HT]

Being a league above Southend United, though, Crewe Alexandra soon exerted their superiority again.  Within a few minutes of the second half Max Clayton had made it 2-0 to the Cheshire club.  There really was no way back.

No matter.  Southend United had waited 83 years just to make it there.  The fans, if not the team, had certainly made the most of it.  Crewe were worthy winners but certainly hadn’t spoiled the party.

[audio:|titles=3 – Southend 0-2 Crewe FT]

And so off went the 30,000+ Shrimper Armyfoot soldiers, back to South Essex or the metropolis to carouse the evening away.  Joe and I chose Carnaby Street to finish off our day.  It somehow seemed right, on a day Southend United made history, to have a wander down one of London’s most liveliest and historic roads.

Should it take a similar time for Southend United to return to Wembley, we’ll all be long since departed.  It’s perhaps why we really made the most of it!


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A Bizarrely Good Friday In Yorkshire

With all the incessant bad weather around, wiping out so much local sport, my fears were great.  Ever since the fixtures were announced, myself and a few others had planned and looked forward so much to Good Friday.

A chance to cover one of our local League Two clubs, Southend United, followed by an opportunity take in an evening game of my first love, rugby league, is rarer than a Spurs title challenge.

I feared the worst with all the snow and rain these past few months  but lo and behold, when Good Friday came, the good weather came with it!  Luck was on our side.

First up was a Northern Counties East League Premier Division game between Glasshoughton Welfare, near Castleford, and Nostell Miners Welfare.  A big local derby and massively important in their relegation battle.

It’s the equivalent of the Essex Senior League, so just a fiver secured entry.  Just over 300 crammed into the tiny ground to see a host player miss from less than a foot out, a bizarre own goal, a great penalty save, and an injury time winner as Glasshoughton, having played five more games than their opponents secured a priceless 2-0 win.

Onwards to Valley Parade.  A new Shrimpers boss at the helm, the perma-tanned Phil Brown, as they took on this season’s League Cup finalists, Bradford City.

An excellent crowd of over 10,000 were silenced by this early salvo.

[audio:|titles=(1) – Southend Early Goals]

It was comfortable throughout the first half for Southend, within even the ref giving them a helping hand, not seeing the ball clearly cross the line from a Bradford free kick.  Not that either one of the Southend United media correspondents or I minded.

[audio:|titles=(2) – Bradford 0-2 Southend HT]

It all changed in the second half, though, as Bradford threw the kitchen sink at Southend.  In the end, the Shrimpers were grateful to pick up a point.

[audio:|titles=(3) – Bradford 2-2 Southend FT]

After that little Easter treat, we travelled, via the old Bradford Park Avenue stadium, to the Jungle, home of Super League side Castleford Tigers.  A local derby with bitter rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats awaited us.

I was particularly pleased, having supported our local SL side the London Broncos, that their scoreboard was broken and that it still showed the Broncos winning score from a fortnight ago!

Soon enough the big crowd was packed in and the game, as well as atmosphere, was ferocious.  Local pride is a massive motivator.  At least for one side.  Wakefield totally outplayed Castleford from the first minute of the opening half to last.  25-0 flattered Castleford, who went off to a crescendo of boos.  At least the cheerleaders were nice!

The riot act had clearly been read to them, though, and by mid-way through the second half, an astonishing comeback was on as the Tigers pulled it back to 16-25.  The home fans were gradually going delirious!

It was not to be, though.  Two quick tries for Wakefiled made it 37-16 to them inside the last 10 minutes.  Until the bizarre kicked in.  An explosion on the roof above us, the outbreak of a fire, and the match was quickly abandoned, with the score at the time counting as the result.

As I made my way back to the car, and home, to say I was breathless was an understatement, as I ran to avoid the stadium fire, and some warring factions of supporters outside.  It was almost like being back in the 80’s.

[audio:|titles=(4) – Good Friday Summary]

So to sum up, a home win, a decent point, a derby battle and a roof on fire.  What a Good Friday it really was!  Please, Football League chappies, make sure either Dagenham or Southend are away in Yorkshire on Good Friday 2014.  It’ll make my year!

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Over The Sticks, Under The Bar – The Weekend Preview

As time runs out for some teams, with others having plenty to spare, the weekend preview is here so you have enough to pick and choose what local team you can and support.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Preview 23-24 March 2013]
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Scott Malvern Visits Phoenix FM

Essex racing driver Scott Malvern came in to talk to Between the Lines.

Scott spoke about the work involved in trying to raise funding to compete each year, in spite of his numerous championships and awards.

Scott Malvern

Racing Driver Scott Malvern

During the interview the current BARC Formula Renault Champion, 2011 Formula Ford Festival Winner and Autosport British club driver of the year referred to his Go Fund Me page which is available at

Follow Scott on twitter at

Listen to the interview by clicking the link below.

Scott Malvern Interview

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Essex Spartans – Competition

We were visited on Saturday by Steve Watson and Aaron Millar from Essex Spartans American Football team. We spoke about the amount of American sport available to do in Essex, with the Leopards basketball team and Essex Redbacks Baseball both having come to the studio recently.

The fixture list is now up on the Essex Spartans website at Their first match at Hannakins Farm on 27 April.

In addition, Steve and Aaron set off the competition to win the T-Shirt and calendar they are holding in the photo.

Essex Spartans American Football

The question – What number does Aaron Millar wear on his team kit?
All answers by email to and please include your name and a contact telephone number.

We will announce the winner of the competition in this Saturday’s Between the Lines show on Phoenix.

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Spring Is Here (Antarctic Version) – The Weekend Review

For those that weren’t rained or frozen off, it was overall a pretty good weekend for our sides.  Find out just how well here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sport Weekend Review 9-10 Mar 2013]




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Home Comforts – The Weekend Preview

Lots of lovely local sport for you to go and see.  To find out when and where, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sport Weekend Preview 9-10 Mar 2013]
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Aiming High, Lying Low – The Weekend Review

For news on a surprisingly good away win in football, and a terribly cataclysmic defeat in rugby, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Review 2-3 Mar 2013]
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Hope Springs Eternal – The Weekend Preview

For news on a vital relegation scrap, and a local derby in prospect, the weekend preview is here.

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Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic – LIVE

Brentwood Town  0-1  Grays Athletic

Dorchester  6-1  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United  0-2  Wealdstone

Barnet  2-0  Southend United


FULL TIME:  A full blooded game, plenty of commitment, low on quality.  Grays probably just about deserve their win.  But only just.  And oh my, what another disappointing night for our sides.

[audio:|titles=6 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays Full Time Summary]

That’s about it chaps and chapesses.  Until the next time, enjoy the week, and your football.


Injury time:  A hard fought game.  Does it have a sting in the tail?  Neil Cousins is now on for Daryl Robson

90th min – The lino’s flag saves Brentwood’s skins as a Jack West shot was goalbound.

88th min – Jared Small replaces Joao Carlos for Grays.

85th min – A host free kick from wide on the left comes to nought after Abs Thompson was impeded.  But at last Brentwood are getting forward.

80th min – Sam Bantick comes on for Lewis Frost, seconds after the ball is cleared off the Brentwood line after panic from a corner on the left.  The visitors are well on top but, encouragingly, haven’t killed the game off as they should have done.

78th min – A bout of handbags breaks out, but we don’t know why, too busy excitedly chatting about seeing Ross County in the Champions League.  Grays get the free kick, but it’s cleared.

75th min – Grays in control here.  A corner on the left and Junior Baker heads just over the bar.  Bloomin’, blinkin’ cold too.  Not looking froward to the trudge back to the rail station one bit.

73rd min – Danny Bunce goes forward menacingly for Grays, but from 20 yards out, clears Doddinghurst Road with his shot.

69th min – All of our local sides fortunes have gone completely Olly Murs.

[audio:|titles=5 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays Mid 2nd Half]

So here’s some good news for a change.

65th min – That should have been 2-0.  A corner on the right isn’t cleared, and from 12 yards out, Jack West has a free shot, level with the far post, but hurries and puts it wide.

62nd min – Clearly frustrated, Lewis Frost gets himself booked for a reckless tackle on Jeff Hammond.  Ouch.  I could feel it from here.  Reckless but not pre-meditated.

59th min – Nice little shimmy from Daryl Robson on the left touchline, halfway inside the Grays half.  He passes to Lewis Frost on the edge of the Grays area.  His shot is still heading somewhere in the direction of Chelmsford.

57th min – Back to long hoofs and effort.  “Great kick”, says one Grays defender to his keeper, as it goes straight out of play.  Terrible second half so far.

52th min – The ref gives someone on the Grays bench a piece of his mind after he’d been the subject of that person’s mind pieces a bit too often.  Chided like a naughty kid.  Chortle.  Meanwhile, a Grays corner on the right is defended.  And then the left.

47th min – Nice run from Abs Thompson on the left who passes to Abs Seymour on the edge of the area, and ….. oh, you know the rest.  On the A12, that shot.

8.53pm – Kick Off!  Oh, go on, then.


HALF TIME:  After matching the visitors for so long, it really is hard lines on Brentwood.  There’s been a cigarette paper between the two sides.  The game is all about goals, though, and the visitors put the one clear-cut chance they had away.

[audio:|titles=4 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays HT]

Right, off for a Bovril and thermals.  Laters.


43rd min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 0,  GRAYS ATHLETIC 1   Rough justice on the hosts as JACK WEST gives the title chasers the lead from close-range.

[audio:|titles=3 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays]

Plenty of time to come back though.


38th min – In frustration, Abs Seymour mistimes a tackle completely and takes out Grays’ Craig Pope on the right hand touchline just inside the Brentwood half.  Could easily have been a yellow but the ref decided a chat and a coffee and doughnut would suffice.

34th min – Should have been 1-0 to the hosts.  Great work by Daryl Robson and Lewis Frost through the middle of the park puts Abs Seymour clear on the edge of the area but he blasts the ball over the bar.  Great chance, that was.

30th min – Now its’ Grays turn to put the ball in the net, through Jack West, but long after the ref had blown his whistle.

28th min – Really opening up now, both sides using their pace.  Abs Seymour again caught offside in a menacing position and then a Grays corner on the right caused a moment or two of panic.  Good stuff.

24th min – Abs Seymour tumbles in the Grays box but the ref says no can do.

[audio:|titles=2 – Brentwood 0-0 Grays – Mid 1st Half]

Not bad so far.

18th min – Proper action at both ends.  Abs Thompson is presented with a clear shot at goal on the edge of the Grays box but shoots over.  Then Grays immediately go down the other end with a hit and chase, Joao Carlos causing keeper Richard Wray to momentarily fumble before collecting at the second attempt.

16th min – Ross Wall smashes the ball home from around 18 yards, but the ref had blown some time before he whacked it, for offside.  Just as well it went in or it’d have been a yellow card.

12th min – I’d like to say how well worked the last couple of Brentwood moves have been, and what Abs was involved, but the view is so restricted it has deemed such a task impossible.  It’s why I love the non-league game, chortlesome little quirks like that.

8th min – Nice passing between home midfielders set Abs Seymour away on the left,  Unfotunately he was a mile offside, and even more unfortunately the lino didn’t have a view as restricted as ours.  Pah.

5th min – Lots of shouting, swearing, and ball in the air.  Not much in the way of settling down.  Which sounds more like my stomach.

7.52pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


7.51pm – The minute’s silence for Brentwood stalwart Les Harris is respected superbly.

7.47pm – Nice of you to come out. sides.  Minute’s silence coming up soon, though, for the passing away of a club committee man.

7.40pm – Again, the press box has filled out.  Again, we got here first.  Again – chortle.  Even if about half of the Land of Leather End half is blocked from view.

7.35pm – Team News:  Brentwood Town line up with:

1. – Richard Wray

2. – Martyn Stokes

3. – Ted Llewellyn

4. – Greg Cohen

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Daryl Robson

9. – Ross Wall

10. – Lewis Frost

11.  – Abs Seymour


12. – Ryan Doyle

14. – Neil Cousins

15. – Connor Witherspoon

16. – Sam Cross

17. – Sam Bantick

I would say something more about the team but my fingers are too cold to.  Ooh, it’s a cold ‘un.


7.30pm – A very busy night for our sides.  Billericay Town are in dire need of some points.  Second bottom of the Conference South, they have games in hand, but are five points adrift of safety, with an inferior goal difference.  They need to start winning quickly.

East Thurrock United are firmly embedded in mid-table security.  Their match away at Grosvenor Vale, way back in the summer, was a classic that we gave the live treatment to.  And seeing as its the Rocks, anything can happen.

Looking through the pro ranks, there’s an FA Cup replay, and Southend Unted face up to the ageing maestro Edgar Davids as they travel to Barnet.

North of the border, and unbelievable as it may seem, Ross County’s unlikely but emerging Champions League bid takes them to Aberdeen.  They are no strangers to unlikely European glory themselves either, when mighty Real Madrid succumbed to the Dons 30 years ago.

It’s gonna be one of those nights, you know.


7.25pm – A very good evening from a very chilly Arena.  Having been a-moving and a-grooving with the Drive show just an hour or so ago, it’s now time for a bit of football moonlighting.  Hurrah!

It’s been an ill wind blowing for Brentwood Town the past few days with the fixture backlog taking its toll.  Three tricky away matches in the space of four days, the most recent involving many hours of travel, have resulted in zero points and Town all but out of the play-off picture.  It sounds crazy but their season is just about over with 20 games left!

For tonight’s opponents, though, their season is very much alive.  Grays Athletic have enjoyed their switch to Rush Green, and it’s exemplified by their position in Ryman One North.  In second, and within touching distance of perennial leaders Maldon & Tiptree should they win their games in hand.

We know, however, that with Brentwood Town, expect the unexpected.  If they can’t go up, they may very well stop someone else from doing so.  This could be, yep, a cracker!

[audio:|titles=1 – Brentwood v Grays Preview]

You know the drill.  Keep refreshing the page every few minutes and all the fun of the football fair will be yours.


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Testing Times – The Weekend Review

For news on the continuing struggles of almost all of our football sides, and a turnaround for some of our rugby teams, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Review 23-24 Feb 2013]
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Things Can Only Get Better – The Weekend Preview

After an ego bruising week for our local sides, surely it has to improve this time around?  For news on where our sides are bidding to improve their fortunes, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sport Weekend Preview 24-25 Feb 2013]


And, since the full time summary from Roots Hall on Wednesday evening seems to have gone down rather well in some quarters, if you haven’t heard it, this is moments after Southend United reached Wembley, after beating Leyton Orient in the JPT semi-final.  It’s what others call ‘being in the moment’ …..

[audio:|titles=Southend Utd 2-2 Leyton Orient]


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One Step Forward, Seven Steps Back – The Weekend Review

For news on an exciting penalty shoot-out win on Sunday, and a grisly afternoon across the board on Saturday (it sounds such a cracker!), the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Review 16-17 Feb 2013]
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Talking Baseball and Softball with Sean Briscombe from Essex Redbacks

Essex Redbacks

Essex Redbacks baseball and softball

We spoke to Sean for the first time in a few years about the club that is continuing to grow and ensure more people across the county are playing baseball.

Click on the audio to listen to the interview in full.Phoenix Fm Interview With Sean Briscombe Essex Redbacks – stever 160213

To find out more, Essex Redbacks are having tryouts for the club’s adult team son Sunday the 24th of this month.

The tryouts are taking place in the indoor sports hall at Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre and are open to anyone over the age of 16 with no experience necessary.

More information is available on the Essex Redbacks website at

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Making Their Points, Ready For The Cup – The Weekend Preview

For news on where the next installments of the relegation and promotion battles are, and what ladies are up for the cup, the weekend preview is here.

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Down To The Wire – The Weekend Review

For news on some thrilling ladies cup football, and late deciders for the men in both round and oval balled games, the weekend review is here.

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Brentwood Town v Heybridge Swifts – LIVE

Brentwood Town  3-2  Heybridge Swifts

Maidenhead United  3-2  Billericay Town

Lowestoft Town  0-0  East Thurrock United

Accrington Stanley  1-1  Southend United

Dagenham & Redbridge  1-0  Cheltenham Town


FULL TIME:  And after such a dire first half, the second was a cracker.  Credit to Heybridge, they showed why they are so high in the table.  But Brentwood showed the guts and werewithal to hang in there.  This win is the mark of a play-off contender.

[audio:|titles=7 – Brentwood 3-2 Heybridge – Full Time Summary]

In the end, it’s been fun, so until the next time, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


Injury time:  And my battery’s almost run out.  Ulp,  Could still be another goal in this one as well.  Crumbs.

85th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 3,  Heybridge Swifts 2  From another free kick, delivered perfectly by Ryan Doyle, SAM WEST heads home.

[audio:|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-2 Heybridge]

Oh yes!

84th min – From a Brentwood free kick on the right, Abs Thompson goes down under pressure inside the area.  Far too easily, though, and the ref rightly waves the appeals aside.

81st min – More injury time to be added, this time for Richard Wray, who took a knock when coming out to the edge of his area, saving a shot that the lino had given offside for in any case.

76th min – Haven’t missed too much other than Greg Cohen taking an air shot, hurting himself, and ripping his shorts.  Worthy of a double chortle, that.

70th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Heybridge Swifts 2  A corner on the right is met by DARREN BLEWITT and he heads home from six yards.

[audio:|titles=5 – Brentwood 2-2 Heybridge]

Game on!

68th min – Brentwood try to draw level.  First of all, Abs Thompson dribbles inside the box, gets his centre in, and a goalbound Alex Read shot is blocked, then from another break, keeper Nicky Eyre saves bravely on the edge of the area from a Sam Bantick run and shot.  Much better now.

62nd min – GOALS! …..Brentwood Town 1,  HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 2  And it’s SOLOMON OFORI who’s the hero of the hour, on the hour.  Two shots, two parries by Richard Wray, and two simple tap-ins.

[audio:|titles=4 – Brentwood 1-2 Heybridge]

Livened up no end now.  Hurrah!

58th min – Ooh, that was a close to an equaliser, Luke Callender’s free kick on in a central left position, 22 yards out, sneaking just past the near post.

57th min – Play has improved, it has to be said, but nothing clear cut.  The odd corner from Heybridge well defended, and the odd Brentwood breakaway stopped by a foul.

50th min – Swifts sub Reece Morgan, on for Taylor Hastings, tries a shot from about 25 yards, that hits the corrugated iron behind the sofa at the Doddinghurst Road End.  Hmmm.

4.04pm – Kick Off!  Please let it be better this time around.

In the meantime, Steve Butterworth, who picked up a knock in that foul just before the break, has been replaced by Sam Bantick.


HALF TIME:  And thank goodness for that.  There’s been so little incident and action I thought I was watching an England match.  Riveting is hardly the word, something that Joe has said in deep irony.  Things can only get better.  And at least Brentwood are ahead.

[audio:|titles=3 – Brentwood 1-0 Heybridge – Half Time Report]

Right, off for a Bovril and a Red Bull or 6.  Laters.

44th min – Wow, that really should have been 2-0.  A melee on the edge of the box, Abs Thompson tries a shot at goal, it’s blocked, but the ball goes to Abs Seymour.  With the goal open, though, he somehow shoots over from 15 yards.  Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh!

43th min – Ouch.  Baimass Lette Jallow clouts Steve Butterworth on the edge of the Swifts penalty area.  The ref decides against a yellow, though, as it would take him 20 minutes to write the name out.  The free kick comes to nothing.

40th min – Much better from Swifts there, though.  Malton got a couple of accurate crosses in, a couple of corners were forced, and Luke Callender had an on-target shot inside the area blocked.  In reply, Abs Thompson has a shot from 25 yards that sails over the far.  That’s a bit better, chappies.

37th min – The Heybridge Swifts supporters are getting annoyed at the right midfielder Russell Malton, who has developed an uncanny knack of falling over when putting a cross in that goes way over the dead ball line.  Brentwood, however, seem intent on conceding fouls when they have a corner, or letting it be easily defended.  Not the best of games as yet.

32nd min – Ooh, that was close to 2-0.  Nice little break down the right, a through ball puts in Steve Butterworth, and Swifts keeper Nicky Eyre does well to come out and block on the edge of the area.  But hurrah, a modicum of excitement.

27th min – Frankly, it’s been poor so far.  Passes going astray, complimented with hopeful punts in the air.  The only thing close to a shot, from Heybridge, almost made the A12.  Not quite the cracker we looked forward to thus far.

20th min – Oops.  A poorly directed backpass from Ryan Doyle almost lets in Heybridge’s Luke Callender.  He puts it past keeper Richard Wray on the left, but also well beyond the far post, and the Brentwood defence clear.  Bit of a let-off, that, though.

19th min – Abs Thompson is getting a bit of success down the right, and his trickery has forced a corner or two.  They’ve been easily dealt with, though, much to the frustration of the Brentwood dugout.  I can hear the swearys from here.  Ooh, deary me.

15th min – Big appeal from Swifts for a penalty, claiming Ryan Doyle had handled in the area, but the shout was more in hope than expectation, and the ref rightly waves play on.

13th min – I’m catching all the boring bits.  Play was held up for a bit to treat an injury, no harm done though, and play has resumed.  The ref seems to like the sound of his own whistle.  Which isn’t a euphemism.

7th min GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 1,  Heybridge Swifts 0  In time honoured tradition, I never saw STEVE BUTTERWORTH open the scoring, but Joe did.

[audio:|titles=2 – Brentwood 1-0 Heybridge]

Liquid football!

6th min – What can I say?  Nothing.  Russell Malton has made a couple of half decent runs for Heybridge on the right, but nothing created by either side so far.  Lots of shouty people and earnest urges of encouragement.  The crowd, though, looks up from Tuesday’s turnout, so good news already.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


2.57pm – The teams come out to an expectant and excited silence

2.55pm – Quite a crowd building up.  But only in and around the press box.  Just as well Joe and I got here early.  Getting the odd glare from others because we occupy the two seater press box.  Chortle.  The pitch itself is sandy in parts, looks like tractor tyre marks in the centre of it, but otherwise seems fine.  Someone here obviously likes Bon Jovi.  Ah well.  We have our crosses to bear.

2.50pm – Team News:  The Brentwood Town line-up is:

1. – Richard Wray

2. – Ryan Doyle (c)

3. – Sam Cross

4. – Greg Cohen

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Gary Henty

9. – Alex Reade

10. – Steve Butterworth

11. – Abs Seymour


12. – Ross Wall

14. – Lewis Frost

15. – Martyn Stokes

16. – Sam Bantick

17. – Ted Llewellyn

So latest signing Gary Henty, from Tilbury, makes his debut.  Ex Rocks custodian Richard Wray also plays his first Saturday game for Brentwood.  It looks a pretty strong team to me.  But then what do I know, I think Ross County could be in Europe next season …..


2.45pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town are in dire need of more points.  Four from their last two matches hasn’t stopped them sliding into the Conference South relegation zone.  Again, their style of play was called into question after their excellent point at Chelmsford the other night.  But when you’re fighting a relegation battle, it’s results first, performances a distant second.

East Thurrock United, on the other hand, are ticking over comfortably in mid-table.  They face a tough task on the Suffolk coast but Covo’s boys are just the sort to upset the odds.  And after today they have only a piffling 20 games left.

At least it means that when the warm spring weather arrives (or less cold, to be more precise), we’ll have plenty of evenings to while away at the football, after the barren start to 2013.  Hurrah!


2.40pm – Ooh, it’s been a long ol’ time, innit.  Far too long.  But, at last again, a  very good afternoon, today from a chilly Arena, as we take in the next thrilling instalment of Brentwood Town‘s play-off charge.

Even after today’s game, the hosts have another 23 games to fit into the next 11 weeks.  Over half a season in less than 3 months makes it a tall order to retain any sort of consistency.  But this Brentwood side are good.  Very good.

Today’s visitors, however are riding high.  Heybridge are second, eight places and 17 points above their opponents.  But Brentwood Town have an eye-popping eight games in hand on them.  It makes today a real six pointer.  Yet another cracker is in prospect.

[audio:|titles=1 – Brentwood v Heybridge Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and the thrilling and the spilling of an afternoon at the football will be yours, all yours.

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Points Or No Returns – The Weekend Preview

For news on where one relegation battle is being taken to, which ladies are up for the cup, and away days for our rugby sides, the weekend preview is here.

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Goals, Goals, Goals, Points, Points, Points – The Weekend Review

For news of an extraordinary afternoon of ladies football, and how a vital rugby relegation battle went, the weekend review is here.

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Strong Winds But Stronger Hearts – Away With Old Brentwood’s

What seemed like for the umpteenth time, the local football at the weekend turned out to be anything but.  Billericay Town and East Thurrock United matches postponed, and Brentwood Town visiting a club that was inaccessible by public transport (unless you fancied a 6 mile hike after 2 trains and a bus!).

Determined to not have another blank weekend at Phoenix FM Sport Towers, though, a re-arranged local rugby fixture was found.  Old Brentwood’s, in a lowly 8th out of 11 in London 3 North East, were looking to ease any relegation fears at the expense of Canvey Island, just a place and three points behind them.

Coming from a family that’s been rugby union mad, with some playing at an extremely high level, I was not exactly an outsider looking in.  I know my inside five eighths from my outside.  I’m quite fly like that.

Arriving at Tewkes Creek, Canvey Island’s home, what hit me was that, in all those decades since I’d last been there, it hadn’t changed.  It was bitterly cold, with a chill wind blowing in from the estuary, and absolutely no protection from the elements.

Both sides, warming up, really had to shout at themselves to get motivated.  On a day this cold and windy, with the Six Nations on in a warm clubhouse, it was clear where they really wanted to be.  It was also wreaking havoc with trying to get any sort of preview recorded.  It was going to be a tough afternoon for everyone.

Within three minutes of the kick-off, though, Old Brentwood’s were ahead.  Nice quick ball from a scrum in their own half, a run down the back line, and in at the right hand corner.  The perfect start.  Perhaps this wasn’t going to be as attritional as I thought.

Canvey, to their credit, put paid to that notion.  Clearly, their strength lay with their pack.  The visitors could just about claim parity in the line-outs, but in other set-pieces, the home forwards ground and shunted their opponents across the pitch.  Old Brentwood’s were being driven clean off their own scrums, and a steady stream of penalties came Canvey’s way.

At half time, the home side had eased into a commanding 15-5 lead, all their points coming through those penalties.  The OldB’s had a real task on their hands.  If they continued conceding penalty after penalty, the ref would have no option but to start sin-binning them.  Despite scoring the only try, Old Brentwood’s looked set for defeat.

Looking set, however, is far from being set.  With the wind at their backs for the second half, visiting hearts grew stronger.  Forward play was not dwelt upon.  Quick ball to their increasingly dangerous back line was the key.  Within a quarter of an hour of the second half, it was all level at 15-15, with Old Brentwood’s getting the ball out wide and then switching play quickly.

All of a sudden, there only seemed one winner – and it wasn’t the hosts.  10 minutes later, the OldB’s full back makes a mazy run down the left.  He’s stopped just short of the line, but the ball is recycled quickly and there’s a try under the posts.  Improbably, the visitors now led 22-15.

Canvey were never going to go down without a hell of a fight though.  Their forwards got on top again, and after yet another penalty, which was converted, Old Brentwood’s were down to 14 men for ten minutes.  With their lead whittled down to four points, and a man short, the match again swung the home side’s way.

Old Brentwood’s response, however, was immediate.  Another surge up-field  and a penalty from around the Canvey 22 metre line.  Converted with ease.  25-18.  That, more than anything, you felt was the crucial moment of the game, where it was won and lost.

Canvey Island still battled until the end, their forwards making ground ferociously.  Instead of shouts of encouragement to themselves and from the hardy souls watching from the touchline, it was pleas to step things up.  Canvey believed they could still win – but no longer believed they would.

Old Brentwood’s hearts stood firm in the face of the incessant forward pressure.  You could see they believed.  They stayed disciplined, refusing to panic, doing the right thing at the right time.  They knew.  After a tremendous battle, it was their day.

Finally, the referee brought an end to what was an absorbing, and at times pulsating, contest.  Canvey Island will play worse and win, without a doubt.  But Old Brentwood’s, with their inventive back line, probably just about deserved to sneak the victory.

And how much did it cost to witness such an excellent sporting contest?  Not a single penny.  Everyone there playing, coaching, supporting, being there for the sheer love of the game.  I may have been frozen, as I at last managed a semblance of a report in the howling wind, but the cockles of my heart were well and truly warmed.

[audio:|titles=3 – FT Canvey Island 18-25 Old Brentwoods]

An overlooked sport, rugby union, but a great one.  Why not nip along one Saturday afternoon and support your local team?  If today is anything to go by, it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

Canvey Island 18,  Old Brentwoods 25

( Some more pics from today’s game can be found here … )


Other local rugby results:

Luton 29,  Brentwood 14

Wyondham 15,  Billericay 10


Local football result:

Soham Town Rangers 2,  Brentwood Town 2

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Fingers Crossed – The Weekend Preview

You never know, there might just be some local sport this weekend.  Just in case there is (yeah, long shot, I know!) the preview is here.

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Still a Reduced Saturday Sport Programme

Again, there was very little in terms of local fixtures for the weekend as waterlogged pitches took their toll on the football action. The 4th round of the FA Cup kept us busy with updates on upsets taking us through the first hour of the show. Both Brentwood and Billericay had their league matches called off. Mike Jones brought us reports from Victoria Road as Dagenham & Redbridge lost at home to Morecambe.

Local results included:-

Nuneaton Town 2-4 Braintree Town
AFC Hornchurch 1-1 Tonbridge Angels
Truro City 1-2 Chelmsford City
Bury Town 0-4 Concord Rangers
Canvey Island 3-0 Harrow Borough
Aveley 3-1 Ware
Maldon & Tiptree 2-2 Redbridge

Harry Redknapp and Delia Smith would both have been expecting more. QPR becoming the first ever Premier League side to lose to non-league opposition in the FA cup as Luton must have taken inspiration from Bradford City’s Capital One Cup heroics during the week. The Norwich loss at home to MK Dons just reinforced the Norfolk side’s terrible lack of recent form.

We looked at the Australian Open tennis, with Andy Murray’s final up tomorrow. Brought the latest news of rule changes in Rugby League and union.

Join us every Saturday from 4-6 for up to date sport action.

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Getting It On Again – The Weekend Preview

For news on where our teams (after a brief winter hibernation) are getting back into the swing of things, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Weekend Sports Preview 26-27 Jan 2013]





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Snow Local Sport

With very little local action as a result of the weather, we were able to concentrate mainly on the Premier League, Championship and League One action.

Rugby Union and League action kept us busy.

Further stories on reactions to Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey came through during the show. Sunday Times journalist David Walsh looking at his options for suing the disgraced and de-throned former Tour De France winner.

Andy Murray in the Australian Open, the latest disability sport news and England’s loss against India in the third test gave us a chance to recap on earlier news.

Colin Besley brought us the classified football results after 5 and we kept an eye on the weather forecast and travel news with an eye to the sky.

Join us next weekend when we hope to have more local action.

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, And The Late (Again) – The Weekend Review

For news on a special day marred by controversy, and a vital away win in a relegation battle, the weekend review is here.

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Daggers Through The Heart Of Racism

As I’m sure you’re aware, Joe and I like to do something a little different every now and then.  Rugby League, SPL, and visits to Wembley have complemented the non-league season well.

Today was trip to our local League Two club, Dagenham & Redbridge, who were taking on Rochdale.  The match itself may not have seemed particularly special, but the occasion was.

“Daggers Against Racism” seeks to combat racism not only in football, but through the community, by encouraging people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to come along and support their local side.

It’s done through vastly discounted ticket prices if purchased in advance.  Just a fiver secured us both a berth in the main enclosure.  It was worth it for the mascot alone!

Also there was the one and only Mike Jones, in his role as matchday announcer, and his plug for Phoenix FM was much appreciated.  It all added up to us looking forward to the day’s proceedings:

[audio:|titles=1 – Dagenham v Rochdale Preview]

And so the match started in, well not quite a carnival atmosphere, but a fairly decent one.  We weren’t expect anything other than a competitive, close game, with both sides mid-table in League Two.

The first 20 minutes or so bore that out:

[audio:|titles=2 – Dagenham v Rochdale Mid 1st Half]

It continued in that vein up until half time, unspectacular, but low on errors, with one or two great saves from the odd chance that was made.

[audio:|titles=3 – Dagenham v Rochdale Half Time]

The Daggerettes then did their half time dance routine, having been held up in traffic prior to the game.  Local singer Ryan Green also regaled the crowd with a song on two.  There was also a few dozen kids wandering around the pitch with their ‘Daggers Against Racism’ flags, met with applause by everyone.

The second half then began, and it seemed to be a carbon copy of the first 45 minutes.  A thought was going through my mind – ‘0-0 draw written all over it’.  As we approached the last 20 minutes, we didn’t hold out much hope of a goal.

[audio:|titles=4 – Dagenham v Rochdale Mid 2nd Half]

Of course, having thought that, Rochdale then go and score!  It was a good ‘un, too.

[audio:|titles=5 – Dagenham 0-1 Rochdale]

No sooner had that happened, though, than the Daggers responded!  Me being me, of course, I missed the goal completely, trying to send a match update via twitter at the time.  My trusty companion Joe saw it all, though.

[audio:|titles=6 – Dagenham 1-1 Rochdale]

With time ticking away, the teams began cancelling each other out.  To almost everyone in the 2,300 strong crowd, it seemed a draw was inevitable.  Bearing in mind the station’s reputation for being there when there’s last minute or injury time equalisers and winners, Joe and I were just as certain another goal would come.

Sure enough, as the 91st minute became the 92nd, there was yet another dramatic late twist!

[audio:|titles=7 – Dagenham 2-1 Rochdale]

And there it was, the prefect end to a perfect day for Dagenham & Redbridge.  As we wandered along the terraces and out towards Dagenham East station and home, this was how we saw things.

[audio:|titles=8 – Dagenham 2-1 Rochdale Full Time]

So there we had it, a day out at our local Football League club.  Dagenham & Redbridge may not be up there with their Premier League neighbours, they may not have any glamour, but they are a truly ‘local’ club, and have many things about them to be proud of.

Make no mistake about it, seeing all the smiling faces, all standing together to will their team onto victory, from such varied ethnic backgrounds, ‘Daggers Against Racism’ was a great success.

So much so that Joe and I can’t wait for the next time.  Well done Daggers!

Dagenham & Redbridge 2,  Rochdale 1




Footnote:  It has since come to light that Rochdale player Bobby Grant is currently the subject of a police investigation after an allegation of – of all things on a day like this – racist abuse from him towards Dagenham & Redbridge’s Gavin Hoyte.  Words fail me.


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It Could Do With Being A Bit Colder – The Weekend Preview

Bearing in mind the very slightly inclement weather we may be enduring this weekend, it’s probably best to check with the club concerned before venturing out to support your local team this weekend.

If they are playing, though, here’s where they are.

[audio:|titles=Weekend Local Sports Preview 12-13 Jan 2012]

No featured live game, either online or on Between The Lines, this weekend.  All the latest local and national sport will, however, be brought to you by the spiffing James Moloney between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday.

And do listen out for a special feature online about Dagenham & Redbridge’s anti-racism initiative over the weekend.  It’ll be a good ‘un!



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Romford v Brentwood Town – LIVE

Romford  3-4  Brentwood Town


FULL TIME:  My goodness me, it was worth the hassle of getting to Ship Lane by public transport, and then the frostbite, for a finish like that!  It looked for all the world as if Brentwood Town would leave with an undeserved defeat.  Somehow, though, they return to the Arena with very possibly an undeserved win.

Starting to look really good for Steve Witherspoon’s side.  The gap to the play-off zone is now just eight points, with a minimum of five games in hand on everyone above them.  And, of course, as tonight shows they are winning those games in hand at the moment.

[audio:|titles=10 – Romford 3-4 Brentwood FT Summary]

I’d better go and thaw out now.  No featured live game on Saturday, but the wonderful James Moloney will keep you fully up to date on Between The Lines from 4pm.  And there will also be a special little feature by the end of the weekend on Dagenham & Redbridge’s anti-racism initiative. Look out for that.

Until the next time, enjoy yourselves, and your football.  And breathe …..


94th minute ….. GOAL!  Romford 3,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 4  Even by our standards, this is something special!  From the Romford kick-off, Brentwood quickly get the ball back and the shell shocked hosts concede a free kick on the left about 25 yards out.  Cometh the 94 minutes, cometh the man.  ALEX READ bangs it home and his team-mates run around deliriously!

[audio:|titles=9 – Romford 3-4 Brentwood]

Wow.  Just wow!


92nd minute ….. GOAL!  Romford 3,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 3  And the Phoenix FM habit of dramatic late equalisers continues!  Another terrible defensive lapse, tripping over the ball, presents STEVE BUTTERWORTH with a free run at goal.  He hares into the area, and though his first efiort is blocked, he makes no mistake with the rebound.

[audio:|titles=8 – Romford 3-3 Brentwood]

A thoroughly deserved point

 Injury time:  And a shot from a corner on the right sails harmlessly wide of the far post.  Hmmmm.

88th min – Time ticking away, and nothing been created in the past five minutes.  Harumph.

83rd min – GOAL! ….. ROMFORD 3,  Brentwood Town 2  And disaster for RYAN DOYLE.  A speculative shot by Ben Jones is headed past his own net.

[audio:|titles=7 – Romford 3-2 Brentwood]

Undeserved.  But that’s football.


81st min – A Romford free kick from 30 yards clears the bar and heads off towards Hornchurch.  Chortle,

79th min – Blimey O’Reilly.  Another Ryan Doyle  free kick, wide on the left, misses everyone, but goes a foot wide of the far post, then Alex Read shoots wide from 10 yards when it seemed easier to score.  Meanwhile, Robbie Rees comes on for the very aptly named Lewis Frost.

75th min – And Abs Seymour follows him into the book, this time for a more obvious and clumsy tackle, near the centre circle.

70th min – Ryan Doyle unluckily gets a yellow card for a challenge near his own box, where he clearly got the ball and not the player.  I guess the ref is reacting the the crowd.  The free kick comes to nothing though.

66th min – Again, Brentwood Town have responded well to the goal.  Plenty of pressure and corners.  Alex Read has had a shot blocked and a header from Ryan Doyle a foot wide of the left hand post.   Cracking stuff.

60th min – GOAL! ….. ROMFORD 2,  Brentwood Town 2  Against the run of play.  Again.  A high cross from the right on  a rare host break.  It falls to JACK BOWERY at the left hand post, and from 8 yards he bangs it into the roof of the net.

[audio:|titles=6 – Romford 2-2 Brentwood]

Anyone’s game now.


58th min – Oh my, that should have been 3-1.  A defensive error means a kick out from the host keeper ends up at Steve Butterworth’s feet inside the area.  The shot comes in, but doesn’t have power, and is easily saved.

54th min – Nice work from Abs Thompson on the right earns a corner.  It gets played short to him, but his shot is badly mishit and misses the goal by about the width of my waist.  So a good 40 yards.

51st min – A surging Steve Butterworth run down the left gets him to the byeline inside the Romford box.  He pulls it back for Abs Seymour, his shot from about 8 yards is on target, but well saved.

49th min – A dangerous home free kick on the left, right by the Brentwood penalty area, is hoisted in.  Reece Ottley fumbles the catch, and there’s a desperate scramble, until the ref signifies a free kick for Brentwood.  Phew.  The locals are even unhappier now.

8.49pm – KICK OFF!  And a frozen one at that.


HALF TIME:  Apologies for the loss of connection here at Ship Lane.  Between that goal and half time, Romford managed to hit the bar with a venomous shot wide on the left from about 22 yards.   Been a decent game bearing in mind the frost on the pitch.

[audio:|titles=5 – Romford 1-2 Brentwood HT]

Anyway, I’m off for a Bovril and somewhere private to re-do my dongle.  Laters.


40th min – GOAL! ….. Romford 1,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 2  A real moment of controversy.  A free kick is given just inside the Romford half for the visitors for a seemingly innocuous challenge.  From that RYAN DOYLE’s free kick evades everyone and goes in.

[audio:|titles=4 – Romford 1-2 Brentwood]

The locals ain’t happy with that one!


36th min – The ball is in the back of the Romford net again, thanks to a sharp Alex Read strike from around six yards.  He wasn’t offside, but Abs Seymour, who supplied the centre on the left, was, so it’s chalked off.

34th min – Great pressure from Brentwood.  Alex Read has a run down the middle after intercepting a pass, lets in Abs Seymour, whose shot on the left, inside the area is parried.  It falls to Steve Butterworth on the right, and his power drive is superbly turned away at the near post.  A fine response from the visitors.

30th min – GOAL! ….. ROMFORD 1, Brentwood Town 1  One of those odd goals.  A cross from the left evades everyone, hits the far post, bounces off KURT SMITH, who knew little about it, and trundles in.

[audio:|titles=3 – Romford 1-1 Brentwood]

A goal worthy of a chortle.


28th min – A host shot from a similar distance goes onto the M25.

26th min – Apologies for lack of updates so far.  So cold, and so unconnected!  At the moment, Brentwood are in control, and have a free kick from 25 yards out after a foul on Alex Read.  Which is saved.

18th min – GOAL! ….. Romford 0,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 1  Oh yes!  A Romford goal kick is easily taken control of, a through ball to ALEX READ who beats the offside trap, and all alone inside the area, he coolly slots home with a low shot.

[audio:|titles=2 – Romford 0-1 Brentwood]

Liquid, albeit freezing, football!


17th min – Team News (belatedly).  Here’s the Brentwood Town team for tonight.  Oh, and by the way, the Titanic sunk, too.

1.  Reece Ottley

2.  Ryan Doyle

3.  Ted Llewellyn

4.  Connor Witherspoon

5.  Darren Blewitt

6.  Sam West

7.  Abs Thompson

8.  Lewis Frost

9.  Alex Read

10.  Steve Butterworth

11.  Abs Seymour

14th min – Still trying to set everything up and get a connection, but when I do look up, there’s a stinging shot just inside the Romford area on the right that the keeper parries, which Abs Seymour can’t quite get to.  Encouraging though.

8th min – You haven’t missed much.  Except for Romford fans berating the ref, claiming he’s missed two fouls on their forward.  As ever, it was six of one, half a dozen of the other, and the ref was right both times.

7.47pm – Kick Off!


7.46pm – Just got here!

7.40pm – For the uninitiated, Ship Lane is the home of Ryman Premier club Thurrock.  One big main stand, a covered enclosure opposite, with more seats, and a covered and open terrace at either end.  With a hotel and M25 overlooking it.

Romford, sadly, have been without a home in their own town for some time.  Aveley, Rush Green (where Grays Athletic currently ply their trade) and tonight’s venue is symptomatic of a good club, well worth keeping on the go, leading a sadly nomadic existence.

They’ve always been among the more vocal of supporters, too, and the people keeping the club going are stout fellows and fellowesses.  I hope they find somewhere back ‘home’ sooner rather than later.  But not as much as I hope Brentwood head back off to their home tonight with three points in their pockets.


7.35pm – A very good evening from a chilly Ship Lane for tonight’s intriguing bout of football intriguement.

On the face of it, this Ryman One North encounter doesn’t look particularly appealing.  14th v 13th, more than halfway through the season, on a cold Wednesday in January, isn’t quite the stuff of dreams.

Looks, however, are deceiving.  Both sides have games in hand on everyone above them, easily enough to force themselves into the play-off picture.  It has a real ‘cracker’ factor about it.

[audio:|titles=1 – Romford v Brentwood Preview]

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Bouncing Back – The Weekend Review

To find out about a record victory for the ladies, a vital win in the rugby, and an emerging play-off bid, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sport Weekend Review 5-6 Jan 2013]


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Brentwood Town v Potters Bar Town – LIVE

Brentwood Town  3-1  Potters Bar Town

Billericay Town  v  Farnborough – POSTPONED

East Thurrock United  2-0  Enfield Town

Southend United  2-2  Brentford

Accrington Stanley  0-2  Dagenham & Redbridge


FULL TIME:  And what a cracking afternoon’s entertainment it’s been.  Potters Bar could easily have rolled over but they never let Brentwood relax for a second.  The hosts, to their credit, took their chances and weathered the Potters Bar storm.  Great stuff.

[audio:|titles=7 – Brentwood 3-1 Potters Bar Full Time Summary]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


90+2 – A Brentwood break, and Alex Read is all on his own inside the Potters Bar half.  Their keeper races out, the ball is lobbed, but goes aganisingly wide.

Injury time:  240 seconds of it.  Play now more end-to-end.

88th min – More moans from the dug-outs.  This time about a player not being able to get back onto the field, which they claim was 3 minutes.  More like 45 seconds but hey, you can’t tell these chaps.  Brentwood at last ease pressure with a corner on the left, which they use to run down the clock.

85th min – Just as I say that …. The visitors beat the offside trap on the right, Ottley comes out to narrow the angle for the incoming shot and deflects it brilliantly for a corner.  From that, there’s a scramble, and a shot is cleared off the line.  Crikey.

81st min – Today’s attendance is 90.  Doesn’t sound much but it’s a 50% increase on the last home gate.  Excellent.  Meanwhile, Potters Bar are huffing, but not puffing any chances out.  There’s urgency but now lacking creativity.  Phew.

76th min – And there’s another, Lewis Frost replacing Daryl Robson.

74th min – Oops, should’ve said Sam Bantick has replaced Abs Seymour for Brentwood.  But I forgot.

71st min – Ah, the familiar sound of home supporters berating the ref or lino when things start to go against them.  Chortle.  Who can blame them?  The Potters Bar pressure continues, with the Brentwood back four being fully stretched to prevent shots from coming in.  Hanging onto their lead though.  At the moment.

66th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 3,  POTTERS BAR TOWN 1  Ooh, is a comeback on?  Another visitors break down the right, a low centre inside the area, and DANNY AILEY shoots into the roof of the net.

[audio:|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-1 Potters Bar]

So nope, it ain’t over at all.

63rd min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 3,  Potters Bar Town 0  Totally against the run of play, too.  A rare break, a trip inside the area, a penalty, and ALEX READ puts it away.

[audio:|titles=5 – Brentwood 3-0 Potters Bar]

Game over?

60th min – Have to say it’s all Potters Bar at the moment.  Finding success down the right and almost pulled a goal back when a lovely through ball to the onrushing striker ended in a shot on the edge of the Brentwood box that Ottley done well to parry away.  Next goal is absolutely crucial.

55th min – Seeing the lino jump up and down like a Mexican jelly bean reminds me of the cramp I’m getting in my thigh sitting on these plastic seats.  Ouch.  Meanwhile, too much Potters Bar pressure for my liking, a few corners being conceded, even if Ottley has only had one easy save to make in the last five minutes.

48th min – Reece Ottley has to go smartly down at his near post to stop a shot from the right just inside the area.  Bright start to this half from Potters Bar.

4.06pm – KICK OFF!  Blimey, they’re late.


HALF TIME:   And an immensely entertaining 45 minutes it’s been.  A good first five minutes, the next quarter of an hour they just cancelled each other out, then – boom! – two goals and Brentwood were well on top.  The missed Potters Bar penalty might have made their heads drop further, you’d have thought, but since then they’ve been the better team.  If they get one back it’ll be a cracker.

[audio:|titles=4 – Brentwood 2-0 Potters Bar – Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and pair of gloves.  Laters.


44th min – Not an encouraging shout from the visitors full back to his centre half.  “Wes!  Kick it to anyone you can see!”  Chortle.

41st min – A bit more urgency from the Hertfordshire side, who are now gaining free kicks in menacing positions and corners.  Reece Ottley still not tested yet though.

36th min – POTTERS BAR MISS A PENALTY!  A foul on the very edge of the area.  Is it just outside or just in?  The ref, close by, blows for a penalty immediately.  To cheers and chortles all round, Danny Ailey”s penalty is not so much blazed over the bar but put into orbit.  Oh yes!

32nd min – Nice work again on the left from Ted Llewellyn and Abs Seymour on the left, there’s a low centre at pace into the six yard box, but somehow Alex Read puts it wide of the far post.  Cracking stuff from the hosts.

30th min – And Darren Blewitt almost makes it 3.  A piledriver on the edge of the box is deflected onto the bar with the keeper helpless.  All Brentwood now.

27th min – Been all Brentwood since those goals.  Potters Bar are understandably shocked, though I guess you wouldn’t have been shocked for me to miss a goal.  I’m just surprised I saw one of them.  Since then Abs Seymour has had another shot go just wide and pressure mount on the away goal.

22nd min – GOALS! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Potters Bar Town 0  Blimey!  A double salvo, first of all DARYL ROBSON shoots home from a pass on the left.

[audio:|titles=2 – Brentwood 1-0 Potters Bar]

Then ALEX READ doubles the lead as I try to write it up and report it.  I missed it completely!

[audio:|titles=3 – Brentwood 2-0 Potters Bar]

Still, who’s worried about that?  Liquid football and Brentwood are 2 up.  Oh yes!

19th min – A player is advised by a team-mate on the pitch to “‘Ave a look-in.”  Showing his age there, talking about a kids tv listings magazine from the 70’s.  I liked Catweazle best in it.

14th min – Ooh, that was close.  Abs Seymour ventures to the edge of the area in a central left position.  His shot is on target, low and hard, and the Potters Bar keeper can only parry the ball in front of him.  But there’s no Brentwood player there for the follow-up.  Bah.

13th min – Ooh, a corner on the left for the hosts after a shot was blocked.  Oh.  It’s low and goes straight to a visiting defender.  The bright first few minutes are beginning to give way to the normal hustle and bustle.  Though just then, a Potters Bar shot on the left from about 25 yards out whistled just round the far post.

8th min – As the visitors find some space down the left, which eventually comes to nothing, Blues boss Steve Witherspoon questions where his side’s marking was.  Only not quite as politely.  Chortle.  I hope the mums and das are covering the childrens ears from now on.

4th min – An open start by both sides, obviously pleased to be playing a game after all the postponements.  Ted Llewellyn has linked up well on the left with Abs Thompson.  Nothing clear-cut yet though.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  And oops, I dropped my camera and stuff.


2.59pm – The teams come out to a quiet, apathetic reception, the loudest noise being created by cars going by the nearby A12.

2.55pm – I guess they’re renovating the stadium here.  No press box today as it’s occupied by a couple of large loudspeakers.  I can’t shift them.  Next to me are a couple of disgruntled Billericay Town supporters.  I agree it was very late to call off.  But still – chortle.

2.50pm – Team News:  Brentwood Town line up with:

1. – Reece Ottley

2. – Ryan Doyle

3. – Ted Llewellyn

4. – Connor Witherspoon

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Daryl Robson

9. -Alex Red

10. – Steve Butterworth

11. – Abs Seymour


12. – Lewis Frost

14. – Sam Bantick

15. – Greg Cohen

16 – Martyn Stokes

17. – Robbie Rees

I’ve done well there, remembering all those players in order while they were read out, without the benefit of a team sheet.  Or maybe I read the twitter feed.

2.45pm – As far as our other sides are concerned, Billericay Town’s game was suddenly postponed at around 1.45pm.  They really needed the points after a couple of defeats too.  Two points from the relegation zone, the Conference South newcomers are getting to the stage where a run of decent form is a must.

It’s the same deal with the Rocks.  Difficult to beat, admittedly, but drawn far too many games, and three games from a Ryman Premier relegation place mean East Thurrock United have to start turning those narrow defeats into draws, and draws into wins.

It’s not looking much better for our local Football League sides either.  Dagenham & Redbridge have fallen away from the League Two play-off battle, needing a victory to halt an alarming slump in form.  At least Southend United have a bit of glamour, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, but they too also need a win after a couple of disappointing league losses.

Wow, we’re not doing well between us all, are we?  It’s been gloomier than a lemming feeling a little bit down.  And they say my middle name is Happy …..


2.40pm – Good afternoon, peeps and peepesses, from a dry and surprisingly mild Arena, for today’s little footballing treat.

It’s a bit of a rarity, too, this season – a Brentwood Town league match.  Just 13 of them all season so far.  14th in Ryman 1 North doesn’t look great, but they have a mammoth amount of games in hand on everyone.

Today’s opponents are a case in point.  Potters Bar Town are 10 places and 14 points ahead of their hosts.  The Blues, however, have NINE games in hand on them.  A home win today would make ‘Wood a real play-off threat.  It’s going to be a chortle, if not an out-and-out cracker.

[audio:|titles=1 – Brentwood v Potters Bar Preview]

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Back To Business – The Weekend Preview

For news on where some teams are playing after a long break, and where others will be having plodded through the festive season, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Preview 5-6 Jan 2013]
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Canvey Island v East Thurrock United – LIVE

Canvey Island  2-1  East Thurrock United

Billericay Town  0-1  Chelmsford City

Redbridge  v  Brentwood Town – POSTPONED

Northampton Town  3-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Southend United  0-1  Gillingham


FULL TIME:  And it turned out to be a good game after all.  Just a disappointing result.  The Rocks shaded the first half but Canvey dominated the second and deserved the win.  East Thurrock United tried, but they were just up against a better team.  Ah well.

[audio:|titles=6 – Canvey 2-1 East Thurrock Full TIme Summary]

Next up, weather permitting, should be Brentwood Town at the Arena on Saturday,  Until then, Happy New Year.


Injury Time  And Chelmsford take the lead at Billericay.  Currently, Brentwood have done best out of all of our local league and non-league sides by virtue of not playing.  The man of the match announcement has been met with chortles.  Hurrah!

87th min – We’ve been asked for the Canvey man of the match here in the press box.  Although he’s been on for less than half an hour, Harrison Chatting is the man who’s made the difference in this game.

84th min – A Canvey free kick on the left hand edge of the area, a mix-up, but Ashley Dumas takes control of the hash of it, runs inside the left of the area, and shoots into the side netting.  Meanwhile, Meuga and Parmenter go off for Burgess and Mason for Covo’s boys.

83rd min – Elliott Justham keeps East Thurrock United in it with a brilliant point blank save from Canvey sub and ex Billericay man Harrison Chatting.  All Gulls at the moment.  Bah.

81st min – And the home side attack again, this time Louis Dennis playing a 1-2 and then shooting from the edge of the area, which is comfortably saved.

76th min – The Canvey fans are in much better voice as the Rocks have been on the back foot.  Another Gulls free-kick goes harmlessly over the bar, but it seems as if Canvey are now finding success down the flanks.  Time is ticking away for injury ravaged East Thurrock to rescue this.

71st min – GOAL! ….. CANVEY ISLAND 2,  East Thurrock United 1  A real New Year cracker of a goal, too.  A throw-in finds BRADLEY WOODS-GARNESS, almost at the byeline on the right hand edge of the area, and he somehow hammers it over himself and it hits the roof of the net at the far post.

[audio:|titles=5 – Canvey 2-1 East Thurrock]

Liquid football, it has to be said.

67th min – GOAL! ….. CANVEY ISLAND 1,  East Thurrock United 1  Nice Gulls move down the left, a low, swerving, venomously quick centre goes into the six yard box, SIMON PEDDIE has to try to deal with it, but only succeeds in levelling matters.

[audio:|titles=4 – Canvey 1-1 East Thurrock]

The last period of this game could be a good ‘un.

65th min – Speaking of darts, L’Heureux Meuga and Kevin Dobbinson tryto re-enact Sunday’s fun, with the Rocks forward putting the Gulls midfielder into a headlock, which he understandably reacted to.  It really should be at least a red for Meuga but the ref didn’t see it, and after consulting his linesman, tells them off like naughty schoolkids.

61st min – Not much going on elsewhere.  No reports of any excitement, let alone goals, at Billericay.  Dagenham are losing again though.  But at least it’s darts tonight.  The unrivalled spectacle of two old fat blokes trying to start a fight and failing miserably, on Sunday night, made my festive season.  Who needs Haye v Klitschko when you can have Taylor v Barneveld.  Chortle.

56th min – And ow, that was so close to a Gulls equaliser!  A ball over the top finds Bradley Woods-Garness bearing down on the East Thurrock United goal, completely unmarked.  He fires in a curling shot but it’s superbly parried away by Elliott Justham.  Phew.

54th min – Oh, so close for the Rocks!  A corner on the right, from Tom Stephen, yet another scramble in the six yard box, L’Heireux Meuga appears to have scored from point-blank range, but the ref whistles for an infringment on keeper Jones.  Drat.  And double drat.

51st min – And a nice little jink from Louis Dennis on the left gives him space and time to find Ashley Dumas inside the area.  The Rocks shepherd him away but at last signs of Canvey danger.  Crumbs.

49th min – And already the hosts have started livelier than at any point in the first half.  A volley that whistles over the bar and an easily defended corner doesn’t sound like much, but it’s about 100% more than the home side produced in the first 45 minutes.

4.04pm – KICK OFF!  Again, you know.


HALF TIME:  At long last, a goal, and suddenly it’s livened up.  After 35+ minutes of  nothingness, pots of fun right up the break.  The Rocks probably deserve the lead, having more chances, or at least forcing more corners.  The second half might just be a cracker.

[audio:|titles=3 – Canvey 0-1 East Thurrock Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and a curry.  Laters.


Injury timne – And almost a Canvey equaliser.  Play switches downfield, there’s a throw-in on the right, which evades the Rocks defence.  James Hawes looks a certain scorer inside the box, just to the left of goal, but his shot flashes wide past the far post.  Blimey.

44th min – Wow, unbelievably close to the Rocks doubling their lead in the most bizarre way possible.  A terrible mistake on the edge of the Canvey penalty area sees the host goalie actually slice his kick behind him, almost presenting Meuga with an open goal.  Keeper Jones, however, races back towards goal, though, and hacks the ball clear to atone for his error.  My goodness me.

38th min – GOAL! ….. Canvey Island 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 1  Oh yes!  Kye Ruel finds space on the right, he centres it low into the edge of the six yard box, and SAM COLLINS slots home with a low shot.

[audio:|titles=2 – Canvey 0-1 East Thurrock]

Liquid football!

36th min – A few retired cockneys are evidently at the game.  East Thurrock players appeal for a free kick, to be met with a “Shaaaaaaaaaadup” from one spectator.  They had Chas & Dave on the PA before the game too.

31st min – Ooh, signs of life.  Kye Ruel on the left gets to the byeline inside the Canvey area, but his centre goes straight to a defender.  Reiss Gilbey intercepts on the edge of the box, though, and his shot is deflected for a corner.  Again there’s a moment of panic, but Jones in the end punches clear.

27th min – Should have done a mid 1st half audio report by now, but bar the moment of panic in the 2nd minute, there’s been nothing of note to chat about.  Although in the stand opposite, there’s an advert for a company that would be a great name for a bacon snack.  Oikos.

22nd min – L’Heureux Meuga is spoken to by the ref for a clumsy tackle on the halfway line.  The free kick comes to nothing.  My worry is, though, is how is it pronounced if he scores?

18th min – A half hearted attempt to get a ‘Come on Canvey’ chant going falls flat.  I think it’s more to do with New Year hangovers rather than lack of enthusiasm.  Plenty of effort from both sides but very little creativity thus far.

14th min – Nice little run and cross on the right by Louis Dennis, it goes out to the edge of the area.  There’s a Canvey appeal for a foul on Kevin Dobinson, but the ref waves the appeal away, and the attack ends with a header going harmlessly over Elliott Justham’s bar.

11th min – Both sides just settling down now.  A couple of home forays to the edge of the Rocks area, and a decent wide run or two from East Thurrock, but nothing clear-cut created.

6th min – Certainly in the minority in the press box.  The local paper scribe is an avowed Canvey fan.  Hmmm.  Elsewhere, Southend United have been beaten at home to League Two leaders Gillingham.  After their Boxing Day romp it hasn’t gone well for them.  Haven’t missed much here

2nd min – Ooh, almost a great start for the Rocks.  A corner is forced on the right, and I’m guessing the sun was in Canvey custodian Ashlee Jones’s eyes, as there was a bit of a flap in the six yard box.  There was panic for a second, and a crack at goal, but it’s eventually cleared.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to a quiet, hungover reception.  Although Covo’s better half Chris knocked on the glass cheerily and wished me a Happy New Year.  Very nice.  Ooh, I feel chuffed already.

2.55pm – The teams are in the tunnel, the Rocks in their black and white striped away kit, Canvey in yellow shirts and blue shorts.

2.50pm – The Gulls media / pa man Glen is having problems today with the music system and mic.  My offer of a lend of the ‘Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts’ cd as the teams come out has for some reason been turned down.  Harumph.

2.45pm – A lovely day here at Park Lane.  Bright sunshine with the old cloud.  Not a drop of wind.  Perfect football conditions.  Though with Covo’s visit to the curry house last night, he may spend more time in the clubhouse wc’s that in the dugout.  Why do unfortunate things happen to good people.  I’m not sure why.  But chortle.

2.40pm – Team News:  Canvey Island bid to beat the Rocks with:  1. – Ashlee Jones.  2. – Ashley Miller.  3. – Ashley Dumas.  4. – Rob King (c).  5. – Ricky Hayles.  6. – Richard Orlu.  7. – Nicolas Bondon.  8. – Kevin Dobinson.  9. – Bradley Woods-Garness.  10. – Louis Dennis.  11. – James Hawes.  SUBS:  12. – Harrison Chatting.  14. – Robbie Blackwell.  15. – Mitch Gilbey.  16. – Danny Heale.  21. – Tommy Glanville.

So the Gilbey brothers come face to face at long last.  I still remember their other brother Lennox in Only Fools & Horses at that supermarket.


2.35pm – Team News:  East Thurrock United will try to gub the Gulls with:

1. – Elliott Justham

2. – Ryan Sammons

3. – Tom Stephen

4. – Simon Peddie

5. – David Obaze

6. – Ross Parmenter

7. – James Lawson

8. – Reiss Gilbey (c)

9. – L’Heureux Meuga

10. – Kye Ruel

11. – Sam Collins


12. – Liam Burgess

14. – Dean Mason

15 – Matt Pouley

16. – Spencer Harrison

17. – Joe Keith

An interesting mix of seasoned pro’s and new signings.  Just what you need on a day like today.


2.30pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town, after their desperately dour and disappointing loss at Hornchurch over the weekend, need a win against a strong Chelmsford City outfit to harbour any hopes of a play-off bid.

At first glance you’d say Brentwood Town’s play-off chances in Ryman One North are remote.  In 13th and 11 points from that coveted top five slot.  With today’s postponement, though, they will have at least 4, and up to 9 games in hand, on every team in the division.  Despite today’s no-show, they have a real shot at it.

Apologies for today’s live coverage not coming from either game.  It’s a combination of accessibility to matches, and more pertinently, being almost broke.  It’s taken an extremely cheap train fare, and then a four mile trudge, to just get me here, let alone further afield.

The things I do to bring you such jolly japes.  Oh, and no New Year’s Eve party either.  Simply couldn’t afford to go out or taxi fares.  I’m the Oliver Twist of the non-league scene, you know.


2.25pm – A very good afternoon from Park Lane, the home of Steve Tilson’s Gulls of Canvey Island, where East Thurrock United face a tricky task to get 2013 off to a positive start.

It’s been a season of swimming in treacle for Covo’s side so far.  The early season run of six straight wins and that unforgettable FA Cup battle with Chelmsford City seems such a long time ago.  It’s been a case of digging out decent results away but inconsistency at home.  Whilst in no relegation danger, a climb up the Ryman Premier table seems a tough one.

As for the hosts, they will be smarting from an embarrassing Boxing Day derby defeat at Concord Rangers and determined to get their play-off bid back on track.  With the Rocks away form holding up, however, hopes are there that the Rookery Hill outfit can spring more festive humbug upon the hosts.  This could be a cracker.

[audio:|titles=1 – Canvey v East Thurrock Preview]

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Out With The Old, In With The New – The Local Review & Preview

With a brief synopsis on a disappointing weekend, but a look forward to a positive start to 2013, the local review and preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Review and Preview]
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Bring Your Brolly – The Weekend Preview

To find out where your local teams are playing this weekend, another festive preview is here, and all yours.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Preview 29-30 Dec 2012]
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Shrimpers Put Daggers To The Sword

With all of our local non league teams being given Boxing Day off, thanks to waterlogged pitches, the choices of festive football was severely limited.

Limited but not impossible to find.  Our two local Football League sides, Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United, faced each other in a Boxing Day lunchtime League Two clash at Victoria Road.

A close game was anticipated but it was anything but that – much to the delight of one set of supporters surrounding me at full time!

Here’s my take on the game:

[audio:|titles=Dagenham 0-3 Southend]




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Mince Pies, Turkey Sarnies, and Football – The Boxing Day Preview

As we all know, the sport at the weekend was a wipeout (well, almost – more later), but weather permitting, Boxing Day means a wonderful chance to get away from turkey sandwiches and the house for an afternoon of football.  Here’s where and when our sides are playing.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Boxing Day Preview]

As mentioned earlier, the weekend sport was almost entirely wiped out, but not completely!  And, of course, we simply had to be there.  Saturday was spent the other side of the water, as Maidstone United stretched their unbeaten run in Ryman One South.

On Friday night, too, whilst Southend United stepped up their League Two promotion bid with a 3-0 win over Chesterfield, Joe and I settled for the Underdogs of Underhill.  Propping up League Two, Barnet, with Dutch superstar Edgar Davids in the line-up, took on Burton Albion.  Here was our take on a memorable evening.

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So, never fear, if there’s a match, Phoenix FM will find it!

There will be a full summary of the Boxing Day results that evening, including a report from Dagenham & Redbridge, weather permitting of course.  Until then, thank you so much for tuning in and logging on, and all of you have yourselves a very Merry Christmas.




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‘Tis The Season To Be Picking Up A Few Points – The Weekend Preview

If you fancy getting out of the last minute Christmas shopping rush by taking in a game, or you simply want to know who’s playing where, the weekend preview is all yours.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Preview 22-23 Dec 2012]
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Ups And Downs – The Weekend Review

For news on an exciting end to a local derby cup tie, and fraying tempers elsewhere, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Weekend Local Sports Review 15-16 Dec 2012]


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East Thurrock United v Lowestoft Town – LIVE

East Thurrock United  0-2 Lowestoft Town

Heybridge Swifts  1-3  Brentwood Town

Southend United  2-2  Bradford City

Dagenham & Redbridge  1-0  Barnet

Eastleigh  P-P  Billericay Town


FULL TIME:  Apologies for the breakdown late on.  Just been one of those days for the Rocks as well as this netbook.  An undeserved defeat for the hosts but sometimes the rub of the green goes against you.

[audio:|titles=8 – East Thurrock 0-2 Lowestoft Full Time Summary]

Until the next time, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


85th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 0,  LOWESTOFT TOWN 2  Apologies for the breakdown in connections, which is still oh so slow.  I didn’t see the goal.  Either Erkan Okay or Jack Defty got the final touch apparently.

[audio:|titles=7 – East Thurrock 0-2 Lowestoft]

Just as well Joe did!

76th min – Oh, so close!  A corner on the right, and Ben Wood powers a header in.  It looks a certain equaliser but is superbly cleared off the line.  Ironic as the corner came from an awful clearance in the first place, missing the right hand post by milimetres.

72nd min – All action.  Hakeem Araba’s header from the free kick given in that audio report goes a foot wide of the far post.  Lowestoft break and Elliott Justham does well to hold onto a high volley.  From that, play switches to the other goal, and the Rocks Sam Collins shot goes an inch wide.  Cracking stuff.

67th min – Another promising run from Ross Parmenter results in a free kick 25 yards from goal.  That results in the ball going well wide.

[audio:|titles=6 – East Thurrock 0-1 Lowestoft Mid 2nd]

Time starts to tick away

63rd min – Beautiful piece of skill from Hakeem Araba, just inside the Lowestoft half, he turns and sends a through ball perfectly to Sam Collins in one swift movement.  He looks a certain scorer, but stumbles on the edge of the area, about to pull the trigger.  So close there.

60th min – I’m enjoying this ref.  He’s giving random decisions that are antagonising supporters of both sides.  Chortle.  Nothing too much going on, fairly attritional now.  Good to see Brentwood doubling their lead though.  Hurrah.

55th min – Hakeem Araba is given a warning of admonition by the ref for being upset at a decision not going his way earlier.  He was clearly tripped off the ball, but both the ref and lino were ball watching and missed it completely.  The away fans are clamouring for a yellow for diving.  Chortle.

50th min – The Rocks continue to press, and after a scramble on the edge of the area, Sam Collins’ goalbound shot is tipped round the right hand post at the Bus Stops End by Andy Plummer.  The corner is easily defended but a great start to this half by the hosts.

47th min – Within 20 seconds of the restart, there’s a yellow card for the Trawlermen’s Kelly and a free kick on the left for a mistimed tackle on Ross Parmenter.  The free kick is the worst one ever but from the clearance, which isn’t good, Hakeem Araba half volleys a shot about 3 inches over the bar.

4.03pm – Kick Off!  And James Lawson comes on for Kurt Smith.


HALF TIME:  And after we said nothing was happening, it exploded into life.  Two straight reds, both the right decision.  One outside the penalty, one inside.  It’s that penalty which is the only real difference.  A poor game to watch so it’s just as well something has happened to liven proceedings.

[audio:|titles=5 – East Thurrock 0-1 Lowestoft Half Time Summary]

Right time for a Bovril and a discussion on the difference between the chest and nether regions.  Laters.


43rd min – A curling Kye Ruel shot, just inside the left hand edge of the area, goes a foot over the far post.

41st min – The brand new floodlights come on, and play seems to be descending to players concentration being broken by the crowd all moaning for one reason or another.  A dreadful long ball from The Trawlerman, straight onto Simon Peddie’s head, is lauded as a “great ball.”  Chortle.

36th min – GOAL AND RED CARD ….. East Thurrock United 0,  LOWESTOFT TOWN 1  And Kris Newby is the man to go, elbowing the incoming forward over the goal line.  Again, the referee had no option and the penalty by DALE COCKRILL is duly despatched.

[audio:|titles=4 – East Thurrock 0-1 Lowestoft]

Game on now!

35th min – Just to clear it up, despite my always accurate audio reports, it was indeed Michael Frew that went for an early bath, just as I wrote rather than said.  As happens normally when a player is dismissed, it’s all Lowestoft now they’re a man down.

29th min – RED CARD FOR LOWESTOFT TOWN  And the guy causing some of  the danger, Michael Frew is the man to go.

[audio:|titles=3 – Red Card]

Despite the protestations from away fans, absolutely the right decision.

25th min – It’s odd how the Lowestoft contingent didn’t see that shove on Tom Stephen a few minutes ago, but when the Rocks tussle equally competitively and get the better of things in midfield, they whinge and shout at the ref.  He’s apparently lost the plot.  Yeah, rightio.

[audio:|titles=2 – East Thurrock 0-0 Lowestoft Mid 1st Half]

Not a great game so far.

19th min – Lowestoft come mighty close.  Michael Frew tussles with Tom Stephen on the left hand edge of the Rocks area.  Tom falls and leaves Frew with a free shot at goal but Justham gets down and saves well at the near post.  Phew.

15th min – Nice cross-field pass from the left by Sam Collins finds Kris Newby wide near the bye-line but he’s shepherded away well.  Meanwhile I take great delight in informing the guy in front of me that Caley Thistle are already losing 3-0.  Chortle.

12th min – And now there’s real danger from Lowestoft.  A long through ball finds Michael Frew free on the edge of the area.  But his shot is more like a back-pass and Elliott Justham collects easily.

10th min – First signs of life from the opposition, a cross field pass from right to left.  But the centre from that is easily defended.  Nothing much to write home about so far.  Except the bloke in front of me is wearing an Inverness Caley jacket.  That’s just not on.

4th min – Tom Stephen takes a volley to the mid-riff and is momentarily winded.  “Don’t rub ’em, count ’em” shouts one away fan, obviously not knowing where is chest his from his private parts.  Which must be a problem when he needs the loo.

1st min – Ooh, early Rocks pressure finds Hakeem Araba in the penalty area on the left.  But he falls over and the ball’s cleared.  Bah.

3.00pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes.


2.58pm – The teams come out to an unusually enthusiastic response.  Probably happy they’re not at the shops.

2.55pm – Team News:  East Thurrock United go with:-

1.  Elliott Justham

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Ben Wood

6.  Sam Collins

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Ross Parmenter

9.  Hakeem Araba

10.  Kurt Smith

11.  Kye Ruel


12 – Liam Burgess

14 – Dean Mason

15 – Matt Pooley

16 – Someone Obaze

17 – James Lawson

Reiss Gilbey suspended after five yellows, Sam Higgins out with a hamstring injury, and Ben Wood back for a title winners reunion.

2.50pm – A very good afternoon from a sunny and welcoming Rookery Hill.  With Billericay Town’s game called off this morning, and Brentwood Town’s match being inaccessible by public transport (not being able to drive on medical grounds is a real pain at times), East Thurrock United have kindly let us be the cuckoos in their Rookery Hill nest again.

Today’s little treat promises to be a contrast in styles.  The Trawlermen are renowned for a somewhat direct style of play.  It’s nonetheless effective as they are permanently in the play-off mix, only beaten to promotion by a very strong AFC Hornchurch last season.

The Rocks, well schooled by retired teacher John Coventry, play a much more eye pleasing game.  Results are less positive, mind, but still it can be argued persuasively that the Corringham outfit continually punch above their weight for the size of club.  Mid table in the Ryman Premier and FA Cup runs are no mean feat.  This could be a good ‘un.

[audio:|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Lowestoft Preview]

You know the drill, chaps and chapesses.  Simply refresh the page every few minutes, and the irreverent meanderings, and the sounds, of An Idiot In Essex at the football will be yours, all yours.


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Better Late Than Never – The Weekend Preview

Apologies for the late edition this week, all down to time constraints, during this festive rush.

Anyhow, here’s where your local teams are this weekend.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Preview 15-16 Dec 2012]

Of course, the deliberate mistake is that on Sunday, it’s the battle of the compass – East Thurrock v West Billericay – and not Hutton.  Not even they could play two matches at the same time!

Ever had one of those days?


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Going Goal Crackers – The Weekend Review

For the low down on an incredible afternoon at the Arena, and to find out how a tight local derby tussle turned out, the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sport Weekend Review 8-9 Dec 2012]


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Brentwood Town v Soham Town Rangers – LIVE

Brentwood Town 6-3  Soaham Town Rangers

Billericay Town 2-0  Bath City

Harrow Borough  2-3  East Thurrock United

Bristol Rovers  0-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Fleetwood Town  0-0  Southend United


FULL TIME:  And what an incredible afternoon it’s been at the Arena.  We may have broke our draw duck, but nine goals, near misses, shouting, swearing, and the smell of stew.  A fabulous 90 minutes.  It sets up Brentwood Town’s Essex Cup confrontation nicely.  Been a good day for our sides elsewhere too.  Much better than Christmas shopping this.

[audio:|titles=13 – Brentwood 6-3 Soham – Full Time]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


Injury Time:  I think the hosts are safe.  Just.  Though Soham are throwing the frozen kitchen sink at them.

85th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 6,  SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 3  A scramble inside the six yard box after a Jonathan Miles fumble, and ROBBIE MASON completes the second hat-trick of the afternoon.

[audio:|titles=12 – Brentwood 6-3 Soham]

What a game!

80th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 6,  Soham Town Rangers 2  A break, a trip, a free kick, a moan, a consultation with the lino, a penalty, another ALEX READ goal.

[audio:|titles=11 – Brentwood 6-2 Soham]

It’s just that simple.


78th min – Abs Thompson replaces Steve Butterworth.  His first action, apart from putting his hands down his shorts, is to help the defence out as Soham Town Rangers earn a number of corners.  They are all cleared relatively comfortably though.

75th min – Great early run from Steve Butterworth on the right, finding space from a free kick.  He cuts inside the area and shoots, but it’s comfortably blocked.

73rd min – And Robbie tries to make an immediate impact with a dipping shot from around 30 yards.  Which dips just over the bar of the goals on the training pitch.

69th min – Wood take off Lewis Frost  – a very apt name in these conditions now – and bring on Robbie Rees.

67th min – Even closer.  A free kick comes in from the right touchline, about 30 yards out, and Joe Asensi’s header from six yards misses the crossbar by about a milimetre.

64th min – Perilously close to the visitors closing the gap further.  Great run down the right, a high centre into the area, and Luke Stanley volleys just over from about 10 yards.

57th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 5,  SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 2  Well, no.  Home defence asleep again, ROBBIE MASON left on his own inside the area, and his low shot reduces the deficit.

[audio:|titles=10 – Brentwood 5-2 Soham]

Surely not?


54th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 5,  Soham Town Rangers 1  From the goal kick, the ball is played to DARYL ROBSON on the edge of the area.  He learnt his lesson from a minute ago.  Not much power, but low, accurate and in.

[audio:|titles=9 – Brentwood 5-1 Soham]

Game safe?


53rd min – A Daryl Robson first time shot from just outside the area ends up just outside Shenfield.

50th min – A stinging Luke Stanley shot is excellently pasrried away by Jonathan Miles for a Soham corner, which is easily cleared.  An understandably urgent start to the second half from the visitors.

4.02pm – KICK OFF!  What on earth will happen next?


HALF TIME:  And yet another magical 45 minutes comes to a close.  I do pick ’em.  It looked ominous at the start, grave after 25 minutes, but somehow Brentwood Town have stormed it in the clear blue skies.  What a game.

[audio:|titles=8 – Brentwood 4-1 Soham – Half Time]

Right, off for a Bovril and a lie-down.  Laters.


45th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 4,  Soham Town Rangers 1  As Alex has the matchball safely in his pocket, he turns provider.  Low pass inside the area, and ABS THOMPSON ‘s shot from about eight yards puts Brentwood in dreamland.

[audio:|titles=7 – Brentwood 4-1 Soham]

Oh yes!


42nd min – You can tell a game’s a cracker when I spend all my time trying to keep the updating updates up to date – and filing.  So, so much action the past 20 minutes.  The visitors look a bit shell shocked.  No wonder.

38th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 3,  Soham Town Rangers 1  This is getting stupid.  More pass and move down the right, a centre from the byeline and ALEX READ is incredibly on his own inside the six yard box.  He controls and completes his hat trick and still has time to light a cigarette.

[audio:|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-1 Soham]

Marevllous fun.


32nd min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Soham Town Rangers 1  Blimey.  Great pass and movement down the right, a through ball to ALEX READ, the keeper comes out to narrow the angle, but Alex cleverly shoots over him and into the left hand corner of the corner.

[audio:|titles=5 – Brentwood 2-1 Soham]

Cracking stuff!


28th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 1,  Soham Town Rangers 1  How about that for a response?  Daryl Robson runs at the defence on the left, a lovely through ball to ALEX READ, and his low shot goes into the right hand corner of the net.

[audio:|titles=4 – Brentwood 1-1 Soham]

Liquid football!


25th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 0, SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 1  Brentwood just wouldn’t learn from their earlier mistakes.  Asleep again as a pass from the left found ROBBIE MASON totally unmarked, inside the area on the right.  He made no mistake this time.

[audio:|titles=3 – Brentwood 0-1 Soham]



22nd min – It’s cold but the action on the pitch is hot.  Ooooh errr indeed.

[audio:|titles=2 – Brentwood v Soham Mid 1st Half]

A cracker so far.


20th min – Alex Read comes even closer, this time a piledriver from a similar distance on the left, which was turned around the near post superbly.  The subsequent corner is easily cleared.

18th min – Soham custodian Dan Bircham atones for his earlier error with a fine save from a low 20 yard Alex Read shot, from a central right position.  It looked in all the way, but he got a hand to it and was then booted clear.

16th min – Getting very nippy here now.  Thank goodness I managed to buy some jeans this week. George at Asda, fiver, can’t go wrong.  Back in the land of football, lots of shouting and endeavour but no creating or shooting.

12th min – A moment of controversy.  Brentwood thought that had taken the lead.  Steve Butterworth shoots from inside the area after a long ball down the left, the visiting keeper fumbles it, and Daryl Robson bundles home the rebound.  The lino, though, had his flag up before the shot went in, and it’s chalked off.  More incandescence from the home dugout.  I shouldn’t.  But chortle.

7th min – Oops.  The home defence went to sleep, and a cross field pass found Soham’s James McCabe completely unmarked on the right, about 10 yards from the byeline.  His centre’s a good one but Robbie Mason heads over.  Sweary words emanate from the home dugout.

6th min – Why is there a smell of stew?  The hosts are now settling down after the early scare.  Nothing created by either side since then.

2nd min – Already a major let off for ‘Wood.  Jonathan Miles kick from goal goes straight to Soham’s Luke Stanley, unmarked and just 20 yards out.  He redeems himself, however, with a superb parry away from the free shot.  Phew.

3.01pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to Plan B and a bit of indifference, Brentwood in their light blue shirts and socks with white shirts, and Soham in green and white stripes, green shorts and socks.  Provided by Primark and George At Asda.

2.55pm – The crowd is on the small side.  Sort of enough space on a park bench size.  But the club staff are friendly and as enthusiastic as ever.  It’s a pity the locals can’t pop down to visit a bit more often.  Much better than trolley bashing and Christmas shopping.

2.50pm – Team News  Brentwood Town go with:

1 – Jonathan Miles

2 – Ryan Doyle (c)

3 – Ted Llewellyn

4 – Connor Witherspoon

5 – Darren Blewitt

6 – Sam West

7 – Steve Butterworth

8 – Daryl Robson

9 – Alex Read

10 – Lewis Frost

11 – Abs Seymour


12 – Sam Bantick

14 – Greg Cohen

15 – Martyn Stokes

16 – Robbie Rees

17 – Abs Thompson

Plenty of players who know their stuff there.


2.45pm – In the other games, East Thurrock have drawn their last three league matches, and eight out of 14 in the season.  They need to start winning sooner rather than later.

Something that Billericay Town also need to start doing again today.  Bit of a rollercoaster season so far for the New Lodge side.  A run of wins followed by a run of defeats.  It’d be nice to just win consistently.  But how boring would that be?

Tough away trips for our League Two sides, but they’re both in such decent form they should hold no fears.  I once went past a launderette with internet access in Bristol, you know.  I guess all the dirty websites you got onto in there were soon washed away.


2.40pm – As you may have realised, I have a bit of a track record for dramatic late equalisers and goals the past couple of months.  In the last eight games, seven have featured last minute or injury time equalisers.  12 goals have been scored in the last five minutes in those games too.

The other game of those eight was comparatively boring.  Just a team coming back from 2-0 down to draw level in the last quarter of an hour.  Pah.

If Brentwood are a goal up after 85 minutes, I’m going home, and win the three points for them.  If they’re getting beat, I’ll just wave to the away team’s dug-out, letting them know the fate that awaits them.  Chortle.


2.35pm – Good afternoon from a very chilly Arena for this afternoon’s Ryman One North clash.  And, after all these postponements in recent weeks, we’re due a good ‘un.

This shows promise too.  Looks can be deceptive you know.  Brentwood Town seem as if they’re having a bit of a languish, down in 17th.  Due to cup commitments and postponements, however, they have plenty of scope for climbing up the table.

Their opponents were understandably the pre-season favourites after a lot of summer investment and a few names being brought in.  Soham Town Rangers have  only just recovered, though, from a disastrous start, and are still four points adrift off the play-off zone.

It could get worse though for them too.  Brentwood may be eight points behind their visitors, but have a massive six games in hand.  As unlikely as it seems, this could be the springboard of a promotion bid for the hosts if things go their way.  This match may well be an early Christmas cracker.

[audio:|titles=1 – Brentwood v Soham Preview]

As ever, simply refresh the page every few minutes, and instead of freezing your bits off at the shops, you’ll feel a warm glow from all the top notch footballing action coming your way.



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Hotting Up As It Gets Colder – The Weekend Preview

For news of where your local teams are, and a big day in store for some of the ladies, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Weekend Local Sport Preview 8-9 Dec 2012]
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Bakers Dozen Lodged – The Weekend Review

For details on a stunning win on Sunday, and a fine victory on Saturday, the weekend review is here

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Weekend Review 1-2 Dec 2012]
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Saturday Afternoon Football – LIVE (sort of …)

Brentwood Town P-P  Wroxham

Billericay Town 1-2  Dover Athletic

Lewes  1-1  East Thurrock United

Bury  1-1  Southend United

Torquay United  2-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Southend Manor  2-2  Basildon United


FULL TIME:  And a fitting tribute to the late, great Mitchell Cole it was, as one of his last clubs stage a stirring fightback, keeping in tune with the normal Phoenix FM match coverage.  One way or another, it’s been a fun afternoon.

[audio:|titles=5 – Full Time]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


90th min – Billericay Town halve the deficit.  Could they ….. ?

88th min – Unbelievable.  Yet another late equaliser.  A stunning shot.  Basildon United have shown nothing yet somehow drawn level.  I’m afraid my mask of impartiality was taken off and instead a mask of “Yes!  Get in there!” was put on instead.  Chortle.

85th min – Looks like game over, though, at New Lodge, as Dover double their lead.

84th min – Game on here.  A free kick, a header from the sub at the far post, and Basildon are back in it.  An interesting last few minutes here awaits us.

82nd min – Yes!  Kris Newby drags the Rocks level at the Dripping Pan.  Which sounds almost illegal, but means East Thurrock United have equalised.  Daggers joy at Torquay, however, is short lived.  Boo.

80th min – Getting news of a serious injury to a Billericay Town player at New Lodge, unconfirmed reports saying it’s Glen Poole.  A stretcher and neck brace have been called for.  Fingers crossed it’s just precautionary.

77th min – Miss of the season here.  Southend Manor press again, the centre forward is completely clear inside the area, with just the goal in front of him.  He sidefoots is calmly and deliberately.  Past the left hand post.  Chortle and double chortle.

75th min – Yes, a bit of cheer.  Daggers draw level down Devon way.  Huzzah!

68th min – Here, Manor have a free kick from 25 yards tipped over the bar.

[audio:|titles=4 – Mid 2nd Half]

But elsewhere it’s not so good.  Frozen football.

60th min – Not too much going on so we’re chatting about darts players fighting on the oche, which happened yesterday.  Great fun.  Unlike here.

52nd min – Seven minutes of nothing here in the second half so far.  No news elsewhere either.  Bottom clenchingly cold though.  And in the FA Cup, Chelmsford City’s run looks to be over, a couple of goals and a player down.  Harumph.

4.01pm – Kick Off! As news comes through that East Thurrock United are losing too.  Not happy at all.  Although the Bees are far more unhappy here.


HALF TIME: All very comfortable for Manor here.  Basildon are trying but haven’t shown anything really threatening, and they trudge off arguing with each other.  Oops.

[audio:|titles=3 – Half Time]

Anyway, we’re off for a Bovril and a thaw.  Laters.

45th min – Hurrah!  Gavin Zico Tomlin levels things up for Southend United at Bury.  Game on!

43rd min – Here, a Southend Manor shot slides centimetres past the far post.  Of Sparta Rotterdam’s goal.  Chortle.

39th min – It’s all going Duncan Norvelle.  Daggers let in a goal now.  One drawing, three losing, not a goal between them so far.  Very poor, Vic.

35th min – Bother.  Southend United go behind in the FA Cup at Bury, just as Manor go 2-0 ahead here.

32nd min – Awful Basildon defending here luckily goes unpunished.  North of the border, the two Highland League clubs are holding their own (chortle) against SFL1 sides.  Sadly, closer to home, Chelmsford City, in which we featured two classic FA Cup battles earlier this season, trail Crawley Town.

24th min – Perfect timing.  Jay Smith beats his marker inside the left hand side of the box and slots home from around 8 yards.  1-0 to Southend Manor.

22nd min – Not particularly good here but not entirely unexpected.

[audio:|titles=2 – Mid 1st Half]

It will hopefully liven up here and elsewhere too.

20th min – Back here, and ooh, that’s a bad miss.  Basildon attack down the right, a cross field pass finds the centre forward unmarked inside the area, but he shanks it high and wide.  Not exactly liquid football here so far.

17th min – And Billericay fall behind.  Ulp.  I hexed them there.

15th min – Less action than Ladies Night at a convent so far for our sides.  Not a goal between them yet.  Dover came close with a Ricky Modeste shot, so they win the competition for most camp player’s name.

8th min – Play is stopped for an injured Manor player.  Elsewhere, Hastings United, possibly the worst team we’ve seen this season, have somehow made it into the 3rd round draw of the FA Cup after a 1-1 draw away at Harrogate Town.  Ridiculous but great.

3rd min – After early visiting pressure, Manor break forward on the right, and Chris Baddeley gets to the ball on the edge of the area, lobs over keeper Steve Brown, but hits the outside of the near post.  A real let off for Basildon.

3.00pm – KICK OFF! Manor in their normal yellow with black shorts, the Bees in all red.


2.59pm – The minute’s silence for the late Southend United and Basildon United great Mitchell Cole is so well observed you could hear the distant tweet of the birds.  Spine tingling but so, so sad.

2.55pm – The teams come out to a tiny, cold and silent crowd.  This is why I love football.  It’s the glamour.

2.50pm – Before we set off, we were watching two football games, with time running out.  We assumed West Ham and Ross County had been beaten.  But 10 minutes later, once we arrive, West Ham have won and County are denied an injury time winner by a Caley Thistle injury time equaliser.  Funny old game innit.

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town will want to get back to winning ways shortly after their midweek hammering.  Their opponents, though, also hammered them recently, so it’s a tough ask for the New Lodge side.

East Thurrock United have an equally difficult afternoon awaiting them, at a side only beaten once at home all season.  The Rocks, though, have only lost once away, so they don’t travel without hope.

Long away days for our Football League sides, too, but Southend United have the consolation of knowing their game is an FA Cup match, so if the worst happens against a side a division above them, their promotion hopes remain untroubled by it.  They can relax and go for it – for Mitchell Cole.


2.40pm – A very good winter’s afternoon from The Southchurch Park Arena.  Haven’t been here for a while and it’s a pleasure to be back.

In the aftermath of a grisly morning for non-league and local football, it seems somehow fitting that, in place of the postponed encounter at Brentwood Town, we’ve hastily re-arranged things and got ourselves to the home of Southend Manor.

I can’t say I knew Mitchell Cole.  My only knowledge of him is the storming displays of his from midfield as Southend United took the League One title in 2006.

Latterly, he turned out briefly this season for Basildon United.  He, and the team, played well, but didn’t get the results they deserved.

I was aware of the condition he had which prevented him from furthering a promising professional career.  We all felt sympathy at the time but nobody could ever expect this morning’s tragic news.  27 is far, far too young for your time to be up.  Thoughts are with his family at this horrible time.

It will be so fitting that the last team he played for, Basildon United (the team I support coincidentally), came up with an unexpected way win here against Southend Manor.  Regardless of the result, though, it puts everything into perspective.  RIP Mitchell Cole.

[audio:|titles=1 – Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and this afternoon’s understandably muted coverage of today’s games will come your way.


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Games People Play – The Weekend Preview

For details of another full football schedule, and a less than full rugby fixture list, the weekend preview is here.

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A Little Down, A Little Out – The Weekend Review

For news on a disappointing Trophy exit, and mixed fortunes in rugby, the weekend review is here.

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East Thurrock United v Leiston – LIVE

East Thurrock United 2-2 Leiston

Billericay Town 0-3 Cambridge United

Needham Market  1-1  Brentwood Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Fleetwood Town

Southend United 3-1 Rochdale


FULL TIME Apologies again for the sporadic updates.  No dongle, no phone signal, not even a team sheet. It’s been as trying an afternoon for me as it was for the Rocks.   Let’s just say that their after match warm-down was considerably hotter and less relaxing than usual.   That’s football for you.  And life too!

[audio:|titles=8 – East Thurrock 2-2 Leiston FT Summary]

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me. And Everything Everywhere? I couldn’t get anything anywhere. Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.

84th min – Ooh, all Leiston.   A shot goes across the face of goal and goes for a corner on the right. It’s delivered superbly and it takes a last ditch header to prevent a goal.  Phew.

76th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 2, LEISTON 2 What did I say about errors?  A visiting goal kick, a free Rocks header and kick is misdirected, and EMAUELLE OSEI takes advantage, running down the left inside the area and lobbing in.

[audio:|titles=7 – East Thurrock 2-2 Leiston]

Game well and truly on.

68th min – Fingers are frozen so updates are getting more sporadic.   Fairly even at the moment. The rain has intensified though so errors are inevitable in the closing stages.   The Leiston fans are berating the ref and lino, once for an offside decision where the visiting player was at least 2 yards off.

[audio:|titles=6 – East Thurrock 2-1 Leiston Mid 2nd Half]

Great fun to see them react like that.

60th min -The conditions are winning here. The rain is now torrential. Play is very evsn, with one great save made at the Rocks end. The visiting supporters are gerting loud and a little over excited in a mix of yokel and Eastuary English. Chortle.

51st min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 2, LEISTON 1 Game on.   A run down the left, a cross whipped in on the edge of the area, and the deficit is halved by BROTHERS with a close range shot.

[audio:|titles=5 – East Thurrock 2-1 Leiston]

This could be fun.

4.05pm – KICK OFF! With plenty of mickey taking at Hakeem’s dancing skills.

HALF TIME [audio:|titles=4 – East Thurrock 2-0 HT Summary]

45th min – GOAL! …..EAST THURROCK UNITED 2, Leiston 0 Well, HAKEEM ARABA gets the credit for that one. A corner on the right after a Spencer Harrison shot is saved.   There’s a melee and a terrible keeper’s error.  Hakeem celebrates and does a ridiculous robot dance so I guess he got the final touch inside the six yard box.

[audio:|titles=3 – East Thurrock 2-0 Leiston]

Oh yes!

44th min – Oof, even closer. Another centre finds the visiting forward frwe with the ball inside the six yard box. It takes a wonderful smothering save to prevent the equaliser

43rd min – Ooh, close to an equaliser. Ryan Sammons gets out of position going forward down the Rocks left. The visitors exploit the gap and a centre flashes across the face of goal.

40th min – Nothimg much going on except misplaced passes and the Leiston pensioner berating his side whenever they try to play the ball on the floor. Chortle. Elsewhere, Billericay fall behind.

30th min – Apologies for lack of updates. My dongle is done and the phone is so fiddly.  Rocks have had a Hakeem Araba goal chalked out for offside.   And there a senior citizen right in front of me with a hearing aid who thinks everyone is as hard of hearing as him, shouting louder than Concorde.  Not having a great afternoon.  But you have to chortle.

22nd min – GOAL! …. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1, Leiston 0 And a wonderful chip from Reiss Gilbey, from about 22 yards out on the mid left, opens the football.

[audio:|titles=2 – East Thurrock 1-0 Leiston]

Liquid football. Almost literally.

17th min – Having said that ….. A visiting break down the left, Rocks defenders appeal to the ref for an infringment but don’t play on, the centre meets the head of an onrushing forward but goes just wide.

15th min – Another wicked, low centre into the Leiston six yard box, and Hakeem Araba is centimetres from connecting. The Rocks have settled down well.

10th min – Play switches to the Manorway End goal. Great run and centre down the right hand side, it goes inside the six yard box, there’s a scramble, a shot cleared off the line, and Kris Newby’s follw-up slams against the near post.

3rd min – Ooh, close for the visitors. A move down the left, they get by Spencer Harrison, and the shot inside the area goes a foot wide of the near post. Blimey.

3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.57pm – The teams come out to a crowd of drenched die hards.

2.55pm – The rain is chucking it down but the pitch is fandabidozy. As is Covo’s beard.

2.50pm – Oops, my dongle is on the blink. Which isn’t a euphemism. Updates are going to be tricky. Let’s see how android updates work.

2.45pm – A very good afternoon from a soggy Rookery Hill for this afternoon’s little treasure trove of football fun.

Thrilled as we were by the Rocks amazing FA Cup ties last month, it doesn’t disguise the fact that their Ryman Premier League position is a little underwhelming 15th.  Admittedly, they have games in hand, but it points Covo’s boys want.

Their opponents from East Anglia have found the going tough after last season’s promotion, and find themselves rock bottom.  It’s these games that give you the collywobbles though.  This could be a tricky afternoon.

Elsewhere, Brentwood face a long trip to Suffolk in the search for equally important points, being 18th in Ryman One North.  We were also hoping to feature Billericay Town’s FA Trophy tie with Cambridge United, but for one reason or another, it wasn’t to be, but it’s always a pleasure to follow the Rocks.

[audio:|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Leiston Preview]

You probably know the score by now.  Just refresh the page every few minutes and all the drama and japery of an afternoon at Rookery Hill shall be yours.


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Over The Posts, Under The Bar – The Weekend Preview

To find out where to go to see your local side, and with the possibility of revenge at the expense of a university city,  the weekend preview is here.

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Brentwood Baseball on Between the Lines

HELLOOOO. This week on Between the Lines we were joined by Tom Keegan from Brentwood Baseball Club, who talked about the clubs ambition to launch softball. The club were looking to aim softball at brothers, sisters and shall we say WAGS. It’s a scaled down version of baseball with the bases being closer together and an under-arm pitch. Initially, softball would start up on on a recreational basis so anyone can turn up and have a hit! The club is looking to get a permanent back structure so is looking for 100 firms to sponsor £100 and in return these firms can get use of the ball park and get involved with the club. Juniors go free whilst a membership is only £100 per year. Sound good to you? Check out the clubs website at or contact Tom at TOMKEEGAN7777@YAHOO.CO.UK. Tune in next Saturday between 4-6pm. FAREWELL.

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Saturday Afternoon Football – LIVE

Brentwood Town 4-0  Ware

Bromley  0-1  Billericay Town

Wingate & Finchley  0-1  East Thurrock United

Burton Albion  3-2  Dagenham & Redbridge

Torquay United  1-4  Southend United

Great Wakering Rovers  3-1  Hullbridge Sports


FULL TIME: It’s been, overall, an excellent one for our sides.  All of our local sides winning, Southend having a great result at Torquay.  A pity about Dagenham but I suppose we can’t have everything.  And it finished 3-1 here.

[audio:|titles=5 – Full Time Summary]

Thank you so much for logging on, hope it’s been mildly fun.  Until the next time, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


Injury Time – GOAL! And BRENTWOOD TOWN, almost inevitably it seems, go 4-0 ahead.  Poor Ware, rock bottom of Ryman One North.  But then again, another great Blues win.  Get in there boys.

88th min – And Burton take the lead again.  No, no, no, that’s simply not fair.

85th min – GOAL! And BRENTWOOD TOWN make the game safe at 3-0.  Hurrah!  A late equaliser for Dagenham as well.  Oh yes!  It’s fizzling out here at Burroughs Park.  Another game ruined by the very people who are supposed to let the match be just that.

77th min – GOAL! A good day at the Arena.  BRENTWOOD TOWN double their advantage.  Ware?  They’re not all there.  Don’t chortle.  That was terrible.

75th min – So England have lost at the rugby.  Livepool, Man City, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom are all winning in the Premier League.  And joy, Hearts lead St. Mirren.  I’m a happy bunny at last.

70th min – 3-1 here now.  Hullbridge get a ridiculous penalty after their ridiculous sending off.  Elsewhere it’s looking good for our local sides.

[audio:|titles=4 – Midway 2nd Half]

That’ll do me.

65th min – The expected terrible refereeing decision has happened.  A Hullbridge player sent off for an honest 50/50 challenge.  The ref is being assessed so it explains a lot.  In the Premier League, Chelsea now trail.  Chortle.

60th min – It’s all gone Mariella Frostrup in Staffordshire.  Daggers now trail.  Rovers now three up here.  At the rugby, Scotland have lost honourably to South Africa, 10-21.  England, with just a few minutes left, are still losing to the Aussies, 14-20.  Hmmmm.

59th min – I suppose it couldn’t last with all of our teams.  A deflected shot puts Burton level against Dagenham.  Nice while it lasted though.

56th min – Southend obviously like their visits to other seaside resorts.  4-0.  Good grief.  Fawlty Towers was on last night.  It was a sign, you know.  A sign that I like classic comedy when I come in from a night out.

51st min – Rovers go 2-0 up here.  Route one stuff.  No goals for any of our sides yet in this second half.  Further afield, Chelsea are, unsurprisingly, being held by West Brom.  And in rugby, Scotland and England trail.  Ho hum.

4.00pm – Kick Off! Ooh, blimey, that was a short break.


HALF TIME: And so far so good for all of our teams.  All winning – with four out of the five away as well.  Marvellous stuff.  Another 45 minutes like that and … well, it will be five wins.

[audio:|titles=3 – Half Time Scores]

Right, I’m off for a Bovril and a celebratory Bovril.  Laters.


Injury time: Good grief.  3-0 to Southend United.  I wonder how ex Shrimper Craig Easton is feeling in a home shirt today.  He won’t be chortling.  But it’ll have something to do with a parrot, I’m sure.  Oh yes.

45th min – Drama here as Louis Godwin Green in the Rovers goal saves a penalty.  Cracking stuff.

41st min – Ooh, close thing here.  The pinked shirt Hullbridge Sports hit the bar from a free kick.  Elsewhere, Mark Hughes is under pressure at QPR as Southampton are winning.  And north of the border bottom side Dundee are beating second placed Hibernian.  I shouldn’t – but chortle.

37th min – GOAL! And that makes it perfect.  Word reaches me – from a Ware fan rather than through anyone from the home club – that Brentwood had taken the lead much earlier on through a penalty.  Oh yes.  Indeed yes.

34th min – A goal in front of me too.  Danny Heale gives Rovers the lead after a bit of a scramble from a corner.

33rd min – GOAL! Getting better too.  Ex ESL striker Dwight Gayle gives the Daggers the lead up at Burton.  Blimey.

27th min – I’m glad the match here seems pretty dull apart from Hullbridge’s pink shirts, as all the action is elsewhere.

[audio:|titles=2 – Midway 1st Half]

A good start.

21st min -GOAL! Get in there!  Word reaches me that EAST THURROCK UNITED have scored an early goal through Kye Ruel.  Spiffing start.  Quite evenly balanced here at Burroughs Park, the 3 or 4 minutes I’ve watched.

19th min – GOAL! Cooking on gas now.  BILLERICAY TOWN take the lead through Jay May.  Bang on!

17th min – Ooh, goalio!  The Shrimpers put their noses in front at Plainmoor.  The Gulls will be after them now.

12th min – The floodlights have gone off.  Again.  Chortle.  Again.  At the rugby, England are drawing with Australia and Scotland are being gubbed by South Africa.  But no hint of a goal at our games so far though.

7th min – No goals here or anywhere so far.  Rovers almost scored in the first 30 seconds, Hullbridge had half a shout for a penalty.  Lots of goals at the Emirates though.  The vast majority of  them in Tottenham’s net.  Chortle.  And a full house at Tynecastle for the excitement and thrill of Hearts v St. Mirren.  Why wouldn’t there be?

3.01pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


2.55pm – Before all the Saturday afternoon fun begins, Joe and I took in some Friday night football.  Barnet are due to move out of Underhill in 2013.  We took in their League 2 clash against Accrington Stanley, and for those of you who missed the twitter feed, here’s how it went.

[audio:|titles=Barnet 1-1 Accrington Stanley]

Yep,  we certainly enjoyed our night out in North London, and will try to make it back before the ground is no more.  Well worth a visit.


2.50pm – Elsewhere, in the whole wide world of sport, there’s another weekend of rugby internationals, including England v Australia and Scotland v Seuth Efriker.  I remember a few years ago I went to Scotland v Australia rather than England v Springboks.

Only because it was actually cheaper for me to get a ticket for that game, train to Stansted, flight to Edinburgh, and bus to Murrayfield, than it was for just one England ticket.   With tickets from just a tenner today up in Chilly Jocko Land, I’ve no doubt it’d be cheaper to go there again.   Ridiculous but that’s how it is with England rugby these days.


2.45pm – A very good afternoon, today from Burroughs Park, for another thrill-laden rollercoaster ride that is matchday for our local sides.

Yet again, family circumstances dictate that I can only venture as far as my local club rather than out and about at one of the featured games itself.  In particular, for one reason or another, it’s over two months since Billericay Town had the live treatment.  That will be rectified sooner rather than later.

At the moment all of our non-league sides are in the lower reaches of their divisions, and it’s getting to the stage when they need to start picking up those three points regularly.  East Thurrock United look particularly vulnerable at this stage.

It’s not that much better for our League Two sides, mind.  Both are drifting away in mid-table and have tricky away matches to contend with, although with Burton Albion having played less than 48 hours ago, the Daggers will feel they have a good chance of a win today.

The game I’m at, just round the corner from me, features the ESL’s top side, Great Wakering Rovers, in a local derby against Hullbridge Sports, who have a tasty looking Essex Senior Cup tie at home to Southend United coming up.

In truth, I have little affinity with Rovers, and their games tend to be dull, so I’ll be just keeping an eye on the game rather than watching it intently, as the scores come in from around the ground.  As well as indulging in some unfunny one-liners at the expense of more well known clubs.  One way or another, it’ll be a chortle.

[audio:|titles=Matchday Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and all the fun of the local football fair will be yours.



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Moving On Up – The Weekend Preview

For news on who’s playing where, as all of our teams try to work their way up their leagues, the weekend preview is here.

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Midweek Football LIVE

Brentwood Town 1-4  Kingstonian

East Thurrock United 1-3  Bury Town

Clapton  1-1  Southend Manor


FULL TIME:  Oh, what fun it was too.  A bad night for our sides, sadly, but at least the fireworks at the Old Spotted Dog was spectacular.

[audio:|titles=7 – Clapton 1-1 Southend Manor FT Summary]

Until the weekend (we are still unsure as to what featured live there will be then) enjoy yourselves, and your football.


90th min – GOAL! ….. CLAPTON 1,  Southend Manor 1 I don’t believe this.  Sixtth live game on the trot with a last minute equaliser!

[audio:|titles=6 – Clapton 1-1 Southend Manor]

Great stuff Clapton.

85th min – Time is ticking away for Clapton to stop my colleague losing run of 29 years (with the odd draw – and believe me, in the ESL, they are all odd).  The game has been poor, but the fireworks and singing has been a bit of a chortle.  Great to be here tonight.

80th min – Yet another player being treated.  Elsewhere, Concord are beating Takeley 8-1 in the Essex Senior Cup.  Jason Hallett has netted seven of the hosts eight goals.  After Takeley took the lead too.  Crumbs.

75th min – Turns out it was Southend Manor’s token Sunderland fan, Chris Baddeley, that whacked the Manor goal in.  The scoreline is getting more depressing at Rookery Hill.  Ah well.  At least the fireworks here are good.

71st min – GOAL! ….. Clapton 0,  SOUTHEND MANOR 1 Good grief, what a goal.  What a pity I didn’t see it.

[audio:|titles=5 – Clapton 0-1 Southend Manor]

Liquid football.  Apparently.

65th min – Manor have got on top, creating chances, forcing corners.  Who cares, though?  We’re fearing for our lives with these continual explosions around us.

[audio:|titles=4 – Clapton – Southend Manor Mid 2nd]

Plenty of time for a goal though.

60th min – Ooh, Chris Baddeley of  Southend Manor is lucky not to see yellow at least for what looked to be a studs up tackle.  Elsewhere, Braintree trail 2-0 to Tranmere in the FA Cup and now East Thurrock have fallen behind.  Bah.

55th min – The So Solid Crew appear to have become Clapton fans, judging by all their drum’n’bass chants.  Meanwhile, smoke envelopes us and there’s the constant sound of explosives going off.  Just like a normal evening out at Bas Vegas.  There may have been a handball inside the Manor area but nobody could see.

50th min – Bah.  Bury Town draw level at Rookery Hill.  Someone’s just asked what Clapton’s nickname was, amongst all the firecrackers and occasional outbreaks of a football match.  “Down the tubes” was the laconic reply.  Chortle.

8.50pm – Kick off! Oh yes.


HALF TIME:  And, as the fireworks start to land on the pitch, one way or another, it was great fun here at the Old Spotted Dog.  Manor should be down to 10 men, no doubt about that.  Even so, Clapton have been better even at 11 v 11.  Great news for East Thurrock, but as for Brentwood, ahem …..

[audio:|titles=3 – Clapton 0-0 Southend Manor HT Summary]

Right, I’m off for a Bovril and a banger.  Laters.


45th min – Some liquid football from Clapton.  Manor keeper Adam Seal is forced into superbly parrying a fierce 25 yard shot for a corner.  From that comes another shot which just evades the top left hand corner of the net.

40th min – “Come on Ashley Cole” shouts one of the home supporters to their injured full back.  Well, he might be actually sending a voicemail message on vibrate mode to someone, but it’s doubtful.  Vision is seriously impaired by the fireworks, meanwhile.  Not too sure if we’re in East London or East Beirut at the moment.

35th min – Elsewhere, for Essex sides, Braintree trail Tranmere in the FA Cup, and Chelmsford are level 1-1 with Dover in the FA Trophy.  Here at the Old Spotted Dog, it’s still the hosts having slightly the better of it.

31st min – Hurrah, a bit of cheer at last, as Sam Collins gives the Rocks the lead.  A delay here as a Clapton player is treated.  At least I think so.  Difficult to tell in all the smoke.

25th min – Lots of handbags after a Southend Manor forward kicks out at a Clapton defender while he’s lying on the floor.

[audio:|titles=2 – Clapton – Southend Manor Mid 1st Half]

Incredibly he gets only a yellow, whilst the Clapton goalie gets a yellow for dissent.

22nd min – Gloomier by the minute at the Arena.  Only International Rescue can save Brentwood now.

17th min – Ooh, a speculative Clapton shot from just over 20 yards goes just outside the right hand post.  Could the 29 year hoodoo be broken?  My colleague here is starting to shake.  But that’s more to do with the bangers going off.

12th min – As soon as I say that, word reaches me that Brentwood have fallen a goal behind at the Arena.  Now that’s just not playing the game.

10th min – No news yet of any goals at Brentwood or East Thurrock.  Or anywhere for that matter.  Clapton have started the better here.  There’s loads of fireworks going off around us.  Apparently it’s Divali tonight.  I think the wailing siren sounds, though, indicates it’s something other than fireworks.  Ulp.

5th min – Bit of early Clapton pressure, a corner that came to nothing and shot that was deflected wide.  Manor just tried to play through the centre but had as much success as Helen Flanagan.

7.48pm – KICK OFF! Oh …


7.45pm – The teams come out to a small but enthusiastic crowd.

7.40pm – For the unitiated, Clapton and Southend Manor are languishing in the lower reaches of the Essex Senior League.  There is, of course, no ESL sides in the Brentwood or Billericay areas, but so many players at Ryman League and Conference level come through this league.  And Clapton is almost in our area.

The ground isn’t the grandest, and I remember the afternoon where ‘H’ was asked to bring his gun after one such game.  Great fun.

7.35pm – A very good evening from the Old Spotted Dog, home of London’s oldest senior football club, Clapton, for a trip out of the ordinary.  Something which is in danger of becoming the norm, though, bearing in mind the continual dramatic finishes recently.

Brentwood Town are having their moment in the sun presently.  A home clash with Colchester United waiting in the wings in the Essex Senior Cup, if they can finish off the job tonight against Kingstonian, a mouth watering FA Trophy clash at home to Conference high flyers Dartford will be theirs.

Meanwhile, East Thurrock United will be busting a gut to get one over Bury Town in the Ryman Premier tonight at Rookery Hill.  Feelings are still a bit raw from last season’s League Cup Final, when the Rocks were lucky to lose only by 1-0.  Revenge is the dish they want to serve this cold evening.

Alas, other commitments elsewhere mean I wouldn’t make either game until well after kick-off.  Instead, though, a bit of one of those odd little quirks that make life fun.  Tonight’s summariser with me hasn’t seen Clapton, the team his late father played for, win for a staggering 29 years.  For one person at least, it could be a bit of history.

One way or another, this could be one hell of a night at the football.

[audio:|titles=1 – Evening Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and a night of fulsome footballing fun will be yours.


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Getting Through, Going Out, Another Chance – The Weekend Review

For news on some notable away wins, and yet another late, late equaliser, the weekend review is here.

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FA Trophy LIVE: Kingstonian v Brentwood Town

Kingstonian  2-2  Brentwood Town

Billericay Town 3-2  Enfield Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 5-0  Rotherham United

Southend United 0-0  Port Vale


FULL TIME:  Becoming almost blase about these dramatic late finishes but it took me by surprise.  I was all ready to sum up a brave effort from Brentwood, but they went and Blewitt all out of the water as far as the hosts were concerned.

Terrible first half, good second half.  The replay could be special.

[audio:|titles=8 – Kingstonian 2-2 Brentwood FT Summary]

Next up will be the replay at The Arena.  Get yourself there if you can.  Until then, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


89th min – GOAL! ….. Kingstonian 2,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 2 Yet again, late drama!  A corner on the left, the slightest of touches from the head of  DARREN BLEWITT, and it hits the far post and goes in!

[audio:|titles=7 – Kingstonian 2-2 Brentwood]

Get.  In.  There!

88th min – All Brentwood possession-wise, but creating nothing.

84th min – More Brentwood pressure results in a corner from each flank.  But they are easily defended.  Bah.

80th min – Just a blocked Daryl Robson shot to show for visiting pressure these past few minutes.  Time is ticking away.

77th min – A Brentwood substitution.  Robbie Rees comes on for Greg Cohen.

75th min – Another save from Justham, this time from a low shot on the left, that the ref doesn’t see and gives a goal kick.  Chortle.

72nd min – From a home throw-in on the left comes a move and volley on the edge of the area, which Elliott Justham does superbly well to tip over the bar.  Cracking football at last.

69th min – Sorry for the break in updates there, too many goals and stuff in too short a time to get the updates here as regular as I’d like.  Fairly evenly balanced now, both sides looking threatening coming forward now, but neither keeper has been stretched since the last goal.

61st min – GOAL! ….. KINGSTONIAN 2,  Brentwood Town 1 Good grief, a set piece works.  A corner on the right and TOM HUTCHINSON powers home a header from inside the six yard box.

[audio:|titles=6 – Kingstonian 2-1 Brentwood]

Cruel but that’s the Trophy.

57th min – GOAL! ….. Kingstonian 1,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 1 Oh yes!  From yet another terrribly executed Kingstonian set piece, there’s a Brentwood break on the right, and ALEX READ beautifully lobs into the far post corner of the net just inside the area.

[audio:|titles=5 – Kingstonian 1-1 Brentwood]

Liquid football!

51st min – GOAL! ….. KINGSTONIAN 1,  Brentwood Town 0 Rough justice, but that’s how it rolls in one-offs.  The ball is played into the area on the left, and CRAIG MULLEN, the sub, lifts it over one defender and into the net, despite a desperate attempt to kick it off the line.

[audio:|titles=4 – Kingstonian 1-0 Brentwood]

Ho hum.

49th min – A Kingstonian corner on the right is up the usual standard today, unerringly finding the right boot of a defender on the edge of the area.  I’m not saying it’s dull, but I’m currently dispensing hangover cures on twitter.

4.06pm – Kick Off! Please let it be better.


HALF TIME:  Thank goodness for that.  The poorest 45 minutes of the season so far.  No blame attached to Brentwood for this though, they’ve been tidy, efficient, and as the away team doing a more than adequate job.  It’s simply been thoroughly poor from the hosts, who only woke up just before the break.  Things can only get better, surely?

[audio:|titles=3 – Kingstonian 0-0 Brentwood HT Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and some mogadon.  Laters.


44th min – The Kingstonian twitter feed describes that miss from Wase Small as “denying everyone the chance to see the best K’s goal ever.”   What planet are they on?  They certainly can’t be on this planet.  Or Kingstonian have never ever scored ever.

41st min – It’s still not cleared properly, and from the right, the ball is volleyed inside the area.  It hits the roof of the terracing behind the goal but the home fans ooh and aah as if it was cleared off the line.  I suppose it did count as a chance, though, so no wonder they cheered, I guess.

40th min – At last, a bit of home danger, as the ball is centred low from the right and only half cleared, then high from the left that Elliott Justham had to stretch to tip away.

37th min – Abs Seymour is the subject of a clumsy tackle, wide on the right near the halfway line, with the miscreant being booked.  Poor tackle neatly summarising a poor home performance to date.

32nd min – That should have been 1-0 to Brentwood.  Nice through ball to Alex Read on the edge of the area, easily beating the offside trap.  He shoots straight away, though, a weak curler that is easily saved.  A great chance wasted.

29th min – Going forward, Greg Cohen passes the ball straight to an opposing defender, whose long run results in a corner on the Kingstonian left.  Just as well they’ve been rubbish at set pieces thus far.  It ends with a Brentwood break and a Sam Battick shot going high and wide.

24th min – A moment of menace on the Kingstonian right as their winger loses his marker but in the end Abs Seymour clears the danger.

[audio:|titles=2 – Kingstonian 0-0 Brentwood Mid 1st]

Brentwood slightly shading it so far though.

19th min – Brentwood, from Eliiott’s kick, force a corner on the left.  It’s delivered at speed right into the six yard box, but nobody gets a touch.  A flash of danger, though.

18th min – A K’s free kick on the left touchline goes the same way as their earlier effort, into Justham’s hands.  Very wasteful from the hosts.

14th min – First sign of Kingstonian pressure.  The win a corner on the left, and from that, they try a centre from the right into the six yard box, but it goes straight into Elliott Justham’s hands.

11th min – Abs Thompson, from the half way line, hoists a free kick to the right hand edge of the home box.  Greg Cohen gets by his man cleverly but his shot from a tight angle just about catches the 131 bus to Kingston.

8th min – Ooh, so close for a Brentwood Town opener!  Nice run from Alex Read on the left, he gets to the bye line and cuts inside the Kingstonian box.  His low centre across the six yard box evades the keeper – but everyone else.  Encouraging stuff though.

7th min – Daryl Robson gets a yellow card for the first foul of the game, without any malice, more or less on the half way line.  Blimey.

5th min – Nothing to see so far.  Apart from the worst throw-in ever from Brentwood, which was like a glitch on Fifa 13.  Chortle.

3.03pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


3.00pm – The minute’s silence for Remembrance Weekend is impeccably observed.  Today, is after all, only a game.

2.58pm – And out they come to one shout of “Come on Brentwood” and a ripple of applause.  You can feel the excitement.  Or possibly indigestion.

2.55pm – We await the sides to the sounds of Fanfare For The Common People.

2.52pm – Team News: Brentwood Town go with:

1  – Elliott Justham

2  – Ryan Doyle

3  – Abs Seymour

4  – Daryl Robson

5  – Darren Blewitt (c)

6  – Sam West

7  – Abs Thompson

8  – Sam Battick.

9  – Alex Read

10 – Neil Cousins

11 – Greg Cohen

2.50pm – Updates may be a bit slow today as broadband connection is slower than an asthmatic tortoise.  With this dongle you can barely get anything anywhere, Kevin Bacon.

For some reason, Kingstonian have opened three stands for today.  There seems to be barely enough to fill one at the moment.

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town are in the exact opposite role as ‘Wood, at home to a side one league below them, but with the added sting of having beaten their opponents 7-0 in a pre-season friendly.  Enfield Town will have a point to prove.

East Thurrock United have the unusual luxury of a spare weekend, whereas for our League Two sides, it’s back to divisional action with a couple of home games.  Still, we all like bread and butter, don’t we.  I used to prefer marge, mind, but she left some time ago.

2.40pm – Welcome, everyone, to this afternoon’s frivolities from Kingsmeadow.  After all the fun of the FA Cup, could there be more spills and thrills in the Trophy?  Brentwood Town have at last run into a bit of form and seemed to have recovered from that grisly afternoon at South Park.  Redemption for that day could be on its way.

It’s a tough ask though.  Kingstonian are in fine form themselves and currently occupy a play-off slot in the Ryman Premier, one division above Brentwood.  But, as we know, this is what cup – and trophy – upsets are about.  Forget the league, this is just a one-off.  And it could be a cracker.

[audio:|titles=1 – Kingstonian v Brentwood Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and you never know, there could be a few early fireworks coming your way.



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Up For The Cup, Class In The Vase – The Weekend Preview

For news on potential FA Trophy giantkillings on Saturday, FA Cup derby drama on Saunday, and something in a vase, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Local Sports Preview 10-11 Nov 2012]


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Sad And Soggy – The Weekend Review

For news on which sides were rained off, and which ones wish they had been (there’s quite a few, too), the weekend review is here.

[audio:|titles=Weekend Review 3-4 Nov 2012]
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Home And Away, Points And Cups – The Weekend Preview

For news on league matches for the men, and a local cup derby for the women, the weekend preview is here.

[audio:|titles=Weekend Preview 3-4 Nov 2012]
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Anyone Who Had A Hearts Would Love Them Too

As regulars to ‘Between The Lines’ and the online match service will know, October was seen out with a rare absence of live local coverage.

The reason?  A long ago booked up trip to the Auld Reekie, Edinburgh, to take in Hearts v Ross County and the rugby league international between Scotland and England.

Being of Scottish bloodlines, Ross County were always my ‘team’ north of the border back in their Highland League days.  Hearts were always my ‘league team’.  I never thought in a million years they would ever meet in the SPL.





Joe and I, of course, had our take on things

[audio:|titles=Hearts v Ross County Preview]


And when Hearts took the lead

This was our take on it:

[audio:|titles=Hearts 1-0 Ross County]


It was a lead Hearts held until this penalty:






Joe and I were at a loss to understand why:

[audio:|titles=Hearts 1-1 Ross County]


Then, despite Hearts deserving to be on level terms at least, it was the visitors from Dingwall who took the lead, much to the delight of the hundreds of  County fans that had made the 350+ mile round trip.






It was a decent goal, mind:

[audio:|titles=Hearts 1-2 Ross County]


Ordinarily, I’d have had this as a cast iron away win with such a late goal and turnaround.  But not with the dramatic late finishes we’ve had online.  And so it proved.  John Sutton struck …

Both Joe and I, as you can imagine, went away happy

[audio:|titles=Hearts 2-2 Ross County]




The following day we were at the quaintly named Meggetland for the rugby league interntional between Scotland and England.





We, of course, had our own spin on things:

[audio:|titles=Scotland v England Preview]


By half time, with the pipe band blaring, England were almost out of sight.





We were particularly pleased for one local player:

[audio:|titles=Scotland 12-28 England – Half Time]


The second half was the same.  England ran out very easy winners, and London Broncos’ Dan Sarginson was a very happy European champion.

Whereas Joe and I were simply happy to have been there and seen England crowned champions on Auld Enemy turf:

[audio:|titles=Scotland 24-62 England – Full Time]


And that was why there was no live local coverage as October came to a close.  A fabulous city, Edinburgh, teeming with so many things to do.  With plenty of sport, as it turned out, too.  Forget the quality, the entertainment from both games was worth the trip alone.

If you fancy a sporting weekend away from the norm, try Edinburgh.  One way or another, you won’t be disappointed!


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Home Comforts For Men As The Ladies Play Away – The Weekend Preview

To find out where to watch your local side, and who they are playing, the weekend preview is here.

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Sadly, there’s no featured live match either online or during Between The Lines this weekend, but early next week there will be a special feature on a weekend of international duty.  Stay tuned!


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The FA Cup Replay LIVE: East Thurrock United v Chelmsford City

East Thurrock United 4-4  Chelmsford City

(Chelmaford City win 5-3 on penalties)

Brentwood Town 0-2  Waltham Abbey

Billericay Town 2-3  Chesham United

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1  Exeter City

Southend United 1-2  Aldershot Town


Final penalty score: East Thurrock United 3-5 Chelmsford City Anthony Cook with the decisive penalty.  What a game.  Unbelievable.  Magical.

[audio:|titles=13 – Penalties]

Thank you for sharing this magnificent event with me.  Enjoy yourself, and your football.








Newby misses.


For the sake of clarity I will do the scores, no chat, just scores.


121st min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 4,  Chelmsford City 4.  No pretence of impartiality.  KRIS NEWBY.  25 yard shot.  Roof of the net.  I want your babies

[audio:|titles=12 – East Thurrock 4-4 Chelmsford]

The best FA Cup game I’ve ever seen.  Bar none.

120th min – Oh, so close.  Reiss Gilbey crosses from the left, Newby heads it.  A foot over.

118th min – Immense, intense East Thurrock pressure.  City are hanging on by their fingertips.

116th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 3,  CHELMSFORD CITY 4 Here’s your Cup story.  A corner on the right, and ex Rocks playmaker MAX CORNHILL, who scored the own goal equaliser on Satirday, heads home.

[audio:|titles=11 – East Thurrock 3-4 Chelmsford]

What.  A.  Game.

114th min – Kris Newby hits a shot from 30 yards onto the A13.  I think it done it just to get a breather.

111th min – And again East Thurrock reply in kind.  Kris Newby dribbles past a couple of defenders on the left inside the area, and his goalbound shot is superbly saved by Searle.

110th min – Jamie Riley comes to East Thurrock’s rescue.  Anthony Cook uses his trickery inside the area, his shot on the right looks all ends up a goal, but Riley parries superbly.

107th min – The ref almost had an assist there.  A Rocks pass bounces off him into the path of Reiss Gilbey, he puts in Sam Higgins, but Stuart Searle blocks his shot inside the area well.

Extra time half time And Ishmael Welsh replaces Craig Calver for City.  Time to draw breath.

102nd min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 3,  CHELMSFORD CITY 3 Great cross by Anthony Cook, and JAMIE SLABBER puts it away.  Although nobody really knew.

[audio:|titles=10 = East Thurrock 3-3 Chelmsford]

Unbelievable, Jeff.

100th min – Play is held up while treatment is given to a City player.

95th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 3,  Chlemsford City 2 You have to feel sorry for Clarets keeper Stuart Searle.  SAM HIGGINS runs unchallenged on the right, he shoots inside the area, and it somehow slips through Searle’s body into the net.

[audio:|titles=9 – East Thurrock 3-2 Chelmsford]

Who would dare predict what would happen next?

93rd min – Rocks applying the pressure, earning corners and keeping possession in the Clarets half.

Extra Time Kick Off!  Oh yes!


FULL TIME:  I just don’t believe this.  You just knew that something dramatic could happen, that’s the Rocks way.  But you never believed they would.  Thoroughly deserved, though, on the basis of that awful refereeing decision.   Who’s going to win?  What a daft question!


93rd min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 2,  Chelmsford City 2 I can hardly believe this!  A long ball finds Hakeem Araba.  The Clarets defence simply can’t handle him.  He slipped the ball to SAM COLLINS inside the area, and he scores a sensational equaliser!

[audio:|titles=8 – East Thurrock 2-2 Chelmsford]

Epic.  Absolutely epic.

Injury Time: As a Simmonds shot on the left bye-line flashes across the face of the Rocks goal.  5 to go.

89th min – A long free kick from Kris Newby on the right, Hakeem Araba cushions it to Matt Hall on the edge of the area, but his shot is about a foot over.

87th min – It’s all East Thurrock now, and I can smell something not very nice emanating from some City supporters trousers.  The lino, ironically, spots a Rocks handball, to relieve the pressure.

84th min – Real controversy.  Kris Newby gets clear on the right.  His centre into the area is fast and hard.  A Clarets defender clearly handles the ball.  The ref, incredibly, plays on.  As Joe says, what’s the point of a ref being in the box when he can’t see what everyone else did?

80th min – Ohhhh, so close to an equaliser.  A corner on the right, Hakeem Araba meets it perfectly at the far post, the header looks goalbound, but somehow Stuart Searle gets his hand to it.  Tremendous football.

78th min – And Matt’s first contribution is a yellow card for what was deemed a bad tackle.  The Chelmsford fans screamed for a red card.  It looked ok by me.  So the ref probably had it right, despite the retro 80’s anti ref chants from behind the Bus Stops End goal by the Rocks faithful.

74th min – Rocks getting closer.  Hakeem Araba beat the offside trap but couldn’t quite control the ball.  Then a corner on the right evades everyone but goes just wide of the far post.  Ryan Sammons has gone off for Matt Hall as John Coventry shuffles the pack again

70th min – Oof.  Kris Newby gets a touch of the yellows for a crunching tackle.

[audio:|titles=7 – East Thurrock 1-2 Chelmsford 70 mins]

Still all to play for.

68th min – And Sam Collins replaces Ross Parmenter for the hosts.  Fairly even at this stage.  Every spectator’s rear end is twitching a bit for different reasons.

65th min – Donovan Simmonds has replaced Rob Edmans for City.  It looked as if Rob had pulled up a few seconds before that.  Blimey, that makes him sound like a Grand National horse.  But he’s had a grand game.  From the horse’s mouth.

63rd min – Back come Chelmsford and an on-target shot inside the area is deflected for a corner.  The ball is nodded home but the lino’s flag was already up for what I suppose was a push.

60th min – Chelmsford are starting to give away one or two silly free kicks.  The nerves are jangling, you know.   Aiden Palmer is booked from the latest one on the right, and from that Hakeem Araba heads about a yard wide at the far post.

56th min – Small signs of the Rocks getting into it.  Hakeem Araba is starting to make a menace of himself and Reiss Gilbey has played one or two decent passes.  Ross Parmenter is also ‘working his socks off’, in the Steve Tilson vernacular.

52nd min – As you can imagine, East Thurrock have tried to fight back, but all that has happened was a long range Reiss Gilbey shot which went well wide of the left hand post.

48th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 1,  CHELMSFORD CITY 2 Well it has been coming.  Another wonderful Anthony Cook cross wide on the right, found ROB EDMANS inside the six yard box, in a central position, and he couldn’t miss from there.

[audio:|titles=6 – East Thurrock 1-2 Chelmsford]

North face of the Eiger time for the Rocks.

8.50pm – Kick Off! Can we last the 90 minutes, let alone the players?


HALF TIME:  And breathe.  Once again a magnificent game, albeit almost completely one sided this time.  Chelmsford City will be wondering how on earth they’re not ahead by at least three clear goals as play seems to have been almost entirely in and around the East Thurrock United penalty area.  But again, that’s the Cup.  There will be a few nerves in both camps.

[audio:|titles=5 – East Thurrock 1-1 Chelmsford Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and an Oxygen tank.  Laters.


45th min – And that was almost 2-1 to the Rocks.  Exactly the same move.  Newby cross on the right.  Araba header at the far post.  A foot wide.

44th min – Oof, that was almost 2-1 to the Clarets.  Lovely cross on the right from Anthony Cook.  It finds the head of Max Cornhill at the far post, but from eight yards out, it goes wide.

42nd min – Brief respite for the Rocks as they begin to push up just a tad.  Kris Newby tries to deliver a cross on the right but it goes harmlessly over the Manorway End goal.  For the Rocks that’s the most pressure they’ve had since the goal.

39th min – Still attack v defence.  A real brown trouser moment as it looked like Edmans was through on goal again.  But Riley collects.  And the ref blew for offside anyway.  But still, phew.

34th min – A nice cross field pass and nod down finds Dave Rainford in space, but his shot from 20 yards goes just past the left hand post.  The pressure from Chelmsford is relentless at the moment.

32nd min – Just the briefest semblence of the Rocks settling down a bit, but the Clarets are well on top.  Another melee just a minute or go, but was cleared a little less frenzied.

28th min – Been Chelmsford threatening, with their tails obviously up from that goal.  Jamie Riley redeemed himself with a brilliant, low, tip around the far post , and there was another scramble which in the end was dealt with by Riley again.

22nd min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 1,  CHELMSFORD CITY 1 It was coming but it was in the most agonising of ways.  There was a scramble in the six yard box from a corner, a shot came in, it looked like Jamie Riley had it easily covered, but he spilled it, and ROB EDMANS had an easy tap-in.

[audio:|titles=4 – East Thurrock 1-1 Chelmsford]

What a game – again!

18th min – This time it was Anthony Cook causing problems down the right, he gets almost to the bye-line, puts the cross in, and it rebounds off the crossbar before being steered to safety.  Blimey.

16th min – The first signs of Chelmsford menace.  A nice through ball centrally to Rob Edmans just inside the area.  He has a sight of goal momentarily but is well shepherded by Spencer Harrison.  Chelsea are also behind, and as entirely expected, Celtic take the lead in Barcelona.

12th min – An early booking.  Hakeem Araba gets a yellow card for a clumsy rather than malicious tackle.

9th min – An early substitution for the Clarets, Rainford on for Bridges.  Meanwhile, Southend fall behind.  Atmosphere here at Rookery Hill has livened up no end since that goal, understandably.

7th min – Both sides have begun to settle down after that sensational start.  Hakeem Araba has skied one over the bar.  Elsewhere, Man Utd are losing.  Chortle.

44 seconds – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1,  Chelmsford City 0 An unbelievably explosive start by the hosts!  They go on the attack down the left from the kick-off, Kye Ruel feeds in SAM HIGGINS, his first shot goes across the face of goal, but isn’t cleared, and his second shot, from 10 yards, goes low into the right hand corner of the net.

[audio:|titles=3 – East Thurrock 1-0 Chelmsford]

Liquid football!

7.48pm – Kick Off! Oh yes!


7.44pm – The teams come out to generous applause and the odd chant.  Well, what do you expect, we’re odd people.

7.42pm – It’s evident that the Chelmsford supporters are significantly outnumbering the East Thurrock fans.  Not surprising, considering the clubs’ average crowds, and the Rocks didn’t do so badly at Rookery Hill the other week when Maidstone United supporters invaded the place.

7.40pm – While we’re waiting for the teams to come out, we’ve just seen a vid clip, evidently from the far east, where 36 players were sent off after a mass brawl.  Sounds like a typical Friday night in Bas Vegas.  Although one of the punches was so girly the player’s been recruited for a Culture Club tribute band.

7.35pm – It’s strangely subdued tonight, despite the large crowd.  Perhaps the supporters are thinking too much about what might occur.  As Bob Stokoe once said, though, “Enjoy yourselves, and whatever happens, happens.”  As I recall he may have won something.

7.30pm – Joe’s just pointed out the slightly less than perfect state of the pitch.  It looks a bit like a green coloured photocopy when it’s just about to run out of ink.  Pretty flat, though, and no rain as yet, so we should be okay.

7.25pm – Team News For all the visiting fans logging on, welcome.  The Clarets line up is:

1. – Stuart Searle.  2 – Richard Brindley.  3 – Aiden Palmer.  4 – Justin Miller.  5 – Kenny Clark (c).  6 – David Bridges.  7 – Anthony Cook.  8 – Robert Edmans.  9 – Jamie Slabber.  10 – Max Cornhill.  11 – Craig Calver.  SUBS:  12 – Nicolas Bondon.  14 – David Rainford.  15 – Donovan Simmonds.  16 – Adam Tann.  17 – Ishmael Welsh.  18 – Warren Whitely.  19 – Tom Warren.

You may ask why the Chelmsford line-up is written like that (probably not, mind).  Pure ease of reference.  A simple glance and you’ll see the Rocks as vertical and Clarets as horizontal.  And me some way in between in the bar afterwards possibly.

7.20pm – Team News  East Thurrock United bid for glory with:

1.  Jamie Riley

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Spencer Harrison

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Reiss Gilbey  (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Hakeem Araba.

11.  Kye Ruel


12.  Sam Collins

14.  Matt Hall

15.  Joe Keith

16.  Marc Gorbell

17.  Richard Wray

So wholesale changes.  Well, it is for Covo.  One.  Jamie Riley in for the injured Richard Wray, who is simply there as standby.  Three internal stitches and 15 stitches around the eyebrow after Saturday’s clash of heads.  Ouch.  Get well soon Richard.

7.15pm – Both teams are limbering up, the floodlights are all on, the crowd is building, but there are other clubs playing tonight.  Here’s how Joe and I have seen their seasons so far.

[audio:|titles=2 – Local Football Analysis]

Lawro and Hansen?  Pah.  Ameteurs, man,

7.05pm – And in the whole wide world of soccerball, Spartak Moscow have beaten Benfica 2-1.  Celtic have an easy one at Barcelona.  And Chelsea and Man. Utd. are in action too, anti-racist t-shirts or not.  I wonder if John Terry has a sense of irony.  There you are, don’t say I ignore all the big time football.  I just don’t take it too seriously.

6.55pm – Elsewhere it’s a busy night for our sides.  Brentwood Town are playing one of their games in hand at the Arena.  Three points would come in handy.  Dagenham and Southend will be looking to get back on track after disappointing weekend defeats.  And Billericay have arranged a friendly to keep the side ticking over after an enforced break due to other clubs cup commitments.

6.50pm – A very good evening from an expectant, vibrant and excited Rookery Hill for part two of this FA Cup battle.

My oh my, what a first game at the weekend.  Shots and headers off the bar, bizarre refereeing, a dramatic end to the 90 minutes, then a sensational end to injury time.  It had everything.

And what a carrot that’s being dangled in front of these sides tonight.  A home time against the Essex representative in Football League One, Colchester United a week on Saturday.

This is what the FA Cup is all about.  I simply cannot wait.

[audio:|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Chelmsford Preview]

You know the drill.  Refresh the page every few minutes, and the drama, the thrill, the glory and the agony that is the FA Cup will come your way.


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Tales Of The Unbelievable – The Weekend Review

For news of a late, great, amazing finale in the FA Cup, and three away wins on the trot elsewhere, the weekend review is here.

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The FA Cup LIVE: Chelmsford City v East Thurrock United

Chelmsford City  2-2 East Thurrock United

Brentwood Town 3-2  Witham Town

Morecambe  1-0  Southend United

York City  3-2  Dagenham & Redbridge


FULL TIME:  And a replay at Rookery Hill in the most dramatic of circumstances.  Brilliant comeback by the Rocks, although there’s a dispute between who got that equaliser – Newby, Higgins and, erm, Max Cornhill.  What a game!

[audio:|titles=8 – Chelmsford 2-2 East Thurrock Full Time Summary]

Next up is the replay on Tuesday.  Can you possibly wait?  I can’t!

100th min – Wow!  Chelmsford come forward again, there’s a melee inside the area, the shot goes in from less than 10 yards, and it canons off the crossbar again.  It’s eventually cleared for a corner, which Jamie Riley collects.

98th min – GOAL! ….. Chelmsford City 2,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 2 Unbelievable Jeff!  A KRIS NEWBY free kick on the left evades everyone and goes into the net.

[audio:|titles=7 – Chelmsford 2-2 East Thurrock]

That’s the magic of the Cup!

95th min – Sam Collins replaces Ross Parmenter, and Marc Gorbell on for Kye Ruel, in a final throw of the dice.

93rd min – Both teams going for it at the moment, with nothing clear cut created.  The crowd are suddenly animated though.  Quelle surprise.  Bah.

88th min – GOAL! ….. CHELMSFORD CITY 2, East Thurrock United 1 It’s all my fault.  Ryan Sammons concedes a free kick on the left touchline, for which he is booked.  From that, KENNY CLARK heads home from about 8 yards.

[audio:|titles=6 – Chelmsford 2-1 East Thurrock]

But at least 10 minutes of injury time.  Blimey.

86th min – Well, the batteries on the camera have run out so there better not be any more action.  Unless the Rocks win.  As it happens, the last few minutes have seen the sides cancel each other out.

82nd min – Luck goes the Rocks way.  Sub Anthony Cook puts in a menacing centre on the right, Tom Stephen heads it awkwardly away for a corner, but the ref gives a goal kick.  Phew.  And chortle.

79th min – The delivery of set pieces and crosses wide from East Thurrock has been exemplary this afternoon and yet another from Kris Newby on the right causes all sorts of panic.  Kye Ruel and Reiss Gilbey try shots but are both blocked.

75th min – Covo wanders onto the pitch to see how Richard Wray is.  He then turns to his bench and signals that Jamie Riley has to come on.  Wray is still receiving treatment.  Fingers crossed he’s okay.

71st min – The home come forward again, and Max Cornhill’s shot is deflected for a corner on the right.   Richard Wray punches clear but clashes heads with an oncoming forward.  Ooh, I felt that from here.

67th min – Rob Edmonds comes on for Chelmsford and his effect is immediate, setting up Jamie Slabber on the edge of the area, but the shot is blocked.

[audio:|titles=5 – Chelmsford 1-1 East Thurrock Mid 2nd]

Anyone’s game here.

63rd min – And another half chance.  A high ball is well controlled byReiss Gilbey, and Sam Higgins times his run for the through ball to perfection.  His shot goes six inches wide of the near post.

60th min – Lovely run from Kye Ruel, breezes past a challenge, gets to the right hand edge of the area, but his shot is well wide.

58th min – Nice Sam Higgins run down the right, gets on the end of a decent Reiss Gilbey pass, but his centre into the area is cleared.  Meanwhile, Kris Newby has had a yellow card for another clumsy foul.  Oops.

53rd min– A terrible refereeing position almost cost the Rocks dearly.  A long, high ball reaches halfway inside the East Thurrock half.  Simon Peddie is clearly wrestled to the ground by Jamie Slabber, but amazingly is waved on by the ref.  His curling shot beats Richard Wray but smashes off the right hand edge of the crossbar.

49th min – Kris Newby, wide on the right, tries a lob from around 25 yards out.  It’s curving, dipping, and evades everyone, but ends about a foot over the bar.  Great start to this period from the Rocks.

47th min – Almost the perfect start for the Rocks to the second half.  Sam Higgins rounds the keeper after a fine ball from Kris Newby, his shot from the edge of the area is goalbound, but is cleared about a yard from the line

4.05pm – Kick Off! What, another one?


HALF TIME:  And a thoroughly entertaining first 45 minutes it’s been.  East Thurrock United have been the better side for long spells, but you know how the cup works.  Rough justice on the Rocks but that’s always the way.

[audio:|titles=4 – Chelmsford 1-1 East Thurrock Half Time Summary]

Anyway, off for a Bovril and another pannini.  Laters.


Injury Time – Ooh, a Chelmsford City shot from the edge of the area on the left flashes past the far post.

44th min – GOAL! ….. CHELMSFORD CITY 1,  East Thurrock United 1 It had to happen.  A team completely in control in the cup, and the other side equalise.  A corner on the right, a scramble, and DAVID BRIDGES shoots home from 10 yards.

[audio:|titles=3 – Chelmsford 1-1 East Thurrock]


43rd min – A couple of yellow cards for clumsy rather than malicious fouls.  Dave Rainsford for the hosts soon followed by Ross Parmenter for the visitors.

40th min – So close to a surreal equaliser.  Chelmsford cross from the left into the area, and Spencer Harrison, in a carbon copy of what he did last weekend, heads away for a corner, missing the near post by a cat’s whisker.  The corner’s easily dealt with.  Phew.

37th min – And again East Thurrock threaten.  Reiss Gilbey takes a corner on the right.  It misses Hakeem Araba’s head by millimetres and is desperately hacked away by the Clarets.  It’s really Amber alert for City at the moment.

34th min – Absolutely no doubt about it, East Thurrock United are bossing this game.  Closing down whenever they are without the ball, and causing problems when going forward.  The natives are getting restless.

30th min – And back come East Thurrock with Ross Parmenter.  His stinging drive is superbly parried away by Searle for another corner, and then another, which is eventually cleared.  Great stuff.

28th min – As play resumes, Reiss Gilbey gets to the edge of the home penalty area, which is deflected for a corner.  It causes problems momentarily but is cleared in the end.

26th min – A lengthy delay whilst ex Rocks and current Clarets playmaker Max Cornhill is treated for an injury.  He’s up and about eventually.

22nd min – The home side have tried to force the issue, with possession inside the Rocks half, but created nothing clear cut.  Meanwhile, a high ball almost runs kindly for Kye Ruel on the edge of the Chelmsford box.  You can feel the edginess around Melbourne Park.

17th min – The Rocks win another corner on the right.  There’s no match ball over there, for some reason, and some of the crowd bizarrely berate the ball boys.  I don’t think they like the way it’s going so far.

14th min – GOAL! ….. Chelmsford City 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 1 Oh yes!  A cross came in from the right after a throw in near the corner flag,  Spencer Harrison shoots from the edge of the area, it takes a wicked deflection off SAM HIGGINS and ends in up in the right hand corner of the net.

[audio:|titles=2 – Chelmsford 0-1 East Thurrock]

Liquid football!

10th min – That’s better.  Ryan Sammons hoists in a free kick on the right, and causes the Chelmsford keeper Stuart Searle to flap, and win a corner.  It’s easily dealt with, though, but better from the Rocks.

8th min – The Rocks have settled down a bit, with play more in the middle third.  Meanwhile, the media chappies around me discuss types of balls in the 70’s and 80’s.  I bet their wedding nights were fun.

4th min – The hosts win a corner on the left this time, a bit of panic in the six yard box, big appeal from the home fans for handball, and while that’s going on Bridges shoots a foot wide of the near post from about 10 yard.   Tidy start by Chelmsford.

3rd min – Early corner for Chelmsford on the right.  Nicely delivered, it flashes past the far post.  And thankfully everyone else.

3.02pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.58pm – The team come out to loud cheers and applause, Chelmsford in Claret, the Rocks in Amber.  It’s almost like a Bradford City tribute.

2.55pm – There looks to be a good crowd in.  The skies are overcast but, somehow, bright at the same time.  Not a drop of wind.  Apart from maybe me after my vegetarian sausage pannini.  Perfect football conditions.  There’s a bit of a buzz, the slightest hint of a crackle of atmosphere.  This is the FA Cup.  Oh yes.

2.50pm – I know I’m supposed to be unbiased, with looking at things from our area’s team’s point of view, but also giving balance and credit to their opponents.  But today, well, it has to be said.  Come on you Rocks.  Please win.

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Brentwood Town play host to Ryman One North new boys Witham Town.  Southend United and Dagenham & Redbridge have long away trips.  And in the FA Cup, two teams recently covered live, South Park and Met Police, face each other over at St. Georges.  Could another giant be killed there?  I dunno, really.

2.40pm – It’s pretty cramped in the press box.  14 peeps fighting over just 6 seats.  But guess who had his name written on his seat for him.  Sound people, Chelmsford City, you know.  Behind me is the inimitable voices and scribblings of assorted local and national media.  Bubbling up nicely, with the Rocks side all on the pitch warming up.

2.35pm – Team News: The Rocks go for glory with:

1.  Richard Wray

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Spencer Harrison

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Reiss Gilbey  (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Hakeem Araba

11.  Kye Ruel


12.  Sam Collins

14.  Matt Hall

15.  Joe Keith

16.  Marc Gorball

17.  Jamie Riley

As ever with Covo’s side, continuity is the key.  Spencer Harrison slots straight in for the injured Steve Sheehan.  Best of luck, Steve, for a full and speedy recovery.  Ever if your cast looks like blue Scotch tape.

2.30pm – A very, very good afternoon from Melbourne Park, home of Conference South side and renowned name in non-league football, Chelmsford City.

Once again, East Thurrock United have it all to do if they are to make it to the first round and into the hat with the big boys from the Football League.   Lightning, though, could strike twice.

The Rocks stunned Eastbourne Borough last year to set up their epic match at Rookery Hill in front of the nation’s tv screens.  Covo’s boys, despite the pounding his reserves took in the Essex Cup at Aveley on Monday, are in good shape, and playing well.  They’re a classy side and will, of course, be well up for it.

For Chelmsford City playmaker Max Cornhill, this match is probably the one he wanted to avoid.  An integral part of the East Thurrock’s title winning team two seasons ago, he’s now charged with dumping out the side he took to his heart.  The Clarets, though, are decent from back to front, with or without Max.  They should win.

Should, though, doesn’t mean will, as Eastbourne found to their cost.  This could be about who wants it the most.  Oh, my, this is the FA Cup in it’s purest form.  One step away from glory.  One mistake and you’re out.  How could you not want to stay tuned to this??!!

[audio:|titles=1 – Chelmsford v East Thurrock FA Cup Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing this page every few minutes, and the drama, the passion, the thrill of the FA Cup will be yours.  I can hardly wait.




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