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Billericay Town Fans’ Forum – new signings, new badge

Phoenix FM are at tonight’s Billericay Town fans forum.

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There’s a bumper turnout tonight for the second forum since Glenn Tamplin took over the club at the end of last year, with over 200 fans in attendance.

New signings

Owner Glenn Tamplin confirmed the signing of Jamie O’Hara and Jake Robinson, the latter from Hemel Hempstead where he has socred 27 goals this season.

Jamie came out briefly to greet the fans to a big cheer!

GT announced to another big cheer that as a result of this, Billericay Town were trending in the top 5 on Twitter today!

Ground improvements

The club has submitted plans to the council for a full size astroturf pitch and gym/bar area behind the main ground, which will have seating on all sides.

Billericay Town’s wages are up to £20K per week and the club is aiming to have 1,500+ people per week to sustain this.

One of the stands would accommodate disabled supporters and GT said it may be named after Harry Parker, a young disabled fan who the club has been supporting.

GT promised that the club would not be “another Micky Woodward”.

Website

The official website has been redesigned by the club’s unofficial website designer James who talked through the new features, and fielded a lot of questions from fans about possible new features for the site.

New club badge

GT introduced the three new potential badge designs and asked for a show of hands from the fans to see which one would be adopted as the new club badge.

After a show of hands badge #2 was chosen as the winner. And here it is:

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The Ladies and Colts team will also adopt this badge, rather than have their own one.

Dulwich Hamlet match

GT feels ays that this Saturday’s match at Dulwich Hamlet will decide the club’s fate for this season. He says they will have 3,000 fans there and he wants as many fans as possible to get behind the team.

Volunteers

The club is looking for volunteers to help with stewarding, marketing, looking after the pitch. If anyone wants to help the club and its community GT says it will be very greatly appreciated.

Questions from fans

1. Is the club comfortable that they have the right team going forward?

GT: the team winning the Conference South is on £8K a week and Billericay Town FC, as stated earlier, is on £20K. If the current team can’t win the National League South then there is something wrong. The club may need 2 or 3 more players to strengthen.

2. Will the club need to move with the proposed development of the ground?

GT: I want to get this done in the close season, to blitz it. Basildon Borough Council have said approval won’t be given until 8-10 weeks at the earliest, so I hope we can get the astroturf development done in the summer and then deal with the ground after that.

The new stands will probably go up at the end of next season.

The club has 7 years left on its lease and is aiming to get another 30 years added to this.

3. How much parking will there be?

GT: The new plans are allowing for 150 cars.

4. There has been a lot of rumours about Mark Wright getting involved.

GT: We are teetering on the edge about Billericay Town being a PR stunt. Mark Wright wants 20% of the club, but doesn’t want to inject any cash – he will bring enhanced media attention instead.

I will bring Mark in if he brings something tangible to the club.

5. What will happen about the floodlights?

GT: We have bought floodlights from Arsenal’s training ground at Hale End and we have taken on West Ham’s groundsman. They will arrive tomorrow and be fitted next week.

The substation will be upgraded.

6. Have you considered making the main pitch 4G?

GT: As a businessman I would like to get both pitches 3G as they can be hired out all year round, but I love football so I am going to keep the main pitch grass. (This got a loud round of applause).

GT then wrapped up the meeting with a free bar for the next hour!

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Jamie O’Hara signs for Billericay Town

Jamie O’Hara has signed a deal with Ryman League Premier side Billericay Town.

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Credit: Nicky Hayes Photos/Billericay Town FC

30-year-old Jamie, who played in the Premier League for Tottenham and was a £5million signing for Wolves, has followed Paul Konchesky in joining the blues.

Owner/manager Glenn Tamplin is continuing to steal the headlines in his attempt to bring the team to the Football League.

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Credit: Nicky Hayes Photos/Billericay Town FC

Jamie explained to TalkSport that he was persuaded by Tamplin’s friend Mark Wright, who is reported to be investing in the club.

The news was officially announced at the club’s Fans Forums which took place at the ground at Blunts Wall Road.

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Match report: East Thurrock United 1 Chelmsford City 2

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Rookery Hill

East Thurrock

Chelmsford City kept themselves in contention for a National League South play-off place in Corringham on Tuesday night, edging out Essex rivals East Thurrock United with a 2-1 victory.

Home boss John Coventry, having had the satisfaction of seeing his players consolidate a comfortable mid-table position in their first season at this level made 6 changes to his starting line up from the team that beat Oxford City 2-1 at Rookery Hill on Saturday, with former Chelmsford striker Sam Higgins coming back into his team. Visiting manager Rod Stringer, having seen his side draw 1-1 at Wealdstone at the weekend made just one change, Kane Haysman coming in for Max Cornhill.

The Clarets, backed by a sizeable following of supporters who had made the short trip south had the bulk of the early chances, and they got their reward with 9 minutes on the clock. A characteristic Robbie Willmott cross found Josh Hill, who powered a header past Rocks goalkeeper Lucas Lidakevicius to make it 1-0 to City.

11 minutes later the visitors thought they had made it 2-0, Chris Dickson finding the back of the net after being put through by Haysman but the former Charlton Athletic striker was deemed to have been offside, so his effort was disallowed. Unfortunately for Dickson he had a second effort ruled out on 23 minutes, due to a foul on Lidakevicius. Despite further chances, the Clarets went in a half time with the score still at 1-0.

After the break East Thurrock fought back almost immediately, scoring an equaliser in the 47th minute when along range effort by Michael Freiter was turned into the net by striker Harry Honesty. But the Clarets went back in front with 13 minutes remaining. Substitute Elliot Buchanan, who had only been on the field for 3 minutes after replacing Haysman fired a thunderbolt of a volley into the net to back it 2-1 to Chelmsford.

Reece Harris had a late chance for the Rocks, but City held on and in terms of the number of chances created deserved to take the 3 points. The win keeps them in 4th place 6 points above 6th placed Hungerford Town, who had beaten Weston-Super-Mare 2-1 the previous evening.

East Thurrock: Lisakevicius, Osifuwa, Ekpiteta, Peddie, Ekpiteta, Freiter (Wraight 74), Heard, Craddock (Marlow 74), Higgins (Harris 65), Akinwande, Honesty.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Haines, Graham, Porter, Bush, Hill, Willmott, Rees, Theophanous (Cornhill 89), Dickson (Jeffers 63), Haysman (Buchanan 74).

Attendance: 478

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Darrel Church’s Next Opponent Confirmed as Josef Obeslo

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Tim Rickson reports…

Essex light-heavyweight prospect Darrel Church’s (3-1-1) next opponent has been confirmed as Czech boxer Josef Obeslo (6-32-3).

The 175-pounder from Witham will face the European puncher on April 1st in Southend on a Warrior Boxing Promotions event.

Despite his losing record, the 28-year-old from Hradec Kralove has four first-round knockouts on his ledger, taking the unbeaten record of one of his victims in Denmark in 2013, and his last win in February 2015 took just 35 seconds to deliver.

Church’s teammate Sam Stokes defeated Obeslo on his pro debut back in July 2014 at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross, so is on hand to offer any advice.

“My teammate Sam Stokes fought him on his debut and he said to me that he always comes to win,” said Church. “That’s exactly what I want in an opponent, someone to come looking for a win, who’s confident and throwing shots at me.”

Church was due to face Richard Harrison (2-13) at London’s York Hall on March 11th but fell ill in the days preceding the event titled ‘Knuckle 2 Knuckle’ that saw underdog Chris Hobbs (6-1-1) defeat favourite Jordan Joseph (6-1-1) on points to win the Southern Area light-heavyweight title.

The 27-year-old Essex boxer was initially devastated at his situation after an eight-week training camp but manager Steve Goodwin came up trumps immediately by landing his light-heavyweight charge with a new fight date just three week’s later at the local show in Southend.

“I’m going away to Portugal this week to train hard in the heat to finish off my training camp,” Church confirmed. “It’s been a long camp, having had my fight moved from March to April, but I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all gone.

“It’s nice and local for everyone to get to at The Skylark Hotel in Southend so, hopefully, everyone will get behind me and I’ll get another win on my record and push on to bigger and better fights next.

“I’m looking finish the year with a British Challenge belt.”

It’ll be Church’s sixth fight in his two-and-a-half year-long professional career, back in his home county of Essex where he originally began his prize-fighting journey following an unbeaten stint in the unlicensed scene.

The Witham resident, trained by Mark Massow, first debuted back in 2014 at the Grays Civic Hall when signed to Carl Greaves Promotions and ended his inaugural year undefeated with two wins on his ledger.

Those bouts were just four months apart but, since then, he has endured inactive spells spanning over 10 months and only managed to fight once during 2015, suffering a shock defeat to Angelo Crowe (2-6).

A long-awaited reappearance came in April 2016 at the York Hall against Mitch Mitchell (7-54-3), ending in a hard-fought draw.

The Essex boxer, who counts Anthony Yarde as a sparring partner, then got back to winning ways against Croatian Toni Bilic (1-6) on December 3rd at the same East End venue.

Church plans to move up to six-rounds after his April 1st fight before aiming for a British Challenge belt towards the end of the year.

April 1st

The five-fight card promoted by Warrior Boxing Promotions will also feature highly-rated unbeaten welterweight prospect Kian Thomas (7-0) in a six-round contest.

The 25-year-old from Kentish Town will complete his second year in the pro ranks on April 1st with his eighth paid contest and looks set to challenge for silverware in 2017.

Super-welterweight Davis Pagan (3-1) is back in his fifth pro fight after avenging his sole career loss in his last outing.

The 26-year-old from Basildon defeated his former conqueror Sonny Whiting on points in February to right the wrong on his record. This will be his first fight away from the York Hall in London.

Debutant Sam Mason makes his pro bow in a four-round super-lightweight contest.

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

 

 

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Ryan: “We’ll Bounce Straight Back”

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards general manager Dave Ryan has vowed that the Big Cats will immediately bounce back after a heart-breaking weekend saw them relegated from NBL Division One.

Saturday saw Leopards lead for 39 of the 40 minutes in regulation time at London Lituanica before losing 88-83 in double overtime before a buzzer beater saw them go down 83-82 at Lancashire Spinners.

The Big Cats now face their first season in Division Two in their 13 year history, but Ryan is determined that his side will make a swift return to the top flight:

“It’s absolutely shattering” he admitted. “I can’t fault the players for their effort in the last three games since we had to change coach, they gave everything but we came up just short both times.

“The atmosphere in the locker room afterwards was unbelievable, it’s easy to exaggerate things but it was like someone died. To see the ball go through the hoop with nothing left on the clock was heart-breaking. I’ve been a supporter of football and basketball since I was a kid – and I’ve certainly cried before –  but nothing has ever felt that bad.

“But we have no right to stay up, we have no right to win games. What we have to do now is regroup, get better and make sure we bounce back immediately – no excuses, we just have to come straight back.

“We’d already spent a lot of time building for next season, making changes we felt were necessary and trying to improve things on the court.

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“It’s not arrogant to say we have had the best game-day experience in Division One this season, all the work a lot of people have put in has paid off in that respect with the biggest crowds in the league and reaching the point we had to turn kids away from the pre-game coaching because there was too many of them to fit on the court.

“Now we have to make sure that not only do we have the best club in Division Two but we also have the best team and come straight back with silverware to show for our efforts.

“AJ [Roberts – Leopards’ American guard] said after the game ‘I’m not going out like that, I’m coming back to get us back where we belong’ – that’s the attitude we have to have.”

Ryan had praise for new coach Thomas Baker who stepped in after Leopards and Steve Ogunjimi agreed to part company a fortnight ago: “Tom’s been great. Talk about being chucked in the deep end without armbands, but he’s been up to the challenge.

“Ultimately three season-ending injuries to players who would’ve been starting killed us.

“We’ll sit down and talk with Oaklands about next season, our partnership with them is vital to our club and will only make us better, but I hope he’s going to continue to be part of Leopards next season.”

The Big Cats wrap up their season with a trip to Worthing on Saturday.

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Doncaster Rovers 4

Leyton Orient’s remain bottom of the table, after a heavy 4-1 home defeat to top of the table Doncaster Rovers at The Matchroom Stadium.

League leaders Doncaster took the lead near the end of the first half with a superb low strike from Tommy Rowe.

The O’s equalised just before the break through an unlikely source, as Tom Parkes slotted home to level the match up.

Former O’s striker John Marquis regained the advantage for the visitors with another clinical low strike, after an Orient mistake.

He grabbed his second late on to slot in from close range. Another former Orient player also got on the scoresheet Mathieu Baudry completed the rout shortly after with a great volley to secure all three points.

Danny Webb made five changes to his side they were defeated 5-0 away to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, as Alex Cisak returns to the side between the sticks ahead of Charlie Grainger. Along with Liam Kelly, Aron Pollock, Nigel Atangana and Michael Clark who replaced the injured Nicky Hunt (Knee) and Callum Kennedy (Groin), with Freddy Moncur and Sam Dalby dropping to the bench repectivly.

Orient were the first to have a threat on goal, as Sandro Semedo’s corner was not totally cleared by Doncaster and Clark header from the clearance went just over the bar from inside the box.

Doncaster nearly took the lead 22 minutes in, when a looping cross into the box found John Marquis to head goalwards which was palmed away by Cisak at full stretch.

The visitors started to assert their pressure on Orient, as full-back Matty Blair whipped in the ball for Rowe to meet but was straight at Cisak.

Doncaster broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break, as Orient did not clear their lines properly and Rowe picked the ball up on the edge of the box and struck his shot low into the bottom corner beyond Cisak.

Orient equalised on the stroke of half-time, as Parkes carried on his run from his own box laid it off to Gavin Massey who fended off his man went passed another Doncaster defender and slotted in the unmarked Parkes who coolly tucked it passed Ian Lawlor – to go in at the break level.

In the second half, Doncaster almost regained the lead as the ball found its way into the six-yard box to Marquis who looked certain to hit the target but for a superb block by Parkes.

The away side did retake the lead, after a bad pass from Pollock straight into the path of Marquis whose shot went in off the post – out of the reach of Cisak.

Doncaster missed a great chance for their third, as Judd’s half clearance fell to Alfie May inside the box but he dragged his shot well wide of the target.

The away side spared another glorious chance, as they broke from an Orient corner and substitute Andy Williams was played in on goal but hit his shot well over.

Williams again was played through Orient’s own wrong doing and burst to the edge of the box but blazed his shot well over.

Doncaster grabbed their third with eight minutes to play, as Williams again broke free of the defence this time he squared the ball across goal for Marquis to fire past Cisak.

The away side got their fourth with four minutes remaining, as the cross came in and Baudry’s first time fierce volley flew into the bottom corner – to see off the O’s and take all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly (C), 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (88), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aaron Pollock, 28 Josh Koroma (77), 29 Myles Judd, 34 Michael Clark,

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 19 Teddy Mezague, 20 Rowan Liburd, 23 Freddy Moncur, 30 Sam Dalby (77), 31 Steven Alzate (88), 38 Dan Happe

Doncaster Lineup: 38 Ian Lawlor (45), 2 Craig Alcock, 5 Mathiey Baudry, 6 Andy Butler, 9 John Marquis, 10 Tommy Rowe, 17 Matty Blair, 24 Niall Mason, 25 Conor Grant, 26 James Coppinger (78), 39 Alfie May (72)

Substitutes: 13 Marko Marosi (45), 7 Gary McSheffrey (78), 11 Andy Williams (72), 12 Mitchell Lund, 14 Harry Middleton, 19 Liam Mandwville, 27 Cedric Evina

Attendance: 4,791 (816)

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Match preview: Kingstonian v Billericay Town

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Last Saturday Billericay Town FC beat Burgess Hill 4-0 and kept up the pressure on the top teams for a playoff place.

Tomorrow the team travel to Kingstonian for an away game – a win and 3 points is required.

There are eight games left. Billericay’s form is better than those we are chasing, Leiston, Tonbridge, Wingate, Dulwich and Needham, but positive results are required for our remaining games

Work has continued during the week improving the ground facilities as well as the pitch. The new owner, Glenn Tamplin continues to do what he promised at the Fans Forum in December 2016. The next Fans Forum is due to take place on the 23rd March – everyone is welcome.

Billericay will play Tonbridge in the Ryman League Cup Final on the 12th April. Billericay’s next home match is on the 28th March v Dulwich, one of the playoff contenders.

Two new players have been added to the squad this week, Byron Lawrence, midfielder signed from Leiston and Sam Alderson on loan from Leyton Orient. Isaac Layne has been released by the club.

It would be good to see a big crowd at the away match tomorrow supporting the team, there are only eight games left and hopefully the playoff matches too.

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Massive Weekend for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…

It’s now or never for Levett Essex Leopards as they face a pair of games on the road over the weekend.

The Big Cats travel to UEL Sports Dock on Saturday (5pm) to face London Lituanica before moving on to Lancashire Spinners on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

Following Sunday’s 68-66 home defeat against Leicester Warriors, the Big Cats are staring relegation in the face and go into their final three games – all away from home – knowing that they may need to win them all to avoid the drop.

The Lithuanians have struggled with player availability, taking only five players  to Solent last weekend, but they managed to bring a full team to Harlow Leisurezone in December and they finished strongly to win 74-70. The sides also met in the National Trophy group stage, with the Big Cats winning a thriller 68-67.

History may be on Leopards’ side as they will look to continue a run of games between the clubs that has seen the visiting team take the victory in the eight match-ups between them.

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Sunday’s game is absolutely crucial as Leopards face a team who are two places above them in 11th place having won six of their 22 games.

The Big Cats had another one-point win against Spinners when they met at Brentwood just before Christmas, and a win at Myerscough College would give them the head-to-head tiebreaker if they finished level with the Lancashire side.

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While they’ve won their share of close games, Sunday’s loss against Leicester proved to be a heartbreaker as a key call with 41 seconds remaining on the clock saw AJ Roberts foul out on an offensive call, and the visitors held on for the win.

In front of another big crowd at Brentwood, the home side trailed 16-14 at the first break, and although a  Roberts trey put his side up by one at the start of the second period, the visitors reeled off 11 straight points to take a commanding 29-17 lead

But a trey from Caleb Tabiner launched a 14-1 run and seven straight points from Roberts sent his side into the locker room with a 31-30 half-time lead.

Justin Hitchman opened the second half scoring before a four minute drought saw Warriors score 12 unanswered points to open a nine point lead.

Perry Lawson ended the run with a trey, and with Dougie Bennett scoring five points and Roberts also scoring from long range, Leopards closed out the period on a 15-7 run to only trail by one at the final break.

A Shaq Lewis free-throw saw Leopards regain the lead early in the fourth period and Hitchman again take a one point lead going into the last minute before Warriors finished strongly, and with Roberts fouling out, Lawson’s late trey was too late to prevent an 11th straight loss.

Roberts led his side with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Lewis had 12 points and four boards in probably his best performance of the season.

Bennett added 11 points while Hayes finished with ten points and seven rebounds.

 

 

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Darrel Church Fight Date Switched to April 1

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Tim Rickson reports…

A last-minute withdrawal has seen light-heavyweight prospect Darrel Church’s (3-1-1) next fight switched to April 1st in Southend.

‘Dazzling’ was due to face Richard Harrison (2-13) at London’s York Hall on March 11th but fell ill in the days preceding the event titled ‘Knuckle 2 Knuckle’ that saw underdog Chris Hobbs (6-1-1) defeat favourite Jordan Joseph (6-1-1) on points to win the Southern Area light-heavyweight title.

The 27-year-old Essex boxer was initially devastated at his situation after an eight-week training camp but manager Steve Goodwin came up trumps by landing his light-heavyweight charge with a new fight date just three week’s later at a local show in Southend.

The 175-pounder from Witham will now fight on a Warrior Boxing Promotions show at the Skylark Hotel in Southend on April Fool’s Day.

He said, “It’s all turned out alright in the end! I woke up last Friday in a terrible state, I felt horrendous and I just couldn’t believe it but I was too ill to do anything.

“All over the weekend I felt terrible but, luckily, it couldn’t have worked out any better, in the end. I’m now fighting on a local Essex show on April 1st instead, so I’m actually quite happy after all.

“My manager Steve Goodwin jumped straight on it for me so I was really happy with how quick he responded.”

It’ll be Church’s sixth fight in his two-and-a-half year-long professional career, back in his home county of Essex where he originally began his prize-fighting journey following an unbeaten stint in the unlicensed scene.

The Witham resident first debuted back in 2014 at the Grays Civic Hall when signed to Carl Greaves and ended his inaugural year undefeated with two wins on his ledger.

Those bouts were just four months apart but, since then, he has endured inactive spells spanning over 10 months and only managed to fight once during 2015, suffering a shock defeat to Angelo Crowe (2-6).

A long-awaited reappearance came in April 2016 at the York Hall against Mitch Mitchell (7-54-3), the pair sharing the honours in a hard-fought draw.

The Essex boxer then got back to winning ways to secure his third win in his fifth pro bout against Croatian Toni Bilic (1-6) on December 3rd at the same East End venue.

“People say that things happen for a reason and, on this occasion, I actually think that’s right,” he continued to say. “It’s not the famous York Hall but it’s local and I’m really looking forward to it!

“My opponent will be different to Richard Harrison, who I was previously due to face, so my team are looking for another at the moment, but I’m not fussed who it is – I’ll fight anyone.”

The former unlicensed star benefits from top sparring at a nearby army barracks in Colchester due to trainer Mark Massow’s connections as an ex-Paratrooper. He also frequents the Peacock Gym to spar with Frank Warren’s undefeated prospect Anthony Yarde.

Church plans to move up to six-rounds after his April 1st fight before aiming for a British Challenge belt towards the end of the year.

April 1st

The five-fight card promoted by Warrior Boxing Promotions will also feature highly-rated unbeaten welterweight prospect Kian Thomas (7-0) in a six-round contest.

The 25-year-old from Kentish Town will complete his second year in the pro ranks on April 1st with his eighth paid contest.

In his last outing, he knocked out Central Area contender Ryan Hardy in the sixth and final round with that powerful right hand of his.

Rocketing up the rankings with a few six-rounders under his belt, Thomas looks set to challenge for silverware in 2017.

Super-welterweight Davis Pagan (3-1) is back in his fifth pro fight after avenging his sole career loss in his last outing.

The 26-year-old from Basildon defeated his former conqueror Sonny Whiting on points in February to right the wrong on his record. This will be his first fight away from the York Hall in London.

Debutant Sam Mason makes his pro bow in a four-round super-lightweight contest.

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

 

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Lochlan Bearman prepares for new season

With the start of the Formula 1 season it marks the start of the 2017 UK National racing season and Phoenix FM’s driver Lochlan Bearman is completing his preparations for the 2017 Ford Fiesta Racing Series.

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After a disappointing end to last season where Bearman narrowly missed out on 3rd place in the Championship in his rookie season, Lochlan has been signed by the Jamsport Team who have run the Championship winning drivers for the past few seasons.

They have been working on Lochlan’s car and have been super impressed with him after 2 test sessions with the team where he has been the fastest car on the circuit both times.

“The car has felt great with the Jamsport set-up and I’ve been really impressed by the professionalism in the team. I feel that with Jamsport I have all the support I need to mount a challenge for the 2017 Championship”, said 15 year old Bearman.

“It felt as if I’d been out of the car for such a long time but within a couple of laps I was back into the groove. This season will be different as I will have 3 team mates with whom to share data, access to a data engineer so that we can analyse any areas where I could gain more time and also a driver coach which is something I’ve never had before. From karting I know how important it is to get feedback and data from multiple drivers as it helps you reach set-up decisions faster.

Getting back into the car also revealed that Bearman has grown 5 or 6 inches in height since October last year. “Obviously I knew I had grown as I had to have a new race suit but to not fit into my cae was strange. It was quickly sorted before my first time back out on track at Rockingham.

“We are going to some great circuits this season and I just can’t wait to start.”

Bearman currently has funding for the first half of the season and anyone wishing to get involved or help can contact him through www.lochlanbearman.com.

2017 Ford Fiesta Junior Championship Calendar
Rounds 1 & 2 – 8/9 April Brands Hatch
Rounds 3 & 4 – 6/7 May Cadwell Park
Rounds 5 & 6 – 27/28 May Silverstone National
Rounds 7 & 8 – 17/18 June Rockingham
Rounds 9 & 10 – 15/16 July Snetterton 300
Rounds 11 & 12 – 19/20 August Silverstone National
Rounds 13 & 14 – 16/17 September Croft

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Grimsby Town 3

Leyton Orient suffered a further blow to their League Two survival, as they slip six points adrift of safety after a 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town at The Matchroom Stadium.

Grimsby took an early lead through Sam Jones’ header to shock the hosts.

The away side then doubled their lead in the second half, through an own goal by Callum Kennedy and capped off the three points with a third through substitute Scott Vernon.

Leyton Orient nearly conceded in the opening minute, as Charlie Grainger was charged down by Callum Dyson but the block was eventually pounced on by Charlie Grainger.

Danny Webb named an unchanged eleven after their enthatic 4-0 away victory at bottom of the table Newport County last week. Although Michael Clark, Nigel Atangana and Rowan Liburd returned to the bench, as Paul McCallum and Sammy Moore were out with knee injuries.

The visitors took the lead to stun the O’s just six minutes in, as Danny Andrew’s was allowed to whip a ball in for Jones to head in at the far post.

Michael Collins’ almost threaded a great ball through for Josh Koroma but his run was just too early, as he was given offside.

In injury time of the first half Dominic Vose, went for goal from a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box which bounced up infront of Grainger who pushed it passed the post.

In the second half, Grimsby again looked threatening when inside the Orient half. This time a cross was half cleared to Jones who went for an audacious overhead kick which went wide of the target.

Grimbsy burst through the vacant Orient defence, as Jones attacked the box cut inside Myles Judd but Hunt’s last minute challenge denied the away side an almost certain second goal.

The vistors nearly extended their advantage, as Andrew was slotted into the box but he fired over.

Grimsby doubled their lead shortly after, as Jones close range shot from inside the six-yard box was superbly saved initially by Grainger but rebounded back off Kennedy into the net.

Orient nearly got themselves back into the game, as Koroma found some space on the edge of the box and hit a snap shot which went just over the bar.

Koroma again went on his own when he picked the ball up outside the box and wriggled around the defence but his shot hit the side netting.

Grimsby then rounded off the match with two minutes of time, as the ball was lifted over the O’s defence for substitute Vernon to guide his volley into the top corner and seal the three points for the away side.

Kennedy almost got a late consolation in injury time for the O’s, as his strike on the break rattled the post – as the O’s remain second from bottom.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 12 Charlie Grainger, 29 Myles Judd, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 23 Freddy Moncur, 7 Michael Collins, 31 Steven Alzate, 28 Josh Koroma, 22 Sandro Semedo, 30 Sam Dalby (70)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 34 Michael Clark, 19 Teddy Mezague, 32 Henry Ochieng, 15 Nigel Atangana, 35 Tristan Abrahams (70), 20 Rowan Liburd

Grimsby Lineup: 1 James McKeown, 5 Shaun Pearson, 22 Danny Collins, 3 Danny Andrew, 12 Zac Mills, 18 Tom Bolarinwa (56), 8 Craig Disley, 26 Brandon Comley, 10 Dominic Vose, 35 Sam Jones (82), 29 Callum Dyson (65)

Substitutes: 2 Ben Davies, 20 Andrew Boyce, 21 Scott Vernon (82), 27 Adi Yussuf, 32 Jamie Osbourne (56), 33 Akwasi Asante (65), 34 Luke Maxwell

Attendance: 5,688 (1,086)

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Billericay Town FC v Burgess Hill – Saturday 11th March

A look ahead from Billericay Town supporter Mike Joyce

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It’s been another exciting and disappointing week. On Saturday the team won at Harlow, a game they dominated playing attacking football.

That good result was followed by a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night at Hendon. With so much talent in the squad goalscoring chances were limited.

The match officials were poor again but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse – we need to create more goal scoring chances and take advantage of them.

Although it will be difficult a playoff place is still a possibility; with 9 games left there are still 27points available. BTFC are on 54 points – in previous seasons 81 points has ensured a playoff place.

A big finish is required and we cannot afford many more setbacks such as the Hendon result. We need more goals from the forwards and strong solid defence. Joe Ellul is available Saturday and Paul Konchesky will be making his home debut.

It’s a big game Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill, and it requires a big result and importantly a big crowd supporting the team.

The push promotion could continue on Saturday dependant upon the result, playoffs this season would be a big bonus. It was stated in November when the new owner took over that he wanted promotion within 18 months.

Off the field supporters will anticipate continued development of the club, Glenn Tamplin hasn’t been slow in his promises of improving not only the team but also the clubs facilities.

An exciting, attacking game is expected, it would be good to beat the best attendance of the season, that was 561 on the 23rd February. The future appears very good for Billericay’s town football club, come along and see for yourself.

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Match report: Chelmsford City 0 Maidenhead United 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Melbourne Stadium

Chelmsford City suffered their first home defeat of the season in the Vanarama National League South, as they slipped to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of fellow promotion hopefuls Maidenhead United.

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Clarets manager Rod Stringer made 2 changes from the side that started the 2-2 draw at Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday, courtesy of a brilliant injury time equaliser by striker Chris Dickson. Anthony Church – who captained the side – and Liam Enver-Marum came in for Kane Haysman, who dropped to the subs bench, and Shaun Jeffers.

Visitors Maidenhead, in 2nd place at the start of play and managed by former West Ham and England midfielder Alan Devonshire came into this game on the back of a frustrating goalless draw at home to Hampton & Richmond at the weekend. The ex-Braintree boss dropped Sam Barratt and Ryan Peters to the bench from the eleven who started that game, Remy Clerima and James Mulley coming into his side.

Chances were few and far between for either side in what was a scrappy first quarter, with neither side demonstrating much in the way if flowing football. but the game sprang into life after 23 minutes when Maidenhead had the first real chances of the game. The league’s top scorer Dave Tarpey fired in a shot which Clarets right-back Joshua Hill heroically cleared off the line, and when Tarpey had a second effort from the rebound Josh Rees was there to defect the danger.

After that, both sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of what was a largely uneventful first 45 minutes, until just before the stroke of half time when Maidenhead were awarded a penalty for an apparent handball by Hill inside the box. Tarpey stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, firing a thunderbolt of a penalty past Ross Fitzsimons in the Chelmsford goal to put his side 1-0 up at the interval, and score his 33rd league goal of the season in the process.

After the break the first real chance fell to City in the 51st minute, Willmott’s corner resulting in a chance which Liam Enver-Marum narrowly sent over the bar. Chris Dickson had chance on 54 when he connected with Max Porter’s cross, but his header was saved by United keeper Carl Pentney.

The Clarets came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 59th minute, when Pentney dropped a shot from Dickson and Rees had a shot blocked on the line. Then on the hour they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area after Willmott was fouled, one of referee Lee Venamore’s less dubious decisions of the match. Willmott fired the kick straight at goal but Harry Pritchard cleared the danger for the visitors. Then on 72 Fitzsimons was alert enough to save a Maidenhead free kick, following a foul on Tarpey. The same player had a chance for Maidenhead on the break in the 76th minute, but his effort was superbly saved by Fitzsimons.

The visitors had another couple of great chances just before the game entered the final 10 minutes, both of which went just wide of the the right hand post. Chelmsford kept trying to break down the visitors’ stubborn defence, but it proved to no avail although late substitute Max Cornhill came agonisingly close to an equaliser a minute from time, almost meeting a cross with his head.

So Maidenhead returned to the top of the league and it was a happy trip back to Berkshire for the small band of visiting supporters. Stringer was left scratching his head at some of the refereeing decisions, but with a lot of positives to take from a performance that – especially in the second half – could easily have resulted in a different outcome.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Hill, Graham, Porter (Cornhill 88), Bush, Spillane, Willmott, Church, Enver-Marum, Dickson, Rees (Buchanan 75).

Maidenhead: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Parkinson, Massey, Inman, Tarpey (Barratt 78), Comley, Marks, Mulley, Pritchard.

Attendance: 847

Chelmsford manager Rod Stringer, speaking to Phoenix FM just after the final whistle was clearly unhappy with some of the refereeing decisions during the match, describing he penalty as ‘a bit of a harsh decision’ but was pleased with many aspects of his team’s performance, particularly in the second half:

“I thought we worked hard, I thought we battled hard….in the second half I thought we absolutely slaughtered them (Maidenhead) but unfortunately that goal at half time (the penalty) killed us a little bit….I thought a lot of the decisions tonight were strange decisions…..but I’ve got to say to my boys, that’s a moral victory”, said the Clarets boss.

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Leopards Look for Home Comforts

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to round off their home campaign with a win when they host Leicester Warriors at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, tip-off 4pm.

The Big Cats are desperately in need of a win after another disappointing weekend and with four games remaining know that a victory is crucial if they are to avoid relegation for the first time in their history.

They are now second-from-bottom in Division One and one win behind fellow strugglers Worthing Thunder and Lancashire Spinners, both of whom they travel to in their final two games of the season.

Leicester will arrive at Brentwood on the back of a 90-87 victory against high-flying Solent Kestrels which secured them a place in Division One next season and are tenth in the table with an 8-14 record. Among those eight wins was an 85-71 victory against the Big Cats in November in a game that saw point guard Perry Lawson ejected.

Warriors’ National Cup hopes were ended at the last 16 stage by eventual winners Team Northumbria while in the National Trophy a win against Loughborough wasn’t enough as they were eliminated at the group stage by old rivals Derby Trailblazers.

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Leopards’ relegation worried intensified over the weekend as they went down 85-78 at Bradford Dragons on Saturday before the following afternoon saw a humiliating 89-63 home loss against Hemel Storm at a packed Brentwood Centre.

A strong second half at Bradford wasn’t enough for a Leopards’ side who trailed 49-34 at half-time. A basket from Dougie Bennett capped an 8-0 run from the visitors and made it a three point game with 22 seconds remaining, but the home side wrapped up the win from the foul line.

Bennett led the way for the Big Cats with three three-pointers in his 19 points, while AJ Roberts added 18 points. Jamie Hayes finished with 14 points and six rebounds, with Justin Hitchman adding 12 points and eight boards.

After than encouraging second half performance and with captain Mike Martin returning from injury, the large crowd at Brentwood could have expected a strong performance against Storm, but a terrible second period saw Leopards crash to a tenth straight league loss.

They matched the visitors in the opening period, trailing only 20-18 at the first break but the offence completely dried up in the second quarter as they were outscored 24-6 to effectively end the game as a contest.

Martin marked his return with a game-high 20 points and three rebounds while Bennett completed a good personal weekend with 14 points, but the Big Cats converting just five of their 26 three-points proved to be their Achilles heel.

 

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – March 3rd 2017

Still on sabbatical, Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (March 4th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd  v  Chelsea  – Monday 6th March –  KO 7.45pm  (Premier League)

Venue: The London Stadium

Ipswich Town 1  – 1  Brentford    (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were held by fellow mid-table side Brentford at Portman Road. On-loan midfielder Emyr Huws gave the home side the lead, before Nico Yennaris levelled just before the break. This was Ipswich’s fourth league 1-1 draw in a row, they drop to 15th place. Brentford are now unbeaten in three league matches, residing in 14th place.

Southend Utd  1  – 1    Port Vale      (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers came from behind to hold the Valiants at Roots Hall. Much-travelled midfielder Chris Eagles put the visitors ahead with just 12 minutes left. Though Anthony Wordsworth levelled for Phil Brown’s men with five minutes remaining. Southend remain 7th in the table, just four points behind the top six. Port Vale remain in the bottom four, sitting 22nd & four points from safety, having failed to win in nine league matches now.

Cambridge Utd  1 –  1  Colchester Utd        (EFL League Two)

Colchester grabbed a point late-on at the Abbey Stadium. Gerry McDonagh put Cambridge ahead on 20 minutes. With time ticking away, substitute Sammie Szmodics levelled for John McGreal’s men. Cambridge drop to 12th place. Colchester remain in 9th spot, three points away from the play-off spots.

Newport County  0  –  4  Leyton Orient     (EFL League Two)

The O’s recorded a very important win at Valley Parade in the battle of the bottom two sides. Steven Alzate put the visitors ahead after just eight minutes. Josh Koroma then grabbed a first-half brace to give Danny Webb’s side a commanding lead at half-time, in front of 395 travelling Orient supporters. Koroma completed his hat-trick from the spot mid-way through the second-half. Newport remain bottom, but crucially now 11 points from safety after extending their winless run to seven league matches. Orient’s woes have eased a little, though they remain 23rd and are five points from safety.

Braintree Town 1   –  2  Wrexham    (National League Premier)

The Iron were defeated by a resurgent Wrexham at Cressing Road. Michael Cheek gave the hosts the lead with just moments on the clock, though just minutes later Ntumba Massanka levelled for Dean Keates’ men. On the hour, Ollie Shenton grabbed all three points for the visitors. Braintree drop to 18th spot, six points ahead of the bottom four. Wrexham, who’ve now won six of their last nine league matches, remain in 10th place, eight points off the play-off spots.

Gateshead  1  –  0   Dag & Red           (National League Premier)

The Heed narrowly defeated the Daggers at the Gateshead International Stadium. Danny Johnson’s goal early in the second-half was enough to give Neil Aspin’s side their 5th league win in-a-row. They reside in 7th place, just two points away from the play-off spots.

Concord Rangers  0   –  0  Margate  (National League South)

Concord were held in a inglorious stalemate by bottom side Margate at the Aspect Arena. Adam Flanagan’s men fall to 17th spot. Margate pick up their first point in ten league matches, though remain bottom, 13 points from safety.

Ebbsfleet Utd  6  –  1   East Thurrock Utd  (National League South)

The Rocks endured a bruising afternoon at Stonebridge Road. It started well for John Coventry’s side as a early penalty from Reece Harris gave them the lead. Though leaders Ebbsfleet showed their mettle as goals from Anthony Cook (2) and Andy Drury meant they lead 3-1 at half-time. Drury’s second of the afternoon, coupled with late goals from Jack Powell and Darren McQueen added some gloss to a great afternoon for Daryl McMahon’s side. Ebbsfleet’s 9th win in their last ten league matches sees them go top, two points clear of Maidenhead Utd. East Thurrock remain 13th, firmly mid-table.

Hemel Hempstead Town  2   – 2  Chelmsford City        (National League South)

The Clarets fought back to grab a point at Vauxhall Road. A Jordan Parkes penalty put the hosts ahead just past the hour. Moments later, Chris Dickson levelled for the visitors. Parkes grabbed his brace with eight minutes left as Hemel re-took the lead. Though in added-time, Dickson completed a brace of his own to give Rod Stringer’s men a share of the spoils. Hemel remain in 9th place, 11 points off the play-off positions. Chelmsford remain 4th.

Harlow Town 0  –  2  Billericay Town      (Ryman League Premier Division)

Billericay, under the caretaker charge of owner Glenn Tamplin following Craig Edwards’ resignation earlier in the week, grabbed a important win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Adam Cunnington and Billy Bricknell either side of the break grabbed all three points for ‘Ricay. Their play-off charge is well & truly on as they rise to 9th place, six points away from the play-off positions.

Bowers & Pitsea    5   –   0   Ware              (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers thumped Ware at the Len Salmon Stadium. Goals from Martyn Stokes, Brad Warner and David Knight saw Rob Small’s men go 3-0 up within the first ten minutes. Knight completed his hat-trick with goals either side of the break to give play-off chasing Bowers & Pitsea a big win. Bowers remain in 5th spot, a point clear of Cheshunt in 6th. Ware’s 5th league defeat in-a-row leaves them in 20th spot, four points clear of the bottom three.

Tilbury   2  –  0   Brentwood Town      (Ryman League Division North)

Brentwood stuttered to a disappointing defeat to mid-table Tilbury at Chadfields. Lewis Jaggs put the Dockers ahead just before the break. Late on, Aaron Waters made the points safe for Gary Henty’s men. Tilbury rise to 12th spot, after their first win in eight league matches. Brentwood remain 22nd, two points from safety.

For post-match reaction from manager Tony Ievoli follow this link – www.phoenixfm.com/2017/03/04/tilbury-2-0-brentwood-town-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Romford 2  – 1   Great Wakering Rovers    (Ryman League Division North)

Wakering suffered more heart-break at Ship Lane. Iain O’Connell’s side took the lead thanks to Stephen Butterworth 8 minutes before the break. Though after the break, Chris Taylor levelled for Romford, four minutes into the second half. Taylor popped up again with just minutes remaining to grab all three points for Boro’. Romford remain 16th, now 14 points clear of the bottom three. Wakering by stark contrast are 12 points away from safety, remaining in 23rd spot.

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Thank you for reading. After a three-week break, my local Round-up’s will return on Saturday April 1st. Have a good month in March!

In the meantime, check out my blog – survivor16b.wordpress.com for Match Reports on all the matches I watch, mainly in Essex Senior League, though some are from Ryman Leagues too, and other articles.

If you fancy it, here is the report of the match I went to see today (Sat 4.3.17)  – Rochford Town v Lakeside in the Essex Olympian League Division Two:  survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/rochford-town-1-3-lakeside/

 

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Konchesky in, Edwards out

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The big news this week is the signing of Paul Konchesky, the ex-premiership and international player, someone with a wealth of experience, it doesn’t get much bigger than that in the Ryman League.

The other big story is Craig Edwards who has been the clubs manager for 7yrs has decided to leave the club. Craig has been successful in his time with BTFC taking them to the title in 2011/12 as well as winning a cup. He was a good manager and worked well with limited resources during his tenure. It doesn’t appear there will be time to sign a new manager before the end of the season so Glenn Tamplin will take over with the assistance of senior professionals at the club.

On Tuesday 28th February BTFC drew 2-2 at Enfield, it was another hard fought game, we were leading 2-0 when we suffered another unfortunate sending off of Alex Stephenson. There were some very good performances, new goal keeper Alan Julian, Matt Johnson, Adam Cunnington & new signing Mekhi McLeod. We now move forward to the away fixture at Harlow Town on Saturday which should include Paul Konchesky making his club debut.

With 11 league games left 29 points is still a possibility, teams in previous seasons have reached the playoffs with 80+ points, so the dream is still a possibility, to gain a playoff spot. The next home game is Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill, I think we can anticipate a big crowd to see Paul make his home debut, but can we beat the season’s highest (561), I hope so.

So much is happening at the club, but I think this weeks events have been the biggest so far, I wonder what next week has in store for our club.

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Former England International joins the Blues

Click here to listen to Paul Konchesky and Glenn Tamplin:

 
Former West Ham, Liverpool and England defender Paul Konchesky has signed for Billericay Town.

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35-year-old Konchesky, who has two England caps, has roots in the area, playing for Great Danes in Brentwood as a junior. He has signed a year contract with an option for a second team.

Konchesky went on to play 621 games for a variety of league clubs, including the 2006 FA Cup final and the 2010 Europa League final with Fulham.

He told us why he’d decided to drop down four divisions and what his hopes and expectations are for the future.

Billericay Town FC Glenn Tamplin also spoke to us about Paul’s arrival, and the departure of Billericay Town manager Craig Edwards, which was also announced this evening.

You can hear the interview at the audio link at the top of this page.

Billericay’s next game is away to Harlow on Saturday; they are currently 10th in the Ryman League Premier, nine points from a play off place.

Paul Konchesky will be in the Phoenix FM studio for the next edition of the West Ham Way, on Wednesday 8 March at 7pm.

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Leopards Look to Quieten Storm

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Dave Ryan reports…

It’s crunch time for Levett Essex Leopards as they prepare to host Hemel Storm at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday (4pm).

The Big Cats’ relegation fears intensified over the weekend as a pitiful display saw them lose 64-58 against basement side Westminster Warriors on Saturday, and although they produced a much improved performance – at least for the first three quarters – they went down 82-65 at Solent Kestrels.

Steve Ogunjimi’s team are now joint 12th with Worthing Thunder, and as they face a weekend which also sees a trip to Bradford Dragons, they desperately need to end a run of eight straight league losses.

Hemel will arrive at Brentwood on a four game winning streak which has seen them move up to eighth spot with a 9-11 record with the signing of American forward Khapri Alston proving key for the Herts team.

Leopards and Hemel have met twice this season, with both games going down to the wire. The early season National Trophy meeting at Brentwood saw Storm score a last second trey to take the win – although both side subsequently exited the competition at the group stage – while it was only three weeks ago that Storm prevailed in overtime in a game which will be remembered for a season-ending injury to new signing Alex Scotland-Williamson.

Saturday’s trip to Bradford will see Leopards face a Dragons’ side who are seventh in the table with an 11-10 record. Having gone out of the Trophy at the group stage, they reached the National Cup quarter-final before losing to eventual winners Team Northumbria.

Darrell Bethune led the way with 21 points when the sides met at Brentwood in November as the Big Cats won a thriller 83-79.

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Ogunjimi will certainly be looking for a better performance than the dismal display at Harlow on Saturday as they lost to a Westminster side who had gone into the game with an 0-17 record.

A tight game had seen the hosts lead 25-19 at half-time and took their lead out to 11 points at the midway stage of the third period before Warriors closed the quarter on a 14-2 run to lead 41-40 at the final break.

The game was tied heading into the final 35 seconds but AJ Roberts saw a shot rim out and Jon Johnson hit a dagger trey before Bethune missed a triple and the visitors wrapped up the win at the foul line.

Bethune and Justin Hitchman each finished with 13 points, adding eight and five rebounds respectively, while Roberts finished with ten points.

The following day’s trip to Solent saw a much better display before fatigue set in during the final period and the visitors managed just three points.

A knee injury to Bethune clearly hampered the Big Cats and he looks to be a doubt for the rest of the season.

The Big Cats started well with a Bethune trey capping a 10-2 opening run, and they went into the first break with a 23-21 lead. Although the hosts led by as many as six in the second quarter, Jamie Hayes scored from downtown to cut the deficit to 47-44 at half-time.

Dougie Better hit a triple to put his side up by two four minutes into the second half and Tosin Oyelese scored a tip-in to keep his side ahead going into the last minute of the third period before Solent hit seven unanswered points to set up what proved to be a dominant final quarter.

Roberts led the way with 21 points, eight boards and three assists with Perry Lawson adding nine points, six assists and as many rebounds.

 

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Billericay Town 4 Hendon 1

Another very entertaining match to watch and a good win Saturday against Hendon (4-1). The game had plenty of goalmouth action, BTFC were winning 3-0 at HT and dominated the 1st half, the 2nd half was more evenly balanced but there was no doubt about the result.

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It was Billericay’s biggest crowd of the season (561) and this helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. It feels now as things are really happening at the club under the ownership of Glenn Tamplin. New fencing has been erected around the entire pitch, this has smartened up the ground, work is/has taken place in the clubhouse and new floodlights are to be installed soon.

In December Glenn promised fans there would be changes and I can confirm things are starting to happen. The next fans forum is planned to take place at the club on Thursday 23rd March, everyone is welcome.

The team are now 7pts off the league playoff positions with 12 league matches to go, there is still an outside chance of reaching them. The next 3 matches are away, first to Enfield on the 28th February followed by Harlow and Hendon. The next home fixture is Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill.

It would be good to increase our supporter base, perhaps that can happen on the 11th March with a crowd bigger than 561. Spread the word if you want entertaining, exciting football at an ambitious, caring club, Billericay Town FC is the team to support.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 25th 2017

Although on sabbatical from the Sports show itself, Scott W still manages to report with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 25th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

Watford  1 – 1  West Ham Utd    (Premier League)

Watford held the Hammers at Vicarage Road. An early Troy Deeney penalty put the Hornets ahead. After the break, substitute Andre Ayew secured a point for Slaven Bilic’s men with 20 minutes left. West Ham finished the match with ten men as Michail Antonio saw red for two bookable offences.  Watford stay in 12th spot, ten points clear of the bottom three. West Ham remain 9th.

Norwich City   v  Ipswich Town – Sunday  12pm KO  (EFL Championship)

Venue: Carrow Road

Gillingham 2 – 1  Southend Utd    (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers were defeated by the Gills at Priestfield. A brace from Josh Wright, the first a penalty, just before half-time did the damage. Blues defender Ryan Inniss also saw red just before half-time. Substitute Nile Ranger got a late consolation for Phil Brown’s side. Gillingham rise to 17th place, five points clear of the bottom four after their first win in ten league matches. Southend drop to 6th spot, a point clear of Millwall.

Colchester Utd  2  –  1  Hartlepool Utd      (EFL League Two)

The U’s picked up their 7th win in their last nine home league matches at the Colchester Community Stadium. After a quiet first period, Kurtis Guthrie put the hosts ahead just past the hour. A penalty from Chris Porter doubled the advantage late-on, before Nathan Thomas got a consolation for Dave Jones’ side soon afterwards. Colchester stay 7th, eight points off the promotion places. Hartlepool remain 22nd, nervously looking over their shoulder at the bottom two, they are three points clear of Leyton Orient in 23rd.

Leyton Orient 0   –  1  Cheltenham Town    (EFL League Two)

Speaking of Orient, they once again endured a difficult afternoon, narrowly losing out to Cheltenham at Brisbane Road. A first-half goal from Carl Winchester was enough to grab all three points for Gary Johnson’s men. Orient remain 23rd, three points from safety after their 20th defeat of a miserable campaign. As for the Robins, they rise to 19th spot, six points ahead of the bottom two.

Braintree Town  0 – 0  Maidstone Utd    (National League Premier)

A crowd of 1,002 witnessed a stalemate at Cressing Road. The Iron fall to 17th spot, four points clear of the bottom four after their 8th draw of the campaign. Maidstone remain in that bottom four, sitting 21st, though are level on points with Woking (just above them).

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Chelmsford City  4   –  3  Concord Rangers      (National League South)

The Clarets edged a cracker at Melbourne Park. On-loan Dion Semble-Ferris put Concord ahead after 25 minutes. Though Chelmsford levelled through Josh Rees five minutes before the break. A quick-fire brace by Shaun Jeffers (the second a spot-kick) mid-way through the second-period gave the hosts the lead, before Steve Cawley equalised for the Beach Boys with 20 minutes left. Michael Spillane restored the hosts’ two-goal lead with ten minutes remaining, before Lyle Della-Verde grabbed a late third for the visitors. The Clarets rise to 5th place, a point clear of Hungerford Town in 6th. Concord drop to 18th, though are seven points clear of the bottom three & a much superior goal difference.

East Thurrock Utd 1  –  2 Poole Town  (National League South)

The Rocks narrowly lost to Poole Town at Rookery Hill. A Steve Devlin penalty put the Dolphins ahead just before the break. Late on, James Walker levelled for the home side, though just three minutes later Marvin Brooks grabbed all three points for the visitors. East Thurrock drop to 11th place, comfortably mid-table. Poole though remain 4th, eight points off leaders Ebbsfleet.

Billericay Town  4   –  1  Hendon      (Ryman League Premier Division)

Billericay’s good recent run continued with a comfortable win at New Lodge. Rob Swaine gave the home side the lead early on, before a brace from Billy Bricknell mid-way through the first-half pretty much gave Craig Edwards’ side the win. Adam Cunnington added a fourth mid-way through the second-half. Marcel Barrington got a consolation for Hendon two minutes later. The Blues’ 5th win in their last seven league matches helps them rise to 10th spot, seven points off the top five. Hendon remain 23rd, four points from safety.

Fri Result: Thurrock  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea  (Ryman League Division North)

On Friday night, Mark Stimson’s side grabbed another important win at fortress Ship Lane. Goals from Mark Onyemah and Joe Christou in the first ten minutes put them ahead. After the break, Bowers were reduced to ten men as recent signing Luke Wilson saw red. Thurrock made sure of the win, thanks to Ronnie Winn’s goal with 15 minutes or so remaining. Ben Sartain got a late consolation for Bowers though it wasn’t their night. Thurrock’s 8th home league win in-a-row sees them remain 4th, 9 points off leaders Brightlingsea Regent. Bowers’ first defeat in six league matches leaves them in 7th place after Saturday’s matches, two points away from the top five.

Brentwood Town  3 –  0 Norwich Utd    (Ryman League Division North)

Brentwood powered to a excellent win over play-off chasing Norwich Utd at the Brentwood Arena. Second-half goals from Ife Ogunbayo, Brendan Cavalier and Lamar Reynolds sealed the points. Tony Ievoli’s men have now won three of their last four home league matches now & remain 22nd though crucially are just two points from safety. Norwich Utd’s first loss in seven league matches leaves them in 8th place, three points away from the top five.

Listen again to Tony Ievoli’s post-match reaction here: www.phoenixfm.com/2017/02/25/brentwood-town-3-0-norwich-united-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 2  Soham Town Rangers  (Ryman League Division North)

On the first Saturday of my sabbatical from Phoenix Sport, I attended this match. My match report from the game is here: www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/match-report-gw-rovers-2-2-soham-tr/

The result means Wakering are 12 points from safety in 23rd spot, whilst Soham are still in ‘the thick of it’ in 21st, just two points clear of Brentwood in 22nd. Both teams haven’t won in ten league matches now.

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Big Fights Coming Up for the McCarthy Brothers

Kyle (left) and Matt (right) fight on 11th and 17th March respectively

Kyle (left) and Matt (right) fight on 11th and 17th March respectively

Listen again as local boxers Matt and Kyle McCarthy talk with Chris Hood about their upcoming fights.

Kyle’s debut bout is on March 11 at York Hall, while Matt fights at The Brentwood Centre on March 17th, tickets are still available by contacting both fighters on social media.

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Preview: Billericay Town v Hendon

It’s back to league action tomorrow at home to Hendon. Hopefully another exciting and entertaining game following the team’s 4-3 midweek win in the Ryman League Cup Semi Final.

Despite the minor setback at Grays last Saturday, Billericay Town FC have won 4 of their last 5 league games and are one of the league’s in-form teams.

There have also been the league cup victories which included a 7-0 win at Worthing.

We need another win tomorrow to keep up pressure on the top 5 teams in the league as the playoffs are still an outside possibility.

Alex Stephenson has been recalled from his loan period at Bishops Stortford in order to add strength to the squad. Joe Ellul is suspended for 3 games and there are injury doubts about Rob Swaine.

Your support would be appreciated by everyone at the club; fans are returning and the atmosphere has become so much better.

Facilities at the club are also changing for the better, so the assurances the new owner, Glenn Tamplin gave at the fans forum in December are starting to take place. A date has also been given for the next fans forum which takes place on Thursday 23rd March.

The push for the playoffs starts Saturday, come and join us!

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The West Ham Way – show 31 (featuring Sammy McNess)

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

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On this week’s show Dave, Kev and Ex were joined by unbeaten professional boxer – and fellow West Ham supporter – Sammy McNess.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

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Match report: Billericay Town 4 South Park 3

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge

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Billericay Town made their way into the Ryman League cup final on Tuesday night with what should have been a comfortable victory over Surrey outfit South Park, but it transpired to be a close affair which the Blues ended up contesting with ten men.

Craig Edwards’ side were obviously keen to bounce back from their shock 1-0 defeat away to the Ryman League Premier Division’s bottom side Grays Athletic on Saturday, which ended their run of 4 straight league victories. Goalkeeper Alan Julian, recently recruited from National League side Bromley and who has football league experience with Brentford, Gillingham and Stevenage made his New Lodge bow after making his Billericay debut at the weekend. Blues’ Reigate based visitors currently lie mid-table in Division 1 South of the same league, and Edwards made 3 changes to the starting line up of the Billericay side that played on Saturday.

Billericay, as was the case last week when they hammered Needham Market 6-0 made the best possible start to the game. After just 2 minutes they won a corner, which Billy Bricknell flicked home to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead and they came close to doubling that lead 3 minutes later, when Lewis Taafe crossed to Bricknell whose effort went agonisingly wide of the post. Luke Moore went close with 9 minutes on the clock, but saw his effort saved by South Park goalkeeper Callum Thomas.

Bricknell continued to trouble the visitors, his 11th minute strike just going wide of the woodwork. Recent signing Adam Cunnington, who like Julian arrived from Bromley also had a 20th minute effort punched away by Thomas. But with 22 minutes gone it was captain from the night Matty Johnson who doubled Ricay’s lead, firing an impressive right footed drive from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.

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South Park tried their best to break down the home defence, but it was to no avail and it seemed as if the game would be more or less over after only 28 minutes, Taafe sidefooting the ball into the net to make it 3-0 after being set up by Tambeson Eyong.

South Park managed a goal back 5 minutes before half time with centre half Dylan Merchant firing home, which seemed to spur the home side back into action as just a minute later Cunnington replied for the Blues at the other end to make it 4-1. South Park had another rare effort close to half time with a shot from Joe Jackson, but it was well over the bar.

In the second half Blues centre half Joe Ellul was sent off for a what referee Ryan Whittaker considered an over-physical challenge, resulting in a straight red card. The subsequent free kick saw Merchant head in his and his side’s second to make it 4-2. Jackson had a chance to bring the tie even closer a few minutes later, but with only Julian to beat the Billericay keeper saved fairly comfortably.

This was not the case after 62 minutes, Jackson this time making no mistake and bringing the scoreline back to 4-3. South Park were showing an improvement and starting to frustrate their hosts, who struggled to get some fluent moves together in what was a scrappy second period. But Billericay held on and go through to the final where they will face the winners of the other semi-final between Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet, which is due to be played on 14 March.

Billericay: Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong, Farquharsen, Ellul, Taaffe, Johnson, Bricknell (Assombalonga 70), Cunnington, Moore (Krashniqi 80).

South Park: Thomas, Lovegrove. Elliott, Nicholls, Merchant (King 90), Stafford (Laverty 45), Burgess (Ayling 45), Gill, Quartey, Moody, Jackson.

Attendance: 275

Mike Joyce adds:

Another exciting match at New Lodge – 10 goals scored in the last two games. This was a game of two halves; BTFC dominated the first half and were leading 4-1 at half time. The second half though was dominated by South Park FC.

Billericay’s Joe Ellul was sent off and the home team were hanging on at the end, but without doubt it was an entertaining game.

Billericay will now play Dulwich or Tonbridge in the final which is a great achievement for the team as well as for Glenn Tamplin, who took over ownership of the club in November 2016.

Every time you visit the ground, changes have taken place improving the facilities and infrastructure. It’s certainly a positive time for the club, players and supporters.

On Saturday 25th February Billericay are at home again v Hendon FC. The club deserves increased support – come along, support the team and see the changes taking place.

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Leopards Host Warriors at Harlow

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Dave Ryan reports…

After a weekend off, Levett Essex Leopards return to action with two key fixtures in under 24 hours as they look to secure their place in Division One.

The Big Cats host Westminster Warriors at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday (7.30pm) before travelling to Eastleigh the following afternoon to face Solent Kestrels.

With eight league games remaining, Steve Ogunjimi’s side probably need four wins to ensure a 14th consecutive season of top flight Division One basketball but as they face all the teams in the bottom half of the table during that run, they have their destiny in their own hands.

Westminster will arrive for the final game at Harlow this season still looking for their first victory of the campaign, sitting bottom of the table with an 0-17 record.

Among those 17 losses was a 90-57 hammering by the Big Cats at Capital City Academy in November where a 25-10 third period proved key, but the early season meeting between the teams in the National Trophy was much closer as Leopards escaped with a 69-64 victory.

Tickets for the game are available on the door or can be booked at www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk.

There’s no respite for Big Cats as they then move on to Solent on Sunday for a 2.30pm tip-off.

The South Coast side have made a good start to life in Division One, currently sitting sixth with an 11-7 record, and also reached the National Cup final.

When the teams met at Harlow in November the fans were treated to a thriller as the Big Cats won 98-93 in overtime thanks partly to a 34 point performance from Mike Martin.

Leopards are still hopeful that Martin will return from a heal injury before the season ends but it seems unlikely that the former England international will be fit in time for this weekend’s games,

The Big Cats return to the Brentwood Centre with a pair of home games on Sunday March 5th and 12th before completing the season with four straight away games.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 18th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 18th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

In the main, it was a disappointing day for our local sides.

West Ham Utd were not in action today.    (Premier League)

Ipswich Town  1 – 1    Leeds Utd  (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were held by Garry Monk’s side at Portman Road. Freddie Sears put the hosts ahead early on, before Stuart Dallas levelled for the Whites just before the break. Ipswich stay 13th with this result, whilst Leeds stay 5th.

Southend Utd  2 – 2 Northampton Town  (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers were twice pegged back by the Cobblers at Roots Hall. Jermaine McGlashan put the home side ahead on twenty minutes, though Marc Richards levelled ten minutes later. Though Phil Brown’s side re-took the lead just two minutes later courtesy of forward Simon Cox. Ex-Colchester midfielder John-Joe O’Toole drew the visitors’ level just before half-time. Southend remain 6th in the table, ten points away from the promotion places. Northampton remain in 14th spot.

Accrington Stanley   2 – 1   Colchester Utd  (EFL League Two)

Stanley held on to gain a important win at the Crown Ground. Billy Kee put John Coleman’s side ahead on 18 minutes, before Matty Pearson doubled their advantage just past the half-hour. The home side were reduced to ten men just before the break as Omar Beckles received a straight red card. Substitute Chris Porter pulled one back for the U’s with a late penalty. Stanley rise to 19th with this win, whilst Colchester drop to 11th place, three points away from the play-off places.

Leyton Orient  2 – 3  Notts County   (EFL League Two)

Orient suffered another agonising afternoon at Brisbane Road as Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his former club. Jorge Grant put the visitors ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining, before early in the second-half Jon Stead doubled their lead. Orient pulled one back through Paul McCallum just moments later. Late on, Teddy Megazue pulled Danny Webb’s side level and Orient did look set for a point. Not to be however, as Stead popped up five minutes from time to grab all three points for the Magpies. Orient have lost their last four home league matches now, and remain 23rd, three points from safety. Notts County rise to 20th in the table, four points clear of today’s opponents.

Dagenham & Redbridge  1 – 2  Guiseley           (National League Premier)

John Still’s men suffered a setback to their promotion-hunt at Victoria Road. The Lions took the lead early on through Jordan Preston. Things got worse for the Daggers as striker Corey Whitely was set off after just 15 minutes. Preston doubled the visitors’ lead ten minutes into the second period. Oliver Hawkins grabbed a late consolation for the hosts. Guiseley jump out of the bottom four with this win, into 19th spot, two points clear of the bottom four. Dagenham stay 2nd, though are three points off leaders Lincoln, who also have two games in hand.

Macclesfield Town  2 – 0   Braintree Town  (National League Premier)

The Silkmen recorded a important win to keep their play-off hopes going at Moss Rose. Two goals in three minutes deep into the second-half from Connor Jennings and Chris Holroyd were enough to give John Askey’s side the points. Macclesfield remain 9th in the table, six points behind the top five. Braintree remain 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Dartford   0 – 1   Chelmsford City  (National League South)

The Clarets grabbed a big win at in-form Dartford. A solitary goal from Anthony Church with twenty minutes remaining was enough for the win. Dartford remain 3rd in the table, four points away from joint-leaders Ebbsfleet and Maidenhead (who are level on points & goal difference). Chelmsford rise to 6th place, just a point away from the top five.

East Thurrock Utd  2 – 1  Hampton & Richmond Borough  (National League South)

A goal in each half for the Rocks was enough for the win at Rookery Hill. Reece Harris put John Coventry’s side ahead early-on. After the break, Duncan Colley levelled for the Beavers. Though with just minutes remaining, Tom Wraight’s winner grabbed all three points for the home side. East Thurrock stay 11th, whilst Hampton fall to 7th place.

Truro City   1 – 2    Concord Rangers  (National League South)

Concord’s first away league win in five matches boosted their fight against the drop at Treyew Road. Ex-Plymouth forward Tyler Harvey put the hosts ahead on the quarter-hour, before Lyle Della-Verde levelled for Adam Flanagan’s side just before the half-hour. Steve Cawley then put Concord ahead six minues before the break. Truro, who have now only won one of their eight league matches, remain in 18th spot – three points clear of the bottom three. Concord rise to 15th place, now eight points clear of the bottom three.

Grays Athletic    1 – 0   Billericay Town  (Ryman League Premier Division)

Grays battled to a hard-fought win at Mill Field, courtesy of a cracking free-kick by Kwabena Osei with moments remaining. Billericay stay 11th, whilst Grays remain bottom though gain ground on the rest of the bottom four, though they are seven points from safety.

Fri Result: Bowers & Pitsea  4  –  0  Tilbury  (Ryman League Division North)

On Friday night, in front of a crowd of over 250 fans, Bowers produced to display to match, comfortably defeating Tilbury at the Len Salmon. David Knight puts the hosts ahead just past the quarter-hour, before second half goals from Martyn Stokes, Knight and Brad Warner sealed the points. Bowers are now unbeaten in five league matches, though sit in 6th place, two points away from the top five. Tilbury are now winless in six league matches, and are in 12th place.

Waltham Abbey    1 – 0    Brentwood Town   (Ryman League Division North)

The Abbotts won their 4th league match on-the-trot, narrowly defeating Tony Ievoli’s side at Capershotts. Michael Spencer got the only goal of the match, just on the half-hour mark. Abbey rise to 16th place, eleven points clear of the bottom three. Brentwood remain 22nd, four points from safety.

Cheshunt   3 – 1    Great Wakering Rovers  (Ryman League Division North)

The Ambers won their 6th league match on-the-spin at Theobalds Lane. Thoug Wakering took the lead through Jake Gordon’s spot-kick six minutes before the break. Cheshunt equalised on the strike of half-time through Liam Hope. Wakering’s afternoon got tougher after Eliot Warren was dismissed for two bookings mid-way through the second period. The home side made them pay late on as goals from James Thomas and Jason Hallett sealed the win. Cheshunt go back into 5th, leap-frogging Bowers after their win the previous evening. As for Wakering, their winless streak in the league stretches to ten matches, and they remain bottom, 12 points from safety.

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Billericay Town – the first three months of an exciting new era

In November 2016 Glenn Tamplin became the new owner of Billericay Town FC. At a well attended fans forum in December, he promised an exciting new era for the club both on and off the pitch.

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Although several new players were signed the wins everyone craved for didn’t happen immediately, it was obvious the team needed time to bond. Some of those early signings are no longer with the club but a number of significant signings have been made in the last couple of months; these included the return of supporters’ favourites Billy Bricknell and Rob Swaine.

The team have now won their last four league matches and are playing exciting attacking football as well as defending well. On Wednesday evening they beat Needham Market – second in the league – 6-0, and recent wins have seen them gradually climb back up the league. Although it will be a big ask it’s still possible for the club to reach the league playoffs. One of Glenn’s targets was to achieve the first promotion within 18 months, and with the team he has assembled there is no reason why this can’t be achieved.

Although supporters are starting to return it would be good to see Glenn rewarded for his efforts with an increased fan base.

So much has changed at the club in the last 3 months and Glenn’s actions certainly show that he wants the club to be successful. Apart from signing new players, big changes are also taking place to the clubs facilities.

The next home matches are on Tuesday 21st February v South Park in the Ryman League Cup Semi Final followed by a home league match v Hendon on Saturday 25th February. It would be great to see you there, you will be surprised at all the changes taking place, everyone is welcome.

If you can make it your support would be appreciated on Saturday BTFC are away to local rivals Grays FC.

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Match report: Billericay Town 6 Needham Market 0

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge

Billericay Town were on top form on Wednesday night as they demolished promotion-chasing Needham Market, who currently lie 2nd in the Ryman Premier League.
Craig Edwards’ men dominated the match pretty much from the kick off, and the Suffolk side’s shellshocked manager Mark Morsley admitted after the match that the Blues could easily have taken the scoreline into double figures.

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Abs Seymour set the tone for the evening when he opened the scoring for Billericay after just 3 minutes, his left foot strike from the edge of the penalty area beating the Marketmen’s goalkeeper Danny Gay. Lewis Taafe, one of many outstanding performers on the night came close to scoring a couple of times, but it was not until the 34th minute that the home side found the net again, captain Rob Swaine firing a right footed drive into the left corner of the goal to make it 2-0.

The floodgates opened from that point. In the 39th minute, just after Billy Bricknell headed just wide of the post his strike partner Adam Cunnington headed in his first goal for the club from a cross to make it 3-0. Morsley was becoming visibly frustrated and was spoken to by referee Stephen Bates, following an inappropriate touchline comment.

As half time approached the prolific Bricknell made it 4-0, firing a right foot shot into the left corner of the net after being set up by the excellent Seymour.

Following the restart, Billericay were fully in command and goalkeeper Jack Giddens was a virtual spectator as Needham Market were unable to break down the home team. Bricknell came close to adding to his tally a couple of times but it was Cunnington who made it 5-0 with 72 minutes on the clock, heading home from a free kick to leave Gay stranded once more. With 3 minutes of normal time left Needham Market’s misery was complete as substitute Isaac Layne made it 6-0, beating four outfield players in the process before slotting the ball past Gay.

A magnificent win then for the Blues, who received a well earned standing ovation from the home supporters at the final whistle and following 4 league wins on the bounce, they are now just 8 points away from the play-off spots. Billericay fans must now be thinking that a late season surge for the top 5 is a realistic possibility.

Billericay: Giddens, Eyong, Fitzsimons, Seymour, Swaine, Ellul, Taaffe (Diallo 82), Johnson, Cunnington, Bricknell (Assombalonga 73), Krasniqi (Layne 73).

Needham Market: Gay, Dye, Wight, Fenn, Miller, Morphew, Ingram, Holland, Dobson, Clarke, Coakley (Sands 60).

Attendance: 401

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Match Report: Chelmsford City 4 Heybridge Swifts 0

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Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Melbourne Stadium

Chelmsford City eased their way to the final of the Essex Senior Cup with what was ultimately a comfortable 4-0 victory over near neighbours Heybridge Swifts.

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Chelmsford manager Rod Stringer made 6 changes from the side that started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with St. Albans City in the National League South, a performance that had left the Clarets boss ‘absolutely fuming’ at his side’s failure to take all 3 points. They faced a Swifts side managed by Jody Brown, who currently occupy the bottom half of the the Ryman League Division 1 North, but who went into this tie on the back of a solid 2-0 victory away to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.

A predominantly uneventful first half saw the visitors have the first goalscoring chance in the 2nd minute, centre forward Adam Yusuff firing a shot over the bar. The busy Luke Daley had a few chances for the home side as the half went on, but two of them were off target and the other was saved by Heybridge goalkeeper Danny Sambridge. Chelmsford striker Chris Dickson had a couple of shots on goal as the half hour mark approached, both of which were just wide of the mark.

Swifts then had another chance after 35 minutes, their pacy captain George Cole beating City full back Matt Young, but his effort was fired straight at Clarets goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons who made no mistake. Chelmsford’s Kane Haysman had a chance from a free kick but this was fired over the bar, so the match remained goalless as both teams went in at the interval.

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The game finally sprang into life 7 minutes after the restart, Haysman heading home from Daley’s cross to put the home side 1-0 in front, with what was the former Crystal Palace youngster’s first goal in Chelmsford City colours. The Clarets started to take control from this point. Dickson headed over in the 55th minute, but he finally found the target a minute later as Haysman – this time turning provider – breezed past Swifts left back Guillem Ramon, then provided an excellent cross from the right which the former Charlton man tapped into the net to double City’s lead.

In the 73rd minute another header made it 3-0 to Chelmsford, this time from Max Cornhill who met another fine Haysman cross and nodded the ball past Sambridge. The Clarets’ fourth came 10 minutes later in calamitous circumstances. Heybridge defender Philip Anderson passed the ball back to Sambridge, who completely lost his footing and could only look on in horror as the ball rolled into the net.

Although the tie was way beyond their reach by this stage, Swifts to their credit didn’t give up and substitute Reece Grant had a shot saved by Fitzsimons once the game had entered injury time. But City won convincingly in the end, and go through to their first Essex Senior Cup final since 2009 where they will face fellow National League South outfit East Thurrock United, victors over Tilbury in the other semi-final. The date and venue of the match are yet to be arranged.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Young (Bush 72), Graham, Cornhill, Spillane, Hill, Daley, Rees, Dickson (Buchanan 79), Roberts (Enver-Marum 63), Haysman.

Heybridge: Sambridge, Andrews, Ramon, Smith (Grant 61), Njie, Anderson, Dark, Godbold, Yusuff, Bolle, Cole (Brown 78).

Attendance: 309

“(In the) first half the intensity wasn’t there, the quality wasn’t there….we needed to get the ball wide and win that midfield battle, and once we did that…Kane (Haysman) had a great second half, Josh Rees managed to get on the ball and play, and we managed to get the wide players in to score goals.”

“It’s been a good night….I’m really pleased for the club and the supporters”. –
Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer talking after the match

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Gloom for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…

Any lingering play-off hopes Levett Leopards held were ended by a 74-61 defeat by Derby Trailblazers at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday, and the Big Cats now find themselves in a full-blown relegation battle.

For the second successive Saturday Steve Ogunjimi’s side produced an abject first half performance – scoring just 22 points on 19 percent shooting – and although they pulled within five points in the second half, once again they found the hole they had dug themselves too deep to get out of.

For all their injury problems, and without guard Dougie Bennett due to work commitments, the home side were architects of their own downfall against a Derby side who also struggled to find the basket in the first and third periods.

Having suffered a shoulder injury during Friday’s practice session, Darrell Bethune came off the bench to finish with 28 points and three rebounds. But Justin Hitchman was the only other Big Cat in double figures with ten points , adding six rebounds.

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Derby won the tip and opened up a 6-0 lead in the first four minutes before Hitchman finally put the hosts on the scoreboard with 5:15 on the clock.

A Jamie Hayes free-throw made it a one point game but that proved to be as close as Leopards came as M Ward-Hibbert converted a three-point play, and the lead grew to 16-7 before Shaq Lewis cut the deficit to 16-9 at the first break.

That proved to be only a brief respite for the home side as Derby opened the second period with a 10-0 run to lead 26-9 before Hayes drained from downtown to end the drought, and although Bethune scored from the Land of Plenty to help Leopards match the visitors during the rest of the half, they went into the locker room trailing 40-22.

That deficit grew to 22 after two second half minutes before Bethune finally sparked the Big Cats into life with ten points – including a pair of triples – in a 13-2 run, and six straight Hitchman points followed by a Bethune score saw the gap closed to 52-45 at the final break with Leopards having outscored the visitors 23-12 in the period.

B Amabilino-Perez hit a trey to make it a ten point game with the opening score of the fourth quarter but scores from AJ Roberts, Tosin Oyelese and Perry Lawson kept Leopards in touch and a four point play from Bethune made it 60-55 with four minutes remaining.

A Roberts ley-up kept the deficit at six heading into the final three minutes but back-to-back turnovers from the hosts followed by a Maxwell Morrison dunk effectively ended the game as a contest.

With no game this coming weekend Leopards will look for a good weekend in practice before Westminster Warriors are the visitors to Harlow on February 25 for a must-win game.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 11th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 11th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 2  – 2   West Brom    (Premier League)

The Hammers were held by the in-form Baggies at the London Stadium. The visitors took the lead early-on through Nacer Chadli. After going into half-time a goal down, Slaven Bilic’s side levelled through Sofiane Feghouli just past the hour. Manuel Lanzini put the home side ahead late-on before at the death, Gareth McAuley got the final touch to grab a point for Tony Pulis’ men.  West Ham have now only lost three of their last ten league matches, dropping to 10th place. West Brom stay 8th.

Aston Villa   0  –  1   Ipswich Town       (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys struck late-on to grab all three points at Villa Park. On-loan Emyr Huws got the winner for Mick McCarthy’s side. Villa are now winless in seven league matches, falling to 16th in the table. Ipswich by contrast, rise to 13th spot, ten points above the bottom three.

Millwall 1  –  0  Southend Utd             (EFL League One)

The Blues suffered a rare blip on-the-road as they narrowly lost to the Lions at the New Den. The visitors were reduced to ten men when Will Atkinson received a straight red card just past the half-hour mark. After the break, Fred Onyedinma grabbed the only goal of the game to give play-off chasing Millwall all three points. The Lions move up to 6th place in the table, and are now unbeaten in nine league matches. Phil Brown’s men fall to 8th place, only one point behind today’s opponents.

Colchester Utd  2  –  1 Barnet               (EFL League Two)

The U’s picked up another important win at the Colchester Community Stadium. The home side went ahead courtesy of Kurtis Guthrie’s goal on 18 minutes. Just before the break, Brennan Dickenson doubled their advantage. The visitors could only add a consolation late-on through John Akinde as John McGreal’s side held on to take all three points. The U’s have now won their last five home league matches, and sit in 9th spot, just two points away from the play-off places. Barnet lost ground on the top seven today, they’re in 12th spot.

Yeovil Town  1  –  1  Leyton Orient    (EFL League Two)

The O’s struck late on to grab a muchly-needed point at Huish Park. Just before half-time, Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. With only minutes remaining, Gavin Massey levelled to give Danny Webb’s side a share of the spoils. Yeovil have now only won one of their last ten league matches and rise to 16th spot. Orient have ended a six-match losing streak with this result, though remain 23rd, three points from safety.

Braintree Town  1  –  0   North Ferriby Utd   (National League Premier)

The Iron grabbed a morale-boosting win at Cressing Road against the Villagers after being dumped out of the FA Trophy in mid-week. Substitute Reece-Hall Johnson grabbed the solitary goal late-on. Braintree stay in 18th spot, though are now four points ahead of the bottom four. North Ferriby remain bottom, now three points from safety.

Southport  1   –  4    Dagenham & Redbridge    (National League Premier)

Dagenham came back from an early setback to grab an important win at Southport. The Sandgrounders took the lead through a Jamie Allen penalty mid-way through the first-half. Just past the half-hour, the Daggers drew level thanks to Jordan Maguire-Drew. John Still’s men went ahead through an OG from Robbie Cundy. Fejiri Okenabirhie extended the visitors’ advantage just before the break. A late Corey Whitely penalty sealed the points. Dagenham stay 2nd after their 5th league win in-a-row. Southport fall into the bottom four on goal difference, in 21st spot.

Chelmsford City  1  –  1  St Albans City    (National League South)

The Clarets were held by the Saints in a battle of two play-off chasing sides at Melbourne Park. Elliott Buchanan put the hosts’ in-front early on, before Louie Theophanous grabbed a late equaliser. Chelmsford are now unbeaten in their last ten home league matches, they drop to 7th spot, four points off the top five. St Albans are level on points with today’s opponents, they fall to 8th place.

Concord Rangers  3  –  1 Eastbourne Borough   (National League South)

Concord picked up an important win at the Aspect Arena. Tony Stokes put the hosts ahead early-on, before Lyle Della-Verde doubled the lead on the half-hour. Elliott Romain pulled one back for the visitors ten minutes before the break. Steve King made the points safe with his goal late-on. The Beach Boys rise to 16th place, six points clear of the bottom three. Eastbourne stay in 12th place.

Welling Utd  2  –  0  East Thurrock Utd    (National League South)

The Wings defeated the out-of-form Rocks at Park View Road. Second-half goals from Adam Coombes and Dan Walker earned the win. Welling rise to 15th spot, whilst East Thurrock stay 11th.

Billericay Town  2  –  1 Harrow Borough    (Ryman League Premier Division)

Craig Edwards’ side grabbed another important win at New Lodge. A first half brace from Billy Bricknell put the home side in the ‘driver’s seat’ at the break. Josh Webb scored a late penalty to reduce Boro’s arrears though the home side held firm. ‘Ricay rise to 11th place, whilst Harrow fall to 19th place, just two points clear of the bottom four.

Aveley  1   –  1  Bowers & Pitsea         (Ryman League Division North)

Aveley came from behind to hold Bowers at the Mill Field. Ross Adams put the visitors ahead on the half-hour. Just four minutes later, Mason Bloomfield levelled for the Millers. Aveley drop to 9th place, six points away from the top five. Bowers drop to 6th place with Cheshunt leapfrogging them after a big win at Haringey Borough.

Brentwood Town  0  – 1   Ware             (Ryman League Division North)

Ware picked up a narrow win at the Brentwood Arena. Evandro Delgado’s  second-half winner sealed all three points for Anwar Uddin’s side. Brentwood stay 22nd in the table, four points from safety. Ware rise to 18th spot, seven points clear of the bottom three.

Great Wakering Rovers 2   – 5   AFC Hornchurch   (Ryman League Division North)

Wakering endured another hard afternoon at Burroughs Park. Ross Wall put the visitors ahead early-on, before Jake Gordon equalised for Rovers mid-way through the first half. Hornchurch roared clear after the break as Abs Thompson and a hat-trick from hot-shot Leon McKenzie (including one from the spot) sealed the points for the Urchins. Wakering are now winless in their last ten league matches, remaining bottom of the pile, 12 points from safety. Hornchurch rise to 3rd spot, six points behind leaders Maldon & Tiptree.

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Match report: Chelmsford City 1 Tranmere Rovers 4

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Melbourne Stadium

Chelmsford City’s interest in this season’s FA Trophy came to an abrupt end on a very cold Wednesday evening, as they were comprehensively beaten by Vanarama National League opponents Tranmere. The Clarets had performed heroics on Saturday to come away from Prenton Park with an impressive 1-1 draw to force this replay, but on this occasion the club from the Wirral were comprehensive winners.

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The home side’s preparation for the match was not helped by horrendous traffic delays on the A12, following a serious accident near Witham. This undoubtedly impacted on the match attendance, which was expected to be higher and resulted in some players only arriving at Melbourne Stadium just minutes before the kick off. This caused much frustration for City boss Rod Stringer, who had to include late arrival Chris Dickson among the substitutes with Phil Roberts taking his place in the starting line-up, which was otherwise unchanged from Saturday’s tie.

Stringer’s opposite number Micky Mellon, with half an eye on his team’s big league encounter with Bromley this Saturday made a total of seven changes from the eleven that began at the weekend.

Chelmsford had the first real chance of the game as early as the 4th minute. Robbie Willmott, the Clarets’ goalscoring hero in Saturday’s draw took a free kick which almost connected with the head of Chris Bush in the penalty area. The first oppurtunity at the opposite end came a minute later, when Tranmere’s Adam Buxton had a free kick saved by City keeper Ross Fitzsimons. Then later in the half, Rovers midfielder Jake Kirby was fouled just outside the area, and Buxton once again took a free kick which he fired just wide of the post.

Just before the half hour mark, City nearly had a stroke of luck when a poor clearance by Tranmere keeper Scott Davies fell to the feet of City forward Shaun Jeffers, but Davies atoned for his error by scrambling the ball to safety. The deadlock was then broken in the 30th minute when Kirby rounded Fitzsimons to put the Merseysiders 1-0 up. Worse was to come for the home side 4 minutes later, when Chelmsford’s Mark Haines met a Tranmere cross only to head the ball past his own keeper.

The Clarets attempted to bounce back, Bagasan Graham having a long range effort on target but this was saved by Davies. After further chances at both ends the visitors scored again in the 43rd minute, the influential Buxton’s free kick being met by Rovers centre half Ritchie Sutton who made sure his side went in 3 goals to the good at the interval by heading the ball past Fitzsimons into the net.

City boss Stringer reacted by making a change when the teams came out for the 2nd half, with Daniel Blanchett replacing Max Porter and the Clarets looked a rejuvenated side after the break. Willmott continued to cause problems for Rovers with his efforts at set pieces, and his persistence paid off in the 62nd minute when his corner found substitute Elliott Buchanan – who had only come on in place of Roberts 4 minutes previously – who fired a 12 yard left foot shot past Davies to put the home side deservedly back in the game.

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The goal proved to be a false dawn for Chelmsford though, and Tranmere caught them on the break in the 70th minute. Buchanan had just come close to doubling his and City’s tally when the action quickly moved to the other end. The impressive Kirby rounded Fitzsimons and scored to make it 4-1 to the away side, much to the delight of the contingent of fans who had made the long trip from the North West.

The Clarets gamely battled on, but the tie was well beyond their reach by this stage and so their opponents go through to the 4th round with a home tie against fellow National League side Barrow. Chelmsford fans still have much to look forward to though, with a rearranged Essex Senior Cup semi-final against Heybridge Swifts on Monday and the National League South play-offs still looking a realistic target, especially if they can bag another 3 points at the weekend with Saturday’s home game against St. Albans City.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Miller (Young 86), Graham, Porter (Blanchett 45), Bush, Haines, Willmott, Church, Jeffers, Roberts (Buchanan 58), Rees.

Tranmere: Davies, Maynard, Mangan, Harris, Buxton, Sutton, Kirby, Jennings, Stockton, Vaughan, Ihiekwe.

Attendance: 923.

Post-match quotes:

‘We were outstanding on Saturday and had to try and produce that again tonight….its been tough for us tonight in more ways than one. We’ve conceded four goals which we probably haven’t done for a while, and to be fair to Tranmere they’ve picked us off on a few occasions….they’re quite clinical and that was the difference in the game’. – Chelmsford manager Rod Stringer

‘We know that we have quality in the group and that if we get enough opportunities in good areas we will score goals. (On) Saturday we lacked that in vital areas….(tonight) the conditions were as tough as we’ve played in this season…but we did what we had to do and found a way’. – Tranmere manager Micky Mellon

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Morecambe 1

Leyton Orient suffered a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe, as their task to remain in the Football League gets that much tougher as they remain in the relegation zone.

A Paul Mullin’s second half effort from range was the only goal of the match that sealed all three points for the visitors and extend their unbeaten run to five games now.

 

Danny Webb made two changes to his sides that lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Carlisle at the weekend, as Yvan Erichot replaces Callum Kennedy and Victor Adeboyjo got the nod for his first league start ahead of new signing Rowan Liburd.

Gavin Massey got the crowd off their feet early with an opperutnity four minutes in, as his low cross found Nigel Atangana but he could not make the right connection as it trickled through to Barry Roche.

Morecombe threatened after Orient’s early pressure, as the ball came to the far post for Kevin Ellisons’ to strike but was headed away by Tom Parkes.

Erichot made a huge crossfield pass to turn defence into attack, which found Sandro Semedo – he burst into the box and hit his low cross which was stopped by Roche and out for a corner.

Orient worked a great chance and were almost rewarded with a goal on the half hour mark, as Collins slotted in Massey whose shot with the outside of his boot was pushed around the post by Roche.

From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Collins inside the box and his snap shot went just the wrong side of the post.

The O’s heaped even more pressure on the Morecombe defence, as Semedo’s corner was met by Parkes at the back post but headed straight into the arms of Roche.

The hosts almost broke the deadlock just before the break, as Massey flashed a low ball acorss the six-yard box just out of the reach of Sam Dalby and Adeboyejo.

In the second half, Orient again were the dominant side and set the pace with Myles Judd advancing on the edge of the area clipped the ball back to Semedo whose shot was tame.

Morecombe so nearly got the opener, as Ellison was played through one-on-one and his shot was superbly stopped by Sam Sargeant to deny the away side the lead.

Orient used the same cobination again form the corner kick, as Semedo’s whipped in ball was headed just over the bar by Parkes.

Morecambe still showed their threat on the counter attack, as Paul Mullin early ball into the box was turned just over the bar by substitute Rhys Turner.

The visitors struck 72 minutes in, as Mullin had the ball on the edge of the area and whipped his shot into the top corner, to stun the O’s.

Orient pushed for the equaliser but struggled to create a clear cut chance, as they remain in the bottom two.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Saregant, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins (89), 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 22 Sandro Semedo, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (90), 29 Myles Judd, 30 Sam Dalby (77), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 12 Charlie Grainger, 4 Liam Kelly (89), 14 Sammy Moore, 19 Teddy Mezague, 20 Rowan Liburd (77), 28 Josh Koroma (90), 34 Michael Clark

Morecombe Lineup: 1 Barry Roche, 5 Ryan Edwards, 6 Dean Winnard, 7 Paul Mulin (81), 8 Peter Murphy (C), 10 Lee Molyneux (65), 11 Kevin Ellison, 15 Aaron Wildig, 16 Alex Whitmore, 19 Michael Duckworth, 24 Michael Rose (75)

Substitutes: 12 Dan Nizic, 2 Liam Wakefield, 3 Aaron McGowan (81), 4 Alex Kenyon (75), 14 Luke Conlan, 18 Rhys Turner (65), 21 Antony Evans

Attendance: 2,660 (58)
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Hutton FC meet Theo the Wyvern

Children from Hutton FC’s Under 9s team were treated to a free day out, courtesy of Leyton Orient FC and Phoenix FM’s The Orient Hour.

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The young players were in E10 to watch the O’s latest game against Carlisle. They received free entry, refreshments, souvenirs and use of the club’s private Hub Room. They also got to meet some of the players, collect autographs and have their photo taken with Leyton Orient’s mascot Theo the Wyvern!

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Phoenix FM’s Steve Roach said, “Leyton Orient is a great place to discover affordable football and get close up to the action, something that is increasingly rare in the Premier League.

“It’s something that The Orient Hour team was very pleased to organise and we’d like to thank the club’s Community Liaison Officer, Howard Gould, for making it such an enjoyable day”.

Hutton’s U9 manager Alex Yip said, “The experience of the day was excellent. The boys were really excited and just couldn’t help themselves trying to get some of the players signature! But I think it was the private room really blow the parents away!”

Phoenix FM and Leyton Orient will be working together in the future to bring more teams to the Brisbane Road ground.

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Ogunjimi Looks for Continued Improvement

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Dave Ryan reports…

Despite a pair of heart-breaking defeats Levett Essex Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi is looking for his side to continue the form they showed for the majority of the weekend  when they host Derby Trailblazers at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday (7.30pm).

The Big Cats trailed by as many as 19 before losing in overtime at Hemel Storm on Saturday before going down 91-90 in a thriller at reigning champions Manchester Magic the following afternoon.

“If we play like we did in the second half at Hemel and throughout the Manchester game, we’ll be okay” said Ogunjimi. “We just can’t play as poorly as we did in the first half against Storm. We can’t have 25 point halves and expect to dig our way out of trouble.

“We showed on Sunday that we are more than capable of competing with anyone in this league despite our injury problems, and I was so disappointed for the guys that we didn’t get the win we deserved.”

Derby will arrive at Leisurezone occupying fourth place in Division One with ten wins from 15 games but the loss of a couple of key players has seen them lose three straight league games as well as losing at Manchester in the National Trophy semi-final. They also reached the semi-final of the National Cup but were unable to match Leopards’ BBL Trophy giant-killing with a 33-point home loss against Newcastle Eagles.

Leopards’ suffered an 83-70 loss when they travelled to the Midlands in November, but both of last season’s meetings proved to be thrillers that went down to the final play before the home team won on each occasion.

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With captain Mike Martin still out of action with a foot injury, Leopards’ suffered another crushing blow during an 88-83 overtime loss at Hemel as Alex Scotland-Williamson suffered a season-ending injury, tearing his quad muscle and damaging his knee as he fell badly while collecting a pass from AJ Roberts.

With the score tied at 77, the game looked likely to be abandoned as the English big man waited from an ambulance on the basket, but he managed to slide off the court allowing the game to continue.

The long delay clearly disrupted a Leopards side who had dominated after the half-time break and Storm were able to close out a key win.

A terrible first half saw Scotland-Williamson, playing only his second game after joining last week, open the scoring before the home side set the tone with a 13-2 run.

Things didn’t get any better during the rest of the period as they went into the first break 21-8 down and they went scoreless during the first two minutes of the second period to trail 27-8 before Dougie Bennett finally got the visitors going, but they were unable to make much impression on the deficit. Despite Bennett’s shot late in the half, they went into the locker room 40-25 behind.

Scores from Roberts and Darrell Bethune saw Leopards open the second half strongly, and they slowly whittled the deficit down before Roberts’ free-throw sent them into the fourth period trailing only 57-51.

A Bennett and-one halved that deficit with the opening play of the final quarter and a similar play from Roberts tied the game with two minutes gone before Justin Hitchman gave them the lead with 6:54 on the clock.

The rest of the period was nip and tuck, and Hemel went into the final minute 77-75 ahead but Roberts hit a jump shot to tie the game with 43 seconds remaining, and during a frantic last few seconds the American guard had two chances to snatch the win before the buzzer went to send the game into overtime.

With the loss of Scotland-Williamson early in the extra period, the Big Cats fell behind shortly after the injury, allowing the hosts to open a five point lead and despite a big trey from Roberts, Storm held on for the victory.

Roberts finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists, with Bennett and Bethune adding 12 points apiece and Scott-Williamson pulling down eight rebounds before his premature exit from the game,

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The following day at Manchester saw a depleted and clearly tired Leopards team match their high-flying opponents throughout the game and had a chance to take the win in the dying seconds with Hitchman’s shot rimming out and Roberts attempted tip-in being blocked.

Ultimately the Big Cats were beaten by an incredible performance from Magic guard Stefan Gill who hit six threes on the way to a 24-point game and proved to be unguardable at time before scoring the winning basket with 21 seconds on the clock.

Jamie Hayes opened the scoring with a dunk, and Leopards led throughout the first period before Caleb Tabiner sent them into the first break with a 25-18 lead.

A pair of Tabiner baskets saw that lead grow to nine early in the second period and Leopards’ lead peaked at ten with 81 seconds of the half remaining on a Shaq Lewis lay-up.

Magic finished the half strongly to cut Leopards’ to 48-43 and the hosts continued that run as they hit the first five points of the second half to tie the game and there was little to choose between the sides as they went into the final break tied at 62.

Bethune opened the fourth period with a long jump shot, but the lead continued to repeatedly change hands before a three-point play from Hayes put his side 85-83 ahead going into the final 100 seconds.

But a massive trey from Gill put his side ahead, only to see Hitchman hit a pair at foul line and Roberts put them 89-86 ahead with 50 seconds remaining.

But it was clearly Gill’s night as he hit a seemingly impossible three off the dribble, and although Roberts put his side ahead by one with a free-throw with 30 seconds remaining only to see Gill drive from the left to hit the game winner.

Bethune finished with 19 points, with Roberts hitting 14 points and added seven assists and six rebounds. Hitchman recorded a season-high 13 points, with Bennett adding ten points and Perry Lawson eight as all nine Leopards’ players got on the scoresheet.

 

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Football: Premier League – February 4th 2017

Phoenix Sport’s Scott W reports with a bonus piece rounding-up all the Premier League action today (Feb 4th ’17).

Chelsea  3 – 1 Arsenal

Chelsea continued their imperious recent form by defeating the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. Marcos Alonso put the Blues ahead early-on. Second-half goals from Eden Hazard and substitute Cesc Fabregas sealed the win for Antonio Conte’s men. Substitute Oliver Giroud got a late consolation for Arsenal. Chelsea stay top, nine points clear of Spurs, having won 8 of their last ten league matches. The Gunners stay in 3rd spot, now 12 points behind today’s opponents.

Crystal Palace  0 – 4  Sunderland

The Black Cats recorded a big win at Selhurst Park. David Moyes’ men did all the damage in the first period. Lamine Kone put the visitors ahead early-on, before a blistering three-goal salvo in five minutes ended the contest. Didier Ndong and a brace from hot-shot Jermaine Defoe sealed the points and Sunderland’s first win in seven league matches. They stay bottom though are only two points from safety now. Palace fall to 19th spot, level on points with today’s opponents.

Everton  6 – 3 Bournemouth

Certainly for the neutral, this must be a ‘match of the season’ contender as Everton secured a handsome win at Goodison Park. The Toffees opened the scoring in the opening minute through Romelu Lukaku. James McCarthy doubled the lead mid-way through the first half. Lukaku grabbed his second of the afternoon on the half-hour as the home side led 3-0 at the break. Bournemouth rallied in the second period and reduced their arrears through a brace from Josh King. There was simply no stopping Lukaku though as he bagged two more in the last ten minutes, to take his tally for the afternoon to four. Harry Arter grabbed a late goal for the Cherries just before Ross Barkley added a sixth for Everton, though it clearly wasn’t an afternoon to be a defender! Ronald Koeman’s side are now unbeaten in seven league matches, staying 7th in the table. As for Eddie Howe’s men, they stay 14th, six points above the drop zone.

Hull City  2 – 0 Liverpool

The Tigers continued their mini-revival under new manager Mauro Silva with an impressive win over stuttering Liverpool at the KC Stadium. Goals in each half from debutant loan signing Alfred N’Diaye and fellow loanee Omar Niasse sealed the win. Hull rise to 18th place, just a point from safety. Liverpool stay 4th, though lose ground on the top two.

Southampton  1 – 3  West Ham Utd     

Slaven Bilic’s men gained another good away win, this time at St Mary’s. The Saints took the lead through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini early on. The Hammers hot-shot Andy Carroll levelled just minutes later. Pedro Obiang gave West Ham the lead two minutes before the break. Shortly after the interval, an OG from Steven Davis sealed the win for the visitors. The Saints have lost six of their last seven league matches now, residing in 13th spot. As for West Ham, they rise to 9th place.

Tottenham Hotspur  1 –  0 Middlesbrough

A second-half penalty from Harry Kane was enough to give Spurs the win at White Hart Lane. Spurs are now unbeaten in nine league matches, going outright 2nd and they keep Chelsea’s lead at the top to nine points. ‘Boro stay 15th, though are only a point clear of the bottom three.

Watford  2 – 1 Burnley

The Hornets grabbed an important home-win over fellow mid-table side Burnley at Vicarage Road. Burnley were down to ten men in the opening 10 minutes as Jeff Hendrick saw red. Captain Troy Deeney gave his side the lead early-on before recent loan signing M’Baye Niang doubled the lead just before half-time. Burnley fought back after the break, and a late penalty from Ashley Barnes reduced their arrears. Watford are now unbeaten in four league matches, and rise to 10th place. Burnley fall to 12th spot.

West Brom  1 – 0 Stoke City

An early goal from James Morrison was enough to grab all three points for Tony Pulis’ men at the Hawthorns. The Baggies have now won 8 of their last 10 home matches, residing in 8th place, just six points behind Man Utd in 6th. Stoke fall to 11th spot.

Sunday’s matches  (5th Feb ’17)

Man City v Swansea City     V: Eithad Stadium    KO: 1.30pm

Leicester City v Man Utd      V: King Power Stadium  KO: 4pm

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 4th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 4th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

Southampton  1 – 3  West Ham Utd      (Premier League)

Slaven Bilic’s men gained another good away win, this time at St Mary’s. The Saints took the lead through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini early on. The Hammers hot-shot Andy Carroll levelled just minutes later. Pedro Obiang gave West Ham the lead two minutes before the break. Shortly after the interval, An OG from Steven Davis sealed the win for the visitors. The Saints have lost six of their last seven league matches now, residing in 13th spot. As for West Ham, they rise to 9th place.

Ipswich Town  2 – 2   Reading       (EFL Championship)

Ipswich twice took the lead as they were held at Portman Road by Jaap Stam’s high-flying Reading. Tom Lawrence got both goals for Town either side of the break, whilst second-half goals from new loan signing Jordan Mutch and Jordan Obita grabbed a point for the Royals. The Tractor Boys rise to 16th place, whilst Reading stay 3rd, four points away from the top two.

Southend Utd  3 – 1   Scunthorpe Utd  (League One)

The Blues continued their good home form, defeating promotion-chasing Scunthorpe at Roots Hall. Murray Wallace opened the scoring for the Iron early on, though Marc-Antoine Fortune levelled before half-time for the Blues. Phil Brown’s side then sealed the points late on through goals from Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard. Scunthorpe’s day was compounded as Neal Bishop was sent off late on. The Shrimpers rise to the play-off spots in 6th, whilst Scunthorpe fall to 2nd spot, behind new leaders Sheffield Utd by two points.

Blackpool   1 – 1     Colchester Utd    (League Two)

The in-form U’s picked up a useful point at Bloomfield Road. The Seasiders took the lead early-doors through Jamille Matt. A matter of minutes later, Kurtis Guthrie levelled for John McGreal’s men and grabbed a point. The visitors finished the match with ten men as substitute Sean Murray saw red late on. Blackpool stay in 14th place, eight points off the play-off spots. Colchester rise to 9th spot, four points off the top seven.

Leyton Orient  1 – 2   Carlisle Utd    (League Two)

The Cumbrians came from behind to defeat the O’s at Brisbane Road, in new manager Danny Webb’s first match in charge. It started well for the home side as Gavin Massey gave them the lead mid-way through the first period. Only ten minutes later though, Carlisle levelled courtesy of a Gary Liddle goal. New loan signing Jamie Proctor grabbed all three points with his goal mid-way through the second-half. Orient now haven’t won in six league matches and stay 23rd, a point from safety. Carlisle stay 3rd , after their first win in six league matches.

Dag & Red    3 – 2   Chester   (National League Premier)

Dagenham won a real see-saw encounter at Victoria Road. Jake Sheppard gave the Daggers the lead just before half-time. Though after the break, Chester hit two quick-fire goals through Luke George and Tom Shaw to lead 2-1. A pivotal moment in the match came five minutes from time though as Johnny Hunt saw red for hand-ball on the goal-line. Corey Whitely scored the resulting spot-kick to level the match. And with moments left, substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew grabbed all three points for promotion-chasing Dagenham. John Still’s men have now won their last four league matches and rise to 2nd place, three points off leaders Lincoln, who have a game in hand. Chester fall to 12th place.

Braintree Town  0 – 0  Dulwich Hamlet  (FA Trophy 3rd Round)

A crowd of more than 600 saw this stalemate at Cressing Road. The Iron were not at their best, so Hakan Heyrettin’s men will have to travel to Dulwich for a replay though they stay in the hat for the FA Trophy Quarter-Finals.

Tranmere Rovers 1  – 1  Chelmsford City  (FA Trophy 3rd Round)

The Clarets held their more illustrious opponents at Prenton Park. Robbie Wilmott opened the scoring for the visitors on the half-hour. Tranmere levelled twenty minutes from time through Cole Stockton’s goal. The Super White Army will travel to Melbourne Park to settle this tie in a replay.

East Thurrock Utd  2 – 3  Hemel Hempstead Town   (National League South)

The Rocks were edged out late on by fellow mid-table side Hemel at Rookery Hill. Jake Robinson gave the visitors an early lead, before Michael Clark equalised mid-way into the second period. Just minutes later, Tom Wraight put East Thurrock ahead, before late goals from Charlie Sheringham and Jordan Parkes grabbed all three points for the Tudors. East Thurrock fall to 11th spot, whilst Hemel Hempstead rise above today’s opponents into 10th place.

Ebbsfleet Utd    4 – 0  Concord Rangers      (National League South)

Fleet comfortably swept aside lowly Concord at Stonebridge Road. Kenny Clark put Daryl McMahon’s side ahead early-on. Bradley Bubb doubled the lead just before the break. Ex-Dagenham youngster Sean Shields made it three just past the hour, before Bubb grabbed his second five minutes from time. Fleet have now won five league matches on-the-trot and stay 2nd, three points behind leaders Maidenhead. Concord stay 18th, four points ahead of the bottom three.

Havant & Waterlooville  1 – 2   Billericay Town   (Ryman Premier Division)

Billericay picked up a big win at West Leigh Park. Just before the half-time whistle sounded, Christian Assombalonga put the Blues ahead. Lewis Taafe doubled the lead twenty minutes from time, before Jason Prior reduced the Hawks’ arrears. Havant stay 3rd, though are now five points behind leaders Bognor Regis. Craig Edwards’ men rise to 12th spot.

Brentwood Town did not play today (Ryman Division North)

Norwich Utd   1 – 1   Great Wakering Rovers   (Ryman Division North)

Keith Wilson’s Wakering picked up a creditable point on-the-road at Plantation Park. Jamie Guy put the visitors ahead just past the hour, though ten minutes later, Liam Jackson equalised for in-form Norwich Utd. The Planters rise to 9th place, six points off the play-offs. Rovers stay bottom, ten points from safety.

Bowers & Pitsea  P-P   VCD Athletic    (Ryman Division North)

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Check back next week (11th February) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

 

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Anthony Upton Back in the Ring on March 3rd in Belfast

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Tim Rickson reports…

Former English super-lightweight champion Anthony Upton (13-1) is back in the ring on March 3rd at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on an MTK Promotions show.

Anto will take part in a six three-minute rounds contest at the 140lbs weight limit with an opponent yet to be confirmed.

The 25-year-old will be the first of the Upton Clan, which includes brothers Sonny and Pauly, to fight this year, although it’ll be almost eight months since his last bout when he steps back through those ropes on the first weekend in March.

He said, “It’s been a while since I’ve been out, my last fight was in July for the English title.

“The show is just around the corner from my house in the Devenish Complex, so I can’t wait to get back in there.”

All three brothers have a strong connection to the Emerald Isle having lived and fought there throughout most of their amateur careers. Anto won over a dozen Irish amateur titles and older brother Pauly is the current Irish super-welterweight champion.

Anto won the English super-lightweight title in his last fight over six months ago with a stunning ninth-round knockout over Luke Paddock (15-2) in Cannock, shortly before splitting with former trainer Ricky Hatton and relocating back to Romford with his brothers.

“I’ve had a good bit of time off over Christmas after the split with Ricky Hatton, but I’m ready to get back in there again,” said Upton.

Since leaving Hatton’s Gym in Manchester, the brothers are now settled with their new team consisting of Barry Smith, Harry Andrews and former English champion Tommy Martin in their West Ham Gym.

Anto, a father of one, plans to shake off the ring rust in the next fight with the aim to get used to his new outfit in the corner, he confirmed, “Just a six-rounder next just so I can get used to my new trainers in the corner. It should be the first time for Tommy Martin being in a corner.”

The West Ham Gym is thriving under Barry Smith and attracting the attention of many talented boxers from around the capital.

“You can’t beat good sparring,” the 140-pounder declared. “Got Philip Bowes here, Bradley Smith, Larry Ekundayo… its world class sparring in your own gym so don’t have to go anywhere else looking for it.”

Anto vacated his English championship when Joe Hughes was presented as his mandatory challenger in December last year, publicly stating that he wouldn’t defend the title without experiencing a couple of warm up fights with his new team first.

Upton’s solitary career loss was at the hands of Hughes in December 2015 on his first crack at the English crown. He has openly stated his ambition to fight his one and only conqueror at some point down the line in their respective careers, ideally for a bigger title.

Hughes regained his English championship with a points win over Andy Keates (12-5) last December, after previously vacating to fight Jack Catterall for the WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight belt (Hughes lost on points), and next challenges Tyrone Nurse on April 22nd for his British belt.

Like Hughes, Anto is also keen to experience bigger title fights.

“I spoke with my managers and had a good chat,” said the 25-year-old from Essex. “The plan for this year is all good; first to get this six-rounder out the way, then to push on for titles.

“I’m 25 now so I want to be in the mix soon. I want titles this year, at least one, if not, two.”

Anto is managed by Spanish-based promotional outfit MTK, formerly known as MGM, headed by two-time World title challenger Matt Macklin and partner Daniel Kinahan.

The March 3rd show will be co-promoted by MTK and Mark Ginley, a former professional boxer from Belfast.

“It’s the first show for Mark Ginley,” confirmed Anto. “He used to be a pro so fair play to him for getting involved in promoting and starting from the bottom, and best of luck to him. It’ll be mostly MTK fighters on the show.”

The rest of the card is yet to be announced.

For tickets to the show, please contact 07951 318 081

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Clarets Upbeat Going Into Trophy Clash

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Melbourne Stadium

Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer said he was ‘really pleased’ with the way his players responded to a rare National League South defeat in their previous fixture at Ebbsfleet United, with a 2-0 victory over Truro City last Saturday which keeps the Clarets in the promotion hunt.

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‘I thought the boys were outstanding on Saturday’, said the ex-Aveley, Braintree and Bishops Stortford boss. ‘I thought the system we started with wasn’t really working, so after 15-20 minutes we changed it and managed to get a foothold straight away.

‘Everybody picked up their jobs and we thoroughly deserved the 2-0 win.’

Table toppers Maidenhead returned from Gosport with a 2-0 victory, and are 5 points clear of nearest challengers Ebbsfleet. Asked whether he felt Alan Devonshire’s side could be caught Stringer replied, ‘ I wouldn’t think Maidenhead feel the league’s won, because there’s still a long way to go. Maybe for the teams like ourselves (in 4th place on 48 points) Maidenhead have got enough on them, but the likes of Dartford or Ebbsfleet (both of whom are on 50+ points) maybe will feel that they can be caught.’

Asked whether he now has a squad of players capable of doing what he wants to achieve this season, or whether he still wants to strengthen his squad, the City manager said ‘I think we’ve got good depth. We have a squad of around 20 players….looking at the number of games coming up we need to have those type of numbers around us’.

‘If someone came along who would give us extra strength it’s certainly something I’d look at….but I’m not going to sign someone just for the sake of signing them. If I did bring someone in I’d possibly have to let 1 or 2 go, and at the moment I don’t see that we need to do that’.

This Saturday Chelmsford have a massive game as they travel to Tranmere Rovers in the 3rd round of the FA Trophy. Faced with a tie against a side currently lying 4th in the National League, and the prospect of playing in front of a larger crowd than usual against an ambitious club, Stringer felt that the ‘underdog’ tag can sometimes work in that situation. ‘We’re not going there to make the numbers up’, he said, describing the match as a ‘marquee game’. ‘We want to go there and make a good account of ourselves’.

Then on Wednesday City face Heybridge Swifts at Melbourne Stadium in an Essex Senior Cup quarter-final. Stringer indicated that he may make changes for this game but stressed that ‘whatever side I put out, I’ve got faith in all these players’.

Chelmsford players Chris Dickson and Christopher Bush were similarly upbeat going into the match at Tranmere. ‘It’s the year of the underdog at the moment isn’t it?’ Said Dickson, citing Lincoln City and his former club Sutton United as examples.

‘There’s no reason why we can’t take a big scalp like Tranmere, but we’ve got to be focused, we’ve got to be disciplined and we’ve definitely got to have passion for the game’, added the ex-Charlton Athletic striker.

Centre-half Bush added similar sentiments. ‘We want it to be a proper game….we want to show good character, good spirit and give a good account of ourselves’, said the City captain.

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Billericay Town FC rallies community to support club renovation

Billericay Town FC is calling on fans and people living in the local area to support its bid to revamp the club’s facilities with the help of builders’ merchant, Buildbase.

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The club has applied to the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme, which launched this year and is open to teams entering The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions. Up to £100,000 worth of building materials, electrical products and hire equipment is available to two football clubs in 2017.

Daniel Groves, club chairman, said: “After taking over the club and asking the fans what they wanted, we’re investing in a new stadium, re-developing the clubhouse and creating a second training pitch facility.”

Billericay Town FC is now rallying the local community to support its application online with the number of people supporting a bid forming part of the judging criteria.

To help the club stand a better chance of being awarded Buildbase’s product bursary, fans can register their support at http://www.buildbase.co.uk/pitch-in-your-support and also Tweet using #BuildbaseRenovation.

Local Buildbase branches – such as Buildbase Basildon – will be supporting the clubs by providing information and advice about the building products required for a renovation project.

Kate Tinsley, CEO of Buildbase said: “Our branch teams are already an integral part of their local communities so it’s brilliant to be able to extend their support with an investment that will renovate football club facilities for the benefit of all. All clubs taking part in the competitions can apply and in partnership with The FA we will select the most worthy causes.”

In February, six shortlisted finalists, consisting of three Buildbase FA Trophy and three Buildbase FA Vase clubs, will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges from The FA and Buildbase at a “Dragon’s Den”-style event at Wembley. Two winners will be announced at The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase semi finals on 11 March 2017. They will receive an award presentation for their building products on finals day on 21 May 2017, ready to start renovations over the summer.

The Buildbase Club Renovation Programme is a £200,000 product bursary running throughout 2017 and 2018.

Mark Bullingham, FA Commercial Director said: “This scheme could be a real boon for clubs wanting to expand, attract more supporters and become a real hub of their local community. It will be both the non-league community and local fans that become the beneficiaries too, which can only be a good thing.”

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Big Weekend for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards head into a weekend on the road knowing that they need to start picking up some wins to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.

The Big Cats travel to Hemel Storm on Saturday evening before moving on to Manchester Magic on Sunday, and the first game is a must-win for Steve Ogunjimi’s side.

While Westminster Warriors look certain to go down with 14 straight losses to open the league season, Leopards and Storm are in a five team pack who are desperate to avoid the second relegation spot.

Both sides have five wins, with Leopards sitting in tenth place with ten defeats, and Hemel in 11th with a 5-11 record. It will be the first league meeting of the campaign between the rivals, with the return at the Brentwood Centre in March, but Storm did win the National Trophy match-up between the sides as a last second three-pointer sealed a 69-68 victory.

That was the Storm’s fourth straight win against Leopards after the Big Cats had recorded an incredible 22-game winning streak against the club who started life as West Herts Warriors.

Sunday’s trip to Manchester will see Leopards face a team who continue to dominate Division One.

Although they lost their grip on the National Cup Magic again reached the Trophy final with an 84-69 win against Derby Trailblazers on Sunday, and are joint second in the table with an 11-3 record and two games in hand over leaders Team Northumbria.

The meeting between the teams at the Brentwood Centre in October saw Leopards fail to recover from a terrible first period as they went down 80-60.

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Sunday’s trip to high-flying Reading started well for the Big Cats, but with captain Mike Martin missing with a leg injury they were unable to build on that good beginning and allowed the Rockets to record a tenth straight league win with an 89-74 victory.

AJ Roberts opened the scoring with a three-pointer, and that set the tone for a good day for the American guard who finished with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists.

A Jamie Hayes jump shot off Roberts’ assist put Leopards 11-7 up at the mid-stage of the first period and although the hosts briefly took a 16-15 lead, a score from new signing Alex Scotland-Williamson sent the Big Cats into opening break with a 21-17 lead,

Perry Lawson drained a trey to open the second period and make it a five point game but an 11-2 run from the hosts saw them regain the lead and despite a massive dunk from Scotland-Williamson to wrap up the half, it was Rockets who took a 42-35 lead.

Scores from Roberts and Darrell Bethune saw the Big Cats open the second half strongly but as the foul count continued to grow they were unable to get any closer than four points and it took a buzzer-beating lay-up from Bethune to cut the deficit to 65-55 at the final break.

A Justin Hitchman and-one made it an eight point game with six minutes remaining but when Scotland-Williamson reacted angrily to a foul call and fouled out on a technical the game was effectively over for the Big Cats as they slipped to a third straight league loss.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 28th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 28th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

The sides that were not in action today was due to their respective exits from the FA Cup.

West Ham Utd didn’t play today.      (Premier League)

Preston North End  1 – 1   Ipswich Town    (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were denied a morale-boosting win by Simon Grayson’s Lilywhites at Deepdale. Tom Lawrence put the visitors ahead just after the quarter-hour mark. That looked to be enough until late on Jordan Hugill, ironically a transfer target for Ipswich – levelled for his current side. Preston sit in 10th place. Ipswich are 14th.

Fleetwood Town 1  – 1 Southend Utd  (League One)

Fleetwood grabbed a last-minute equaliser against Phil Brown’s Shrimpers in a battle of two in-form sides at Highbury Stadium. Anthony Wordsworth put the visitors ahead seven minutes before the break. Uwe Rosler’s side levelled through David Ball. The Cod Army reside in 4th spot, seven points off the top two, unbeaten in their last ten league matches. Southend stay 7th, two points shy of the top six.

Mansfield Town  2  –  0  Leyton Orient  (League Two)

Two second-half goals from Ben Whiteman & Danny Rose were enough for the Stags to claim the three points against out-of-form Orient at Field Mill. Mansfield rise to 10th place, now unbeaten in six league matches. The O’s fall back into the bottom two on goal difference, sitting 23rd.

Colchester Utd didn’t play today.    (League Two)

Tranmere Rovers 0  –  2  Dag & Red   (National League)

John Still’s Daggers picked up a big win at rivals Tranmere’s Prenton Park. Goals in each half from Corey Whitely and Oliver Hawkins were enough for all three points. The Super White Army drop to 4th place in the table. Dagenham leapfrog today’s opponents into 3rd place, just three points off leaders Lincoln City.

Braintree Town didn’t play today.   (National League)

Chelmsford City  2  –  0  Truro City  (National League South)

Rod Stringer’s men picked up an important win at fortress Melbourne Park. Second-half goals from Elliott Buchanan and Shaun Jeffers saw the Clarets keep up their impressive recent record at home, now unbeaten in ten league matches there. Chelmsford rise to 4th spot. The White Tigers fall to 17th place after their fifth loss in six league matches.

Concord Rangers  3  –  2  St Albans City  (National League South)

Adam Flanagan’s men picked up a vital win at the Aspect Arena. Steve King and Dion Sembie-Ferris put Concord two-up at the break. The Saints roared back after the break as Shaun Lucien and Ben Herd put the visitors level with minutes remaining. Sembie -Ferris popped up again though to grab all three points for Concord, for their first win in seven league matches. The Beach Boys are 18th, four points clear of the bottom three.

Hungerford Utd 3  – 0  East Thurrock Utd  (National League South)

The Crusaders comfortably defeated the Rocks at Bulpit Lane. Louie Soares put the hosts ahead ten minutes before the break. In the last 20 minutes, Stefan Brown and Rhys Tyler made the points safe. Bobby Wilkinson’s side rise to 5th place & are now unbeaten in ten league matches. John Coventry’s men drop to 10th place.

Billericay Town 1  –  0  Staines Town    (Ryman Premier Division)

Billy Bricknell scored the only goal eight minutes before half-time to claim a much-needed win for Craig Edwards’ men at New Lodge. Billericay rise to 14th spot, still ten points off the top five. Staines stay 13th.

Brentwood Town 2  – 1  Thurrock   (Ryman Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s side picked up a big win against high-flying Thurrock at the Brentwood Arena. Harrison Georgiou put the Blues ahead on the quarter-hour. Fleet levelled five minutes into the second half through David Cowley. The home side wouldn’t be denied though as hot-shot Lamar Reynolds grabbed the winner to take the hosts out of the bottom three. Brentwood now sit 21st, unbeaten in three league matches. Thurrock fall to 3rd place, now nine points off leaders Maldon & Tiptree after their first loss in ten league matches.

Listen to manager Tony Ievoli’s reaction to the win here: www.phoenixfm.com/2017/01/28/brentwood-town-2-1-thurrock-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Great Wakering Rovers 1   –  2  Brightlingsea Regent   (Ryman Division North)

Regent kept up their excellent recent form with victory at Burroughs Park. A Dylan Skinner OG and a goal from hot-shot Aaron Condon put the visitors’ two-up at the break. Late on, Jake Gordon pulled one back for Wakering though they succumbed to their seventh straight home league defeat. Wakering stay bottom, now nine points from safety. The R’s rise to 2nd place, now six points behind leaders Maldon & Tiptree, having lost only one of their last ten league matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  2  – 3  Bowers & Pitsea   (Ryman Division North)

Bowers won a titanic battle against leaders Maldon at the Wallace Binder Stadium. The visitors took the lead through Lewis Clark on the half-hour. Hot-shot Liam Nash levelled for Kevin Horlock’s men just six minutes later. Maldon then went in-front through Tyler Brampton on the hour. Just moments later, Ben Sartain saw red for two bookable offences. Straight after that, Brad Warner levelled for Rob Small’s men. Then only two minutes after that, a penalty from Warner was enough to grab all three points and end Maldon’s brilliant run at home so far this season. Maldon stay top though their lead is cut to six points. Bowers first win in five league matches sees them stay 5th on goal difference.

Check back next week (4th February) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

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Leopards Look to Get Back on Track

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Dave Ryan reports…

After back-to-back league defeats, Levett Essex Leopards will look to get their league season back on track when they travel to old rivals Reading Rockets, on Sunday.

The Rockets are the only club to have played the Big Cats in all 13 of their Division One seasons with many close games, including two four-point wins for Steve Ogunjimi’s side last season.

After going out of the National Cup in the quarter-finals and failing to progress past the Trophy group stage, Rockets have reeled off nine straight wins to move up to third place with a 10-3 record.

The first of those victories came at the Brentwood Centre where a dominant fourth period against a short-handed Leopards team who were also without coach Steve  Ogunjimi saw them win 90-73.

With only four of Leopards’ remaining 12 games at home and sitting in tenth spot with a 5-9 record, the Big Cats badly need to start picking up some victories if they are going to qualify for the end-of-the-season play-offs, while the log-jam at the bottom half of the table means that they could also be sucked into a relegation battle.

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Leopards’ hopes of a second BBL Trophy giant-killing were ended by an impressive Plymouth Raiders side at a packed Brentwood Centre on Sunday as the West Country side recorded a 93-64 victory.

The loss of Mike Martin with an Achilles injury in the second quarter proved crucial as the Big Cats had matched the visitors until that point but the home side still put on a decent display, with AJ Roberts leading the way for them.

The American guard had a couple of huge dunks as he won the game MVP trophy presented by Brentwood Leisure Trust CEO Roger Davinson, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Jamie Hayes opened the scoring with a lay-up off Roberts’ assist and treys for Darrell Bethune and Roberts saw the hosts lead 10-6 after four minutes.

That proved to be as good as it got for the hosts despite Bethune putting them 15-14 ahead with three minutes on the clock, and it took a Martin basket to cut the deficit to 20-19 at the first break.

Roberts kept his side in touch with a tip-in early in the second period and Hayes tied the score at 24 as he converted a triple but the visitors answered with a 12-0 run as Leopards were held scoreless for more than six minutes.

Bethune broke the run from downtown and Hayes hit a jump shot to cut the deficit to 39-29 at half-time.

With Martin out of action the second half proved to be a long one for the home side as Peter Hooley took control of the game, hitting three triples in a 17-4 to open the third period, effectively killing off the game, and despite treys from Bethune and Hayes the visitors had the game effectively sewn up at 77-50 going into the final break.

Hooley hit his eighth trey of the game to open the fourth period but coach Ogunjimi was able to give some valuable court time to youngster Dom Scott-Robinson and Shaq Lewis while Justin Hitchman hit four points as he continued his comeback from injury.

Bethune finished with 14 points and five boards, with Hayes adding 12 points and nine rebounds. Hooley had a season-high 33 points for Raiders.

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The previous day saw a disappointing 63-53 loss at Loughborough Riders. With the Big Cats again short-handed, captain Martin and Tosin Oyelese both missing, it was another poor result for the Essex side.

Roberts led the way again with a massive 18 point, 15 rebound double-double, adding five rebounds, but Dougie Bennett – captaining the side for the first time – was the only other visiting player in double figures with 11 points and three assists.

A painful start to the game saw only Bethune score a field goal as the Big Cats trailed 15-4 going into the final minute of the opening period before Hayes and Bennett hit free-throws to cut the deficit to 15-7 at the first break.

Bennett converted from downtown to open what proved to be a good second period for the Big Cats, and a 10-3 run launched by Hitchman saw them tie the score at 22 midway through the quarter.

Bennett gave the Big Cats their first lead of the game with a pair of free-throws but the offensive woes returned as Riders closed out the half on a 5-0 run to lead 27-24 at half-time.

Roberts opened the third period scoring for Leopards but they trailed by at least four points throughout the stanza and despite the American converting a lay-up, the visitors trailed 45-34 at the final break.

The home side extended that lead to 17 after four fourth period minutes but the visitors showed they wouldn’t go down quietly as Roberts and Bethune chipped away at the deficit.

Roberts made it a ten point game heading into the final two minutes but an offence that lasted 35 seconds and saw three shots didn’t produce any points, and Riders closed out the win.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 21st 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 21st ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town. How did your team do today?

Today’s action was heavily affected by the frosty weather of the last few days.

Middlesborough 1   –  3 West Ham Utd        (Premier League)

The Hammers picked up another important win, this time against ‘Boro at the Riverside Stadium. A first-half brace from in-form Andy Carroll put Slaven Bilic’s side ahead twice, after Cristhian Stuani had levelled for the home side. A late Jonathan Calleri goal sealed the points. ‘Boro sit 16th after this defeat, four points ahead of the bottom three, whilst the Hammers have now won five of their last seven league matches, and rise to 10th place.

Huddersfield Town 2  –  0  Ipswich Town    (EFL Championship)

David Wagner’s side defeated the Tractor Boys at the Galpharm Stadium. Goals from Izzy Brown & Chris Schindler either side of the break got the win against Mick McCarthy’s side. The Terriers rise to 3rd place having lost only one of their last eight league matches now. Ipswich remain 14th.

Southend Utd  P – P  Bolton Wanderers    (EFL League One)

This game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Leyton Orient  P  –  P Morecambe   (EFL League Two)

This game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Exeter City  3  – 0  Colchester Utd     (EFL League Two)

In-form Exeter pulled off a good win against John McGreal’s U’s side at St James Park. Reuben Reid gave the Grecians the lead midway into the first-half. Then late on, goals from David Wheeler and Liam McAlinden sealed the points for Paul Tisdale’s men. Exeter have now unbeaten in nine league matches, rising to 9th in the table. Colchester remain 7th.

Dag & Red P  –  P  Bromley    (National League Premier)

This game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Forest Green Rovers  1 –  1   Braintree Town      (National League Premier)

Out-of-form Rovers held the Iron at New Lawn, having come from behind. Hakan Heyrettin’s side took the lead through Michael Cheek around the quarter-hour mark. On the hour, Charlie Clough equalised for Mark Cooper’s men. Forest Green stay 2nd, though lost ground on leaders Lincoln City. Braintree rise to 17th spot, three points clear of the bottom four.

Bishop’s Stortford 1  –  0  Concord Rangers    (National League South)

In a bottom-of-the-table clash, Concord narrowly lost to the Bishops at the ProKit Stadium. Greg Cundle’s winner late on grabbed all three points for Mark Hawkes’ side. This was Stortford’s second home win in their last ten home league matches. Stortford remain 21st, though gain ground on those above them, now only three points off Concord, who are 19th, just above the drop zone by a point.

East Thurrock Utd P  – P   Margate       (National League South)

This game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Ebbsfleet Utd  2  – 0    Chelmsford City   (National League South)

In-form Fleet defeated the Clarets at fortress Stonebridge Road. Ex-Claret Kenny Clark put the hosts in-front just before the break. Substitute Bradley Bubb sealed the win late on for Daryl McMahon’s men. Ebbsfleet remain 2nd, five points behind leaders Maidenhead Utd. Chelmsford remain 5th, inside the play-off positions on goal difference.

Billericay Town P  –  P Dulwich Hamlet     (Ryman Premier Division)

This game was postponed due to an unfit pitch, as deemed by the match referee.

Brightlingsea Regent  2  – 2   Brentwood Town   (Ryman Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s men produced a stirring comeback late on to deny in-form Brightlingsea at North Road. Josh Gould put Regent ahead just 12 minutes in, Leon Gordon levelled for the Blues midway through the first-half. Ex-Blue Tom Richardson put James Webster’s side back ahead soon after. Though late on, Andy Freeman sealed a point for his side. Regent stay 3rd. Brentwood stay 22nd, two points from safety.

Maldon & Tiptree  2  – 0   Great Wakering Rovers     (Ryman Division North)

The Jammers got the win against struggling Wakering at the Wallace Binder Stadium. First-half goals from hot-shot Liam Nash and Eoin McKeown ensured the league leaders triumphed again, their 5th league win in a row. Maldon are top, nine points clear now though Thurrock & Brightlingsea have at least one game in hand on them. Wakering slip to the foot of the table, eight points from safety.

Bowers & Pitsea P  – P  Norwich Utd      (Ryman Division North)

This game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Check back next week (28st January) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

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Match Report: Chelmsford City 2 Braintree Town 0

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from Melbourne Park

Chelmsford City progressed to the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Cup on Monday night with a victory over Vanarama National League neighbours Braintree Town, thanks to two second half goals.

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Both sides entered this tie on the back of weekend cup success, having both been involved in Saturday’s FA Trophy 2nd round ties. The Clarets returned from Kent with a tremendous 1-0 victory over their high-flying National League South rivals Dartford to earn a 3rd round trip to Tranmere Rovers, whilst just across the Thames Estuary the Iron visited East Thurrock United and secured a 5-2 win.

Braintree fielded a second string line up for this contest, with none of the players involved in their weekend victory making an appearance. It seems Chelmsford manager Rod Stringer was keener to progress in this competition, with all but two of the players in the 16-man squad having been involved in Saturday’s victory although five of the players who started at Dartford – including matchwinning debutant Chris Dickson – were on the bench for this encounter. Michael Spillane and Kane Haysman were the two players drafted into the side.

A predominantly uneventful first half saw both sides largely cancel each other out. Both defences were on top, with some good challenges being made and little in the way of clear cut opportunities. The Iron had an early chance from a 4th minute corner, which was headed wide by Danny Rumens.

The home side had their first real chance in the 19th minute, when Spillane’s long range but powerful free kick was turned over by Braintree keeper Ben McNamara. Six minutes later Daniel Blanchett picked out Clarets centre forward Shaun Jeffers with a long through ball, but once again McNamara was wise to the danger and Jeffers’ effort was saved.

Braintree midfield man Jake Thompson tested City keeper Ross Fitzsimons from outside the area, Clarets skipper Christopher Bush – who put in an impressive display at the back – had a free kick saved on the half hour and Kane Haysman had a right footed shot stopped by McNamara, but neither team was able to the break the deadlock by half time so the scoreline remained 0-0 at the interval.

The Iron had the first couple of goalscoring chances after the restart, with a dangerous looking cross headed behind the goal to safety by Blanchett in the 56th minute. This was followed soon after by a Thompson header for Braintree sailing just over the bar. Come the hour mark Bush’s long throw resulted in a bout of head tennis in the Braintree penalty area. Spillane was the City player to head on target, but McNamara pulled off another fine save.

Chelmsford took the lead in the 66th minute. The Clarets won a corner which was met in the box by Max Porter. His powerful header was too much for Iron keeper McNamara, who was finally beaten after making some fine saves.

City’s goal seemed to spark the game into life, with Braintree coming close to an equaliser just 2 minutes later. Matt Baxter laid the ball on for Rumens, who found himself one on one with Fitzsimons but his shot was stopped by the Clarets’ custodian.

There then followed a spell of sustained pressure from Chelmsford. Bush twice went close with free kicks, Haysman had a shot turned over by McNamara and Blanchett fired wide in the 81st minute. Then with 6 minutes from the end, Jeffers was clearly fouled inside the box and referee Rob Whitton had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Jeffers rose to his feet to take the penalty and made no mistake, his well struck spot kick thundering past McNamara and into the net, much to the delight of the home fans. Braintree nearly pulled one back a minute later, when Craig Barrett’s shot was cleared off the line by Bush. Chelmsford held on though, and go into the hat for Wednesday’s semi-final draw along with East Thurrock, Tilbury and Heybridge Swifts.

Chelmsford: Fitzsimons, Young, Blanchett, Porter, Bush, Spillane, Daley, Rees, Jeffers, Roberts, Haysman.
Braintree: McNamara, Houtfouakin, Williams, Rumens, Ashton, Baxter, Mallet, Thompson (Hayls 70), Kabeye (Manley 83), Dias, Barrett.
Attendance: 558

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Leopards Look to Make History

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to make history when the host Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Trophy quarter final at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday (4pm).

Having become only the fourth EBL side to defeat a BBL club in the 29-year history of the competition when they won a thriller against Manchester Giants, Steve Ogunjimi’s team will aim to repeat the trick and become the first Division One side to reach the semi-final.

It will be a massive test for the Big Cats as they face a side sitting sixth in the fully professional British League having won nine of their first 15 games and with a roster stacked with talent.

“It’s a big game for us” said coach Ogunjimi. “We showed in the last round we can compete with a BBL side and we’ll look to repeat that, but to be honest I’m more concerned about getting our league campaign back on track at Loughborough on Saturday.”

The sides met in the first round of the competition last season with Raiders blowing Leopards out by 40 points in a bad-tempered game while the only other meeting between the clubs saw the original Leopards travel to Plymouth and win by 33.

The Big Cats are expecting a big crowd for the game, which is sponsored by Brentwood Leisure Trust, with tickets available on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk.

Places are also available for the pre-game coaching session run by Leopards’ players Tosin Oyelese and AJ Roberts, details available online.

Essex Leopards v Team Northumbria, 15 Jan 2017; Dougie Bennett;

Leopards are also in action on Saturday as they travel to the midlands to face Loughborough Riders where they will look for revenge for October’s 59-52 loss at Harlow LeisureZone.

The Riders sit three places ahead of the Big Cats in seventh spot with a 7-7 record having recovered from a poor start to life in Division One which saw them finish bottom of their National Trophy group and exit the National Cup at the hands of Derby Trailblazers.

A depleted Leopards side saw their play-off hopes take a hit on Sunday as they went down 80-72 against league leaders Team Northumbria, at the Brentwood Centre.

With Ogunjimi suspended following his ejection in the pre-Christmas win against Lancashire, Roger Malpass took over as coach, and his side were missing starting point guard Perry Lawson and back-up forward Caleb Tabanar.

The Big Cats started well as AJ Roberts hit a triple to launch a 9-2 start but that was as good as it got for Malpass’ team and despite Jamie Hayes also scoring from downtown, they trailed 20-18 at the first break.

Dougie Bennett and Darrell Bethune both hit a pair of threes in the second period as they kept in touch before a pair of free-throws from Blaine Freckleton sent the visitors into the locker room with a 39-36 lead.

Essex Leopards v Team Northumbria, 15 Jan 2017; AJ Roberts

The visitors opened the second half with a 7-2 run but three points apiece from Hayes and Mike Martin in an 8-0 run saw Leopards tie the game at 46 and Bennett sunk a trey to put the home side 49-48 ahead with three third period minutes remaining.

But the visitors replied with a 13-6 run to take a 61-55 lead into the final break and M Smith made it an eight point game before Martin kept his side in the game with six straight points.

Bennett hit his fourth treble of the game to cut the deficit to 68-64 with just under five minutes remaining but that was as close as it got as the visitors showed why they’re top of the league as they comfortably closed out the win.

Martin again led the Big Cats with a 21 point, 11 rebound double-double, with Bennett adding 16 points. Roberts, who in Lawson’s absence played all 40 minutes, finished 13 points, ten assists and seven rebounds. Smith led the visitors with a 20 point, 11 rebound double as the North-East side dominated on the boards.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 14th 2017

Scott W once again reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 14th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 3 – 0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

The Hammers picked up a morale-boosting win against ex-boss Sam Allardyce’s new club at the London Stadium. Three goals in a 20 minute spell from Sofiane Feghouli, Andy Carroll & Manuel Lanzini sealed the points for Slaven Bilic’s side. West Ham rise to 12th place in the EPL table, whilst Palace sit 17th, outside the bottom three on goal difference, having failed to win in seven league matches now.

Ipswich Town 3 – 2 Blackburn Rovers (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys won a hard-fought game at Portman Road. Tom Lawrence put Mick McCarthy’s side ahead five minutes before the break, though Hope Akpan levelled just before the interval. Christophe Berra & another from hot-shot Lawrence put the home side two goals clear, though a penalty from Danny Graham reduced the arrears. Town held on though for all three points.  Ipswich rise to 14th spot, whilst Blackburn remain 22nd, a point from safety, having won only one of their last eight league matches.

Southend Utd 2 – 1 Rochdale (EFL League One)

The Blues defeated in-form Rochdale at Roots Hall. Mac-Antoine Fortune put Phil Brown’s side ahead on the quarter-hour mark. Dale lost Keith Keane to a straight red card just 21 minutes in, though the referee levelled that out soon after as Jermaine McGlashan was off for two bookings soon after the half hour. Keith Hill’s side took advantage mid-way through the break through Calvin Andrew though Simon Cox’s late winner grabbed all three points for the Shrimpers. Southend are 7th in the League 1 table, a point off the top six. Dale stay 5th, though lose ground on the top two.

Newport County 1 – 1 Colchester Utd (EFL League Two)

The U’s came from behind to hold bottom side Newport at Rodney Parade. Josh Sheehan put Graham Westley’s side ahead midway through the first period. A penalty from Chris Porter grabbed a point for the visitors ten minutes before the break. The Exiles are six points from safety, having not won in nine league matches now. By contrast, Colchester are now unbeaten in nine league matches, and sit 7th, seven points behind the promotion places.

Portsmouth 2 – 1 Leyton Orient (EFL League Two)

Pompey continued their decent home form, defeating the O’s at Fratton Park. Conor Chaplin got both the home side’s goals, while Gavin Massey grabbed the Orient goal. Portsmouth reside in 4th spot, just two points off the promotion places, while Orient remain 20th, just two points clear of the bottom two.

Dag & Red did not play today.

Dartford 0  –  1 Chelmsford City     (FA Trophy Second Round)

The Clarets defeated the Darts in an all-National League South tie at Princes Park. A solitary goal from recent signing Chris Dickson twenty minutes from time was enough to see Rod Stringer’s side advance to the next round.

East Thurrock Utd 2 – 5 Braintree Town (FA Trophy Second Round)

An all-action match at Rookery Hill saw the Iron advance to Round Three. A quick-fire hat-trick from Michael Cheek saw Hakan Heyrettin’s men three up just after the break. Prolific scorer Sam Higgins converted a penalty soon afterwards to give the Rocks some hope though goals from Jack Midson and Lee Barnard ended those hopes. Higgins grabbed a second late on.

Concord Rangers  3 – 3  Oxford City (National League South)

Concord showed no little amount of battling spirit to hold mid-table Oxford City at the Aspect Arena. Michael Fandop put the visitors ahead 25 minutes in, though the Beach Boys levelled soon after through Lyle Della-Verde. Matt Peake-Pijnen put City back ahead soon after the break. Though Steve Cawley’s penalty just seven minutes later made it 2-2. Justin Merritt’s men re-took the lead through Stephane Ngamvoulou just part the hour mark. Concord wouldn’t be denied though as another spot-kick from Cawley ensured honours were even. Concord rise to 19th spot, a point clear of the bottom three. Oxford City stay 14th.

Leiston 4 – 1 Billericay Town (Ryman Premier Division)

High-flying Leiston showed their mettle against Billericay at Victory Road. It started well for the visitors as new signing Christian Assombalonga netted just five minutes into his debut for Craig Edwards’ side. Though the home side roared back through a Matt Blake brace to lead at the break. Goals from Niko Muir-Merchant and Oliver Brown late on, sealed the win. Glenn Driver’s men rise to 4th in the table, six points off leaders Bognor Regis. Billericay stay 15th, 12 points off the play-off spots.

Brentwood Town P – P Wroxham (Ryman Division North)

This match was postponed on Friday evening due to the inclement weather this week.

Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 5 Dereham Town (Ryman Division North)

Wakering suffered another painful defeat at Burroughs Park, this time to mid-table Dereham Town. A brace from Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies two up. Further goals from Joe Gatting (2), Nikki Beale (OG) completed a handsome win for Matt Henman’s side. Wakering remain 23rd, eight points from safety. Dereham remain 15th.

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 2 Bowers & Pitsea (Ryman Division North)

Bowers were held by a late comeback from lowly Heybridge at Scraley Road. A double from Brad Warner in each half (one a penalty) put Rob Small’s men two up, though two penalties by substitute Reece Grant, late on sealed a point for Swifts. Jody Brown’s side are unbeaten in three league matches now, residing in 20th place, eight points ahead of the bottom three. Bowers, by contrast haven’t won in four league matches, sit 5th, in the top five on goal difference.

Check back next week (21st January) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

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Rumour Round Up 5 14/1/16

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We are now almost half way through the winter transfer window. Today I will discuss 4 transfer rumours and also giving them a rating out of ten on the likelihood of them happening. This week saw Morgan Schneiderlin move to Everton for a fee of £22 million and also Crystal Palace sign Leicester’s Left back Shlupp for £12.5 million!

Diego Costa – Chelsea To Tianjin Quanjian (£80 Million) * Reported fee

Chelsea’s top scorer Diego Costa could be China bound! Chelsea Manager reportedly stated “Go to China!” after an argument about the players fitness due to this Diego Costa was left out of the squad that will face champions Leicester City half five this afternoon. There are reportedly a number of Chinese clubs linked to Costa, but Tianjin Quanjian have placed a huge £80 Million bid for the striker sources state. Diego Costa agent Jorge Mendes has also met up with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian Chairmen Shu Yuhui potentially discussing a deal for the inform striker. With Costa reportedly offered £570,000-a-week wage maybe he willl go for the money! With Costa being Chelsea’s top scorer would a move away from the Bridge open up the title race?

Rumour Rating 6/10 

Gaston Ramirez – Middlesbrough to Leicester (£15 million

Reports suggest that Leicester City are after Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez. The attacking midfielder who Joined Middlesbrough for free has a release clause of £15 million and Leicester are interested in triggering the clause this window sources suggest. In reports it looks as if Ramirez has agreed a deal with Leicester but Middlesbourgh seem want to keep hold of Gaston or at least make Leicester pay up for the 26 year old. It seems all is well currently at Middlesbourgh this term as he has already made 17 appearances! But you never know with the transfer window!

Rumour Rating 6/10

Saido Berahino – West Brom to Stoke City (£12 million) *reported fee

There is not a transfer window in recent times without Saido Berahino being linked elsewhere. Saido even tweeted “i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Pearce” back in 2015. This was after a move was blocked by West Brom when Spurs tried to sign the striker for £23 million on deadline day, Saido did play for West Brom again. The former U21 England striker has not played first team for West Brom since September but the West Brom’s striker scored twice in an U23 match against Aston Villa so is match fit. The fee that has been reported is £12 million although a lot less than the £23 million Spurs once offered. West Brom may want to accept as Saido is out of contract come the summer so they could lose him for nothing!

Rumour Rating 5/10

Dimitri Payet – West Ham to Marseille (£40 Million) 

So It seems as if Payet’s impressive time at the Hammers is coming to an end as Payet is “on Strike” as he is refusing to play for the club, some reports even suggesting he would fake an injury to get out of playing. Former club Marseille have reportedly agreed wages with Payet but with a £20 million bid West Ham rejected. Reports are suggesting  that West Ham would hold out for a £40 million offer. With Payet current situation West Ham have been linked to Swansea’s playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson so the hammers may be holding out for £40 Million to fund the Gylfi deal! Chelsea have also been linked to Dimitri but i’m sure West Ham would rather send him aboard rather than bitter rivals Chelsea.

Rumour rating 8/10

 If you have an interest in sports be sure to listen to all the sport shows on Phoenix Fm in the coming week!

•Between the Lines – Saturday 13:00 – 15:00 with Steve Robertson and Myself

•Phoenix Sports – Saturday 15:00 – 18:00 with Chris Hood and Scott W

•The Orient Hour – Sunday 18:00 – 19:00 with Chris Hood

•The West Ham Way – Wednesday 19:00 – 20:00 with Sex, Drugs & Carlton Cole and @exwhuemployee

Thanks for reading! 

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Opponent Announced for Darrel Church’s Next Fight on March 11

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Richard Harrison (1-12) has been announced this week as the opponent to face Steve Goodwin’s light-heavyweight prospect ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church (3-1-1) at London’s York Hall on March 11th.

The 175-pounders will meet over four three-minute rounds on the Kevin Campion promoted show titled ‘Knuckle 2 Knuckle’.

31-years-old from Chessington, Harrison is a busy journeyman that can move well, has a good technique, and can throw a variety of shots in numbers.

Harrison debuted back in December 2015 and crammed in all 13 of his pro fights in his first year punching for pay. Of his 12 losses he has only been stopped twice, and the approaching fight with Church will be his fifth appearance at the York Hall.

Both fighters will be looking to kick off 2017 with a win.

27-year-old Church said of his forthcoming foe, “I’ve watched quite a few fights of his and he has a decent technique and throws good combinations. He comes forward to fight and to have a go, and he lets his hands go well.”

Darrel debuted back in July 2014 at Grays Civic Hall when originally signed to Carl Greaves Promotions and ended the inaugural year undefeated with two wins on his fledgling record.

In 2015, he suffered a shock defeat to Angelo Crowe (2-6), which, as a result of injuries and illnesses, turned out to be his only fight of the year.

Church returned to the ring in April 2016 at the York Hall against Mitch Mitchell (7-54-3), sharing the honours in a hard-fought draw.

The Essex boxer then secured his third win in his fifth pro bout against Croatian Toni Bilic (1-6) on December 3rd at the same East End venue to finally get back to winning ways.

Church is now backed by a full-time sponsor in MB Surfacing, allowing him to train around the clock.

“I’ll be fighting Harrison at 12st 12lbs,” explained Church. “I know he has fought up and down the weights but I’ll concentrate on me and my training, and just carry on doing what I’m doing.

“I haven’t put on much weight since my last fight so haven’t got a lot to lose. It makes everything far more easier, in fact, I’ve never been this low in weight at this stage of a camp ever before!”

After just five fights in two-and-a-half years, the six-footer plans to have four fights this year with ambitions to finish 2017 with a title, “I’d like to start doing six-rounders next and end 2017 with a Challenge Belt,” he explained. “I want a big fight by the end of the year because I want to push on now in my career, I want to be in the mix for big titles soon.”

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Topping the bill is the Southern Area light-heavyweight title clash between Jordan Joseph (6-0-1) and Chris Hobbs (5-1-1) – an evenly-matched bout, each fighter with just a single loss in seven fights.

Someone’s ‘O’ has got to go in the exciting match-up between unbeaten lightweights Jimmy Cooper (4-0-1) and Jamie Arlain (5-0). Both lightweights are admirably putting their winning records on the line so early on in their career.

Two Fight Cup semi-finals take place on the show with Ossie Jervier (3-2) and hard-hitting Jose Lopes (7-0) in the first; and current champion Ryan Crawford (2-2-1) against Portsmouth’s Danny Couzens (8-10-2) in the other.

Derby’s Arfan Iqbal (11-0); Aylesbury’s Adi Burden (2-0); Essex’s Adrian Martin (3-0); Mitcham’s Jumanne Canero; and Peterborough’s Sam Barron (4-0) all look to continue their respective unbeaten runs.

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

 

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Match Report: Billericay Town 1 Tilbury 1 (Tilbury win 4-2 on pens)

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(score after 90 minutes – Tilbury won 4-2 on penalties)

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge

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Billericay Town were surprisingly knocked out of the Essex Senior Cup by Ryman League Division One North opponents Tilbury, having lead by a goal to nil for almost the entire 90 minutes and having created the bulk of opportunities in the match.

Prior to the tie, Blues manager Craig Edwards had spoken of wanting a positive response after Saturday’s disappointing Ryman Premier League defeat at table topping Bognor Regis Town, a game in which Edwards felt his side were “robbed” thanks to some dubious decisions by the officials. Meanwhile Tilbury – managed by ex-Billericay player Gary Henty and who are currently 3 points off the play-off spots in the Ryman League Division One North – were looking for an upset against the ambitious Premier Division club.

The Blues were without prolific striker Billy Bricknell, who had represented his previous club Chelmsford City in the competition earlier this season before moving to Billericay. Abs Seymour and Jimmy Shepherd were similarly cup-tied.

The home side took an early lead. Lewis Taafe’s 6th minute cross found striker Goldy Capela, who fired home his 9th goal of the season for the Blues in all competitions.

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Blues fans could have been forgiven for thinking Capela’s strike was the first of many, but it was not to prove the case in a game where there were few clear cut chances and plenty of wild shots off target. Ricay seemed to be dictating the play from long periods though, and manager Craig Edwards’ frustration at his side’s inability to kill off the tie became increasingly apparent as the 90 minutes progressed.

Tilbury found the back of the net in the 25th minute, Joe Nightingill having one of the Dockers’ few efforts on target during the 90 minutes, but it was ruled out for offside. Capela had a chance to double his tally when Kam Guthny laid the ball on for him, Conor Hubble had a couple of efforts on target and Kresh Krasniqi had an effort punched away by Tilbury’s former Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lee Butcher, but the teams went in at the interval with just the one early goal separating them.

In the second half Ricay came close to making it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, but Butcher managed to parry away Blues left back Oliver Sprague’s corner. A minute later the home side were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, which was met by centre half Danny Fitzsimons who glanced the ball just wide with his head.

In the 84th minute, just after Capela had another effort saved by Butcher – this time a header from Blues substitute Quentin Monville’s cross – Tilbury scored something of a surprise equaliser. Reece Hewitt, one of the Dockers’ three second half substitutes spotted Ricay keeper Jack Giddens off his line, and lobbed the ball over his head from outside the edge of the penalty area and into the back of the net to make the tie level.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the closing stages but it was 1-1 at the end of normal time, so the match was then decided via a penalty shootout. Krasniqi and Luke Moore both scored for Ricay but Guthmy’s rather tame sidefooted effort was saved by Butcher, and Taafe fired his effort wide. Meanwhile Tilbury scored all four of their spot kicks with Lewis Francis, Jack Carlile, Danny Smith and Hewitt securing their side a place in the semi-finals.

Billericay return to Ryman Premier League action this Saturday, and will look to restore some positivity with a potentially tough trip to Suffolk to face 5th placed Leiston.

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Leopards Look to Build on Perfect Start

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Leopards will look to build on a perfect start to the New Year when they host Division One leaders Team Northumbria at the Brentwood Centre, on Sunday (4pm).

Having opened 2017 with a victory against Wales, the Big Cats sensationally knocked Manchester Giants out of the BBL Trophy on Friday before defeating Worthing Thunder on Sunday to maintain their play-off push.

Northumbria suffered only their second loss of the league campaign on Sunday when they lost 84-74 at Derby Trailblazers, and will arrive at Brentwood with a 12-2 record. However 11 of their remaining 12 fixtures are away from home, so Mark Steutal’s side look to have a tough challenge to win the title for the first time.

The two sides opened the league season with a meeting at Sport Central and the home side set the bar for the season with an 81-67 victory. They have also reached the National Cup final, starting their campaign with an 86 point(!) win against neighbours Tees Valley Mohawks before defeating Division One rivals Leicester Warriors, Bradford Dragons and Derby , and they will now face Team Solent Kestrels in Sheffield in the title game. Last season saw the teams split their two league meetings, but in a tight finish to the season Northumbria edged Leopards into sixth place as four teams finished tied on 16-10 records.

Leopards are offering their normal pre-game coaching session for young players, full details on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk

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The Big Cats will certainly go into the game on a high as Giants were beaten 86-84 at the Brentwood Centre. The win was the first in the BBL Trophy for the new Big Cats and they became only the fourth EBL side in the competition’s 29-year history to beat a side from Britain’s top league.

Steve Ogunjimi’s team will now host Plymouth Raiders in the quarter-finals with the game provisionally arranged for Sunday January 22 at the Brentwood Centre.

Darrell Bethune led the home side with five three pointers in his 32-point haul, adding five rebounds and three assists for the Big Cats in his best performance since signing in early November.

But it was veteran Mike Martin who stole the show as he played through the pain barrier to lead his side to victory. The former England international looked to be out of the game when he was carried off early in the second half with a knee injury, but as his side looked to have lost the momentum midway through the fourth period he dosed himself up with pain killers, ripped off the strapping and limped back onto the court to steady the ship and help secure a famous win – finishing with 20 points and seven boards.

American guard AJ Roberts continued his good run of form with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Dougie Bennett added ten points and three rebounds.

After an even start, a 17-0 run wrapped around the first break put Leopards in charge and they went into the locker room with a 49-38 lead.

But Giants steadily chipped away at the lead following Martin’s injury and closed the gap to 65-62 at the final break before taking the lead early in the fourth period.

Bethune again found the basket from the Land of Plenty to put Leopards up by one and it was nip and tuck down the stretch as the hosts went into the final minute trailing 84-82.

It was Bethune who hit the go-ahead trey, converting off Roberts’ assist with 44 seconds on the clock before grabbing the rebound from Creppy’s miss 18 seconds later.

With six second remaining Bethune was harshly adjudged to have fouled Callum Jones, giving him the chance the put his side back ahead. But the pressure showed on the English guard as he rimmed both shots, leaving Perry Lawson to grab the rebound.

Lawson was fouled, but he too missed both free-throws only for Martin to grab the rebound and pass to Roberts, who was predictably fouled. The American guard missed the first shot before sinking the second and the Big Cats played some good defence in the remaining 2.5 seconds to seal a famous win.

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Sunday’s 86-71 win against Thunder proved to be more straightforward, with the Big Cats never trailing after Shaq Lewis’ basket sent them into the first break with a 14-13 lead.

A pair of Bethune treys helped that lead grow to 41-33 at half-time, and Tosin Oyelese extended that lead to 63-52 at the final break.

Bethune hit another triple to open the fourth period, and an 11-4 run midway through the quarter wrapped things up, allowing Ogunjimi to give his younger players some court time down the stretch.

Martin finished with a game-high 26 points, six assists and as many rebounds, while Bethune adding 24 points and seven boards. Roberts had nine rebounds and seven assists to go with his 17 points.

Thunder had arrived on the back of a win against Hemel Storm thanks to 40 points from Division One’s leading scorer Lyonell Gaines, but he was held to a season-low 19 points on nine-from-23 shooting.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 7th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 7th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 0  –  5 Man City   (Fri R – FA Cup Third Round)

The Citizens blasted the Hammers out of the FA Cup with a dominant performance at the London Stadium. First-half goals by Yaya Toure (pen), Raheem Sterling and David Silva put the visitors almost out of sight by half-time. Sergio Aguero and John Stones made their side’s progression more than safe.

Ipswich Town 2 – 2 Lincoln City  (FA Cup Third Round)

Ipswich were held at Portman Road by National League visitors Lincoln City, managed by ex-Braintree boss Danny Cowley. Lincoln took a surprise early lead through Theo Robinson, before Tom Lawrence levelled for the Tractor Boys just five minutes later. Midway through the second period, Robinson put the Imps back ahead. Though with just minutes remaining, Lawrence struck again to deny a cup upset though Ipswich will have to play a replay at Sincil Bank for the right to passage into Round 4.

Southend Utd 2  – 4  Sheffield Utd      (EFL League One)

Southend’s unbeaten recent run was ended by division leaders Sheffield Utd at Roots Hall. Ethan Ebanks-Landell put the Blades in front just three minutes in, though Simon Cox levelled for the Shrimpers. Jack O’Connell once again put the visitors in front before half-time, then made the game safe with two goals in five minutes from Caolan Lavery and Kieron Freeman. Jermaine McGlashan got a late consolation for Phil Brown’s men. Southend stay in 7th place in the league table, whilst Chris Wilder’s men stay four points clear at the top, having won their sixth league match on-the-trot.

Colchester Utd 4  –  1 Carlisle Utd  (EFL League Two)

Colchester continued their good recent run, defeating Keith Curle’s men at the Colchester Community Stadium. Chris Porter put the U’s in front early on, before Shaun Brisley levelled for the Cumbrians. Kurtis Guthrie put his side back ahead before the break, before adding two more in the second half to complete his hat-trick and the win for John McGreal’s side, their fifth league win in a row. They rise into 6th spot, seven points off the promotion spots. Carlisle stay third.

Leyton Orient 1  –  3 Barnet    (EFL League Two)

The O’s indifferent recent form continued as the Bees claimed the win at Brisbane Road. Recent signing Ricardo Santos’ brace mid-way into the second half put the visitors 2-0 up. Paul McCallum  pulled one back for Orient with ten minutes left, then Curtis Weston sealed the win late-on for Barnet. Orient are in 21st place, four points ahead of the bottom two, whilst the Bees rise to 7th spot, having won six of their last eight league matches.

Braintree Town 1 –  2 Chester  (National League Premier)

The Iron fell to Chester at Cressing Road. Jack Midson put Town in front on the half-hour, though a James Alabi second-half brace grabbed all three points for the Seals. Braintree are in 18th spot, just two points clear of the bottom four. Chester rise to 9th spot, seven points away from the top five , having only lost two of their last ten league matches.

North Ferriby Utd  0 – 4 Dagenham & Redbridge    (National League Premier)

The Daggers comfortably defeated National League newcomers North Ferriby at Grange Lane. Feijiri Okenabirhie and Oliver Hawkins put John Still’s men two-up in the first 15 minutes. On the half-hour, Luke Guttridge added a third before Hawkins netted again just after the hour mark to increase the Villagers’ pain. North Ferriby have lost 7 of their last 10 home league matches now, and fall to 23rd place, two points from safety. As for the Daggers, they sit 4th, three points off leaders Lincoln, who have two games in hand.

Chelmsford City  1 –  0 Whitehawk      (National League South)

Chelmsford narrowly defeated the out-of-form Hawks at Melbourne Park. Max Cornhill scored the only goal to give Rod Stringer’s side the win. The Clarets rise to 3rd spot, whilst Whitehawk slip to 19th place, only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

Concord Rangers 1 –  3 Weston-super-Mare     (National League South)

Concord slipped to defeat against fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare at the Aspect Arena. The Seagulls were three-up at the break through goals from Bradley Ash, Jamie Chamberlain and Gethyn Hill. The Beach Boys pulled one back with twenty minutes left through Steve Cawley but it wasn’t to be. Concord are now in the bottom 3 in 20th spot, whilst Weston rise to 16th place, three points clear of today’s opponents.

Dartford 6  – 1 East Thurrock Utd   (National League South)

The Rocks were hammered by the Darts at Princes Park. Tom Bonner, Alex Brown, Tom Murphy and Andy Pugh made the win safe before half-time. Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook (pen) added to John Coventry’s side’s off-day, though Tom Wraight got the Rocks’ consolation. Dartford rise to 5th place, having only lost one of their last ten league matches at home. East Thurrock are in 9th spot, now 11 points away from the top 5.

Bognor Regis Town  2 –  1 Billericay Town     (Ryman Premier Division)

‘Ricay were defeated late-on by leaders Bognor at Nyewood Lane. Chad Field put Bognor in front just past the hour mark, though Craig Edwards’ men levelled through Lewis Taafe with seven minutes left. A late penalty from James Fraser pinched the win for Jamie Howell’s side, who are now undefeated in six league matches. They stay top, a point ahead of Needham Market. Town are in 14th spot.

Great Wakering Rovers 0  – 5  Ware               (Ryman League Division North)

Ware, under the tutelage of ex-Daggers legend Anwar Uddin for the first time, romped to a big win at Burroughs Park. The visitors were 4-0 up at half-time, Dean Mason, Gareth Price and Josh Oyibo getting the first three inside the first ten minutes. Price added his second before half-time before Oyibo grabbed his brace after the hour-mark to complete the rout. Ware rise to 18th spot, eight points clear of the bottom three. Wakering are 23rd, now eight points from safety.

Haringey Borough 3  – 2  Brentwood Town       (Ryman League Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood side once again were edged out late-on, this time by mid-table Haringey at Coles Park. Dean Fenton put the hosts ahead, before Andy Freeman levelled on-the-hour mark for Town. Two goals in a four-minute spell did for the visitors though, as Anthony MacDonald and Ralston Gabriel put Tom Loizou’s men 3-1 ahead. Returning hot-shot Lamar Reynolds got another back for the visitors late-on. How they need his goals at this point in time. Brentwood stay in 22nd place, six points from safety. Haringey stay 11th, just four points off the top five, having won their 7th consecutive home match here.

Thamesmead Town  2  –  1 Bowers & Pitsea       (Ryman League Division North)

Thamesmead came from behind to defeat Rob Small’s men at Bayliss Avenue. David Knight had put the visitors ahead six minutes before the break, but goals from Alex Teniola and Bode Anidugbe after the hour mark sealed the win for Tommy Warrilow’s side. Thamesmead rise to 14th place with this, their 8th win in their last ten league matches. Bowers fall two places to 5th.

 

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Barnet 3

Leyton Orient had their three home game unbeaten run ended, after a 3-1 defeat to Barnet at the Matchroom Stadium.

Ricardo Santos grabbed two quick-fire second half goals from close range inside the box.

Paul McCallum grabbed one back for the O’s with a header for his 10th goal of the season, to give the hosts a glimmer of hope.

However, Curtis Weston put the final nail in Orients coffin, as he secured the points for the visitors with a strike from inside the box.

Andy Edwards made two changes to his side that were beaten 1-0 away to Exeter City last weekend, Josh Koroma gets his first league start for the O’s and Teddy Mezague returns from a groin injury, as Sandro Semedo and Sam Dalby are both side-lined with injury.

Barnet almost found the opening goal just two minutes in, as Curtis Weston’s ball into the box was not gambled on by Mauro Vilhete or John Akinde.

Orient responded with a strike from range by Koroma which had to be parried by Jamie Stephens in the Barnet goal but Nigel Atangana could not get to the loose ball at the rebound.

Collins took a long range shot from around 25 yards, which whistled just past the post and out for a corner, after a deflection from the Barnet defence.

The visitors nearly took the lead, as Simeon Akinola was played in with a clipped ball over the top which his shot on the volley was palmed away by Alex Cisak for a corner.

The away side again threatened on the counter-attack, as Akinde powered passed Tom Parkes burst into the box and poked his shot goalwards but was stopped and the feet of Cisak.

Barnet were gifted a great oppertunity, as they intercepted a Orient throw went down the other end and Akinde went passed Erichot and with just Cisak to beat put his shot over the bar.

Cisak denied Barnet once again, as Vilhete wriggled through the defence from out wide and his shot from six-yards out was parried just around the post down low to Cisak’s right.

In the second half, Barnet had the first opportunity of the half as Akinde clipped the ball into the box for Akinola to meet but his header looped over the bar.

Barnet took the lead just after the hour mark, as a cross by Vilhete was headed by Akinde goalwards and Cisak was unable to hold on to the header which the ball then came back off the post and was tucked in by Santos.

The visitors doubled their lead, just two minutes later from the same man with Akinde’s low ball into the box, which was slotted smartly by Santos past Cisak.

Orient searched for a way back into the match, as Atangana battled to win the ball inside the Barnet penalty area and laid it off for substitute Ollie Palmer to shoot but his shot was blocked and away for a corner.

From the resulting corner Orient got their lifeline back into the match, as Callum Kennedy’s set piece was met by McCallum, to set up an entertaining final ten minutes.

Barnet sealed the three points in the second minute of injury time, as the visitors broke after Orient had committed men forward and substitute Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s shot came back off the crossbar and Weston was in the right place to put the ball into an empty net.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 19 Teddy Mezague (67), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 28 Josh Koroma (73), 10 Paul McCallum, 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 18 Ulrich Nnomo (73), 23 Freddy Moncur, 25 Aron Pollock, 29 Myles Judd, 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (67)

Barnet Lineup: 1 Jamie Stephens (9), 3 Elliot Johnson, 5 Ricardo Santos, 6 Michael Nelson, 8 Curtis Weston, 9 John Akinde, 14 Simeon Akinola (61), 16 Harry Taylor, 18 Nana Kyei (70), 28 Jack Taylor, 32 Mauro Vilhete

Substitutes: 12 Josh Vickers (9), 11 Luke Gambin, 13 Jamal Campbell-Ryce (61), 17 Sam Muggleton, 20 Tom Champion (70), 23 ALex Nicholls, 40 David Tutonda

Attendance: 4,642 (730)

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Football – Done Deals This Week – January Transfer Window (w.e 6.1.17)

(Focus on EFL Championship, League 1 & League 2)

Phoenix Sport’s Scott W reports on some of the latest deals that transpired this week (w.e Jan 6th ’17), the first full week of the January Transfer Window. Who have your club signed?

Luke Murphy   [Leeds – Burton]  Loan

Midfielder Murphy has joined Nigel Clough’s Brewers on loan unil the end of the season, having struggled for games this season under Garry Monk. Murphy, 27, has already made more than 100 appearances for the Elland Road side since his move from Crewe three-and-a-half years ago.

Reece Brown   [Sheffield Utd – Bury] Free Transfer

Defender Brown has re-joined Bury until the end of the current season, having recently left high-flyers Sheffield Utd. Brown, 25,  also spent last season at the JD Stadium.

The Shakers have also signed defender Australian youth international Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham until the end of the season. England youth international Taylor Moore has also joined the Shakers , on loan from Bristol City until the end of the current campaign.

Lawson D’Ath    [Northampton – Luton]   Undisclosed

Midfielder D’Ath joins the Hatters on an 18-month contract, having struggled for playing time so far this season at Sixfields under Rob Page. D’Ath also began his career at Reading, whilst also having productive loan spells at Dagenham & Redbridge and Yeovil earlier in his career.

Kevin Foley   [Charlton – Coventry]  Free Transfer

Experienced defender Foley, 32 joins Russell Slade’s men from Slade’s former club Charlton on a deal until the end of the current season. Foley, who also used to play for Wolves & Luton, joins the Sky Blues’ dogfight to avoid the drop into League 2.

Greg Halford   [Rotherham – Cardiff]  Undisclosed

Utility man Halford, 32,  joins Cardiff on an 18-month contract, once again playing for a side managed by Neil Warnock, after having played for him at Rotherham last season.

In other news at Cardiff, forward Lex Immers has been let go by the club, just seven months after he joined the club, and has returned to the Netherlands. Also, non-league striker Ibrahim Meite, 20,  has joined the club from Ryman Premier Division club Harrow Borough.

Shaun Harrad    [Wrexham   –   Torquay]   Free Transfer

Striker Harrad has re-joined Torquay after a spell at rivals Wrexham earlier this season. Torquay, who at this moment are six points clear of the bottom four in the National League, will hope to utilise Harrad’s considerable experience to lift them up the table. In other news at Torquay, Exeter forward Jamie Reid has extended his loan spell at Plainmoor until the end of the season.

Nathan Blissett  [Torquay  –  Plymouth]  £15,000

Striker Blissett joins the Pilgrims’ chase for promotion from League Two on a undisclosed-length contract. Blissett, whose uncle Luther famously played for Watford, Bournemouth and AC Milan, will certainly hope to assist his new side in reaching League One.

Jake Forster-Caskey [Brighton – Charlton]   Undisclosed

Midfielder Forster-Caskey joins the Addicks on two-and-half year deal. Forster-Caskey played for current Addicks boss Karl Robinson when he was at MK Dons during two loan spells there last season. Forster-Caskey, who made his debut at Brighton at just 16, will surely look to push on with regular football at the Valley.

Gavin Gunning   [Greenock Morton (Scotland) – Grimsby Town] Free Transfer

Defender Gunning joins Marcus Bignot’s League Two side after a short spell at SPFL Championship side Greenock Morton earlier this season. Gunning, 25, who has turned out for Blackburn, Rotherham and Dundee Utd earlier in his career, will be looking to keep the Mariners in mid-table.

Freddie Ladapo   [Crystal Palace  –  Shewsbury]  Loan

Nomadic striker Ladapo also joins the Shrews’ dogfight against relegation, after signing on loan for the remainder of the season. Ladapo, who arguably had his best spells at Margate and Grays Athletic in Non-League earlier in his career, will perhaps try to settle at New Meadow. He had a loan spell at Shrewbury’s rivals Oldham earlier this season.

Alex Rodman    [Notts County – Shrewsbury]   Undisclosed

Winger Rodman joins League One Shewsbury from League Two strugglers Notts County on an 18-month contract. Rodman, who counts Tamworth, Grimsby & Gateshead among his former clubs, will look to assist Shewsbury’s own fight against the drop into League Two this season.

Ademola Lookman      [Charlton  –  Everton]   £11m

Ronald Koeman’s side have also spent big on promising talent, signing Lookman from League One Charlton Athletic. He joins on a contract until the summer of 2021. He becomes the most expensive signing from a EFL League One club.

Wilfred Ndidi    [Genk (Belgium) – Leicester City]    Reportedly £15m

Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes have invested heavily in this promising anchor midfielder, who has signed a deal until the summer of 2022. Foxes fans will not want reminding that since losing N’Golo Kante to Chelsea in the summer, their midfield probably hasn’t been the same.

Rudy Gestede  [Aston Villa –  Middlesbrough]  – Undisclosed

Benin international striker Gestede joins Aitor Karanka’s men on a three-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of at least £6 million. Ex-Blackburn forward Gestede has largely been over-looked by current Villa boss Steve Bruce, though ‘Boro will hope he can assist loan star Alvaro Negredo up front.

Lee Grant     [Derby  – Stoke ]   £1.3m

Goalkeeper Grant has signed for the Potters on a permanent basis, after a successful loan spell which saw him deputise for the injured Jack Butland. Grant, 33,  has signed a deal until the summer of 2019. With Butland thought to be out for a considerable period, Grant may continue to have a run in the team.

Jens Hegeler     [Hertha Berlin (Germany)  –   Bristol City]  Undisclosed

Midfielder Hegeler has also been added to the Robins’ squad as they also seek to survive in the EFL Championship this season. Hegeler, who also counts Bayer Leverkusen among his former clubs and played in the Champions’ League during his six-year tenure there. His has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Milan Djuric      [Cesena (Italy)  –  Bristol City]    Undisclosed

Bosnia striker Djuric joins from Serie B side Cesena on a contract until the summer of 2019. He has represented his country 14 times, scoring seven goals. This is his first taste of English football.

Alex Reid       [Rushall Olympic    –  Fleetwood Town]   Undisclosed

Ex-Aston Villa trainee Reid has joined League One Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee. Reid, who has been blasting home the goals for Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Rushall, will now be hoping to make the most of his chance to make it in the EFL.

Luke Varney    [Ipswich Town – Burton]   Free Transfer

Experienced striker Varney has joined Nigel Clough’s Brewers on a deal until summer 2018, after having the remaining days of his Ipswich contract cancelled. Varney, who previously played Charlton, Leeds and Blackburn, will look to add to Burton’s striking options as they attempt to survive in the Championship this season.

Samir Carruthers   [MK Dons  – Sheffield Utd]  Undisclosed

Promotion-chasing Sheffield Utd boosted their ranks with the signing of attacking midfielder Carruthers on a deal which takes him through until the summer of 2020. Samir, 23, who began his career at Aston Villa, made nearly 100 league appearances for the Dons.

Keith Keane      [Cambridge  – Rochdale]   Free Transfer

Midfielder Keane left League Two side Cambridge Utd by ‘mutual consent’ which allowed him to sign for Rochdale on an 18-month deal, following a loan spell with Keith Hill’s men.

Joey Barton     [Unattached – Burnley]  Free Transfer

Despite the lingering possibility of a FA ban relating to betting, Barton, now 34 has re-signed for Sean Dyche’s side until the end of the current campaign. It seems a while ago now though ex-Newcastle & QPR midfielder was a member of Burnley’s Championship-winning side last season.

 

 

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Rumour Round Up 4 06/12/17

img_3696So in the first Rumour Round up of the new year we have 4 rumours to discuss. With the Winter Window now being open done deals are flying in an example Everton signing teenage winger Ademola Lookman for £11 million from Charlton.

Kostas Manolas – Roma to Manchester United (£32.5 Million Reported fee*)

With the Victor Lindelof rumour seeming more unlikely by the day new rumours of Centre backs coming to the red side of Manchester gather. It has been reported that Mourinho has made a £32.5M bid for the Greek international. Reports suggest this interest in Manolas started back in the summer when Mourinho first took charge of Man united, Mourinho also showed an interest in Manolas team mate right back Florenzi in the summer. The 25 year old defender seems to stay composed in pressurising situation at the back as he has a 87.8% pass completion rate so he should be a good fit at Manchester United. I feel with the Lindelof deal lacking in progress and also a reported bid this deal may just happen! Will have to wait and see through.

Rumour Rating 6/10

Paul George Ntep – Stade Rennais to Crystal Palace (£8 Million *reported fee)

Sam Allardyce will face hard completion to land French winger Ntep but the club does seem interested as they reportedly enquired the price of the Stade Rennais starter. With the winger reportedly favouring a move to surprisingly 13th place in the Bundesliga Wolfsburg it seems in a way unlikely. Although Palace are set to make multiple signings in Sam Allardyce first transfer window in charge at the club. Chairmen Steve Parish was speaking to a radio station he stated “We’re lacking in a few areas, so we need to try and fix that”. So with the Chairmen seemingly willing to spend only time will time. Will we see the winger at Selhurst Park in January?

Rumour Rating 5/10

Tiago Ilori – Liverpool to Reading (£3.75m Reportedly Accepted fee)

The 23 year old defender Ilori is reportedly on his way to join Jaap Stam’s Reading who currently sit 3rd in the championship. So Tiago Ilori could be joining a potential battle for promotion with Reading. Since the youngster joined from Sporting Lisbon he hasn’t quite reached the heights he would have wanted to at Liverpool as he has been to three different clubs on loan so it was hard for him to make an impact. Sources tell us that Reading have accepted a fee of £3.75m plus add-ons for the centre back. I believe this transfer will go through as an offer has reportedly been accepted also reportedly Liverpool have agreed a 25% sell-on clause for the young defender so if he does in the future go for a large price Liverpool will receive some cash to.

Rumour Rating 8/10

Moussa Dembele – Celtic to West Ham (£20 Million reported fee*) 

It seems as if West Ham have given up on signing Jermain Defoe as they have already reportedly have had two bids rejected from Sunderland. So one of Celtic’s key men have been linked to the Hammers. Celtic will almost definitely want to keep the Frenchmen as he has scored 19 in 20 games for Celtic this season. The sum West Ham are thinking of paying reportedly is £20 million and this fee is too low according to assistant manager Chris Davies, so if West Ham stand a chance they will have to well over £20 million in my opinion. I feel Dembele would be a good signing for the Hammers because of his goal scoring threat but in all honesty I don’t see this one crossing the line this winter transfer window.

Rumour Rating 4/10

If you have an interest in sports be sure to listen to all the sport shows on PhoenixFm in the coming week!

•Between the Lines – Saturday 13:00 – 15:00 with Steve Robertson and Myself

•Phoenix Sports – Saturday 15:00 – 18:00 with Chris Hood and Scott W

•The Orient Hour – Sunday 18:00 – 19:00 with Chris Hood

•The West Ham Way – Wednesday 19:00 – 20:00 with Sex, Drugs & Carlton Cole and @exwhuemployee

 

 

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Leopards Hammer Wales

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Levett Leopards opened the New Year in style with a 97-62 victory against the Welsh national team on Monday.

A capacity crowd at Oaklands College in St Albans saw the Big Cats dominate against a Wales team who were using the game as part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games qualifying tournament.

Coach Steve Ogunjimi was able to give all 11 players in his squad at least 14 minutes of playing time in an extended, NBA length, game, with ten of them getting on the scoresheet.

Essex Leopards v Welsh National Team 02 Jan 2017; Mike Martin

Darrell Bethune led the way for Leopards with 21 points and six assists, while Mike Martin finished with a 17 point, 12 rebound double-double. Dougie Bennett added 16 points against a Welsh side he had played against for Scotland before, while AJ Roberts was two assists shy of a second successive triple double with ten points and as many boards, and Tosin Oyelese had eight points to go with his 14 rebounds.

Having seen their 25-16 first period lead shaved to 46-38 at half-time as Wales finished the half strongly, the hosts blew the visitors away in the second half with a 25-6 third period before outscoring them 26-18 in the fourth period as Leopards comfortably wrapped up the win.

Essex Leopards v Welsh National Team 02 Jan 2017; Shaq Lewis;

The game was won on the boards as Leopards out-rebounded the visitors 81-47 ,with the discrepancy allowing them to take an incredible 104 field goal attempts.

Asa Wait led the 14-deep Welsh side with 12 points, with Daniel Welsh adding 11 and Jamie Rodwell recording a 12 rebound, ten point double-double.

 

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Leopards Look for Giant Killing

Essex Leopards v Manchester Magic, 23 Oct 2016; Team tactics

Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi is looking for his side to start the New Year strongly as they face a pair of home games at the Brentwood Centre this weekend.

The Big Cats host Manchester Giants in the BBL Trophy on Friday evening (8pm) before Worthing Thunder are the visitors for a Division One game on Sunday (4pm).

“It’s an important weekend for us” said Ogunjimi. “The Giants’ game gives us the chance to test ourselves against BBL opposition, and it’s a game we’re capable of winning if we play to the best of our ability.

“The visit of Thunder is the key game, though, we need to start moving up the table.

They’ve got some good players, but there can be no excuses, it’s time to start consistently winning in the league.”

Leopards have regularly been invited into the BBL Trophy, which is the knockout competition of the fully professional British League, and the Big Cats are still looking for their first victory in it.

Giants will arrive at Brentwood looking to snap a six game losing streak that has seen them drop to the bottom of the BBL table with a 3-12record.

After losing their first six league games, Yorick Williams’ team looked to have turned the corner with three straight wins but despite going agonisingly close to upsetting high-flying Newcastle Eagles at the weekend they’ve remained winless since.

Williams was a key player in the original Leopards’ final season in the BBL, playing alongside Ogunjimi, and the Big Cats’ play-caller is looking forward to coaching against his former team-mate:

“It’s be good to see Yorick again” he said. “We’re both in our second year coaching and it’s a steep learning curve but it should be fun to coach against him.”

Sunday’s opponents Thunder are also struggling, and head into the New Year in 13th place a 3-9 record but have reached the National Trophy semi-final where they will meet London Lituanica.

Despite a disappointing start to their league campaign, the south coast club have Division One’s leading scorer, with American forward Lyonell Gaines capable of scoring 30 plus on any given night.

Leopards won both league meetings between the teams last season, hammering their hosts 89-57 in the opening Division One game of the campaign before beating them 75-62 at Brentwood in the return.

Leopards are offering pre-game coaching for under-16s on Sunday as well as a special weekend ticket for fans who attend both games. Details on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – December 31st 2016 (New Year’s Eve)

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Dec 31st ’16) & a look at the games involving the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

Leicester City 1  –  0 West Ham Utd    (Premier League)

Islam Slimani’s first-half goal meant the Foxes finished 2016 on a high, having of course won the Premier League last season. West Ham sit in 13th place in the EPL table, eight points above the bottom three. Leicester pull a little further clear of the bottom three, sitting in 15th spot.

Ipswich Town 2 – 1 Bristol City  (EFL Championship – Fri R)

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich side led twice in this Championship encounter at Portman Road. Kevin Bru put the Tractor Boys in front before half-time, on-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham levelled for the Robins seven minutes after the re-start. Ex-City forward Brett Pitman denied his old club though with a late winner to grab a precious win for Town. Ipswich are in 14th spot, whilst Bristol City are in 17th place, six points clear of the bottom three.

Southend Utd  1 – 1 Charlton Athletic  (EFL League One)

Southend were held by Karl Robinson’s new side in front of more than 10,000 fans at Roots Hall. Simon Cox put the Shimpers in front midway through the first half, though Andrew Crofts’ late equaliser meant the points were shared. Phil Brown’s men are now unbeaten in ten league matches, sitting in 6th place. Charlton are 12th, six points off today’s opponents.

Stevenage 2 – 4  Colchester Utd    (EFL League Two)

The U’s triumphed in a topsy-turvy match at Broadhall Way. Colchester started well, with goals from Brennan Dickenson and a Kurtis Guthrie penalty putting them 2-0 up inside twenty minutes. Boro’ pulled it back though, with Ben Kennedy and Matt Godden netting for the home side. The U’s finished the match strongly as late goals from substitutes Chris Porter and Tarique Fosu grabbing the win for Jon McGreal’s in-form side. Stevenage are in 14th spot , whilst Colchester are unbeaten in six league matches, sitting 9th in the table.

Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Cambridge Utd  (EFL League Two)

The O’s came from behind against in-form Cambridge at Brisbane Road. Cambridge took the lead through Harrison Dunk midway through the first half. Though, substitute Ollie Palmer grabbed a late equaliser to salvage a point. Orient are in 20th position, just four points clear of the bottom two. Shaun Derry’s Cambridge are unbeaten in six league matches now, residing in 7th place.

Billericay Town  P – P Needham Market   (Ryman Premier Division – Fri R)

Much to both clubs’ frustration, this match fell foul of the weather, with heavy fog postponing this match.

Brentwood Town 0 – 1 AFC Hornchurch    (Ryman League Division North)

Brentwood Town endured a frustrating afternoon, as a Leon McKenzie penalty was enough to grab the win for the Urchins. Sam Owusu saw red as well for dissent following the penalty decision. Unfortunately for Tony Ievoli’s men, Brentwood have lost nine out of their last ten league matches now, and sit 22nd in the table. Hornchurch go back into the top five with this win, unbeaten in their last ten league matches.

Cheshunt 0  – 1 Bowers & Pitsea   (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers maintained their imperious end to 2016 with a narrow win at Theobalds Lane. An early David Knight goal was enough to complete their 9th consecutive league win. Rob Small’s men go back into 3rd place in the table. Cheshunt fall to 8th place.

Thurrock 3 – 0 Great Wakering Rovers  (Ryman League Division North)

Mark Stimson’s Thurrock swept aside struggling Wakering at Ship Lane. Goals from Jordan Clark (pen), Joe Christou and Perry Dunn sealed the Fleet’s 8th consecutive league win. Thurrock stay 2nd in the table, whilst Wakering are 23rd, five points from safety.

Upcoming matches:

Dagenham & Redbridge v Braintree Town   (National League – Mon 2.1.17 KO: 7.45pm)

Bishop’s Stortford v Chelmsford City     [National League South – New Year’s Day KO: 3pm]

East Thurrock Utd v Concord Rangers   [National League South – New Year’s Day KO: 3pm]

Happy New Year to all my readers..

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Cambridge United 1

Leyton Orient grabbed an injury time equaliser, to continue their recent home form of unbeaten in three as they drew 1-1 with in form Cambridge United at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luke Berry took the lead for the visitors midway through the first half with a close range effort.

Ollie Palmer got the all important stoppage-time leveller for the O’s to send the crowd into ecstasy with his last minute half volley, as Orient now take seven points from their last nine at home.

Andy Edwards named an unchanged eleven that overcome Crawley Town 3-2 last week, with added team news that Callum Kennedy returned to the bench after his recovery from a groin injury.

Cambridge had the first real opportunity of the match, as Luke Berry’s dangerous cross could not be turned in by Uche Ikpeazu inside the box and the cross went just passed the post.

Orient had their first chance in front of goal, as the ball came out to Captain and defender Nicky Hunt to hit a fierce strike from long range just wide.

The hosts created a great chance for the lead, as Gavin Massey slotted it into Paul McCallum who laid the ball off to Sandro Semedo to strike just inside the box but his shot was straight at Will Norris.

Cambridge took the lead against the run of play, as the ball found its way into the box and was scrambled to Harrison Dunk who rode Judd’s challenge and slipped his shot past Alex Cisak.

In the second half, Cambridge threatened to extend their advantage through Ikepeazu, as he pounced on a blocked clearance inside the box but his strike was straight at Cisak.

Orient had a great chance from a Michael Collins corner, as McCallum met the ball with his head but fell straight to Norris.

Cambridge had the ball in the net, as Ikepeazu diverted a shot in – to the relief of the Orient players the linesman raised his flag for offside.

The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brad Halliday burst forward and his cross found Dunk at the far post to head onto the bar.

Collins’ free-kick found McCallum head which looked to be heading in but for his header to be diverted out for a corner.

Orient grabbed a late equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time, as the ball was clipped into McCallum who was bundled over and the ball dropped to substitute Palmer to strike his half volley which squirmed underneath Norris, to snatch a late point at the death.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 29 Myles Judd, 19 Teddy Mezague (33), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 22 Sandro Semedo (67), 10 Paul McCallum, 30 Sam Dalby (52)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 37 Yvan Erichot (33), 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robbie Weir, 28 Josh Koroma (67), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (52)

Cambridge United Lineup: 1 Will Norris, 28 Brad Halliday, 6 Leon Legge, 5 Mark Roberts, 2 Greg Taylor, 7 Piero Mingoia, 4 James Dunne, 24 Conor Newton (62), 8 Luke Berry, 11 Harrison Dunk (86), 26 Uche Ikpeazu (94)

Substitutes: 13 David Gregory, 3 Blair Adams, 10 Ben Williamson (86), 15 Sean Long, 16 Tom Dallison, 20 Max Clark (62), 23 Joe Pigott (94)

Attendance: 5,897 (1,391)

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Rumour Round Up 3 30/12/16

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With it being New Years Eve tomorrow the winter window is just a day away! This week I will be going through 4 transfer rumours as per usual, as well as 5 done deals thanks to Scott W.

Steven N’Zonzi – Sevilla To Man City (£25 Million reported fee*) 

So start of the season favourites Manchester City are chasing down ex Stoke City player N’Zonzi. Steven’s current club Sevilla have confirmed to a source that they expect to lose the defensive midfielder. It’s not surprising Man City are pursuing interest in N’Zonzi due to his impressive form so far this term. Another factor that adds to this rumour is the fact Man City will most likely miss out on Gündogan for the rest of the season due to cruciate Ligament damage. With N’Zonzi’s playing style being compared to Guardiola favourite Busquets this deal seems likely. N’Zonzi is hot stuff at the moment in the world of rumours with the Frenchmen being linked to many Premier league clubs so it will be interesting to see if a move in January does happen!

Rumour Rating 7/10

Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City To Liverpool (£30 Million reported fee*) 

Leicester City’s title winning shot stopper Schmeichel has been linked to a move to Merseyside. With Liverpool keepers this year having a fairly rough start Klopp may want a new solid option between the sticks. Claudio Ranieri has already said these rumours to be nonsense about a Schmeichel departure the sports personality coach of the year said “we won’t sell him under any circumstances. Not even big money”. So this rumour seems unlikely but Liverpool may have a new keeper top of their Transfer list, as so far this season Mignolet and Karius have only kept 5 clean sheets in 18 league games. In my opinion it’s unlikely for the champions to sell their number 1 between the sticks hence the low score.

Rumour Rating 4/10 

Isco – Real Madrid To Spurs 

If this rumour happens it will most likely be the biggest deal of the winter. So Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco has been linked to a move to London more specifically Spurs. Sources suggest that Spurs manager Pochettino is a big fan of the spainish midfielder so he may try bring him in at Spurs. With the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen already good options in this position I’m not sure if they really need him. Isco is out of contract at the Bernabéu 2018 so he will need to sign a new deal or find a new club sooner or later so this rumour has got potential but I don’t see him leaving just yet from Spain.

Rumour Rating 5/10 

Marcos Rojo – Manchester United To Valencia

The sharp tackling Argentinian Marcos Rojo is rumoured to leave Old Trafford in the winter transfer window. Reportedly the Spainish club Valencia have placed a bid for the defender. Rojo has become a regular starter under Mourinho as he has started the last 8 games at the back for the Red Devil’s so it wouldn’t be ideal for Rojo to leave at this stage. Rojo joined Manchester United back in 2014 for £16 million so I would predict if he was to go it would be for £20 million plus.

Rumour Rating 5/10

Now Phoenix sports co-presenter Scott W has gathered up some of the done deals in the football league. 

Completed Transfers – Football League (EFL Championship, League 1 & League 2)
[To go through in the next few days at the start of the January transfer window]

Yoann Arquin – [Syrianska [Sweden] – Mansfield Town] Free Transfer
The 28-year old striker joins Steve Evans’ League Two side on a undisclosed-length contract. Arquin previously had spells had with Notts County and Scottish sides Ross County and St Mirren.

Callum McManaman [West Brom – Sheffield Wednesday] Loan
Ex-Wigan winger McManaman, 25, joins the Owls on a five-month loan deal, having struggled to get a game for his parent club this season. McManaman was a part of the FA Cup-winning Wigan side back in 2013.

Dan Sweeney [Maidstone Utd – Barnet] Undisclosed fee
The 22-year-old midfielder joins League Two Barnet after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Sweeney, an England ‘C’ International, will replace recently-departed Sam Togwell, who left to join National League Premier side Eastleigh.
Lukas Jutkiewicz [Burnley – Birmingham City] £1million
The 27-year-old ex-Coventry and Middlesbrough striker joins the Blues on a full-time basis on a three & a half-year contract following a loan spell at the club. Birmingham will no doubt hope he can help spearhead a play-off challenge in the EFL Championship this season.
Jamal Lowe (Hampton & Richmond Borough – Portsmouth] Undisclosed fee
In another good story from Non-League, 22-year-old striker Jamal Lowe joins Paul Cook’s promotion-chasing Pompey side on an 18-month contract, having already hit 15 league goals for the Beavers this season in National League South.

Thanks to all my readers! Hope you all have a great New Year! 

 

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‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church scheduled for March return

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Tim Rickson reports…

March 11th can’t come soon enough for light-heavyweight prospect ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church (3-1-1) as he returns to the ring for his sixth pro fight at London’s York Hall.

The 27-year-old from Witham got his third win in his fifth pro bout on December 3rd at the same East End venue and plans to fight four times in 2017 after receiving the backing of a full-time sponsor.

“March 11th date is perfect for me,” Church said. “It was originally meant to be April but I didn’t want to wait that long, I just wanted get back in there as soon as possible.”

The six-footer also has ambitions to cap off the year with a title, “I’d like to start doing six-rounders soon and end 2017 with a Challenge Belt,” he explained. “I want a big fight by the end of the year because I want to push on now in my career, I want to be in the mix for big titles soon.”

Darrel debuted back in July 2014 at Grays Civic Hall when originally signed to Carl Greaves Promotions and ended the inaugural year undefeated with two wins on his fledgling record.

Then, in 2015, he suffered a shock defeat to Angelo Crowe (2-6), which, as a result of injuries and illnesses, turned out to be his only fight of the year.

Church picked himself back up and returned to the ring in April this year at the York Hall against Mitch Mitchell, sharing the honours in a hard-fought draw.

“I was just glad to shake off the ring rust and get out again, to be honest,” he reported. “But it was hard because I didn’t end up fighting until midnight, in the end, so I was exhausted!”

Trained by Mark Massow, Church then signed with Goodwin Boxing and got his first win in 24 months against Croatian Toni Bilic (1-6) in his fifth pro fight in December after receiving a boost from sponsors MB Surfacing, allowing the former unlicensed star to train around the clock.

It was a confident and assured display from the Essex boxer and proved his potential to progress on in a talent-laden light-heavyweight division.

“It’s just tickets really, you have to sell enough to keep fighting,” he said. “I want to fight four times this year, I’d even fight five or more if it wasn’t for ticket sales.

“I’d even be happy to go away as an opponent on a big TV show as it’s worth taking the risk in boxing.”

The March show in Bethnal Green will be promoted by Good Boxing – the card yet to be announced.

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Crawley Town 2

Leyton Orient held on to their 3-0 lead to claim back-to-back home victories for the first time this season, as they won 3-2 against Crawley Town at the Matchroom Stadium.

Sam Dalby grabbed the early goal for Orient for his first senior goal for the club with a shot from close range.

Paul McCallum double the O’s advantage shortly after, with another effort from inside the box – found the back of the net and just before the break converted from the spot this time for his brace.

Andy Edwards made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 away at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. With a debut for 17 year old defender Teddy Mezague who replaced the injured Callum Kennedy. Dalby, Sandro Semedo and Michael Collins all return to the side as Robbie Weir, Jordan Bowery and Jay Simpson all shuffle to the bench.

Before the match both sides respectfully had a minutes silence for those that were lost throughout the year from both clubs.

Orient took the lead just five minutes in, as Nigel Atangana intercepted the Crawley defender slotted it into Gavin Massey who burst out wide into space gave it back to Atanagana to square it across goal for Dalby’s first senior goal for the club.

Massey was threatening again from the right flank, as his deep cross was met by McCallum who headed it back across goal but went just wide.

The O’s doubled their lead within 12 minutes, as a quick free-kick from Orient by Collins to Massey and his low cross found Paul McCallum sliding in to turn it under Glenn Morris.

Crawley had their first shot on goal just after the half hour mark, as James Collins rifled a shot that was straight at Alex Cisak.

In added time of the first half, the O’s got their third. Myles Judd worked hard down the right to feed Massey into the box who was brought down by Jordan Roberts and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. McCallum stepped up and sent Morris the wrong way to get his second of the day.

In the second half, Crawley got a goal back just eight minutes in as a dangerous ball across goal was headed beyond Cisak at the far post by Mezague.

McCallum was in search of his hat-trick, as Massey’s cross was headed wide by McCallum to deny him the match ball.

Orient then broke on the counter-attack, as substitute Jordan Bowery cut the ball to Massey who went down inside the box but the referee was unmoved.

The vistors found themsleves back in game with their second, as Boldewijn broke through the defence went round Cisak and neatly tucked it in from a tight angle.

Josh Payne for Crawley had a shot from a freekick but Cisak tipped it over the bar to deny the away side.

Orient held on in injury time to claim a vital three points points and move up to 19th.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 10 Paul McCallum, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 19 Teddy Mezague, 22 Sandro Semedo, 29 Myles Judd, 30 Sam Dalby (58)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 8 Robbie Weir, 9 Ollie Palmer, 21 Jordan Bowery (58), 27 Jay Simpson, Josh Koroma, 37 Yvan Erichot

Crawley Town Lineup: 12 Glenn Mrris, 2 Lewis Young, 4 Josh Payne, 6 Mark Connolly, 8 Jimmy Smith (C), 11 Jordan Roberts (74), 14 Andre Blackman (45), 15 Josh Jorwerth, 18 Billy Clifford, 19 James Collins

Substitutes: 13 Yusuf Mersin, 17 Bobson Bawling (73), 20 Aryan Tajbakhsh, 22 Joe McNerney (45), 24 Kaby Djalo, 33 Sanchez Watt, 44 Connor Henderson

Attendance: 4,486 (295)
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Rumour Round Up 2 23/12/16

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We will start today’s Rumour Roundup with a done deal! Oscar has completed his move to Shanghai SIPG a rumour that I discussed last week. I gave this rumour 5/10 didn’t really see it going through but there you go the fee is reportedly £60million! He is also reportedly on £500k a week! Crazy money.

Victor Lindelof – Benfica To Manchester United (£38 million) *Reported Amount

Reports broke on Tuesday morning that Manchester United were in talks with Benfica about a possible transfer for Swedish international defender Victor Lindelof. Sources in Portugal have confirmed that Manchester United have started talks with Benfica president Luis Filipe Viera about a transfer so this rumour has strength to it! With Manchester United defender Bailey off to the African cup of nations Manchester United could do with some reinforcement In the defensive sector of the pitch. With Lindelof being described as the Swedish Rio Ferdinand by ex red devil Jesper Blomqvist I’m sure the fans would welcome him as well. This transfer rumour has loads of potential and I believe it will go through hence the high rating.

Rumour Rating 8/10

Jermain Defoe – Sunderland To West Ham (£6 Million Reported fee)

Slaven Bilic could make a drastic bid to bring Jermain Defoe back to where his professional career began 12 years ago. Reports suggest Sunderland owner Ellis Short is looking to sell the club so the sale of star man Defoe might be a good move for Short as it would lower the clubs pay roll. Some West Ham fans may hold a slight grudge against Defoe as back in 2004 he refused a contract and signed for London rivals Spurs. At the moment West Ham could do with a goal scorer up front as so far this season West Ham’s strikers have only scored 2 goals in the Premier league compared to Defoe’s 8 goals. With West Ham also being linked to Ac Milan’s forward Carlos Bacca, Defoe could well be one of a few options for the Hammers to go for in January.

Rumour Rating 6/10

Morgan Schniderlin – Manchester United to West Brom (£16 Million reported fee)

The out of favour Frenchmen at Man United could be on his way out in January due to lack of play time under Mourinho’s reign at the Red Devil’s, he has not featured since November 19th. Reportedly West Brom have made an offer of £18M to take the midfielder away from Old Trafford. It seems Man united would not mind letting Morgan leave as in the pre Christmas press conference Mourinho stated “if the offer is right” and “I would not stop him going” regarding Schniderlin situation at the club. This suggests that he will probably exit this window the question is whether it will be West Brom or Everton as Everton have also shown an interest in the midfielder.

Rumour Rating 7/10

Jordan Pickford – Sunderland to Arsenal

Arsense Wenger is reportedly keeping an eye on Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford as an long term replacement for Petr Cech. Sources reported that Arsenal will try and buy Pickford in January then loan him back to Sunderland for the rest of the season. You can see why Arsenal are interested as the Young keeper has had an impressive season at the Stadium of Light this season making 67 saves that’s 2nd highest in the league this year, safe to say Pickford has a load of potential!

Rumour Rating 6/10

I would like to wish readers a brilliant Christmas and New Year! 

If you have an interest in sports be sure to listen to all the sport shows on PhoenixFm in the coming week!

•Between the Lines – Saturday 13:00 – 15:00 with Steve Robertson and Myself

•Phoenix Sports – Saturday 15:00 – 18:00 with Chris Hood and Scott W

•The Orient Hour – Sunday 18:00 – 19:00 with Chris Hood

•The West Ham Way – Wednesday 19:00 – 20:00 with Sex, Drugs & Carlton Cole and @exwhuemployee

 

 

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Billericay Town Fans’ Forum – as it happened

LIVE UPDATES: We’re at the Billericay Town Fans’ Forum at the New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay.

Manager Craig Edwards, new owner Glenn Tamplin and new chairman Danny Groves will be chatting with fans about their plans for the club.

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There are well over 100 people in attendance – standing room only in the bar!

Glenn Tamplin has started by welcoming everyone present and said that Craig Edwards will answer questions too, including when he will get his first three points under the new ownership, which raised a big cheer!

GT explains he played for CE 20 years ago at Barkingside and he knows what it feels like to kick a football around with passion and be in a winning environment.

He says that the most important thing he can input into the club is not money but more a desire to build the club up at all levels.

GT says the new players haven’t gelled yet and every one needs to be patient.

The Colts (Youth team) and Ladies teams are very important to the new ethos of the club.

GT hopes to get 1,000 fans at matches every week and hopes to support all areas of the club and that they’ll support the club in return.

GT says that the club needs to be able to fund and pay for itself – so he is setting the club up to run as a business, and not reliant on his money.

GT went on to talk about his experiences in football and how he would run the club. He wants to make Billericay Town to be somewhere that the fans want to come.

He hopes to offer free admission to local schools and get local schoolchildren involved as mascots each week. He says that the club will dedicate a lot of time to disabled supporters – there will be charity fundraisers at the club in aid of disabled charities.

GT wants to get more youngsters through the doors.

He talked about his experience in business – said he has learned a lot.

A question from the ground – the ground isn’t very disabled-friendly at the moment, and will this be improved?

Danny says that a topographical survey is taking place next week to find out where improvements can be made.

GT said there will be major changes to the ground and access for the disabled will be improved. Drawings are being made at the moment.

Another comment from the fans – is the club doing more to publicise the games through the town?

GT mentioned that Phoenix FM is giving the club more publicity and the Echo is now increasing coverage. DG said that all marketing opportunities are being looked at.

GT said that more leaflets will be produced and asked if the fans can help to distribute them to help publicise the games.

A question from the fans – has the new ownership had any discussions with Basildon Borough Council?

GT says that there is only six months left on the lease at the ground and he will be visiting the council to talk about his plans to see what they will and won’t be happy with.

Another fan mentioned that a former chairman, Rod Moore, put in plans for a new stadium 20 years ago but they were rejected. GT says he will be thinking positively and will be constructive with the Council.

GT was asked if it would be possible to turn the whole pitch round. He said that they have already looked at this but the cost was prohibitive.

GT went on to talk about his strengths and weaknesses. He says he won’t take unnecessary risks. Money has already gone on new players and patience is needed. He stressed that he wants to make the club a community and a family.

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GT explained why he chose Billericay. The first reason was because Dagenham and Redbridge turned down his offer. He’d also spoken to Bishops Stortford but the deal wasn’t right for him. So there was an element of luck, but he is very happy at the set up at Billericay and feels fortunate that other offers did not go through.

GT then went on to outline his plans for the club.

GT says that clubs are definitely trying harder against Billericay now they have brought new players. However he says the club can still get in the playoffs and be the best side at the end of the season. He also hoped for a cup final this season too!

GT says that if plans go through, it will take 2 1/2 years to build the stadium he wants. He doesn’t see any reason why Billericay can’t be in the National League in 5 years and have a 6,000 seater stadium. He will open up facilities to attract new corporate sponsors too, which he feels Dagenham and Redbridge does well.

GT’s vision is 3 promotions in 5 years. He says it’s a lot to ask for but he wants to excel where the club has failed before. He repeated that at the end of that time the club has to run without GT and his wallet.

A question from the fans – will the club be building a 4G pitch as previously mentioned on Phoenix FM? GT said yes, he wants a pitch behind the ground, with new changing room and bar areas which the Colts and Ladies can use along with local schools. It could hopefully bring in more income.

GT says he will be looking for at least 40 more parking spaces with the new facilities.

Another fan asked the club thinks it could get 6,000 people to fill a stadium? GT says he believes the club can come up to 1,500 people a week. He says that he can build a bigger stadium due to his knowledge and resources in his existing steel business.

GT then asked the fans if he wants standing areas behind the goals to remain. The fans in the room were very strong in their support of keeping this.

GT asked if the food and drink should be improved? One fan asked if cards could be taken behind the bar – GT said this would be arranged. Another fan asked if lunches could be served on match days too, and GT said they would look at trialling this.

Another fan asked if Steve and Sharon Kent were still going to be involved in the club. GT said that they are welcome to continue their involvement at a different level if they want to be.

Another fan asked if floodlight bulbs could be purchased! DG said that this is in hand.

A fan asked if the TVs could be improved in the bar area with the introduction of Sky Sports. DG said that improvements will be made and would look into getting Sky back to keep them in the bar longer.

GT then spoke about what is currently under development.

– A new website, to include a forum and other developments to benefit the club

– A new Billericay Town FC logo, which would keep the old heritage but modernising the style. The Mayflower motif would stay. The fans would be presented with the old badge and four new designs by the end of January and fans would vote on their favourite

– A new slogan, to help the club and the fans be as one and get behind the community, players and supporters

– A mascot – which will involve supporters’ suggestions

Fans were asked for suggestions to the website and a number of fans were very complimentary of the unofficial site at btfcunofficial.wixsite.com/1880.

One fan asked if the New Crawdaddy Club would continue and GT said that events would remain an important part of the community feel of the club.

Some fans talked about the number of official and unofficial sites, Twitter accounts and so on. GT said he wants to unite the club and wants to talk to any fans who have issues with this regard.

GT wrapped up by asking for feedback at the following web address: www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/feedback

He said, “I look forward to this exciting challenge which I intend to make my ultimate goal for my family, colleagues, and those of this amazing club.”

GT then handed the floor to manager Craig Edwards.

He was immediately asked if he was confident that the players would succeed on the pitch.

CE said that the club has had a lot of new players come in recently. The club has also has its worst injury crisis in his time as manager, losing several key players to injury.

New players had to come in quickly as the squad was getting short. This coincided with GT’s introduction to the club – if GT had not come in, lower league players would have been recruited instead.

CE was very confident on Saturday but the club just had a bad day. He said it would settle down.

CE says that every year the club has to build a new side, and this wouldn’t happen in future as he hoped to keep the core of the club.

The cups are very important and the club aims to “win the league in the second half of the season” which would put BTFC in the playoffs.

One fan asked if the injured players would be part of the club’s plans and CE said the sooner the players come back, the better.

Another fan asked if the passion and commitment from players would continue and CE said he wants all players, no matter what level, continue to give everything they’ve got on the pitch.

CE was asked about player recruitment. He said that all of the players who had come in were good lads and the challenge was keeping players motivated who had dropped down a level to play at BTFC.

One fan asked if the side was settled now. CE said that if players didn’t have the desire to play at BTFC he has to let them go.

CE said he felt it was exciting times for the whole club. The club was on a dip in form but the team has quality players who want to play well and he expects them to bounce back.

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Leopards Win Thriller

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards head into the Christmas break on a high after a thrilling 87-86 victory against Lancashire Spinners, on Sunday.

The Brentwood crowd went through the full range of emotions as their depleted line-up trailed by 12 at half-time before a stunning second half comeback saw them lead by seven with just over two minutes remaining. But the visitors replied with an 8-0 run and appeared to have won the game as they had a one-point lead with 3.2 seconds on the clock only for Tosin Oyelese to hit a buzzer-beating jump shot to spark some wild celebrations.

The odds were certainly stacked against the Big Cats as they went into the game with only seven fit players, a squad that included coach Steve Ogunjimi who played his first number of meaningful minutes for two years.

However Ogunjimi’s appearance only last 12 minutes of court time as he was controversially ejected midway through the second period for what appeared to be nothing more than talking to the referee.

With Justin Hitchman and Dougie Bennett injured, Caleb Tabanar and Dominic Scott-Robinson unavailable, and Perry Lawson suspended following his ejection at Leicester, the remaining Leopards were forced to step up and they were led by a triple-double from American guard AJ Roberts who finished with a 24 point, 12 rebound and 12 assist triple-double.

Darrell Bethune added 25 points, four assists and four boards while Mike Martin had 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a full 40-minute performance, and Jamie Hayes added 11 points.

The Big Cats had overcome a slow start to cut an early ten-point deficit to trail only 24-21 at the first break but the ejection of Ogunjimi clearly disrupted the home side and they were 50-38 down at half-time.

The visitors made it a 15-point game with the opening score of the second half and there was little sign of the comeback that was to follow until three minutes before the end of the third period when Roberts launched a 10-2 run, and a Bethune lay-up cut the deficit to 67-65 at the final break.

Bethune drained a three to open the final stanza as they took their first lead of the game, and Martin put the hosts 75-69 ahead with 6:31 on the clock.

The lead grew to eight with four minutes remaining as Martin converted a Bethune assist, and Roberts made it 82-75 with 2:19 remaining.

As the Big Cats struggled at the foul line, Spinners chipped away at the lead and Mark Rangely cut the lead to 85-84 with 23 seconds left and a poorly executed play saw the ball turned over as Rangeley put his team ahead by one going into the final play.

A timeout from stand-in coach Roger Malpass saw Roberts inbound the ball to Martin who found Oyelese just inside the foul line and he sunk his shot to seal the win.

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Leopards will open 2017 with an intriguing friendly against the Welsh national team on Monday January 2, tip-off 3.30pm at Oaklands Academy in St Albans.

The Welsh side will use the game as part of their build-up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifiers, while for the Big Cats it will be a chance to get the Christmas break out of their system before a big weekend which sees them at Brentwood against Manchester Giants in the BBL Trophy on Friday January 6 and Worthing Thunder two days later.

Wales finished seventh in this summer’s FIBA Europe Small Nations Championship in Moldova, beating Gibraltar 67-40 in their final game to avoid the wooden spoon. Since then they have undergone a change of coach, with Kings Lynn Fury play-caller James Bamfield taking over, and Leopards were pleased to help their former Division One rival.

“It should be a great game for us and a chance to get rid of the Christmas cobwebs” said general manage Dave Ryan. “It’s a fantastic venue at Oaklands, and they’ve staged junior international games and camps before.

“We’re hoping for a big crowd as it’s the end of a long break, and it’s the chance to see something a bit different.”

The game will be played with NBA length quarters of 12 – rather than the normal ten — minutes in each period.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – December 17th 2016

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Dec 17th ’16) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 1 – 0 Hull City   (Premier League)

A late penalty by captain Mark Noble was enough to get the win for the Hammers against strugglers Hull City at the London Stadium. West Ham are now unbeaten in their last three league matches and rise to 13th in the EPL table. Hull on the other hand, have the worst run of form in the division, having amassed two points from their last six EPL matches, slipping to bottom in the table.

Wigan Athletic 2 – 3 Ipswich Town  (EFL Championship)

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich side recovered from twice going behind to record their first win in four league matches. Yanic Wildschut twice put Wigan ahead at the DW Stadium, though a brace from Brett Pitman and a late winner from substitute David McGoldrick grabbed all three points for the Tractor Boys. Wigan have lost their last four league matches and sit 23rd in the table. Ipswich rise to 15th spot.

Oldham Athletic  0 – 2 Southend Utd   (EFL League One)

Southend produced a determined display to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches in League One. Goals from Nile Ranger and substitute Jermaine McGlashan gave the Shrimpers the win at Boundary Park. Oldham have failed to win in their last six league matches and sit at the foot of the table, whereas Southend rise to 7th spot, just a point off the play-off spots.

Colchester Utd  2 – 1 Notts County    (EFL League Two)

The U’s recovered from going behind to continue their decent recent league run at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Elliot Hewitt put Notts in front, though Colchester soon equalised through Kurtis Guthrie and a Richard Duffy OG granted the U’s the three points. Notts County haven’t won in seven league matches now, sitting in 20th spot. Colchester rise to 13th spot in the table, only four points off the top seven.

Wycombe Wanderers 1 – 0 Leyton Orient (EFL League Two)

Scott Kashket returned to haunt his former club as his goal gave Wycombe all three points at Adams Park. Wycombe are unbeaten in seven league matches and are in 6th spot. Andy Edwards’ Orient are in 21st spot, though are only outside the bottom two on goal difference.

Dagenham & Redbridge 4 – 4 Solihull Moors   (National League Premier)

What a match to sum up. Solihull Moors’ early blitz saw them go three goals up in the first half hour at Victoria Road. Harry White, Omari Sterling & Jack Bryne goals saw to that, though the Daggers were up for the fight, pulling two goals back through captain Scott Doe and Tyrique Hyde, who scored his first goal for the club. Solihull extended their lead to 4-2 through Sterling’s second of the afternoon. Though, Dag & Red would not be denied as late goals from Oliver Hawkins & Corey Whitely meant the points were shared. Amazingly, only Lincoln City won of all the sides in the top six do John Still’s men stay 4th, six points off top spot. Solihull are in 16th spot, six points ahead of the bottom four.

Gateshead 1 – 1 Braintree Town    (National League Premier)

Braintree were denied a good away win by a late ‘Heed equaliser. Jack Midson had put the visitors in front just after the hour. Patrick McLaughlin’s penalty meant the points were shared. Gateshead haven’t won in six league matches though and reside in 11th place, whilst Braintree are in 21st spot.

East Thurrock Utd 5 – 1 Truro City     (National League South)

The Rocks hit another goal glut to come from behind and defeat the White Tigers at Rookery Hill. Andrew Neal had put Truro ahead before the half hour, though a Tom Wraight double had put the hosts in front at half-time. East Thurrock hammered home the advantage in the second period as goals from Kane Ferdinand, Wraight (who completed his hat-trick) and Ben Marlow saw them grab the three points. The Rocks have a fortress at home, being undefeated in ten league matches at Rookery Hill. Truro City fall to 16th in the table, whilst East Thurrock rise to 9th place, seven points off the top five.

Welling Utd 3 – 1 Concord Rangers   (National League South)

A hat-trick from Adam Coombes secured an important win for Jamie Day’s Welling Utd at Park View Road. Jordan Chiedozie had put Concord in front early on but couldn’t respond. Adam Flanagan’s men reside in 18th place in the table, whilst Welling climb out of the bottom three, now in 19th spot.

Weston-super-Mare 0 – 0 Chelmsford City      (National League South)

Chelmsford City gained a useful point away from home in this dead-locked match at Woodspring Stadium. Rod Stringer’s men sit in 6th place, having drawn six of their last seven league matches. The Seagulls fall into the bottom three, into 20th spot.

 Billericay Town  0 – 2 Kingstonian   (Ryman Premier Division)

The K’s emerged victorious at New Lodge as goals from Sam Page and Ryan Moss were enough to take all the points. Billericay are now winless in eight league matches, falling to 15th place. Kingstonian go up to 9th spot in the table, five points off the top five.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree     (Ryman League Division North)

Maldon & Tiptree rallied from a goal down to defeat Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood at the Brentwood Arena. Andy Freeman put the hosts ahead before half-time which stood until the last ten minutes before a double-salvo from the Jammers’ Gavin Greenfield and hot-shot Liam Nash jammed any chance of a positive result for the hosts. Brentwood sit in 22nd spot in Ryman North. Kevin Horlock’s side are sitting pretty at the summit, seven points clear of Thurrock in 2nd.

Waltham Abbey 1 – 4  Bowers & Pitsea   (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers won their seventh league match on-the-trot as they racked up an impressive win at Capershotts. Goals from Ben Sartain, Brad Warner, Lewis Manor & David Knight sealed the points, though Tremayne Coley grabbed a late consolation for the Abbotts. Bowers reside in 4th spot, whilst Waltham Abbey are in 20th place, just two points above the bottom three.

 

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Rumour Round up! 1 16/12/16

 

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As the Winter transfer window approaches fast! The rumours come in quicker! In this new weekly blog update I will be covering all the big footballing transfer rumours around the world and giving them a rating out of 10 on how likely I see them happening.

Oscar – Chelsea To Shanghai SiPG (£52 million)*Reported amount 

So to kick things off we start with the Brazils attacking midfielder Oscar. Under new manger Antonio Conte it seemed Oscar’s place at Chelsea was safe as he started his first 5 games of the season but since then only playing 4 since September. I believe this is a strong rumour which has a lot of credentials to go through with Conte not denying a possible Oscar departure when asked about it in the post match Conference for the game against Sunderland. Although saying that Oscar has come out and said that he would like to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place rather than move to China. Could Chelsea star Oscar be reunited with Ex Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas in China come February?

5/10 Rumour Rating

Callum Wilson – Bourmouth To Everton (£20M+) *reported 

With Everton boss Ronald Koeman Identifying Wilson as a target there may be a chance of this transfer. Toffees boss Koeman seems keen to bring in support for Lukaku up top some sources suggest. Callum Wilson is signed on at Bourmouth until 2020 as he recently signed a deal in July this is a reason why the toffees would be looking at a price £20mil + for the 24 year old. With West Ham also reported interested this could get interesting come January.

6/10 Rumour Rating 

Andre Silva – Porto to Arsenal 

The young Portuguese striker from Porto has reportedly been the target of a scout sent out by Arsenal. So far this season Silva has been impressive for club and country scoring 12 goals this season so far for Porto 2 of them goals against English Champions Leicester, also scoring 4 in 5 for Portugal. Safe to say the scout would’ve been impressed by the youngster. For me his release clause takes away the real poetenial in this transfer as it stands at a mighty £60 million fee that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal would not throw up lightly, altough it has been reported a lower fee could be neogotiated.

5/10 Rumour Rating 

Ederson Moraes – Benfica To Man City (£20m) *reported fee  

Ederson Moraes is Brazils number 1 keeper and one of Pep Guardiola January targets. If this rumour goes through this could spell the end for Joe Hart career at Man City. The 23 year old shot stopper was a target of Man City last summer before Pep signed Bravo. Moraes would most likely be a back up keeper at the Etihad and some reports suggest he would not be able to move until the summer. It has been said by some sources that Guardiola has sent Scouts to watch the young keeper who is keeping out the experienced keeper Julio César. With Bravo up and down form and the past interest I can see City going in for Moraes in January if not in the summer!

Rumour Rating: 8/10  

If you have an interest in sports be sure to listen to all the sport shows on PhoenixFm in the coming week!

•Between the Lines – Saturday 13:00 – 15:00 with Steve Robertson and Myself

•Phoenix Sports – Saturday 15:00 – 18:00 with Chris Hood and Scott W

•The Orient Hour – Sunday 18:00 – 19:00 with Chris Hood

•The West Ham Way – Wednesday 19:00 – 20:00 with Sex, Drugs & Carlton Cole and @exwhuemployee

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Leopards Back at Brentwood

 

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to wrap up 2016 with a victory when they host Lancashire Spinners at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday December 18, tip-off 4pm.

Spinners will arrive at Brentwood sitting three places above Leopards in eighth with four wins from ten games. That is a considerable improvement after a disappointing Trophy campaign saw them lose all three games, while in the National Cup they annihilated Liverpool 119-50 in the third round before losing 114-109 in an overtime thriller at Bradford Dragons.

The two teams were certainly evenly-matched last season with both games resulting in 12-point wins for the hosts, and we finished level with 16-10 records as Leopards edged Spinners into seventh place due to over-all points difference.

Essex Leopards v London Lituanica 10 Dec 2016; Shaq Lewis

The Big Cats will be aiming to bounce back after their depleted line-up went down 74-70 against London Lituanica in another Harlow Leisurezone thriller.

With both Mike Martin and Dominic Scott-Robinson unwell and Justin Hitchman still suffering from a foot injury, the Big Cats had just eight fit players forcing coach Steve Ogunjimi to kit up, although he didn’t get on the court.

The Big Cats led for most of the second half, but eventually came up short as the Lithuanians scored seven of the final eight points to gain revenge for Leopards’ early-season Trophy victory.

Darrell Bethune led the way for the Leopards with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while AJ Roberts added 14 points and Jamie Hayes 12 points and nine rebounds. Tosin Oyelese had his best game for a while, finishing with nine points and as many rebounds as all eight Leopards got on the scoreboard.

Bethune opened the scoring with a trey but the visiting side led for most of the first period before triples from Perry Lawson and Hayes cut the deficit to 24-22 at the first break.

Lituanica were 34-28 ahead midway through the second period before a Hayes put-back launched a 13-3 run to close out the half. Roberts, Bethune and Shaq Lewis all added to the score before baskets from Lewis and Bethune sent them into the locker room with a 43-37 lead.

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A foul-strewn third period saw the Big Cats called for nine infringements while the physical Lithuanians committed just three foul as they went to the charity stripe 14 times  but with Roberts hitting a pair of threes in his ten point haul in the quarter, the hosts maintained their six-point lead at 58-52 going into the final break.

Oyelese opened the fourth quarter scoring, but a pair of threes from the visitors saw them take the lead at 64-61 only for Leopards to respond with six straight points to lead by three heading into the final two minutes.

Inevitably the game was decided at the foul line as the home side were called four times down the stretch with the visitors scoring six of their eight free-throws, and despite Hayes keeping them ahead in the final minute, a Guzys jump shot with 15 seconds on the clock sealed the win for Lituanica.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – December 10th 2016

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Dec 10th ’16) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd play Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday – KO 4.30pm

Ipswich Town  1 – 1  Cardiff City  (EFL Championship)

Ipswich were held to a draw by Neil Warnock’s battling Cardiff City outfit. Aron Gunnarsson put the Bluebirds in front before half-time. Ipswich responded through Luke Varney seven minutes into the second period. The visitors lost defender Sol Bamba to a straight red card with 20-odd minutes to play but held on for a point. Ipswich sit in 17th place in the Championship table, whilst Cardiff are 22nd, level on points with Blackburn Rovers.

Southend Utd 3 – 1 Coventry City      (EFL League One)

Southend comfortably beat struggling Coventry City at Roots Hall. Goals from Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand & Stephen McLaughlin helped the Shrimpers on the way, whilst Daniel Agyei scored a late consolation for the visitors. Southend are now unbeaten in six league matches (3 wins & 3 draws) and sit in 8th spot, just a point off the top six. By contrast, Coventry have lost five out of the last six league matches and reside in 21st place.

Leyton Orient 1 – 0 Accrington Stanley    (EFL League Two)

A solitary goal from Jay Simpson was enough to grab three vital points for the O’s at the Matchroom Stadium. Accrington’s afternoon got more difficult as they lost captain Sean McConville to a straight red before the half hour mark. Orient today won their first match in four and are 21st in the table, over-taking their opponents today. Accrington have lost five out of the last six league matches; sit in 22nd spot, three points clear of the bottom two.

Mansfield Town 0 – 0 Colchester Utd      (EFL League Two)

Colchester battled to a goalless draw at Field Mill & in the process notched up their third clean sheet in a row. Steve Evans’ Mansfield side are 13th in League Two, whilst the U’s sit in 16th spot, six points clear of the bottom two.

Braintree Town 2 – 0 Torquay Utd      (The FA Trophy First Round)

A quick-fire second-half brace from Jack Midson saw Braintree progress to the next round at a damp Cressing Road. The Gulls had chances of their own but couldn’t capitalise on them in a disappointing afternoon for Kevin Nicholson’s men.

Chelmsford City 1 – 0 Hitchin Town      (The FA Trophy First Round)

Shaun Jeffers’ 15th goal of the season was enough for the Clarets to go through to the next round, defeating Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Hitchin Town at Melbourne Park.  

Dagenham & Redbridge 1 – 2 Worthing    (The FA Trophy First Round)

The Daggers continued their indifferent form of late with a home defeat to Ryman Premier side Worthing at Victoria Road. Dagenham striker Paul Benson put his side ahead before half-time though the Rebels responded well after the break, with goals from Will Hendon & Lloyd Dawes securing a big win for the visitors. Congratulations to them.

East Thurrock Utd 1 – 1 Aldershot Town     (The FA Trophy First Round)

The Rocks held that National League opponents Aldershot to a creditable draw at Rookery Hill. Talismanic striker Sam Higgins put the hosts in front, before the Shot’s Bernard Mensah equalised five minutes later. East Thurrock had goalkeeper Lukas Lidakevicius produced a great display as they forced a replay which will be this Monday night (Dec 12th) at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground.

Concord Rangers did not play this weekend. They are next in action next Saturday (Dec 17th), away to Welling Utd in National League South.

Burgess Hill Town 2 – 1 Billericay Town     (Ryman Premier Division)

Burgess Hill narrowly defeated Craig Edwards’ men at Leylands Park. A Dan Pearse penalty and a tap-in from Jack Brivio put the Hillians two up at the break. Billericay responded with another penalty through Billy Bricknell, nine minutes into the second half. The hosts held out for the win though, in what was ex-Leyton Orient man Dean Cox’s final match of his short spell at the club. The Hillians rise to 17th in the table, only three points ahead of the bottom four. Billericay are in 13th spot, having failed to win in six league matches now.

Bowers & Pitsea 3 – 1 Phoenix Sports    (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers continued their sparkling recent form in Ryman North with a fine win against fellow high-flyers Phoenix Sports at the Len Salmon Stadium. A brace from striker David Knight and a Brad Warner goal sent Rob Small’s men well on their way to victory. Joshua Jackson got a consolation for the visitors 20 minutes from time. Bowers have now won 6 league matches in a row and sit in 5th spot, displacing Cheshunt. Phoenix Sports fall to 9th spot in the table, only two points off the top five.

Dereham Town  1 – 3 Brentwood Town       (Ryman League Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood side made light of their recent woes by picking up a fine win at Dereham’s Aldiss Park. Ife Ogunbayo put the visitors in front before the break. Things got better for the Blues as ex-Redbridge forward Kieran English scored a penalty on his debut for the club. Joe Gatting netted a late consolation for the Magpies before substitute Chris Cordara-Soares sealed the win with Brentwood’s third shortly before the end. Dereham are 15th in the table, whereas Brentwood sit 21st, a point clear of the bottom three after this morale-boosting win.

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Billericay Town FC – sale complete, fans forum coming

You can hear Glenn talking to Phoenix FM here:


GLENN TAMPLIN has completed the purchase of Billericay Town FC.

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Photo credit: BTFC Unofficial

In a statement on Billericay Town’s official website, former owner and chairman Steve Kent said: “Recently, many people have made enquiries about ownership, but none have demonstrated the same desire and passion as Glenn. I have said many times that if the right person came along I would step aside. I think Glenn IS that person.

“Even before we completed he brought in new players and has improved the pitch, that kind of passion is just what Billericay Town Fc deserve and need. Welcome Glenn … and enjoy.”

Glenn spoke to Paul Golder today about plans on the field, including more new signings, some planned, some already completed.

Off the field, he also spoke about the Fans Forum, which will take at Blunts Wall Road, Billericay CM11 9SA on Monday 19th December at 7pm. It’s a chance for all fans to have their say and help build the direction of the club going forward.

For more information keep an eye on the club’s website at www.billericaytownfc.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @btfc.

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Lithuanian Test for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to bounce back from their loss at Leicester Warriors when they host London Lituanica at Harlow Leisurezone, on Saturday.

The action starts at 7.30pm and will see the Big Cats face a side they have already beaten 68-61 on the road in the National Trophy.

If the game is as good as the last time Steve Ogunjimi’s side were in action at Harlow, the fans are in for a treat as Solent Kestrels were beaten 96-93 in overtime.  

Lituanica will arrive at Leisurezone with a 3-4 record, but have had one win deducted after they conceded their game at Manchester Magic, and sit just above the relegation zone in 12th place.

Leopards will look to end a run of three  games between the clubs that has seen the visiting team take the victory.

Last season saw Leopards become the first team in Lituanica’s four-year history – during which time they moved up the NBL – to win on their east London court with an 89-68 victory but produced a lacklustre performance in the return at Brentwood with a 51-48 loss. There was also a three-point margin when the sides met at Brentwood in the Trophy last season, with the Big Cats winning 71-68.

That Trophy loss against Leopards didn’t prevent Lituanica reaching the Trophy semi-final where they will meet Worthing, but like Leopards they went out of the National Cup at the hands of second division Kent Crusaders, with their 52-point loss the biggest margin of defeat for a top flight team against lower division opposition in over 30 years.

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After three straight wins with their new-look line-up, Leopards were brought back to earth on Saturday as they went down 85-71 in the midlands.

To complete a miserable day for the Big Cats, they had former GB guard Perry Lawson ejected for throwing the ball at Warriors’ Carl Pearson.

The visitors never recovered from a disappointing start as they trailed 15-6 after six minutes – Darrell Bethune having scored four of those points against his old team – and they went into the first break trailing 24-13.

That deficit grew to as many as 18 early in the second period before  Mike Martin sparked a comeback to reduce the margin to 40-32 before Warriors finished the half strongly to lead 48-37 at half-time.

The visitors failed to trouble the scorers in the first six minutes of the second half as Warriors effectively wrapped the game up at 56-37 before AJ Roberts broke the drought, but Leopards trailed 62-45 at the final break and never looked likely to stage a comeback in the fourth period.

Martin led the way for the visitors with another massive double-double, finishing with 16 points and as many rebounds, while Roberts finished with 16 points. Dougie Bennett came off the bench to hit four of his seven three point attempts on the way to a 15-point game, with Bethune adding 11 points.

“We lacked intensity” admitted coach Ogunjimi. “We had it in spurts, but you can’t let a team like Leicester start well, and not following the game-plan we worked on in practice really hurt us.”

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – Dec 3rd 2016

Scott W Reporting – Phoenix FM Sport

Here’s a round-up of all of today’s results (Dec 3rd ’16) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport. (Image: Scott W)

West Ham Utd 1 – 5 Arsenal    (Premier League)

Another star turn from Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez secured a big win for Arsenal at the London Stadium. Alexis, who grabbed a 15-minute hat-trick in the second half plus goals from Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain sends the Gunners into 2nd spot in the table. Substitute Andy Carroll got a late consolation for the Hammers, who haven’t won a league match in nearly six weeks.

Bristol City 2 – 0 Ipswich Town        (EFL Championship)

The hosts got their first win in four matches with a good win over Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate. Goals from Lee Tomlin (pen) and a cracking 25-yard volley from Luke Freeman were enough for City, who sit in 11th spot. Ipswich sit in 16th place.

Dover Athletic 1 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge   (National League)

Dag & Red recovered from their poor recent form to record a good win against in-form Dover at the Crabble Stadium. A super free-kick from on-loan forward Jordan Maguire-Drew & a headed goal by Daggers legend Paul Benson, his first since re-signing for the club, were enough to grab the points. Dag & Red rise to 4th, back in the play-off places, replacing today’s opponents who now sit 6th.

Chelmsford City 3 – 3 Hungerford Town    (National League South)

A topsy-turvy game at Melbourne Park saw both sides take a share of the points. Chelmsford took the lead through Anthony Church, Hungerford responded through Ian Herring , Nat Jarvis and Nicholas Bignall to lead 3-1 before a Shaun Jeffers brace retrieved a point for City. Chelmsford are in 6th place in the table, two points off the play-off positions. Hungerford are in 8th spot, six points behind City.

Concord Rangers 2 – 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough   (National League South)

The Beach Boys continued their good run of form, defeating the high-flying Beavers at the Aspect Arena. A Tom Jelley OG and a goal from striker Jordan Chiezodie, who signed a new contract this week was enough for the win. Portsmouth-bound striker Jamal Lowe got a consolation for the visitors. Concord are in 18th spot, five points clear of the bottom three whereas Hampton fall to fifth as all the other teams in the play-off positions (St Albans City, Ebbsfleet Utd & Dartford) won today.

Wealdstone 1 – 0 East Thurrock Utd      (National League South)

Liam Goulding’s goal was enough for the Stones to defeat East Thurrock Utd at Grosvenor Vale. The home side rise to 10th in the table. The Rocks are in 9th spot, ahead of Wealdstone on goal difference.

Worthing 2 – 2 Billericay Town     (Ryman Premier Division)

The Blues were held to a draw at Woodside Road, having initially taken the lead through Jerome Sobers. Lloyd Dawes equalised from the penalty spot for the Rebels before half-time. Billy Bricknell put Billericay in front once again, though Zack Newton secured a point with his goal late on. Worthing now sit in 16th spot, whereas Craig Edwards’ men sit in 12th, only five points behind the play-off positions.

Bury Town 3 – 1 Brentwood Town       (Ryman League Division North)

The home side comfortably saw off Brentwood at Ram Meadow. Ollie Hughes put Bury Town in front, though Andy Greenslade equalised for Town before the break. Remi Garrett and Ryan Jolland goals though secured the points for the hosts. Brentwood’s pain was compounded when striker Shad Ngandu saw red late on as Brentwood have now unfortunately lost their last six matches. Bury Town sit in 6th place, just outside the play-offs on goal difference. Tony Ievoli’s men are in 20th position, aided by the fact that of the sides around them, only Thamesmead Town & Waltham Abbey won today.

Wroxham 0 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea     (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers & Pitsea continued their excellent recent form to defeat Wroxham at Trafford Park. Goals from Lewis Manor, Alfie Hilton and Brad Warner wrapped up all three points for Rob Small’s men. Wroxham remain bottom of the Ryman North table, four points from safety. In contrast, Bowers rise to 7th position, two points outside the play-off positions having won their last five matches now.

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Match-Report: Billericay Town 2 – 3 AFC Sudbury (Ryman Premier Division)

Billericay Town 2  – 3 AFC Sudbury (Ryman Premier Division)

Match Report by Scott W – Phoenix FM Sport

On Tuesday night, I made my first visit to Billericay Town’s New Lodge stadium as they took on AFC Sudbury in a Ryman Premier Division encounter.

The home side started the match well in the freezing conditions, and opened the scoring though midfielder Matt Johnson’s strike. Moments later, the hosts nearly doubled their advantage through striker Luke Moore but his effort was cleared off the line by the Sudbury backline.

This in turn stirred up the visitors who had multiple chances to level, winger Sam Bantick in particular being a threat with his pace & trickery. Sudbury drew level five minutes before the break through midfielder Dylan Williams’ strike, following good play by Bantick. Sudbury took advantage of a defensive lapse from the hosts’ just three minutes later, striker Luke Callander making no mistake from close range.

Half-Time: Billericay Town 1 – 2 AFC Sudbury

Billericay manager Craig Edwards rung the changes at the start of the second half, with two substitutes (defender Adelowo & Hubble in midfield) being brought on.

Sudbury made the points safe on the hour mark as captain Sam Clarke blasted his strike into top corner, although there were suspicions of off-side. Billericay did struggle to find their rhythm going forward, though for the most part they defended OK, centre-back Jerome Sobers being good in the air and sub Gabby Adelowo looked decent at right-back. Striker Billy Bricknell got a consolation late on for the hosts, having earlier had a goal chalked off for off-side. Sudbury held on though in the second half to take the three points back to Suffolk.

Full-Time: Billericay Town 2 – 3 AFC Sudbury

Billericay Town have brought in a number of new signings recently since new owner Glenn Tamplin’s arrival and to be fair, the team will need time to settle and gel, all in a competitive Ryman Premier Division campaign. AFC Sudbury rise to 15th place with this win, Billericay Town remain in 10th place, level on points with Harlow Town and Lowestoft Town.

Teams:

Billericay Town: Giddens (GK & C), Vancooten (Adelowo 46’), Stephenson, Johnson, Sobers, Wilson, Monville, Krasniqi (Hubble 46’), Bricknell, Moore (Capela 74’) & Taaffe

Subs Not Used: Bakare & Cojocarel

AFC Sudbury: Garnham (GK), Carroll, Austin (Newman 74’), Williams, Henshaw, Tann, Bantick (Wales 83’), Clarke (C), Callander, Parker & Eagle (French 56’)

Subs Not Used: Dunlop & Robinson

Booked: Clarke

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Don’t forget the Billericay Town FC Fans Forum at New Lodge, CM11 9SA on Monday 19th December at 7pm.

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Billericay Town Fans Forum – have your say!

Billericay Town FC will be staging a Fans Forum on Monday 19th December at 7pm.

The forum, to take place at Blunts Wall Road, Billericay CM11 9SA, is organised by the club’s prospective new owner Glenn Tamplin and is a change for all fans to have their say and help build the direction of the club going forward.

For more information keep an eye on the club’s website at www.billericaytownfc.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @btfc.

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Double Success for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will travel to Leicester Warriors on Saturday looking for a fourth straight victory following two thrilling home wins over the weekend.

Solent Kestrels were beaten 98-93 in an overtime epic at Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday evening, and just over 18 hours later the Big Cat collected their first win of the campaign at the Brentwood Centre as Bradford Dragons were beaten 83-79.

The changes the Big Cats made to their roster in early November seem to have paid dividends and they are now up to eighth in the Division One table as they continue to look for a top four finish and home court advantage in the play-offs.

Steve Ogunjimi’s side will face a Warriors team who are 12th in the table with a 2-7 record but with a pair of American import players they have showed that they can match any team on their day with wins against Solent and Westminster as well as an early-season Trophy victory against high-flying Loughborough.

The Big Cats had narrow victories in both games against Karl Brown’s team last season although it took overtime at the Brentwood Centre before they wrapped up a 78-74 victory.

Following Saturday’s trip to the midlands Leopards wrap up 2017 with the visits of London Lituanica to Harlow on Saturday December 10 and Lancashire Spinners to Brentwood on Sunday December 18.

Essex Leopards v Bradford Dragons, 27 Nov 2016; Mike Martin with the slam

On Saturday, former England international Mike Martin rolled back the years with a massive 34 point, ten rebound double-double as Ogunjimi’s team picked up a league victory from an excellent advert for Division One basketball.

The new-look Big Cats allowed a seven point lead with three minutes of regulation time slip away but took control in the extra period for their first home league win of the campaign.

Darrell Bethune marked his home debut with 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while AJ Roberts added 16 points, five boards and five assists. Dougie Bennett finished with 12 points while another home debutant, Perry Lawson, had seven assists.

The Big Cats overcame a slow start before five straight Bethune points tied the game at 22 going into the first break and they looked likely to only trail by one at half-time before R Williams hit a triple on the buzzer to give Solent a 50-46 lead going into the locker room.

The game remained tight in the third period but a trey from Bethune and a three point play by Martin helped the home side go into the fourth period with a 69-62 lead.

Leopards never trailed in the fourth quarter and Martin’s basket with three minutes left looked to have sealed it, only for Solent to reply with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 82 to force an extra period.

Tosin Oyelese opened the overtime period with a lay-up off Bethune’s assist and Leopards led throughout with three-pointers from Martin and Roberts helping them take control and wrap up the win.

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It wasn’t any less nerve-shredding at Brentwood the following day as Dragons were eventually slain in another tense game. The Big Cats never trailed after the mid-stage of the opening period but Bradford produced a fighting performance to take the game to the wire.

Bethune and Martin again led the way with 21 and 19 points respectively and collecting nine assists apiece, with Martin also chipping in with four assists. Roberts finished with his best numbers of the season with a 16 point, ten rebound double-double, adding five assists, with Oyelese adding nine points and Hayes eight.

After the previous night’s exertions, Leopards predictably started slowly despite a Roberts triple, but a Bethune trey launched a 9-0 run open a 14-8 lead with seven minutes gone, and the hosts never trailed again.

Bradford replied with five points but the home side closed out the period with six unanswered points to lead 20-13 at the first break.

That lead evaporated as Dragons opened the second period with a 9-2 run to tie the game only to see Bethune hit seven straight points and Oyelese five as Leopards replied with a 12-2 tear, and they went into the locker room with a 38-33 lead.

Six straight Hayes points kept the Big Cats ahead early in the second half and with Lawson draining from long range the home side went into the final break with a 63-58 lead.

Only Martin’s four points troubled the scorers for Leopards in the opening five minutes of the fourth period and Matt Gooding hit three straight triples to tie the game at 67.

Bethune broke the drought with a pair of lay-ups, and Dragons never got closer than two points again before Roberts wrapped up the win at the foul line.

 

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Billericay Town FC – new owner urges the town to get behind the club

Billericay Town’s new owner Glenn Tamplin is urging the town to get behind his club as he aims to take them from the Ryamn League to the Football League over the coming seasons.

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Completion of the purchase of the club will take place in the next few days but Glenn has already injected funds into the team, having signed eight new players in the last 10 days.

Speaking to Phoenix FM this morning, Glenn says that he has a strong vision for the club but needs support in helping the club to progress.

Glenn said:

“I am bringing money, drive, passion, desire, commitment and unity to the club. We’ve got very high hopes that our new players will make an impact.

“We want our fans to be on the journey from the start. These are exciting times for Billercay Town and its supporters.”

The Blues are currently 11th in the Ryman Premier but only 5 points from the play-off places with games in hand.

Their next home match is against the Metropolitan Police tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm, followed by another home game against AFC Sudbury on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

You can follow Billericay Town on Twitter @BTFC and the new owner is also now on Twitter @GlennTamplin.

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Exeter City 1

Leyton Orient sink to their eighth successive home league defeat, after a 1-0 loss to Exeter City at The Matchroom Stadium.

Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the night for Exeter in the first half with a close range strike to take them off the bottom of the table, as Orient flirt just above the relegation zone.

Alberto Cavasin made two changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, as Myles Judd got his first league start for the club with Yvan Erichot out injured. Paul McCallum’s late impact on Saturday earned his call up to the starting eleven, ahead of Ollie Palmer who moved to the bench.

Exeter took the lead 25 minutes in, on the break as Liam McAlinden long deep cross found David Wheeler, who put the ball across goal for Watkins to slot into the far corner.

Orient almost struck straight back, after a sloppy back pass by Exeter played Jay Simpson in down the left flank but held the ball up, as Christy Pym rushed out and the opportunity closed with his pass going astray and was cleared.

Gavin Massey was brought down just outside the box, as Nicky Hunt stepped up and fired the set piece just over the bar.

Exeter thought they had grabbed a second, as McAlinden whipped in a ball on a plate for Watkins unmarked inside the box but his header went wide from six-yards out – despite the offside flag.

Orient’s Alex Cisak came to collect a high ball which he miss-timed, with Wheeler waiting to poach he lifted the ball across the box which was half cleared by Hunt and the danger eventually cleared.

In added time of the first half, Michael Collins burst into box for the O’s and cut across a teasing ball but Exeter Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor did enough flick it away for a corner.

In the second half, Orient made a double substitution as Callum Kennedy and Captain Robbie Weir were replaced by Sandro Semedo and Alan Dunne.

Exeter nearly extended their advantage, as Watkins was in space just inside the box and slotted it into McAlinden who turned his shot goal wards but was saved at the feet of Cisak.

Orient should have equalised 67 minutes in, as Massey’s low ball across goal was slotted towards goal by Nigel Atangana but stopped by Pym. Atangana got to the second ball and his shot rebounded back off the defender and fell to Simpson from close range whose shot was blocked and went over the bar.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 29 Myles Judd, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy (45), 11 Gavin Massey, 8 Robbie Weir © (45), 15 Nigel Atangana, 7 Michael Collins, 10 Paul McCallum (59), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 32 Henry Ochieng, 22 Sandro Semedo (45), 30 Sam Dalby, 9 Ollie Palmer

Exeter City Lineup: 30 Christy Pym, 3 Craig Woodman, 4 Lloyd James, 11 David Wheeler (66), 14 Ollie Watkins (88), 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor ©, 19 Liam McAlinden, 25 Jake Taylor, 29 Luke Croll, 31 Pierce Sweeney, 33 Reuben Reid (66)

Substitutes: 1 Bobby Olejnik, 8 Robbie Simpson (88), 12 Joel Grant, 16 Matt Oakley (65), 28 Jack Stacey (66), 39 Troy Brown, 20 Matt Jay

Attendance: 2,926

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Leopards Look for Home Double

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Dave Ryan reports…

Having collected their first league win of the season, Levett Leopards will be looking to move up the Division One table with a pair of home games this weekend.

Newly promoted Solent Kestrels are the visitors to Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday (7.30pm) while Bradford Dragons are the visitors to the Brentwood Centre the following afternoon (4pm) and both sides should provide tough tests for Steve Ogunjimi’s side.

After losing their two National Trophy games, Kestrels have strengthened their side and are currently joint sixth in the table with a 3-3 record having won their last two games. They have also reached the National Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile Bradford are fifth in the table with five wins from eight games and will be looking to bounce back after a National Cup exit at the hands of league leaders Team Northumbria.

While Leopards have never met Solent – although their predecessors Solent Stars were regular opponents when the Big Cats reformed in 2004 – Dragons have been regular opponents over the last few years and last season’s games saw both sides make the long trip home with a victory under their belts.

Leopards are offering a cheap ticket deal for fans who want to watch them in action at both their home venues this weekend as well as their popular pre-game training session for children. Details are on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk

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The Big Cats chalked up their first league win of the campaign with an emphatic 90-57 victory at Westminster Warriors, on Saturday evening.

The Big Cats led from tip-to-buzzer as they snapped a five game losing streak in Division One to move up to 11th place.

Darrell Bethune marked his debut with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds (and a technical foul) but it was a good all-round team effort with six players scoring in double figures and all nine available players logging at least 13 minutes of action.

Jamie Hayes finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and another bang on the head, with Dougie Bennett and Shaq Lewis adding 14 points apiece.Roberts chipped in with ten points, six rebounds and four assists, while Mike Martin was a rebound short of a double-double with ten points and four assists.

A Leopards side who were without Justin Hitchman (foot injury) and Dominic Scott-Robinson (ill) dominated on the board, out-rebounding the hosts 44-33 and built on good starts to both halves as they won at Capital City Academy for the second time this season.

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Bethune hit a trey to open the scoring and a pair of jump-shots from Hayes saw Leopards rush into an 8-0 lead and a score on the break from debutant Perry Lawson saw the Big Cats go into the first break 18-12 ahead.

Lewis converted a lay-up off Martin’s third assist of the game to open the second period, and both Martin and Bethune took the lead out to nine points as the visitors remained in control.

Bethune made it a 12-point game with 44 seconds remaining in the first half before Johnson cut the lead to 37-27 going into the locker room.

While that was a comfortable first half lead, it was the start to the third period which effectively wrapped up the win.

A massive alley-oop by Martin off Hayes’ assist opened the half before Bennett sunk a trey before a pair of Martin scores and another Bennett basket made it 48-29.

Bethune and Oyelese wrapped up the 15-2 run to make it a 23-point game before Bethune drained from the Land of Plenty to send his side into the final break with a 62-37 lead having outscored hosts 25-10 in the period.

Bethune opened the final quarter with another triple before Bennett made it a 30 point game on the break and the lead never dipped below 26 before Lewis wrapped things up with a dunk on the break to send Leopards home happy.

 

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Blackpool 2

Leyton Orient continue to struggle at home, after a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at The Matchroom Stadium.

Jemille Matt for Blackpool gave the visitors the lead with a first half strike inside the box.

Tom Aldred doubled Blackpool’s advantage with the header to move them up to seventh in the league just outside the playoffs, to cancel out a late Paul McCallum header.

Alberto Cavasin named an unchanged lineup that won 3-0 away at Colchester last week.

Blackpool had the first chance of the match, as Brad Potts ran on to a cross field ball inside the box but his shot was denied by Alex Cisak.

Gavin Massey for Orient burst away on the counter-attack from a Blackpool attack, as he played in Jay Simpson who returned it to Massey but his shot was saved and was also given offside.

The visitors struggled in the early stages to find their shooting boots, as the ball dropped to Colin Daniel ball on the edge of the box but blazed his volley well over the bar.

Blackpool took the lead on the half hour mark, as Matt outwrestled Yvan Erichot out wide and cut back inside the box to lash his shot into the roof of the net at the near post.

Orient were in possession in Blackpool’s final third, where Massey went for goal 25-yards out and let rip, as he rattled the post – to deny Orient an instant reply.

The away side had a dangerous free-kick, as Andy Taylor’s low free-kick bent around the wall and was palmed away by Cisak.

Orient had the ball in the net, after Nicky Hunt’s cross was met by Collins who tucked it past Sam Slocombe but the offside flag went up.

The hosts again threatened with the leveller, as Michael Collins volley inside the box from the corner went just over the bar.

Blackpool still looked dangerous, as Daniel squeezed through the Orient defence but Tom Parkes tackle delayed the shot as Daniel was forced wide and his shot was then dealt with by Cisak.

In the second half Blackpool almost grabbed their second, as Kyle Vassell went past Hunt and his strike was saved by Cisak at his near post.

From the resulting corner Blackpool did extend their advantage, as Aldred met the Jack Payne corner at the near post to catch Cisak unaware, despite Orient claims for hand ball waved away by the referee.

Potts nearly got Blackpool’s third, as he lifted the ball over Cisak inside the box but Parkes denied the goal by shepherding the ball away from goal.

Orient substitute Sandro Semedo went for a shot from range but went just wide of the post, as he looked to get the O’s back in the game.

The hosts were given a lifeline with a couples of minutes to play, as both substitutes combined with Alan Dunne’s cross met by McCallum to head into the far corner.

Orient nearly got the equaliser three minutes into injury, as Hunt clipped a high ball into McCallum which was nodded into the path of the Captain Robbie Weir whose shot was blocked by the Blackpool defender – as the sea siders took home all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 37 Yvan Erichot (52), 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 15 Nigel Atangana, 7 Michael Collins (66), 9 Ollie Palmer (75), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (52), 32 Henry Ochieng, 22 Sandro Semedo (66), 26 Victor Adeboyejo, 10 Paul McCallum (75)

Blackpool Lineup: 1 Sam Slocombe, 2 Kelvin Mellor, 15 Tom Aldred, 5 Clark Robertson, 3 Andy Taylor, 8 Brad Potts, 22 Danny Pugh, 28 Jack Payne, 23 Colin Daniel (82), 19 Jamille Matt (85), 7 Kyle Vassell (93)

Substitutes: 25 Myles Boney, 16 Eddie Nolan, 4 Jim McAlister (82), 21 Bright Osayi-Samuel, 9 Mark Cullen, 18 Danny Philliskirk (93), 31 Armand Gnanduillet (85)

Attendance: 4,376

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EXCLUSIVE: Glenn Tamplin highlights his plans for Billericay Town

Click below to hear the full interview (10 mins):

“By this time next week it should be signed, sealed and delivered”

On Sunday, Ryman League Premier team Billericay Town FC made a shock announcement that the shareholders, Steve Kent and Grant Gordon, have agreed to sell their stake in the club to Glenn Tamplin.

Glenn led a consortium which has been in negotiations over the last few months to take over Conference side Dagenham and Redbridge. The deal has fallen through and Glenn has turned his attention to the New Lodge.

In an exclusive interview with Phoenix FM’s Paul Golder, Glenn talks about:

– his own personal history in non-league football as a player
– what happened with the Dagenham and Redbridge bid
– his plans for the team, the ground and how the club will reach out to the community
– where he expects the club to be at the end of his seven year plan

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We then continued chatting about football in general on the full-size pitch in his garden!

Glenn’s plans are ambitious – but he clearly has conviction that Billericay Town can go to a whole new level.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the exciting times ahead for the Blues.

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New Look Leopards Look for First Win

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Dave Ryan reports…

The new-look Levett Essex Leopards will be aiming to chalk up their first league win of the campaign when they make the short trip to Westminster Warriors, on Saturday evening.

Following an indifferent start to the campaign, the Big Cats made sweeping changes, releasing guard/forward Ladi Brown and forward David Ajumobi, while guard Brian Nguru recently left the club due to work commitments.

In addition, point guard Bode Adeluola is unlikely to play against before Christmas as he continues to struggle with a knee injury picked up in the summer.

“We’d like to thank David. Ladi and Brian for their efforts this season” said general manager Dave Ryan.

“Unfortunately the season hasn’t started as we would have liked, and after a lot of consideration we have decided that we need to make changes now.

“We proved in 2011/12 that it’s possible to overcome a slow start, but with a 26-game season it’s important that we start to pick up some victories before Christmas. We hope that Bode will be back in the team after the Christmas break, and we’ll be already moving up the table by then.”

While the Big Cats are continuing to look for additions to their roster, they have moved quickly with the addition of experienced point guard Perry Lawson and they are in the process of signing forward Darrell Bethune for Leicester Warriors.

Former Great Britain and England international Lawson brings a wealth of experience to Steve Ogunjimi’s team.

The 34-year-old point guard played NCAA Division One basketball at South Georgia Tech and was a key part of the Newcastle Eagles 2006 team that won the clean sweep of BBL Championship, BBL Play-offs, BBL Cup and BBL Trophy. He was also part of the Mersey Tigers side who went agonisingly close to emulating Eagles in 2011, missing out in the Cup final, as well as playing alongside Mike Martin at Surrey Heat and more recently playing for London Lions.

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27-year-old Bethune is a former Great Britain under-20 international and has BBL experience with the now defunct Everton Tigers and Leeds Carnegie. Having come through the Hackney Community College system , where Lawson also started his career, the Londoner has also played in Division One for Westminster.

After playing in a pre-season game for the Big Cats, he has top scored for Leicester Warriors this season, and Leopards are hoping that his transfer will be cleared in time for the trip to Westminster.

Both sides will be looking to collect their first league victory of the campaign, with Warriors currently bottom of the table with an 0-6 record. The sides have already met at Capital City Academy with Leopards finishing the National Trophy tie strongly to win 69-64.

An excellent performance from a depleted Leopards’ team wasn’t enough as Reading Rockets finished strongly to win 90-73, on Friday.

With Lawson and Bethune unavailable, a Big Cats’ side who were without Steve Ogunjimi who was serving a one-game suspension following his ejection at Kent Crusaders suffered further problems in the warm-up.

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Forward Justin Hitchman aggravated a foot injury and played no part in the game, while Jamie Hayes suffered a cut to the head but did play in the game. And by the end of the third period the home side were down to seven fit players as Dominic Scott-Robinson suffered a broken nose.

But for all of that, led by veteran Mike Martin who finished with 26 points and eight rebounds the hosts battled throughout before running out of steam going down the stretch.

Hayes and Dougie Bennett each added 13 points while AJ Roberts was two rebounds short of the triple-double with ten points and 11 boards.

Richards opened the Leopards’ scoring with a triple and the Big Cats dominated the first period to lead 28-16 at the opening break as Hayes drained a pair of threes.

That lead quickly evaporated as Ponder opened the second period with ten straight points in the first two minutes before his one-man scoring spree was ended by a pair of Martin free-throws before the new Leopards’ captain added a jump shot off Scott-Robinson’s assist.

But Ponder continued to keep his side in the game with another five points to give them their first lead since the early stages, 33-32 with 5:57 on the clock and the rest of the half proved to be nip-and-tuck before Scott Robinson hit a trey to send Leopards into the locker room with a 43-42 lead.

Hooper and Martin exchanged baskets to open the third period, and the quarter proved to be a tight one, with Roberts’ lay-up giving his side a 53-50 lead at the mid-point and the American guard put his side up by five with three minutes left before a strong finish to the stanza saw Rocket go into the final break leading 64-58 as Ponder beat the buzzer with a long three.

Martin scored his side’s first six points of the fourth period to keep them within three points but that was as good as it got for the Big Cats, and their tired legs showed as Rockets wrapped up the victory.

The Big Cats return home on Saturday November 26 when Solent Kestrels are the visitors to Harlow Leisurezone while the following day they host Bradford Dragons at the Brentwood Centre.

 

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Aaron Heanue Covering Phoenix Sport

Today I covered Chris Hood for Phoenix sports. As it was international break there was an absence of Premier League and Championship Football. This was no problem as we still covered EFL 1 & 2, National league premier, National league North, National league South, Ryman Division Premier, Ryman Division North, Ryman Division South, ESL and also the two cups being FA Vase and FA Trophy not forgetting internationals so it was safe to say we were busy.

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Scott W kept an eye on the Cricket where England faced India, as well as the England ladies facing Sri Lanka. Scott W also kept the listener in the know for the Rugby, Darts and Snooker.

I gave listeners updates on the F1 where Lewis Hamilton took Pole position in Brazil at the track Interlargos. Finally I previewed UFC 205 where Conor McGregor is facing Eddie Alvarez in New York at the Madison Square Garden arena.

Aaron Heanue

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EFL League Two: Colchester United 0 Leyton Orient 3

Leyton Orient leapfrogged fellow strugglers Colchester United at the bottom of League Two, after a 3-0 victory at The Western Homes Community Stadium.

Jay Simpson opened the scoring with a tidy finish early in the first half for his first goal of the season.

Nicky Hunt struck the O’s second in the opening minutes of the second half, which then spurred a superb Simpson strike from long range to cap of the convincing victory for Orient, as they move up to 19th in the table.

Alberto Cavasin made seven changes to his that were hit for six in the FA Cup last weekend by Sheffield United. Whereas Colchester defender Luke Prosser was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by Frankie Kent.

Leyton Orient took the lead just 11 minutes in with the first real attack of the match, as the ball was not cleared by Colchester. A fortunate ricochet off the Colchester defender for Orient inside the box put Simpson in on goal to tuck it passed Sam Walker.

Orient were the more threatening, as a long ball was headed down by Simpson for former U’s winger Gavin Massey to hit on the volley but was well stopped by Walker.

Colchester were struggling to break Orient down, as Richard Brindley had a shot from 30 yards which went well wide of the target.

Massey burst down the left and into the box but his ball across goal could not be turned in by Simpson as it went all the way across the Colchester box.

The hosts pressed before the break for the equaliser, as Drey Wright’s shot was straight at Alex Cisak.

Brennan Dickenson for Colchester whipped in a dangerous ball in injury time to the far post but could not be turned in despite the home sides on rushing sliding efforts.

In the second half, Orient scored virtually from the restart after Collins’ endeavour to keep the ball in out wide was rewarded, as the ball fell to Hunt whose drive went low into the bottom corner.

The hosts had a glorious chance to get back into the game, as Dickenson cut the ball back across goal for Kurtis Guthrie to have a shot unmarked inside the box but dragged it wide.

Just after the hour mark, Dickenson was again dangerous down the left as he hit a fierce shot which stung the hands of Cisak but was cleared by the Orient defence.

Colchester possession dominance showed over Orient, as Tom Lapslie found some space on the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar.

Just when Colchester looked like getting back into the match, a long ball by Cisak was headed by Ollie Palmer into the path of Simpson who strike from 20 yards went straight into the top left corner, to secure the three points for Orient.

Orient were then playing with confidence, as Callum Kennedy clipped the ball into Palmer who headed the ball into the path of Massey whose volley was saved by Walker.

Captain Robbie Weir then got in on the action, as he drove in a shot from a broken down corner to lash his shot goalwards, which was tipped over the bar superbly by Walker.

Leyton Orient secured their fourth away victory of the season, as they jump ahead of Colchester and look to carry the confidence into their game at home against Blackpool next weekend.

Colchester United Lineup: 1Sam Walker, 2 Richard Brindley (68), 4 Tom Lapslie, Frankie Kent, 7 Drey Wright, 11 Brennan Dickenson, 14 Alex Wynter, 18 Tom Eastman, 19 Macauley Bonne, 28 Kurtis Guthrie (54), 32 Glen Kamara (54)

Substitutes: 25 Dillon Barnes, 10 Sammie Szmodics, 17 Denny Johnstone (54), 24 Craig Slater (54), 31 Tarique Fosu (68), 41 Louis Dunne

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 8 Robbie Weir, 9 Ollie Palmer (90), 11 Gavin Massey (78), 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt, 27 Jay Simpson (84), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 5 Alan Dunne, 10 Paul McCallum (84), 22 Sandro Semedo (78), 25 Aron Pollock, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (90), 32 Henry Ochieng

Attendance: 7,003

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Leopards Look To Bounce Back

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to put a dismal National Cup exit behind them when they travel to high-flying Derby Trailblazers, on Saturday.

The Big Cats went down 94-67 at second division Kent Crusaders on Sunday as their hopes of winning the oldest piece of silverware in British basketball were ended, and they will face an even tougher test this week.

Derby have won all their nine games this season to sit top of Division One as well as progressing to the Cup quarter-final stage and the semi-finals of the National Trophy.

All three meetings between the sides last season were thrillers with the Big Cats going down 75-71 in the midlands a week after an 81-71 loss against them in the Cup quarter-final before gaining revenge with a 74-71 win at Harlow Leisurezone.

Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi knows that his team needs significant and immediate improvement if they are to move up the Division One table and into a play-off position:

“Sunday wasn’t acceptable” he said. “We need more energy and more pride in our performance. If that doesn’t happen quickly there are going to have to be changes.”

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It was a Halloween horror show for the Big Cats on a cramped court in Gillingham, with Ogunjimi ejected midway through the third period for arguing with the referee in an erratically officiated game.

But the visiting side could have few complaints about the final result as they were outgunned by a young Kent side who chalked up their ninth successive win and took their second top flight scalp of the competition.

Leopards won the tip but that was as good as it got for the away side as they missed their first three shots, with Tosin Oyelese going scoreless at the foul line before AJ Robert finally got them off the mark to make it 4-2 in the hosts’ favour.

Ogunjimi called a timeout at the mid-point of the first period with his side trailing 18-10 but the break made little difference despite a Ladi Brown triple, and despite Kent missing a layup on the buzzer Crusaders went into the first break with a 32-16 lead.

Justin Hitchman opened the second period scoring with a pair of free-throws and Brown sunk another trey but the margin was still 16 halfway through the stanza and Kent pulled away to lead 54-33 at half-time.

Mike Martin  – who led the visitors with 14 points – opened the second half scoring with a long two-pointer but despite the Big Cats getting a rash of calls in their favour after Ogunjimi’s ejection the margin grew to 76-51 at the final break before they were outscored 18-16 in the fourth period.

Brown finished with 12 points while David Ajumobi added 11.

Leopards return to the Brentwood Centre on Friday November 11 when Reading Rockets are the visitors, tip-off 8pm.

 

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Leopards Look To Avoid Upset

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Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to avoid a National Cup banana skin when they travel to Kent Crusaders for a fourth round tie, on Sunday.

While the Big Cats have made a stuttering start to the campaign, Crusaders have come flying out of the blocks with three straight wins in Division Two as well as reaching the second tier Patron’s Cup semi-final.

But it was their 105-52 demolition of Division One side London Lituanica in the Cup third round that caused the biggest shock as the biggest defeat suffered by a top flight side against lower division opposition since the competition was revamped in 2003.

Coached by former Leopard Lloyd Gardner, the Kent side comprises players from the Barking Abbey Basketball Academy that worked with Leopards during their 2012 treble winning season.

They won the 2015 play-off title, beating the league-winning Leopards in the semi-final, but an entirely different roster struggled last season and they were relegated.

With a year’s extra experience under their belts, Crusaders look set for a quick return to Division One and they are a side Leopards won’t be taking lightly as they look to set up a home quarter-final against Hemel Storm or Reading at Leisurezone.

A disastrous first period for the Big Cats paved the way for an 80-60 defeat against Manchester Magic at the Brentwood Centre, on Sunday.

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A big crowd at the Brentwood Centre were left stunned as Steve Ogunjimi’s team went more than six minutes without a score as reigning champions Magic poured in 18 unanswered points.

The 24-4 first period deficit proved to be insurmountable for the home side, and was Leopards’ lowest scoring period for over ten years since being outscored 4-2 in a brutal fourth period at Reading.

Injuries played a big part in Leopards’ woes with the Big Cats struggling at the guard positions due to injuries to Bode Adebuola and Brian Nguru, with Ogunjimi making a brief first appearance for the first time since returning to the club. Justin Hitchman and Caleb Taberner was also missing, but the home side were able to give guard AJ Roberts his debut, with the American having a quiet seven points and two rebounds.

Only Mike Martin troubled the scorers in the first period as the Big Cats struggled offensively but they finally clicked in the second period as Dougie  Bennett started and finished a 15-4 run to cut the lead to 30-19 but Magic answered with an 8-2 run before Roberts hit a foul shot to send Leopards into the locker room trailing 40-24.

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Martin opened the second half scoring and a Bennett and-one kept his side in touch before Dave Ajumobi hit five points in a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-44 at the final break.

Having finally given the crowd something to cheer about, that proved to be as good as it got for the home side as Jack Minister and Ryan Lewis hit treys to open the fourth period and although Roberts hit five straight points to cut the deficit to 11, Magic finished strongly to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Ajumobi finished with 15, with Martin adding a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double. In the absence of Adebuola to add ten points, Simon Anumba led all scorers with a 30 point haul, with Lewis finishing with a 14 point, 13 rebound double-double.

The Big Cats return to the Brentwood Centre on Friday November 11 when Reading Rockets are the visitors, tip-off 8pm.

 

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Brands Hatch race report

14 year old Essex racing driver Lochlan Bearman went into the final meeting of 2016 hoping to clinch 3rd place in the Championship in what was his first season of car racing.

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At the last round in Anglesey, Wales an ECU fault meant he was massively down on power and he had to just complete the 2 races to collect championships points. “That really hurt my position but I still had a good chance to score well at Brands” he said.

Difficulties in tracking down the fault in Bearman’s race car meant he needed to hire a car to ensure there was not a repetition of the issue. Trying the new car for the first time on Thursday, Bearman was happy with the car and getting used to Brands Hatch for the first time. “We were progressing well with each session”, Lochlan commented. Despite an issue with the car which prevented further practise Bearman was confident of a good showing.

Saturday morning was very cold and the PhoenixFM driver was running on old tyres but was 9th quickest of the 19 drivers. “We were 6 tenths off the quickest time but my tyres were finished” said the schoolboy – he felt confident once new tyres went on for qualifying.

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However, qualifying turned out to be anything but positive. “The balance of the car completely changed and it just wouldn’t turn into the corners and I was fighting with massive understeer”. The problem was so severe that Bearman was 7 tenths slower than in the morning. The team tried to alter the car mid qualifying but it only made a small improvement. Bearman ended in 16th place – the first time all season he had qualified outside of the top 10.

Dramatic changes were made to the car for race 1 on Sunday. As the red lights went out and the race got underway Bearman made an explosive start and was the middle car as they went round Paddock Hill three-a-breast. The car on the outside turned into Bearman and trapped him in the middle. The inside car was then forced into a spin. Bearman was already minus both wing mirrors but managed to hold on and continue to Druids Hairpin. It was a chaotic first lap with lots of incidents. Bearman managed to navigate through the crashing cars to complete lap 1 in 9th position.

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The youngster then seemed to get into a rhythm, but his car was still not performing well. The understeer was still bad and it also felt down on power. On lap 10, car 38 caught him as they went along the strait. Bearman held the inside through Paddock and also for the hairpin. As they went through the hairpin 38 ran into the back quarter of Bearman’s car and caused a half spin, which he held, but then was forced onto the grass where he hit the barrier before spinning round. Lochlan’s race was finished with bad damage to his car. Whilst the driver of car 38 was excluded from the results for the incident it meant Bearman was classified 13th overall and lost points in the battle for 3rd in the Championship.

The team worked hard to rebuild the car which had body, suspension and steering damage.

Bearman was out in time for race 2 with his car patched up and looking very second hand. Again he made a good start and was up to 8th at the end of lap 1 but on lap 3 pitted as he felt there was something wrong with the car. He returned to the track but was quickly back in again. “It felt as if the suspension or a wheel was loose” said Bearman. He continued lapping in order to secure championship points but was not classified in the results.

“It’s been a massive disappointment over the last 2 races” he said. “We were looking good for 3rd, possibly 2nd heading into Anglesey and it all seems to have gone wrong from there.

At the start of the season the objective was a top 10, but we realised we are fast enough and so that become a top 5 target. When I look back over the season I’ve been on the podium, I’ve set fastest lap, I held a lap record for 1 race, and I was leading at Snetterton with 7 seconds to go before a power steering pump pipe split.

I came from the back of the grid to 3rd in the wet at Silverstone and from the back of the grid to 5th at Castle Coombe. We’ve had quite a lot of bad luck and yet have still finished in the top 5” (it may be 4th but I need to see the results).

“It’s been an incredible experience to race on full circuits, to be in the F1 garages at Silverstone and be part of what has been a really close Championship and I’ve learned so much. I’m proud to have been supported by PhoenixFM throughout 2016 and to represent the station at all the circuits we’ve visited this year.

Now I am looking forward to 2017. I need sponsorship to have a really good go at winning in 2017 so if you want to get involved, bring staff, clients and friends to the races and be part of the 2017 title attempt please contact me at bearman.racing@gmail.com”

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Anthony Upton Vacates the English Super-Lightweight Title

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Tim Rickson reports…

Anthony Upton (13-1) has vacated his English super-lightweight title ahead of his proposed mandatory defence against former conqueror Joe Hughes (14-2).

The British Boxing Board of Control had ordered the defence to take place in December after promoter Stuart Davies won the purse bids last month, but Upton’s recent relocation back to Essex and subsequent change in team meant there was not enough time to prepare for the championship contest.

“I was told I had to defend my title by December,” said the 24-year-old. “It was either defend it or vacate it but I want to have a least two warm-up fights with my new trainer Barry Smith in the corner first.

“My manager advised me to have two fights with Barry in the corner and to vacate the title and to aim for something bigger next year.”

Anto, along with brothers Sonny, 27, and Pauly, 28, recently moved back to Essex after breaking ties with former trainer Ricky Hatton.

The trio have since settled in at the West Ham Gym under the tutelage of new trainer Barry Smith, who guided Tommy Martin into the boxing history books as the youngest ever English champion.

Their inauguration as a team will start on Fireworks Night at York Hall in a six-rounder with opponent yet to be confirmed.

The 140-pounder said, “This will be a warm up fight on November 5th as it’s the first one with Barry in my corner.

“Everything’s going well and we are gelling as a team. I am working with a new nutritionist called Liam Price, who also does my strength and conditioning, so it’s all new people to get used to but it’s going well and I’m settled with my new team.”

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The three siblings collectively known as The Upton Clan are all managed by Spanish-based management team MGM.

“MGM are my managers, so it’s pointless having them there if I didn’t listen to them. The same advice also came from Barry, too.

“I went to MGM after my first loss and now I’m English champion, so I trust them with my life. This is my livelihood, so you have to have that trust that they make the right decisions for you.

“I know I’m in good hands, I’m happy with my team; I’ve got a small circle and that’s how I like to keep it.”

Anto won the English Championship on his second attempt, having previously lost out on points to the former titleholder Joe Hughes in December last year.

Former conqueror Hughes then vacated the English honours to challenge Jack Catterall for his WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight title last May, losing out on points.

Second time around, Anto defeated West Midland’s Luke Paddock (14-2) with a stunning one-punch KO finish in the penultimate round at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock in July.

“Obviously fighting Joe Hughes is something that I want to do to even the score but, at the same time, I’ve got to think about what’s sensible,” explained Anto.

“No disrespect to Joe because he’s a great fighter and the better man won that night but I know I can beat him.”

Three months on from the victory and the English titlist has boldly decided to vacate the honours to allow others to contest for the championship, he said, “Yeah it is disappointing to have to give the title back because I worked so hard to get it. If I had more time to prepare then I would have defended it but I want to get these two fights out of the way then go for something bigger and if it’s against Joe Hughes down the line, then great!”

Anto is slated to fight next on November 5th at York Hall in Bethnal Green on a Hellraiser Promotions show titled ‘East End Explosion’.

“Right now I’m fully focused on the next fight on November 5th, this will be a six-rounder, then I’ll have an eight-rounder in December, then I plan to hit it hard next year.”

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Leopards Hoping for Magic at Brentwood Centre

The Leopards will be hoping to unveil AJ Roberts

The Leopards will be hoping to unveil AJ Roberts

Dave Ryan reports…
Levett Essex Leopards will be hoping to unveil new American guard AJ Roberts when they host Manchester Magic at the Brentwood Centre, on Sunday (4pm).
The 6’5″  Californian can play both guard spots and is expected to fly into the country this week the Big Cats aiming to get international clearance in time for Magic’s visit.
The 24-year-old graduated from Union College in the States and played professionally for Buffalo 716ers in the Pro Basketball League in his home country
Roberts transferred to Union from Niagra County Community College in New York where he played two seasons of basketball. He was named third team all-region as a freshman and first team all-region as a sophomore in junior college. The new Leopard earned the team MVP award in both his seasons. In junior college, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks per game.
Prior to that Roberts prepped at Niagara Catholic (N.Y.) High School where he played basketball and football. He led his basketball team to the 2005 and 2007 MMCC Title, along with a Catholic State runner-up in 2007. In high school basketball, Roberts earned first team all-Catholic, defensive MVP, team MVP twice, and team captain three times.
Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi is delighted to have Roberts on board: “AJ was in the country during the summer, he’s played with our guys and I think he’ll be a really good fit for us” he said.
“We lack depth at the guard positions, especially with Bode’s [Adeloula] knee still causing him problems, and I believe AJ can push us on to the next level and help us win some silverware.”
Roberts will be one of the Leopards’ players .taking part in the Big Cats’ pre-game coaching session for junior players on Sunday. Places can be booked on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk.
The Big Cats will face a tough test against a Magic side who won all four pieces of EBL silverware last season. Despite the loss of league MVP Ellis Cooper, they have continued where they left off with six straight victories to open the campaign and are already through the National Trophy semi-final.
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Meanwhile, Leopards general manger Dave Ryan has criticised Ipswich after the Suffolk club pulled out of Sunday’s National Cup game at Harlow with under six hours’ notice:
“It’s really disappointing, and makes the whole sport look amateurish” said Ryan. “We were called at 9.40 on Sunday morning to be told that they couldn’t raise a team, and it’s really not acceptable. They managed to put a team out for a home game on Saturday evening, but obviously it was too much effort to get on a mini bus the following day.
“We’d put a lot of time and effort into promoting the game and, as I don’t hold out much hope of getting proper compensation, we stand to lose  a lot of money we can’t afford.
“We spent a lot of time on Sunday morning trying to ensure everyone knew the game was off, but people still turned up at Leisurezone on Sunday afternoon and if they think the whole sport is Micky Mouse and don’t bother coming again it’s hard to blame them.
“We’re through to the next round, but that isn’t much consolation, we wanted to see our team play but instead we all wasted our time.”
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The Big Cats will travel to Kent Crusaders in the last 16 after the Division Two side hammered an understrength London Lituanica team by 51 points on Sunday. The game is scheduled for Sunday October 30.
The no-show by Ipswich completed a miserable weekend for the Big Cats as they went down 59-52 against Loughborough Riders at Leisurezone, on Saturday evening.
The home side looked to have recovered from a lacklustre display as Adeloula sent them into the final period 44-41 ahead, but the visitors went on a 10-0 run to grab a lead they would never lose.
Two-from-four foul shooting from Ladi Brown made it a one point game heading into the final 90 seconds, but the hosts didn’t trouble the scorers again, and Riders wrapped things up from the free-throw line.
Foul shooting proved to Leopards’ Achilles heal as they converted just five of their 16 attempts at the charity stripe.
David Ajumobi led a Leopards’ side who were without the injured Mike Martin, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Brown added 12 boards and eight points.
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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Luton Town 2

Leyton Orient suffer their fourth successive home defeat, after they lost 2-1 to Luton Town at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luton Town’s Cameron McGeehan grabbed their opener midway through the first half as he tucked in from close range.

Danny Hylton doubled the away sides lead with a fierce strike, but Orient then struck back as Ollie Palmer slotted home from close range which was not enough as Orient now sit third from bottom.

Alberto Cavasin made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Portsmouth last week, as Nigel Atangana returned from injury, in midfield with Sandro Semedo and Ollie Palmer returned up top alongside Jay Simpson.

Orient lost their last six league games prior to this one and had only scored one goal in their last four home games.

Within the second minute, Luton had a shot from Hylton but his long range effort went over the bar.

Semedo’s over hit cross almost found the back of the net, as his out-swinging ball had to be parried-out by Christian Walton 11 minutes in.

Orient should have taken the lead with their first real threat on goal, as Captain Nicky Hunt’s early cross was flicked on by Gavin Massey to Palmer at the far post but his diving header went wide – from 12 yards out.

Alex Gilliead caused Callum Kennedy havoc down the right flank, as his cross to the far post had Alex Cisak at full stretch and looked to be heading in but fell just over the crossbar.

Luton then played a well drilled free-kick, as Jordan Cook pulled a low pass just inside the box to McGeeham to strike which was stopped by Cisak.

Orient found themselves behind on the half hour mark, as Luton intercepted Jay Simpson in his own half and Jack Marriott got his shot off inside the box which was saved by Cisak – only into the path of McGeehan to tap into the empty net.

The visitors almost extended their advantage, as Cook found some space out wide and ran all the way into the Orient box and his shot was blocked by Tom Parkes – to deny Luton their second.

In the second half, the away side nearly grabbed a second, as Cisak made a great double save as he originally palmed Marriott’s shot onto the post and then clawed the ball away from being tucked in by Cook facing goal – to keep the O’s in the game.

Hunt nearly got Orient their searching equaliser, as his shot got deflected and trickled just around the near post for a corner.

Orient were again after the leveller, as substitute Paul McCallum dispossessed the Luton defender in their half and gave Palmer some space, his rifled strike from outside the box was palmed away by Walton.

Luton extended their lead shortly after, as the ball was squared inside the box and Hylton fired in with Cisak given no chance.

Orient responded straight back, as McCallum got the ball out wide and pulled it back inside the box for Palmer whose shot went in off the post.

Luton looked to put the game to bed, as Hylton wriggled free of Yvan Erichot and Hunt but his strike was again stopped by Cisak – which was enough to claim all three points for the away side who move up to fourth.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt ©, 37 Yvan Erichot, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (76), 46 Jens Jense, 22 Sandro Semedo, 9 Ollie Palmer, 27 Jay Simpson (68)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aaron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (76), 33 Zan Benedicic, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 21 Jordan Bowery, 10 Paul McCallum (68)

Luton Town Lineup: 1 Christian Walton, 36 James Justin, 6 Scott Cuthbert ©, 44 Alan Sheenan, 3 Dan Potts, 16 Glen Rea, 8 Cameron McGeehan (83), 10 Jordan Cook (89), 15 Alex Gilliead (92), 9 Danny Hylton, 14 Jack Marriott

Substitutes: 31 Craig King, 2 Stephen O’Donnell, 4 J Smith (83), 5 J Mullins (89), 7 J Gray (92), 17 Pelly Ruddock, 20 Isaac Vassell

Attendance: 5,471

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Harlow Double for Leopards

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Dave Ryan reports…
There’s a double dose of action at Harlow Leisurezone this weekend with Levett Leopards facing tough tests in both NBL Division One and the National Cup.
Newly promoted Loughborough Riders are the visitors in Saturday’s league action (tip-off 7.30pm) before Ipswich visit for a National Cup third round tie on Sunday (3.30pm).
It will be the first time the Big Cats have met either team, with Loughborough having won promotion as Division Two champions last season. The midlands side lost both their National Trophy games by narrow margins but bounced back to open their league programme with a comfortable win against a Solet Kestrels side who were promoted with them last season.
Sunday sees Steve Ogunjimi’s side look to move a step closer to winning the National Cup for a fourth time as they host Division Two side Ipswich.  The Suffolk side, who include former Leopards’ big man Leigh Greenan in their line-up, have been one of the top teams in Division Two for several seasons. They split their two games in the Division Two cup competition before reaching the third round of the Cup with an 83-53 win against Chelmsford Lions.  With the National Cup having been revamped this season in an attempt to avoid top flight sides blowing out lower division opponents, the Big Cats will look to take advantage and seal a trip to either Kent Crusaders or London Lituanica in the last 16.
With two home games at Harlow in under 24 hours, the Big Cats are offering cut priced tickets for fans who attend both ties, details on www.leopardsbasketball.co.uk.
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The Big Cats will be looking for improved performances over the weekend as they made a disappointing start to the NBL Division One season as they went down 81-67 at Team Northumbria, on Sunday.
Trips to the North East haven’t been kind to the Big Cats in recent years, but a lacklustre third period proved key as their league campaign started with a defeat.  Steve Ogunjimi’s side matched the home side in the first half, going into the first break tied at 18 and led 36-34 following a Ladi Brown trey heading into the final minute of the second period before Northumbria hit the final four points to lead going into the locker room.
That set the tone for the second half as they were outscored 19-12 in the third period to trail 57-48 at the final break and they were down by as many as 20 before a rally by the bench players saw a Brian Nguru and a Justin Hitchin layup cut the lead down the stretch.
Hitchman came off the bench to lead the visitors’ scoring with 13 points, with Brown adding 13, Mike Martin nine and Dougie Bennett – making a rare start – eight.
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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Portsmouth 1

Alberto Cavasin suffered his first home league defeat in charge of Leyton Orient, as they lost 1-0 to Portsmouth at the Matchroom Stadium.

Christian Burgess grabbed the only goal of the match, with a second half header to take all three points as the visitors move up to fourth in the table.

Cavasin made five changes to his side that were beaten 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Southend in midweek with Alex Cisak, Yvan Erichot, Jens Janse, Paul McCallum and Jay Simpson all stepped in.

Orient put Portsmouth under some early pressure, as Simpson went passed his marker and McCallum took the ball off his strike partner and his shot was stopped by the feet of David Forde.

The visitors then had a spell themselves, as Conor Chaplin slotted the ball into the bottom corner but the linesman flagged offside.

Orient were forced into an early change, as Captain Kelly had to be stretchered off due to an injury just five minutes in.

The home fans called for a penalty, after a challenge on Erichot inside the six-yard box, which was not given by the referee.

Alex Cisak almost gifted Portsmouth the lead, as he passed the ball straight to Gary Roberts who squared the ball to Chaplin but strike was saved by Cisak – who make up for his mistake.

Portsmouth’s Kyle Bennett went down inside the box, which the referee looked to have pointed to the spot but gave a free-kick to Orient and booked the striker for simulation.

In the second half, Orient made their second change as Alan Dunne replaced McCallum and the home side shifted their formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1.

Newly introduced Dunne nearly make the perfect introduction, as he intercepted the Portsmouth midfielder and went to lob one of his former teammates Forde but he was equal to it.

Portsmouth then took the lead just before the hour mark, as Carl Baker’s corner was headed in by Stevens into the bottom corner.

The away side were nearly gifted a second, as a harmless cross was nearly headed in by Nicky Hunt as it came back off the woodwork at the near post.

Orient pushed for an equaliser but Portsmouth held off the late pressure to stop their run of back-to-back defeats, with Orient now lying just above the relegation zone.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 37 Yvan Erichot, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 46 Jens Janse, 11 Gavin Massey, 4 Liam Kelly © (9), 18 Ulrich Nnomo (82), 10 Paul McCallum (45), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 33 Zan Benedicic, 22 Sandro Semedo (9), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (82)

Portsmouth Lineup: 1 David Forde, 3 Enda Stevens, 5 Matt Clarke, 6 Christian Burgess, 7 Carl Baker, 8 Michael Doyle ©, 11 Gary Roberts, 19 Conor Chaplin (67), 23 Kyle Bennett, 24 Amine Linganzi (67), 26 Gareth Evans

Substitutes: 13 Liam O’Brien, 2 Tom Davies, 4 Danny Rose (67), 9 Michael Smith, 10 Milan Lalkovic (82), 14 Curtis Main (67), 22 Kal Naismith

Attendance: 6,078

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Anthony Upton Teams Up with Tommy Martin

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Tim Rickson reports…

English super-lightweight champion Anthony Upton (13-1) has teamed up with close friend and fellow 140-pounder Tommy Martin in his West Ham Gym under the tutelage of new trainer Barry Smith.

The 24-year-old is the current English super-lightweight titleholder, which is the same belt that Tommy Martin made history with back in January 2015 when he became the youngest ever English champion.

The pair were friends back in 2012 when Martin, aged 18 at the time, first turned pro and trained at the same Canning Town gym.

Anto commented on the new partnership, “We first started training alongside each other at the TKO Gym when Tommy had first turned pro.

“We used to spar a lot, we done a lot of rounds together.

“He was with Barry Smith and I was with Mo Hussein at the time.

“He was still young and new to London so we used to hang out together outside of training.”

Anto, along with brothers Pauly and Sonny, were all part of Ricky Hatton’s Manchester gym until collectively they decided to part ways and head back down south to Essex.

“When I left Ricky, I had a nice break and went on holiday with my Mrs and kid, which was well overdue,” said Upton.

“I spoke with my manager about finding a new trainer and gym and he put out a few names and the one that stood out was Barry Smith; I had him in mind anyway.

“He’s a good up-and-coming trainer and I’ve seen him training Tommy and when it was offered, he took it with both hands.”

Whist under Ricky Hatton’s management, Anto won the English Championship on his second attempt last July, having previously lost out on points to the former titleholder Joe Hughes (13-1) in December last year.

He defeated West Midland’s Luke Paddock (14-2) with a stunning one-punch KO finish in the penultimate round at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock last July to lift the English title, while Martin defeated Ricky Boylan on points at the O2 Arena to lift the same belt 18-months prior.

The trio of skilled siblings ensured that their move was as a collective, Anto explained, “Its good being together, we’ve done it all our lives.

“Turning pro at first, Pauly and me was in Essex and Sonny was with Ricky in Manchester and it didn’t feel right.

“It’s good to have them with me, I was sparring my brother Paul in the gym today.”

English super-lightweight champ Anto, Irish light middle champ Pauly, and upcoming English super-welterweight title challenger Sonny are all managed by Spanish-based management team MGM.

Anto is eyeing his next fight in a month’s time on the Belfast BoxNation TV show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on November 5th, headlined by Jamie Conlan in a defense of his Commonwealth super-flyweight title.

He confirmed, “I’m hoping for the 5th November in Belfast. I’m looking to have two warm up fights before the end of the year, then to have a break over Christmas and look for something big next year in March.”

For tickets to the show, please contact 07951 318 081

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‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church Set for Comeback Fight on December 3rd

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Tim Rickson reports…

Light-heavyweight prospect ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church (2-1-1) will make his ring return on December 3rd at London’s York Hall on a Kevin Campion promoted show titled, ‘Christmas Cracker’.

The festive event will provide Church, 27-years-old from Essex, with just his second fight this year due to setbacks with injuries and illnesses.

“My next fight is on December 3rd at York Hall, called ‘Christmas Cracker’, confirmed Church. “I’ll have the best training camp I can ever have and it will be the best performance I can ever give.”

The 175-pounder has had a stuttering start to his professional career plagued with setbacks including injuries, sickness and cancellations since debuting back in July 2014 at the Grays Civic Hall in Essex.

Just four fights in over two years has left Church feeling somewhat deflated but was recently rejuvenated after signing contracts with promoter Steve Goodwin.

He was due to make his debut appearance under the Goodwin Boxing banner on July 16th at the York Hall but suffered from an illness in the weeks preceding the show.

The Witham resident, trained by Mark Massow, thought he had hit rock bottom following yet another withdrawal but received a boost from sponsors MB Surfacing that will now allow him to train around the clock.

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Business owner Church previously struggled to balance the two professions together, he said, “Trying to run a business at the same time as training is too hard, but luckily my sponsors have helped and it’s worked out alright.”

Church, first turned pro with a win over Curtis Gargano (0-1-1) in July 2014, followed up four months later with a second victory over debutant Haidar Sadik – both bouts at Grays Civic Hall in Essex under the Carl Greaves Promotions banner.

Then, Church suffered a defeat at the hands of Angelo Crowe (2-6) after an extended absence from the ring in June last year due to injury, which led to an even longer hiatus after that, which resulted in a stalemate with Mitch Mitchell (6-46-2) in his comeback fight almost 12 months later.

Then, just days ahead of his next scheduled fight in July this year, Church was struck down with a bug again, he explained, “I was due to fight last July but in the week before the fight, I got ill again.

“I know now that it’s down to cutting weight and running myself into the ground with working and training at the same time.

“I got just couldn’t do anything at all. I couldn’t train, couldn’t eat, and couldn’t get out of bed.

“Afterwards, I felt like it was a bit of a joke as it keeps happening all the time and I couldn’t see a way around it. I actually said to a few people afterwards that I was thinking of quitting boxing.

“I went away on holiday to clear my head and just last weekend I met with MB Surfacing who have agreed to sponsor me enough to allow me to train fulltime.”

The father of one went on to say, “I’ve got freedom to train all day now, I can move around gyms to get the best sparring, I’ve got a nutritionist on board, great team around me and top sponsors supporting me fulltime.

“I want to fight four or five times next year, it’s got to happen now as I’ve been a professional for a long time but only fought four times.

“However, I’m still only 27 so I’ve still got plenty of time. I’ll have this next one as a four-rounder, then maybe a six-rounder next March.”

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

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EFL Checkatrade Trophy: Southend United 1 Leyton Orient 0

Southend United snatched a narrow 1-0 victory in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy over Leyton Orient at Roots Hall.

Marco Antoine-Fortune grabbed the only goal of the night late on in the second half, to top the Southern Group G and secure their place in the knockout stages with the final group match still to play.

Alberto Cavasin’s first game in charge saw six changes to the side that drew 0-0 in league action away at Barnet at the weekend under Andy Edwards.

Phil Brown also made six changes to his side that drew 1-1 against Peterborough.  

Orient’s had the first hint at goal, as Ulrich Nnomo went passed the Southend midfield and unleashed a shot which went well over.

A dangerous free-kick from the O’s fell to Tom Parkes whose shot was miss timed due to Captain Robbie Weir also going for the ball.

Southend had their first real opportunity of the match 25 minutes in, as Luke O’Neill drilled shot from outside the box went wide of the target.

Ben Coker’s free-kick was won by the aerial threat of centre-back Ryan Inniss, which was comfortable for Sam Sargeant.

Southend had a great chance to take the lead, as Simon Cox cut in from the left hand side and his snap shot was stopped by Sargeant but came out only to Ryan Leonard whose strike hit the side netting.

In the second half, the O’s made a double substitution as Jens Janse and Alan Dunne replaced Gavin Massey and Parkes.

Newly introduced Janse’s cross was met by a brilliant leap from Nnomo but his header went just over the bar.

Orient nearly took the lead, as Janse burst into the space on the right flank he then squared it to Jordan Bowery whose curling effort was parried by Mark Oxley.

A great move by Orient could not be converted, as Janse slotted in Dunne who whipped in a first time ball to the far post for Nnomo to head unmarked into the side netting.

Southend then took advantage of the visitors missed chances and took the lead with just seven minutes remaining, as Cox played the ball into Antoine-Fortune’s path he fended off his marker, cut back inside and bent his shot into the far corner.

Orient will now need at least a point in their final group match away at Brighton U23’s on Tuesday 8th November if they are to qualify for the knockout stages, after Brighton and Stevenage both drew however Brighton took the bonus point after the penalty shootout victory.

Cavasin’s team will now turn back to league action with a tough home encounter against Portsmouth at the weekend.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant, 16 Nicky Hunt, 25 Aaron Pollock, 6 Tom Parkes (45), 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey (45), 8 Robbie Weir © (87), 4 Liam Kelly, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer

Substitutes: 1 Alex Cisak, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 46 Jens Janse (45), 33 Zan Beneficic, 31 Steven Alzate, 27 Jay Simpson (87)

Southend United Lineup: 1 Mark Oxley, 2 John White, 33 Ryan Inniss, 5 Adam Thompson, 3 Ben Coker, 7 Luke O’Neill (82), 16 Adam King (59), 18 Ryan Leonard, 4 Anthony Wordsworth (58), 10 Simon Cox, 14 Marco Antoine-Fortune

Substitutes: 22 Ted Smith, 27 Harry Kyprianou, 15 Jakub Sokolik, 12 Will Atkinson (59), 11 Stephen McLaughlin (58), 19 Jack Bridge (82), 9 David Mooney

Attendance: 2,383 (413)

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Welsh Woe for Bearman

14 year old racing driver Lochlan Bearman was racing at the Anglesey Circuit in north Wales at the weekend and looking to move up to 2nd in the Championship.

Having made major improvements to his car at Silverstone and running in the top 4 all weekend with fastest lap in race 2, he was confident of another good weekend at Angelsey.

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“It’s a fantastic track with big changes in elevation, some unusual camber changes and a section called the corkscrew which is great fun to drive and a technical challenge and it’s right next to the sea”, said the Phoenix FM-sponsored Driver.

The Essex racer was fast in practice on Friday and Saturday and expectations were high for a good weekend.

During qualifying a fault appeared with the car’s “brain”, the ECU, and resulted in lost power. In spite of this, Bearman still qualified 4th and the team cleared the fault with their diagnostic tools. As the lights went out and the race started, Bearman’s car appeared stranded and slowly crawled away. He immediately pitted with the same problem and effectively his race was over. The team were unable to clear the fault and Bearman had to complete the race nearly 4 seconds a lap off the pace and consequently finished last.

The team worked during the period before race 2 and changed and cleaned many electrical components but as soon as Bearman left the pit lane the problem resurfaced. Although he managed to gain 2 places during the 1st lap he was helpless to defend his position and dropped off the pack, and had no option but to lap on his own and way off the pace finishing in last place again.

“This has been my worst experience so far in car racing. We looked to be in such a good position but it was all taken away and there was nothing I could do. I happens in racing but it is still incredibly hard to take and to loose both races has really damaged by Championship position. It was a very long drive home!

“However, I will take the positives, that I know I can compete for wins. We now need to get the car fixed before the final meeting of the season at Brands Hatch on October 23rd. It would be great to have some local support so please come down an come and say hello”, said Bearman.

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Paul Hilz Collects International Challenge Super-Middleweight Belt

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Tim Rickson reports….

It was a successful night for Basildon’s Paul Hilz (3-2) on September 23rd as he got back to a winning record and claimed the International Challenge super-middleweight belt with a points win over Lewis van Poetsch (4-46).

The home fighter kept the Grays Civic Hall fans on the edge of their seats throughout the eight-round contest and had their hearts thumping nervously as he hit the deck in the final round.

Despite the late knockdown, Hilz took the decision 77-75 on points to claim his first belt in the paid ranks.

“He hit me on the back of head in the eighth and had me down on all fours,” said Hilz. “I got a count for it which is just one of those things, and I don’t think the ref could see where the punch had landed from where he was.

“The scores were 77-75 but without that knockdown, it would have been just right, even the ref said the scores didn’t do the fight justice.”

Travelling fighter van Poetsch, 25-years-old from Gloucestershire, was the far more experienced of the two going into the contest with twice as many wins on his ledger.

Although the journeyman ‘Poochi’ marked his 50th professional fight with yet another defeat, the veteran had previously triumphed over unbeaten prospects and shared the ring with English, British and Commonwealth champions in his four-year long career.

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“That boy didn’t let me do much because he knows just what to do in there,” said Hilz. “I caught him early on and he didn’t want to get tagged again.

“I couldn’t get nothing solid on him and he was moving away so much, I just couldn’t pin him down.

“My trainer Kevin Lilley said to me that you’re not going to pinpoint him so use your clean jabs, he knew what he had to say to me and it worked, so it was all good and we was victorious.”

Hilz joined boxing late and enjoyed a successful stint in the thriving unlicensed boxing scene in Essex, winning 12 of his 14 fights and collecting the IBA British and European cruiserweight titles.

Aged 32, he turned professional under Carl Greaves’ management back in 2014. It was his second crack at a Challenge belt, previously falling short in his last challenge for the British version to Scott Douglas (2-3-2) in December 2015.

The newly-formed Challenge belts were developed in place of the now defunct Masters titles.

“It’s one of the only titles that I could win as a professional and I done it,” beamed the father of four. “The only thing that’s left for me to do would be to fight on a big stage, so the phone is there and if I get the call, I’ll pick it up.”

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The four-fight card in Grays hosted by Carl Greaves Promotions also showcased exciting young middleweight prospect Tey Lynn Jones, who moved up to 5-0 on his record.

Backed by the famous TV nightclub Sugar Hut and roared on by an army of fans, ‘Teystey’ rewarded them all with a stunning second-round stoppage victory over 21-year-old Derbyshire boxer Tommy Carter (1-3).

The upset of the night was the maiden loss for home fighter Idris Hill (5-1), his trainer rightfully throwing in the towel in the eighth-round after sustaining a bad jaw injury.

The victor, Danny Parsons (5-3), is a product of the successful Queensberry Boxing League in Surrey, securing his second professional belt – the British Challenge super-lightweight belt – in consecutive fights, both by stoppages in the final round.

Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall (9-0-1) defeated William Warburton (20-99-8) on points in his 10th professional bout.

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Plymouth Argyle 2

A resilient 9-man Leyton Orient were beaten 2-0 at home to top of the table Plymouth Argyle, at The Matchroom Stadium.

Orient were reduced to 10-men in the opening minute, as Captain Robbie Weir was given a straight red for a late challenge.

The away side took the lead early on, as Jimmy Spencer slotted in for the visitors with Orient reduced to ten.

The evening then got even more difficult for the ‘O’s, as Jens Janse was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Jake Jervis as the last man.

Plymouth then grabbed their second late in the second half, as substitute Ryan Donaldson’s strike extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Caretaker manager Andy Edwards first game in charge saw two changes to his side that were defeated 3-1 away at Notts County. Sandro Semedo and Jens Janse made his debut for the club ahead of Harry Cornick and Yvan Erichot who both moved to the bench.

Orient looked to overturn their back-to-back defeats against top of the table Plymouth who were on a seven game unbeaten run.

Within the first 30 seconds of the match Captain Weir was given a straight red deemed by referee Charles Breakspear for a late tackle on the Plymouth midfielder.

Orient then found themselves behind 13 minutes in, from the first real attack of the game as Spencer was played through inside the box and tucked it past Alex Cisak.

The home side were forced into a change, as Liam Kelly came off with an injury for Nigel Atangana.

Shortly after the restart, Orient went down to nine men as debutant Janse made a miss timed challenge on Jake Jervis out on the left hand side. The referee also sent him off due to him being the last man, as well to leave Orient with an uphill struggle.

Plymouth’s David Goodwillie made an off the ball challenge on defender Tom Parkes, as Cisak collected but the referee just gave the forward a talking too.

Goodwillie missed an unchallenged header inside the box for Plymouth to double their lead, who were enjoying the majority of possession.

In the second half, substitute Atangana was also forced off injured and had to be replaced by Harry Cornick.  

Plymouth put the ball into the net for a second time but Goodwillie’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Cisak kept Orient in the match with some superb stops, to give the home fans some hope with time running out.

Although Plymouth secured the three points with six minutes to go, as substitute Donaldson slotted in from a cut back inside the box to put the nail in Orient’s coffin.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum (82), 11 Gavin Massey, 16 Nicky Hunt, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson, 46 Jens Janse.

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 9 Ollie Palmer, 15 Nigel Atangana (13) (48), 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 20 Harry Cornick (48), 21 Jordan Bowery (82), 25 Aron Pollock

Plymouth Argyle: 23 Luke McCormick ©, 2 Gary Miller, 4 Yann Songo’s (57), 5 Nauris Bulvitis, 6 Connor Smith (77), 7 David Goodwillie, 9 Jimmy Spencer, 10 Graham Carey, 14 Jake Jarvis, 15 Sonny Bradley, 16 Ben Purrington

Substitutes: 8 Jordan Slew, 11 Ryan Donaldson (77), 18 Oscar Threlkeld, 21 Vicent Dorel, 22 David Ijaha, 24 David Fox (57), 27 Craig Tanner (74)

Attendance: 4,366

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Boots2Africa Need Your Help

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Oscar and Iain join Chris in the studio

We were delighted to be joined in the studio by Iain and Oscar Finch from Boots2Africa who let us know all about their amazing initiative to get 1 million boots out to Africa by 2030 to help kids with no shoes live a better life.

Listen again below.

 
For more info visit www.boots2africa.co.uk

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Paul Hilz Gets A Second Shot At The British Challenge Super Middleweight Belt

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Delighted to be joined in the studio today by Paul Hilz a pro-boxer from Basildon as he gets a second shot at the British Challenge Super Middleweight Belt on September 23 at Grays Civic Hall.

Listen again to the interview below…

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Tickets are available by calling 07956 723 636 and you can also follow Paul on Facebook.

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Support Non League Day This Weekend!

With 20 non-league matches taking place across Essex this weekend, football fans can back their local club on Non-League Day, which is booked for Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September to coincide with the international break.

England are facing Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday so, for fans who would ordinarily spend their Saturday afternoons at a Premier League or Championship fixture, Non-League Day offers the perfect solution to get a weekend football fix. It was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock.

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It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and, most importantly, the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn-up on the day. There are plenty of matches across Essex to enjoy during the weekend.

To find out more about non-league matches taking place further afield, visit www.nonleagueday.co.uk. Information on grassroots football in Essex can be found at www.essexfa.com, on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

Non-League Matches in Essex (all 3:00pm kick-offs)

Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Phoenix Sports vs Brentwood Town
The Mayplace Ground, Maylace Road East, Bexleyheath DA7 6JT

Brightlingsea Regent vs Billericay Town
North Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0PL

Canvey Island vs Dunstable Town
First Financial Stadium, Park Lane, Canvey Island, SS8 7PX

Harlow Town vs Romford
Harlow Arena, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, CM19 5BE

Heybridge Swifts vs AFC Dunstable
Texo Stadium, Scraley Road, Heybridge, Maldon, CM9 8JA

Maldon & Tiptree vs Biggleswade Town
Wallace Binder Ground, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ

Stanway Rovers vs Barton Rovers
The Hawthorns, New Farm Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0PQ

Waltham Abbey vs Wingate & Finchley
Capershotts, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1LU

Waltham Forest vs Stotfold
Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Road, London, E17 4JP

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Boreham Wood
Chigwell Construction Stadium, Victoria Road, Dagenham, RM10 7XL

Vanarama National League South

Chelmsford City vs Weston-super-Mare
Melbourne Stadium, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, CM1 2EH

Concord Rangers vs Welling United
Aspect Arena, Thames Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0HH

Ryman League North Division

Aveley vs Wroxham
Mill Field, Mill Road, Aveley, South Ockendon, RM15 4SJ

Great Wakering Rovers vs Thurrock
Burroughs Park, Little Wakering Hall Lane, Great Wakering, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 0HH

Essex Senior League

Burnham Ramblers vs Ilford
Leslie Field Stadium, Springfield Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8TE

Clapton vs FC Romania
Old Spotted Dog Ground, Upton Lane, Forest Gate, London, E7 9NP

Takeley vs Hullbridge Sports
Station Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6SQ

West Essex vs Barkingside
Barking FC, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR

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Silverstone round 11 and 12

The famous Silverstone Circuit hosted Rounds 11 & 12 of the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship this weekend.

Phoenix FM driver Lochlan Bearman (the second youngest on the grid) came to Silverstone looking to add to his points tally which currently sees him sitting in 3rd place in his inaugural car racing season.

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Bearman has been run so far this season by a single mechanic and his father but this weekend ran with the Specialised Motorsport race team.

“the car set-up was transformed” said Bearman. The tyres were consistent throughout the sessions and the balance of the car gave me confidence to push. The Essex based youngster was in the top 4 fastest in all sessions.

He qualified 3rd having been in pole position for the majority of the quaifying.

Going into race 1 with high hopes of a first win he did not make a great start and was 5th as the field exited the first corner. As they came into Maggots Bearman was positioning himself to attack on the next straight when he was hit from behind, put into a half spin and then collected by another car. The driving standards were really bad said Bearman, there was no room but they still tried a move that was never going to work. The collision dropped Bearman to last and eliminated 2 other cars. Bearman then had to pit because his rear bumper was dragging.

He eventually caught and passed the tail enders and finished the race 10th, meaning he would start Race 2 from the 5th row in 10th spot. He also set second fastest lap. Very disappointing was his verdict. I had a real chance of a podium and feel it was taken away but at least we know we have the speed.

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Before race 2 the heavens opened and the track was extremely wet as the cars went to the grid. Bearman who has not yet this season raced in the wet or with the wet tyres felt he had little to lose. At the start the field went into Copse corner in a ball of spray. Bearman with little visibility made his move through Maggots and then again on the run to the complex, ending Lap 1 in 8th place. Setting fastest sectors he quickly caught a 4 way battle for 4th place which had ‘accident’ written all over it. Bearman quickly picked them off and moved into 4th place with a absolutely stunning pass around the super fast Copse corner. Recording more fastest laps the PhoenixFM driver caught and passed the 3rd place man and set his sights on the leaders. Bearman was running in a comfortable 3rd when he ran off the track and dropped to 4th. “I knew I was faster than the leaders and probably pushed too hard, when I should have settled for 3rd, but I will learn from that” said Bearman.

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“The result leaves Bearman in 3rd place but only a couple of points off of 2nd.

“The next meeting at the Anglesey circuit in North Wales on 24/25 September is the penultimate round of the Championship. I’m excited about going there, another circuit to learn but I know that now we are with a team that know what they are doing I will have every chance to get my first win and keep on track for a top 3 finish in the Championship in my first season.”

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Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 1

Leyton Orient go top of the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G, after a 3-1 victory over 10-man Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Stevenage’s Dean Wells saw red early on for Stevenage after a high elbow which aided to Paul McCallum’s brace with one in each half and a Sandro Semedo volley.

The away sides second half goal was only a consolation shortly after the O’s doubled their lead, as Fraser Franks scored with his head.

Andy Hessenthaler made six changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Mansfield at the weekend.

The visitors had the first chance of the match, as the O’s defence called for an offside that was not given on Jake Hyde – who on the turn fired a shot which was straight at Sam Sargeant.

The home side then had their first shot on target, as Semedo burst forward and his shot from range stung the hands of Jamie Jones.

Stevenage were reduced to 10-men only 13 minutes in, as Dean Wells was given his marching orders after an elbow to the face of Paul McCallum.

Orient again looked threatening as Harry Cornick stretched the Stevenage defence, he whipped a ball to the far post for Semedo to cut inside and test Jones once again who was equal to it.

Jordan Bowery was then played through on goal but he placed his shot straight at the rushing Jones who denied the striker.

Bowery again was stopped by the fingertips of Jones this time, as the ball was slipped into him inside the area and his low drilled shot was parried by a strong right hand from Jones.

On the half hour mark, Orient nearly took their deserved lead as a cross field ball from Callum Kennedy found Cornick and his strike from a tight angle hit the near post.

Orient took the lead shortly after, as Cornick again caused Stevenage problems as his cross was cleared only to McCallum in the centre of the box to volley into the top corner.

Cornick almost scored from a wonderful solo run with five minutes before the break, as he took on and beat two players but his shot from a tight angle went narrowly wide of the far upright.

McCallum was inches away from a superb goal, as his audacious overhead kick attempt from Nicky Hunt’s cross went just over the bar.

Cornick nearly capped off a superb first half performance with a goal, as the ball came to him just outside the box and his strike was kept out by another great stop from Jones.

In the second half, Orient doubled their lead just eight minutes into the second half. Just two passes undone the Stevenage backline, as Kennedy’s cross field ball to Cornick was clipped to the far post for Semedo to volley in.

Stevenage grabbed a goal back just five minutes later, as a free-kick was whipped in by Andrew Fox and met by Franks with Sargeant in no man’s land.

Orient got their third and McCallum’s second, as Cornick beat his man and squared the ball across goal for McCallum to tuck in from close range – to claim all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant. 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum, 15 Nigel Atangana (45), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 21 Jordan Bowery (74), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aron Pollock

Substitutes: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly (45), 9 Ollie Palmer, 23 Freddy Moncur, 28 Josh Koroma, 30 Sam Dalby (74), 31 Steven Alzate

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 3 Andrew Fox, 4 Jack King, 5 Fraser Franks, 11 Tom Pett, 15 Jake Hyde (59), 19 Dean Wells, 22 Charlie Lee, 23 Harry Cowans, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 24 Matt Godden

Substitutes: 16 Chris Day, 8 Steven Schumacher, 9 Rowan Liburd, 18 Michael Tonge, 20 Connor Hunte (59), 28 Nathan Kerr, 30 Mark McKee

Attendance: 876 (47)

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 0

Leyton Orient secured their first league victory of the season, with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Orient gained an early a two goal cushion in the first half, through Gavin Massey’s strike for the advantage.

Dean Cox got the second with a superb header to dismantle a struggling Stevenage in the opening half.

Massey grabbed his brace for his third goal in three games in the second half, to deny Stevenage any chance of a revival as the O’s secured their first victory of the season.

Andy Hessenthaler made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 by Newport County at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Ollie Palmer, Sean Clohessy and Captain Robert Weir all moved to the bench with Paul McCallum not in the squad due to a knee injury as Nigel Atangana, Nicky Hunt, Harry Cornick and Jay Simpson all started for the O’s.

The visitors nearly scored within the second minutes, as former O’s midfielder Jobi McAnuff was slotted in but for a firm hand down to his right by Alex Cisak.

After a mistake by the hosts, Matt Godden was played through on goal and he lifted it over the rushing Cisak which was hooked off the line by Hunt.

Massey burst down the left into the box to cross, after good work from Sandro Semedo for Cox who headed over the bar.

Orient took the lead 20 minutes in, with Cox to whip a daring low ball across the box for Jay Simpson who’s shot was saved by Jamie Jones. The rebound then came to Harry Cornick to head against the post, which then fell to Massey who struck home on the third attempt for his second goal of the season.

The visitors then had a chance to level, through Mcanuff but he unselfishly tried to square the ball across goal which almost fell to Tom Conlon, until Semedo slid in and cleared the danger at the far post.

The hosts doubled their lead eight minutes from the break, as Cornick’s cross on the touchline was met by Cox to power a header just inside the box which came off the inside of the post and in.

Orient nearly put the match beyond doubt, as Cornick’s over hit cross was spilled by Jones under no pressure, which was picked up by Massey to cut inside and his shot was desperately blocked by Stevenage to deny a third.

In the second half, Stevenage had a chance to get back into the match, as a high ball was won by Godden fell to Macnuff whose shot on the volley went wide of the target.

The O’s secured the three points with 15 minutes to go for Massey’s second of the evening, as substitute Jordan Bowery burst down the right to drill a low ball across goal, which found its way to Massey to fire in from close range.

Cisak held on to his clean sheet in the closing minutes, Stevenage substitute Dale Gorman shot was stopped as Orient now move up to mid table.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly ©, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (66), 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (50), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson (74), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 2 Sean Clohessy, 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robert Weir (45), 9 Ollie Palmer (74), 21 Jordan Bowery (66), 24 Sam Sergeant, 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 6 Luke Wilkinson, 5 Fraser Franks, 3 Andrew Fox, 32 Tom Conlon (66), 18 Michael Tonge, 22 Charlie Lee (45), 7 Jobi McAnuff, 24 Matthew Godden, 14 Ben Kennedy (45)

Substitutes: 16 Chis Day, 11 Tom Pett, 26 Shaun Donnellan, 20 Connor Hunte (66), 15 Jake Hyde, 9 Rowan Liburd (45), 17 Dale Gorman (45)

Attendance: 3,774 (304)

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1

Leyton Orient open their home account with a disappointing 1-0 home to Newport County at the Matchroom Stadium.

Newport took the lead midway through the first half, as Jamie Turley poked it in from close range.

Andy Hessenthaler made five changes from his sides 3-2 midweek home defeat in the EFL League Cup to Fulham and three changes from his sides 1-1 away draw at Cheltenham.

With Nigel Atangana, Harry Cornick and Jordan Bowery benched after a knee injury last week as Dean Cox, new signing Liam Kelly and Paul McCallum slotted into the starting lineup.

Orient started brightly, as Dean Cox slotted into Gavin Massey out wide on the outside of the box to square the ball across goal but was cleared away by Newport.

Newport showed their attacking intent, as Sean Rigg nicked the ball off Sandro Semedo and his shot from the edge of the box went just wide with Alex Cisak at full stretch.

The visitors had another opportunity minutes later, as the ball fell inside the box to Rigg who rifled his shot over the bar.

Massey then got the O’s fans to their feet, as he skipped passed his man – cut the ball across the box to Ollie Palmer, whose shot on the turn was straight at Joe Day.

Jennison Myrie-Williams whipped the ball across the face of goal for Marlon Jackson’s diving header to be saved by Cisak but was penalised for a foul.

The game began to get scrappy without any clear-cut chances, until a corner from Newport was flicked on at the near post by Jackson to Turley who tucked the ball in at the back post, to stun the hosts.

In the second half, Orient looked to respond and almost did through Ollie Palmer out wide and his low cross was given to Kelly inside the box whose shot was blocked by Darren Jones.  

Orient were pressing and were getting joy from their substitutes, as Harry Corwick burst through and selfishly shot from a tight angle which was saved by Day.

The hosts threatened form a set piece this time, as it was flicked on twice towards goal until Palmer headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Orient went on the break with seven minutes remaining and nearly equalised as Semedo cross was met by Palmer but he headed wide and was relieved when the offside flag was raised.

The home side again tried to break down the Newport defence down, as Kelly’s first time shot went narrowly wide, which was the last effort for the O’s as Newport took all three points.

Leyton Orient: 1 Alex Cisak, 2 Sean Clohessy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (72), 8 Robbie Weir © (72), 9 Ollie Palmer, 10 Paul McCallum (60), 11 Gavin Massey, 22 Sandro Semedo, Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sergeant, 3 Callum Kennedy, 15 Nigel Atangana (72), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick (72), 21 Jordan Bowery (60), 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Newport County: 1 Joe Day, 3 Dan Butler, 4 Darren Jones, 5 Jamie Turley, 6 Joss Labadie, 8 Mark Randall (85), 11 Jennison Myrie-Williams (64), 13 Marlon Johnson, 15 Jordan Green (63), 17 Scott Bennett ©, 27 Sean Rigg

Substitutes: 30 James Bittner, 2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (63), 12 Ben Tozer (64), 14 Paul Bignot, 16 Josh Sheehan, 20 Tom Owen-Evans (85)

Attendance: 4,184 (306)

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Escape from the Castle

Phoenix FM-sponsored racing driver Lochlan Bearman participated in rounds 9 and 10 of the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship last weekend, 16-17 July.

In his first season of car racing the 5 times karting champion went into the weekend lying 5th in the Championship for 14 to 17 year olds.

“We are a new team and we are slowly getting to grips with how to set-up the car”, said Bearman. “On the test day were in the quickest 3 or 4 cars all day and eventually set the fastest time of the day which, against the experienced teams, left us positive for the weekend”

Pre-qualifying practise showed this to be the case with a 5th fastest time.

In qualifying Bearman had only completed 2 laps when the suspension failed under braking, spinning the car and putting him in the wall at 70mph. The session was red flagged and Bearman was taken to the medical centre, but later released with some bruising to his legs.

The team worked on the car to repair the suspension and body damage and got the car ready for race 1.

Starting at the back of the grid the 14 year old got a great start and passed 2 cars into the daunting ‘Quarry Corner’, as the field streamed through ‘Bobbies’ he had a better exit and took another position into Tower. Taking every opportunity he could he completed lap 1 in an incredible 9th Position.

The Phoenix FM driver was then managing at least 1 overtake per lap and as they crossed the line to start lap 6 he was up to 5th when the safety car was deployed due of an accident. “I was feeling great, the car was working well and to be honest the safety car meant the field would be bunched up and I was certain of a podium finish at that point” he commented. As the safety car came in and the racing got underway Bearman slowed to a stop on circuit. “I just couldn’t believe it – just when it looked so good the car broke and it sounded bad – I couldn’t move it”.

The gearbox casing had broken, the whole engine had dropped and the driveshaft has been pulled out. “It was probably as a result of the accident this morning” said team boss Gary Cooper .

The team were then up against the clock to replace the gearbox and drive shaft and ensure the car was OK for race 2. With Bearman sitting in the car ready to go to the assembly area the team finished the job, albeit with a gearbox that was not fitted with a limited slip differential (which is worth over 1 second per lap).

Again starting from the back and with the concern that the team hadn’t had time to check everything Bearman lined up for Race 2. As the lights went out Bearman got a great start and had made up 2 through ‘Folly’ and then another by out braking down into ‘Quarry’. Completing Lap 1 in 9th position the Essex youngster was fighting the car handling differently without the differential in the gearbox. On lap 3 he went around the outside into the super-fast ‘Camp Corner’, but with the car drifting wide he got onto the grass and ran down the pit wall sending mechanics running. Losing just one position he continued at an undiminished speed and re-joined.

“He showed great maturity and talent not to swerve as that would have led to a huge accident” said Gary Cooper. Bearman’s view on the incident was that it was “pretty scary! But I wasn’t going to lose any positions – I hope they got it on the TV!”. On lap 6 Bearman caught and passed cars into Quarry and then Camp corners. The safety car was called out again and this time it worked against Bearman as the clocked ticked down to the end of the race. The cars were released with 1 lap left and Bearman seized his opportunity to take one more position to bring the car home 6th to a jubilant Gary Cooper and Bearman family.

“I was disappointed after qualifying because we should have been in the top 5, then I was devastated after race 1 as that should have been a podium but Race 2 feels like a win after everything we’ve been through today. Huge thanks to Gary Cooper and my dad who have worked tirelessly on the car to get me out” commented an exhausted Bearman.

“It’s been an emotional roller coaster this weekend” said Bearman’s father John. “We looked in really good shape and it all went wrong. Lochlan has been fantastic throughout and has delivered to the maximum as always. We’ve now got a challenge to repair the car in time for Silverstone in August as the gearbox needs fixing and the bodywork needs to be repaired”.

Please contact bearman.racing@gmail.com if you want to get involved or can help in anyway.

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Sweet and Bitter for Bearman

Phoenix FM’s racing driver Lochlan Bearman enjoyed his most competitive weekend of his inaugural full circuit racing season at Snetterton on the 11/12 June.

At just 14, the karting champion moved into the competitive Fiesta Junior Championship in January 2016.

The CooperMotorsport driver said “as a new driver and in a new team to the championship we knew we’d be facing a steep learning curve against the big teams that have been doing this for years. Our objective was to be in the top 10. However, after the first round I knew that I could fight for podiums if we got the set up right. That brings its own frustration as we don’t have the funds to test so all our learning is done on the race weekend”

In the practise sessions Bearman was consistently in the top 6 and was confident of a high position in qualifying when he would get new tyres. In qualifying the gear change cable broke after 3 laps and he could not continue. But he’d done enough to qualify in 7th spot and the top 10 cars were covered by just 4 tenths of a second over a 2minute 20 second lap.

“It’s so close, so one really clean lap and a slipstream could have been enough to secure pole position. The car was working well and gave me confidence for the race” he commented.

As the cars were lining up for the start it bagain to rain. “I was happy with that” said Bearman, “as tricky conditions really level out the field and car advantages are minimised leaving it more to the driver”.

In race 1 Bearman got away well and took an inside line into the Montreal hairpin and made up 2 places to get into 5th. As he chased the cars ahead the rain came down more and conditions were very slippery,

Going down the long straight and braking hard for the Brundle/Nelsons corners Bearman saw an opportunity to dive down the inside, the cars touched and despite a very sideways moment Bearman came out in 4th place.

2nd to 5th were covered by 1.5 seconds, he was soon onto the back of the 3rd placed car and the two were touching wing mirrors as they went down the back straight with the PhoenixFM man on the outside. Holding his nerve he braked later and took 3rd by going around the outside. As he caught the leaders the second placed car was forced into a mistake and spun right in front of Bearman in the high speed Hamilton’s corner allowing the 4th placed man through, Bearman still in 3rd.

He was soon on the tail of second again and took the position by getting a better exit from Murrays and making the move into Riches corner. With time running out Bearman was gaining on the leader but as the rain came down there were more cars were going off and the race was red flagged giving Lochlan Bearman his first podium at this level, securing 2nd place.

“What a fantastic feeling!! I knew I could do it, the car was great and I know I can win” he said excitedly after the trophy presentation.

Race 2 had Bearman starting 2nd on the grid thanks to his earlier success.

Going into the hairpin on lap 1 he was caught on the outside and exited that corner in 3rd place. He set about catching the leaders. The front 2 made contact and in the melee Bearman sneaked through into the lead. Bearman then led the rest of the race looking in control and on course for his first win. Going into the last lap he took a wide line at the Montreal hairpin where the grip was but the second placed man took a narrow line and then drove straight into Bearman on the exit of the corner smashing into Bearman’s No 36 machine and forcing him off track, damaging the steering. Bearman recovered from the grass but with the steering bent and the power steering broken could only manage to get the car home in 7th.

“I was absolutely devastated. It was my race, I was in control and it was a move that just wasn’t on. Although the other driver received points on his racing licence nothing can give me that win back. However, we will take the positives and know that I can win if we get the car right.”

Bearman is now 5th in the Championship and his next race is at Castle Coombe on July 17th. This race will be on Motors TV on Wednesday 22nd June @18.00.

“I always have to ask – but if anyone wants to get involved and help me try to win this championship through sponsorship, services, products or physical help it would really make a difference. Please contact me via bearman.racing@gmail.com”

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SportsFest is back!

The second Brentwood SportsFest takes place at the Brentwood Centre from 1-3 July 2016.

 
This year there will be a schools tournament on Friday, indoor and outdoor activities for all on Saturday and tournaments on Sunday.

FRIDAY 1ST JULY – SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT
This schools tournament has been arranged by Brentwood Leisure Trust to give schools the opportunity to take part in a number of different sports and activities, accessible for all abilities.
Wheelchair Basketball, Powerchair Football (Essex FA), Seated Volleyball, Launch the Beanbag, Seated Circuits, Soft Archery.

SATURDAY 2ND JULY – MAIN HALL
Sitting Volleyball, Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball, Powerchair Football, Table Tennis, Netball, Community Yoga, Barbell Girls

SATURDAY 2ND JULY – OUTDOORS
Bouncy Castle Bouncy Fun for our sporting tots!
Trailnet Giving all ages and abilities the opportunity to cycle around the Brentwood Centre. Accessible bikes for all.
Traditional Longbow Archery Archery is a fantastic sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities!
Walking Football This great version of Football allows everybody to take part whatever your level of fitness.
BBQ Grab some lunch in between your activities!
BoJangles Join us for some singing to encourage great cognitive wellbeing.

SUNDAY 3RD JULY – TOURNAMENTS
Inclusive Badminton 10.00-12.00 With England Badminton and No Barriers Badminton Club
Wheelchair Basketball 12.00-14.00
Clout Shoot 13.00-15.00 Closest arrow to the flag wins!
Netball 14.00-16.00 A minimum of seven people per team.

Admission for Participants: Daily wristband: £1.00 Spectators go FREE. Tickets on sale at Main Reception.

Tournaments open for all individuals and teams. Enquire for details at inclusive@brentwoodleisure.co.uk or telephone 01277 215151.

SportFest is run exclusively by the Brentwood Leisure Trust.

More details here: http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/events/blt-sport-fest

You can download the programme from here: http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/SportsFest%20Programme%202016.pdf

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Billericay Fun Walk 2016

Phoenix FM presenters and listeners were out in strength at this year’s Billericay Fun Walk at Barleylands.

The event, now in its 15th year, is organised by Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron. Because of the growing popularity of the event it was decided to stage the event on the opposite side of Barleylands Road in an open field which allowed more space, flexibility and a better walk without styles and road crossings.

Overall, around 2,500 people attended the event with around 110 charities and good causes being assisted this year. Billericay’s Town Crier, Jim Shrubb, helped proceedings along. John also said a few words of thanks before he and Jim led the walk off.

John said:

“This year’s walk has been a great success with around 110 charities benefiting. Our family of volunteers deserve special praise both for another great BBQ courtesy of Team Handsome and for ensuring our move to the new location went well – this will allow us greater potential to grow the Fun Walk even more and help more causes. The Barleylands team were also instrumental in making this work and our thanks go to them.

“Over £40,000 has already been donated into our bonus pot by our corporate and individual sponsors. This year our thanks go to Swan Housing Association, c2c Rail Ltd, Butyl Products Ltd, Abellio Greater Anglia, Hallmark Care Homes, Selex ES Ltd, IFE Global Logistics, Private Ambulance Service Ltd, Mr Barrie Stone and others. Their generosity will help many good causes in the nooks and crannies of our communities.”

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Race report from Rockingham

Phoenix FM racer Lochlan Bearman was at Rockingham Motor Speedway at the weekend contesting Rounds 5 & 6 of the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship. The 14 year old from Epping is in his first season of full circuit racing and is competing in the Junior Class for 14 to 17 years olds.

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Prior to this weekend the team discovered faults in the suspension and these were only fixed by 1.30 am on the morning of practise. “The car was transformed” said Bearman. “I’d been struggling with balance and the car was unpredictable on the limit. I could feel the difference immediately”.

Practise went well, and in the session before qualifying Bearman was 4th fastest. “This gave us high hopes as we had new tyres to put on for qualifying and because my tyres in practise were finished I was confident of going much quicker in qualifying” he said.

Sadly this did not turn out to be the case and the youngster could only qualify 9th out of 18. “The new tyres completely changed the dynamics of the car, I was surprised how sensitive to tyres and pressures the car was here at Rockingham. This is part of the challenge when you are a new driver and a new team without the experience and the budget to test. Starting race 1 from 9th on the grid Bearman made a reasonable getaway. As the cars powered through turn 1, which uses part of the banked oval circuit, they were 4 a breast and the No 4 car was hit into a spin right in front of Bearman who had nowhere to go. The contact ripped the front bumper off his car and although delayed, he carried on. He made up 2 positions on lap 2 with a stunning move around the outside of Gracelands.

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As the race settled down he was embroiled in a 4 way fight for 4th to 7th with places changing all the time. Bearman seemed to know exactly the right speed as time after time the competitors got through under braking, but Bearman was back in front coming out of the corner using the ‘undercut’. “I knew where the braking limits were so I was always confident I’d be able to get back passed. Unfortunately we slowed ourselves down and the leaders got away, but it was a fantastic racing and I really enjoyed it”. Bearman survived a late race scare when the No 17 crashed into the side of his car after Bearman has passed him and went on to claim a solid 4th place.

Starting race 2 from 4th on the grid they headed to turn 2 with Bearman in 4th, He made a super late move down the inside and exited turn 2 in second place. With hopes high the CooperMotorsport Team watched on as Bearman ran in second but it was clear he did not have the pace. He was reeled in by the 2nd and 3rd placed drivers who were passed by lap 4. Unbeknown to the team the Essex racer was struggling with massive understeer and ABS coming on. “I just couldn’t get the car stopped or turned in, and knew I was in trouble”. Driving around the issues he worked to control the tyre temperature and drove as smoothly as possible. This began to work and he started to go faster setting his fastest lap towards the end.

However, he was still over a second a lap slower than the No 76 car who caught and passed with a lap and a half to go. “I knew there was no point trying to defend the position he had so much more speed and I did not want to fall back into the group behind”.

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“We’ve learnt so much this weekend. As a new team we have no data, so to experience the unique challenge that is Rockingham and come away with a 4th and a 5th against multi car teams with lots of experience we’ve done fantastically well. I’m still frustrated because I know with the right set-up I can challenge for wins. We really need sponsors to come in and be part of the story, then I am sure the ‘underdogs’ will succeed.” commented the tired, but happy driver.

The solid results from the weekend have left the 14 year old 3rd in the Championship.

This race should be aired on Motors TV on Wednesday 25th at 17.45.

Bearman’s next race is at Snetterton on June 11th & 12th. You can track his progress at his website: www.lochlanbearman.com

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2nd round – Fiesta Junior Championship

Phoenix FM-sponsored racing driver Lochlan Bearman contested the second round of the Fiesta Junior Championship at the weekend (22 – 24th April).

In only his second ever car race, 14 year old Bearman – the youngest driver on the grid, qualified 7th out of 17 drivers after a challenging qualifying session where the balance of the car was costing him time.

“I was really on the edge out there, and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to as it was just too unpredictable on the limit” he said.

Starting Race 1 in part dry/part wet conditions he got off the line well only to be caught up in a first corner tangle which dropped him down to 15th place. Finding the limits in the tricky and changing conditions Bearman started to work his way back up the order, making up 3 places on Lap 2. With his confidence growing he started moving to the top of the fastest laps.

”The slippery conditions helped me because it levels the field and eliminated some of the car advantage others enjoy” he said after the race. Having moved up into 12th position he then had another coming together whilst trying to make pass around the outside. The other competitor turned in hitting the front of Bearman’s car which momentarily looked as if it was going to spin, but the youngster held the car sideways for a split second before getting it all straight and continuing – but it cost him 2 places.

Getting his head down he continued where he left off and progressed up to 10th on lap 7, 8th on lap 9 and 7th on lap 10 with Fastest Lap and a new lap record!

“I was really enjoying the race and without the contact and a safety car for 5 minutes I think we could have got onto the podium” said Bearman.

The finishing position from Race 1 determines the starting position for race 2, therefore, the teenager lined up 7th on the grid. The weather conditions were now dry and sunny and the CooperMotorsport team had made set-up changes to the car to make it less unpredictable on the limit.

Getting a good start Bearman was in 4th place as they came into Stowe but he ran wide and dropped to 7th. He then got embroiled in a 3 way battle for 6th with positions changing each lap before finally making his move into Abbey to take 6th on lap 9. In the remaining laps he pulled himself up onto the front group and was right on them as the 20 minutes ran out crossing the line right behind them in a respectable 6th place.

“It’s been an incredible weekend. We were in the Silverstone Wing, in the F1 garages and racing on such famous corners it’s been a bit like a dream at times. We wanted to be in the top 10 coming into the season but I now know that with the car set-up properly I can be at the front so I’m actually disappointed with the overall result” an exhausted Bearman commented.

“I feel like we are so close to challenging for the podium but we need to spend money on the car and that’s a real problem as we don’t have any sponsorship right now. Hopefully we will find some soon and then I am sure we will be in the mix for a win”

Bearman currently sits 4th in the Championship overall and is looking forward to the next round at Rockingham in 3 weeks’ time on 13th-15th May.

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Ryman League Premier: Farnborough 3 Brentwood Town 0

Brentwood Town ended their Ryman League Premier season with a 3-0 away defeat to Farnborough at the Cherrywood Stadium.

Already relegated Brentwood finished the season with a dreary defeat, which confirmed Farnborough’s safety for now in the Ryman Premier.

John Oyenuga opened the scoring in the first half for Farnborough with a strange goal to give the hosts the early lead.

The home side extended their advantage in the second half, as Dennis Oli tucked his close range shot away.

Freddie Grant sealed the three points late in the second half, as he was brought down and then stepped up to tuck away the spot kick.  

Mike Flanagan made one change to his side that were beaten 3-1 away at Bognor Regis in the week, as Joshua Banton is preferred to Marcus Milner.  

Brentwood had the first shot on target, as a cross dropped to Petrit Elbi just outside the box which he had to adjust his body to get a strong shot on goal that was well held by Melvin Minter.

‘The Blues’ had another opportunity through sloppy defending, as Alex Teniola slotted in Shad Ngandu, who looked to be offside but the linesman didn’t flag but Ngandu could not turn it past Minter.

The home side took the lead 21 minutes in, from Oyenuga out wide as his hopeful high ball caught Ollie Bowles off guard and found its way into the top corner.

Brentwood almost equalised shortly after, as Sam Cross’ free-kick was heading into the top right hand corner but for Minter who tipped it over the bar.

In the second half, tried to shake things up with two changes as Tom Richardson came on for Petrit Elbi and Simon Glover replaced the injured Ryan O’Rawe.

Farnborough doubled their advantage 11 minutes from the end, as Joshua Gallagher put a low cross into Oli who peeled away and struck his shot into the far corner.

‘The Borough’ nearly added insult to injury, as Grants free-kick was heading goalwards but for Bowles to direct it over the bar.

The hosts extended their lead with moments to go, as Glover brought down Grant inside the box, which left the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Grant then brushed himself down and sent Bowles the wrong way to finish the match off.

Farnborough Lineup: 1 Melvin Minter, 2 John Oyenuga, 3 Freddie Grant, 4 CJ Fearn, 5 Keith Emmerson, 6 Terrell Forbes, 7 Joshua Gallagher, 8 Charlie Allen (88), 9 Dennis Oli (85), 10 Oliver Bailey, 11 Jack Battie (68)

Substitutes: 12 Matt Ball (68), 14 Jack Barton (85), 15 Usman Adeniji, 16 Dean Joseph-Whittingham (88), 18 Harry Knight

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Sam Cross, 5 Ryan O’Rawe © (45), 6 Mitch Hahn (88), 7 Petrit Elbi (68), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Shad Ngandu, 10 Alex Teniola, 11 Sam Bantick

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (68), 14 Simon Glover (45), 15 Kevin Watson (88), 17 James Scammell

Attendance: 315

Interview with Brentwood Town Manager Mike Flanagan:

 

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Essex Senior Cup Final: Concord Rangers 1 Heybridge Swifts 0

Concord Rangers won the Essex Senior Cup for the third successive season, after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The Beachboys are the first team to claim the Cup for the last three seasons since their existence in 1967.

Ben Greenhalgh scored the National League South side match winning goal early in the first half to claim the glory.

This was the first time the Ryman Division One North side had reached the final in their club history and did not disgrace themselves in the defeat.

Ben Greenhalgh had a tame shot for ‘The Beachboys’ just six minutes in but was comfortable for Danny Sambridge.

Concord opened the scoring 14 minutes in, as Sam Bantick had a shot just outside the box which was parried by Danny Sambridge but fell to Greenhalgh inside the six-yard box to bundle the ball home.

Heybridge almost responded with a set piece, as Captain Liam Thomas’ shot on the turn inside the box was straight at Ben McNamara.

Swifts then nearly got their searching equaliser, as George Doyle’s delivery from a set piece was almost fumbled by McNamara – who managed to clear it for a corner.

From the resulting break down of the corner, Concord broke on the counter-attack as Steve Cawley slipped in Bantick to get his shot on the stretch goal bound but came back off the near post.

Greenhalgh again caused trouble from a free-kick this time, which was whipped in and had to be palmed over by Sambridge.

Lamar Reynolds broke down the left for Heybridge six minutes before the break, he almost brought Swifts back on level terms, as his pull back was almost turned in by John Eaterford.

In the second half, Concord nearly grabbed their second, as Captain James White’s clearance put Cawley in on goal his shot was saved by Sambridge and Bantick miss-controlled the follow-up.

Tempers flared just after the hour mark, as Bantick was held by Lewis Dark, which caused the both to confront eachother – both players were cautioned for incident.

Heybridge almost got their equaliser, as a long searching ball found Reynolds he then burst goalwards and his shot was well stopped by McNamara.

Swifts had another opportunity with 13 minutes to go, through Reynolds as his cut back was miss-timed by the Heybridge forward and was turned goalwards by Jack Barham which was held on the line by McNamara.

Concord held on in the dying minutes to deny a late goal for Heybridge, to take the trophy for the third successive time.

Concord Rangers Lineup: 1 Ben McNamara, 2 Jay Dowie, 3 Tom Stephen, 4 Max Cornhill, 5 Steve King, 6 John Easterford, 7 Lewis Taaffe, 8 James White ©, 9 Ben Greenhalgh, 10 Steve Cawley, 11 Sam Bantick (86)

Substitutes: 12 James Hammond, 14 Bayley Newell, 15 Sam Collins (86), 16 Adam Topley, 17 Andy Young

Heybridge Swifts Lineup: 1 Danny Sambridge, 2 George Doyle, 3 Oliver Emsden, 4 Lewis Dark, 5 Liam Thomas ©, 6 Phil Anderson, 7 Matthew Pooley, 8 Lewis Godbold, 9 Jack Barham, 10 Tyrone Alleyne (82), 11 Lamar Reynolds

Substitutes: 12 Raphael Duyile (82), 14 Declan Hunt, 15 Lewis Riches, 16 Oliver Devenish, 21 Laurence Whymark

Attendance: 460

Interview with Concord Rangers Midfielder Sam Bantick: 

Interview with Concord Rangers Manager Adam Flanagan:

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Interview with road racer Nikki Juniper

Brentwood road racer Nikki Juniper has had a succesful career so far, winning the Women’s Road Series in 2014 and 2015.

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Nikki was at Hanningfield Reservoir today, where she trains from time to time, ahead of her next race in the calendar – the Northumbrian Water “Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir” at Derwent Reservoir in County Durham on 16 and 17 April.

Michelle had a chat with Nikki about her cycling and you can hear it again here:

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Lochlan Bearman Debuts in the Fiesta Junior Championship

This weekend Phoenix FM travelled to the historic Norfolk race circuit of Snetterton, to see Lochlan Bearman begin his car racing career at the age of 14.

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Lochlan was taking part in the first round of the Fiesta Junior Championship.

Before the event, Lochlan told Steve Robertson that he would be happy with a place in the top 10 drivers for his first weekend, consisting of two races. For the first few laps of the first face, it was clear that the 14 year old could hold his own amongst more experienced drivers in the series, aged up to 17.

In race 1 Lochlan was running 5th until he was taken off the circuit by another driver. The Phoenix FM sponsored teenager was able to compose himself afterwards though, running 9th when the chequered flag was shown.

In race 2 Lochlan was pushing the top 3 in the early stages, finishing 6th after a very good showing.

The next round of the championship is at Silverstone in 3 weeks’ time.

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 4 Hendon 1

 

Brentwood Town keep their survival hopes alive with a superb 4-1 home victory over Hendon at the Brentwood Arena.

Brentwood opened their account for the evening in the first half with a header from Alex Teniola, which he then got his brace with a volley early in the second half.

Ben Pattie then immediately pulled it back for the visitors, as he tucked away a smart finish.

The Concord Rangers loanee Sam Bantick then scored on his return to Brentwood, which maintain their two goal cushion.

Teniola capped off Brentwood’s first win at home in five games with his hat-trick and the match ball for his fourth goal in two games.

Mike Flanagan made three changes to his side that were beaten heavily at Hampton and Richmond at the weekend as Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu shifted to the bench.

Joshua Banton and former Blue Bantick were preferred, who returns to Brentwood for the remainder of the season. Tom Richardson also returned from injury and played ahead of the missing Robbie Rees.

Bantick on his return was at the forefront of Brentwood’s early pressure, as he found some space just outside the box to get a shot off but was tame despite Joe Wright making a hash of the collection which nearly found its way through his legs.

Brentwood started with intent due to the current position they’re in and almost broke the deadlock through a Hendon mistake, as Casey Maclaren collided with the Hendon keeper Wright which allowed Richardson to get a shot off but lifted it just wide.

‘The Blues’ took the lead 20 minutes in, after a corner from Bantick was whipped in and nodded back across goal by Richardson for Teniola to nod in from the six-yard box.

The home side then went in search of a second and nearly got it, as Bantick on the left this time managed to find room for a shot which hit the bar.

Hendon finished the half stronger and could have levelled just before the break, as Sam Murphy volleyed a ball into the box for Ben Pattie to head goalwards but Ollie Bowles had it covered.

In the second half, the hosts scored just two minutes in as Banton did went down the left to whip a ball in which was cleared only for Teniola to cannon into the tope corner on the volley.

Hendon then responded from the kick-off, as Pattie went down the left and slotted in from a tight angle – which gave the away side an immediate response.

‘The Blues’ almost grabbed their third, as the ball broke to Freeman and he lifted it over the keeper but hit the underside of the upright and was cleared.

Brentwood then went and restored their two goal lead, as Richardson was given a ball to chase he then cut inside and smashed a shot which was well-saved by Wright but only for Bantick to convert to follow up.

The home side then held-off any late onslaught from a youthful Hendon, as Brentwood finished the night with their fourth in injury time. Richardson played a great high through ball for Teniola to hunt down and control past the keeper – to seal the three points and their first win since early March.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 21 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 20 Simon Glover, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Alex Teniola, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Marcus Milner, 16 Leon Gordon, 17 Kevin Watson

Hendon Lineup: 1 Joe Wright, 2 Sam Flegg, 3 Oliver Sprague, 4 Dave Diedhiou, 5 Casey Maclaren (70), 6 Oliver Achille, 7 Sam Murphy, 8 Keagan Cole, 9 Kenzie Ibe (45), 10 Ben Pattie (70), 11 Nyv Bogaire

Substitutes: 12 Mahrez Bettache (45), 13 Brandon Adams (70), 14 Luke Tingey (70), 15 Jordan Spearman, 16 Kieran Warren

Attendance: 132

Interview with Brentwood Town manager Mike Flanagan:

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All Stars Charity Football Match: Steve Portway XI 5 All Stars XI 3

The All Stars XI were defeated in the charity football match against Steve Portway’s XI 5-3 all in aid of Royal Brompton Hospital, which took place at the Brentwood Centre Arena.

The All Stars side were made up of ex-professional footballers and celebrities including former Burnley midfielder Glen Little, former West Ham man Mark Phillips and TV Presenter Jeff Brazier.

A great crowd turned out to watch the match to raise money for a good cause, as well as enjoying the day with face painting, music and entertainment for all the family to get involved in.

Portway’s XI (The Reds) started well with the majority of possession but the All Stars found their feet with an early effort from Steve Slade.

The first real opportunity of the match came from a corner, as former Brentford and Leyton Orient midfielder Scott Canham put the ball on a plate for the previous Leyton Orient youngster Brazier but headed over.

The reds opened the scoring 28 minutes in, as a killer ball was put into Lloyd Prue who went round the keeper and tucked in for the lead.

However, the All Stars struck back immediately from the kick-off, as they went forward and Dean Maskell’s strike flew in from outside the box to stun the reds for the equaliser.

The ex-pros won a spot kick 37 minutes in, as Maskell was brought down inside the box which the Brentwood Goalkeeping coach and referee Gary Waplington pointed to the spot. Former Brentwood Town manager and Shrewsbury Town player Carl Griffiths stepped up but his low shot was superbly saved by Gary Sevin.

In the second half, the game stayed level until just before the hour mark, as Mitch Prue whipped in the corner for Lloyd to grab his second of the day.

Portway then came off the bench to provide Prue’ hat-trick, with a perfectly timed through ball for him to give the keeper the eyes and at the second attempt tapped it in for 3-1.

The former Ebbsfleet United striker, then grabbed the reds fourth with a wonder strike out wide from 30-yards which caught Dan Muson off guard – to cue the mikey taking celebration.

Portway then went and grabbed his brace five minutes later, as he was put through on goal took it past the keeper and stopped it on the line to head it in on his knees!

The All Stars went in search of restoring some pride and did, as Griffiths was bundled to the floor by Sevin. Griffiths decided not to take a second penalty, so Little converted a fine finish to draw the score back to 5-2 with six minutes remaining.

Glen Little striding forward from the back for the All Stars

The resurgence from the All Stars brought the score back to respectful, after a lovely overhead kick into the far corner from Maskell – for his brace.

Griffiths had the final chance with seconds remaining to bring the score line within one, with a free-kick put into the six-yard box but his header was way wood with just Sevin to beat.

Which completed a brilliant afternoon full of fun, laughs and lots of money raised for a great cause at Royal Brompton Hospital – which we will update you on a total soon.

Both sides then finished with a penalty shootout

All Stars Team: 1 Dan Muson, 2 Jeff Brazier, 4 Mahmoud Kadi, 5 Gary Grant, 7 Glen Little, 8 Bert Truby, 9 Carl Griffiths, 10 Steve Slade, 11 Dean Maskell, 12 Reece Hewitt, 17 Jon Willis, 19 Scott Canham, 20 Dom Atkins

Steve Portway XI Team: 1 Gary Sevin, 2 Alex Rungare, 8 Steve Saunders, 4 Danny Mack, 7 Justin Wiseman, 19 Billy Winter, Gary Skerniff, Mitch Prue, Llyodd Prue, Jim Prue, 10 Jack Roule, 5 Mark Churchill, Kevin Smith, Charlie Portway Davie Knighton

Interview with Jeff Brazier:

Interview with Steve Portway:

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Enfield Town 2

Brentwood Town’s chances of survival in the Ryman Premier look to be slipping away, after a 2-1 defeat to promotion pushing Enfield Town at the Brentwood Arena.

Enfield opened up their lead late in the first half, as Harry Ottaway tucked away his close range shot.

Brentwood equalised early in the second half, as Marcus Milner fired home to give ‘The Blues’ a chance.

The visitors then scored their second shortly after, as Harold Joseph’s strike restored Enfield’s advantage – to sink Brentwood to their third straight defeat at home.

Mike Flanagan made four changes to his side that drew 1-1 away at Hendon 48 hours ago, as Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu move to the bench, for Joshua Banton and Mitch Hahn to step in. Simon Glover and Alex Teniola were also not involved as Petrit Elbi starts along with Marcus Milner.

Enfield had a great opportunity for the lead 21 minutes in, as Corey Whitley was through on goal after Banton slipped he then cut inside and bent his shot towards the far post which Ollie Bowles tipped round the post.

Brentwood had a chance to open the scoring, as Andrew Freeman whipped it in for Robbie Rees but he could not get a decent connection on it inside the six-yard box.

The away side broke the deadlock 37 minutes in, as Whitley caused havoc down the left flank he then cut inside for the shot which was saved by Bowles but only into the path of Ottaway to slot in. Despite Bowles’ best efforts to deny the ball crossing the line but the linesman flagged to signal the ball had crossed the line.

Enfield almost extended their advantage, as the ball fell to Imedd Kartita inside the box but his shot went narrowly wide of the post.

Brentwood levelled five minutes into the second half, as a ball down the left by Rees left Freeman to chase which he drilled the ball across goal for Milner to smash home.

‘The Blues’ equaliser lasted just 15 minutes, as a free-kick was held up and laid-off to Whitley to strike which was saved by Bowles but came out to Joseph to lash in – to regain the lead.

Enfield had the chance to secure the three points eight minutes from time, as the ball fell to Whitley just inside the box but his shot was fired well over the bar.

Brentwood were close to a late equaliser three minutes from time, as a long throw by Hahn was flicked goalwards by Freeman but went just wide of the post – which leaves Brentwood still seven points off safety.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon (90), 7 Marcus Milner (83), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Petrit Elbi (28), 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Alex Teniola (83), 14 Shad Ngandu (28), 15 Leon Gordon (90)

Enfield Town Lineup: 1 Nathan McDonald, 2 Jordan Lockie, 3 Harold Joseph, 4 Stanley Muguo (61), 5 Mark Kirby, 6 Mickey Parcell, 7 Billy Crook, 8 Samir Bihmountine, 9 Imedd Kartia (82), 10 Harry Ottaway, 11 Corey Whitley

Substitutes: 12 Claudiu Vilcu (61), Nathan Livings (82) 17 Tyler Campbell (62)

Attendance: 226

Interview with Brentwood Town manager Mike Flanagan:

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Elite League Speedway: Lakeside Hammers 56 King’s Lynn Stars 36

Bright afternoon for the Hammers

Bright afternoon for the Hammers

The Lakeside Vortex Hammers kick-off their start to the new Elite League season with three home points, after a 56-36 victory over the King’s Lynn Stars at Arena Essex.

Lakeside dominated the early heats which played the part in securing the Hammers victory with three 5-1 maximums in the first third of the meeting.

Neils Kristian Iversen won the opening race of the afternoon, as he proved to be Lakesides headache with Andreas Jonsson in hot pursuit to be beaten by half a wheel’s length at the finish to split the heat 3-3.

The opening reserve race needed a rerun, as Carl Wilkinson collided with Lewis Kerr which swept out Rob Mear as a result. Mear then put the throttle down and took the rerun with Kerr in support to take Lakesides’ first maximum of the season.

The hosts made it back-to-back 5-1’s, as Kim Nilsson got his first race victory with Lewis Bridger holding on for second on his Elite League return – to take an early 13-5 lead.

Richard Lawson grabbed his first win, as he got to the first bend in front and capitalised but Kerr struggled as he slipped out of the points as Mads Korneliussen took second and Lewis Rose third.

The Hammers then got back to the race maximums in heat five, for their third of the night as Piotr Swiderski sped to victory and Mear snatched second on the final bend off Kai Huckenbeck.

King’s Lynn then played their tactical ride, with Iversen in the chequered helmet. Bridger was unfortunately excluded for stopping the race after his fall, so Lawson stepped up for damage limitation as Iversen took his second victory of the day and Lawson secured second – for a 2-7 heat with the score at 23-16.

Lakeside won the next two heats courtesy of Nilsson and Lawson but split both races to maintain their seven-point advantage.

The home side then opened up their lead once again, as Swiderski got his second race victory and Mear once again put up a fight to take third for a 4-2 lead.

Nilsson got his hat-trick of wins in heat 10, as the Hammers finally found a route past Iversen and Bridger aided in third to open up a 11-point lead at 37-26.

Heat 11 was full of drama, as Rory Schlein was excluded for stopping the race. On the rerun Robert Lambert looked to have clipped Swiderski, as the race was stopped again but all three rider’s returned.

On the third attempt, the race was stopped again as Lambert was then disqualified for causing the race to stop as Swiderski fell again. The Hammers then battled it out between themselves for a 5-0, as Jonsson won with Swiderski settling for second and opened up a 16-point advantage with the scores at 42-26.

The next three heats were split 3-3, as Mear rode a superb race to take his afternoon double. Iversen grabbed his hat-trick of victories in race 13 and Korneliussen took heat 14.

The Hammers finished in fine style for their fourth and final maximum of a glorious afternoon at Arena Essex, as Lawson took victory and Nilsson second – to complete the 56-36 overall win.

Lakeside now take the trip to Norfolk for the second leg of the Good Friday double to face King’s Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena, in search of some vital away points.

Short interview from Kelvin Tatum before he dashed to Norfolk:

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Lochlan to make Ford Fiesta Championship debut

Phoenix FM-sponsored racing champion Lochlan Bearman will be making his debut in the Ford Fiesta Championship at Snetterton on Sunday 3rd April.

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14-year-old Bearman, who has won five karting championships, is making the move to full circuits in the 170BHP 130mph Fiesta.

“It’s a massive jump” said Bearman. “I’ve got to learn the circuits which seem massive compared to kart tracks, but most significant is the difference between a kart and a car. The speed is not much of a difference – at least not until things go wrong – but the dynamics are entirely different.

“The car is heavy, it rolls in the corners where a kart doesn’t, you need to use gears and engine braking and it’s all about keeping the momentum. The Fiesta is also front wheel drive which has been an interesting challenge as I’ve been used to rear wheel drive.

“Also setting up a car is completely alien to what I understand from the karting so it’s a very steep learning curve. I’ve now had three test sessions and I learn more every time I’m in the car and the speed is coming.

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“I’m going to be up against drivers who are experienced in the championship already, and up to 17 years old but I am confident in my own ability and if I can get time in the car I feel it will only be a matter of time before I am at the front.

The Fiesta Championship is held over eight rounds with two races at each round covering circuits such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Rockingham.

“I am really excited to be racing in this Championship this year and can’t wait for the season opener,” said Bearman.

Lochlan would be delighted to see anyone at the meeting and encourages you to come and say hello.

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Wingate & Finchley 1

Brentwood Town’s survival in the Ryman Premier has taken a hit, after back-to-back 1-0 home defeat to Wingate & Finchley at the Brentwood Arena.

Wingate grabbed the opener just before the break in the first half, as former Blues player Leon Fisher nodded in from close range.

Mike Flanagan made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Lewes, as new signing Simon Glover from Witham Town steps in place of the vacant Captain Martyn Stokes.

Connor Witherspoon returns from injury and replaces Marcus Milner, while Tom Richardson suffered an injury so Alex Teniola replaced him.

Brentwood made a late change to their lineup minutes before kick-off, as Mitch Hahn slotted in for Petrit Elbi.

Wingate almost scored in the opening three minutes of the match, as former midfielder Leon Fisher whipped in a free-kick which fell to the Captain Marc Weatherstone but his sliced volley was frantically cleared by Brentwood.

The visitors again threatened, as Karl Oliyide went past Leon Gordon into the box, lifted the ball over Ollie Bowles but debutant Glover hooked it around the post.

Brentwood nearly went in front themselves, as a long throw by Hahn was flicked on by Teniola and Shad Ngandu turned the ball goalwards but was saved by Charlie Crowley.

Wingate were dangerous down the left flank once again, as Oliyide ghosted past Gordon and whipped it in for Rob Laney whose header went over the crossbar.

‘The Blues’ on the half hour mark had a chance, as Teniola slotted in Ngandu to run through on goal but his shot went just over the bar.

Wingate took the lead four minutes before the break, as a cross to the far post was headed back across goal by Laney for the former Brentwood man Fisher to head in from the six-yard box.

In the second half, the away side almost doubled their lead as Weatherstone again flicked the inswinging corner by Fisher towards goal which Bowles lifted over the bar.

After the break the game was broken up by various substitutions by the visitors due to injury, which broke up any flow to the game and hindered any attacking flow from the home side.

The visitors saw out a fizzled end to the match, which leaves Brentwood still eight points off safety with just three games in hand.

‘The Blues’ will now look to a crucial game in their relegation fight, as they travel to Hendon in desperate need of three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Simon Glover, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon (80), 7 Shad Ngandu, 12 Mitch Hahn, 9 Alex Teniola, 10 Robbie Rees ©, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 14 Joshua Banton, 15 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Marcus Milner (80), 17 Kevin Watson

Wingate & Finchley Lineup: 1 Charlie Crowley, 2 Mark Goodman, 3 Tommy Cummings, 4 Ahmet Rifat, 5 Marc Weatherstone, 6 Leon Fisher, 7 Alex Addai (85), 8 Ola Sogbanmu (62), 9 Billy Healey (68), 10 Rob Laney, 11 Karl Oliyide

Substitutes: 12 Jack Read (68), 14 Karl Stevenson (85), 15 Alfie Bartram (62)

Attendance: 107

Interview with Brentwood Town manager Mike Flanagan:

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Lewes 1

Brentwood Town suffered a further setback in their battle to remain in the Ryman Premier, after a narrow 1-0 home defeat to rock bottom Lewes at the Brentwood Arena.

A second half strike from Henry Muggeridge was the difference between the two sides, despite Brentwood’s dominate spells means they now fall eight points off safety with four games in hand.

Mike Flanagan makes three changes to his side that lost 4-0 away to Kingstonian, Bradley Nobbs and Sam Collins were replaced by Leon Gordon and Shad Ngandu, while Connor Witherspoon had a hip injury so Marcus Milner slotted in.

The visitors had the opening glimpse of a goal, as Leon Redwood’s long range shot was comfortable for Ollie Bowles.

Lewes had the first real chance of the match, as Redwood’s free-kick almost went straight in but was helped away by Bowles and cleared by Captain Martyn Stokes.

Brentwood finished the better of the two sides, after good play from Milner and Petrit Elbi who crossed it into the path of Tom Richardson in the six-yard box but his shot was blocked.

In the second half the visitors took the lead which stunned Brentwood, as Steve Brinkhurst broke the back line out wide and his ball across was kept out by Bowles but only to Muggeridge at the far post whose shot was too strong for Bowles.

Brentwood had an opportunity to equalise shortly after the hour mark, as Elbi won the loose ball in the air and Richardson picked it up but his shot was dragged wide.

Andrew Freeman turned the ball over the Lewes defence for Richardson to run on to but his shot was straight at Chris Winterton.

‘The Blues’ nearly equalised, as Freeman burst down the left flank and whipped it in for substitute Alex Teniola to chest it down but his strike went over the bar.

Brentwood again with the offensive pressure, as Teniola flicked it on for Ngandu who slots in Richardson but his shot was comfortable for Winterton.

The home side substitute Mitch Hahn almost levelled on the half volley in the dying minutes of the game but was palmed away by Winterton, as the visitors took all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Cross, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Marcus Milner (58), 8 Petrit Elbi (81), 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn (81), 14 Josh Banton, 15 Alex Teniola (58), 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 James Scammell

Lewes Lineup: 1 Chris Winterton, 2 Steve Brinkhurst, 3 Leon Redwood, 4 Lee Carey ©, 5 Stacey Freeman, 6 Alex Malins, 7 Henry Muggeridge, 8 James Hammond, 9 Josh Street (84), 10 Alex Laing, 11 Ronnie Conlon (92)

Substitutes: 12 Dee Okojie (84), 14 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (92), 15 Jordan badger, 17 Nathan Stroomberg

Attendance: 111

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AJ takes Spring Trophy


 

Andreas Jonsson won the 2016 Lakeside Vortex Hammers Spring Trophy in their pre-season warm up fixture ahead of the new Elite League season.

Jonsson remained unbeaten throughout the night with five race victories from five including the final and was the standout rider of the night.

In the winner takes all grand finale it featured four of this year’s Lakeside riders for the upcoming season, as Richard Lawson finished second and Kim Nilsson in third.

Former Hammers Stuart Robson, Ben Morley and Leigh Lanham returned as guests for the meeting to face the spritely Lakeside team ahead of their bank holiday opener.

Grand finalist Piotr Swiderski kicked proceedings off with victory in heat one. Lawson took heat two from the first bend, despite constant pressure from his teammate Edward Kennett who settled for second.

AJ stamped his authority on the evening with his opening win, after he overtook Nilsson on the third bend of the first lap.

Lawson got his second victory of the night, after gating in front and held off the threat of returning Hammer Lewis Bridger.

Nilsson won heat five and AJ got his second victory of the night at the second attempt after his unsatisfactory start in heat six, ahead of Swiderski in second.

At the halfway stage occupying the top four spots were, AJ and Lawson joint on six points with Swiderski and Nilsson on five points.

Ben Morley (Left), Leigh Lanham (Inside Left), Stuart Robson (Inside Right), Robert Mear (Right)

Robson got his first race win of the night in heat seven, ahead of Morley and Lanham.

AJ then made it a hat-trick of wins in heat eight the hard way, as D Jonsson lead until the fourth bend on lap two when AJ swept round the outside to take the victory.

Kennett then pressed to his first victory of the night with his offensive style, as Nilsson came second and Swiderski third.

AJ won heat ten for his fourth race win from four, which secured his place in the winner takes all final and set the fastest time of the evening in 58.9 seconds.

Bridger took heat 11 to give him a chance to get in the grand finale finishing on seven points, after Kennett fell on lap two.

In the final heat, Lawson gated first and won which put him into the final. Nilsson came second which also put him through and Swiderski finished third.

AJ topped the heat scoring with 12 points, Lawson came second with 10 points, Nilsson in third with 9 points and Swiderski and Bridger on 7 points each.

Swiderski sneaked into the final on head-to-head, as he beat Bridger in the opening heat to put him into the final alongside AJ, Lawson and Nilsson.

In the grand finale, Lawson gated first and lead for the first three laps with AJ in hot pursuit. Lawson then lost control on the third bend on lap three and AJ’s outside manoeuvre replicated from heat eight worked again to take the victory and the 2016 Spring Trophy.

The Hammers are now raring to go, as the season starts with an away trip to the Kings Lyn Stars on Thursday 24th March before the Good Friday reverse fixture at the Raceway at 1pm.   

Coach Kelvin Tatum spoke to me at the Press and Practice day on Thursday ahead of the new season:

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Hampton and Richmond Borough 3

Hampton and Richmond Borough return to the top of the Ryman League, after a comfortable 3-0 away victory to Brentwood Town to stump their survival hopes at the Brentwood Arena.

The away side got a quick two goal lead through Eddie Hutchinson’ early opener and Jamal Lowe’s strike.

Lowe then capped off Hampton’s return to lead the table, with a brace in the second half for their fifth straight win.

Mike Flanagan made four changes to his sides that drew 1-1 in the derby against Billericay Town, Tom Richardson was side-lined due to a hamstring injury which made way for Shad Ngandu.

Sam Cross, Leon Gordon and Andrew Freeman all moved to the bench as Concord loanee Sam Collins, Joshua Banton and Mitch Hahn come into the side.

Hampton got off to a flier as they scored within four minutes, after a free-kick by Tom Beere was headed goalwards and superbly saved by Ollie Bowles but Hutchinson was first to react to tuck it in.

The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brendan Kiernan went through on goal and his well-struck shot was palmed by Bowles onto the crossbar and the rebound fell to Lowe who headed over from the six-yard box.

Hampton again, showed why their at the top end of the table by almost getting a second, as Beere chased down a through ball which was blocked by the rushing Bowles, for his third save in ten minutes.

Lowe was then put through on goal and scored but for the linesman who flagged offside to Brentwood’s relief.

Although Lowe did put the ball into the net 12 minutes later whilst remaining onside, as he was allowed to travel with the ball into the box and lashed his shot into the bottom corner.

Brentwood had their first real clear chance shortly after the half hour mark, as Elbi cut the ball back out on the wide right to whip the ball in for Marcus Milner – who miss times his header wide.

In the second half Brentwood had the opening chance of the half, as Ngandu worked the ball out to Milner whose shot was well-saved by Mark Smith down low at his near post.

Hampton sealed the three points 15 minutes from time, as Leon Soloman managed to squeeze the ball across the six-yard box for Lowe to finish.

‘The Blues’ now move on to the crucial match in their relegation battle, as they take the trip to Staines Town at the weekend.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Mitch Hahn (72), 9 Petrit Elbi, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees

Substitutes: 12 Sam Cross, 14 Andrew Freeman (72), 15 Leon Gordon, 16 Matt Rose

Hampton and Richmond Lineup: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley (45), 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Soloman, 7 Eddie Hutchinson, 8 Tom Beere (79), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan, 11 Jamal Lowe (84)

Substitutes: 12 Joe Hicks (79), 14 Jerome Federico, 15 Michael Kamara (45), 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick (84)

Attendance: 123

Interview with Brentwood Town manager Mike Flanagan:

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 Harrow Borough 1

Brentwood Town move closer to survival in the Ryman Premier with three vital points at home, after a 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough at the Brentwood Arena.

‘The Blues’ claimed their first win at home in the league since late September, as Robbie Rees grabbed his brace either side of the break.

Although there was a late scare for the hosts, as Harrow centre-back David Taylor converted in injury-time but Brentwood held strong to secure the three points.  

Mike Flanagan makes three changes to his side that drew 1-1 away at Burgess Hill Town, as Joshua Banton was replaced by Sam Collins for his debut on loan from Concord Rangers. Midfielders Mitch Hahn and Bradley Nobbs had been rested, as Marcus Milner and Petrit Elbi were preferred choices.

Brentwood had the first chance of the match, as Robbie Rees’ free-kick on the edge of the box was fired in low but was palmed away by Joe Mcdonnell.

Richardson almost gave ‘The Blues’ the lead, as he shook off the Harrow defender and with Mcdonnell off his line attempted the shot which looped just wide.

The home side took the lead shortly after, as Andrew Freeman beat his man down the left to progress and smartly cut the ball to the edge of the box for the on running Rees to fire into the far post.

Harrow nearly equalised on the counter-attack, as Elbi’s went down in the Harrow box which the visitors broke through Fekiri Okerabirhie whose shot went just wide.

Brentwood were close to a second, as Rees slotted in Richardson to burst goalwards and his shot was saved at the legs of McDonnell.

Harrow then went down the other end and almost punished the home side, as Jack Waldren’s cross was lifted goal bound by Marc Charles-Smith, which was helped onto the crossbar and then collected by Bowles.

In the second half, ‘The Blues’ doubled their advantage eight minutes in, as a long ball over the top by Elbi was chased down by Richardson who squared it to Rees to coolly slot home.

Harrow’s night went from bad to worse, as first half substitute Shaun Preddie had to leave the field due to injury and was replace by Joshua Webb.

Brentwood almost put the game to bed just after the hour mark, as Freeman looped a ball into the box for Richardson whose half volley went just wide.

Rees very nearly grabbed his hat-trick, as a lifted ball by Collins into the path of Richardson broke for him, which he then laid off to Rees as his curling effort bent just outside the post.

Harrow almost gave themselves a lifeline, as the ball fell to Spencer McCall whose shot inside the box was parried around the post by Bowles.

Richardson was put through on goal with just McDonnell to beat and tried to lift it over him but put it over the bar, which would have sealed the three points.

Borough grabbed a late consolation in injury time, after a high back post header was nodded back into the six-yard box which was spilled by Bowles and drilled in by Taylor.

Brentwood held on to secure the win and move up to 21st in the table, just five points off survival with five games in hand, as they now look to face local rivals Billericay at the weekend.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Petrit Elbi, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Joshua Banton, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley

Harrow Borough Lineup: 1 Joe McDonnell, 2 Josh Webb, 3 Jack Waldren, 4 David Taylor, 5 Michael Peacock (45), 6 Tom Wilment, 7 Spencer McCall (61), 8 Mark Mcleod, 9 Marc Charles-Smith ©, 10 Lewis Driver, 11 Fejiri Okerabirhie

Substitutes: 12 Michael Bryan, 14 Harry Newman (61), 15 Joshua Webb (59), 16 Shaun Preddie (45) (59), 13 Brendan Hazlett

Attendance: 81

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Leiston FC 2

Brentwood Town’s four game unbeaten run comes to an end and halts their survival chase, after a 2-0 home defeat to Leiston at the Arena.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half but in the second half Billy Clark slotted in from close range to give the visitors the lead.

Leiston had lost their previous four matches and as Brentwood pushed for an equaliser the away side got the second in injury time from a deflected Clark shot.

Mike Flanagan made two changes to his side that drew 3-3 at home to Canvey Island, as Bradley Nobbs starts in place of the injured Lewis Knight and Shad Ngandu is preferred to Mitch Hahn.

Marcus Milner returned to ‘The Blues’ from Cheshunt and made the bench for the home side.

With just five minutes on the clock, Brentwood almost took the lead as Robbie Rees’ corner was whipped in and came back off the crossbar but was cleared from danger.

Leiston had a half chance shortly after, as Kelsey Trotter took on a strike from a loose ball but was comfortable for Ollie Bowles.

Brentwood nearly broke the deadlock 38 minutes in, from quick play by Bowles up field for Tom Richardson and Robbie Rees. The ball eventually fell to Andrew Freeman at the far post but his drilled shot across the six-yard box could not be turned in.

The visitors still made their attacking threat known, after a high ball into the box by Stuart Boardley was won by Leon Ottley-Gooch beating Bowles to the ball but his header went wide.

In the second half, Leiston grabbed the lead just after the hour mark, as Louis Baucutt was dispossessed by Ottley-Gooch who whipped it across the box and was tucked away by Clark at the far post.

Brentwood nearly got the leveller through Shad Ngandu, as the ball broke to him just inside the box he cut back inside and his shot was well held by Ashlee Jones.

‘The Blues’ pushed for the equaliser, which did not come and Leiston doubled their lead in injury time, as Clark’s shot took a wicked deflection off the Brentwood defender and crept in the near post to seal the three points.

Brentwood remain 22nd eight points off safety with six games in hand, facing third placed Dulwich Hamlet at the Arena on Saturday.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 18 Shad Ngandu, 7 Bradley Nobbs (77), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Mitch Hahn, 14 Marcus Milner (77), 15 Chris Manangu, 16 Joshua Banton, 17 Dwade James

Leiston Lineup: 1 Ashlee Jones, 2 Jack Ainsley, 3 Stuart Boardley, 4 Toby Kerslake, 5 Joe Jefford, 6 Tom Bullard ©, 7 Jack Baker, 8 Kelsey Trotter, 9 Leon Ottley-Gooch, 10 Tom Winter, 11 Billy Clark

Substitutes: 12 Christy Finch, 13 Alex Rossis, 14 Will Oxbrow, 15 Aaron Thurlow, 16 Gareth Heath

Attendance: 98

Interview with Brentwood Town Manager Mike Flanagan:

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Ryman League Premier: Mersham 1 Brentwood Town 3

Brentwood Town claimed their first win of 2016 to keep their survival bid in the Ryman Premier alive, after a 3-1 away victory at Mersham.

The home side took the lead early in the second half, as Antone Douglas scored from close range.

Brentwood responded with the leveller shortly after, as Lewis Knight nodded in for his first goal for the club.

‘The Blues’ then got themselves infront, as second half substitute Leon Gordon put his strike away from close range.

The visitors sealed the points in injury time, as Tom Richardson slotted in to give Brentwood their first win since November.

Mike Flanagan names an unchanged starting 11 that gained a 1-1 home draw against Burgess Hill Town last weekend, with the added boost of Leon Gordon as he returned from injury to make the bench.

Brentwood had the first meaningful shot of the match 22 minutes in, after good work from Andrew Freeman in a tight situation out wide – he then lifted a deep ball into the box for Robbie Rees’ shot on the volley to be held by Josh Smith.

‘The Blues’ had another chance from a set piece this time, as Mitch Hahn’s corner was whipped in for Captain Martyn Stokes to head just wide, as it clipped the post.

Mersham showed their attacking threat, as Captain Fabio Saraiva slotted it into Tom Kavanagh whose snap shot was straight at Ollie Bowles.

In the second half, the home side took the lead 58 minutes in as Saraiva’s in swinging free-kick was not cleared from Brentwood and was tucked in by Douglas at the far post.

Brentwood responded with a set piece of their own, as Hahn’s free-kick was whipped in goalwards and diverted by Knight to evade the keeper Smith to equalise.

‘The Blues’ went on to take the lead shortly after, as Richardson wriggled into the box and managed to find Rees who flicked it to substitute Gordon coming in from the right to fire in.

The away side almost extended their advantage, as Richardson again caused havoc out wide and played in Freeman on the overlap to find Rees whose shot went narrowly wide.

Mersham nearly scored with a couples of minutes remaining of normal time, as Savaiva’s whipped in ball was headed just wide by substitute Ellis Brown.

Brentwood then secured the three points on the stroke of 90 minutes, from a long ball by Bowles which was flicked on to put in Richardson who coolly finish from a tight angle to push the away side up 21st.

Mersham Lineup: 1 Josh Smith, 2 Michael Abnett, 3 Issac Nehemie, 4 Antone Douglas, 5 Tutu Henriques, 6 Kershanly Samuels (80), 7 Aaron Hopkinson (62), 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Callum Willock, 10 Fabio Saraiva ©, 11 Aaron Rhule (62)

Substitutes: 12 Charlie Penny (62), 14 Ellis Brown (62), 15 Simon Cooper, 16 Landre Azeez (80), 17 Yannick Makiese

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 5, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu (64), 18 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Robbie Rees, 11 Andy Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Petrit Elbi, 14 Leon Gordon (64), 15 Chris Manangu, 16 Bradley Nobbs, 17 Sherwin Stanley

Interview with Brentwood Town Manager Mike Flanagan:

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Ryman Premier League: Brentwood Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 1

Brentwood Town were denied their first win since November by a late equaliser from Burgess Hill Town’s Joe Keehan in their 1-1 draw at the Brentwood Arena.

Robbie Rees gave ‘The Blues’ the lead early in the second half, with his diving header in Brentwood’s first home game of 2016.

Burgess Hill got a last minute leveller from a set piece, to snatch a point and stun the home side and deny them what would have been a vital win in their survival bid.

Mike Flanagan made two changes to his side that grabbed an away draw against local rivals Billericay, as Captain Martyn Stokes returned from injury in place of Connor Hogan and Robbie Rees was chosen ahead of Petrit Elbi.

Burgess Hill had the first shot of the match 11 minutes in, as Lee Harding’s strike from just outside the box was saved by Ollie Bowles and collected at the second attempt.

In the second half, the visitors had a great chance to lead as Captain Darren Budd had a shot from close range, which was stopped by Bowles.

Brentwood lost the ball from the broken down corner, which worked its way to Sam Gargan on the edge of the box, whose shot was kept out by a great save from Bowles at full stretch.

The hosts broke the deadlock, just before the hour mark after good work from Brentwood, Tom Richardson managed to find a yard and whipped in a cross for Rees to head home.

Burgess Hill went straight in search of the leveller as Harding’s shot was parried for a corner by Bowles. From the resulting corner, Dan Pearce whipped in a deep cross for Harding to meet again at the far post, which Bowles had to help onto the bar and Ryan O’Rawe finally cleared the danger.

The away side nearly equalised, as the ball broke to Budd and his vicious strike had to be turned over the bar again by Bowles to deny the visitors.

Brentwood hit Burgess Hill on the counter-attack, with great work from substitute Petrit Elbi and Richardson whose shot was well held by Josh James.

The visitors got a late equaliser in injury time, as Pearce’s corner was put in to the back post for first half substitute Joe Keehan to nod in – to deny the host all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, Lewis Knight, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Mitch Hahn (79), 9 Tom Richardson (87), 10 Robbie Rees (80), 11 Andy Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Connor Hogan (79), 14 Petrit Elbi (80), 15 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Chris Manangu (87), 17 Sherwin Stanley

Burgess Hill Town Lineup: 1 Josh James, 2 Toby Pointing, 3 Sam Fisk, 4 Darren Budd ©, 5 Andy Pearson (24), 6 Will Miles, 7 Dan Pearce, 8 Pat Harding (77), 9 Sam Gargan, 10 Chris Smith (85), 11 Lee Harding

Substitutes: 12 Joe Keehan (24), 14 Scott Kirkwood, 15 Jack Rowe-Hurst (77), 16 Cam Wiltshire (85)

Attendance: 154

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Ryman League Premier: Billericay Town 1 Brentwood Town 1

Brentwood Town grabbed their first and vital point of the New Year in their search for survival, after a 1-1 draw against in form local rivals Billericay Town at New Lodge.

Billericay Town extended their unbeaten league run to 15 games thanks to a second half equaliser from Teddy Nesbitt, after he finally broke the Brentwood defence.

Despite Brentwood who gained the advantage in the first half, through Ryan O’Rawe to give the local neighbours the lead.

Mike Flanagan brought in three new signings for Brentwood who all featured, as Ollie Bowles returned in between the sticks on loan from Concord Rangers. Lewis Knight cames in to sure up the defence from Chatham Town and Petrit Elbi from Aveley to strengthen ‘The Blues’ at the other end.

Craig Edwards had an introduction of his own, as he brought in Jordan Cox from Braintree Town to add to Billericay’s strike force.

Billericay almost broke the deadlock 15 minutes in, as Connor Hubble’s strike from outside the box was heading goalwards but for Ryan O’Rawe to direct it over the bar.

The home side should have taken the lead 25 minutes in, as Billericay’s new signing Cox was put through on goal but his shot on the edge of the box went just wide.

Brentwood took the lead on the half hour mark, as Mitch Hahn’s free kick came back off the post and into the path of O’Rawe who tapped in the rebound from close range.

In the second half, Billericay equalised on the hour mark, as Quentin Monville did well to keep the ball in and whipped a deep ball into the box – which was not dealt with by Bowles to fall to Nesbitt at the far post to fire home.

Brentwood threatened through Elbi’s flick on for Tom Richardson, who burst goal bound cut back inside for his shot which went wide.

Billericay could have snatched the three points at the death in injury time, as substitute Glen Poole’s corner went through everyone in the six-yard box and Brentwood cleared – to hold on for an important point.

Billericay Lineup: 1 Jack Giddens, 2 Ibrahim Diallo, 3 Alex Stephenson, 4 Connor Hubble, 5 Joe Ellul, 6 George Beavan, 7 Quentin Monville, 8 Frankie Curley © (81), 9 Jordan Cox, 10 Tom Derry (67), 11 Teddy Nesbitt

Substitutes: 12 Hafeez Sanusi, 14 Onome Sodje (67), 15 Glenn Poole (81), 16 Cliff Akurang

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Connor Witherspoon, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Lewis Knight, 7 Andrew Freeman (85), 8 Mitch Hahn (87), 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Petrit Elbi (68), 11 Shad Ngandu

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (68), 14 Robbie Rees (85), 15 Bradley Nobbs (87), 16 Joshua Banton, 17 Chris Manangu

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Ryman League Premier: Enfield Town 2 Brentwood Town 1

A late Claudiu Vilcu goal dampened Brentwood Town’s New Year festivities after a 2-1 away defeat to Enfield Town in Mike Flanagan’s first game in charge of ‘The Blues’.

Brentwood slip to eight points off safety despite having four games in hand and remain without a win since early November.

Bobby Devyne grabbed a first-half opener with his free-kick, which went straight in to set Enfield on their way.

‘The Blues’ levelled the match in the second half through the return of Tom Richardson, as his close range strike gave the away side holding a vital point.

But on the approach to injury-time Vilcu headed home to snatch yet another late victory to continue their hopes of possible promotion.

Flanagan brought back two absent Blues players Ryan O’Rawe and Tom Richardson with the introduction of new keeper Andrew Plummer from Brightlingsea Regent to the starting lineup.

Tom Richardson had an early shot for the visitors, as he checked back to evade the defender inside the box but his shot was straight at Nathan Mcdonald.

Enfield had a great chance 15 minutes in as Evans Kouassi burst down the left flank into space, his cross into the box broke for Devyne whose shot came off the crossbar and was eventually cleared by Brentwood.

Corey Whitely was put through for Enfield shortly after, breaking through the Brentwood defence but his snap shot went wide of the target.

Brentwood crafted an opportunity for the lead, as Richardson did good work out wide and whipped a ball in for Shad Ngandu whose free header went over.

Richardson turned his man once again to put Brentwood on the attack, he then laid the ball to Ngandu whose shot was parried over the bar by Mcdonald.

Ngandu gave away a needless free-kick for Brentwood just inside their own half, which resulted in Enfield taking the lead as Devyne lifted the ball into the box which caused confusion and found its way in.

Brentwood almost equalised five minutes into the second half, as Mitch Hahn whipped in his first time cross which was overhit but came back off the crossbar.

Enfield nearly doubled their lead, as Whitely’s strike from outside the box was palmed into the path of Devyne whose heavy touch was clawed off the line by Plummer.

Brentwood equalised 65 minutes in, as Ngandu was able to cut the ball back across the box after beating the defender for Richardson to tuck in from close range.

Devyne got himself through on goal shortly after, and had just Plummer to beat but his poked shot went just wide of the post.

Enfield were pressing for the winner and Harry Ottoway nearly grabbed it for the home side but his shot went wide of Plummer’s near post.

The hosts broke Brentwood’s valiant defence on the brink of injury time, after a half cleared corner was clipped to the far post to be headed home by Vilcu to snatch the three points.

Enfield Town Lineup: 1 Nathan Mcdonald, 2 Ryan Doyle, 3 Joe Stevens, 4 Claudiu Vilcu, 5 Harold Joseph, 6 Stanley Muguo, 7 Corey Whitely, 8 Nathan Livings (36), 9 Bobby Devyne (92), 10 Harry Ottaway, 11 Evans Kouassi (45)

Substitutes: 12 Phil Lowen (36), 14 Jandir Da Cruz (92), 15 Mickey Parcell, 16 Tayshan Hayden-Smith, 17 Tyler Campbell (45)

Brentwood Town: 1 Andrew Plummer, 2 Leon Gordon (29), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Mitch Hahn, 5 Phillip Anderson, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Connor Hogan (54), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Andrew Freeman

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (54), 14 Bradley Nobbs, 16 Joshua Banton (29), Dwade James

Attendance: 352

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Ryman League Premier: Leatherhead 1 Brentwood Town 0

Brentwood Town suffer another grim away defeat, with their Ryman Premier survival task made tougher after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 at Leatherhead.

Chris Kinnear’s first half strike was the only goal that separated the two sides despite Leatherhead’s dominance throughout the majority of the game.

‘The Blues’ remain 21st in the table and seven points adrift of safety and with scoring only one goal in their last five games, George Borg is still without a win as Town manager.

Borg made one change to his side that drew away at Met Police last week, as Shad Ngandu comes in for Ritchie Jones who suffered a knee injury last week.

Within the opening few seconds of the game Brentwood’s Leon Gordon was already in the book for a strong tackle on Paul Walsh.

Brentwood had the first opportunity 12 minutes in, as Mitch Hahn on the opposite wing kept the ball in-play out wide. He cut it back for Shad Ngandu whose cross was just overhit for Liam Hope.

The home side struck early, as Brentwood did not close down Leatherhead’s men so Kinnear’s shot from just outside the box squirmed its way in off the inside of the post.

Leatherhead almost doubled their lead from a floating free-kick, which was met by the new assistant manager Steve Watt but came off the top of the crossbar.

‘The Tanners’ had another chance to extend their advantage, as Alex Brown found space inside the box but his shot went wide of the target.

In the second half, Leatherhead continued their dominance with another shot from Brown which was deflected off a Brentwood defender to go wide.

From the resulting corner which Kieran Huches-Mason whipped in, was headed again by Watt into the ground and Martyn Guest had to pull off a smart save – to deny the hosts.

Brentwood had sparse opportunity, as Hogan’s free-kick was whipped in low for Jamie Guy to hold up and on the turn his shot was well-held by Captain Louis Wells.

Leatherhead thought they had practically sealed the three points, as a whipped in ball to the far post was almost put in by Phil Anderson but for Guest to claw it off the line.

The home side had a chance to wrap it up in injury time, as Huches-Mason went on the counter-attack for the home side but was palmed away by Guest.

Brentwood threw everything at Leatherhead even resorting to Guest going forward but could not break down ‘The Tanners’, as their revival to get out the relegation zone gets tougher.

Leatherhead Lineup: 1 Louis Wells ©, 2 Adam Cash, 3 Adam Green, 4 Paul Semakula, 5 Steve Watt, 6 Jerry Nnamani, 7 Alex Brown (90), 8 Chris Kinnear, 9 Paul Walsh (59), 10 Kieran Huches-Mason, 11 Kaka Dembele (74)

Substitutes: 12 Tomi Adeloye (59), 14 Josh Callacher, 15 Ryan Mahal (74), 16 Matt Smart (90), 17 Stephen Okoh

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Phil Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Shad Ngandu (73), 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope (45), 19 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (63)

Substitutes: 12 Sherwin Stanley (45), 14 Ryan O’Rawe, 15 Connor Witherspoon, 16 Dwade James (63), 17 Arthur Rodgers (73)

Attendance: 238

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Kimbolton – final race of 2015

Having won the 2015 Minimax Championship at the Kimbolton Circuit with a round to spare and added 3rd place in 2015 to his 2014 Championship title at the Whilton Mill circuit this year, Phoenix FM-sponsored 13 year old Essex Karting Champion Lochlan Bearman took the opportunity to race in the Junior Rotax final round at Kimbolton.

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The Junior Category is for drivers up to 17 years old and karts capable of 90 mph. There was a good entry with a 2 times Champion from 2015 and 2016 and a European front runner entered for the race.

Practise went well with Bearman on the pace from the first session. Race day was very wet and misty with challenging conditions greeting the drivers from the start.

In the first heat Bearman started 3rd and making his customary fast start was leading by the end of the first lap., ahead of the European challenger Sullivan. By the end of lap 2 the positions had reversed with Bearman now chasing hard. After 7 laps Bearman’s tyres ‘came on’ (they reached optimum temperature and grip) and he was looking for a way by. Sullivan had to go defensive and corner after corner Bearman got alongside but could not find a way past. In an exciting final lap they touched but Sullivan help on the cross the line half a kart ahead of Bearman.

In Heat 2 Bearman started mid pack and again making a fast start was into 5th at the end of Lap 1. Slipstreaming along the straight he dived out of the spray and out braked his rival into the ‘Bus Stop’ and finished lap 2 in 4th position. Bearman now had this year’s Champion and runner up in front of him. He began to reel them in each lap and caught them at the start of lap 8. As they battled the Essex youngster caught them in the last corner. As they came down the start/finish straight Bearman took a wide line as they braked for the first corner and dived inside both to take 2 positions and move into 2nd place with a great move. By then Sullivan was gone but Bearman was delighted with his race.

Knowing he would be starting 2nd in the final the team and Bearman wanted to find something extra to win. They chose to use a different set of wet tyres but sadly this back fired as they had much less grip and the young racer could not match his lap times form the previous heats. He eventually finished 5th.

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“It was a great weekend”, said Bearman. “I really enjoyed racing against these drivers who I’ve always viewed as some of the best. We did this meeting for fun and did not buy new tyres and I only had intermediate wets not full wets. I knew they were gradually losing grip and so it seemed sensible to use a better set when they were offered. Sadly this season the performance of the wet tyres has been very inconsistent and it transpired these had less grip. It’s a shame but there was no way I could have matched the pace of the winner so we had to try something. But I can walk away knowing I can mix it with the best.

“That could be my last kart race which is a shame although I hope we can find a way to have a couple of races or compete in Europe. Bearman will be 14 in the new year and his focus will change to full circuit racing in the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship for 14 to 17 year olds. I can’t wait to get out on the circuits and start practising. The first round is as Snetterton on the 1st weekend of April. It’s another big jump and a different driving style but I will be giving it all I’ve got. I will be staying with Gary Cooper and the CopperMotorsport Team who have guided me to the Championship title in the last 2 years.

“I’m also totally thrilled to say that I will continue to be supported by Phoenix9 M in 2016 and hope that you will see my car at selected Phoenix FM events throughout 2016.”

The Fiesta Junior Championship will be televised and the Bearmans are hoping that will attract sponsors which will be needed to support testing and tyres. If you want to know more you can contact them at Bearman.racing@gmail.com or via www.lochlanbearman.com.

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Ryman League Premier: Metropolitan Police 0 Brentwood Town 0

Brentwood Town held on for a resilient point with a 0-0 away draw against mid-tabled Metropolitan Police.

Neither side could break the deadlock in blustery conditions at Imber Court, for Brentwood’s second consecutive draw in the league and move up to 21st in the table.

Brentwood still remain in the relegation zone but reduce the gap to four points behind Hendon, with games in hand.

George Borg made one change to his side that drew at home to Farnborough last week, as Louis Baucutt comes in place of Dwade James who moved to the bench.

Brentwood had to make an early substitution 24 minutes in, as Ritchie Jones had a knee injury and was replaced by the return of Connor Witherspoon.

The first real opportunity of the match came 40 minutes in from the left as Louis Baucutt whipped in ball, was flicked goalwards by Jamie Guy but could not get a good enough connection to steer it on target.

In the second half, Brentwood had to make their second substitution as Captain Martyn Stokes suffered a dead leg and was replaced by Josh Banton.

The Met Police almost broke the deadlock five minutes in, as Joe Turner’s half volley beat Martyn Guest but his volley hit the outside of the post.

The home side had another opportunity on the break, as Captain Billy Crook cut the ball to Will Salmon whose tame shot went wide of the goal.

The Met Police had another glorious chance to open the scoring, as Charlie Collins’ corner was on a plate for Nathan Campbell but he miss-timed his header for Brentwood to clear their lines.

Guest denied the Met Police the lead with 13 minutes remaining, as Leon Smith broke past Banton and his shot was well-saved, to maintain his clean sheet.

The hosts thought they had the lead, after a Collins free-kick took a wicked deflection in the box went up in the air and was heading in but for the top of the crossbar, to deny the home side.

Brentwood held on in the closing stages to move up a place and close the gap on the teams above, who were all defeated.

‘The Blues’ will now look to Tuesday night, to continue their good recent form and host title chasers Wingate and Finchley.

Metropolitan Police Lineup: 1 Craig King, 2 Will Salmon, 3 Ollie Treacher, 4 Billy Crook ©, 5 Jay Lovett, 6 Rob Bartley, 7 Charlie Collins (84), 8 Nathan Campbell, 9 Leon Smith, 10 Ryan James (67), 11 Joe Turner

Substitutes: 12 Elliot Taylor, 14 Steve Sutherland (84), 15 Tom Hickey, 16 Neil Barrett (67), 17 Alex Kozakis

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ritchie Jones (24), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes (45), 5 Philip Anderson, 6 Nicky Symons, 7 Leon Gordon, 8 Connor Hogan, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn (75)

Substitutes: 12 Dwade James, 14 Sherwin Stanley (75), 15 Connor Witherspoon (24), 16 Josh Banton (45), 17 Bradley Nobbs

Attendance: 95

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Essex Senior Cup Fourth Round: Brentwood Town 3 Bowers and Pitsea 5

Brentwood Town crash out of the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup, after a 5-3 home defeat to Essex Senior League outfit Bowers and Pitsea.

Bowers gained a deserved three goal advantage before Brentwood got into the game, as Jack Gardner on his return grabbed a goal along with a Vinny Durrant goal for a 2-0 lead at the break.

An early second half wonder strike from Scott Pethers gave Pitsea a three goal lead, Arthur Rogers goal gave Brentwood a glimmer of hope. A Chris Bryan brace sealed their place in the next round cancelling out a Dwade James goal and a Charlie Portway free-kick.

George Borg kept only five players from his team that drew 1-1 at home to Farnborough with regulars Martyn Guest, Connor Hogan, Mitch Hahn, Dwade James and Nicky Symons starting, mixed with a youthful Brentwood side – with Steve Portway taking charge of Brentwood for the evening.

The Essex Senior side almost took the lead ten minutes in, as Vinny Durrants’ early cross was into the path of Lewis Manor whose shot was superbly parried away by Guest.

Brentwood had their first opportunity, as Connor Hogan bent a free-kick into the box for the unmarked Charlie Portway who headed into the hands of Dylan Skinner.

From the resulting save Bowers went down the other end and capitalised on Brentwood not dealing with their lines, as another dangerous cross caused panic in the box and on his return Gardner turned it in from a tight angle to lead.

Pitsea almost extended their advantage with a set piece in a central position on the edge of the box which Bryan bent goalwards and had to be tipped over the bar by Guest.

A loose ball fell to James on the edge of the box which he struck on target and Skinner spilled the initial shot but collected the loose ball.

The visitors doubled their lead shortly after, as Billy Sendall broke down the far flank and whipped a ball into the far post for the unmarked Durrant to smash into the net.

In the second half Bowers stunned Brentwood only a minute in, as Pethers burst forward from a clearance and struck a shot from 25 yards which went in – with Guest glued to the spot to give the visitors a three goal lead.

Brentwood gave themselves a lifeline four minutes later, as Portway fed in Rogers who coolly tucked in to give Brentwood a fighting chance.

The away side were given a penalty, as Baucutt slid in on Simon-Parsons giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Bryan stepped up and sent Guest the wrong way to restore their three goal lead.

Brentwood got their second virtually from the restart, with Baucutt making up for his miss-timed tackle with a superb ball into James who brought it down and his first time shot beat the keeper to go in off the post.

‘The Blues’ put Bowers under more pressure with two minutes remaining, as Portway’s free-kick bent into the top corner from 20 yards – to give Brentwood a glimmer of hope.

The away side clinched the tie in injury time, as Bryan ran through on goal from the half way line with the Brentwood defence committed and went round Guest and tucked it in to send them in the quarter-finals.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ollie Bell, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Josh Banton, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Connor Hogan, 7 Arthur Rogers (45), 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Charlie Portway, 10 Dwade James, 11 Nicky Symons ©

Substitutes: 12 John Burgess, 14 Ruben Duarte, 15 Liam Hope, 16 Andrew Freeman (45), GK James Alborough

Bowers and Pitsea: 1 Dylan Skinner, 2 Scott Pethers, 3 Vinny Durrant, 4 Billy Sendall (58), 20 Dan Trenkel, 6 Aaron Waters, 7 Aaron Russell, 8 Jack Gardner, 9 Lewis Manor, 10 Chris Bryan, 11 Alfie Hilton

Substitutes: 12 Julian Simon-Parsons, 14 Tom Hine (58), 15 Jamie Salmon, 16 Rob Whitnell, GK Lewis Godwin-Green

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Ryman League Premier: Needham Market 4 Brentwood Town 0

Brentwood Town fell short in a bottom of the table clash and remain in the relegation zone after a 4-0 away defeat to Needham Market.

Needham grabbed a three goal advantage in the first half, as Jay Davies opened the scoring from the spot, Connor Hogan deflected the second into his own net and a Callum Harrison volley gave Needham the advantage.

Oliver Mann then made Brentwood play for their defensive frailties with the fourth and extended the gap from Brentwood and the relegation zone to four points.

George Borg made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town last time out. Shad Ngandu misses out due to suspension, as Jamie Guy comes back into the side with Phillip Anderson and new signing Bradley Nobbs joins the Brentwood fold.

Brentwood almost grabbed an early goal six minutes in, as Mitch Hahn’s whipped in free-kick had to be tipped away by Daniel Gay.

Needham were awarded a penalty ten minutes in, as Andrew Freeman accidently clipped Luke Ingram giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Davies stepped up to convert from Needham despite Martyn Guest diving the right way.

Brentwood nearly grabbed an equaliser, as Captain Martyn Stokes dinked a cross back into the box for Ryan O’Rawe which was headed goalwards but kept out by Gay.

The home side were pressuring the Brentwood defence and almost doubled their lead, as Callum Harrison’s long range shot 20 yards out went just over the crossbar.

Needham doubled their advantage, after a ball was not cleared by Brentwood and Ingram’s strike just inside the box was deflected in by Hogan.

The hosts grabbed a third a minute before the break, as Harrison teed the ball up for himself to volley the ball into the top corner – to give Brentwood a monumental task to get back into the game.

In the second half, Needham extended their lead six minutes in as Oliver Mann nodded in at the far post after a miss-timed clearance.

Brentwood now have an even bigger match at home next Saturday against Farnborough who are joint on points with ‘The Blues’.

Needham Market Lineup: 1 Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Brown (73), 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Oliver Fenn (78), 5 Keiran Morphew, 6 Joe Whight, 7 Luke Ingram, 8 Callum Harrison, 9 Oliver Mann, 10 Jay Davies, 11 Jordan Patrick

Substitutes: 12 Kemal Izzet (78), 14 Michael Brothers, 15 Sam Newson, 16 Ian Miller (73), GK Nathan Munson

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman (75), 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe (84), 6 Phillip Anderson, 7 Connor Hogan, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Jamie Guy, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Bradley Nobbs (45)

Substitutes: 12 Ryan Boswell (84), 14 Nicky Symons, 15 Joshua Banton (75), 16 Dwade James (45), 17 Matt Belcher

Attendance: 248

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Final round of WMKC Championship yields 3rd place for Bearman

Phoenix FM-sponsored race driver Lochlan Bearman went into the final round of the Whilton Mill Championship with a mathematical chance of regaining his Championship from last year. Following exclusion on a technicality last month the 13 year old needed great results and some poor luck for his rivals.

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Practice day had gone well with Bearman one of the fastest all day.

Race day started with Bearman setting a time 7 tenths faster than anyone else in cold and tricky conditions. However, when the youngster came back to the pits he reported a severe over heating issue. Without time to investigate and solve the issue before the first race there was no choice but to put the practise engine on which is slower than the race engine.

Starting from pole position Bearman lead until the end of lap 2 when he was helpless to defend along the uphill straight to Christmas Corner. Having lost the lead he was then overtaken and was back in 3rd. Bearman’s kart was handling well and he got himself in a position in the slower corners to attach the 2nd place man but contact saw Bearman spin onto the grass and resume in last place. He did manage to regain some position s but finished 13th which finished any championship hopes.

For Heat 2 the team had fixed a broken water pump and Bearman would start in 14th place. Making a good start he made several moves on the first lap t cross the line in 9th place, he kept up the attack and pulled off some great moves to be 6th at the end of lap 2. With the kart looking good he was then involved in a shunt when the two in front collided and spun into his path, the resulting impact forcing him off and he dropped to 10th, finally finishing in 9th place.

For the last Heat he started 8th. Again whilst the tyres were cold and the conditions tricky he put in a stunning lap to be 3rd at the end of the first laps with overtakes at just about every corner. On Lap 2 he was second and was looking to close on the leader. The second place man came back and lunged Bearman in the complex and forced them both wide allowing a stream of karts through leaving Bearman down in 6th.

These results left the Essex racer 9th on the grid for the final. With nothing to lose he made a lot of changes to the kart looking for an edge to give him an opportunity to win. In the position I was in the championship had gone and all I could go for was the win, so we decided to try something really different in the final said Bearman. Ultimately it did not work and whilst he did get up to 7th he eventually completed the race in 8th place.

“It’s been a terrible race day for us. Lots of problems, poor balance and accidents. I came to give it my all and it felt as if everything conspired against us. It’s really disappointing that my last race in Minimax ended like this. But I’ve had a good season considering the problems we’ve had during the year. 3rd here and a Championship win at Kimbolton isn’t bad at all. I have to thanks Gary Cooper of CooperMotorsport, Grice Engines and my family”

Bearman has one more kart race when he will step up to the Junior class for drivers up to 17 years old in December and then will be focussing on the 2016 season when he makes the graduation to full circuit racing in the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship as announced exclusively on Phoenix FM last Saturday.

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Bognor Regis Town 1

Brentwood Town were undone in blustery conditions, as the gap shortens at the foot of the table to two points after a 1-0 defeat at home to Bognor Regis Town.

A late second half goal was the difference between the two sides, as Ollie Pearce converted directly from a set piece.

Before kick-off Brentwood announced that caretaker manager George Borg will take charge of ‘The Blues’ on a permanent basis.

Borg made three changes to his side that lost away in the FA Trophy at the weekend. Young Dwade James started in place of Craig Reid, Connor Hogan got his spot ahead of the injured Nicky Symons and Andrew Freeman was preferred to Ollie Bell.

The windy conditions caused all sorts of problems for the visitors, as Brentwood maintained large amounts of possession with the conditions favouring them but could not convert the majority of the pressure into clear cut chances.

Brentwood used the conditions to their advantage and put the ball in the net just after the half hour mark. Mitch Hahn’s low cross squeezed through the defence to the far post, for the unmarked Liam Hope but was ruled out for offside by the linesmen.

‘The Blues’ had to make an early substitute, as Sam Lechmere went down after a 50/50 tackle and had to be stretchered off – to be replaced by Ritchie Jones.

Tom Richardson nearly grabbed the opening goal for Brentwood, after a high ball was not clear by Bognor and he found time to shoot on the turn but his shot went just over the bar – with the keeper at full stretch.

Brentwood continued their dominance, which almost caught the Bognor keeper out as Hahn’s over hit cross nearly found its way in at the far post.

In the second half, Bognor were now in the ascendancy and almost scored 64 minutes in after good play down the left flank was cut inside for James Crane to strike goalwards – inside the box but for a last ditch block by Captain Martyn Stokes.

The away side nearly scored from the corner, as Pearces’ caused Brentwood problems after Hope’s clearance attempt blew goalwards and Guest had to produce a save at full stretch – to deny the visitors as the rebound was fired over.

Brentwood were under constant pressure at the back and were pinned in their own half from the persistent wind and Pearce nearly scored directly from the corner, as it hit the top of the crossbar.

The visitors tested Guest once more from range, as Jason Priors’ shot got a slight deflection but Guest was equal to it with a strong hand to tip it over.

Bognor broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining from the repeat threat at corners, as Pearce’s set piece went straight in at the far post, catching Guest off guard.

In the away sides’ attempt to seal the win substitute Alfie Rutherford’s long range shot skimmed the crossbar, to deny Bognor a second and saw out the final minutes to take all three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Connor Hogan, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Tom Richardson, 8 Dwade James, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Dwade James, 11 Sam Lechmere (40)

Substitutes: 12 Ritchie Jones (40), 14 Ollie Bell, 15 Charlie Portway, 16 Matt Belcher 17Louis Baucutt

Bognor Regis Town: 1 Grant Smith, 2 Harvey Whyte, 3 James Crane, 4 Doug Tuck (76), 5 Sami El-Abd, 6 Craig Robson, 7 Ollie Pearce, 8 Snorre Nilsen, 9 Jason Prior, 10 Chike Kandi (69), 11 Chad Field

Substitutes: 12 Alfie Rutherford (69), 14 Alex Parsons (76), 15 Daryl Wollers, 16 Stuart Green, 17 Dan Beck

Attendance: 88

George Borg’s first interview as permanent manager:

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Lochlan Bearman secures the 2015 Minimax Championship

13 year old karting champion Lochlan Bearman secured the 2015 Minimax Championship at the Kimbolton circuit on Sunday.

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Bearman, who now has 2 cadet-level Championships to his name, won the Minimax category for 11-16 year olds at his first attempt last year. The Minimax karts are powered by 125cc Rotax engines and are capable of 70mph.

Bearman has had several wins this year and went into the penultimate round needing to score better than his rivals to take the title. Practise had gone well on Saturday and Bearman had developed a good set up for wet conditions.

Race day was wet and in the first heat Bearman starting in mid pack worked his way through the field in the early laps and took the lead. Bearman had already set fastest lap and was looking strong and likely to win. As he led the field towards the ‘bus stop’ disaster struck as his rear right wheel came off following earlier contact. This left Bearman classified last.

In Heat 2 Bearman started 3rd on the grid. At the end of lap 2 he was in second and as the leader reached turn 1 the next time round Bearman was in front. Such was his pace that he won the race by 4 seconds and was lapping back marker, again setting the fastest race lap.

The DNF from Heat 1 meant he would start mid pack again but with high confidence that he was the fastest man in the field. Making a good start he was running in 3rd in the early laps and battling with team mate James Hillery for 2nd. Their battling was allowing the leader Patrick Kibble to get away and Bearman sensing that he had to make a move quickly finally passed Hillery by getting the exit from the last corner perfect and selling a dummy as they went into the first corner. Bearman quickly pulled a gap to Hillery and was closing fast on Kibble.

Twice the Phoenix FM driver came down the finish straight side by side with Kibble but could not get the cut back to take the lead. Kibble defended well for 5 laps as Bearman probed for a way past again setting the fastest lap of the race whilst managing the wet tyres as the circuit began to dry out, eventually time ran out and he crossed the line alongside Kibble in second place.

“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster season”, said Bearman who suffered power problems through the mid season, “but it feels good to show that when the equipment is working I was fastest in every race and despite a DNF I nearly won today. I think I could have benefited from slightly different gearing but I’m happy to win another Championship.

“I’m really grateful to my dad who funds my racing and is my mechanic, to Phoenix FM, to Gary Cooper who runs CooperMotorsport for his driver coaching and his technical input which has been so good all season and for everyone that supports me.”

Bearman is now looking to next season and will be announcing his plans in a Phoenix FM exclusive on Saturday 14th November on Steve Robertson’s show.

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Ryman League Premier: VCD Athletic 0 Brentwood Town 2

Brentwood Town gained their first win in five league games after a comfortable 2-0 away victory over bottom of the table VCD Athletic.

Two second half goals sealed the three points for Brentwood, Sam Lechmere with the opener shortly after the break with a powerful strike. Defender Ryan O’Rawe extended Brentwood’s advantage with a header from a set piece.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his lineup that won 2-0 at home to Aylesbury in the FA Trophy Replay on Tuesday. Liam Hope moves to the bench as Shad Ngandu returns from injury, Jamie Guy is preferred to Laurence Vaughan and Sam Lechmere is in place of Tom Richardson.

The home side had to make an unexpected change before the start of play, as VCD goalkeeper Charlie Thomas was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by outfield player Ashley Probets.

VCD nearly opened the scoring six minutes in as Nigel Neita’s cross was met by Donovan Simmonds but his header went just wide.

Brentwood struggled to turn possession into chances, but a free-kick from Mitch Hahn was whipped in and headed goalwards by Ryan O’Rawe but was comfortably saved by Ashley Probets.

Mark Nwokeji for ‘The Vickers’ has a shot on the edge of the box, which was straight at Guest.

In the second half, Hahn went for glory from just inside the VCD half and looked to be heading wide but swerved back and come back off the far post. Hahn shortly after had another vicious shot from a tight angle which was parried by Probets.

Brentwood broke the deadlock 52 minutes in, as a long throw by Hahn was not cleared by VCD and came to the edge of the box for Lechmere to fire his shot in – giving the keeper no chance.

‘The Blues’ doubled their lead as Andy Freeman’s corner was whipped into the danger area, which O’Rawe met at the far post to head past Probets.

VCD made a change in keepers, as Probets moved into outfield and Rob Budd was introduced in goal in place of Richie Graham.

The home side nearly got back into the match, as Davidson Tejaiye had a shot from the edge of the box but was parried away by Guest.

Brentwood almost got a third, as Hahn’s low ball across the box came to substitute Jordan Holdsworth at the far post but the defender did enough to force his shot wide and held on for the vital win.

VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Ashley Probets, 2 Frantz Tchonang, 3 Aaron Wickam, 4 Mark Nwokeji (69), 5 Joseph Bruce, 6 Ricardo Joseph, 7 Richie Graham (64), 8 Davidson Tejaiye, 9 Nigel Neita, 10 Donovan Simmonds, 11 Kojo Awotwi

Substitutes: 12 Lheureux Meuga (69), 15 Harry Brickwood, 16 Mathias Bakare, 17 Rob Budd (64)

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu (82), 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy (88), 11 Sam Lechmere (71)

Substitutes: 12 Laurence Vaughan (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth (82), 15 Liam Hope (71), 16 Charlie Portway, 17 Connor Hogan

Attendance: 90

Interview with Dean Holdsworth:

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FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Replay: Brentwood Town 2 Aylesbury 0

Brentwood Town progress to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy, as they won 2-0 against Aylesbury in the replay at the Arena.

A goal in each half secured their place in the next round, through Craig Reid’s strike 13 minutes in.

Brentwood doubled their lead with nine minutes remaining after Richardson was brought down inside the box and Liam Hope slotted in to secure Brentwood’s place in the next round.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to his side that played in the 1-1 draw at Aylesbury on Saturday. Philip Anderson, Sam Lechmere and Jamie Guy were replaced by Liam Hope, Tom Richardson and Laurence Vaughan.

Brentwood started brightly and almost opened the scoring three minutes in as a half clearance from Aylesbury came to Nicky Symons on the volley, which stung the hands of James Weatherill.

Tom Richardson intercepted the ball in the Aylesbury half and burst goalwards, his shot was originally spilled by Weatherrill but was eventually collected.

‘The Blues’ took the lead 14 minutes in, after Mitch Hahn raced down the left flank and cut the ball to Reid to steady himself and fire his shot into the bottom corner.

Aylesbury had a glorious chance to equalise 22 minutes in, as Ken Feyi was played in on goal. Paul Goodacre stalled his run under pressure but Feyi won the ball back and his shot on the turn hit the side netting.

The Evo-Stik Southern Division One side had another opportunity, as James Dobson clipped a ball towards the far post for Brian Haule to head just wide of the far post.

Richardson again caused the Aylesbury defence problems, as he out muscled Dobson but his snap shot went wide.

In the second half, Aylesbury nearly equalised 53 minutes in. Gareth Price arrowed in a fierce cross for Feyi who turned it goalwards but hit the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors squandered another chance for a leveller, as substitute Ryan O’Toole was slotted in on goal but his shot with just Martyn Guest to beat was put wide.

Brentwood could have doubled their lead 73 minutes in, as the ball was given to Hahn on the edge of the box but his low shot was saved by Weatherill.

‘The Blues’ were again in search of a second goal and almost got it, as substitute Jamie Guy crossed the ball to the far post for Brentwood’s second substitute Sam Lechmere, which he headed wide.

Brentwood were awarded a penalty 81 minutes in, after Richardson fought his way into the box but was brought down by Dobson. Liam Hope then stepped up and coolly converted to book Brentwood’s place into the next round.

The home side will now travel away to face Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Bideford AFC in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy Saturday week.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Liam Hope, 9 Craig Reid (45), 10 Tom Richardson (87), 11 Laurence Vaughan (70)

Substitutes: 12 Jamie Guy (45), 14 Sam Lechmere (70), 15 Jordan Holdsworth (87), Joshua Banton, 17 Charlie Portway

Aylesbury Lineup: 1 James Weatherill, 2 Grant Fryer, 3 James Dobson, 4 Jon Montgomery (77), 5 Kyle Anthony © (60), 6 Nathan Bowden-Hasse, 7 Gareth Price, 8 Jeanmal Prosper, 9 Brian Haule, 10 Ken Feyi (85), 11 Aston Goss

Substitutes: 12 Ryan O’Toole (60), 14 Ben Bateman, 16 Rob Timlin, 17 Davis Haule (85), 18 Lynton Goss (77)

Attendance: 89

Interview with manager Dean Holdsworth:

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FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying: Didcot Town 4 Brentwood Town 2

10-man Brentwood Town are out of the FA Cup after they let slip an early two goal lead, as they lost 4-2 away to Didcot Town and fall short of a place in the FA Cup first round proper.

‘The Blues’ set off at a canter and grabbed an early two goal lead as Craig Reid opened the scoring for Brentwood with a long range strike. Jamie Guy doubled Brentwood’s advantage shortly afterwards, as he smartly tucked away his shot.

Didcot then started the comeback, as Mark Janes’ low strike found its way past Norton. The equaliser came just before half-time as Jack Longford’s bullet header brought Didcot back on terms.

Joshua Banton was then sent off for violent conduct shortly into the second half.

Didcot broke down Brentwood and got infront, as Josh Dutton-Black slotted in and finished with a fourth – as Jack Powell put Didcot into the first round proper for the first time.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to their side that knocked out Hoddesdon Town in the previous round, as Jack Norton was drafted in for the absent Martyn Guest. Joshua Banton and Liam Hope replaced Andrew Freeman and Leon Fisher who drop to the bench.

Brentwood took an early lead just eight minutes in as Jamie Guy knocked the ball down to Craig Reid who spotted the keeper off his line and hit his shot from over 25 yards, to rocket into the back of the net.

‘The Blues’ extended their advantage within two minutes of the first, after a loose pass from the Didcot defender put Guy in to burst towards goal and slotted it past Leigh Bedwell.

Didcot were back in the game within six minutes, as the ball was worked out to Janes and his snap shot skidded off the surface – to squirm underneath Jack Norton.

Reid went for another spectacular shot on the volley this time from 20 yards, which was scrambled away by Bedwell.

Didcot grabbed the equaliser five minutes before the break, as James Heapys’ clipped cross to the far post was met by Longford to power his header home.

Brentwood almost converted virtually from the restart, as a goal mouth scramble was poked goalwards by Reid which had to be cleared off the line by Andrew Ballard.

In the second half, Reid was put through on goal and as he tried to tuck it past Bedwell he wasequal to it as he palmed the shot away with a strong hand.

Brentwood were reduced to 10-men just seven minutes in, after Banton was penalised for pulling the Didcot players shirt, as he retreated he then retaliated with a head-butt on substitute Jack Powell and was sent down the tunnel.

Didcot pilled on the pressure, as Brentwood were a man down – Longford’s volley on the edge off the box was well-saved by Norton down low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Adam Learoyds’ header looked goal bound but for Nicky Symons to instinctively hook the ball off the line, to keep Didcot at bay.

Brentwood were on the ropes and were stretched at the back, as the home side found a breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining, from a loose ball which was not cleared by the Brentwood defence as Dutton-Black swept the ball inside the far post.

‘The Blues’ were so near to an equaliser after a poor back pass from the keeper Bedwell, to give Guy a one-on-one but his shot was saved again by Bedwell to make up for his opening mistake.

The home side finished with a flourish in injury-time due to Brentwood being outnumbered at the back. Heapy made his second assist after surging forward and cut the ball across the box for an unmarked Powell to fire in from close range – to put Didcot into the draw for the first round proper.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Joshua Banton, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu (75), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Craig Reid, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Liam Hope (53)
Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (88), 14 Jordan Holdsworth, 15 Andrew Freeman (53), 16 Leon Fisher, 17 Laurence, 18 Robbie Rees (75), 20 Matt Belcher

Didcot Town: 1 Leigh Bedwell, 2 James Heapy, 3 James Organ, 4 Andrew Ballard, 5 Luke Carnell ©, Adam Learoyd, 7 Jack Longford, 8 Jack Self, 9 Mark Janes (17), 10 Mark Francis, 11 Josh Dutton-Black
Substitutes: 12 Jack Powell (17), 14 Jimmy Deabill, 15 Matthew Woodley, 16 Graham Edney, 17 Kieran Collins, 18 Joel Thompson (64), GK Josh Gannon

Attendance: 347

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Essex Senior Cup third Round: Brentwood Town 4 Brightlingsea Regent 1

Brentwood Town progress to the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup as they dispatched Ryman North side Brightlingsea Regent 4-1, at the Brentwood Arena.

Tom Richardson grabbed a first half brace which helped Brentwood on their way, after a goal from Charlie Portway, for a three goal advantage at the break.

The visitors got an early second half goal from a neat finish from Ricky Griggs to give Brightlingsea hope but was cancelled out by a quick-fire response from the restart from Dwade James.

Brentwood made nine changes to their lineup that lost 4-0 to Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday as the Ryman Premier side put out a youthful outfit.

Within the opening minute and a half, Ricky Griggs broke away on a counter-attack for Brightlingsea but his snap shot had to be tipped over by Martyn Guest.

Brentwood took the lead 25 minutes in, after a dangerous free-kick by Portway caused confusion in the Brightlingsea box – the ball then bounced onto the crossbar and crept in.

Richardson doubled ‘The Blues’ lead five minutes later, from a great individual run out wide and burst into the box and bend his shot into the far corner.

Brightlingsea had a chance to get a goal back, as a free-kick from Lamell Howell was drifted in for Josh Gould to meet at the far post – which Guest palmed away low to his left.

From the resulting corner, Brightlingsea should have scored as the header was heading into the far post but for a goal line header off the line by the Brentwood defender.

Brentwood then had to deal with a short period of sustained pressure from Brightlingsea but weathered the storm, as Richardson grabbed his second with an ambitious shot which was spilled by Daniel Beeson into his own goal.

In the second half, Brightlingsea got an early goal two minutes in as Griggs was played in and tucked it coolly past Guest.

Brentwood responded from the restart, as one killer ball broke the high defence and set substitute Dwade James on his way as he smartly tucked it beyond Beeson – to restore ‘The Blues’ three goal advantage.

‘The Blues’ could have extended their lead further, as Laurence Vaughan had the ball squared back to him just inside the box with the goal gapping but his shot was wide of the target.

Brightlingsea’s evening was summed up, as Jake Turner’s volley from 20 yards hit the inside of the post and rolled across the goal line and cleared from danger, as Brentwood saw out the remaining minutes to progress into the next round.

Brentwood will now go into the draw for the fourth round which will take place after the 14th of November, as they now look ahead to their big FA Cup fourth qualifying clash away to Didcot Town on Saturday.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest ©, 2 Will Barry, 3 Ollie Bell, 4 Josh Banton, 5 John Burgess, 6 Leon Fisher, 7 Arthur Rogers, 8 Charlie Portway, 9 Tom Richardson (45), 10 Jordan Holdsworth, 11 Laurence Vaughan (77)

Substitutes: 12 Dwade James (45), 14 Charlie Burns (77), 15 Tommy Oliver, 16 Ruben Duarte, 17 Jack Suters

Brightlingsea Regent Lineup: 1 Daniel Beeson, 2 Jason Dobbs (57), 3 Jack Gould, 4 Kieron Baker, 5 Josh Gould, 6 Matt Cripps ©, 7 Luke Read, 8 Brendon Heath, 9 Ricky Griggs, 10 Jake Turner, 11 Lamell Howell

Substitutes: 12 Robbie Lee, 14 Josh Mayhew, 15 Harry Johnson, 16 George Clarke, 17 Jake Phillips (57)

Attendance: 70

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FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Replay: Brentwood Town 2 Hoddesdon Town 1

An injury-time winner from Craig Reed sent Brentwood Town into the fourth qualifying of the FA Cup for the first time in their recent history, after coming from behind to win 2-1 over a courageous 10-man Hoddesdon Town.
The visitors Hoddesdon, stunned Brentwood to take a shock lead in the final third of the game as Ricky Light’s deflected shot found its way in.

Brentwood responded shortly after from a headed own goal by Charlie Edwards as it found its way into the top corner.
The home side grasped the victory in the dying embers of the match, as Reed’s half-volley was belted into the top corner, to put Brentwood into the next round.

Jack Bartlett then saw red, shortly after Brentwood lead with a dangerous tackle which sent him to the stands’ with moments remaining.

Dean Holdsworth named an unchanged starting XI in the goalless draw against their counterparts, Hoddesdon on Saturday.

Brentwood had the first real opportunity 20 minutes in, as a free-kick by Mitch Hahn was punched to Leon Fisher – who knocked it forward for Ryan O’Rawe to flick goalwards which had to be palmed away by Reece Buck.

Hoddesdon then had an opening at the other end, as Joss Lillis was given the ball out wide – he then cut it back for Ricky Light to meet, but lashed his shot over the bar.

Neither side gave much away in the first half in the cagey encounter, as both sides were determined not to concede.

In the second half, Brentwood had a great chance from a half cleared corner as Fisher’s shot just outside the box was blocked by the Hoddesdon defender and deflected just wide.

Hoddesdon then had the best chance of the match, as Brett O’Connor darted into the box slipped the ball through to Tommy Wade whose shot was well saved by Guest and cleared.

Brentwood then went down the other end and a cross from Hahn was helped goalwards by O’Rawe and had to be palmed away from safety by Buck.

‘The Lilywhites’ took the lead 73 minutes in, as a long ball up by Hoddesdon caught Brentwood napping. Wade then laid it off for Light to strike which deflected and Guest could not keep it out.

Brentwood then equalised just two minutes later, as a central Hahn’s free-kick was lifted into the box which Ngandu went up to head goalwards but came off Charlie Edwards for Hoddesdon and into the top corner.

‘The Blues’ then grabbed an almighty important goal in the second minute of injury-time, newbie Reed had the ball fall sweetly for him to hit a half-volley just inside the box into the top corner.

Shortly after the restart, Bartlett was sent off for a serious foul on substitute Sam Lechmere to leave Hoddesdon down to 10-men, with seconds remaining.

Brentwood then held off the last onslaught from Hoddesdon to reach the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time and will travel away to Didcot Town in the next round.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Martyn Stokes ©, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Paul Goodacre, 6 Ryan O’Rawe, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu (82), 9 Craig Reed, 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher
Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope, 14 Sam Lechmere (82), 15 Jordan Holdsworth, 16 Connor Hogan, 17 Tom Richardson, 18 Josh Banton, 19 Charlie Portway

Hoddesdon Town Lineup: 1 Reece Buck, 2 Ollie Sharman, 3 Ed Taylor, 4 Phil Lowen, 5 Jack Bartlett, 6 Ryan McMenemy, 7 Ricky Light, 8 Joss Lillis, 9 Tommy Wade, 10 Charlie Edwards, 11 Brett O’Connor
Substitutes: 12 Glenn Draper, 14 Mark Twumasi, 15 Connor Scully, 16 Dan Ferrigno, 17 Max Mitchell, 18 Harry Spicer, 19 Lee Robinson (GK)

Attendance: 294

Interview with Assistant Manager Steve Portway:

 

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Hunts Racing Club – Championship Round 10

13 year old Essex based racing driver Lochlan Bearman went into the 10th round of the hunts kart racing championship looking to strengthen his lead in the championship.

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He made the perfect start by coming out on top in qualifying and putting himself on pole position for heat 1

Making a clean getaway Bearman led for the first 5 laps but 2nd placed man James Hillery was catching in the slipstream. Hillery got passed into the bus stop and Bearman was stuck to his bumper. Bearman got his exit right out of Kimbolton corner and slipped up the inside to receive take the lead as they started the last lap they came up on a back marker who was in the middle of the track. The leaders passed him on either side but he forced Bearman to lift off allowing Hillery to cut back and take the lead and just keep Bearman behind on the run to the flag

The Phoenix FM driver was on pole again for heat 2. Leading from the start Bearman set up changes were working well. He was overtaken once but re took the lead on the next corner with a late braking move and led the field home.

This put him on pole for the final.

This was a close race from the start. Again the 13 year old led the field throughout the first lap. This time the top 5 were all together. Bearman was demoted to 2nd for 2 laps but set up a move to take the lead with another outbreaking manoeuvre into kestrel.

On lap 6 the positions changed again with a new leader taking advantage of Bearman and 2nd placed lulham slowing each other down. On lap 9 Bearman slipstreamed the leader and made a super late dive to re take the lead. Bearman then led the final 4 laps as the front running group squabbled but never looked like making a mistake.

Bearman said “We’ve been getting on top of the power situation and if it hadn’t had been for the back marker I would have been top in qualifying and won both heats and the final – which is what I want to be doing. The CooperMotorsport team had the kart set up well and I just had to think about when to make my moves, when to hold and when to attack. It all worked out perfectly today, I always thought I could win. It’s been good all day.”

There are just 2 rounds left in the Championship and Bearman is 100 Points ahead of his nearest challenger with 144 possible each round. Every driver has to drop one score so it is now possible for him to win the Championship in November and not compete December’s round.

His next race is on October 25th, the penultimate round of the Whilton Mill kart club where again he leads the Championship but by a smaller margin. Check back with Phoenix98FM to see if he can secure another title.

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Merstham FC 2

Brentwood Town suffer back to back defeats with two first half goals which cost them as they lost 2-1 against Merstham at the Brentwood Arena.

Merstham took a two goal lead in six minutes apart, after a wonderful individual run by Tommy Hutchings was tucked away inside the box. The visitors extended their lead from the penalty spot from a handball inside the box, which Fabio Saravia fired in.

Jamie Guy got Brentwood back into the game shortly into the second half as he slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his seventh goal in 11 games.

Brentwood made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 away at Canvey Island on Saturday as Tom Richardson and Sam Lechmere replace Liam Hope and Leon Fisher.

‘The Blues’ almost pounced on an early mistake, as Mitch Hahn’s free-kick was spilled by Merstham’s Brandon Daly but Brentwood could not react to the loose ball.

Merstham went on the counter attack from the clearance, as Stefan Cox’s cross found Fabio Saravia at the far post, to head across goal which Martyn Guest at full stretch denied the visitors the lead.

The away side took the lead 24 minutes in, as a ball was given to Hutchings out wide who went passed Ryan O’Rawe and got a low shot off, which crept into the bottom corner.

Just four minutes later, Nicky Symons went sliding in on Cox whose cross hit his raised arm which the referee pointed straight to the spot. Saraiva stepped up to double Mersham’s advantage despite Guest diving the right way.

In the second half, Brentwood got a quick-fire goal as a long hit cross from Hahn was headed back into the box by Stokes to Guy who held it up and his shot on the turn nestled into the bottom corner.

Merstham nearly grabbed a third as substitute Michael Olarewaju won a loose ball and cut it back to the edge of the box for Tom Kavanagh, but his shot went over the bar.

‘The Blues’ tried to force the issue in the closing stages searching for the equaliser but lacked the final ball, as Brentwood drop to 16th and Merstham move up to 18th with three points.

Brentwood now go into Cup action as they travel to Hoddesdon Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon (13), 3 Paul Goodacre, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Tom Richardson (65), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Sam Lechmere (57)

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (65), 14 Leon Fisher (57), 15 Jordan Holdsworth, 16 Phillip Anderson (13), 17 Daryl Robson

Merstham Lineup: 1 Brandon Daly, 2 Simon Cooper, 3 Antone Douglas, 4 Lewis Gonsalves, 5 Tutu Henriques, 6 Kershaney Samuels, 7 Stefan Cox (83), 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Omar Folkes (54), 10 Tommy Hutchings © (89), 11 Fabio Saraiva

Substitutes: 12 Michael Abnett, 14 Aaron Rhule (53), 15 Dexter Peters, 16 Jerald Aboagye (83), 17 Michael Olarewaju (89)

Attendance: 90

Interview with Assistant Manager Steve Portway:

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Ryman League Premier: Canvey Island 1 Brentwood Town 0

Canvey Island move into the play-off as they hold off a resolute Brentwood Town with a 1-0 victory, at the Frost Financial Stadium.

Tambeson Eyong with the vital goal in the match as he bundled the ball home from close range in the second half, as Canvey extend their run to four straight wins.

Dean Holdsworth went with an unchanged starting lineup from their midweek victory over Needham Market.

Brentwood showed their attacking threat early on, through a set piece as Mitch Hahn’s corner was met by Captain Martyn Stokes, which went just wide.

Hahn again with a free-kick this time which found Stokes once again at the far post and should have scored from inside the six-yard box but headed over.

Canvey then almost made Brentwood rue their missed chance as Marlon Agyakwa had the ball out wide on the edge of the box and went to dink Martyn Guest but he tipped it over the bar from safety.

Hahn’s corner again caused the Canvey defence problems as Paul Goodacre this time met the cross which was palmed away for a corner by Conor Gough.

‘The Blues’ dominated in the air, especially from corners with another great chance as O’Rawes’ bullet header was parried away again by Gough.

In the second half, ‘The Gulls’ shot out the blocks and nearly took the lead through Dan Gilchrist as he managed to turn Stokes and his low shot went just wide.

Just after the hour mark, Guest gifted Canvey a great opportunity as a dangerous ball across the box was pounced on by Guest. He then spilled the ball and Harrison Chatting could not poke it in as O’Rawe blocked the shot on the line and Stokes evaded further danger with the clearance.

Canvey took the lead 67 minutes in as Glenn Poole’s free-kick was not dealt with by the Brentwood defence and was scrambled in by Eyong from close range, for his fourth goal of the season.

Brentwood nearly grabbed an equaliser as Nicky Symons clipped a ball for Jamie Guy to burst into the box and fired a shot at Gough which squirmed through his legs but was cleared off the line.

Canvey could have sealed it with four minutes to go as Pooles’ corner was met by Captain Richard Halle but the header went just over.

Brentwood looked for a late leveller as they pilled bodies forward as substitutes Sam Lechmere and Jordan Holdsworth entered the frame but could not create one final clear-cut chance, as Brentwood left empty handed.

Canvey Island Lineup: 1 Conor Gough, 2 Steve Sheehan, 3 Ashley Dumas, 4 Tambeson Eyong, 5 Richard Halle ©, 6 Lawrence Yiga, 7 Marlon Agyakwa (58), 8 Glenn Poole, 9 Dan Gilchrist (90), 10 Martin Touhy, 11 Harrison Chatting

Substitutes: 12 Jake Pitty (90), 14 Omar Lawson, 15 Ozzy Adeniji (58) (90+2), 16 Sean Bonnett-Johnson (90+2), 17 Freddie Warren

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Paul Goodacre (75), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Mitch Hahn, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Liam Hope (84), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher (84)

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson, 14 Daryl Robson, 15 Phillip Anderson (75), 16 Sam Lechmere (84), 17 Jordan Holdsworth (84)

Attendance: 310

Short Interview with Dean Holdsworth:

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 1 Needham Market 0

Brentwood Town claimed a slender 1-0 victory courtesy of a Paul Goodacre header sent a frustrated Needham Market packing, at the Brentwood Arena.

Goodacre’s early first half header was the difference, despite Needham having a second half goal disallowed as, Brentwood gained their third home league win in their last four.

Dean Holdsworth made three changes to the side which won in the FA Cup at the weekend as Sam Lechmere, Tom Richardson and Philip Anderson were replaced by Leon Fisher, Liam Hope and Paul Goodacre.

Brentwood took the lead just eight minutes in from a corner as, Mitch Hahn’s whipped in ball was met with a bullet header inside the six yard box, from the unmarked Goodacre.

Needham responded as, Brentwood were caught short at the back due to an injury to Leon Fisher further up the pitch. Luke Ingram then had space on the counter attack outside the box but his shot was well saved down low to Martyn Guest’s near post.

Brentwood nearly doubled their lead as Fisher’s cross was guided goalwards by Jamie Guy as the rushing keeper Daniel Gay miss-judged his collection, but his header went wide of the empty net.

‘The Blues’ continued their dominance of the half as, Nicky Symons played a through ball for Fisher who twisted and turned inside the box before his eventual shot was saved by Gay.

In the second half, Brentwood sat off Needham as they piled forward for the equaliser as Michael Brothers’ long throw fell to Sam Newson to shoot, which was blocked by Ryan O’Rawe from getting on target.

Needham were disallowed an equaliser 69 minutes in as a high lofted cross was headed in by Newson but the referee deemed it to be a foul on Guest, to relieve the pressure.

Brentwood frustrated Needham in the closing stage and slowed down the game, to hold off the late surge from Needham as, Brentwood held on for the three points as they remain 15th.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Paul Goodacre, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Liam Hope (91), 10 Jamie Guy, 7 Mitch Hahn (48), 11 Leon Fisher (91)

Substitutes: 12 Sam Lechmere, 14 Jordan Holdsworth (91), 15 Tom Richardson (48), 16 Philip Anderson, 17 Daryl Robson

Needham Market Lineup: Daniel Gay, 2 Oliver Fenn, 3 Darryl Coakley, 4 Kieran Morphew, 5 William Crisell (45+3), 6 Joe Whight, 7 Oliver Brown, 8 Jay Davies (45+1), 9 Sam Newson, 10 Michael Brothers, 11 Luke Ingram

Substitutes: 12 Karl Duguid, 14 Kemel Izzet (45+1), 15 Regan Pelling (45+3), 16 Daniel Smith, 17 Nathan Munson

Attendance: 83

Interview with Assistant Manager Steve Portway:

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Bitter Sweet Whilton

13 Year old Karting Champion Lochlan Bearman competed in Round 9 of the Whilton Mill Championship this weekend. With 3 rounds left the Essex driver leads the Championship by a small advantage from his nearest competitor.

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Bearman had been struggling with a power problem with his Rotax engine until it blew up and was trying other engines in practise. He said “we are on the pace but it’s because I’m quicker in the corners and later on the brakes than the others – I’m still down on straight line speed and that means I have to think tactically for the race”.

In Heat 1 he made a good start from the front row to lead into the first corner. From there he controlled the race and led to the finish but had to defend for the last 3 laps under pressure from his nearest rivals.

Bearman wanted changes to his kart and after the post race de-brief the changes were made. In the next Heat it became quickly apparent that the changes made had detracted from the performance and the youngster who completed the first lap in 4th place looked to be slipping back from the leaders. As his tyres got hotter the pace picked up and he slowly began to catch the 3 in front. With 4 laps to go he dived up the inside at ‘The Boot; catch 3rd place by surprise and held that position to the finish.

Foe Heat 3 he would start in 6th place. After making further changes to the engine and chassis set up the kart looked better and he completed Lap 1 in 4th. He began to reel in the leaders and took 3rd at the end of Lap 2 with a neat out braking move and was quickly onto the tail of 3rd place. On Lap 4 took the 3rd placed man as the braked down from 65 mph into the tight ‘Christmas Corner’.

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With his kart working well he caught the leader and they battled hard for 3 laps before the Phoenix98FM driver out thought them and took the lead with an undercut manoeuvre. Although he had to defend on the faster parts of the circuit the canny Bearman took the victory which would mean he’d start the Final from Pole position.

At the start Bearman was passed by 2 karts and was 3rd as they run up to Christmas Corner. Again under braking he slipped into second and was on the tail of the leader at they started Lap 2. A the karts dropped back down the hill into the Hairpin Bearman slid his kart through into the lead. Although he did not have the fastest kart in a straight line he made the advantage count in Sectors2 and 4 which are tight and twisty. By Lap 10 the front 4 were nose to tail and Bearman was defending. Lap after Lap the position behind were changing but Bearman remained resolute and consistent with his lines and braking points. On Lap 14 with 2 laps to go Harry King got a good exit and was able to get alongside Bearman as they come up to the ‘Boot’. Bearman was then trying to close on King for the final lap and as they entered the Boot complex with 2 corners to go his nearest Championship rival Riley Phillips hit him from behind which allowed Phillips and the kart in 4th place through, with Bearman finishing 4th.

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“I’m really angry and disappointed”, he said after the race. “There was a lot of contact whilst I was leading but I thought I was Ok for the win. Harry got past me with a good move but to be punted out at the final corner is annoying – it’s just not clean racing. But taking the positives I still came away with more points that Phillips for the Championship and there are only 2 rounds left. It’s going to be an interesting last two rounds!”

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FA Cup Second Round Qualifying: Brentwood Town 3 Croydon FC 1

Brentwood Town progress to the FA Cup third qualifying round after a 3-1 home victory against Croydon FC, at the Arena.

Shad Ngandu opened Brentwood’s account for his third goal of the season with a simple tap in from Mitch Hahn’s saved header.

Hahn grabbed a superb second goal for ‘The Blues’ for his third cup goal of the campaign with a volley on the edge of the box.

Jamie Guy gave Brentwood a healthy 3-0 lead as he tucked his low shot in from inside the box. Croydon replied shortly after as left back Jamelle Hudson burst forward to slot in.

Brentwood made two changes to their side that lost 2-0 away to Leiston midweek as, Liam Hope and Robbie Rees were shifted to the bench as Sam Lechmere and Tom Richardson both start.

The home side took an early lead with the first shot on goal seven minutes in as, Jamie Guy’s cross was met by Mitch Hahn at the far post – which was saved but Ngandu reacted first to the rebound to scramble the ball in.

Croydon threatened through Tristan Toney as he received the ball with his back to goal turned and his shot had to be palmed over the bar by Martyn Guest, to deny the visitors.

‘The Blues’ had another opportunity as Guy down the left flank got to the by-line, cut back inside and selfishly took the shot – which was held by Dan Carpanini at his near post, despite other options on the edge of the box.

Brentwood doubled their lead just on the half hour mark as, Sam Lechmere beat his man down the left and cut it to the edge of the box for Hahn to hit a sweetly struck volley into the bottom corner.

Just before the break, a long hit cross came to Hahn he was given time to whip in a cross which  Richardson got his head on but went narrowly wide of the far post.

In the second half, Brentwood extended their lead eight minutes in as Guy was given the ball just outside the box, got the ball out his feet and tucked it inside the near post.

Croydon got a goal back just four minutes later, after Brentwood gave the ball away cheaply and Hudson capitalised and burst on goal and tucked it beyond Guest.

Despite the visitors second half pressure Brentwood saw out the game to progress to the next round, with the draw taking place Monday afternoon.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Leon Gordon, 3 Phil Anderson (64), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 7 Sam Lechmere (72), 8 Shad Ngandu, 9 Tom Richardson (63), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Mitch Hahn

Substitutes: 12 Liam Hope (72), 14 Jordan Holdsworth (63), 15 Paul Goodacre (64), 16 Daryl Robson, 17 Leon Fisher, 18 Robbie Rees, 19 Josh Banton

Croydon Lineup: 1 Dan Carpanini, 2 Michael Craverio, 3 Jamelle Hudson (81), 4 Zach Beedon, 5 Harry Brockman (74), 6 Cedric Abrahams, 7 Lauris Chin (60), 8 Andy Mott, 9 Tristian Toney, 10 Karl Douglin, 11 Al Hassan Oshilaja

Substitutes: 12 Nathan Turner (74), 14 Ben Mizen (81), 15 George Ede, 16 Jeff Frimpong (60), 17 Barry Tyson-Goodon

Attendance: 160

Interview with midfielder Mitch Hahn:

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Spartans seek new coaches!

Following their successful 2015 campaigns at both U17 and U19 levels, the Essex Spartans Academy are looking to expand their coaching staff with enthusiastic and committed individuals ahead of their preparations for the 2016 seasons.

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They are looking to build on the existing coaching staff, welcoming applications for ALL POSITIONS, from co-ordinators through to positional group coaches.

Candidates will have the opportunity to join a developing Academy setup and provide coaching to young men and women across Essex from their home ground, which is currently Hannakins Farm in Billericay.

Candidates will:

Be minimum Level 1 certified coaches, or be willing to work towards obtaining this certification
Be prepared to go through the DBS (formerly CRB) checking system
Able to commit to training sessions – primarily Sundays, with some potential midweek sessions
Ideally have some experience of coaching or working with young men and women aged 18 and under
Be forward-thinking and self-motivated
Be a “team player”

Details on how to apply can be found here. Closing date for applications is Monday, October 19th.

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Hunts Kart Racing Club Championship Round 9, Kimbolton

13 year old Essex karting Champion Lochlan Bearman was back in action at the weekend competing in Round 9 of the series that he currently leads.

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Having been struggling with engine power issues for the last 3 months Bearman’s Rotax race engine blew up during practise leaving him no option but to use his spare engine. “We’ve been struggling with straight line speed for some time said Bearman, and this is probably why. Having fitted the spare engine he was quickly back on the pace albeit still wanting a little more performance from his motor.

The format for this weekend was qualifying which would determine your position for Heat 1 and Heat 2 and the combined results of qualifying and Heats would determine the grid position for the final.

Phoenix FM driver Bearman was disappointed to qualify 6th. “We’ve just missed something in the set-up – probably too low on tyre pressures” ,he said after qualifying.

Starting Heat 1 in 6th he ran around the outside of the pack and dived back across using the ‘undercut’ to emerge 3rd as they entered turn 2. At the end of lap 1 he out braked the second placed kart and was on the tail of the leader as they started lap 2. He passed the leader into the ‘Bust stop’ and never looked back as he extended his lead and took a comfortable win.

Again from 6th Heat 2 was very different – again trying to run around the outside he was fully committed when another driver was forced across his path and into the tyre wall leaving the Essex based driver nowhere to go. He had to wait until the other kart was cleared by which time the leders had gone. Although he managed to catch and pass another kart he only finished 6th.

These results left him with a starting place of 4th for the final. Again making a good start he came out of the first corner in 4th place, and was all over the back of the kart in front as they started lap 2. He passed them on the run down to ‘Bus Stop’ and quickly closed the gap to second place. As they entered the final corner at the end of Lap 2 Bearman made a late braking move down the inside and crossed the line in 2nd place.

On Lap 5 he made his move for lead and having pushed the leader to brake late he was able to cut back and drive through on the inside.

By now the leading 6 karts were very close, as they entered the last corner on Lap the second placed kart lunged down the inside and passed Bearman but was unable to control his kart and slid wide forcing Bearman to back off, as he did a chain of karts came through and he was suddenly down to 5th place. Undeterred he caught and passed 4th place into turn 1 with a text book out braking move. On the next tour and in turn 1 he got a great exit and pulled off a double over take into and through the ‘Willows’ complex to get 2nd.

As they started Lap 10 he had made up the ground to the leader and using the slipstream ‘tow’ he passed going into Bus Stop. Whilst the first 5 were nose to tail Bearman placed his kart perfectly left nothing in the braking zones and controlled the race from the front for the remaining 5 laps to win by 3 tenths of a second.

“It’s great to be back on the top strep a delighted”, Bearman said. “It’s been so frustrating knowing I was quicker but being unable to do anything about it. At least we’ve sorted the issue with low revs and I know that the spare engine is working well.

“I’ve scored more points that my Championship rivals as well today so it’s been a great result for us.”

Bearman also had his first taste of full circuit Racing when he drove the CooperMotorsport Ford Fiesta Junior race car recently. “It was great, I’d really love to move up to cars next year and then on Formula MSA single seaters in 2017 when I’m 15.”

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 1

Brentwood Town could not maintain their recent home form, with a 1-0 defeat at home to the in-form Tonbridge Angels at the Brentwood Arena.

Laurence Ball’s first half header was the only difference between the two sides despite Brentwood’s second half surge for an equaliser.

Tonbridge had a glorious chance within the first four minutes, as a whipped in cross was met by Luke Blewden whose touch was poor inside the six-yard box.

Brentwood’s first attack came through Mitch Hahn, as he cut the ball back to Shad Ngandu who used his turn of pace across the box – to got a shot off which was well-held by the Canadian keeper Anthony Di Bernardo.

Tonbridge took the lead 18 minutes in as a corner from Nick Wheeler was not dealt with at the far post and was knocked back into the six-yard box for Ball to nod into the top corner.

‘The Blues’ almost responded as a ball into the area was half cleared to the edge of the box for Captain Martyn Stokes to hit a fierce volley, which came back off the inside of the crossbar.

The visitors nearly doubled their lead just before the break as a Lee Carey’s cross was glanced goalwards by Ball but was parried away for a corner.

Brentwood could have equalised four minutes into the second half as Liam Hope chased down a loose ball, won it off the defender and squared the ball to the oncoming Shad Ngandu who scuffed his shot wide.

Hahn won a 50/50 ball in the ‘Angels’ half and laid the ball off to Jamie Guy to strike which was sliced wide.

Tonbridge could have sealed the three points, after a great individual run by Wheeler was cut back to Tom Parkinson. His shot was heading in but for Nicky Symons’ desperate flicked was turned onto the post – the follow-up was blocked and scrambled away by the Brentwood defence.

Brentwood nearly levelled with three minutes remaining, as Hahn’s corner floated to the far post fell to substitute and new signing Philip Anderson, to blast straight into the Tonbridge defender.

The home side could not muster another chance in injury time as Tonbridge took all three points, as Brentwood slip to 18th.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman (79), 4 Nicky Symons, 6 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’ Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope (88), 10 Jamie Guy, 11 Leon Fisher (72)

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (79), 14 Jordan Holdworth (88), 15 Joshua Banton, 16 Phillip Anderson (72), 17 Leon Gordon

Tonbridge Angels Lineup: 1 Anthony Di Bernardo, 2 James Folkes, 3 Jack Parter, 4 Tom Parkinson, 5 Laurence Ball, 6 Sonny Miles, 7 Charlie Webster (57), 8 Lee Carey (70), 9 Luke Blewden, 10 Tommy Whitnell (75), 11 Nick Wheeler

Substitutes: 12 Ellis Brown (75), 14 Saquille Hippolyte-Patrick (57), 15 Tom Phipp (70), 16 Jerome Sobers

Attendance: 171

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 7 Staines Town 0

Liam Hope’s hat-trick, stormed Brentwood Town to a 7-0 drubbing against Staines Town to equal the biggest victory of the season in the Ryman Premier at the Brentwood Arena against Staines Town.

Hope’s hat-trick came with two from the spot and his third late in the second half.

New striker Jamie Guy added another two goals to his account with four goals in three games.

A goal for both Brentwood’s centre backs Ryan O’Rawe and Captain Martyn Stokes completed the goal rout.

The first real opportunity for either side came half hour in as Leon Fisher cut the ball into Liam Hope whose shot on the turn was blocked by Jack Turner in the Staines goal.

Brentwood took the lead from the resulting attack as Mitch Hahn’s deep corner was headed back across goal by Hope and came off the bar, to be poked in by Guy.

The referee awarded the home side a penalty four minutes later for dangerous play with a high foot by the Staines defender inside the box.

Hope stepped up for ‘The Blues’ to double their lead as he sent the keeper the wrong way, as his shot from the spot went in off the post.

In the second half, just before the hour mark Guy did some good hold up play by the corner flag, took on his man and his low cross caused captain Joe O’Cearuill to bring down the on-running Hope, as the referee pointed straight to the spot.

Hope stepped up for his second spot kick and fired it in despite a strong hand from Jack Turner.

Mitch Hahn’s long throw was used to good effect as the Staines defence switched off and Guy received the ball jinked inside the box, got his shot off which deflected in.

Hahn’s arrowed throw was used again as Ryan O’Rawe got the slightest of touches to evade the on rushing Turner, for Brentwood’s fifth.

Brentwood continued to go forward and grabbed a sixth as captain Martyn Stokes got in on the action as he flicked home a glancing header at the far post.

Hope got his deserved hat-trick with four minutes to go as Shad Ngandu’s long range shot was blocked into the path of Hope to slot into the bottom left corner.

Ngandu almost made it eight as substitute Jordan Holdsworth burst down the left and squared it to the unmarked Ngandu who cut back inside and bent his shot which came back off the post, as Brentwood strolled to three points.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Ritchie Jones, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Martyn Stokes, 6 Ryan O’ Rawe, 7 Shad Ngandu, 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope, 10 Jamie Guy (76), 11 Leon Fisher (70)

Substitutes: 12 Daryl Robson, 14 Jordan Holdworth (76), 15 Joshua Banton, 16 Robbie Rees (70), 17 Leon Gordon (76)

Staines Town: 1 Jack Turner, 2 Erivaldo Felix, 3 Jack Bennett, 4 Jeremy Boakye (40), 5 Michael Gough, 6 Joe O’Cearuill, 7 Luke Wanadio, 8 Ashley Lodge, 9 Pat Cox, 10 Aaron Okuleye (40), 11 Michael Kalu

Substitutes: 12 Jack Hutchinson (40), 13 Harry Churchill, 14 Ahmed Abdulla (40), 15 Prince M’bengui, 16 Callum McAllister

Attendance: 136

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Phoenix FM and Cooper Motorsport at Brands Hatch

During the week Phoenix FM and Cooper Motorsport staged their first ever track event, taking place on the Indy circuit at the world famous Brands Hatch circuit.

View from the pit box

View from the pit box

I was there to take in all aspects of the event, being driven round the track in a number of cars and then taking to the wheel myself in a racing Ford Fiesta.

Steve Robertson Ready for the Track

Steve Robertson Ready for the Track

The day started with the driver sign in and then safety briefing. Anyone can drive at the event providing they are over 18 and hold a full driving licence. The staff at Brands Hatch check the details and then issue each driver with a wristband.

Dr Evil

Dr Evil

As the day went on I progressed from the position of passenger in “Dr Evil” Mac MacCarthy’s Cooper Motorsports Fiesta, an amazing experience as I was out on the circuit and being driven at high speed for the first time. This was followed by a drive as Gary Cooper’s passenger in the racing Radical, the fastest car on track all day and a vehicle that would put the majority of cars to shame, short of a F1 or LMP1 racing car. This was a truly amazing experience – with Gary using all of his own racing knowledge to make the laps something I’d never forget.

The Radical pulls out

The Radical pulls out

The final on-track experience of the day was my taking of the wheel in the racing Fiesta, building up speed and finding my feet over a few laps. Needless to say, when it was time to come back to the Cooper Motorsports pit box this left me wanting to experience more.

Steve Robertson driving

Steve Robertson driving

To listen to the interviews, which give more of an idea of the atmosphere on the day, click below.

John Bearman

Ryan from Supercars Essex

Dr Evil

Gary Cooper

if you’d like to know more or would be interested in booking a race day, contact Steve at sales@phoenixfm.com.

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Ryman League Premier: Brentwood Town 2 VCD Athletic 0

Brentwood Town picked up their first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory against VCD Athletic at the Brentwood Arena.

Two first half goals were the difference between both sides as Ryan O’Rawe sublime strike gave Brentwood the lead. Shad Ngandu doubled Brentwood’s start with a second after great intricate play in the box was tucked away by Ngandu.

Brentwood now move out of the relegation zone (22nd) and move up to 17th in the table.

The visitors almost scored in the opening minute as Alex Teniola turned Ryan O’Rawe and his shot stung the hands of Martyn Guest, to be cleared from danger.

Brentwood took the lead 13 minutes in as a cross field ball from Richie Jones out wide to Ryan O’Rawe. The centre back brought the ball down and bent the shot from just outside the box into the far corner.

Jack Stevenson broke for VCD and slotted in Loick Pires who was through on goal but Guest got a strong right hand, to divert it for a corner.

A long throw for Brentwood nearly double their lead, as Mitch Hahn’s effective throw was met by O’Rawe which was well-saved down low by Rob Budd to his right, for a corner.

Brentwood doubled their lead just after the half hour mark as Ngandu popped the ball to Liam Hope on the edge of the box, who slotted the ball into the space inside the box for Ngandu to tuck home past Budd.

Early in the second half Robbie Rees took his man on and got fortunate as he went past him and his shot at a tight angle was parried by Budd.

‘The Blues’ almost extended their lead as Mitch Hahn was given space out wide, which he put a dangerous low ball across the box which Hope was denied an almost certain goal with a last ditch clearance from Lewis Tozer.

The home side had a dangerous free kick after substitute Daryl Robson was brought down on edge of the box and Hahn stepped up and curled it round the wall but was palmed away by Budd.

Brentwood held off the final remaining pressure from VCD to seal their first win of the season. ‘The Blues’ will go into the Robert Dyas League Cup action on Tuesday at home to Enfield Town.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins (58), 4 Nicky Symons, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Joshua Banton, 7 Leon Gordon (64), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Liam Hope (84), 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees

Not in Squad: Tom Richardson (Knee), Ade Cole, Sherwin Stanley

Substitutes: 12 Jordan Holdsworth (84), 14 Sam Cross (58), 15 Daryl Robson (64), 16 Andrew Freeman, 17 Tarkan Mustafa

VCD Athletic Lineup: 1 Robb Budd, 2 Mathias Bakare, 3 Ashley Probets (50), 4 Max Fitzgerald (65), 5 Lewis Tozer, 6 Richardo Joseph, 7 Aaron Wickham, 8 Richie Graham, 9 Loick Pires, 10 Jack Stevenson, 11 Alex Teniola (55)

Substitutes: 12 Leon Fisher (65), 14 Niko Muir (55), 15 Adem Ramadam, 16 Paul King (50), 17 Giannoulis Frankinos

Attendance: 69

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Ryman Premier: Wingate and Finchley 2 Brentwood Town 1

Brentwood Town start their 2015/16 Ryman Premier campaign with a narrow 2-1 away defeat to Wingate and Finchley at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

Wingate got off to a flyer with an early two goal lead through Billy Healey brace after his recent return from injury within 20 minutes.

Brentwood got back into the game before the break as Liam Hope opened his account with a strike inside the box.

Neither side could get that all-important goal in the second half despite several chances for both sides, as the home side take home all three points.

Wingate took the lead within four minutes as Kyle Watson down the left was given space, he whipped the cross in for Healey to glance into the far corner – leaving Martyn Guest motionless.

The home side doubled their lead 16 minutes in as Healey again was given time around the box to cut inside and his low right footed shot sneaked past Guest at the near post.

Brentwood had their first real opportunity shortly after as Dave Collins’ over hit cross was heading in but for a superb clawed save away by Bobby Smith.

‘The Blues’ had another chance as Collins’ cross was met by a diving header by Tom Richardson which was saved well by Smith down to his right.

Brentwood got back into the game 37 minutes in after a long throw by Mitch Hahn fell to Liam Hope who reacted first and fired into the roof of the net.

Tommy Tejan-Sie almost grabbed Wingate’s third with a low shot heading for the far corner but went just wide.

The second half started quiet until just before the hour mark as Hahn had a great first touch from a long ball up field, but his first time half volley was well held again by Smith.

Brentwood had a great opportunity to get an equaliser, as a ball through midfield cut the Wingate defence in half leaving a great chance for substitute Leon Gordon but his low cross was just scrambled before Hope could get to it.

The away sides’ best chance of the half came from Hahn’s lethal long throw which fell to Robbie Rees inside the box two yards out but his shot was over the bar.

Wingate substitute Meshach Williams skilfully lobbed two Brentwood defenders but could not find the finish – he went down looking for the penalty which the referee waved away despite appeals.

Richardson had a glorious chance in added time to snatch a late leveller as he span his man but his toe poked shot came back off the post, to painfully deny Brentwood a point.

Wingate and Finchley Lineup: 1 Bobby Smith, 2 Leon Solomon ©, 3 Kyle Watson, 4 Michael Buckley, 5 Bradley Hewitt (82), 6 Ahmet Rifat, 7 Martel Powell (82), 8 Tommy Tejan-Sie, 9 Billy Healey (77), 10 Ola Sogbanmu, 11 Karl Oliyide

Substitutes: 12 Marc Weatherstone (82), 17 Jack Metcalfe, 14 Kieron Street (82), 15 Meshach Williams (77), 16 Joe Sharpe

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Martyn Guest, 2 Richie Jones, 3 Dave Collins, 4 Nicky Symons ©, 5 Tarkan Mustafa, 6 Josh Banton, 7 Adi Cole (68), 8 Mitch Hahn, 9 Tom Richardson, 10 Liam Hope, 11 Robbie Rees (77)

Substitutes: 12 Daryl Robson, 14 Matt Gill, 15 Andy Freeman (77), 16 Jordan Holdsworth, Leon Gordon (68)

Attendance: 104

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