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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.


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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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).

Dag & Red not in action today            (National League Premier)

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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Match report: Billericay Town 4 South Park 3

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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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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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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.


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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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.


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


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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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.


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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Sunday Breakfast April 24th 2016

Playlist for April 24 Sunday Breakfast as follows…a four hour show today!

Robbie Williams – Candy

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure


Eurovision…with the news that Romania have been banned so you won’t be hearing this

Ovidiu Anton – Moment of Silence (Eurovision 2016 – Romania)

Ira Losco – Walk on Water (Eurovision 2016 – Malta)

Poli Genova – If Love Was a Crime (Eurovision 2016 – Bulgaria)


On this day…

Spandau Ballet – True (Nr 1 1983)

Madonna (Feat Justin Timberlake)- 4 Minutes (Nr 1 2008)

Daft Punk – Get Lucky (Radio Edit) (New at Nr 3 2013)


Sam Smith – Writing’s on the Wall

Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)

Relish – You I’m Thinking Of


ELO – The Diary Of Horace Wimp

Adele – Chasing Pavements

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna

The Locomotives – Rudi’s In Love

The Primitives – Petals


UK top 10 highlights this week

Desligner – Panda….Highest new entry

Sia – Cheap Thrills (feat. Sean Paul) ….Number 2

Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)…..Number 1


Pete Seeger – Little Boxes

Bread – The Guitar Man

James Bay – Best Fake Smile

Bruce Hornsby – That’s Just The Way It Is


Just after 9 the Golden Year was…


The Boomtown Rats – She’s So Modern

Chic – Everybody Dance

Raydio – Jack And Jill

Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away

The Michael Zager Band – Lets All Chant

CoCo – Bad Old Days

The Bee Gees – Night Fever




The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Years and Years – Desire

The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday

The Breakers – Long Way Home

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

Cyndi Lauper – Funnel of Love

Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet


Hour four with some of the artists who have passed away to date in 2016….

Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend

Sheila E – The Belle of St. Mark

Ronie Corbett & Bob Monkhouse – Dear Old Syracuse

Victoria Wood – It Would Never Have Worked (Live)

Alicia Keys – How Come You Don’t Call Me

Glenn Frey – The One You Love

The Bangles – Manic Monday

The Barry Gray Orchestra – Thunderbirds

David Bowie – Life on Mars

David Bowie – Lazarus

Prince – Little Red Corvette

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U


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Carshalton Athletic v Billericay Town – LIVE

Carshalton Athletic  1-0  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United  3-0  Cray Wanderers

Ware  5-5  Brentwood Town

Bury  1-1  Southend United

Morecambe  2-2  Dagenham & Redbridge


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

5 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay – Full Time

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay Mid 2nd Half

Plenty of time left though.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

3 – Carshalton 1-0 Billericay

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 – Carhalton 0-0 Billericay Mid 1st Half

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

2.50pm – Team News:  Billericay Town go with:

1. – Billy Lumley

2. – Jeff Imudia

3. – George Beavon

4. – Callum Dunne

5. – Richard Halle (c)

6. – Paul Rodgers

7. – Junior Luke

8. – Max Lette-Jallow

9. – Ricky Sappleton

10. – Sean Bonnet-Johnson

11. – Joe Benjamin


12. – Ryan Scott

14. – James Robinson

15. – Evans Kouassi

17. – Chris Webber

18. – Glenn Poole

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Billericay Town v Leiston – LIVE

Billericay Town  4-1  Leiston

Margate  1-1  East Thurrock United

Austria 1-0  Republic of Ireland

Luxmbourg  3-2  Northern Ireland

Macedonia  1-2  Scotland

Ukraine  0-0  England

Wales  0-3  Serbia


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

8 – Billericay 4-1 Leiston FT

Until the weekend, enjoy yourself, and your football.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 – Billericay 4-1 Leiston

Goal Pie.

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

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

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

6 – Billericay 3-1 Leiston

Now a bit of a cushion.

50th min – PENALTY FOR ‘RICAY!

8.48pm – KICK OFF!   Yep, again.


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

5 – Billericay 2-1 Leiston HT

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


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

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

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

4 – Billericay 2-1 Leiston

Proper game changer, that.

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

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

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

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

3 – Billericay 1-1 Leiston

Liquid football!

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

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

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

2 – Billericay 0-1 Leiston


7.44pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


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

7.40pm – Team News:  Billericay Town go with

1a – Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thurrock v Brentwood Town – LIVE

Thurrock  4-1  Brentwood Town

AFC Hornchurch  3-0  East Thurrock United

Billericay Town  1-2  Bognor Regis Town

Dagenham & Redbridge  1-1  Exeter City

Southend United  1-3  Morecambe


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

6 – Thurrock 4-1 Brentwood – FT Summary

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 – Thurrock 2-1 Brentwood

Game on!

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

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

3 – Thurrock 2-0 Brentwood

A long way back for Brentwood now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

2 – Thurrock 1-0 Brentwood – HT Summary

Right, off for a pie and sun cream.  Laters


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

2.45pm – Team News:  Brentwood Town go with:

1. – Rhys Madden

2. – James Love (c)

3. – Ryan Spurge

4. – Martyn Stokes

5. – Nigel Seidu

6. – Jonathan Adebayo

7. – Petrit Elbi

8. – John Bradley

9. – Sos Yao

10. – Oliver Smith

11. – Daniel Subola


12. – Gbenga Sonuga

14. – Lindisipho Mtyanda

15. – Jason Dobbs

16. – Scott Dixon

17. – Tim Pitman

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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Brentwood Town v Erith & Belvedere – LIVE

Brentwood Town  2-0  Erith & Belvedere

Billericay Town  0-1  East Thurrock United


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

5 – Brentwood 2-0 Erith FT

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


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

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

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

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

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

4 – Brentwood 2-0 Erith

Liquid football, Stokesy!

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

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

3 – Brentwood 1-0 Erith

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

2 – Brentwood 0-0 Erith HT

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.46pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


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

7.35pm – TEAM NEWS:  Brentwood Town go with:

1. – Ryhs Madden

2. – Lindiipho Mtyanda

3. – Charlie Rolls

4. – Martyn Stokes

5. – Gbenga Sonuga

6. – James Love

7. – Petrit Elbi

8. – John Bradley

9. – Anthony Ryan

10. – Jake Cass

11. – Stephen Cavell


12 – Jonathan Adebayo

14. – Jay Simmons

15. – Jack Gardner

16. –  Robbie Rees

17. – Tim Pitman

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



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

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


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

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

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

1 – Brentwood v Erith Preview

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



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East Thurrock United v Bury Town – LIVE

East Thurrock United  2-2  Bury Town

Harrow Borough  1-1  Billericay Town

Maldon & Tiptree  3-1  Brentwood Town

Dagenham & Redbridge  2-0  York City

Hartlepool United  0-1  Southend United


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

7 – ETU 2-2 Bury FT

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

6 – ETU 2-2 Bury

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

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

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

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

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

5 – ETU 2-1 Bury

Game on!

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

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

16.02pm – KICK OFF!  Super stuff.


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

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

4 – East Thurrock United 2-0 Bury Town HT

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


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

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

3 – ETU 1-0 Bury Town

Liquid football!


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

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

2 – ETU v Bury Town – Mid 1st Half

Decent game this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


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

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

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

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

1. – Darren Bechet

2. – Connor Witherspoon

3. – Tom Stephen

4. – Simon Peddie

5. – Steve Sheehan (c)

6. – Ross Parmenter

7. – Luke Wanadio

8. – Mitchell Gilbey

9. – Craig Hughes

10. – David Bryant

11. – Nathan Koranteng


12. – L’hereux Menga

14. – Lee Scott

15. – Tom Anderson

16. – Ryan Sammons

17. – David Hughes

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


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

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

2.30pm – Hello, how the devil are you?

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

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

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

1 – East Thurrock United v Bury Town Preview

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


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Broncos Shock Saints To Kickstart Season As Football Sides Ends Theirs

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


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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/1-Broncos-12-10-HT-and-early-2nd-half.mp3|titles=1 – Broncos 12-10 HT and early 2nd half]

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


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

Joe and I were delighted:

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2-Broncos-21-14-St.-Helens-FT.mp3|titles=2 – Broncos 21-14 St. Helens FT]

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/3-Michael-Witt-Interview.mp3|titles=3 – Michael Witt Interview]

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


Local Football / Super League Results


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

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

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

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

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

London Broncos  21-14  St. Helens


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Last Gasp Heartbreak For ‘Ricay – Again

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

A summary of the evening’s proceedings is here.

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Other results:

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

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


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Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic – LIVE

Brentwood Town  0-1  Grays Athletic

Dorchester  6-1  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United  0-2  Wealdstone

Barnet  2-0  Southend United


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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/6-Brentwood-0-1-Grays-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=6 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays Full Time Summary]

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/5-Brentwood-0-1-Grays-Mid-2nd-Half1.mp3|titles=5 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays Mid 2nd Half]

So here’s some good news for a change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.53pm – Kick Off!  Oh, go on, then.


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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/4-Brentwood-0-1-Grays-HT.mp3|titles=4 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays HT]

Right, off for a Bovril and thermals.  Laters.


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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/3-Brentwood-0-1-Grays.mp3|titles=3 – Brentwood 0-1 Grays]

Plenty of time to come back though.


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

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

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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2-Brentwood-0-0-Grays-Mid-1st-Half.mp3|titles=2 – Brentwood 0-0 Grays – Mid 1st Half]

Not bad so far.

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

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

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

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

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

7.52pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


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

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

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

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

1. – Richard Wray

2. – Martyn Stokes

3. – Ted Llewellyn

4. – Greg Cohen

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Daryl Robson

9. – Ross Wall

10. – Lewis Frost

11.  – Abs Seymour


12. – Ryan Doyle

14. – Neil Cousins

15. – Connor Witherspoon

16. – Sam Cross

17. – Sam Bantick

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/1-Brentwood-v-Grays-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Brentwood v Grays Preview]

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One Step Forward, Seven Steps Back – The Weekend Review

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

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Brentwood Town v Heybridge Swifts – LIVE

Brentwood Town  3-2  Heybridge Swifts

Maidenhead United  3-2  Billericay Town

Lowestoft Town  0-0  East Thurrock United

Accrington Stanley  1-1  Southend United

Dagenham & Redbridge  1-0  Cheltenham Town


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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/7-Brentwood-3-2-Heybridge-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=7 – Brentwood 3-2 Heybridge – Full Time Summary]

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


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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/6-Brentwood-3-2-Heybridge.mp3|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-2 Heybridge]

Oh yes!

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

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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/5-Brentwood-2-2-Heybridge.mp3|titles=5 – Brentwood 2-2 Heybridge]

Game on!

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/4-Brentwood-1-2-Heybridge.mp3|titles=4 – Brentwood 1-2 Heybridge]

Livened up no end now.  Hurrah!

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

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

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

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

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


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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/3-Brentwood-1-0-Heybridge-Half-Time-Report.mp3|titles=3 – Brentwood 1-0 Heybridge – Half Time Report]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2-Brentwood-1-0-Heybridge.mp3|titles=2 – Brentwood 1-0 Heybridge]

Liquid football!

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

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


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

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

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

1. – Richard Wray

2. – Ryan Doyle (c)

3. – Sam Cross

4. – Greg Cohen

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Gary Henty

9. – Alex Reade

10. – Steve Butterworth

11. – Abs Seymour


12. – Ross Wall

14. – Lewis Frost

15. – Martyn Stokes

16. – Sam Bantick

17. – Ted Llewellyn

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/1-Brentwood-v-Heybridge-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Brentwood v Heybridge Preview]

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Brentwood Town v Potters Bar Town – LIVE

Brentwood Town  3-1  Potters Bar Town

Billericay Town  v  Farnborough – POSTPONED

East Thurrock United  2-0  Enfield Town

Southend United  2-2  Brentford

Accrington Stanley  0-2  Dagenham & Redbridge


FULL TIME:  And what a cracking afternoon’s entertainment it’s been.  Potters Bar could easily have rolled over but they never let Brentwood relax for a second.  The hosts, to their credit, took their chances and weathered the Potters Bar storm.  Great stuff.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/7-Brentwood-3-1-Potters-Bar-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=7 – Brentwood 3-1 Potters Bar Full Time Summary]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


90+2 – A Brentwood break, and Alex Read is all on his own inside the Potters Bar half.  Their keeper races out, the ball is lobbed, but goes aganisingly wide.

Injury time:  240 seconds of it.  Play now more end-to-end.

88th min – More moans from the dug-outs.  This time about a player not being able to get back onto the field, which they claim was 3 minutes.  More like 45 seconds but hey, you can’t tell these chaps.  Brentwood at last ease pressure with a corner on the left, which they use to run down the clock.

85th min – Just as I say that …. The visitors beat the offside trap on the right, Ottley comes out to narrow the angle for the incoming shot and deflects it brilliantly for a corner.  From that, there’s a scramble, and a shot is cleared off the line.  Crikey.

81st min – Today’s attendance is 90.  Doesn’t sound much but it’s a 50% increase on the last home gate.  Excellent.  Meanwhile, Potters Bar are huffing, but not puffing any chances out.  There’s urgency but now lacking creativity.  Phew.

76th min – And there’s another, Lewis Frost replacing Daryl Robson.

74th min – Oops, should’ve said Sam Bantick has replaced Abs Seymour for Brentwood.  But I forgot.

71st min – Ah, the familiar sound of home supporters berating the ref or lino when things start to go against them.  Chortle.  Who can blame them?  The Potters Bar pressure continues, with the Brentwood back four being fully stretched to prevent shots from coming in.  Hanging onto their lead though.  At the moment.

66th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 3,  POTTERS BAR TOWN 1  Ooh, is a comeback on?  Another visitors break down the right, a low centre inside the area, and DANNY AILEY shoots into the roof of the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/6-Brentwood-3-1-Potters-Bar.mp3|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-1 Potters Bar]

So nope, it ain’t over at all.

63rd min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 3,  Potters Bar Town 0  Totally against the run of play, too.  A rare break, a trip inside the area, a penalty, and ALEX READ puts it away.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/5-Brentwood-3-0-Potters-Bar.mp3|titles=5 – Brentwood 3-0 Potters Bar]

Game over?

60th min – Have to say it’s all Potters Bar at the moment.  Finding success down the right and almost pulled a goal back when a lovely through ball to the onrushing striker ended in a shot on the edge of the Brentwood box that Ottley done well to parry away.  Next goal is absolutely crucial.

55th min – Seeing the lino jump up and down like a Mexican jelly bean reminds me of the cramp I’m getting in my thigh sitting on these plastic seats.  Ouch.  Meanwhile, too much Potters Bar pressure for my liking, a few corners being conceded, even if Ottley has only had one easy save to make in the last five minutes.

48th min – Reece Ottley has to go smartly down at his near post to stop a shot from the right just inside the area.  Bright start to this half from Potters Bar.

4.06pm – KICK OFF!  Blimey, they’re late.


HALF TIME:   And an immensely entertaining 45 minutes it’s been.  A good first five minutes, the next quarter of an hour they just cancelled each other out, then – boom! – two goals and Brentwood were well on top.  The missed Potters Bar penalty might have made their heads drop further, you’d have thought, but since then they’ve been the better team.  If they get one back it’ll be a cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/4-Brentwood-2-0-Potters-Bar-Half-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=4 – Brentwood 2-0 Potters Bar – Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and pair of gloves.  Laters.


44th min – Not an encouraging shout from the visitors full back to his centre half.  “Wes!  Kick it to anyone you can see!”  Chortle.

41st min – A bit more urgency from the Hertfordshire side, who are now gaining free kicks in menacing positions and corners.  Reece Ottley still not tested yet though.

36th min – POTTERS BAR MISS A PENALTY!  A foul on the very edge of the area.  Is it just outside or just in?  The ref, close by, blows for a penalty immediately.  To cheers and chortles all round, Danny Ailey”s penalty is not so much blazed over the bar but put into orbit.  Oh yes!

32nd min – Nice work again on the left from Ted Llewellyn and Abs Seymour on the left, there’s a low centre at pace into the six yard box, but somehow Alex Read puts it wide of the far post.  Cracking stuff from the hosts.

30th min – And Darren Blewitt almost makes it 3.  A piledriver on the edge of the box is deflected onto the bar with the keeper helpless.  All Brentwood now.

27th min – Been all Brentwood since those goals.  Potters Bar are understandably shocked, though I guess you wouldn’t have been shocked for me to miss a goal.  I’m just surprised I saw one of them.  Since then Abs Seymour has had another shot go just wide and pressure mount on the away goal.

22nd min – GOALS! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Potters Bar Town 0  Blimey!  A double salvo, first of all DARYL ROBSON shoots home from a pass on the left.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2-Brentwood-1-0-Potters-Bar.mp3|titles=2 – Brentwood 1-0 Potters Bar]

Then ALEX READ doubles the lead as I try to write it up and report it.  I missed it completely!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/3-Brentwood-2-0-Potters-Bar.mp3|titles=3 – Brentwood 2-0 Potters Bar]

Still, who’s worried about that?  Liquid football and Brentwood are 2 up.  Oh yes!

19th min – A player is advised by a team-mate on the pitch to “‘Ave a look-in.”  Showing his age there, talking about a kids tv listings magazine from the 70’s.  I liked Catweazle best in it.

14th min – Ooh, that was close.  Abs Seymour ventures to the edge of the area in a central left position.  His shot is on target, low and hard, and the Potters Bar keeper can only parry the ball in front of him.  But there’s no Brentwood player there for the follow-up.  Bah.

13th min – Ooh, a corner on the left for the hosts after a shot was blocked.  Oh.  It’s low and goes straight to a visiting defender.  The bright first few minutes are beginning to give way to the normal hustle and bustle.  Though just then, a Potters Bar shot on the left from about 25 yards out whistled just round the far post.

8th min – As the visitors find some space down the left, which eventually comes to nothing, Blues boss Steve Witherspoon questions where his side’s marking was.  Only not quite as politely.  Chortle.  I hope the mums and das are covering the childrens ears from now on.

4th min – An open start by both sides, obviously pleased to be playing a game after all the postponements.  Ted Llewellyn has linked up well on the left with Abs Thompson.  Nothing clear-cut yet though.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  And oops, I dropped my camera and stuff.


2.59pm – The teams come out to a quiet, apathetic reception, the loudest noise being created by cars going by the nearby A12.

2.55pm – I guess they’re renovating the stadium here.  No press box today as it’s occupied by a couple of large loudspeakers.  I can’t shift them.  Next to me are a couple of disgruntled Billericay Town supporters.  I agree it was very late to call off.  But still – chortle.

2.50pm – Team News:  Brentwood Town line up with:

1. – Reece Ottley

2. – Ryan Doyle

3. – Ted Llewellyn

4. – Connor Witherspoon

5. – Darren Blewitt

6. – Sam West

7. – Abs Thompson

8. – Daryl Robson

9. -Alex Red

10. – Steve Butterworth

11. – Abs Seymour


12. – Lewis Frost

14. – Sam Bantick

15. – Greg Cohen

16 – Martyn Stokes

17. – Robbie Rees

I’ve done well there, remembering all those players in order while they were read out, without the benefit of a team sheet.  Or maybe I read the twitter feed.

2.45pm – As far as our other sides are concerned, Billericay Town’s game was suddenly postponed at around 1.45pm.  They really needed the points after a couple of defeats too.  Two points from the relegation zone, the Conference South newcomers are getting to the stage where a run of decent form is a must.

It’s the same deal with the Rocks.  Difficult to beat, admittedly, but drawn far too many games, and three games from a Ryman Premier relegation place mean East Thurrock United have to start turning those narrow defeats into draws, and draws into wins.

It’s not looking much better for our local Football League sides either.  Dagenham & Redbridge have fallen away from the League Two play-off battle, needing a victory to halt an alarming slump in form.  At least Southend United have a bit of glamour, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, but they too also need a win after a couple of disappointing league losses.

Wow, we’re not doing well between us all, are we?  It’s been gloomier than a lemming feeling a little bit down.  And they say my middle name is Happy …..


2.40pm – Good afternoon, peeps and peepesses, from a dry and surprisingly mild Arena, for today’s little footballing treat.

It’s a bit of a rarity, too, this season – a Brentwood Town league match.  Just 13 of them all season so far.  14th in Ryman 1 North doesn’t look great, but they have a mammoth amount of games in hand on everyone.

Today’s opponents are a case in point.  Potters Bar Town are 10 places and 14 points ahead of their hosts.  The Blues, however, have NINE games in hand on them.  A home win today would make ‘Wood a real play-off threat.  It’s going to be a chortle, if not an out-and-out cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1-Brentwood-v-Potters-Bar-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Brentwood v Potters Bar Preview]

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Canvey Island v East Thurrock United – LIVE

Canvey Island  2-1  East Thurrock United

Billericay Town  0-1  Chelmsford City

Redbridge  v  Brentwood Town – POSTPONED

Northampton Town  3-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Southend United  0-1  Gillingham


FULL TIME:  And it turned out to be a good game after all.  Just a disappointing result.  The Rocks shaded the first half but Canvey dominated the second and deserved the win.  East Thurrock United tried, but they were just up against a better team.  Ah well.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/6-Canvey-2-1-East-Thurrock-Full-TIme-Summary.mp3|titles=6 – Canvey 2-1 East Thurrock Full TIme Summary]

Next up, weather permitting, should be Brentwood Town at the Arena on Saturday,  Until then, Happy New Year.


Injury Time  And Chelmsford take the lead at Billericay.  Currently, Brentwood have done best out of all of our local league and non-league sides by virtue of not playing.  The man of the match announcement has been met with chortles.  Hurrah!

87th min – We’ve been asked for the Canvey man of the match here in the press box.  Although he’s been on for less than half an hour, Harrison Chatting is the man who’s made the difference in this game.

84th min – A Canvey free kick on the left hand edge of the area, a mix-up, but Ashley Dumas takes control of the hash of it, runs inside the left of the area, and shoots into the side netting.  Meanwhile, Meuga and Parmenter go off for Burgess and Mason for Covo’s boys.

83rd min – Elliott Justham keeps East Thurrock United in it with a brilliant point blank save from Canvey sub and ex Billericay man Harrison Chatting.  All Gulls at the moment.  Bah.

81st min – And the home side attack again, this time Louis Dennis playing a 1-2 and then shooting from the edge of the area, which is comfortably saved.

76th min – The Canvey fans are in much better voice as the Rocks have been on the back foot.  Another Gulls free-kick goes harmlessly over the bar, but it seems as if Canvey are now finding success down the flanks.  Time is ticking away for injury ravaged East Thurrock to rescue this.

71st min – GOAL! ….. CANVEY ISLAND 2,  East Thurrock United 1  A real New Year cracker of a goal, too.  A throw-in finds BRADLEY WOODS-GARNESS, almost at the byeline on the right hand edge of the area, and he somehow hammers it over himself and it hits the roof of the net at the far post.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/5-Canvey-2-1-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=5 – Canvey 2-1 East Thurrock]

Liquid football, it has to be said.

67th min – GOAL! ….. CANVEY ISLAND 1,  East Thurrock United 1  Nice Gulls move down the left, a low, swerving, venomously quick centre goes into the six yard box, SIMON PEDDIE has to try to deal with it, but only succeeds in levelling matters.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/4-Canvey-1-1-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=4 – Canvey 1-1 East Thurrock]

The last period of this game could be a good ‘un.

65th min – Speaking of darts, L’Heureux Meuga and Kevin Dobbinson tryto re-enact Sunday’s fun, with the Rocks forward putting the Gulls midfielder into a headlock, which he understandably reacted to.  It really should be at least a red for Meuga but the ref didn’t see it, and after consulting his linesman, tells them off like naughty schoolkids.

61st min – Not much going on elsewhere.  No reports of any excitement, let alone goals, at Billericay.  Dagenham are losing again though.  But at least it’s darts tonight.  The unrivalled spectacle of two old fat blokes trying to start a fight and failing miserably, on Sunday night, made my festive season.  Who needs Haye v Klitschko when you can have Taylor v Barneveld.  Chortle.

56th min – And ow, that was so close to a Gulls equaliser!  A ball over the top finds Bradley Woods-Garness bearing down on the East Thurrock United goal, completely unmarked.  He fires in a curling shot but it’s superbly parried away by Elliott Justham.  Phew.

54th min – Oh, so close for the Rocks!  A corner on the right, from Tom Stephen, yet another scramble in the six yard box, L’Heireux Meuga appears to have scored from point-blank range, but the ref whistles for an infringment on keeper Jones.  Drat.  And double drat.

51st min – And a nice little jink from Louis Dennis on the left gives him space and time to find Ashley Dumas inside the area.  The Rocks shepherd him away but at last signs of Canvey danger.  Crumbs.

49th min – And already the hosts have started livelier than at any point in the first half.  A volley that whistles over the bar and an easily defended corner doesn’t sound like much, but it’s about 100% more than the home side produced in the first 45 minutes.

4.04pm – KICK OFF!  Again, you know.


HALF TIME:  At long last, a goal, and suddenly it’s livened up.  After 35+ minutes of  nothingness, pots of fun right up the break.  The Rocks probably deserve the lead, having more chances, or at least forcing more corners.  The second half might just be a cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/3-Canvey-0-1-East-Thurrock-Half-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=3 – Canvey 0-1 East Thurrock Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and a curry.  Laters.


Injury timne – And almost a Canvey equaliser.  Play switches downfield, there’s a throw-in on the right, which evades the Rocks defence.  James Hawes looks a certain scorer inside the box, just to the left of goal, but his shot flashes wide past the far post.  Blimey.

44th min – Wow, unbelievably close to the Rocks doubling their lead in the most bizarre way possible.  A terrible mistake on the edge of the Canvey penalty area sees the host goalie actually slice his kick behind him, almost presenting Meuga with an open goal.  Keeper Jones, however, races back towards goal, though, and hacks the ball clear to atone for his error.  My goodness me.

38th min – GOAL! ….. Canvey Island 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 1  Oh yes!  Kye Ruel finds space on the right, he centres it low into the edge of the six yard box, and SAM COLLINS slots home with a low shot.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2-Canvey-0-1-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=2 – Canvey 0-1 East Thurrock]

Liquid football!

36th min – A few retired cockneys are evidently at the game.  East Thurrock players appeal for a free kick, to be met with a “Shaaaaaaaaaadup” from one spectator.  They had Chas & Dave on the PA before the game too.

31st min – Ooh, signs of life.  Kye Ruel on the left gets to the byeline inside the Canvey area, but his centre goes straight to a defender.  Reiss Gilbey intercepts on the edge of the box, though, and his shot is deflected for a corner.  Again there’s a moment of panic, but Jones in the end punches clear.

27th min – Should have done a mid 1st half audio report by now, but bar the moment of panic in the 2nd minute, there’s been nothing of note to chat about.  Although in the stand opposite, there’s an advert for a company that would be a great name for a bacon snack.  Oikos.

22nd min – L’Heureux Meuga is spoken to by the ref for a clumsy tackle on the halfway line.  The free kick comes to nothing.  My worry is, though, is how is it pronounced if he scores?

18th min – A half hearted attempt to get a ‘Come on Canvey’ chant going falls flat.  I think it’s more to do with New Year hangovers rather than lack of enthusiasm.  Plenty of effort from both sides but very little creativity thus far.

14th min – Nice little run and cross on the right by Louis Dennis, it goes out to the edge of the area.  There’s a Canvey appeal for a foul on Kevin Dobinson, but the ref waves the appeal away, and the attack ends with a header going harmlessly over Elliott Justham’s bar.

11th min – Both sides just settling down now.  A couple of home forays to the edge of the Rocks area, and a decent wide run or two from East Thurrock, but nothing clear-cut created.

6th min – Certainly in the minority in the press box.  The local paper scribe is an avowed Canvey fan.  Hmmm.  Elsewhere, Southend United have been beaten at home to League Two leaders Gillingham.  After their Boxing Day romp it hasn’t gone well for them.  Haven’t missed much here

2nd min – Ooh, almost a great start for the Rocks.  A corner is forced on the right, and I’m guessing the sun was in Canvey custodian Ashlee Jones’s eyes, as there was a bit of a flap in the six yard box.  There was panic for a second, and a crack at goal, but it’s eventually cleared.

3.01pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to a quiet, hungover reception.  Although Covo’s better half Chris knocked on the glass cheerily and wished me a Happy New Year.  Very nice.  Ooh, I feel chuffed already.

2.55pm – The teams are in the tunnel, the Rocks in their black and white striped away kit, Canvey in yellow shirts and blue shorts.

2.50pm – The Gulls media / pa man Glen is having problems today with the music system and mic.  My offer of a lend of the ‘Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts’ cd as the teams come out has for some reason been turned down.  Harumph.

2.45pm – A lovely day here at Park Lane.  Bright sunshine with the old cloud.  Not a drop of wind.  Perfect football conditions.  Though with Covo’s visit to the curry house last night, he may spend more time in the clubhouse wc’s that in the dugout.  Why do unfortunate things happen to good people.  I’m not sure why.  But chortle.

2.40pm – Team News:  Canvey Island bid to beat the Rocks with:  1. – Ashlee Jones.  2. – Ashley Miller.  3. – Ashley Dumas.  4. – Rob King (c).  5. – Ricky Hayles.  6. – Richard Orlu.  7. – Nicolas Bondon.  8. – Kevin Dobinson.  9. – Bradley Woods-Garness.  10. – Louis Dennis.  11. – James Hawes.  SUBS:  12. – Harrison Chatting.  14. – Robbie Blackwell.  15. – Mitch Gilbey.  16. – Danny Heale.  21. – Tommy Glanville.

So the Gilbey brothers come face to face at long last.  I still remember their other brother Lennox in Only Fools & Horses at that supermarket.


2.35pm – Team News:  East Thurrock United will try to gub the Gulls with:

1. – Elliott Justham

2. – Ryan Sammons

3. – Tom Stephen

4. – Simon Peddie

5. – David Obaze

6. – Ross Parmenter

7. – James Lawson

8. – Reiss Gilbey (c)

9. – L’Heureux Meuga

10. – Kye Ruel

11. – Sam Collins


12. – Liam Burgess

14. – Dean Mason

15 – Matt Pouley

16. – Spencer Harrison

17. – Joe Keith

An interesting mix of seasoned pro’s and new signings.  Just what you need on a day like today.


2.30pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town, after their desperately dour and disappointing loss at Hornchurch over the weekend, need a win against a strong Chelmsford City outfit to harbour any hopes of a play-off bid.

At first glance you’d say Brentwood Town’s play-off chances in Ryman One North are remote.  In 13th and 11 points from that coveted top five slot.  With today’s postponement, though, they will have at least 4, and up to 9 games in hand, on every team in the division.  Despite today’s no-show, they have a real shot at it.

Apologies for today’s live coverage not coming from either game.  It’s a combination of accessibility to matches, and more pertinently, being almost broke.  It’s taken an extremely cheap train fare, and then a four mile trudge, to just get me here, let alone further afield.

The things I do to bring you such jolly japes.  Oh, and no New Year’s Eve party either.  Simply couldn’t afford to go out or taxi fares.  I’m the Oliver Twist of the non-league scene, you know.


2.25pm – A very good afternoon from Park Lane, the home of Steve Tilson’s Gulls of Canvey Island, where East Thurrock United face a tricky task to get 2013 off to a positive start.

It’s been a season of swimming in treacle for Covo’s side so far.  The early season run of six straight wins and that unforgettable FA Cup battle with Chelmsford City seems such a long time ago.  It’s been a case of digging out decent results away but inconsistency at home.  Whilst in no relegation danger, a climb up the Ryman Premier table seems a tough one.

As for the hosts, they will be smarting from an embarrassing Boxing Day derby defeat at Concord Rangers and determined to get their play-off bid back on track.  With the Rocks away form holding up, however, hopes are there that the Rookery Hill outfit can spring more festive humbug upon the hosts.  This could be a cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1-Canvey-v-East-Thurrock-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Canvey v East Thurrock Preview]

You know what to do.  Refresh the page every few minutes and all the fun of the New Year’s Day football fair will be yours.



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Out With The Old, In With The New – The Local Review & Preview

With a brief synopsis on a disappointing weekend, but a look forward to a positive start to 2013, the local review and preview is here.

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Bring Your Brolly – The Weekend Preview

To find out where your local teams are playing this weekend, another festive preview is here, and all yours.

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Mince Pies, Turkey Sarnies, and Football – The Boxing Day Preview

As we all know, the sport at the weekend was a wipeout (well, almost – more later), but weather permitting, Boxing Day means a wonderful chance to get away from turkey sandwiches and the house for an afternoon of football.  Here’s where and when our sides are playing.

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As mentioned earlier, the weekend sport was almost entirely wiped out, but not completely!  And, of course, we simply had to be there.  Saturday was spent the other side of the water, as Maidstone United stretched their unbeaten run in Ryman One South.

On Friday night, too, whilst Southend United stepped up their League Two promotion bid with a 3-0 win over Chesterfield, Joe and I settled for the Underdogs of Underhill.  Propping up League Two, Barnet, with Dutch superstar Edgar Davids in the line-up, took on Burton Albion.  Here was our take on a memorable evening.

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So, never fear, if there’s a match, Phoenix FM will find it!

There will be a full summary of the Boxing Day results that evening, including a report from Dagenham & Redbridge, weather permitting of course.  Until then, thank you so much for tuning in and logging on, and all of you have yourselves a very Merry Christmas.




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‘Tis The Season To Be Picking Up A Few Points – The Weekend Preview

If you fancy getting out of the last minute Christmas shopping rush by taking in a game, or you simply want to know who’s playing where, the weekend preview is all yours.

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Brentwood Town v Soham Town Rangers – LIVE

Brentwood Town 6-3  Soaham Town Rangers

Billericay Town 2-0  Bath City

Harrow Borough  2-3  East Thurrock United

Bristol Rovers  0-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Fleetwood Town  0-0  Southend United


FULL TIME:  And what an incredible afternoon it’s been at the Arena.  We may have broke our draw duck, but nine goals, near misses, shouting, swearing, and the smell of stew.  A fabulous 90 minutes.  It sets up Brentwood Town’s Essex Cup confrontation nicely.  Been a good day for our sides elsewhere too.  Much better than Christmas shopping this.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/13-Brentwood-6-3-Soham-Full-Time.mp3|titles=13 – Brentwood 6-3 Soham – Full Time]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


Injury Time:  I think the hosts are safe.  Just.  Though Soham are throwing the frozen kitchen sink at them.

85th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 6,  SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 3  A scramble inside the six yard box after a Jonathan Miles fumble, and ROBBIE MASON completes the second hat-trick of the afternoon.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/12-Brentwood-6-3-Soham.mp3|titles=12 – Brentwood 6-3 Soham]

What a game!

80th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 6,  Soham Town Rangers 2  A break, a trip, a free kick, a moan, a consultation with the lino, a penalty, another ALEX READ goal.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/11-Brentwood-6-2-Soham.mp3|titles=11 – Brentwood 6-2 Soham]

It’s just that simple.


78th min – Abs Thompson replaces Steve Butterworth.  His first action, apart from putting his hands down his shorts, is to help the defence out as Soham Town Rangers earn a number of corners.  They are all cleared relatively comfortably though.

75th min – Great early run from Steve Butterworth on the right, finding space from a free kick.  He cuts inside the area and shoots, but it’s comfortably blocked.

73rd min – And Robbie tries to make an immediate impact with a dipping shot from around 30 yards.  Which dips just over the bar of the goals on the training pitch.

69th min – Wood take off Lewis Frost  – a very apt name in these conditions now – and bring on Robbie Rees.

67th min – Even closer.  A free kick comes in from the right touchline, about 30 yards out, and Joe Asensi’s header from six yards misses the crossbar by about a milimetre.

64th min – Perilously close to the visitors closing the gap further.  Great run down the right, a high centre into the area, and Luke Stanley volleys just over from about 10 yards.

57th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 5,  SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 2  Well, no.  Home defence asleep again, ROBBIE MASON left on his own inside the area, and his low shot reduces the deficit.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/10-Brentwood-5-2-Soham.mp3|titles=10 – Brentwood 5-2 Soham]

Surely not?


54th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 5,  Soham Town Rangers 1  From the goal kick, the ball is played to DARYL ROBSON on the edge of the area.  He learnt his lesson from a minute ago.  Not much power, but low, accurate and in.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/9-Brentwood-5-1-Soham.mp3|titles=9 – Brentwood 5-1 Soham]

Game safe?


53rd min – A Daryl Robson first time shot from just outside the area ends up just outside Shenfield.

50th min – A stinging Luke Stanley shot is excellently pasrried away by Jonathan Miles for a Soham corner, which is easily cleared.  An understandably urgent start to the second half from the visitors.

4.02pm – KICK OFF!  What on earth will happen next?


HALF TIME:  And yet another magical 45 minutes comes to a close.  I do pick ’em.  It looked ominous at the start, grave after 25 minutes, but somehow Brentwood Town have stormed it in the clear blue skies.  What a game.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/8-Brentwood-4-1-Soham-Half-Time.mp3|titles=8 – Brentwood 4-1 Soham – Half Time]

Right, off for a Bovril and a lie-down.  Laters.


45th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 4,  Soham Town Rangers 1  As Alex has the matchball safely in his pocket, he turns provider.  Low pass inside the area, and ABS THOMPSON ‘s shot from about eight yards puts Brentwood in dreamland.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/7-Brentwood-4-1-Soham.mp3|titles=7 – Brentwood 4-1 Soham]

Oh yes!


42nd min – You can tell a game’s a cracker when I spend all my time trying to keep the updating updates up to date – and filing.  So, so much action the past 20 minutes.  The visitors look a bit shell shocked.  No wonder.

38th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 3,  Soham Town Rangers 1  This is getting stupid.  More pass and move down the right, a centre from the byeline and ALEX READ is incredibly on his own inside the six yard box.  He controls and completes his hat trick and still has time to light a cigarette.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/6-Brentwood-3-1-Soham.mp3|titles=6 – Brentwood 3-1 Soham]

Marevllous fun.


32nd min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 2,  Soham Town Rangers 1  Blimey.  Great pass and movement down the right, a through ball to ALEX READ, the keeper comes out to narrow the angle, but Alex cleverly shoots over him and into the left hand corner of the corner.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/5-Brentwood-2-1-Soham.mp3|titles=5 – Brentwood 2-1 Soham]

Cracking stuff!


28th min – GOAL! ….. BRENTWOOD TOWN 1,  Soham Town Rangers 1  How about that for a response?  Daryl Robson runs at the defence on the left, a lovely through ball to ALEX READ, and his low shot goes into the right hand corner of the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/4-Brentwood-1-1-Soham.mp3|titles=4 – Brentwood 1-1 Soham]

Liquid football!


25th min – GOAL! ….. Brentwood Town 0, SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 1  Brentwood just wouldn’t learn from their earlier mistakes.  Asleep again as a pass from the left found ROBBIE MASON totally unmarked, inside the area on the right.  He made no mistake this time.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/3-Brentwood-0-1-Soham.mp3|titles=3 – Brentwood 0-1 Soham]



22nd min – It’s cold but the action on the pitch is hot.  Ooooh errr indeed.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2-Brentwood-v-Soham-Mid-1st-Half.mp3|titles=2 – Brentwood v Soham Mid 1st Half]

A cracker so far.


20th min – Alex Read comes even closer, this time a piledriver from a similar distance on the left, which was turned around the near post superbly.  The subsequent corner is easily cleared.

18th min – Soham custodian Dan Bircham atones for his earlier error with a fine save from a low 20 yard Alex Read shot, from a central right position.  It looked in all the way, but he got a hand to it and was then booted clear.

16th min – Getting very nippy here now.  Thank goodness I managed to buy some jeans this week. George at Asda, fiver, can’t go wrong.  Back in the land of football, lots of shouting and endeavour but no creating or shooting.

12th min – A moment of controversy.  Brentwood thought that had taken the lead.  Steve Butterworth shoots from inside the area after a long ball down the left, the visiting keeper fumbles it, and Daryl Robson bundles home the rebound.  The lino, though, had his flag up before the shot went in, and it’s chalked off.  More incandescence from the home dugout.  I shouldn’t.  But chortle.

7th min – Oops.  The home defence went to sleep, and a cross field pass found Soham’s James McCabe completely unmarked on the right, about 10 yards from the byeline.  His centre’s a good one but Robbie Mason heads over.  Sweary words emanate from the home dugout.

6th min – Why is there a smell of stew?  The hosts are now settling down after the early scare.  Nothing created by either side since then.

2nd min – Already a major let off for ‘Wood.  Jonathan Miles kick from goal goes straight to Soham’s Luke Stanley, unmarked and just 20 yards out.  He redeems himself, however, with a superb parry away from the free shot.  Phew.

3.01pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to Plan B and a bit of indifference, Brentwood in their light blue shirts and socks with white shirts, and Soham in green and white stripes, green shorts and socks.  Provided by Primark and George At Asda.

2.55pm – The crowd is on the small side.  Sort of enough space on a park bench size.  But the club staff are friendly and as enthusiastic as ever.  It’s a pity the locals can’t pop down to visit a bit more often.  Much better than trolley bashing and Christmas shopping.

2.50pm – Team News  Brentwood Town go with:

1 – Jonathan Miles

2 – Ryan Doyle (c)

3 – Ted Llewellyn

4 – Connor Witherspoon

5 – Darren Blewitt

6 – Sam West

7 – Steve Butterworth

8 – Daryl Robson

9 – Alex Read

10 – Lewis Frost

11 – Abs Seymour


12 – Sam Bantick

14 – Greg Cohen

15 – Martyn Stokes

16 – Robbie Rees

17 – Abs Thompson

Plenty of players who know their stuff there.


2.45pm – In the other games, East Thurrock have drawn their last three league matches, and eight out of 14 in the season.  They need to start winning sooner rather than later.

Something that Billericay Town also need to start doing again today.  Bit of a rollercoaster season so far for the New Lodge side.  A run of wins followed by a run of defeats.  It’d be nice to just win consistently.  But how boring would that be?

Tough away trips for our League Two sides, but they’re both in such decent form they should hold no fears.  I once went past a launderette with internet access in Bristol, you know.  I guess all the dirty websites you got onto in there were soon washed away.


2.40pm – As you may have realised, I have a bit of a track record for dramatic late equalisers and goals the past couple of months.  In the last eight games, seven have featured last minute or injury time equalisers.  12 goals have been scored in the last five minutes in those games too.

The other game of those eight was comparatively boring.  Just a team coming back from 2-0 down to draw level in the last quarter of an hour.  Pah.

If Brentwood are a goal up after 85 minutes, I’m going home, and win the three points for them.  If they’re getting beat, I’ll just wave to the away team’s dug-out, letting them know the fate that awaits them.  Chortle.


2.35pm – Good afternoon from a very chilly Arena for this afternoon’s Ryman One North clash.  And, after all these postponements in recent weeks, we’re due a good ‘un.

This shows promise too.  Looks can be deceptive you know.  Brentwood Town seem as if they’re having a bit of a languish, down in 17th.  Due to cup commitments and postponements, however, they have plenty of scope for climbing up the table.

Their opponents were understandably the pre-season favourites after a lot of summer investment and a few names being brought in.  Soham Town Rangers have  only just recovered, though, from a disastrous start, and are still four points adrift off the play-off zone.

It could get worse though for them too.  Brentwood may be eight points behind their visitors, but have a massive six games in hand.  As unlikely as it seems, this could be the springboard of a promotion bid for the hosts if things go their way.  This match may well be an early Christmas cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1-Brentwood-v-Soham-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Brentwood v Soham Preview]

As ever, simply refresh the page every few minutes, and instead of freezing your bits off at the shops, you’ll feel a warm glow from all the top notch footballing action coming your way.



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Saturday Afternoon Football – LIVE (sort of …)

Brentwood Town P-P  Wroxham

Billericay Town 1-2  Dover Athletic

Lewes  1-1  East Thurrock United

Bury  1-1  Southend United

Torquay United  2-1  Dagenham & Redbridge

Southend Manor  2-2  Basildon United


FULL TIME:  And a fitting tribute to the late, great Mitchell Cole it was, as one of his last clubs stage a stirring fightback, keeping in tune with the normal Phoenix FM match coverage.  One way or another, it’s been a fun afternoon.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/5-Full-Time.mp3|titles=5 – Full Time]

Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


90th min – Billericay Town halve the deficit.  Could they ….. ?

88th min – Unbelievable.  Yet another late equaliser.  A stunning shot.  Basildon United have shown nothing yet somehow drawn level.  I’m afraid my mask of impartiality was taken off and instead a mask of “Yes!  Get in there!” was put on instead.  Chortle.

85th min – Looks like game over, though, at New Lodge, as Dover double their lead.

84th min – Game on here.  A free kick, a header from the sub at the far post, and Basildon are back in it.  An interesting last few minutes here awaits us.

82nd min – Yes!  Kris Newby drags the Rocks level at the Dripping Pan.  Which sounds almost illegal, but means East Thurrock United have equalised.  Daggers joy at Torquay, however, is short lived.  Boo.

80th min – Getting news of a serious injury to a Billericay Town player at New Lodge, unconfirmed reports saying it’s Glen Poole.  A stretcher and neck brace have been called for.  Fingers crossed it’s just precautionary.

77th min – Miss of the season here.  Southend Manor press again, the centre forward is completely clear inside the area, with just the goal in front of him.  He sidefoots is calmly and deliberately.  Past the left hand post.  Chortle and double chortle.

75th min – Yes, a bit of cheer.  Daggers draw level down Devon way.  Huzzah!

68th min – Here, Manor have a free kick from 25 yards tipped over the bar.

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But elsewhere it’s not so good.  Frozen football.

60th min – Not too much going on so we’re chatting about darts players fighting on the oche, which happened yesterday.  Great fun.  Unlike here.

52nd min – Seven minutes of nothing here in the second half so far.  No news elsewhere either.  Bottom clenchingly cold though.  And in the FA Cup, Chelmsford City’s run looks to be over, a couple of goals and a player down.  Harumph.

4.01pm – Kick Off! As news comes through that East Thurrock United are losing too.  Not happy at all.  Although the Bees are far more unhappy here.


HALF TIME: All very comfortable for Manor here.  Basildon are trying but haven’t shown anything really threatening, and they trudge off arguing with each other.  Oops.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/3-Half-Time.mp3|titles=3 – Half Time]

Anyway, we’re off for a Bovril and a thaw.  Laters.

45th min – Hurrah!  Gavin Zico Tomlin levels things up for Southend United at Bury.  Game on!

43rd min – Here, a Southend Manor shot slides centimetres past the far post.  Of Sparta Rotterdam’s goal.  Chortle.

39th min – It’s all going Duncan Norvelle.  Daggers let in a goal now.  One drawing, three losing, not a goal between them so far.  Very poor, Vic.

35th min – Bother.  Southend United go behind in the FA Cup at Bury, just as Manor go 2-0 ahead here.

32nd min – Awful Basildon defending here luckily goes unpunished.  North of the border, the two Highland League clubs are holding their own (chortle) against SFL1 sides.  Sadly, closer to home, Chelmsford City, in which we featured two classic FA Cup battles earlier this season, trail Crawley Town.

24th min – Perfect timing.  Jay Smith beats his marker inside the left hand side of the box and slots home from around 8 yards.  1-0 to Southend Manor.

22nd min – Not particularly good here but not entirely unexpected.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2-Mid-1st-Half.mp3|titles=2 – Mid 1st Half]

It will hopefully liven up here and elsewhere too.

20th min – Back here, and ooh, that’s a bad miss.  Basildon attack down the right, a cross field pass finds the centre forward unmarked inside the area, but he shanks it high and wide.  Not exactly liquid football here so far.

17th min – And Billericay fall behind.  Ulp.  I hexed them there.

15th min – Less action than Ladies Night at a convent so far for our sides.  Not a goal between them yet.  Dover came close with a Ricky Modeste shot, so they win the competition for most camp player’s name.

8th min – Play is stopped for an injured Manor player.  Elsewhere, Hastings United, possibly the worst team we’ve seen this season, have somehow made it into the 3rd round draw of the FA Cup after a 1-1 draw away at Harrogate Town.  Ridiculous but great.

3rd min – After early visiting pressure, Manor break forward on the right, and Chris Baddeley gets to the ball on the edge of the area, lobs over keeper Steve Brown, but hits the outside of the near post.  A real let off for Basildon.

3.00pm – KICK OFF! Manor in their normal yellow with black shorts, the Bees in all red.


2.59pm – The minute’s silence for the late Southend United and Basildon United great Mitchell Cole is so well observed you could hear the distant tweet of the birds.  Spine tingling but so, so sad.

2.55pm – The teams come out to a tiny, cold and silent crowd.  This is why I love football.  It’s the glamour.

2.50pm – Before we set off, we were watching two football games, with time running out.  We assumed West Ham and Ross County had been beaten.  But 10 minutes later, once we arrive, West Ham have won and County are denied an injury time winner by a Caley Thistle injury time equaliser.  Funny old game innit.

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town will want to get back to winning ways shortly after their midweek hammering.  Their opponents, though, also hammered them recently, so it’s a tough ask for the New Lodge side.

East Thurrock United have an equally difficult afternoon awaiting them, at a side only beaten once at home all season.  The Rocks, though, have only lost once away, so they don’t travel without hope.

Long away days for our Football League sides, too, but Southend United have the consolation of knowing their game is an FA Cup match, so if the worst happens against a side a division above them, their promotion hopes remain untroubled by it.  They can relax and go for it – for Mitchell Cole.


2.40pm – A very good winter’s afternoon from The Southchurch Park Arena.  Haven’t been here for a while and it’s a pleasure to be back.

In the aftermath of a grisly morning for non-league and local football, it seems somehow fitting that, in place of the postponed encounter at Brentwood Town, we’ve hastily re-arranged things and got ourselves to the home of Southend Manor.

I can’t say I knew Mitchell Cole.  My only knowledge of him is the storming displays of his from midfield as Southend United took the League One title in 2006.

Latterly, he turned out briefly this season for Basildon United.  He, and the team, played well, but didn’t get the results they deserved.

I was aware of the condition he had which prevented him from furthering a promising professional career.  We all felt sympathy at the time but nobody could ever expect this morning’s tragic news.  27 is far, far too young for your time to be up.  Thoughts are with his family at this horrible time.

It will be so fitting that the last team he played for, Basildon United (the team I support coincidentally), came up with an unexpected way win here against Southend Manor.  Regardless of the result, though, it puts everything into perspective.  RIP Mitchell Cole.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and this afternoon’s understandably muted coverage of today’s games will come your way.


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East Thurrock United v Leiston – LIVE

East Thurrock United 2-2 Leiston

Billericay Town 0-3 Cambridge United

Needham Market  1-1  Brentwood Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Fleetwood Town

Southend United 3-1 Rochdale


FULL TIME Apologies again for the sporadic updates.  No dongle, no phone signal, not even a team sheet. It’s been as trying an afternoon for me as it was for the Rocks.   Let’s just say that their after match warm-down was considerably hotter and less relaxing than usual.   That’s football for you.  And life too!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/8-East-Thurrock-2-2-Leiston-FT-Summary.mp3|titles=8 – East Thurrock 2-2 Leiston FT Summary]

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me. And Everything Everywhere? I couldn’t get anything anywhere. Until the next time, enjoy the weekend, and your football.

84th min – Ooh, all Leiston.   A shot goes across the face of goal and goes for a corner on the right. It’s delivered superbly and it takes a last ditch header to prevent a goal.  Phew.

76th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 2, LEISTON 2 What did I say about errors?  A visiting goal kick, a free Rocks header and kick is misdirected, and EMAUELLE OSEI takes advantage, running down the left inside the area and lobbing in.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/7-East-Thurrock-2-2-Leiston.mp3|titles=7 – East Thurrock 2-2 Leiston]

Game well and truly on.

68th min – Fingers are frozen so updates are getting more sporadic.   Fairly even at the moment. The rain has intensified though so errors are inevitable in the closing stages.   The Leiston fans are berating the ref and lino, once for an offside decision where the visiting player was at least 2 yards off.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/6-East-Thurrock-2-1-Leiston-Mid-2nd-Half.mp3|titles=6 – East Thurrock 2-1 Leiston Mid 2nd Half]

Great fun to see them react like that.

60th min -The conditions are winning here. The rain is now torrential. Play is very evsn, with one great save made at the Rocks end. The visiting supporters are gerting loud and a little over excited in a mix of yokel and Eastuary English. Chortle.

51st min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 2, LEISTON 1 Game on.   A run down the left, a cross whipped in on the edge of the area, and the deficit is halved by BROTHERS with a close range shot.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/5-East-Thurrock-2-1-Leiston.mp3|titles=5 – East Thurrock 2-1 Leiston]

This could be fun.

4.05pm – KICK OFF! With plenty of mickey taking at Hakeem’s dancing skills.

HALF TIME [audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/4-East-Thurrock-2-0-HT-Summary.mp3|titles=4 – East Thurrock 2-0 HT Summary]

45th min – GOAL! …..EAST THURROCK UNITED 2, Leiston 0 Well, HAKEEM ARABA gets the credit for that one. A corner on the right after a Spencer Harrison shot is saved.   There’s a melee and a terrible keeper’s error.  Hakeem celebrates and does a ridiculous robot dance so I guess he got the final touch inside the six yard box.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/3-East-Thurrock-2-0-Leiston.mp3|titles=3 – East Thurrock 2-0 Leiston]

Oh yes!

44th min – Oof, even closer. Another centre finds the visiting forward frwe with the ball inside the six yard box. It takes a wonderful smothering save to prevent the equaliser

43rd min – Ooh, close to an equaliser. Ryan Sammons gets out of position going forward down the Rocks left. The visitors exploit the gap and a centre flashes across the face of goal.

40th min – Nothimg much going on except misplaced passes and the Leiston pensioner berating his side whenever they try to play the ball on the floor. Chortle. Elsewhere, Billericay fall behind.

30th min – Apologies for lack of updates. My dongle is done and the phone is so fiddly.  Rocks have had a Hakeem Araba goal chalked out for offside.   And there a senior citizen right in front of me with a hearing aid who thinks everyone is as hard of hearing as him, shouting louder than Concorde.  Not having a great afternoon.  But you have to chortle.

22nd min – GOAL! …. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1, Leiston 0 And a wonderful chip from Reiss Gilbey, from about 22 yards out on the mid left, opens the football.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2-East-Thurrock-1-0-Leiston.mp3|titles=2 – East Thurrock 1-0 Leiston]

Liquid football. Almost literally.

17th min – Having said that ….. A visiting break down the left, Rocks defenders appeal to the ref for an infringment but don’t play on, the centre meets the head of an onrushing forward but goes just wide.

15th min – Another wicked, low centre into the Leiston six yard box, and Hakeem Araba is centimetres from connecting. The Rocks have settled down well.

10th min – Play switches to the Manorway End goal. Great run and centre down the right hand side, it goes inside the six yard box, there’s a scramble, a shot cleared off the line, and Kris Newby’s follw-up slams against the near post.

3rd min – Ooh, close for the visitors. A move down the left, they get by Spencer Harrison, and the shot inside the area goes a foot wide of the near post. Blimey.

3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.57pm – The teams come out to a crowd of drenched die hards.

2.55pm – The rain is chucking it down but the pitch is fandabidozy. As is Covo’s beard.

2.50pm – Oops, my dongle is on the blink. Which isn’t a euphemism. Updates are going to be tricky. Let’s see how android updates work.

2.45pm – A very good afternoon from a soggy Rookery Hill for this afternoon’s little treasure trove of football fun.

Thrilled as we were by the Rocks amazing FA Cup ties last month, it doesn’t disguise the fact that their Ryman Premier League position is a little underwhelming 15th.  Admittedly, they have games in hand, but it points Covo’s boys want.

Their opponents from East Anglia have found the going tough after last season’s promotion, and find themselves rock bottom.  It’s these games that give you the collywobbles though.  This could be a tricky afternoon.

Elsewhere, Brentwood face a long trip to Suffolk in the search for equally important points, being 18th in Ryman One North.  We were also hoping to feature Billericay Town’s FA Trophy tie with Cambridge United, but for one reason or another, it wasn’t to be, but it’s always a pleasure to follow the Rocks.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/1-East-Thurrock-v-Leiston-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Leiston Preview]

You probably know the score by now.  Just refresh the page every few minutes and all the drama and japery of an afternoon at Rookery Hill shall be yours.


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Saturday Afternoon Football – LIVE

Brentwood Town 4-0  Ware

Bromley  0-1  Billericay Town

Wingate & Finchley  0-1  East Thurrock United

Burton Albion  3-2  Dagenham & Redbridge

Torquay United  1-4  Southend United

Great Wakering Rovers  3-1  Hullbridge Sports


FULL TIME: It’s been, overall, an excellent one for our sides.  All of our local sides winning, Southend having a great result at Torquay.  A pity about Dagenham but I suppose we can’t have everything.  And it finished 3-1 here.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/5-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=5 – Full Time Summary]

Thank you so much for logging on, hope it’s been mildly fun.  Until the next time, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


Injury Time – GOAL! And BRENTWOOD TOWN, almost inevitably it seems, go 4-0 ahead.  Poor Ware, rock bottom of Ryman One North.  But then again, another great Blues win.  Get in there boys.

88th min – And Burton take the lead again.  No, no, no, that’s simply not fair.

85th min – GOAL! And BRENTWOOD TOWN make the game safe at 3-0.  Hurrah!  A late equaliser for Dagenham as well.  Oh yes!  It’s fizzling out here at Burroughs Park.  Another game ruined by the very people who are supposed to let the match be just that.

77th min – GOAL! A good day at the Arena.  BRENTWOOD TOWN double their advantage.  Ware?  They’re not all there.  Don’t chortle.  That was terrible.

75th min – So England have lost at the rugby.  Livepool, Man City, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom are all winning in the Premier League.  And joy, Hearts lead St. Mirren.  I’m a happy bunny at last.

70th min – 3-1 here now.  Hullbridge get a ridiculous penalty after their ridiculous sending off.  Elsewhere it’s looking good for our local sides.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/4-Midway-2nd-Half.mp3|titles=4 – Midway 2nd Half]

That’ll do me.

65th min – The expected terrible refereeing decision has happened.  A Hullbridge player sent off for an honest 50/50 challenge.  The ref is being assessed so it explains a lot.  In the Premier League, Chelsea now trail.  Chortle.

60th min – It’s all gone Mariella Frostrup in Staffordshire.  Daggers now trail.  Rovers now three up here.  At the rugby, Scotland have lost honourably to South Africa, 10-21.  England, with just a few minutes left, are still losing to the Aussies, 14-20.  Hmmmm.

59th min – I suppose it couldn’t last with all of our teams.  A deflected shot puts Burton level against Dagenham.  Nice while it lasted though.

56th min – Southend obviously like their visits to other seaside resorts.  4-0.  Good grief.  Fawlty Towers was on last night.  It was a sign, you know.  A sign that I like classic comedy when I come in from a night out.

51st min – Rovers go 2-0 up here.  Route one stuff.  No goals for any of our sides yet in this second half.  Further afield, Chelsea are, unsurprisingly, being held by West Brom.  And in rugby, Scotland and England trail.  Ho hum.

4.00pm – Kick Off! Ooh, blimey, that was a short break.


HALF TIME: And so far so good for all of our teams.  All winning – with four out of the five away as well.  Marvellous stuff.  Another 45 minutes like that and … well, it will be five wins.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/3-Half-Time-Scores.mp3|titles=3 – Half Time Scores]

Right, I’m off for a Bovril and a celebratory Bovril.  Laters.


Injury time: Good grief.  3-0 to Southend United.  I wonder how ex Shrimper Craig Easton is feeling in a home shirt today.  He won’t be chortling.  But it’ll have something to do with a parrot, I’m sure.  Oh yes.

45th min – Drama here as Louis Godwin Green in the Rovers goal saves a penalty.  Cracking stuff.

41st min – Ooh, close thing here.  The pinked shirt Hullbridge Sports hit the bar from a free kick.  Elsewhere, Mark Hughes is under pressure at QPR as Southampton are winning.  And north of the border bottom side Dundee are beating second placed Hibernian.  I shouldn’t – but chortle.

37th min – GOAL! And that makes it perfect.  Word reaches me – from a Ware fan rather than through anyone from the home club – that Brentwood had taken the lead much earlier on through a penalty.  Oh yes.  Indeed yes.

34th min – A goal in front of me too.  Danny Heale gives Rovers the lead after a bit of a scramble from a corner.

33rd min – GOAL! Getting better too.  Ex ESL striker Dwight Gayle gives the Daggers the lead up at Burton.  Blimey.

27th min – I’m glad the match here seems pretty dull apart from Hullbridge’s pink shirts, as all the action is elsewhere.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2-Midway-1st-Half.mp3|titles=2 – Midway 1st Half]

A good start.

21st min -GOAL! Get in there!  Word reaches me that EAST THURROCK UNITED have scored an early goal through Kye Ruel.  Spiffing start.  Quite evenly balanced here at Burroughs Park, the 3 or 4 minutes I’ve watched.

19th min – GOAL! Cooking on gas now.  BILLERICAY TOWN take the lead through Jay May.  Bang on!

17th min – Ooh, goalio!  The Shrimpers put their noses in front at Plainmoor.  The Gulls will be after them now.

12th min – The floodlights have gone off.  Again.  Chortle.  Again.  At the rugby, England are drawing with Australia and Scotland are being gubbed by South Africa.  But no hint of a goal at our games so far though.

7th min – No goals here or anywhere so far.  Rovers almost scored in the first 30 seconds, Hullbridge had half a shout for a penalty.  Lots of goals at the Emirates though.  The vast majority of  them in Tottenham’s net.  Chortle.  And a full house at Tynecastle for the excitement and thrill of Hearts v St. Mirren.  Why wouldn’t there be?

3.01pm – Kick Off!  Oh yes!


2.55pm – Before all the Saturday afternoon fun begins, Joe and I took in some Friday night football.  Barnet are due to move out of Underhill in 2013.  We took in their League 2 clash against Accrington Stanley, and for those of you who missed the twitter feed, here’s how it went.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Barnet-1-1-Accrington-Stanley.mp3|titles=Barnet 1-1 Accrington Stanley]

Yep,  we certainly enjoyed our night out in North London, and will try to make it back before the ground is no more.  Well worth a visit.


2.50pm – Elsewhere, in the whole wide world of sport, there’s another weekend of rugby internationals, including England v Australia and Scotland v Seuth Efriker.  I remember a few years ago I went to Scotland v Australia rather than England v Springboks.

Only because it was actually cheaper for me to get a ticket for that game, train to Stansted, flight to Edinburgh, and bus to Murrayfield, than it was for just one England ticket.   With tickets from just a tenner today up in Chilly Jocko Land, I’ve no doubt it’d be cheaper to go there again.   Ridiculous but that’s how it is with England rugby these days.


2.45pm – A very good afternoon, today from Burroughs Park, for another thrill-laden rollercoaster ride that is matchday for our local sides.

Yet again, family circumstances dictate that I can only venture as far as my local club rather than out and about at one of the featured games itself.  In particular, for one reason or another, it’s over two months since Billericay Town had the live treatment.  That will be rectified sooner rather than later.

At the moment all of our non-league sides are in the lower reaches of their divisions, and it’s getting to the stage when they need to start picking up those three points regularly.  East Thurrock United look particularly vulnerable at this stage.

It’s not that much better for our League Two sides, mind.  Both are drifting away in mid-table and have tricky away matches to contend with, although with Burton Albion having played less than 48 hours ago, the Daggers will feel they have a good chance of a win today.

The game I’m at, just round the corner from me, features the ESL’s top side, Great Wakering Rovers, in a local derby against Hullbridge Sports, who have a tasty looking Essex Senior Cup tie at home to Southend United coming up.

In truth, I have little affinity with Rovers, and their games tend to be dull, so I’ll be just keeping an eye on the game rather than watching it intently, as the scores come in from around the ground.  As well as indulging in some unfunny one-liners at the expense of more well known clubs.  One way or another, it’ll be a chortle.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Matchday-Preview.mp3|titles=Matchday Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and all the fun of the local football fair will be yours.



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FA Trophy LIVE: Kingstonian v Brentwood Town

Kingstonian  2-2  Brentwood Town

Billericay Town 3-2  Enfield Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 5-0  Rotherham United

Southend United 0-0  Port Vale


FULL TIME:  Becoming almost blase about these dramatic late finishes but it took me by surprise.  I was all ready to sum up a brave effort from Brentwood, but they went and Blewitt all out of the water as far as the hosts were concerned.

Terrible first half, good second half.  The replay could be special.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/8-Kingstonian-2-2-Brentwood-FT-Summary.mp3|titles=8 – Kingstonian 2-2 Brentwood FT Summary]

Next up will be the replay at The Arena.  Get yourself there if you can.  Until then, enjoy your weekend, and your football.


89th min – GOAL! ….. Kingstonian 2,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 2 Yet again, late drama!  A corner on the left, the slightest of touches from the head of  DARREN BLEWITT, and it hits the far post and goes in!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/7-Kingstonian-2-2-Brentwood.mp3|titles=7 – Kingstonian 2-2 Brentwood]

Get.  In.  There!

88th min – All Brentwood possession-wise, but creating nothing.

84th min – More Brentwood pressure results in a corner from each flank.  But they are easily defended.  Bah.

80th min – Just a blocked Daryl Robson shot to show for visiting pressure these past few minutes.  Time is ticking away.

77th min – A Brentwood substitution.  Robbie Rees comes on for Greg Cohen.

75th min – Another save from Justham, this time from a low shot on the left, that the ref doesn’t see and gives a goal kick.  Chortle.

72nd min – From a home throw-in on the left comes a move and volley on the edge of the area, which Elliott Justham does superbly well to tip over the bar.  Cracking football at last.

69th min – Sorry for the break in updates there, too many goals and stuff in too short a time to get the updates here as regular as I’d like.  Fairly evenly balanced now, both sides looking threatening coming forward now, but neither keeper has been stretched since the last goal.

61st min – GOAL! ….. KINGSTONIAN 2,  Brentwood Town 1 Good grief, a set piece works.  A corner on the right and TOM HUTCHINSON powers home a header from inside the six yard box.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/6-Kingstonian-2-1-Brentwood.mp3|titles=6 – Kingstonian 2-1 Brentwood]

Cruel but that’s the Trophy.

57th min – GOAL! ….. Kingstonian 1,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 1 Oh yes!  From yet another terrribly executed Kingstonian set piece, there’s a Brentwood break on the right, and ALEX READ beautifully lobs into the far post corner of the net just inside the area.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/5-Kingstonian-1-1-Brentwood.mp3|titles=5 – Kingstonian 1-1 Brentwood]

Liquid football!

51st min – GOAL! ….. KINGSTONIAN 1,  Brentwood Town 0 Rough justice, but that’s how it rolls in one-offs.  The ball is played into the area on the left, and CRAIG MULLEN, the sub, lifts it over one defender and into the net, despite a desperate attempt to kick it off the line.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/4-Kingstonian-1-0-Brentwood.mp3|titles=4 – Kingstonian 1-0 Brentwood]

Ho hum.

49th min – A Kingstonian corner on the right is up the usual standard today, unerringly finding the right boot of a defender on the edge of the area.  I’m not saying it’s dull, but I’m currently dispensing hangover cures on twitter.

4.06pm – Kick Off! Please let it be better.


HALF TIME:  Thank goodness for that.  The poorest 45 minutes of the season so far.  No blame attached to Brentwood for this though, they’ve been tidy, efficient, and as the away team doing a more than adequate job.  It’s simply been thoroughly poor from the hosts, who only woke up just before the break.  Things can only get better, surely?

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/3-Kingstonian-0-0-Brentwood-HT-Summary.mp3|titles=3 – Kingstonian 0-0 Brentwood HT Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and some mogadon.  Laters.


44th min – The Kingstonian twitter feed describes that miss from Wase Small as “denying everyone the chance to see the best K’s goal ever.”   What planet are they on?  They certainly can’t be on this planet.  Or Kingstonian have never ever scored ever.

41st min – It’s still not cleared properly, and from the right, the ball is volleyed inside the area.  It hits the roof of the terracing behind the goal but the home fans ooh and aah as if it was cleared off the line.  I suppose it did count as a chance, though, so no wonder they cheered, I guess.

40th min – At last, a bit of home danger, as the ball is centred low from the right and only half cleared, then high from the left that Elliott Justham had to stretch to tip away.

37th min – Abs Seymour is the subject of a clumsy tackle, wide on the right near the halfway line, with the miscreant being booked.  Poor tackle neatly summarising a poor home performance to date.

32nd min – That should have been 1-0 to Brentwood.  Nice through ball to Alex Read on the edge of the area, easily beating the offside trap.  He shoots straight away, though, a weak curler that is easily saved.  A great chance wasted.

29th min – Going forward, Greg Cohen passes the ball straight to an opposing defender, whose long run results in a corner on the Kingstonian left.  Just as well they’ve been rubbish at set pieces thus far.  It ends with a Brentwood break and a Sam Battick shot going high and wide.

24th min – A moment of menace on the Kingstonian right as their winger loses his marker but in the end Abs Seymour clears the danger.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2-Kingstonian-0-0-Brentwood-Mid-1st.mp3|titles=2 – Kingstonian 0-0 Brentwood Mid 1st]

Brentwood slightly shading it so far though.

19th min – Brentwood, from Eliiott’s kick, force a corner on the left.  It’s delivered at speed right into the six yard box, but nobody gets a touch.  A flash of danger, though.

18th min – A K’s free kick on the left touchline goes the same way as their earlier effort, into Justham’s hands.  Very wasteful from the hosts.

14th min – First sign of Kingstonian pressure.  The win a corner on the left, and from that, they try a centre from the right into the six yard box, but it goes straight into Elliott Justham’s hands.

11th min – Abs Thompson, from the half way line, hoists a free kick to the right hand edge of the home box.  Greg Cohen gets by his man cleverly but his shot from a tight angle just about catches the 131 bus to Kingston.

8th min – Ooh, so close for a Brentwood Town opener!  Nice run from Alex Read on the left, he gets to the bye line and cuts inside the Kingstonian box.  His low centre across the six yard box evades the keeper – but everyone else.  Encouraging stuff though.

7th min – Daryl Robson gets a yellow card for the first foul of the game, without any malice, more or less on the half way line.  Blimey.

5th min – Nothing to see so far.  Apart from the worst throw-in ever from Brentwood, which was like a glitch on Fifa 13.  Chortle.

3.03pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


3.00pm – The minute’s silence for Remembrance Weekend is impeccably observed.  Today, is after all, only a game.

2.58pm – And out they come to one shout of “Come on Brentwood” and a ripple of applause.  You can feel the excitement.  Or possibly indigestion.

2.55pm – We await the sides to the sounds of Fanfare For The Common People.

2.52pm – Team News: Brentwood Town go with:

1  – Elliott Justham

2  – Ryan Doyle

3  – Abs Seymour

4  – Daryl Robson

5  – Darren Blewitt (c)

6  – Sam West

7  – Abs Thompson

8  – Sam Battick.

9  – Alex Read

10 – Neil Cousins

11 – Greg Cohen

2.50pm – Updates may be a bit slow today as broadband connection is slower than an asthmatic tortoise.  With this dongle you can barely get anything anywhere, Kevin Bacon.

For some reason, Kingstonian have opened three stands for today.  There seems to be barely enough to fill one at the moment.

2.45pm – Elsewhere, Billericay Town are in the exact opposite role as ‘Wood, at home to a side one league below them, but with the added sting of having beaten their opponents 7-0 in a pre-season friendly.  Enfield Town will have a point to prove.

East Thurrock United have the unusual luxury of a spare weekend, whereas for our League Two sides, it’s back to divisional action with a couple of home games.  Still, we all like bread and butter, don’t we.  I used to prefer marge, mind, but she left some time ago.

2.40pm – Welcome, everyone, to this afternoon’s frivolities from Kingsmeadow.  After all the fun of the FA Cup, could there be more spills and thrills in the Trophy?  Brentwood Town have at last run into a bit of form and seemed to have recovered from that grisly afternoon at South Park.  Redemption for that day could be on its way.

It’s a tough ask though.  Kingstonian are in fine form themselves and currently occupy a play-off slot in the Ryman Premier, one division above Brentwood.  But, as we know, this is what cup – and trophy – upsets are about.  Forget the league, this is just a one-off.  And it could be a cracker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/1-Kingstonian-v-Brentwood-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Kingstonian v Brentwood Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and you never know, there could be a few early fireworks coming your way.



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Oh, its nearly Hallows eve

T’was very tricky to made a Breakfast show a little spooky or horror themed related, which was a shame as I fancied being part of the forth coming Hallowed-eve shizzle – hence my haunted story care of Spencer Cork and the odd dark track from Garvey, taken from the tense creep filled movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’.

Twofer today was two tracks from Kate Bush – ‘Running up that Hill (2012 mix)’ and ‘Sensual world’. The reason, if I needed one, was a story I read last week, it was about a new sonic weapon developed by the US Military to knock out communications……the Story reminded me of one of her other songs called ‘Experiment IV’ – check the comedy actors in the vid….

On Tuesday (23rd 2012) we heard that Basildon’s electronic pioneers DEPECHE MODE announces dates for their 2013 world tour – The UK will see them in May 2013, 28/29th, as the Depeche Mode tend to tour Europe, the UK and then the USA – sometimes coming back for extras in the UK – So Fingers Crossed. Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, from the band, happily took questions at their Paris press launch and hinted to the new album sound, which sounds like its a progressive use of vintage synth-tech and modern leather Swagger. Chief song-writer Martin Gore also explained that Lead singer, Dave Gahan had also penned a few tracks…so we can expect new creative ideas from Dave’s solo vibe…....And yes, I will probably be banging on till the day of the gigs.


My Comedy show picks for this week……

Jenny Eclair — Eclairious – 29th Oct 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre
“Eclairious” is Jenny Eclair’s new stand-up show. The star of ‘Loose Women’ has been thirty years in the business now, and stand-up gives her enormous pleasure. It also gives her dreadful varicose veins.

Andy Parsons: Work in Progress – 3rd Nov 2012 • Pleasance Theatre
Andy Parsons is probably best known as a panellist on TV’s “Mock The Week”, but now you can see him doing some stand-up at the Pleasance Theatre in a series of “work in progress” shows, trying out some brand-new material

Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican – 3rd – 4th Nov 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
Sarah Millican is back on the road with a brand-new show. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a treadmill, or how to eat party food without going to a party, then fret no more! Because “Thoroughly Modern Millican” will help

My music pick for this week;
Mon/Tue 29/30 Oct: Bat for Lashes – HMV Forum, London
Brighton born singer-songwriter Natasha Khan performs under the alias of Bat For Lashes. Khan is a kooky purveyor of a cinematic world and a mystical indie rock sound, which is reminiscent of the nocturnal wanderings of Kate Bush and the heartfelt prayers of Cat Power.
Wed 31 Oct: Django Django – Heaven, London
Psychedelic indie bands Django Django are Dalston quartet Dave Maclean, Vincent Neff, Tommy Grace and Jimmy Dixon.
Wed 31 Oct: The Polyphonic Spree – HMV Forum, London
Symphonic, energetic and off-beat, the Spree clan can have up to 27 members on hand to create happy, jangly rock.
Thu 01 Nov: Kate Nash – Shacklewell Arms, London
London-born singer-songwriter best known for her melodic ditties about modern life

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The FA Cup Replay LIVE: East Thurrock United v Chelmsford City

East Thurrock United 4-4  Chelmsford City

(Chelmaford City win 5-3 on penalties)

Brentwood Town 0-2  Waltham Abbey

Billericay Town 2-3  Chesham United

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1  Exeter City

Southend United 1-2  Aldershot Town


Final penalty score: East Thurrock United 3-5 Chelmsford City Anthony Cook with the decisive penalty.  What a game.  Unbelievable.  Magical.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/13-Penalties.mp3|titles=13 – Penalties]

Thank you for sharing this magnificent event with me.  Enjoy yourself, and your football.








Newby misses.


For the sake of clarity I will do the scores, no chat, just scores.


121st min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 4,  Chelmsford City 4.  No pretence of impartiality.  KRIS NEWBY.  25 yard shot.  Roof of the net.  I want your babies

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/12-East-Thurrock-4-4-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=12 – East Thurrock 4-4 Chelmsford]

The best FA Cup game I’ve ever seen.  Bar none.

120th min – Oh, so close.  Reiss Gilbey crosses from the left, Newby heads it.  A foot over.

118th min – Immense, intense East Thurrock pressure.  City are hanging on by their fingertips.

116th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 3,  CHELMSFORD CITY 4 Here’s your Cup story.  A corner on the right, and ex Rocks playmaker MAX CORNHILL, who scored the own goal equaliser on Satirday, heads home.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/11-East-Thurrock-3-4-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=11 – East Thurrock 3-4 Chelmsford]

What.  A.  Game.

114th min – Kris Newby hits a shot from 30 yards onto the A13.  I think it done it just to get a breather.

111th min – And again East Thurrock reply in kind.  Kris Newby dribbles past a couple of defenders on the left inside the area, and his goalbound shot is superbly saved by Searle.

110th min – Jamie Riley comes to East Thurrock’s rescue.  Anthony Cook uses his trickery inside the area, his shot on the right looks all ends up a goal, but Riley parries superbly.

107th min – The ref almost had an assist there.  A Rocks pass bounces off him into the path of Reiss Gilbey, he puts in Sam Higgins, but Stuart Searle blocks his shot inside the area well.

Extra time half time And Ishmael Welsh replaces Craig Calver for City.  Time to draw breath.

102nd min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 3,  CHELMSFORD CITY 3 Great cross by Anthony Cook, and JAMIE SLABBER puts it away.  Although nobody really knew.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/10-East-Thurrock-3-3-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=10 = East Thurrock 3-3 Chelmsford]

Unbelievable, Jeff.

100th min – Play is held up while treatment is given to a City player.

95th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 3,  Chlemsford City 2 You have to feel sorry for Clarets keeper Stuart Searle.  SAM HIGGINS runs unchallenged on the right, he shoots inside the area, and it somehow slips through Searle’s body into the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/9-East-Thurrock-3-2-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=9 – East Thurrock 3-2 Chelmsford]

Who would dare predict what would happen next?

93rd min – Rocks applying the pressure, earning corners and keeping possession in the Clarets half.

Extra Time Kick Off!  Oh yes!


FULL TIME:  I just don’t believe this.  You just knew that something dramatic could happen, that’s the Rocks way.  But you never believed they would.  Thoroughly deserved, though, on the basis of that awful refereeing decision.   Who’s going to win?  What a daft question!


93rd min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 2,  Chelmsford City 2 I can hardly believe this!  A long ball finds Hakeem Araba.  The Clarets defence simply can’t handle him.  He slipped the ball to SAM COLLINS inside the area, and he scores a sensational equaliser!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/8-East-Thurrock-2-2-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=8 – East Thurrock 2-2 Chelmsford]

Epic.  Absolutely epic.

Injury Time: As a Simmonds shot on the left bye-line flashes across the face of the Rocks goal.  5 to go.

89th min – A long free kick from Kris Newby on the right, Hakeem Araba cushions it to Matt Hall on the edge of the area, but his shot is about a foot over.

87th min – It’s all East Thurrock now, and I can smell something not very nice emanating from some City supporters trousers.  The lino, ironically, spots a Rocks handball, to relieve the pressure.

84th min – Real controversy.  Kris Newby gets clear on the right.  His centre into the area is fast and hard.  A Clarets defender clearly handles the ball.  The ref, incredibly, plays on.  As Joe says, what’s the point of a ref being in the box when he can’t see what everyone else did?

80th min – Ohhhh, so close to an equaliser.  A corner on the right, Hakeem Araba meets it perfectly at the far post, the header looks goalbound, but somehow Stuart Searle gets his hand to it.  Tremendous football.

78th min – And Matt’s first contribution is a yellow card for what was deemed a bad tackle.  The Chelmsford fans screamed for a red card.  It looked ok by me.  So the ref probably had it right, despite the retro 80’s anti ref chants from behind the Bus Stops End goal by the Rocks faithful.

74th min – Rocks getting closer.  Hakeem Araba beat the offside trap but couldn’t quite control the ball.  Then a corner on the right evades everyone but goes just wide of the far post.  Ryan Sammons has gone off for Matt Hall as John Coventry shuffles the pack again

70th min – Oof.  Kris Newby gets a touch of the yellows for a crunching tackle.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/7-East-Thurrock-1-2-Chelmsford-70-mins.mp3|titles=7 – East Thurrock 1-2 Chelmsford 70 mins]

Still all to play for.

68th min – And Sam Collins replaces Ross Parmenter for the hosts.  Fairly even at this stage.  Every spectator’s rear end is twitching a bit for different reasons.

65th min – Donovan Simmonds has replaced Rob Edmans for City.  It looked as if Rob had pulled up a few seconds before that.  Blimey, that makes him sound like a Grand National horse.  But he’s had a grand game.  From the horse’s mouth.

63rd min – Back come Chelmsford and an on-target shot inside the area is deflected for a corner.  The ball is nodded home but the lino’s flag was already up for what I suppose was a push.

60th min – Chelmsford are starting to give away one or two silly free kicks.  The nerves are jangling, you know.   Aiden Palmer is booked from the latest one on the right, and from that Hakeem Araba heads about a yard wide at the far post.

56th min – Small signs of the Rocks getting into it.  Hakeem Araba is starting to make a menace of himself and Reiss Gilbey has played one or two decent passes.  Ross Parmenter is also ‘working his socks off’, in the Steve Tilson vernacular.

52nd min – As you can imagine, East Thurrock have tried to fight back, but all that has happened was a long range Reiss Gilbey shot which went well wide of the left hand post.

48th min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 1,  CHELMSFORD CITY 2 Well it has been coming.  Another wonderful Anthony Cook cross wide on the right, found ROB EDMANS inside the six yard box, in a central position, and he couldn’t miss from there.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/6-East-Thurrock-1-2-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=6 – East Thurrock 1-2 Chelmsford]

North face of the Eiger time for the Rocks.

8.50pm – Kick Off! Can we last the 90 minutes, let alone the players?


HALF TIME:  And breathe.  Once again a magnificent game, albeit almost completely one sided this time.  Chelmsford City will be wondering how on earth they’re not ahead by at least three clear goals as play seems to have been almost entirely in and around the East Thurrock United penalty area.  But again, that’s the Cup.  There will be a few nerves in both camps.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/5-East-Thurrock-1-1-Chelmsford-Half-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=5 – East Thurrock 1-1 Chelmsford Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and an Oxygen tank.  Laters.


45th min – And that was almost 2-1 to the Rocks.  Exactly the same move.  Newby cross on the right.  Araba header at the far post.  A foot wide.

44th min – Oof, that was almost 2-1 to the Clarets.  Lovely cross on the right from Anthony Cook.  It finds the head of Max Cornhill at the far post, but from eight yards out, it goes wide.

42nd min – Brief respite for the Rocks as they begin to push up just a tad.  Kris Newby tries to deliver a cross on the right but it goes harmlessly over the Manorway End goal.  For the Rocks that’s the most pressure they’ve had since the goal.

39th min – Still attack v defence.  A real brown trouser moment as it looked like Edmans was through on goal again.  But Riley collects.  And the ref blew for offside anyway.  But still, phew.

34th min – A nice cross field pass and nod down finds Dave Rainford in space, but his shot from 20 yards goes just past the left hand post.  The pressure from Chelmsford is relentless at the moment.

32nd min – Just the briefest semblence of the Rocks settling down a bit, but the Clarets are well on top.  Another melee just a minute or go, but was cleared a little less frenzied.

28th min – Been Chelmsford threatening, with their tails obviously up from that goal.  Jamie Riley redeemed himself with a brilliant, low, tip around the far post , and there was another scramble which in the end was dealt with by Riley again.

22nd min – GOAL! ….. East Thurrock United 1,  CHELMSFORD CITY 1 It was coming but it was in the most agonising of ways.  There was a scramble in the six yard box from a corner, a shot came in, it looked like Jamie Riley had it easily covered, but he spilled it, and ROB EDMANS had an easy tap-in.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/4-East-Thurrock-1-1-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=4 – East Thurrock 1-1 Chelmsford]

What a game – again!

18th min – This time it was Anthony Cook causing problems down the right, he gets almost to the bye-line, puts the cross in, and it rebounds off the crossbar before being steered to safety.  Blimey.

16th min – The first signs of Chelmsford menace.  A nice through ball centrally to Rob Edmans just inside the area.  He has a sight of goal momentarily but is well shepherded by Spencer Harrison.  Chelsea are also behind, and as entirely expected, Celtic take the lead in Barcelona.

12th min – An early booking.  Hakeem Araba gets a yellow card for a clumsy rather than malicious tackle.

9th min – An early substitution for the Clarets, Rainford on for Bridges.  Meanwhile, Southend fall behind.  Atmosphere here at Rookery Hill has livened up no end since that goal, understandably.

7th min – Both sides have begun to settle down after that sensational start.  Hakeem Araba has skied one over the bar.  Elsewhere, Man Utd are losing.  Chortle.

44 seconds – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1,  Chelmsford City 0 An unbelievably explosive start by the hosts!  They go on the attack down the left from the kick-off, Kye Ruel feeds in SAM HIGGINS, his first shot goes across the face of goal, but isn’t cleared, and his second shot, from 10 yards, goes low into the right hand corner of the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/3-East-Thurrock-1-0-Chelmsford.mp3|titles=3 – East Thurrock 1-0 Chelmsford]

Liquid football!

7.48pm – Kick Off! Oh yes!


7.44pm – The teams come out to generous applause and the odd chant.  Well, what do you expect, we’re odd people.

7.42pm – It’s evident that the Chelmsford supporters are significantly outnumbering the East Thurrock fans.  Not surprising, considering the clubs’ average crowds, and the Rocks didn’t do so badly at Rookery Hill the other week when Maidstone United supporters invaded the place.

7.40pm – While we’re waiting for the teams to come out, we’ve just seen a vid clip, evidently from the far east, where 36 players were sent off after a mass brawl.  Sounds like a typical Friday night in Bas Vegas.  Although one of the punches was so girly the player’s been recruited for a Culture Club tribute band.

7.35pm – It’s strangely subdued tonight, despite the large crowd.  Perhaps the supporters are thinking too much about what might occur.  As Bob Stokoe once said, though, “Enjoy yourselves, and whatever happens, happens.”  As I recall he may have won something.

7.30pm – Joe’s just pointed out the slightly less than perfect state of the pitch.  It looks a bit like a green coloured photocopy when it’s just about to run out of ink.  Pretty flat, though, and no rain as yet, so we should be okay.

7.25pm – Team News For all the visiting fans logging on, welcome.  The Clarets line up is:

1. – Stuart Searle.  2 – Richard Brindley.  3 – Aiden Palmer.  4 – Justin Miller.  5 – Kenny Clark (c).  6 – David Bridges.  7 – Anthony Cook.  8 – Robert Edmans.  9 – Jamie Slabber.  10 – Max Cornhill.  11 – Craig Calver.  SUBS:  12 – Nicolas Bondon.  14 – David Rainford.  15 – Donovan Simmonds.  16 – Adam Tann.  17 – Ishmael Welsh.  18 – Warren Whitely.  19 – Tom Warren.

You may ask why the Chelmsford line-up is written like that (probably not, mind).  Pure ease of reference.  A simple glance and you’ll see the Rocks as vertical and Clarets as horizontal.  And me some way in between in the bar afterwards possibly.

7.20pm – Team News  East Thurrock United bid for glory with:

1.  Jamie Riley

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Spencer Harrison

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Reiss Gilbey  (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Hakeem Araba.

11.  Kye Ruel


12.  Sam Collins

14.  Matt Hall

15.  Joe Keith

16.  Marc Gorbell

17.  Richard Wray

So wholesale changes.  Well, it is for Covo.  One.  Jamie Riley in for the injured Richard Wray, who is simply there as standby.  Three internal stitches and 15 stitches around the eyebrow after Saturday’s clash of heads.  Ouch.  Get well soon Richard.

7.15pm – Both teams are limbering up, the floodlights are all on, the crowd is building, but there are other clubs playing tonight.  Here’s how Joe and I have seen their seasons so far.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2-Local-Football-Analysis.mp3|titles=2 – Local Football Analysis]

Lawro and Hansen?  Pah.  Ameteurs, man,

7.05pm – And in the whole wide world of soccerball, Spartak Moscow have beaten Benfica 2-1.  Celtic have an easy one at Barcelona.  And Chelsea and Man. Utd. are in action too, anti-racist t-shirts or not.  I wonder if John Terry has a sense of irony.  There you are, don’t say I ignore all the big time football.  I just don’t take it too seriously.

6.55pm – Elsewhere it’s a busy night for our sides.  Brentwood Town are playing one of their games in hand at the Arena.  Three points would come in handy.  Dagenham and Southend will be looking to get back on track after disappointing weekend defeats.  And Billericay have arranged a friendly to keep the side ticking over after an enforced break due to other clubs cup commitments.

6.50pm – A very good evening from an expectant, vibrant and excited Rookery Hill for part two of this FA Cup battle.

My oh my, what a first game at the weekend.  Shots and headers off the bar, bizarre refereeing, a dramatic end to the 90 minutes, then a sensational end to injury time.  It had everything.

And what a carrot that’s being dangled in front of these sides tonight.  A home time against the Essex representative in Football League One, Colchester United a week on Saturday.

This is what the FA Cup is all about.  I simply cannot wait.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/1-East-Thurrock-v-Chelmsford-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Chelmsford Preview]

You know the drill.  Refresh the page every few minutes, and the drama, the thrill, the glory and the agony that is the FA Cup will come your way.


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To find out where your team are playing, and where the live game will be, the weekend preview is here.

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Metropolitan Police v East Thurrock United – LIVE

Metropolitan Police  2-2  East Thurrock United

Aveley  3-0  Brentwood Town

Billericay Town 3-1  Dorchester Town

Chesterfield  1-2  Dagenham & Redbridge

Rotherham United  0-3  Southend United


FULL TIME: And after 11 minutes of injury time, five of which came from nowhere, the curtain comes down on a thrilling finish to a superb game.  The Rocks seemed to have had it in the bag, but credit to the Met, they came back superbly and just about deserved their reward.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/9-Met-Police-2-2-East-Thurrock-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=9 – Met Police 2-2 East Thurrock Full Time Summary]

Pics of today’s match can be found here ….. http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoenixfmsport/sets/72157631762045316/

Best wishes, too, to Steve Sheehan, as it’s now emerged he has broken his fibula.  Class player, good lad.

Next up will be the Rocks FA Cup clash at Chelmsford City in a week’s time.  Until then, enjoy your football.  We certainly have today.


10th min of injury time:  And what a save by Richard Wray, a point blank header from a free kick.  Blimey O’Reilly.

Injury time: Some tackles flying on.  This could be nasty.  Chortle.

89th min – GOAL! ….. MET POLICE 2,  East Thurrock United 2 Justice.  Play goes on, the ball goes back inside the Rocks area, and sub STAFFORDE PALMER shoots home

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/8-Met-Police-2-2-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=8 – Met Police 2-2 East Thurrock]

Kye Ruel goes off for Sam Collins too.

88th min – A moment of real drama.  A scramble in the area from a corner goes to Jay Lovatt on the edge of the six yard box, who shoots home an equaliser for the hosts.  Except the lino somehow says that it touched an offside player on its way in.  Uproar!

85th min – GOAL! ….. MET POLICE 1,  East Thurrock United 2 Ooh, a grandstand finish here.  A cracking shot is saved superbly by Richard Wray – but only into the path of JONTY SMITH, who rams it home from 15 yards.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/7-Met-Police-1-2-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=7 – Met Police 1-2 East Thurrock]

Quality Polis!

81st min – A brown trouser moment.  A nice ball to the right outpaces Tom Stephen, who underestimated its speed slightly, and the resultant first time cross inside the area is missed by oncoming Met forwards by about a foot.  Phew.

78th min – Oh, so close for the Rocks.  Great ball from Reiss Gilbey finds Sam Higgins clear on the left bye-line.  He gets the centre in and Kye Ruel was about two millimetres from connecting inside the six yard box.  Excellent stuff.

75th min – East Thurrock seem to be doing their best to make it interesting, conceding a number of corners and free kicks.  All comfortably dealt with but ooh, we don’t that.

68th min – The Rocks respond in kind.  A corner on the right, and Key Ruel’s shot at a tight angle goes within a hair’s breadth of finishing the game once and for all.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/6-Met-Police-0-2-East-Thurrock-Mid-2nd.mp3|titles=6 – Met Police 0-2 East Thurrock Mid 2nd]

Next goal, as ever, is crucial.

64th min – Blimey, that was close.  A wicked low centre on the right from the Met and Spencer Harrison heads clear for a corner, missing the goal by about a foot.  Phew.  Then from that, Richard Wray is forced into a superb reflex save from a bullet header inside the six yard box.  Quality polis there.

62nd min – Nice build-up down the left hand side from Reiss Gilbey and Kye Ruel results in the latter’s centre being controlled inside the area by Kris Newby.  With his hand, though.  Bah.

58th min – Ooh, a late clumsy challenge from Met Police’s Jay Lovatt on Ryan Sammons results in a yellow card.  Some of the 122 crowd groan but he gave the ref no choice.

57th min – Play resumes, with the Rocks on the attack, and on the right hand edge of the area, a superb shot from Kye Ruel is superbly parried away.  Great stuff.

55th min – Play held up whilst Steve Sheehan has sadly been stretchered off.  It looks innocuous, overstretching to get to the ball, but he looked in agony, the poor lad.  Fingers crossed he’s okay.  Spencer Harrison has come on to deputise.

50th min – Lots of running, lots of free kicks, and a Simon Peddie expletive that was heard in Penzance.  That’s what it’s been so far this half.

4.02pm – Kick Off! The Rocks fight the law, can the Rocks win?


HALF TIME: And an excellent 45 minutes of football from both sides.  The Rocks certainly deserve to be ahead, but perhaps not by two goals.  Hakeem Araba and Sam Higgins have been on song, and caused the home defence all kind of problems throughout.  Quality Rocks.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/5-Met-Police-0-2-East-Thurrock-Half-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=5 – Met Police 0-2 East Thurrock Half Time Summary]

Right, off for a Bovril and a speeding ticket.  Laters.


45th min – Much better free kick from the Met, causes problems inside the area, before being put out for a corner on the Rocks left.  That in turns flashes across the face of goal, with everyone beaten.  Phew, that was close.

41st min – Ooh, and that’s a bad miss.  Yet again, Hakeem gets to ball inside the area, he chests it to Kye Ruel, who hits it first time from 15 yards out, a yard wide of the left hand post.  Could’ve been three there.

38th min – Rain, sun, clouds, it’s all here.  The home side are trying to get a foothold in the game but have created nothing in the past 10 minutes or so.  Meanwhile, during lulls in play, there’s a game on a neighbouring pitch.  The Yellows are beating the Reds.  But it’s certainly the Black & White Rocks defeating the Blue Met here.

33rd min – The ref has a quiet word with Hakeem after a bit of handbags at a throw in.  A few seconds later a host player is given a similar word.  The Met coach shouts at the linesman to help the ref out because …. because, well, he has a low opinion of his abilities today.  Chortle.

28th min – It’s those crosses into the box that seem to be causing problems.  The Met defence simply can’t handle Hakeem Araba’s strength or Sam Higgins pace.  Team mates are moaning at each other and their manager has shouted at them to get off the pitch if they don’t fancy it.  Chortle.

23rd min – GOAL! ….. Met Police 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 2 From a throw in on the right, Kris Newby crosses right by the touchline, and meets the head of HAKEEM ARABA perfectly on the edge of the six yard box, who bullets it home.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/4-Met-Police-0-2-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=4 – Met Police 0-2 East Thurrock]


18th min – Back come the Met, though, and a shot on the edge of the area goes about three inches over the bar.  A corker of a game so far.

16th min – Ooh, that should have been 2-0.  Great through ball down the middle from Reiss Gilbey releases Sam Higgins.  The keeper comes out to the edge of the area, Sam slots in past him, but it goes agonisingly inches past the far post.  Great football though

13th min – GOAL! ….. Met Police 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 1 Heavy pressure on results in a throw in on the left.  From the cross, SAM HIGGINS connects inside the six yard box for an easy tap in.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/3-Met-Police-0-1-East-Thurrock.mp3|titles=3 – Met Police 0-1 East Thurrock]

Quality Rocks!

11th min – End to end.  The Met win a free kick in a dangerous area, about 25 yards out, but Ty Smith wastes it and it goes harmlessly out.  Then at the other end, Hakeem Araba just fails to get on the end of a Kris Newby centre on the right.  Good stuff from both sides so far.

6th min – And as soon as I say that, the heavens open, and the Rocks miss a great chance.  Superb turn and pass from Hakeem Araba releases Kye Ruel on the left hand edge of the penalty area.  Completely unmarked, and with plenty of time, he hits it quickly and well wide.

5th min – Just the usual hurly burly start with nothing much created.  Pretty big dark clouds overhead.  I mean they’re fairly large, not that they’re nice to look at.  But you probably knew that.

3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to the dulcet tones of The Clash’s version of “I Fought The Law And The Law Won.”  We’ll see about that matey.  I saw what the Met Police were like in The Young Ones.  We’ll see if they’re Quality Polis or not.

2.55pm – Sadly, all is already lost for Brentwood Town.  A 1pm kick-off at Aveley and a 3-0 gubbing.  All the goals in the first half, including an own goal for Ryan Doyle.  Bah.

2.50pm – Team News The Rocks go with:

1.  Richard Wray

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Steve Sheehan

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Reiss Gilbey (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Hakeem Araba

11.  Kye Ruel


12.  Sam Collins

14.  Marc Gorbell

15.  Matt Hall

16.  Spencer Harrison

17.  Jamie Riley

2.45pm – It’s a lovely ground here, nice people too.  Just like every football club should be.  As for what football should, and actually how it is, we wandered over to England v San Marino last night.  This is our take on it.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2-England-v-San-Marino-Analysis.mp3|titles=2 – England v San Marino Analysis]

Not exactly liquid football but fun nonetheless.

2.40pm – ‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello.  A very warm and cliched welcome to Imber Court, home of Met Police, as East Thurrock United attempt to continue their great run.

Covo’s boys are on song at the moment.  Six wins on the trot, and last time out came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Enfield Town.  Confidence is sky high in the ranks of the Rocks.

Their opponents today, are good, very good.  Unbeaten at home, and have defied all expectations since their promotion last year. This could well be a tough one.

Elsewhere, Billericay Town have to get back on track sharpish, as they may well have a further three points wiped out if Truro City go to well, which would leave them in effect bottom of the Conference South.

All our other sides, bar Brentwood Town who already seem to have lost, have testing away trips but they are all more than capable of earning points.   Which would be jolly spiffing.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/1-Met-Police-v-East-Thurrock-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Met Police v East Thurrock Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and the arresting experience of Met Police away will be yours.


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Midweek Football LIVE ( ish… )

Southend United 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Billericay Town 2-4 Cambridge City

Enfield Town  2-3 East Thurrock United

Potters Bar Town  3-0  Brentwood Town


10pm – So to sum up, disaster for ‘Ricay and Brentwood. Triumph for Southend and East Thurrock. Pah. Twin imposters, they are.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Midweek-Summary-Tue-9-Oct-2012.mp3|titles=Midweek Summary Tue 9 Oct 2012]

Next up will be the Rocks trip to the Met Police on Saturday. Until then, enjoy your football. And keep ’em peeled.


9.35pm – Full time and East Thurrock grab a sensational winner!  Get in there!

9.30pm – Joy at last! A dramatic Rocks equaliser and Billericay pull one back. Hang on a sec …

9.25pm – Almost a flat battery but Sam Higgins reduces the arrears by half at Enfield Town to give East Thurrock United some hope. All very comfortable for Sarfend here now.

9.12pm – Game over at New Lodge. Embarrassment looms for `Ricay.

9.10pm – It’s all gone Freddie Starr. All of our sides bar Southend (who are against another of ours anyway) are now two goals down. A moment of real comedy at Roots Hall as a terrible mix up between the Daggers defender and keeper results is Assombachumbawumba doubling the lead.

9.00pm – Not going well at all. Billericay are staring humiliation in the face and the Rocks fall two behind. Someone pull the floodlights please.

8.50pm – Back underway. But Brentwood Town have to do it all with just 9 players. Another red card before the break. At this rate they’ll have less players than Kettering.


8.35pm – Half time everywhere and work to do for all of our sides. I’m off for a Bovril and some gloves.

8.25pm – A flurry of action at New Lodge.  Billericay Town take the lead against their Southern League opponents but are pegged back within seconds.  Brentwood Town, meanwhile, go two behind and have a player sent off.  Blimey.

8.10pm – Not a good night for our sides so far. Doubly difficult to update with frozen pinkies too. But Ryan Creswell has given Southend a 17th minute lead. Did I see it? Pah. Trying to update this. Ah well.

7.55pm – Well, that’s not so good, is it.  Early goals conceded by both Brentwood Town and East Thurrock United.  Very lively here, though, with both the Shrimpers and Daggers having shots cleared off the line.

7.42pm – The teams come out at Roots Hall to a small but enthusiastic crowd.

7.30pm – A very good evening from Roots Hall.  Once again, something different.  Rather than at one of our local 5non-league teams, I’m at the Johnstones Paint Trophy clash between our two Football League sides.

As ever, Southend United are in turmoil off the pitch, but are holding it together on it, just three points from a play-off spot, and have perhaps the best manager outside the top two divisions in Paul Sturrock.

The Daggers are pretty much settled, on and off the pitch, and again they have a fine manager in John Still.  Resources are scarce and they have certainly over-achieved the past few years, as their Wembley victory a couple of years ago testifies.

It’s a cup night, too, so there’s every chance of a bit of drama, and maybe even penalties, which the visitors won last time that happened between them.  This could be fun.

Elsewhere, Billericay Town have a crucial FA Cup replay at New Lodge.  Defeat Cambridge City, and the New Forest awaits, in the form of AFC Totton, just one match from the Football League big boys.  Ooh, Billericay v Southend or Dagenham, how good would that be?  First of all, though, they have to win tonight.

There’s also a full Ryman League programme, with East Thurrock United and Brentwood Town both in action, having had okay-ish starts to their league campaign, which has been interrupted greatly by their cup runs.  They have games in hand but a few more points now will come in nicely.

I can’t promise I’ll be able to update every few minutes, but I will at least let you know how the teams are getting on.  The station’s sports twitter feed, @PhoenixFMSport , will also keep you informed.




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FA Cup Draw: Spicy Local Derby Heats Up The Road To Wembley

The draw was made earlier today for the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup.  Win this one and you’re in with the big boys from the Football League.

East Thurrock United, the one team in our area definitely through, have a plum draw, away to Conference South outfit Chelmsford City.  The Rocks will fancy their chances, though, having disposed of  similar quality opposition the same time last year.

Billericay Town have been given a tough one.  Should they overcome Cambridge City at New Lodge in tomorrow evening’s replay, they have to travel to the New Forest and a meeting with Southern Premier side AFC Totton.

As for Brentwood Town‘s conquerors, South Park, they’ve been given a real chance to progress, drawn at home to either Dereham Town or Met Police.

These ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday 20th October and you can take as read that there will be live coverage here of one of these games!

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FA Cup LIVE: South Park v Brentwood Town

South Park 3-1  Brentwood Town

Cambridge City  1-1  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United 3-0  Maidstone United

Dagenham & Redbridge 4-3  Bradford City

Southend United 2-2  Barnet


FULL TIME: And we’ve had yet another slice of that old Cup magic.  Sadly, though, Brentwood are the fall guys.  Up against it from the 74th second, they simply couldn’t cope with South Park’s pace, commitment, and pass-and-move type stuff.  Long before the end Wood had resorted to punts and set pieces and bodies in the box.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/9-South-Park-3-1-Brentwood-Town-Full-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=9 – South Park 3-1 Brentwood Town Full Time Summary]

Not to worry, there’s still the Trophy, and it’s been another great FA Cup day.  Next up will be East Thurrock United’s trip to the Met Police next weekend, although there will be a full midweek round-up too.  Until then, enjoy the week, and your football.


89th min – As a South Park shot drifts over the bar at the far end, a father calls for his son.  They’re leaving early from their side’s potentially momentous afternoon because “We have to get Oliver to the party for 5.”  The magic of the Cup.

86th min – I would say the crowd are drifting away, but they’ve been drifting around the ground all afternoon.  Brentwood heads are down and there’s the familiar sound of players shouting at each other.  This won’t end well.

81st min – And, of course, the internet drops completely for a while too!  One of those days.  Still Brentwood are trying to come forward and chase the game, mainly at set pieces.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/8-South-Park-3-1-Brentwood-Town-75+-Mins1.mp3|titles=8 – South Park 3-1 Brentwood Town 75+ Mins]

It looks a forlorn task though.

67th min – Elsewhere in the Cup, East Thurrock United seem to be faring okay, and Billericay Town have come from behind to draw level, although they have since missed a penalty.  But Southend?  What’s going on there?

Meanwhile, on the pitch, sub Sherwin Stanley heads centimetres wide of the left hand post after a nice cross to the right hand edge of the six yard box.

62nd min – From both teams cancelling each other out, it’s now looking like both teams are dangerous and could score at any time.  It’s probably what Brentwood need, a game like that.

Although, having said ohhh sh …. phew, a shot from 20 yards whacks against the Brentwood crossbar and clear.

54th min – GOAL! ….. SOUTH PARK 3,  Brentwood Town 1  And that’s the way to respond.  A corner on the left, and JACK HIGGINS heads home from six yards.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/7-South-Park-3-1-Brentwood-Town.mp3|titles=7 – South Park 3-1 Brentwood Town]

I guess they’ll be writing a book about him now.

48th min – GOAL! ….. South Park 2,  BRENTWOOD TOWN 1 Wow, that’s how to get back into it.  A throw in on the left was allowed to float inside the box and from six yards, ALEX READ stooped and nodded home.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/6-South-Park-2-1-Brentwood-Town.mp3|titles=6 – South Park 2-1 Brentwood Town]

Game on!

4.04pm – Kick Off!  45 minutes to stop a Cup upset.


HALF TIME:  What can you say?  For 43 of the 45 minutes, Brentwood were easily matching South Park, perhaps having slightly the better of it.  In the 2nd and 45th minutes, though, South Park had their only real chances and banged them away.  The Blues are in big bother.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/5-South-Park-2-0-Brentwood-Town-Half-Time-Summary.mp3|titles=5 – South Park 2-0 Brentwood Town Half Time Summary]

Right, I’m off for a Bovril and will try to find Officer Barbrady to stop the game.  Laters.  And carry on.


45th min – GOAL! ….. SOUTH PARK 2,  Brentwood Town 0 Double disaster.  On the stroke of half time, a nice through ball finds the onrushing CHRIS SMITH, who shoots comfortably and low home into the left hand corner of the net from 15 yards.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/4-South-Park-2-0-Brentwood-Town-HT.mp3|titles=4 – South Park 2-0 Brentwood Town HT]

Big trouble here.

42nd min – Would love to bring you exciting excitement but the teams are simply cancelling each other out, with the result of few mistakes but fewer chances.

37th min – Another host shot whistles across the face of goal, albeit without any real danger.  Meanwhile there’s been a succession of women walking their dogs and blokes on the phone watching even less of the game than me.

With the Priory rehab clinic next door, I’m convinced I haven’t gone to an FA Cup tie but walked into an edition of  Emmerdale or something.

29th min – That’s much more like it.  A centre from the left into the area and Daryl Robson goes past his man.  His shot evades the far post by centimetres with the keeper well beaten.  A lot better.

25th min – Very evenly balanced, still, but without any creation from either side.  My attempts to take pics are being stymied somewhat by not just the people standing in front, but also others wandering around like a tit in a trance and then randomly standing about.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/3-South-Park-1-0-Brentwood-Mid-1st-Half.mp3|titles=3 – South Park 1-0 Brentwood Mid 1st Half]

The FA Cup in all it’s glory, this is.  I love it.

19th min – Wow, that was nearly double trouble for ‘Wood.  Nice passing cut through the middle cut the defence to bits, Kieran Lavery broke free, but his shot from 18 yards was superbly parried away by Elliott Justham.  Phew.

15th min – Have to say, since the goal, the only real action has been a poorly lady being attended to behind the goal by first aid peeps.  I promise I didn’t chuck anything at her to get out of my way, too.  On the pitch, a South Park free kick results in a shot not so much over the bar as over the ionosphere.

10th  min– Brentwood have settled down a little and gone forward, without creating anything, other than a bit of handbags after the ball had gone for a throw to them on the left.

5th min – The away side are clearly shocked by a shell and keeper Elliott Justham was almost caught out by a shortish backpass.  Jittery stuff from the Blues.

74 seconds – GOAL! ….. SOUTH PARK 1,  Brentwood Town 0 Disaster for ‘Wood.  The hosts first attack, and inside the area there’s an appeal for handball.  While everyone stops, KIERAN LAVERY doesn’t, he gets up form the floor and his low shot goes into the far corner of the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2-South-Park-1-0-Brentwood.mp3|titles=2 – South Park 1-0 Brentwood]

What a start!

3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes.


2.59pm – There may not be a big crowd but they’ve decided to congregate right in front of me.  I may not see too much of this.  No change there, then.

2.58pm – The teams come out to the sound of the birds and the planes in the sky above with the odd clap or two.  South Park are all in red.  Brentwood Town in their usual light blue shirts and socks with white shorts

2.50pm – Not a big crowd by any stretch of the imagination.  It has yet to reach three figures, though I’m sure it’ll comfortably reach into that by kick-off time.

It makes it all the more endearing to me.  A club of this size, so close to, say, a day out at Sheffield United.  We can all dream, can’t we.  Though my first choice of dream usually involves Kylie.

2.45pm – Team News  Brentwood Town go with:

1  – Elliott Justham  2  – Ryan Doyle  3  – Abs Seymour  4  – Martyn Stokes  5  – Darren Blewitt (c) 6  – Danny Dafter  7  – Peggy Lokando 8  – Daryl Robson  9  – Alex Read  10 – Neil Cousins  11 – Robbie Rees

Subs:  12 – Sherwin Stanley  14 – Connor Witherspoon  15 – Steve Cross  16 – Lee Blackburn  17 – Andy Thompson  18 – Mark Hayles


2.40pm – I do like St. George’s.  Nice, tidy little stands behind one of the goals and a cracking clubhouse.  All the club officials have gone out of their way to make sure every visitor is made to feel welcome.  This club are wasted with football.  Far too nice.

2.35pm – Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Billericay have a potential banana skin awaiting them in the form of Southern League Cambridge City.  And East Thurrock United certainly won’t have it easy at Rookery Hill where free-scoring and well supported Maidstone United visit.

For today, at least, our sides are in the unaccustomed role of giants trying to avoid being killed off.  I don’t like that.  Not one bit.  But that’s the magic of the cup, innit?  I think.  Anyway …..

2.30pm – A very warm welcome to Whitehall Lane, home of Combined Counties League pacesetters South Park, and for this afternoon at least, the very heart of the greatest domestic cup competition on the planet.

On paper, it’s a no-contest.  Brentwood Town are a division higher, and are on a fine run of form, as Tuesday’s 5-0 humiliation of Harlow Town will testify.

Football’s not played on paper, though, it’s played on grass.  And this Reigate based club have waited a long time for a day like this.  Win this, and they are just one step from a plum tie against a Football league side, and have the tantalising possibility of drawing a fallen giant from the Conference in the next round.

Forget the cartoon name, South Park are no mugs, and will be going all out for glory.    Whitehall Lane is abuzz with anticipation.  This could be one sensational afternoon.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/1-South-Park-v-Brentwood-Town-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – South Park v Brentwood Town Preview]

You know the routine by now.  Keep refreshing every few minutes, and the real drama, romance, and thrill of a good, old-fashioned, FA Cup tie will be coming your way.  How could you dare go anywhere else today?



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FA Trophy: East Thurrock United v Hastings United – LIVE

East Thurrock United 4-0  Hastings United

Billericay Town 1-3  Basingstoke Town

Walton & Hersham  1-2  Brentwood Town

Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0  Wycombe Wanderers

Plymouth Argyle  1-1  Southend United


FULL TIME:  And the ref blows time on a very, and unexpectedly, easy afternoon for the Rocks.  They were in complete command from the off, and once the first goal went in, were never in any danger.  Wembley Way doesn’t exactly beckon, but that junction was easy enough to drive past.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/7-East-Thurrock-4-0-Hastings-FT-Summary.mp3|titles=7 – East Thurrock 4-0 Hastings FT Summary]

Photos of today’s game can be found on the link below.


What, with the pics, and the twitter, and the updates here, and the radio reports, it gives me about 3 minutes to watch the game, but hey, at least you get a feel of the day overall rather than focusing too much on the game itself.  That’s my excuse, anyway.

Next up will be Monday’s Conference South clash between Boreham Wood and Billericay Town.  Until then, enjoy the weekend.  Laters.


90th min + 1 – Dee Okojie tries another shot from the edge of the area.  It’s on target but has the speed of an asthmatic snail.  Easily dealt with.

88th min – Danny Ellis goes close to getting a consolation for Hastings, his near post header from a corner on the left going  just wide.  And over.  But still.

85th min – Hastings sub Danny Ellis and Josh Jibrandey both have shots deflected for corners.  Dee Okojie tries a third, but it ends up bouncing across the Manorway.

82nd min – Ryan Sammons goes off and on comes Spencer Harrison.

80th min – A somewhat scrappy home move, initiated by Reiss Gilbey and punctuated by defensive errors, ends with his shot inside the area being deflected and eventually cleared after Sam Higgins tried to pounce on the rebound.

75th min – Kye Ruel has gone off, to generous applause from the 143 crowd, and been replaced by Matt Hall.  Hastings are coming forward, to their credit, forcing a few corners, and Covo is not a happy bunny.  Good stuff.

68th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 4,  Hastings United 0 And from that corner, Wray quickly gets the ball out to SAM HIGGINS.  He runs unchallenged to the edge of the Hastings box and slams the ball home.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/6-East-Thurrock-4-0-Hastings.mp3|titles=6 – East Thurrock 4-0 Hastings]


67th min – I would update more frequently but there’s nothing much going on.  The Rocks are comfortable and the visitors are toothless in attack.  Until a corner on the right isn’t cleared.  But Jono Richardson shoots straight into Richard Wray’s hands.

59th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 3,  Hastings United 0 And I think the assist should really go to the Hastings player who took their corner.  It goes straight into Richard Wray’s hands, he quickly puts it out on the left, and Sam Higgins’ pinpoint pass finds HAKEEM ARABA inside the area, who shoots into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/5-East-Thurrock-3-0-Hastings.mp3|titles=5 – East Thurrock 3-0 Hastings]

Game over.

57th min – The Rocks resume the attack, though, and Kris Newby takes advantage of some poor defending on the right to cross to Sam Higgins inside the area, but his first time lob goes well over.

54th min – At the other end, Liam Upton’s shot narrowly misses Coryton Refinery.

52nd min – Back on the pitch, Sam Higgins surges forward, and his powerful shot from 25 yards goes about three inches over the bar.  Good stuff.

51st min – Elsewhere, Billericay Town have had a shocker so far.  And the ultimate humiliation for Rangers Sevco today.  They’re winning, yes, but at Forres Mechanics.  In the Scottish Cup.  In September.  No chortling there, please.

47th min – Already the visitors have shown more purpose.  A run down the middle into the penalty area by Jamie Crellan is only foiled by a retreating Simon Peddie.  Who boots the ball away after a somewhat short and curt word of encouragement to do so from keeper Richard Wray.   Not for ladies ears, that.

4.04pm – KICK OFF! No chortling at the back there.


HALF TIME:  And very comfortable it has been too.  The Rocks took control from the off on, scored a couple of early goals, and haven’t been threatened at all.  Hastings, for their part, will be very disappointed.  They way they played they may have thought it was a 4pm kick off.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/4-East-Thurrock-2-0-Hastings-HT-Summary.mp3|titles=4 – East Thurrock 2-0 Hastings HT Summary]

Still, an early away goal in the second stanza will make things very interesting.  In the meantime, we’re off for a Bovril and an Irn Bru.  Laters.


45th min+2 – For the first time in the game, Hastings get to the bye-line on the left and get the cross in.  Predictably, though, it’s headed away with comfort at the far post.

42nd min – The grumblings from the away supporters are turning towards their own side’s performance.  Lacklustre is the best that can be described thus far.  Okojie’s run aside, there’s been no attacking threat.  There I go, tempting fate again …..

38th min – Oops, my techophobe fears are being realised today.  Apologies for the long breaks between updates.  The man winding the mechanism round has lost the key.  Rocks, though, still well on top, with visiting keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford forced into a fine double save from Reiss Gilbey and Sam Higgins being the pick of them.

24th min – Having trouble with the mobile interweb thingy, so audio reports aren’t uploading.  But you haven’t missed too much.  The Rocks are still pressing for what they might think would be a killer third goal.  Hastings are being outplayed.  And outbattled.

18th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 2,  Hastings United 0 Bah!  Still busy writing up the first goal and the Rocks go and score again.  So not fair.  A Kye Ruel run and cross on the right finds HAKEEM ARABA at the far post, who heads into the roof of the net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/3-East-Thurrock-2-0-Hastings.mp3|titles=3 – East Thurrock 2-0 Hastings]


12th min – GOAL! ….. EAST THURROCK UNITED 1,  Hastings United 0 Reiss Gilbey takes a free kick on the left touchline, it finds Tom Stephen inside the area, he crosses, and thanks to the wind, finds the head of KYE RUEL, who nods home from inside the six yard box.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2-East-Thurrock-1-0-Hastings.mp3|titles=2 – East Thurrock 1-0 Hastings]

Liquid football!

10th min – The first sign of Hastings menace.  Dee Okojie dribbles inside the Rocks half down the middle, and Simon Peddie slips.  There’s real danger but the ball is miscontrolled.  Phew.

6th min – The lino by us gets a bit of stick from the visiting supporters for an admittedly inexplicable decision to give East Thurrock a throw-in on the left, from which a corner is forced.  It comes to nothing but the un-natives are restless with it all.  Chortle.

3rd min – A bright start from the Rocks, putting in one or two dangerous crosses, and forcing a corner on the right at the Manorway End goal, which is eventually dealt with.  Already on the front foot though.

3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.59pm – Joe unsubtly points out “The ref’s tiny.  Even shorter than Reiss Gilbey.”  How to insult two people in two seconds, that.

2.58pm – The teams come out to polite applause from a moderate but well wrapped up crowd.  Chortle.  Manager Covo, as ever, joins us in the press box.  The Rocks, as ever, in their yellowy-orangey shits and black shorts, Hastings in light blue shirts and white shorts.

2.55pm – One of the people that makes is special here is Jenny, who is the queen of twitter amongst other things.  Despite the windy conditions, she’s come along without a jacket, unlike her husband.  And the rest of us.  She’s freezing and we’ve all been very sympathetic.  Chortle.

2.50pm – It’s bright but windy here, which is a perfect description of game summariser Joe, too.  A good lad nonetheless.

It’s always nice to visit Rookery Hill, as well, as there’s a real football club feel to it, as opposed to some of the soulless grounds you get to, or where people involved at a club are in it just to big themselves up.

There’s none of that here, which makes visits here all the more enjoyable

2.45pm – Team News;  East Thurrock United go with:

1.  Richard Wray

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephens

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Steve Sheehan

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby.

8.  Reiss Gilbey (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Hakeem Araba

11.  Kye Ruel



12.  Joe Keith

14.  Marc Gorbell

15.  Matt Hall

16.  Spencer Harrison

17.  Jamie Riley

2.35pm – A very good afternoon from Rookery Hill, the homely home of home side East Thurrock United.  It’s FA Trophy day, and today they face a battle from Hastings.

The Rocks have recent pedigree in knockout competitions.  Last season saw an unforgettable run to the 1st round of the FA Cup, attracting the attention of Sky and ITV in the process, and reached the Ryman League Cup Final.  In the Trophy, too, they took the scalp of Conference South outfit Welling United.

The visitors, however, will be no pushovers.  Hastings are level on points with Covo’s side in the league, separated only by goal difference, and have a track record for making life difficult for their opponents on their travels.  This could be a good ‘un.

Elsewhere, Brentwood Town, fresh from their controversial FA Cup win, have a tricky tie at famed cup giantkillers Walton & Hersham, and Billericay Town’s recent resurgance in the Conference South will be put to the test by the visit of Basingstoke Town.  ‘Ricay haven’t lost at home.  Basingstoke haven’t won away.  Being a karma sort of guy, I don’t like the look of that.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1-East-Thurrock-v-Hastings-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – East Thurrock v Hastings Preview]

As ever, just keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and a spiffing afternoon of jolly footballing japery will come your way.



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FA Cup Draw – The Road To Wembley (Via South Park)

After a rather successful weekend for our local sides, the draw has been made for the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup.  The ties are

Cambridge City  v  Billericay Town

East Thurrock United v  Maidstone United

South Park or Harefield United  v  Brentwood Town or Maldon & Tiptree

Ties to be played on Saturday 6th October.

Should Brentwood Town prevail in their replay away at Maldon & Tiptree tomorrow evening, it sadly won’t be a trip to see Cartman, Kenny, et al.  Instead it would be a day out at Reigate, where this particular South Park (should they themselves get through) are based.   Ah well …..

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Staines Town v Billericay Town – LIVE

Staines Town  1-2  Billericay Town

Brentwood Town 0-0  Harlow Town

East Thurrock United 2-0  Hendon

Cheltenham Town  1-3  Southend United

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1  Accrington Stanley


FULL TIME: And it’s ‘Ricay’s first away win of the season.  Deservedly so.  More possession and chances.  Nobody seems to be able to cope with how they play at the moment.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/8-Staines-1-2-Billericay-FT.mp3|titles=8 – Staines 1-2 Billericay FT]

Thoughts are with Sam Bates too.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Pics from today’s game are here … http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoenixfmsport/sets/72157631544196149/

Next up will be Brentwood Town’s replay with Harlow Town in the FA Vase this coming Tuesday evening.  Until then, enjoy the weekend, and your football.


90th min + 11 – RED CARD FOR BILLERICAY Nathan Green sees red for kicking the ball away needlessly.  I bet Craig will be pleased with that.

90th min + 10 – A dangerous looking home free kick, central and 30 yards out, turns into a tame effort that Dale Brightly had time to put his cigarette out before saving.

90th+7 min – So it’s good wins for East Thurrock and Southend.  Meanwhile, Staines keeper has a chance to show his acrobatics, saving superbly from Nathan Green on the edge of his six yard box, with Craig Edwards not being able to control the rebound.

90+5th min – Haven’t seen much, but Joe has told me Dale Brightly saved another certain goal, from a shot on the left about 12 yards out and Duran Reynolds has been booked.  All this updating stuff, you know, it taxes your perspicacity.  And your spelling.

Injury Time:  11 (eleven) minutes of it here.

88th min – GOAL! ….. Staines Town 1,  BILLERICAY TOWN 2 Yes!  Yep, a corner on the right.  Yep, Rob Swaine.  But no, not a header!  This time off his shoulder!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/7-Staines-1-2-Billericay.mp3|titles=7 – Staines 1-2 Billericay]

Liquid football!

84th min – Craig Edwards uses his final roll of the dice, replacing Alex Osborn with Josh Hutchinson.  I’m surprised.  But then nothing surprises me.  That’s not my quote, that was Stevo on the Super League last night, but it sums it up well.

82nd min – Staines sub Cyril Ocansey (you have to love that name) plays a lovely 70 yard cross field pass on the left, that finds David Wheeler just inside the area on the bye-line.  His low, hard centre flashes across the edge of the six yard box.

81st min – Play is stopped momentarily as Alex Osborn picks up a knock.  It’s understandably muted here at Wheatsheaf Park.  Sam Bates has gone immediately to hospital in the ambulance.  Best wishes to him.

77th min – Smart home move down the left finds Tony Garrod inside the area, completely free.  He shoots from point blank range but Dale Brightly pulls off a brilliant reflex save.

75th min – Sam Bates is stretchered off to generous applause and the match continues.

73rd min – Still no movement.  They’re putting a neck brace on the poor lad.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/6-Staines-1-1-Billericay-Mid-2nd.mp3|titles=6 – Staines 1-1 Billericay Mid 2nd]

68th min – The stretcher has come on.  Fingers crossed it’s not serious.  Meanwhile Craig Edwards comes for Luke I’Anson and Junior Luke replaces Sam Lechmere.

65th min – Play is stopped after a Billericay break on the right and cross saw Nathan Green clatter into the home keeper and defender Sam Bates, leaving the host outfield player winded.

63rd min – The hosts earn another corner after Wild and Swaine were beaten for pace.  They try a short one but only succeed in kicking the ball straight out, and about 25 yards wide.  Worst.  Corner.  Ever.

60th min – Staines get a corner of their own on the right but they make the mistake of pumping it high into the six yard box.  Yeah, rightio, that’ll work.  Rob Swaine clears easily.

57th min – Corner on the right to Biller … oh, you know the rest.  Chris Wild this time.  Then from the goal kick and poor defending, Sam Lechmere is giving a half chance, but his shot on the left from 18 yards is wide.

53rd min – There are undiscovered tribes in the Sahara who knew what was coming from a ‘Ricay corner on the right.  This time, Rob Swaine’s header goes narrowly wide.

50th min – My goodness, Staines almost took the lead there.  Good move down the right, a low centre causes consternation, David Wheeler’s shot is blocked but is deflected into the path of Scott Taylor, he looks certain to score from inside the six yard box, but Chris WIld somehow gets back and blocks the goal-bound shot.  The corner is then easily defended.  Phew.

48th min – Another ‘Ricay corner, this time on the right, and Chris Wild’s header at the far post on the edge of the six yard box goes a foot over.  Good start.

47th min – Ooh.  A quickly taken corner on the left fooled everyone, with nobody in the area and the keeper out of position, the ball whistles centimetres wide.

4.05pm – Kick Off! Let’s see if any part of me works.


HALF TIME:  It’s not my day.  The live mic has now packed up.  And Billericay, dominating after a sluggish first 25 minutes or so, must be feeling just as miffed.

There’s certainly been no real danger from the hosts, and ‘Ricay have had numerous chances from the likes of Swaine, Wild, Osborn and Reynolds.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/5-Staines-1-1-Billericay-HT.mp3|titles=5 – Staines 1-1 Billericay HT]

Hope springs eternal, though, that ‘Ricay can convert their dominance into that first away win in the second half.  In the meantime, I’m off for a Bovril and a battery.  Laters


45th min – GOAL! ….. STAINES TOWN 1,  Billericay Town 1 And out of nothing, the hosts equalise.  DAVID WHEELER finds himself in space, and from 22 yards out on the right, his low shot nestles into the far post.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/4-Staines-1-1-Billericay.mp3|titles=4 – Staines 1-1 Billericay]

Totally against the run of play.

43rd min – Billericay pile on the pressure.  Another Duran Reynolds free kick from 25 yards, on the right, is parried by the keeper and out off the post.  From that, a Chris Wild header goes just wide.  ‘Ricay are certainly in control of things here.  Hurrah!

40th min – GOAL! ….. Staines Town 0, BILLERICAY TOWN 1 Yes!  From the Staines clearance, a smart Sam Lechmere through ball on the left found ALEX OSBORN in plenty of space, and this time, he made no mistake from the edge of the area.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/3-Staines-0-1-Billericay.mp3|titles=3 – Staines 0-1 Billericay]


39th min – Another Billericay corner on the left, Rob Swaine heads it, but it’s cleared again.

35th min – Ooh, Staines went close there.  I didn’t see it, though, as I was writing up that Billericay free kick, but the roar from the home supporters and the hands on heads of Staines players signifies it was a near miss.  Properly up-to-date, me, you know.

34th min – Handbags are out.  Matt Drage goes in late on Glenn Poole to become the third home player booked in five minutes.   Duran Reynolds has a pop from about 25 yards, it goes to the near post, the keeper fumbles, but away from goal, and it’s cleared.

32nd min – Nathan Green follows soon after into the ref’s notebook for a foul, then Sam Lechmere takes a whack, for which the hosts Reece Hall is also booked.  Perhaps the ref was simply bored and decided to spice things up a bit.

29th min – Another near thing from Billericay.  Guess what?  Yep.  Set piece.  Free kick on the left, Rob Swaine heads it, but this time it’s cleared just off the line.  In clearing the danger, Staines defender Scott Taylor is booked for his trouble, but the 2nd Billericay free kick comes to nothing.

25th min – Tony Garrod tries a shot for the home side from just outside the area but goes higher than a Charlie Adam penalty at Wembley.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2-Staines-v-Billericay-Mid-1st-Half.mp3|titles=2 – Staines v Billericay Mid 1st Half]

22nd min – Glenn Poole tries a long distance shot from a central position but it’s easily saved.

18th min – Ooh, that was close!  Lovely through ball on the left puts Alex Osborn clear.  Home keeper Jack Turner comes out to narrow the angle, though, and parries Osborn’s on target shot from the edge of the area just wide.

17th min – There won’t be many close-up pics of today’s game as the camera’s battery has died.  Pah.  It’ll be just the ones I take from my mobile, which are about as clear as the Kate Middleton ones.  Just as well there’s hardly anything happening on the pitch.

12th min – A semblance of a near miss.  Staines took a corner on the left, the delivery was low, wrong-footing the ‘Ricay defence, but the shot from about 8 yards was tame and well wide of the far post.

11th min – The Billericay contingent are in good voice.  The home side’s chant of “Yellows” (not Gold then) was immediately drowned out by “Essex!  Essex!” and a rendition of ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain.’    Really nothing else to report.

7th min – Nothing of any note so far.  A Billericay free kick on the left touchline from 25 yards out that was easily defended.  That’s it.  But at least it’s sunny and Joe rated the burger here as “Small but good.  Should have been bigger, but the bun was better than Billericay.  And West Ham, it’s rubbish there.”

3.01pm – Kick Off! Oh yes!


2.57pm – The teams come out, Staines in their distinctly yellow looking ‘gold’ and royal blue, with their goalie in shocking pink.  Classy stuff.  Billericay are in sky blue.  Hopefully more in tune with Man City than Coventry.

2.50pm – Subs are 12. – Richard Halle.  14 – Junior Luke.  15 – Craig Edwards.  16 – Josh Hutchinson.  17 – Matt Bennett.  For some reason, I tried for ages to type the subs in below the team line-up, but computer said no.  Delayed road rage I guess.  Or I’m just an eejit.  Your guess is as good as mine …

2.45pm – Team News:  Billericay Town go with

1 Dale Brightly
2 Greg Oates
3 Joe Anderson
4 Luke Panson
5 Rob Swaine
6 Chris Wild
7 Sam Lechmere
8 Glenn Poole
9 Alex Osborn
10 Nathan Green
11 Duran Reynolds

2.40pm – A very warm welcome and belated from a sweltering Wheatsheaf Park for this afternoon’s frivolities.  And an intriguing afternoon is in prospect.  I hope so after the road trip from Hell getting here.  3 hours.  Pah

Staines are much like Billericay so far this season, unbeaten at home, without a win away.  As they’ve played a game less, however, they trail Billericay in the Conference South table, 17th compared to ‘Ricay’s healthy 11th.

Craig Edwards and the boys will be in the best of spirits after their 4-0 tonking of pre-season title favourites Eastleigh last week, a result which cost the Eastleigh manager his job,  Getting their first away win this campaign would, well, it would be a corker!

Brentwood Town are involved in FA Trophy action and East Thurrock United, the draw specialists, will be hopeful of gaining their first league victory of the campaign.  This afternoon should be absorbing – and could be a cracker!

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1-Staines-v-Billericay-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Staines v Billericay Preview]

As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and your eyes and ears will be filled with the drama and japery of an afternoon at the football.


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A Massive Test And Trial By Trophy – The Weekend Preview

For news on what our local football and rugby clubs are up to at the weekend, and whose getting the ‘Between The Lines’ live treatment, the weekend preview is here.

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FA Cup Draw

The draw has just been made for the 2nd qualifying round for the FA Cup.  The road to Wembley may be truncated, by there’s always some thrills and spills along the way.  The draw for this round has proved to be no exception with a tasty little derby match thrown in.

Billericay Town v  AFC Hornchurch

Brentwood Town v  Maldon & Tiptree

Kingstonian  v  East Thurrock United

Ties to be played on Saturday 22nd September.  Needless to say ‘Between The Lines’ will cover one of these games as its featured live match that day.

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Billericay Town v Tonbridge Angels – LIVE

Billericay Town 3-3  Tonbridge Angels

Dagenham & Redbridge 3-2  Stevenage

Southend United 2-1  AFC Wimbledon


FULL TIME: Wow.  Just wow.  One of the best games I’ve seen in a long time.  Action and excitement from start to finish.  What a sting in the tail but credit to the Angels for hanging on in there when all seemed lost.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/8-Billericay-3-3-Tonbridge-FT.mp3|titles=8 – Billericay 3-3 Tonbridge – FT]

Next time Billericay get the live treatment is their upcoming trip to Staines Town.  If tonight’s anything to go by, it’ll be unmissable.  There will be plenty of other coverage in the meantime.  I’m just not sure what just yet, but it’ll be fun whatever it is.

I’m off for a lie-down.  Laters everyone.


90th +1 – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 3,  TONBRIDGE ANGELS 3 And less than one is all it took for Angels to sensationally draw level.  The ball came in from the left, Blues fail to clear on the edge of their six yard box, and it’s slotted it in.  What a finale!

Injury Time:  Three minutes.  That’s somewhat kind for the home side.  Hurrah!

89th min – Not been as frantic as I’d anticipated.  Angels are trying to come forward but the sum total of zero squared has been created.  That could change in a second though.

84th min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 3,  TONBRIDGE ANGELS 2 From nowhere, Angels are back in it.  A crude challenge in the area and FRANNIE COLLIN whacks the penalty in.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/7-Billericay-3-2-Tonbridge.mp3|titles=7 – Billericay 3-2 Tonbridge]

Game most definitely on.

81st min – More treatment and another ‘Ricay substitution, this time Luke I’Anson being replaced by Craig Edwards.  Not the manager ming guy, but his very handy son.  But you knew that anyway.

76th min – Alex Osborn is on for the hard working Marc Charles-Smith, who comes off to well earned applause.  Attendance tonight is 365.  And one drily cynical media chappie.  Ahem …

74th min – As it happens, the Angels subs have made a difference.  Great ball from George Crimmen on the left almost released Ollie Schulz in the area.  It took a bit of last ditch defending to stop a dangerous stuation there.

70th min – You haven’t missed a thing.  Except a foul throw.  Which the lino did.  Been injury treatment and Angels substitutions.  The away supporters are being very, very rude.  Very unangelic.  Possibly due to being upstarted tonight.  Or more likely to being hen pecked at home.  Chortle.

65th min – Apologies for the slight break there, too busy writing, taking pics and yappng into a mic.  Blues seem to have the game under control now.  Angels have just had a corner on the right but it went straight into the hands of Dale Brightly.  Anyone coming in now would know who were winning by the teams body language.  Definite Alpha males and Beta males out there.

58th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 3,  Tonbridge Angels 1 Well, we got there in the end!  Another home surge inside the area, there’s a shot on goal by Nathan Green as the foul comes in, and it rebounds off the post.  GLENN POOLE hits the follow up into an empty net but the ref has already given a penalty, which he dispatches with ease.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/6-Billericay-3-1-Tonbridge.mp3|titles=6 – Billericay 3-1 Tonbridge]

That could be the game breaker.

54th min – Debuatant left back Joe Anderson is having a storming game for ‘Ricay.  He runs forward menacingly and hits a cracker of a shot.  It’s probably in Stock by now though.  High and wide it certainly was.

52nd min – Back come the Angels, though, and Lee Browning’s speculative effort from 30 yards is a cracker, and Dale Brightly does superbly well to put out for a corner, which is easily defended.

51st min – Luke I’Anson tries to get in on the act too, on the left, and even gets a shot in, but it’s a relatively tame effort.

50th min – Although having said that, a quiet start to the second half.  Both sides settling down a bit after the excitement of the first half.  Duran Reynolds just had a nice run to the edge of the area, though, but was well blocked.

8.45pm – KICK OFF! This could be a thriller, you know!


HALF TIME:  Blimey, that was a rip-snorter of a first half, packed with incident, action, goals, supporters getting het up, and the promise of players losing it sooner rather than later.

Billericay deserve to be ahead, but no mistake about it, Tonbridge look dangerous coming forward.  They could still win this.  Pulsating stuff.  And that’s not just my pacemaker.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/5-Billericay-2-1-Tonbridge-HT.mp3|titles=5 – Billericay 2-1 Tonbridge – HT]

Right, off for a Bovril and a hyper-ventiliation or two.  Laters.


45th min – and 2 minutes of added time.  I can see handbags breaking out in this game.  All getting a little bit niggly and shouty-shouty.  And that’s just me.

39th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 2,  Tonbridge Angels 1 Karma!  Tonbridge refuse to give the ball back, their attack breaks down, Billericay go forward, win a corner on the right, and this time ROB SWAINE heads in at the far post.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/4-Billericay-2-1-Tonbridge.mp3|titles=4 – Billericay 2-1 Tonbridge]

Justice!  And liquid football!

37th min – Duran Reynolds goes down after an off-the-ball clash that nobody really saw.  Play stops and one of the Tonbridge Angels players berates the linesman, asking him where the foul was.  I think you’ll find it was the chap with the whistle, running around with you chaps in the black kit, that gave it.  Chortle.

32nd min – And the hosts come again.  Sam Lechmere has another run and his shot from just over 20 yards out canons off the keeper, who positioned himself well.  No doubts, though, Billericay are well on top at the moment.

30th min – A deflected Billericay shot, another corner on the right.  Quite boring this time though.  Only one header cleared off the line.  Bah.

27th min – I’ve never seen anything like it.  A corner comes in on the right for ‘Ricay, there’s panic in the six yard box, and there were at least four goalbound attempts that either bounced off the keeper or defender on the line.  And another header that hit the crossbar.  Unreal.

25th min – That could be a game changer!  Nice Angels move down the right sees Lee Browning free inside the area.  He lobs cleverly over the onrushing Dale Brightly, it looks a certain goal, but Greg Oates clears off the line.  Superb.

22nd min – Ooh, the Town defence went to sleep momentarily on the Tonbridge left at a throw-in near their own area.  George Purcell is momentarily free from any markers but I don’t think he realised just how much time he had, played it a bit too quickly, and the defence got back.

17th min – Ooh, that was close.  A Sam Lechmere run, mazier than the Amazon, takes him inside the area, where a corner is conceded on the right.  From that, Rob Swaine misses at the far post of the Blunts Wall End goal by inches.  Much better.

15th min – I’ve hardly been able to see a thing with all the writing up and talking.  Fortunately the trusty voice of Craig Edwards keeps me in touch.  And the rest of South Essex too.  Meanwhile, Glenn Poole’s free kick on the left is eventually defended after a moment of panic in the box.

9th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 1,  Tonbridge Angels 1 What did I say about missing the action?  In the midsts of typing up the past few minutes, I hear a shout go up.  I was lucky though.  I saw NATHAN GREEN and Angels keeper Lee Worgan challenge for the ball in the six yard box.  The ball ends up in the net because of it.  We look at the ref.  He runs towards the centre circle.  Hurrah!  That’s how to respond.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/3-Billericay-1-1-Tonbridge.mp3|titles=3 – Billericay 1-1 Tonbridge]

Liquid football!

7th min – The hosts are shocked, and the Angels, despite Craig Edwards protestations to the contrary, beat the offside trap, and their shot goes inches wide of the post.  At the other end, ‘Ricay force a corner on the right, which is defended easily enough.  The players also have an annoying habit of playing while I’m looking away doing my radio reporting bit.  Very unsporting.

89th second – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 0,  TONBRIDGE ANGELS 1 The worst possible start.  From the kick off, Town needlessly concede a free kick on the right hand edge of their own area.  It’s whipped in quickly and MARK LOVELL sends a diving header into the right hand corner of the Cricket End net.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2-Billericay-0-1-Tonbridge.mp3|titles=2 – Billericay 0-1 Tonbridge]

A shocker of a start.

7.43pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!  They just couldn’t wait, you know.


7.42pm – As ever, the teams come out to the strains of Rocky.  Not a massive crowd but not bad either, considering it’s a school night, and the teams’ relative early form.

7.40pm – I take it the PA man is about the same age as me, with his Beatles and Gerry Anderson songs blaring out.  Which means he’s old.  It’s no fun, you know.  Apart from being allowed to moan at everything.  We’re expected to.

7.30pm – Team news:  Billericay Town line up tonight with

1.  Dale Brightly
2.  Greg Oates
3.  Joe Anderson
4.  Luke I’Anson
5.  Rob Swaine
6.  Chris Wild
7.  Sam Lechmere
8.  Glenn Poole
9.  Mark Charles-Smith
10. Nathan Green
11. Duran Reynolds

12. Richard Halle
14. Alex  Osborn
15. Craig Edwards
16. Josh Hutchison
17. Max Bennett

So Joe boy makes his debut.  Hurrah!


7.25pm – The big pre-match news for ‘Ricay is the signing of full back Joe Anderson from AFC Hornchurch.  He was the Urchins Player of the Season last term so you can probably take it as read he’ll be in tonight’s squad at least.

Elsewhere it’s JPT night (which sounds suspiciously like a gentleman’s interest club).  Dagenham & Redbridge play host to those perennial entertainers Stevenage.

Southend United, meanwhile, are charging just a fiver a ticket and handing out free programmes for their clash with AFC Wimbledon.  And still have only one stand open.  Yep, they love the glamour down Roots Hall way.


7.20pm – A very good evening from New Lodge.  The weather’s mild, the kids are back at school, Billericay Town are at home.  Life is good.

It could be better though.  Since that dramatic last gasp win over Truro, ‘Ricay have amassed just one point in their past four games.  Admittedly, three of them were away, but it’s a little worrying all the same.

With three defeats on their travels, good home form is crucial.  Standing in the way tonight are Tonbridge Angels, England manager Roy Hodgson’s old stamping ground no less.

They have problems of their own, mind, without a win this season and teetering on the edge of the drop zone.  This could be an opportunity to, erm, kick start Billericay Town’s start.

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As ever, keep refreshing the page every few minutes, and the jolly japery that 90 minutes of soccer skills brings will be yours.


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Carshalton v East Thurrock United – LIVE

Carshalton  1-1  East Thurrock United

Bath City  2-1  Billericay Town

Brentwood Town 2-0  Cheshunt

AFC Wimbledon  2-2  Dagenham & Redbridge

Southend United 1-0  Wycombe Wanderers


FULL TIME:  And overall, a fair result.  East Thurrock United were probably the better of the two teams, but not really enough to warrant taking all three points.  Spencer Harrison’s dismissal was the obvious turning point, as that gave Carshalton encouragement, but an away point with 10 men isn’t so bad in the run of things.  Although it does extend both clubs winless legue starts.

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Pics from this afternoon’s game can be found here:


Next up is Tuesday evening’s Conference South clash at New Lodge between Billericay Town and Tonbridge Angels.  Unitl then, laters.


Injury Time: 180 seconds of them.  Or 3 minutes, whatever is cheaper.  And ooh, possibly a late winner for Brentwood Town!

90th min – And the Rocks almost nick it again.  A corner on the right, some confusion in the area, and Kye Ruel’s shot from 10 yards is saved on the line.  Ooh.

86th min – Ooh, that was nearly a shock lead for the Rocks.  Good work from Kris Newby on the right, he crosses, Reiss Gilbey gets to it, but his header goes inches wide of the far post.

81st min – GOAL ….. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC 1,  East Thurrock United 1 I might have known it.  A pass into the right hand side of the box, sub OLA SOGABUNMU turns superbly, and slots home into the far post corner of the net from 10 yards.

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The Rocks are in trouble here.

78th min – Having a chat with JB in the press box.  He says he can’t see a way through for Carshalton.  I know your cunning plan, James, tempting fate and that.    And from a centre on the left, Wayne Gray heads over.  That was too close for comfort, that.

74th min – But back come Covo’s boys, and Sam Higgins surging run down the right ends with a shot that flashes across the face of goal.

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73rd min – Ooh, uncomfortably close to an equaliser.  A corner on the right, nobody picks up defender Dawayne Campbell, but his powerful header from 10 yards goes a foot over the bar.

71st min – Still the Rocks come forward, though, and from the right Sam Collins does well to get the cross in.  Sam Higgins’ header goes just wide from eight yards out.

67th min – RED CARD FOR EAST THURROCK UNITED Oh-oh, this could be a game changer.  Spencer Harrison, the last defender, takes his man down from about 25 yards.  The free kick comes to nothing but he’s off for an early bath.  Ho hum

66th min – Some neat play from Reiss Gilbey and Kris Newby in the opposition half ends with a curling Kye Ruel shot just inside the left hand edge of the area which is well saved.  Nice stuff.

63rd min – Oddly enough, though, we’re back to the moribund stuff.  That’ll do me now.  The Rocks win a free kick halfway inside the Robins half but it comes to nowt.

58th min – GOAL! ….. Carshalton Athletic 0,  EAST THURROCK UNITED 1 Yes!  At last!  The Rocks resume the attack from the keeper’s kick down the right, Ryan Sammons gets a wicked centre in, and SAM COLLINS slots home at the near post.

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Liquid football!

57th min – At last a decent effort.  East Thurrock win a throw on the left, and on the edge of the area, Sam Collins shoots, with home keeper Nick Hamann making a good save at the near post

54th min – Again the Rocks come forward, and Reiss Gilbey can’t quite get any control on a through ball on the right hand edge of the area.  At the other end, Richard Wray fumbles a relatively easy take but it’s away from the goal rather than towards it.  A brown trouser moment though.

51st min – East Thurrock respond by forcing a corner on the right, which results in a shot going hide and wide.  One of the rugrats says it’s the fifth ball that’s gone out the ground.  Maybe the balls themselves are trying to tell us something.

47th min – A mazy Jack Clark run causes the Rocks problems, the ball is played wide right to Wayne Gray, his cross is an excellent one but nobody gets on the end of it.  Phew.

4.02pm – Kick off! Oh ye … oh alright, if you must.


HALF TIME: It hasn’t been an awful, error strewn game, but one of those mundane ones where both sides cancel each other out.  If only Kye Ruel’s early effort had gone in, it would’ve livened things up no end.  Ah well, we can hope that the next 45 gives us the sort of action the first 10 did.

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Right, off for a Bovril and another bacon roll.  Oh yes.  Laters.

45th min – Ooh, how very close.  A free kick on the right, delivered smartly by Spencer Harrison, Kris Newby gets the merest of a flick-on, and it goes just wide of the far post.  What a time that would have been to score.

41st min – Deep inside East Thurrock territory, Ryan Sammons shackles Jack Clark and gets a whack in the face for his troubles.  There was no intent though.  But Ryan’s reaction may have turned the hosts red shirts blue as well as the air.  Chortle.

38th min – Ooh, a somewhat crude tackle about 25 yards out, in a central position, gives the hosts a free kick.  It looks dangerous but is just smacked against the wall and away.  Not exactly liquid football.

37th min – Lovely turn by Kye Ruel on the edge of the Athletic box but his shot is tamer than a very tame thing.  That’s been domesticated.

33rd min – I’m not saying the game is uninspiring at the moment, but I spy, with my little eye …. The Rocks had another corner that again went straight out, and Jack Clark’s shot for Carshalton on the left hand edge of the area went in the general direction of Sutton.

29th min – Richard Wray is alert to a through ball played to Lewis Taylor on the right, and he comfortably punches clear as soon as the ball comes into the area.

26th min – The rugrats around me are making a din.  That’s about the only real fun so far.  Cancelling each other out is the expression.

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21st min – As soon as I say that, a bit of action.  The Rocks get a couple of corners, and the hosts one after a Lewis Taylor shot was deflected out on the right hand edge of the six yard box.  None of the corners came to anything though.

18th min – After the lively start, it’s gone a bit, well, moribund.  JB, the Carshalton media guy, agrees that it needs livening up a bit.  Perhaps random punchings?

14th min – The hosts are slowly getting a foothold in proceedings without creating a chance as such.  Everyone seems to be happy though.  Must be the nice weather or parents knowing they’ll be rid of their rutrags at school soon.  Meanwhile, Brentwood Town miss an open goal.  Hurroo.

10th min – More pressure and another corner, on the left, which comes to nothing.  But Southend United are ahead.  Hurrah and huzzah!

7th min – Wow, that was close!  More pressure from Ryan Sammons and Kris Newby on the right forces a second corner.  There’s panic just outside the six yard box, Kye Ruel gets the header in, it looks a certain goal, but is deflected over the bar for another corner, which then evades everyone.  Good start for East Thurrock, this.

3rd min – Early pressure from the Rocks, clad in their black and white striped away kit (ugh), which earns a corner on the left, but is comfortably defended.

3.00pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!


2.58pm – The teams come out to polite applause, with loads of Carshalton’s youth kids / toddlers running out as mascots.  Good that, innit.

2.55pm – Phew, glad that got through.  Anyway, the War Memorial Sports Ground is well appointed.  The bacon rolls are great.  That’s all you need really.  Not a huge crowd, but not surprising considering it’s the last weekend of the school hols, Paralympics are on, and both sides are yet to record a league win yet.

Had a nice chat with Wayne Gray, whose goal secured Southend United the League One title in 2006 at a packed Roots Hall.  I doubt it’s packed today, and judging by what Wayne told me about the present situation, doubt there will be much joy on or off the pitch for the Shrimpers in the coming months.  Oh.

2.50pm – Team News Oh my, the interweb thingy is playing up already.  Bother.  Anyhow, the Rocks go with:

1.  Richard Wray

2.  Ryan Sammons

3.  Tom Stephen

4.  Simon Peddie

5.  Spencer Harrison

6.  Ross Parmenter

7.  Kris Newby

8.  Reiss Gilbey (c)

9.  Sam Higgins

10.  Kye Ruel

11.  Sam Collins

The subs are

12.  Lewis Bentley

14.  Joe Keith

15.  Matt Hall

16.  Lewis Frost

17.  Marc Gorbell

2.40pm – A very warm welcome from a very warm War Memorial Sports Ground.  It could be another battle today, too, as East Thurrock United go in search of their first win of the season.

It’s not as bad as it sounds.  The Rocks have drawn 3 of their 4 league games, including that very good point they picked up the last time they had the live treatment at Wealdstone.  One thing is certain, though, and that’s nothing is certain when Covo’s boys take to the field.  They can play awful and win, or play superbly and get pummelled.

A close eye will also be kept on Billericay Town’s long trip to Bath City.  It’s a tough ask to win there, with the hosts recent Conference pedigree.  There’s also fun and frolics to be had at the Arena, with the FA Cup on show, and Brentwood Town wanting that first league win against Cheshunt.  All in all, a spiffing afternoon of top notch footy fun is coming your way.

[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1-Carshalton-v-East-Thurrock-Preview.mp3|titles=1 – Carshalton v East Thurrock Preview]

As ever, just keep refreshing this page every few minutes, and tune into the superb Dave Turner on Between The Lines from 4pm, and all will become clear.  And exciting.  Maybe.  Perhaps.  Oh yes.



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Billericay Town v Truro City – LIVE

Billericay Town 2-1  Truro City
East Thurrock United 1-1  Kingstonian
Brentwood Town 1-1  Tilbury
Southend United 0-1  Accrington Stanley
Cheltenham Town  2-0  Dagenham & Redbridge
FULL TIME: Well, it was a slow burner on a boiling hot day, but in the end it was a cracker.  Own goal, red card, dramatic finish, ridiculous misses, this game had it.  Billericay just about deserved it but you can’t help feeling for Truro.  I wish them well.
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Right, next up is Tuesday evening, as East Thurrock United go to Wealdstone.  Until then, enjoy the weekend, and your football
93rd min – Adenwunmi is clean through on goal but somehow puts it wide from 15 yards!
Injury time:  5 minutes of it, as another dangerous Billericay centre from the right flashes past the Truro goal
89th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 2,  Truro City 1 That’s me tempting fate again.  A run to the left byeline, a low centre, and inside the six yard box SAM LECHMERE drills home at the far post.  Liquid football!
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87th min – You’ve missed nothing.  A lengthy delay for a Truro injury
83rd min – In a final throw of the dice, Adenwunmi replaces the impressive Osbourn.
78th min – Ooh, a late tackle stops a City forage in its tracks.  The free kick, from around 30 yards, hits the wall.
75th min – Harrison Chatting gets a generous round of applause as he’s replaced by Jared Small.
72nd min – Back come Truro and a header inside the area goes about a foot past the left hand post.
70th min – Ooh, that was close.  Harrison Chatting centres from the left, and Sam Lechmere’s shot by the near post is superbly parried away by the keeper.  Official attendance is 402.
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67th min – Dave Collis comes on for Luke I’Anson
65th min – All City at the moment.  Corner on the right and a header just over the bar.
63rd min – The nerves are jangling amongst the New Lodge faithful.  Jake Larkins clears straight to a Truro player for the third time.  Nothing comes off it but the danger signs are there.
60th min – Billericay come forward and a cross from the left is met by a header going inches over the bar.
58th min – A real let-off for ‘Ricay.  Again.  A horribly slewed clearance inside the area from Richard Halle leaves the goal open but the Truro shot is just as horribly wide.
56th min – Billericay are in trouble now.  Jay May goes in on the Turo defender with his elbow at a free kick, after being obstructed, and is sent off.
54th min – Truro have been encouraged by that equaliser and have forced a couple of corners down the right.  Nothing clear cut but worrying times for the hosts.
48th min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 1, TRURO CITY 1 Blimey, game on!  The visitors break down the right, the ball gets centred, and CHRIS WILD scuffs it into his own net.  The Conference South’s leading scorer for the wrong reasons now but Truro won’t mind that.
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4.03pm – KICK OFF! Again.
HALF TIME:  Another season but the same Billericay.  Nice football in little patches, more direct and effective for the rest of the time.  It gets results and the team plays to its strengths, and in a results orientated business, you won’t find me a particularly dissenting voice.  Billericay have been much the better team since the goal, but Truro are by no means out of it.  1-0 is just about right.
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Right, off for a Bovril and Lilt.  Laters.
43rd min – Jay May tries his luck from 25 yards and forces another parry out for a corner, which comes to noithing.
41st min – Alex Osbourn goes closer, controlling the ball on the left inside the area, and forcing a fine save from the City keeper at the near post.
40th min – Bilericay press with some neat play involving Harrison Chatting and Nathan Green on the left.  The ball is centred and a shot from Glen Poole goes just wide
35th min- Ooh, Truro miss a golden opportunity.  ‘Ricay keeper, under no pressure, kicks the ball straight at the onrushing Truro attacker, who hits the post unmarked from 15 yards.  Goodness me.
33rd min – Luke I’Anson tries to get on the act, but his chip from 20 yards drifts harmlessly wide.  No doubt about it, Billericay on top.
31st min – Even better this time.  Lovely one touch football, and Glen Poole neatly plays in Alex Osbourn inside the left hand side of the area, but he mishits horribly.  Nice stuff though.

30th min

Billericay break forward again and a nice lay back from Alex Osbourn sets up Sam Lechmere from 22 yards, who volleys over.  That’s better.

25th min

City try to get back on terms, and a dangerous run down the right results in a low centre to the area which Nathan Green clears.  At the other end, a Sam Lechmere free kick narrowly clears the trees

21st min –
GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 1, Truro City 0

New season, same goal!  Good work from Nathan Green and Harrison Chatting on the left forces a corner.  From that, CHRIS WILD powers home a header from six yards.  Striker!

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18th min – Really wish I could bring you action-packed action but the teams are cancelling each other out.  The supporters decide to have a pop at the officials, presumably to keep them occupied until play livens up.
13th min – Really not too much to report on.  Quite evenly balanced, no clear cut chances.  Jake Larkins has had to make a very comfortable save at his near post but that’s about it.
8th min – A long through ball finds Alex Osbourn about 25 yards from goal, but he can’t quite control it, and the Truro keeper comfortably collects.
5th min – Whilst both sides are still settling down, I’m having a look around the ground.  The City fans behind at the Cricket End are in good voice.  The sound better than they look, mind.  Beer bellies and shirtless don’t mix.  Not with blokes, anyway.
2nd min – The first ‘What’s that for?’ from boss Craig Edwards as Jay May is pulled up for an infringement attacking down the left.
3.01pm – KICK OFF! Oh yes!
2.58pm – The teams come out to a somewhat sparse crowd.  I am genuinely surprised.
2.50pm – Team News: Billericay Town line up for life in the Conference South with:  1 – Jake Larkins.  2 – Greg Oates.  3-  Nathan Green.  4 – Luke I’Anson.  5 – Richard Halle.  6 – Chris Wild.  7 – Sam Lechmere.  8 – Glen Poole.  9 – Jay May.  10 – Alex Osbourne.  11 – Harrison Chatting.
SUBS:  Subs: 12 – Dave Collis.  14 – Jared Small.  15 – Adenwunmi.  16 – Craig Edwards.  17 – Dale Brightly.
2.45pm – Crikey, the Truro lads look big!  Anyway, whatever today’s result, I hope the team representing Cornwall’s ‘capital’ can come through their latest crisis.  We’ve seen throughout the summer the dire consequences of not paying your bills through the fate of the defunct Rangers and almost liquidated Pompey.
True, bills should be paid, but as ever it’s the punters that put their money into the club – and at this level the multitude of club volunteers, doing everything for the sheer love of the game – that suffer the most. Safe journey home, Truro, whatever happens, and fingers crossed many more trips to follow.
2.40pm – A very, very good afternoon to a sun drenched New Lodge for today’s Conference South opener.  New Lodge, new season, new league, it’s very much a brave new world for ‘Ricay, their first game at this level.
Craig Edwards has by and large kept faith with the squad that brought the club that unforgettable Ryman League title triumph, with the odd signing, such as Alex Osborn from Dagenham.
He, the team, and a bumper crowd will have every confidence they can overcome the threat posed by the Cornish outfit, who have spent the summer in turmoil, staring liquidation and the face, and arriving at Blunts Wall Road with a threadbare squad.  That could well galvanise them, though, that underdog spirit.  It could be a good ‘un today.
Elsewhere, East Thurrock start off against the same team they signed off last term with a 5-2 win against, and Brentwood Town have a tasty derby at the Arena against last season’s play-off semi-finalists Tilbury.
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As ever, keep refreshing this page every few minutes, and tune into the one and only Dave Turner on Between The Lines from 4pm, here online or on 98 FM, and this afternoon’s frolics and frivolities will be yours.
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Billericay Town v Leiston – LIVE

Billericay Town 2-4  Leiston
FULL TIME:  And there we have it, a more than useful run-out for Billericay, and excellent result for the visitors.  Make no mistake about it, Leiston will be up there in the Ryman Premier this season.
Boss Craig Edwards, though, will know his squad have a little work to do.  Some excellent spells, but concentrations levels may well be looked it.
Anyway, it’s all be jolly good fun.  Next up will be Billericay’s opener against Truro.  Until then, enjoy the summer.
88th min – ‘Ricay try to come back with a couiple of corners on the left, they come to nothing, but only after one superb save, tipping a 15 yard shot over the bar.
85th min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 2,  LEISTON 4 That’s it.  The visitors have given the hosts the run-around in the second half.  Another centre from the right after a pacy attack, and tapped in on the edge of the six yard box.
80th min – Ooh, that was close.  Not to a goal but ruining my afternoon.  Leiston boot the ball out after some home pressure, and the ball ends about 3 inches away from the netbook.  If it had hit it, forget the football, he’d have been for the high jump.  Harumph.
75th min – Leiston have certainly had the better of the exchanges but Billericay break with supersub Junior Dadson.  He chases a lost cause, gets to bye line inside the area on the left, but his low hard centre across goal is cleared.
68th min – That really should have been 4-2.   The visitors delightfully switch play to the right again, it gets centred into the six yard box, but the final touch goes a foot wide of the far post.  Great football though.
65th min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 2,  LEISTON 3 The warnings haven’t been heeded.  A breka this time on the left.  It’s centred and the visiting forward smacks it home from 10 yards.  It was the number 10, too, but didn’t catch the name as my hearing’s a bit iffy.
64th min – Lots of shouting, lots of effort, nothing further created from either side.  The first massive shout of “maaaaaaaaaaaaan onnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!” from a keeper has been heard though.
59th min – Ooh, that was a glorious chance.  The visitors this time attack down the right, and their striker bears down on goal, inside the area.  He shoots towards the near post, though, and Dale Brightly saves.

I like the trees

57th min – But ooh, Leiston break on the left and their low centre flashes across the face of goal.  Anybody’s game, this.
55th min – Ooh, that was close too.  A Billericay free kick, central position, 25 yards out.
54th min – Nothing clear cut, very competitive, but no chances created.  Come on, fate, I’ve tempted you.
4pm – KICK OFF! Again
HALF TIME:  And the dust settles on a cracking first half.  Really competitive and just what Blues boss Craig Edwards would want, seeing where they are up to speed and where they need to work a bit more on.  Leiston are clearly a decent side too.
Right, time for a Bovril and a bland salad.  Laters.
43rd min – Elsewhere, it’s FA Cup day.  Not strictly local, with Yarmouth beating Barkingside, but one of those sides could face East Thurrock United in a later round.  And Great Wakering Rovers lead at Woodbridge.
39th min – GOAL! ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 2,  Leiston 2 You can’t get any more dangerous than that!  Another centre in from the left and this time JAY MAY gets on the end of it and makes no mistake from 8 yards out.  A crackerjack of a game!
38th min – Ooh ooh!  That was even more dangerous.  Billericay get a corner on the left, and Rob Swaine finally gets a header in at the near post, but it flashes agonisingly across the face of the goal and out.
36th min – Ooh, that was dangerous.  Leiston beat the offside trap with a long ball upfield.  Chris Wild, though, retrieves the situation and calmly heads back to Dale Brightly.
31st min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 1,  LEISTON 2 And a cracker it was too.  It all came from heavily Billericay pressure too.  They broke out superbly, and RHYS HENRY grabbed his second goal of the afternoon with a cracking strike just inside the area.
29th min – Harrison Chatting is as nippy as ever.  He chased down a Leiston back-pass, and turned a comfortable kick into a last second jink away from danger.

Born to be Wild

27th min – Play resumes with the Blues back on the attack and a shot from 20 yards in a central position goes narrowly wide of the right hand post.  That’s better.
23rd min – Play is stopped while  Lechmere is treated for a knock.  The hugantic Chris Wild takes a drink.  I’ll show you the pic soon but I needed to readjust the height lens thingy on my phone.
20th min – Leiston are looking sharp.  Their left back makes a surging run to the ‘Ricay bye-line, turns the defender inside out, but his low centre thankfully evades the two onrushing forwards.  Good stuff though.
17th min – The visitors come forward and have a crack themselves from the edge of the area but Dale Brightly makes a comfortable save.
13th min – GOAL ….. BILLERICAY TOWN 1,  Leiston 1 Striker!  Leiston again defend a set piece well, but GLEN POOLE gets the ball around 22 yards out, and hits a superb low drive into the bottom right hand corner of the net.  Proper game this!
11th min – My, that was a loud burp from Greg Oates.  Every one of the hundred or so paying punters heard that one.
8th min – The hosts, attacking the Blunts Wall Road End goal, have got over that initial shock and are pressing, but nothing clear cut created.  The Ryman One North champions have done theit homework and defending set pieces well.
3rd min – GOAL! ….. Billericay Town 0,  LEISTON 1 I said it’d be a good run-out but didn’t realise it’d be that tough.  The New Lodge back four hesitate inside their own area, and pay for it when Dale Brightly is lobbed from about 10 yards.  Oops
2nd min – Early pressure from Billericay results in a free kick from about 25 yards out in a central position.  But Glen Poole’s shot comes off the wall and is subsequently defended easily
3.00pm – KICK OFF!  Oh yes!
2.58pm – The team come out to the usual Rocky theme and a fairly paltry crowd.
2.55pm – Due to the wonders of modern technology, meaning the patchy broadband connection and me bringing the wrong lead along, audio reports could well be scarce.  That’s a Brucey bonus for you.
Anyway, here’s the ‘Ricay team:  Brightly, Oates, Obamwonyi, Radley, Swaine(c), Wild, Lechmere, Poole, May, Osbourne, Chatting.
2.45pm – Ooh, my, it’s hot, and not just on the pitch.  A very warm, nay boiling, welcome to a sun drenched New Lodge where Billericay Town will be winding their pre-season programme down against a decent looking Leiston.
Today’s visitors had a memorable 2011/12, winning the Ryman One North title and promotion to the Premier division into the bargain.  It should be a good test.
Billericay, of course, are no strangers to be tested by East Anglian outfits, having come away from Lowestoft Town last week with a 1-0 win.  Predictably, it was a Rob Swaine header from a free kick!
But why not play to your strengths?  There was talk amongst other clubs supporters about the style of both Billericay and Hornchurch’s play, but if you have a group of players who are more effective at set pieces than others, why not use that advantage?  And after all, the likes of Harrison Chatting show that ‘Ricay clearly have gifted footballers in their ranks.
Anyhow, off my soapbox I get!  Just keep refreshing this page every few minutes, and tune into the wonderful Dave Turner on Between The Lines from 4pm –  online, or via your tune-in radio app,  or on 98FM – and this afternoon’s festivities will be brought to your very eyes and ears.  Good innit.
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Weekend Sports Review

With news on close finishes at the cricket, and mixed fortunes for our football sides, just click below.

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Between The Lines on Saturday featured Super League action as bottom side London Broncos took on top dogs Wigan Warriors.  If you missed an eventful afternoon at the Stoop, here’s what happened.

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Next up, fingers crossed, should be tomorrow’s clash between East Thurrock United and Billericay Town.  No rest for the wicked, so they say ….!

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