Brentwood Town 1 New Salamis 1
JOHN CHUBB at the Brentwood Centre Arena
Brentwood Town began a new era on Tuesday night with Craig Shipman’s first game of his second spell as manager of the Blues, following the departure of Rod Stringer iast week.
Shipman was previously in charge at the Arena between 2017 and 2019, and has since had spells as assistant manager at Hullbridge Sports and Great Wakering Rovers, as well as first team coach at Concord Rangers.
He told me after the match that he was pleased with what he had seen from his new side, but thought they should have taken all three points.
“In the first 20 minutes….(we) had three or four chances to put the game to bed….they (New Salamis) got themselves back into the game 10 minutes before half-time but overall, I was very pleased with how the team played. We dominated the game, especially in the second half” he said.
“In terms of shots on goal, we didn’t really punish them enough for me but in terms of possession, territorially (and) percentages, I thought we were fantastic.
“I’m very pleased with the reaction I’ve got so far.”
Shipman obviously rates the squad of players he has inherited, and stressed that every one of them will be given a opportunity to show him what they are capable of, but suggested he has plans to reinforce some areas of the playing staff.
He is also clearly optimistic of the direction of the club.
“In terms of the club, the way it’s being run, you’ve got so many people here who want to help, who want to push the football club in the right direction…. I’m really excited that this club can go on to the next platform” he told me.
As for the game itself, Brentwood’s Matt Phipps gave his side the lead after 12 minutes, when he nodded the ball home before their North London visitors ensured a share of the spoils in the 34th minute, when vastly experienced veteran striker Derek Asamoah – whose son Maleace was playing alongside him – equalised from close range.
Brentwood Town (Manager: Craig Shipman): Melvin Minter, James Folkes, Andrew Freeman, George Craddock (Sam Park 87), Matt Cripps, Jack Humphrey, Jack Adlington, Connor Hogan, Ross Wall, Jack Dickinson (Rob Clark 68), Solomon Ogunwomoju (Bryan Ifeanyi 87).
New Salamis (Manager: Richard Georgiou): Ruben Rabstein, Charne Lemba, Freddy Tandon, Jandir Jose, Alaa Oujdi, Ryan Hervel, Albert Adu Donyinah, Harrison Georgiou, Maleace Asamoah, Derek Asamoah (Nathan Mandia 72), Louie Remi (Arti Krasniqi 64).
Referee: Fabio Roque