Brentwood Town miss out in Essex Cup final
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 April 2017
Brentwood Town 0 Concord Rangers 2
Second-half goals from Concord Rangers duo Jack Renew and Bayley Newell consigned Brentwood to defeat in the Essex Pelly Cup at Stanway Rovers.
The win capped a magnificent season for the Beachboys who won every fixture in their Eastern Junior Alliance division to stroll to the title and lifted the Alliance’s Magnus Cup before completing their treble.
“I’m delighted we’ve done the treble,” said joint-boss Dave Carter.
“Our last league game was actually forfeited by our opponents, but without that it’s 27 wins in 29 games, losing to the same team [FC Broxbourne Borough] twice, but only after extra time.
“We rode our luck at times, but we know we have goals in the team. There’s only one game we haven’t scored in this season and we believe, if we keep a clean sheet, we can win the game.
“They [Brentwood] had some good chances, particularly one in the first half, but we knew they’d be a good side.”
Some of the personnel has changed along the way, but Concord have now won the Cordell Under 13s, Rosser Under 15s, Cassels Under 16s and Pelly Cup inside the last four years, with a number of the current side still eligible to compete once again for Under 18s honours again next season.
“We have some boys who have played their last game for us and will go on to play football at a very good level,” said Carter.
“But we also have nine first-year under 18s who will have another go next year. We already have a few boys lined up to bring in, but we may have to bide our time. It’ll be hard to emulate what we’ve achieved this season, but we’ll give it a go!”
The game took some time to open up, but once it did midway through the first half, either side could’ve scored inside a matter of seconds.
A corner from Concord’s Danny Hurford saw Jed Smith’s header cleared off the line by Alastair Carter, before Brentwood quickly broke away and Harry Palmer found himself through on goal, only to be denied by George Marsh.
As the game finally opened up towards the end of the first half, further chances went the way of Concord.
Newell stabbed at Brentwood ‘keeper Ben Hughes from close range, Finley Dopson cut inside and shot just wide of the post and, two minutes prior to the break, Jed Smith’s left-wing free kick evaded everyone and bounced off the far post.
Early in the second period, a dangerous cross from Brentwood’s Palmer caused problems as Marsh tipped the ball onto the roof of the net, then there was a chance at the other end through Hurford, whose centre found Newell and he controlled well then hit a low shot at Hughes.
Rangers took the lead on 58 minutes as Renew picked the ball up from the right, strode forward and hit a fine, curling shot inside the far post from 15 yards.
As they looked for a leveller, a good Brentwood move saw James Smith find Harry Rawlins fire just over the top and Concord doubled their advantage on 73 minutes when Hurford’s effort was parried by Hughes and Newell was on hand to bundle home the loose ball.
The Beachboys had another chance with just five minutes left as a fine run from Hurford took him into the six-yard box before he arrowed an effort just past the far post.
Carter added: “The chairman was here and so was the club captain, who often comes to our matches to support us.
“They really back us, which is really pleasing. Hopefully some of the boys will get their chance with the first team.”
Brentwood Town: Ben Hughes, Jacob Evident, Alastair Carter, Anthony Bello, Mitchell McCabe, James Smith, Harry Rawlins, Ryan Hart, Harry Palmer, Tyriq Alexander, James McLean. Substitutes (repeated): Merizel Bazomba.
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