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Charlie Greusach fires home our sixth goal

Brook Street stormed to an emphatic 8-0 win against SkyAngel in Hong Kong this afternoon.

With the goals shared between seven players, Eskild was expressed his pleasure at the performance in his post-match press conference.

“We turned on the style today and really looked the part”, he said. If we put in performances like that in the league, we’d be challenging for the title, and not be embroiled in the relegation battle”.

He continued, “To have so many players on the scoresheet, and the fact that they came from all areas of the park was a real bonus”.

For the record, the goalscorers were: Igor Bulatov (2), Thomas MacKenzie, Marcus Lövman, Al Caird, Al MacHarold, Charles Greusach, and Vítor Leocádio.

Jeffrey MacCombie opens the scoring for Zippy

Brook Street may have been comprehensively beaten by FC Zippy this afternoon, but results elsewhere mean ironically that their position has improved.

The Monifieth club may still be in seventh place, but they now find themselves with a two goal advantage over third bottom Medchester Utd, albeit they have a three point advantage. With Brook Street facing already relegated ABZ City in the final game, as long as they can match, or better, Medchester’s results in the other three games, automatic relegation would be avoided.

“We’re well aware of the permutations surrounding our final games, but it doesn’t give us any excuse for not performing in any game”, said Eskild when asked at the post-match press conference.

He added, “If we slip further behind Medchester, we will be in trouble”.

The Danish coach has been under fire from a section of the Brook Street support in recent weeks, but Eskild hit back this afternoon saying, “We hear all the jeering, but we are a unit and we need all our true supporters to get behind us. If these individuals don’t like what they’re seeing, why do they bother turning up? They’re clearly against us and we don’t need or want them anywhere near the club”.

Such was his anger, even the Chairman broke his usual silence to back the team and coach saying, “A lot of these so-called ‘supporters’ are fair-weather fans, and to be honest I know for a fact that almost all of them did not start coming to our games until we reached Division Three. They never bothered coming when we were mid-table in Division Five or even in Division Four”.

He continued, “We have a superb hard-core support, and if it was them jeering I would be concerned, however as for this lot, if they are not giving the team their 100% backing, they are not welcome at the club and I’d suggest they find somewhere else to go to on a Saturday afternoon”.

Both Medchester and Brook Street face home games against Lords 11 and away games against FMGLive Addicts amongst their final four matches. Medchester face The Disorders at home next week, and of course Street play ABZ City in the final game.

Charlie Greusach volleys home our seventh goal

Street’s reserve side secured an excellent 7-1 win against CR07 in Kolkatta this morning, albeit the host team had to play almost an hour with ten men after Linards Vonda was forced out of the game and there was no substitute named to take his place.

Street had just gone 2-1 up, and were in the ascendency, but there’s no doubt the loss of the player affected the Indian side.

Eskild said afterwards, “It’s impossible to say whether we would have won so convincingly had they been able to make a substitution, but Tommy certainly got a lot more room to play in once the lad went off”.

“I hear he’s not badly injured though, and we wish him a speedy recovery”.

Brook Street took the lead in the second minute when Olav Geers dropped a corner at Al MacHarold’s feet, and the veteran wasted no time in dispatching the ball into the net.

Geers more than made amends for his earlier error in the eighth minute when he dived to his right to keep out an Al MacHarold diving header that had ‘goal’ written all over it.

Although pinned back for long spells, CR07 were managing to break forward, and in the twenty-third minute Rysiek Dziubka neatly tucked home Linards Vonda’s low cross to tie the scores.

Al Caird slipped his marker and raced through to restore Brook Street ’s lead in the thirty-third minute, just before the decisive moment of the game: Linards Vonda’s injury.

Humberto Andrade rattled the woodwork with thirty-six minutes played as Street turned up the pressure and five minutes later, when Al Caird was played through, he made no mistake to fire home Brook Street ’s third goal.

Street were awarded a penalty five minutes after the break, and Paul O’Healihy coolly rolled the ball home to make the score 4-1.

Coach Eskild Bogholm got in on the scoring just after the hour mark, finishing off a through ball, before young Tom MacKenzie netted his second goal for the club in the sixty-sixth minute.

MacKenzie turned supplier four minutes later chipping over a cross which Charlie Greusach volleyed home to round off the scoring.

“It was a real morale-boosting result for us”, said Eskild afterwards. “The team’s been going through the wringer of late, so it was good to play without any pressure. It just shows what we’re capable of”.

The players are already on their way home as preparations get underway for Saturday’s match against FC Zippy.

“We’ve got to try to pick up something from the game, and hope that Medchester lose”, said the coach, acknowledging that his side were running out of games to secure their Division III status.

Brook Street’s Division III status is looking increasingly precarious following today’s 1-3 defeat at home to The Disorders.

Despite controlling the game for large spells, the New Home Park side just couldn’t turn their possession superiority into goals and with results elsewhere going against us, Street now find themselves three points adrift of the play-off places in seventh position.

With five games left and ABZ City all but destined for Division IV, the relegation battle now seems to be shaping up to involve ourselves, The Disorders, FMGLive Addicts and Medchester United.

Under-fire coach Eskild Bøgholm however reckons we are in a far more dangerous position.

“If I’m being honest, I think the final relegation place will be decided between ourselves and Medchester”. He continued, “Looking at the remaining fixtures, United could conceivably lose all of their fixtures, whereas we at least know we’ll face an already relegated ABZ City side on the last day of the season”.

“It could well come down to goal difference at the end of the day so we’ve got to make sure we’re in control of our destiny going iti the last week”.

Turning back to yesterday’s match, the coach said, “We simply have to win our home games, so to lose this and in the manner we lost it, is simply not good enough. We can’t afford to throw points away”.

Brook Street’s next midweek friendly will take place in Kolkata, India, as the club announced this evening that Street will face local side, and Indian Hattrick League IV.40 leaders, CR07 at the Theatre of Dreams next Wednesday at 0500 BST.

The match will be available online here.

Brook Street went down to a single goal defeat against White Ghinzu in Brunei this morning. However had the home team been able to transform their possession into chances, would surely have won much more comfortably.

“We were given a real runaround this morning”, said Eskild afterwards. “They bossed the game and didn’t give us a look in”.

He continued, “The game got a bit bogged down in midfield at times, but we held our line well so we’ve got to take heart from that”.

“There were also a few positives to take from the performance, and we’ll work on those in training this week and next”.

The coach also confirmed that the injury to Emilio Juárez was not serious and that he would be available for the weekend’s crunch match against The Disorders.

Eskild Bøgholm admitted this evening that he was at a loss as to how his side could demolish a team 5-0 one week, yet seven days later be on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat from that same side.

He said, “We took them apart last week, yet today we were as bad as we were good last Saturday”.

“I can find absolutely no reason for it”, he continued. “There’s no way a team that we’ve hit five against the week before should turn us over 4-1 the next week”.

Despite the defeat, Brook Street retained their fourth place, however Street  have now been drawn right into the middle of a four team relegation battle.

“We had the opportunity to put ourselves six points clear of Medchester today, but blew it”, said the coach. “Now with the other results going against us, we’ve been drawn right into the relegation battle”.

He continued, “Medchester will improve their goal difference against ABZ City next week, so it’s imperative that we get three points against The Disorders in the derby match”.

“We can’t afford to fail”, he concluded.

Brook Street’s reserves will travel to Brunei this weekend ahead of their international friendly match against Series II.1 side White Ghinzu next Wednesday morning.

“We’ve been trying to fix up a friendly with a team from Brunei for a while”, said a club spokesman, “so we’re delighted to finally get the chance to face White Ghinzu at Area 51 next Wednesday.

For any insomniacs amongst the Brook Street support, kick-off is at 04:00 BST and can be watched here.

Kyle Fair’s hattrick was the main highlight of the reserves’ impressive performance against Icelandic side Dudaronies at NHP this morning.

The home team were clinical in front of goal and worth their 6-0 win, but had Horia Pătraşcu to thank on a number of occasions for keeping the sheet clean.

Brook Street opened the scoring after twelve minutes through Humberto Andrade, and the Portuguese midfielder doubled his and the team’s score twelve minutes later.

Kyle Fair hit the first of his hattrick just after the half-hour mark, finishing off an excellent move in some style.

Six minutes after the break, and Kyle proved how deadly he can be from  set pieces, curling the ball beyond the reach of the visiting keeper to make it 4-0.

With sixty-seven minutes on the clock, a pin-point cross by Tommy MacKenzie was met flush on the forehead by the onrushing Charlie Greusach who bulleted the header home.

Eleven minutes from time, Kyle Fair rounded off an excellent performance firing home from an acute angle after a fine solo run.

“The lads were excellent today”, said Eskild afterwards. “We knocked the ball about well and scored some terrific goals”.

The coach was critical of his own performance though saying, “I got caught out on a few occasions, but fortunately Horia was in top form to save my blushes”.

With no new injury scares, the coach will have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s match away to Medchester United.

Brook Street produced easily their best performance of the season to date this afternoon in defeating Medchester United 5-0 at NHP.

Street could even afford the luxury of missing two penalties, albeit one was scored from the subsequent re-take in a match that they easily dominated.

Paul O’Healihy squandered the chance to open his account for the club after eighteen minutes when his spot kick was easily saved, but made amends nine minutes later when he broke through and fired home just beyond the reach of the keeper.

Having already missed from the spot, it took a lot of guts for Paul O’Healihy to step up to the mark when Street were awarded a penalty after thirty-three minutes. His kick was once again saved, however to his obvious relief, the kick was ordered to be taken again for encroachment. This time, he gave the keeper absolutely no chance, hammering the kick straight down the middle of the goal.

Vítor Leocádio made it 3-0 a couple of minutes over the hour mark before Andy Hautala rounded the keeper and knocked home number four with sixty-nine minutes played.

With ten minutes left, Andy Hautala wrapped up the scoring, making it 5-0 to give Brook Street a valuable three points and lift them up to fourth place in the league.

Coach Eskild Bøgholm said afterwards, “In games gone by, the penalty misses would have cost us dear, but today we were fortunate. It’s about time we got a rub of the green, so I’m really pleased with this win”.

He continued, “There will be no resting on our laurels though; we’ve now got to replicate this result next week when we face them on their own patch next weekend.”

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