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The club announced today, the sale of Humberto Andrade to French side TensaiTeam for a fee of £250,000.

Speaking from the team’s hotel in Tanzania of the Portuguese midfielder’s departure, Eskild said, “Humberto is an excellent player but his opportunities in our first team were very limited. He is at an age where he needs first team football and it was unfair to deprive him of this. He will do very well in France”.

In his nine seasons at New Home Park, Humberto played a total of 129 league, cup and friendly matches, netting 39 goals in the process.

We wish him well with his new club.

Veteran Al MacHarold shows he hasn't lost the goalscoring knack in slamming home our sixth goal.

Following a dramatic afternoon yesterday, Brook Street can now look forward to facing Division IV.27 champions, Campsie City at New Home Park on Saturday.

While Brook Street were routing ABZ 10-0, FMGLive were putting Medchester to the sword and consequently consigning them to Division IV.

Speaking afterwards Eskild said, “To quote Sir Alex Ferguson, it was ‘squeaky bum time’ until we found out Addicts were two-up, but I knew our boys would do the job here”.

He continued, “We’ve now got the Division III Play-off here on Saturday and although we’ve obviously not had much chance to study them, from what we’ve discovered, we’ve pin-pointed a couple of areas that we think we can exploit. Without being blasé, we are confident we can retain our Division III status”.

Speaking of the City match, the coach said, “The lads put in a very professional performance. Losing Dan so early on knocked us out of our stride, but the players regained their control of the game and never let up”.

Kyle Fair, also injured in the match, should be fit for the play-off, however Daniel Zieleznik will miss both that and the start of the new season.

“Losing Dan is a big blow, but we’ve excellent cover in Charlie Greusach”, he said, “so he’ll fit right in alongside Andy Huatala”.

Tickets for the play-off match are currently on sale at the club shop.

Arusha Warthogs, the Tanzania Series III.9 champions will become the first African side to visit New Home Park this week when they play on Wednesday.

Speaking of the tie, a club spokesman said, “We are absolutely delighted that Warthogs accepted our invitation. This will be the first time we’ve played an African team at New Home Park, and to have the new Series III.9 champions visiting is fantastic”.

Kick-off on Wednesday is at 10:30 BST.

Athletic had the chance to take the lead at 0-0 but Dan Zieleznik's header crashed back off the post.

“We’re probably where we expected to be going into the final game of the season”, was how Eskild assessed the team’s position following Saturday’s matches.

He continued, “The boys had heard the score from the Medchester game from the fans, and to say the dressing room was like a morgue at half-time was an understatement. The atmosphere at full-time however was completely different”.

“We are three points behind United with a better goal difference. We’re guaranteed three points against ABZ on Saturday, but they face an extremely hard game away to FMGLive at the weekend”.

He added, “You can never rule out the freak result, but I simply can’t see Medchester taking anything from FMG. I think I would rather be in our position than theirs if I’m being honest. The pressure is all on United”.

This evening, the club announced that after four weeks on the road, the reserves will play at New Home Park this Wednesday. Visiting will be Macedonian Series V.43 leaders FC LoonatiC.

Kick-off on Wednesday is at 10:30 BST.

Christopher Murchie scores Addicts' second goal in this afternoon's match

With games running out, the relegation battle in Division III.12 is finely balanced. ABZ City are long gone, however despite our 0-2 loss away to FMGLive Addicts this afternoon, Brook Street’s goal advantage over Medchester increased by another two goals.

At face value, the defeat may be creditable, especially given Medchester’s 1-5 loss against FC Zippy, however coach Eskild Bøgholm said, “I’m extremely disappointed in the way that we just surrendered midfield an let them run at us”.

He continued, “We got off lightly and the score could’ve been much more. We can’t afford to give sides such freedom and expect to take something from the game”.

“Next week, we face champions-elect Spikey Thistle, and if we give them such freedom, they’ll murder us”.

Brook Street’s destiny is still in their hands though as the coach went on to say.

“We only trail them by two points but have an eight goal advantage over them. If we tie with them on points, then our goal difference is worth another point”.

He warned though, “That all counts for nothing if we don’t do our job. We’ve got no right to expect to stay in this league, and the players know that”.

“We’ve two games left, and despite the fact that we’re guaranteed three points in our final game, if Medchester pick up another three points in their last two games, then we’re sunk… unless we pick up a win next week. It’s as tight as that.

Following next week’s match in Edinburgh, Brook Street are at home to ABZ City. Medchester are at home to Lords 11 next week before finishing off with an away game against FMGLive Addicts.

Al Caird opens the scoring in Guatemala

Brook Street’s reserve team returned home this afternoon having seen off Guatemalan side Parasiempre 8-0 in Central America.

Captain Al Caird got the rout underway with a composed finish after nineteen minutes, and this was added to a quarter of an hour later when Paul O’Healihy finished off a fine move that had carved the home defence apart.

Charlie Greusach added to the scoreline four minutes before the break, and two minutes later it was four as Eskild Bøgholm volleyed a cross from Tom MacKenzie past the home keeper.

Street didn’t let up in the second half, and three goals in six minutes killed the game stone dead.

Humberto Andrade was first up in fifty-two minutes as he calmly rounded the keeper to fire home. Laurent Étcheverry stormed up the middle of the park to score our sixth goal four minutes later, and two minutes later Paul O’Healihy’s corner was met squarely by Charlie Greusach’s forehead with the result being the ball nestling in the Parasiempre net for his second goal.

Brook Street weren’t finished yet and Greusach’s strike partner Al Caird was the man of the moment, cutting in from the right before firing an unstoppable shot past Vitold Mudrik to complete an excellent evening for the reserves.

Also delighted was Eskild Bøgholm who said afterwards, “This was an excellent performance, and once again we scored goals from all areas of the pitch”.

“The lads have performed exceptionally well, and with these kind of performances they are keeping the pressure on the first team players, which is exactly what we want”.

He continued, “The first team are being kept on their toes for sure”.

This week’s international friendly will see Brook Street travel to Guatemala to face Division III side Parasiempre.

A spokesman for the club said, “We are delighted that Parasiempre accepted our challenge which will see us play our second ever match against a Guatemalan club”.

He continued, “We faced another Division III side, Quetzales, two seasons ago however that was played at New Home Park. This will be our first visit to Guatemala and is a trip we are looking forward to”.

For the record, in that match against Quetzales, Brook Street romped home with a 6-1 win with our goals coming from Al MacHarold, Charlie Greusach, Maurycy Rombel, Euan Obree, Humberto Andrade and Eskild Bøgholm.

Andy Hautala calmly nets our equaliser against Lords 11 at New Home Park yesterday.

Andy Hautala’s strike four minutes into the second half was enough to give Brook Street a share of the spoils with Lords 11 and edge them closer to Medchester United who lost heavily to The Disorders.

With three games remaining, Brook Street trail United by only two points and now have a superior goal difference. With three points assured against ABZ City in the final game, Brook Street now need to only match Medchester’s results in the other two games to take the final play-off place and consign United to Division IV.

“It’s as simple as that”, said Eskild after hearing the result yesterday. “We have a default win in our final match, so as long as we don’t lose ground to Medchester in the next two games, and barring a win for them in the final match of the season, we will make the play-offs”.

He continued, “We won’t be taking anything for granted though and with a possible nine points up for grabs, we’ll be going all out to ensure our Division III status before the last day of the season”.

He also praised the backing his side had received from the supporters saying, “The fans were superb today. They got right behind us straight from the kick-off, and their backing was excellent and invaluable to us. They were our twelfth man”.

In a fairly even first half, only Aiden Clark’s effort had found the target for the visitors, but Street suffered a blow just on half-time when Ville Yrjölä had to be helped off having sustained an injury.

Street didn’t allow this setback to knock them off their stride, and within four minutes of the restart, they were back on level terms. Andy Hautala slipped his marker and when the ball reached him right in front of goal, he didn’t didn’t hang around in dispatching it beyond player/coach Andrew Tweedie in the Lords’ goal.

Both sides had chances to secure the win, but in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.

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