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Onesimo Murube fires home to complete his hat-trick against Central Rangers.

Hattricks for Onesimo Murube and Kyle Fair were the main highlights in Brook Street’s 10-0 demolition of Central Rangers at New Home Park this afternoon, however the coach hailed the biggest win of the season as “a great team performance”.

“Everything we tried today came off, and everyone played their part”, he continued, “and to get another ten goals to add to our goal difference will help our ranking considerably”.

Athletic set about their unfortunate opponents straight from the kick-off, and were unfortunate not to be awarded what appeared to be a stick-on penalty after only two minutes when Fons Consheim was up-ended as he rounded Rangers’ keeper Adam Findlay.

There was definite contact, and a spot-kick along with a red card for Findlay should have resulted, but the referee chose to wave away the furious protests.

The home team were feeling aggrieved, and continued to press forward putting the Division’s bottom side under increasing pressure.

The inevitable breakthrough finally came in the nineteenth minute, Jose Eransus firing in from an acute angle to give the home team a deserved lead. That lead was doubled just under a quarter of an hour later as Onesimo Murube left the Rangers central defenders trailing in his wake to fire home.

Three minutes later, Athletic were awarded a penalty after Dan Zieleznik was barged off the ball, which Kyle Fair made no mistake with.

Rangers were reeling now, as the home team went all-out to finish off them.

Within two minutes of Kyle Fair’s penalty, Onesimo Murube and Dan Zieleznik had added another two goals, and the visitors were desperately holding on to avoid a cricket score by half-time.

They managed to get to the break with the score at 5-0, however five minutes into the second half, Murube completed his hat-trick to make it 6-0.

Seven minutes later, Kyle Fair piled on the agony for the visitors, breaking in from the left to round the keeper and fire the ball into the empty net.

8-0 was the score after seventy-four minutes after Ranald MacCorry in attempting a pass-back, set up Dan Zieleznik for an easy goal.

Three minutes later and Athletic were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon, which Kyle Fair duly dispatched to complete his hat-trick, while Igor Bulatov got in on the scoring act with twelve minutes remaining to take the score into double figures.

In the only downside to the result, Jose Eransus picked up a second yellow card with eight minutes to go, however this only slightly took the gloss off what was a superb performance.

Jake MacConnechy fires in Brook Street's opening goal in this afternoon's match.

Goals from Jake MacConnechy and Al Caird gave Athletic a 2-0 win against FC Atheisti Náchod in the Czech Republic this afternoon, despite our hosts having the bulk of possession.

Brook Street opened the scoring in the seventeenth minute, making no mistake from close in. Following this, the home team upped the pace of the game and restricted Athletic to counterattacks. In one of those, Marcus Lövman had the chance to double the lead thirty-four minutes into the game, however Lóránt Takács in the Náchod goal saved his diving header spectacularly.

Despite all their pressure, the home team only found their way through once in the first half, and on that occasion the frame of the goal came to Brook Street’s rescue.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first with the home team applying all the pressure and Athletic hitting on the break, but clear-cut chances were at a premium, and all of those were falling to the visitors.

With Náchod pushing hard for an equaliser, it was Al Caird who applied the coup de grâce five minutes from time, slamming the ball into the net after a swift counter-attack.

“We were forced into playing the classic counter-attacking game, which is not our style”, said Arjen, “so it’s particularly pleasing that we got the win and kept a clean sheet in the process”.

He continued, “FC Atheisti put us under considerable pressure, so it’s credit to the lads that they kept things tight at the back and were able to score two very good goals”.

Kyle Fair slams home the opening goal in our 5-0 win over Gazza's Lads this afternoon.

Brook Street took another step towards the league title this afternoon by defeating Gazza’s Lads 5-0, the win maintaining our five-point advantage over nearest challengers FC MUNRO and Flisk Wanderers.

With games starting to run out, the New Home Park side are firmly in control as Arjen Bogaert acknowledged afterwards.

“We know that as long as we keep winning, we are in the driving seat and the pressure will build on our challengers”.

He continued, “I don’t think anyone has ever played down our chances of winning the title as, if I’m being honest, on paper we’re the best side in the league. That in itself could have brought pressure on our players and myself, however the players at this club are superbly professional in everything they do and this shows in the way we play”.

That professionalism was there for all to see this afternoon as Gazza’s Lads were comprehensively dismantled.

Kyle Fair hit the opener after eighteen minutes and within the space of sixty seconds Igor Bulatov had made it 2-0.

Dan Zieleznik pounced after thirty-four minutes to fire home our third goal, but the Athletic fans had to wait until seven minutes into the second half before Onesimo Murube added a fourth.

With sixty-four minutes on the clock, a super move sliced the home defence apart to allow Jose Eransus to fire home the fifth and final goal.

Street could have added another two goals, but the woodwork denied Fons Consheim while Nelson Pacheco superbly denied Kyle Fair’s volleyed effort with four minutes remaining.

“Yes I would have liked more goals”, said the coach, “but we’re pulling away from the qualification line and I’ve just been told we’re now ranked twenty-third overall and third of the teams with twenty-two points. We’re ready to capitalise on any slip-ups above us”.

Athletic will get the chance to improve their goal difference next weekend when bottom side Central Rangers visit New Home Park.

Al Caird fires in our opening goal against FC Atheisti Náchod at New Home Park this morning.

Athletic’s reserve side recorded their first win since the beginning of December with an excellent 5-1 win over FC Atheisti Náchod at New Home Park this morning.

Al Caird netted a double, with Athletic’s other goals coming from Jake MacConnechy, Marcus Lövman and Alfie MacAusland. The visitors’ goal came from Dutch striker IJsbrand Veldmate.

“We played well today, and the boys got their reward”, said Arjen Bogaert adding, “They can be pleased with their efforts and it was a real team effort”.

It wasn’t all good news for Athletic today, as just after scoring his goal, Alfie MacAusland had to be helped from the pitch following a heavy challenge.

It was however confirmed this evening that the injury was not as severe as initially thought, and he should be ok for next week’s return match in the Czech Republic.

Eldvinas Sumlinskas made no mistake to fire home the equaliser against Gazza's Lads

Brook Street Athletic will go into the second half of the season with a five-point lead following this afternoon’s 6-1 win over Gazza’s Lads at New Home Park.

However, Athletic didn’t have it all their own way, having been shocked by the visitors after only five minutes when Alistair King opened the scoring. The home side were toiling, and took them until the twenty-first minute before they created their first chance. Fortunately for them though, Eldvinas Sumlinskas made no mistake and fired home the equaliser.

Yann Schories eased the nerves six minutes later when he cut in from the right and fired Athletic into the lead, while only a spectacular save from Nelson Pacheco denied Kyle Fair the third goal after thirty-two minute.

Despite their dominance, Athletic couldn’t turn this into goals and the score was only 2-1 at half time.

It is unknown what Arjen Bogaert said to the players at half time, but it can only be assumed that they got the infamous “hairdryer treatment” as it was a totally different Brook Street Athletic side that emerged from the tunnel after the break.

The home side set about their opponents from kick-off and piled on the pressure. Gazza’s Lads held firm at first, but the continuous pressure was taking its toll and just before the hour mark Athletic made the breakthrough. Dan Zieleznik managed to break free from his marker and took the ball through the centre of the visitors’ defence before planting the ball in the net.

Athletic were still dominating the match, but were not pressing home the advantage, that is until Igor Bulatov finished off a superb move through the middle to make the score 4-1 with seventy-eight minutes on the clock.

When Onesimo Murube showed the entire visiting defence a clean pair of heels four minutes later, there was only ever going to be one outcome. Sixty seconds later and following a fine through ball from Yann Schories, Murube had his second to make it 6-1.

At the post-match press conference, Arjen Bogaert refused to go into depth about his half time team-talk, but he did admit that, “I left the players in no doubt that their first half performance was not good enough for this club”.

Whatever he said certainly made a difference in the second half. The coach agreed saying, “We played more to our capabilities in the second half and got our reward with four goals. Had we carried more luck, we could’ve had another two at least”.

The win also sees Brook Street improve their promotion ranking to position twenty-nine.

Our friends FC Atheisti Náchod will become the first Czech side Athletic have faced when they visit New Home Park next Wednesday.

The match will be the first of a double-header, with us visiting the Czech Republic a week on Wednesday.

“We’re delighted to be facing one of our friends next week”, said a spokesman for the club. He added, “We’re all hoping for a good entertaining match and look forward to welcoming our friends to New Home Park”.

Kick-off will be at 10:30 GMT as usual.

A second half collapse saw Brook Street’s reserves crash to a 3-1 defeat against KZ ManchesterUnited at New Home Park this morning.

Although the team had been playing short-handed, Andy Hautala had opened the scoring after only three minutes following a fine solo run. He had a chance to put the hosts two up after nineteen minutes, but his miss was to prove costly two minutes later when Zakhar Obukh equalized for KZ-MU.

The match degenerated into a bad-tempered affair for a period, during which time Al Caird received his marching orders for an off the ball incident.

Despite being effectively two men down, Athletic were holding on and should have been awarded a penalty when Nemanja Jankovic was up-ended in the box with sixty-nine minutes played.

Apparently the only person in the ground who didn’t see it was the referee who waved away the furious protests. Then to add insult to injury, six minutes later KZ-MU had the ball in the net, Zhaksyn Baymendin scrambling the ball over the line.

Athletic were now toiling, so it came as no surprise when four minutes later Alexey Osipenkov put the match beyond doubt.

Despite the defeat, Arjen felt his players had performed well but had not got the breaks.

“We played short-handed which had not been our intention, but to lose Al Caird like that was just suicidal”.

On the red card he added, “I’ve let Al know in no uncertain terms that behaviour like that is unacceptable and he has let his team-mates and himself down. He will be disciplined within the club”.

“We were always facing an uphill task after that, but we should have had a penalty when Nemanja was tripped. It was a stonewall pen, simple as that, but the ref didn’t want to know”.

He continued, “The boys got a very good workout though, and although a win would’ve been good, it’s more important to work on the players fitness”.

Brook Street Athletic received a boost this morning when the new promotion/play-off rankings were released. The New Home Park side now find themselves in thirty-second place; the final automatic promotion place.

“It’s good to know we’ve made it to the automatic promotion places, but it’s up to us to stay there and move further away from the cut-off line”, said Arjen on hearing the news.

“We’ve worked hard to get there, so now it’s up to us to make sure we don’t slip back”, he added.

Brook Street Athletic will play host to Kazakhstan Division III side KZ ManchesterUnited for Wednesday’s friendly match (kick off 10:30).

Speaking of the fixture, a spokesman for the club said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming a side from Kazakhstan to New Home Park. We wish to thank Sagitarius_7SLB, manager of Portuguese side Viajantes do Mundo for organising the match”.

Onesimo Murube doesn't miss chances like the one that gave him the opening goal against Rangers.

Brook Street’s third consecutive 5-0 victory combined with Gazza’s Lads’ defeat to Flisk Wanderers saw the New Home Park side extend their lead to five points in the championship race.

However, Athletic made hard work of it against Central Rangers, the Division’s bottom dogs despite having the lion’s share of possession, a fact that was not lost on the coach.

“To be so much in command of the game, we should be winning by a much greater margin. Our goals came from all areas of the pitch which was pleasing, however there just weren’t enough of them”.

Hit-man Onesimo Murube fired in his sixth goal of the campaign to open the scoring after ten minutes, however the visiting fans had to wait a further twenty-four minutes before they had a second goal to cheer, this time Paul O’Healihy finding the way to goal.

And it looked as if the floodgates might be about to open when Maranaj Batusha volleyed home a minute later, but instead the game became bogged down in midfield.

The second half was instantly forgettable, albeit Eldvinas Sumlinskas and Jose Eransus added to the goals tally, and only a breathtaking save from Adam Findlay in the Rangers goal denied Igor Bulatov his second league goal of the season. However the coach conceded that the side have to turn their domination of games into goals.

“We’re currently in the promotion play-off positions, so if we want to automatically promote, we’ve got to improve our goal difference. That means turning possession into goals”.

A perfect time to start this will be next Saturday’s first versus second game with Gazza’s Lads at New Home Park.

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