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Brook Street returned home tonight following their match with Kildrum FC, with not only another clean sheet, but more importantly another three points in the bag as the pressure racks up with only four games remaining.

At the post-match press conference, Arjen admitted, “It’s good to get the clean sheet, but even though it wasn’t our best performance, it’s far more important to get the win at this point of the season”.

He added, “By continuing to win our matches, we’re keeping the pressure on the two chasing teams. With them meeting next weekend something’s got to give there, and it’s up to us to keep turning the screw. They are running out of games if they are going to mount a challenge in the last few weeks, which puts all the pressure on them”.

Kyle Fair’s two first half goals were added to in the second by a Nemanja Jankovic strike just after the hour mark to ensure that Brook Street would maintain their six point lead over both speccy’s saints and Handball Rovers.

Oleg Zhigalov looks on as his sixty-third minute strike heads into the net to give us the lead.

Second half goals from Igor Zhigalov and Yann Schories were enough to give Brook Street a 2-0 win over Sukkariyah in Syria this afternoon.

Dario Zintu came close to opening the scoring with only two minutes played, however Tammam Abdulhai in the home goal managed to tip the ball to safety.

Sukkariyah themselves almost took the lead through Inan Namik after only eleven minutes, however Emilio Juárez managed to pluck the shot out of the air, and only poor finishing by Mateusz Terpiński prevented them going in front with seventeen minutes on the clock.

However it was Brook Street who would make the breakthrough just after the hour through Igor Zhigalov.

This spurred the home side to greater efforts, and they were unlucky not to equalise through first, İnan Namık, then with eight minutes left, a superb strike by Jaime Alberto Duque, which Emilio Juárez somehow managed to get a fingertip to.

Brook Street were being put under severe pressure but were themselves very dangerous on the counter-attack, and it was from one of these that Yann Schories managed to put the game to bed with only four minutes left.

“We were given a real challenge today by a very good team”, said Arjen at the post-match press conference. “We rode our luck at times, and had to rely on some excellent goalkeeping by Emilio to keep our noses in front, but this is the kind of friendly match that brings out the best of the players. Today was no exception, and the lads rose to the occasion”.

The club are delighted to announce that this week, the reserves are travelling to face Syrian League II.4 leaders Sukkariyah at their Asmahan stadium.

The side from north-east Syria won their latest league match 4-1 yesterday to go top, and are currently on a three game unbeaten run. The match kicks off at 1735 EEST (1535 BST).

Kyle Fair calmly side-foots a cross from the right in after only two minutes to open the scoring.

Brook Street continued their apparent charge towards the Division IV.42 league title with a comfortable 5-1 win over Jimmy’s Wiggles in front of another sell-out crowd at New Home Park this afternoon.

In a devastating assault upon the visitors, Brook Street were four up within the opening ten minutes, and could afford the luxury of taking their foot off the pedal for the remaining eighty.

Paul O’Healihy fired in number five from the penalty spot just after the break, and although Jimmy’s pulled a goal back just after an hour, this was to be their only consolation in a match that Brook Street dominated from start to finish.

“We started like and express train and absolutely destroyed them in the opening ten minutes”, said Arjen afterwards.

“The gameplan was to put them under intense pressure early on and hopefully make the breakthrough”. He continued, “The plan worked far better than we anticipated, and the players’ performance was top-drawer”.

He added, “We had the game tied up early on, so we could afford to ease up a bit. There was no point in going all-out and perhaps risking picking up injuries that could rule players out for important games in the run-in when the points were in the bag. Points are more important than performances at this stage of the season”.

Daniel Hasnaş beats cipars' keeper Aivars Smilga to the ball to fire us into the lead.

Daniel Hasnaş’s two first half goals were added to in the second by strikes from Maranaj Batusha and Germán Olmos Ribas to give Brook Street a comfortable win this morning’s friendly match against Latvian side fc cipars at New Home Park.

The win pleased coach Arjen Bogaert however he felt that we had been wasteful in front of goal, albeit cipars’ keeper Aivars Smilga “was outstanding”.

“Their keeper played out of his skin today and had it not been for him, his side would have suffered a much heavier defeat”, was Arjen’s assessment.

“Time and again, he pulled off incredible saves, and justifiably deserves credit for that, however I think we could have perhaps been more clinical in front of goal”.

He did however pay credit to his player’s perseverence, saying, “To their credit, the lads kept plugging away and found a way through. Furthermore, we kept a clean sheet again which is particularly pleasing onsidering the injury to Liran”.

On the injury to Liran Tzur, Arjen said, “He took a bad knock and was taken off to hospital as a precaution. He’ll be sore tomorrow, but apparently there’s no real damage done and we’re hopeful he’ll be fine by next week”.

The club are pleased to announce that Latvian Fourth Division side fc cipars will visit New Home Park on Wednesday for a friendly match. The side from the Dundaga region are currently in fifth place in Division IV.56 and in their latest match, drew 1-1 away to bottom side FC SKRYBYS. Kick-off for the friendly is, as usual at 10:30 BST.

Paul O'Healihy capitalised upon a mistake in the home defence to fire us into the lead in Paisley this afternoon.

Goals from Paul O’Healihy and Andy Hautala gave Athletic an excellent 2-0 win away to speccy’s saints and in the process, sent us six points clear of the second-placed Paisley club.

With such a lead having played our current main rivals twice, and only six matches remaining, Brook Street are now firmly in control of their own destiny and a possible return to Division III after a three season absence.

Just don’t say this to Arjen Bogaert!

“We’re nowhere near talking about promotion”, he said afterwards, “and although, yes, our result today gives us a six point lead, we’ve been in this position before and blown our chances out of the water”.

He continued, “The title race is now effectively between ourselves, speccy’s saints and Handball Rovers, and although we’re in the driving seat, we are certainly taking nothing for granted. We were complacent last season and it saw us only secure a play-off place. We will not make that mistake again”.

Emanuel Bohucký keeps his calm to slam home our third goal; his first for the club.

Five unanswered second half goals gave Brook Street a comfortable 7-2 win over AbuSahiy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this afternoon.

Daniel Hasnaş hit a hat-trick while Emanuel Bohucký scored his first goal for the club. Our other goals came from Kyle Fair, Igor Bulatov and Dario Zintu.

When asked at full-time if he had given the players the “hairdryer treatment” at half-time, Arjen replied, “No, not at all. We hadn’t played badly in the first half, but our hosts had played out of their skins”.

“We knew there was no way they could keep up that level of pressure on us for ninety minutes when giving us so much of the ball”.

He continued, “All we had to do was keep playing as we had been and the goals would come. That proved to be the case, and once we got our noses in front, there was only ever going to be one winner”.

“We knocked the ball about well today, and scored some excellent goals. That’s a real boost to the players ahead of Saturday’s match with speccy’s saints in Paisley”.

Nemanja Janković celebrates his goal that sent us on the road to victory.

Athletic opened up a three point lead at the top of the Division by defeating title rivals speccy’s saints 3-0 at a sold-out New Home Park this afternoon.

However it was the Paisley side who had the first oportunity to open the scoring when, in the seventeenth minute, Senach MacRain had a gilt-edged chance but rattled the upright when it seemed easier to score.

With play racing from end to end, Giacomo Luppino in the saints’ goal denied Yann Schories with nineteen minutes played, while from the resulting counter-attack, Ville Yrjölä somehow managed to get a fingertip onto Kutlan Singin’s powerful drive to turn the ball to safety.

Paul O’Healihy scraped a layer of paint off the crossbar with a free kick in the twenty-seventh minute, but five minutes later Brook Street were in front.

Having broken up a saints’ attack, the ball was fed out to the right, where Nemanja Janković was standing in acres of space. The young Serbian cut in and, having evaded a rather late challenge, retained his composure to rifle the ball past Giacomo Luppino.

The visitors were knocked off their stride by this and almost conceded a second, two minutes later, but Yann Schories thundered his drive about a foot over the bar.

The saints’ full-backs should have been aware that Eldvinas Šumlinskas has made a bit of a habit of scoring goals from open play this season, and if not, they are now, as he doubled Brook Street’s lead nine minutes after the break.

That second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors while Brook Street, understandably had their tails up and launched attack after attack on the saints’ goal.

The visitors held out until eleven minutes from the end when a quick one-two on the right carved open the saints’ defence and let Paul O’Healihy in to blast home the goal that would make the points completely safe.

“I’m absolutely delighted for the lads today”, said Arjen at the post-match press conference. “They put in a hell of a lot of effort, and got the goals that all that play merited. We dominated the game from start to finish again, but getting the points was all that mattered”.

The coach was however less than impressed with Nemanja Janković’s booking, which rules out the winger for next week’s return fixture.

“That was a farcical booking and one the referee should be embarrassed with, as they tried to take the free-kick quickly and it hit off Nemanja. He didn’t make any attempt to block the ball, and wasn’t even looking at the ball when it was struck, yet he’s now suspended for next week. Unbelievable”.

He added, “Officials have a difficult job given all the media coverage, but a bit of commonsense wouldn’t go amiss”.

The reserves will travel to Tashkent, the Uzbek capital this week to face AbuSahiy after their officals kindly accepted our offer of a return game there next week. The match kicks-off at 1830 UZT (1430 BST) at Abu Sahiy Arena.

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