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Brook Street’s reserves rounded off the season with a 5-0 win over Kenyan side Komazawa Ravens at New Home Park this morning; their seventh consecutive clean sheet.

Two-up at half-time through Daniel Hasnaş and Igor Bulatov, second half goals from Jake MacConnechy, Germán Olmos Rivas and Dario Zintu finish the season in style.

Once again Marcus Lövman was in the dugout as Arjen Bogaert watched from the stand, and the stand-in coach was happy with the result, even if the performance was somewhat low key.

“We played well in an attacking sense, however I feel the performance was low-key, which I guess, at this stage of the season is only to be expected”, he said. Marcus continued, “All the young lads played today, so the fact they got game time will help them progress, and especially improve their stamina”.

He added, “Our back line was very young, so it’s obvious they will have ‘off-days’, however we’ve got to give the younger players game time. They, after all, are the club’s future”.

He concluded, “Now, we can all look forward to well-deserved break and preparing for life in Division III next season.

It was confirmed this morning that we will replace Fordbank Stars in Division III.9 next season.

Should all the current teams remain in the Division following their respective play-offs, Brook Street will come face to face with two sides they have previously met: league champions, morgan united, defeated us 3-0 in a Scottish Cup tie in December 2006, while Fc Inverness United were defeated twice as we won the Division IV.61 title in Season 28.

“We’ll certainly have our eyes on the play-offs next weekend”, said a spokesman, “and who knows, maybe we’ll face some ‘not-so-new’ teams”.

Brook Street are delighted to announce that our final international friendly match of the season will be played at New Home Park on Wednesday against Kenyan Division III side Komazawa Ravens.

With one match to play, Komazawa are currently in second place in Division III.10, three points behind Selencao United, who they face at home tomorrow in a winner-takes-all tie.

Our match on Wednesday kicks-off at 1030 BST.

Marcus Lövman fires in our fourth goal to round off the scoring in a memorable season.

With the Championship and automatic promotion already assured, Brook Street wrote a new piece of club history this afternoon when their 4-0 win away to Handball Rovers ensured they completed the season with a perfect record of fourteen wins for the first time.

We dropped points at Hell Stadium last time we visited, however there was to be no slip-ups this afternoon as two goals in each half ensured that maximum points would be heading back to New home Park.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas opened the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute, and five minutes later, Nemanja Jankovic made it two.

Onesímo Murube thundered home our third goal just four minutes after the break, and with nine minutes left Marcus Lövman fired in our fourth goal of the game to round off a memorable season.

“To go through a season without dropping a single point is quite an achievement, and one that the players and myself are justifiably proud of”, said Arjen at full-time.

He continued, “The players can now look forward to a break from competitive action as they’ve secured automatic promotion to Division III. Now we just have to hope that our record gives us a good chance of promoting to a league we can do well in”.

“However, that is for another day. Tonight we party!”

Igor Bulatov hit four goals and Dairo Zintu, two, as Brook Street strolled to an 8-0 win over Indian side, Danzig Marine at New Home Park this morning. Our other goals came from Daniel Hasnaş, and Onésimo Murube.

Arjen Bogaert was missing from the dugout this morning, so it was left to Marcus Lövman to take charge, and the club captain was happy with what he saw.

At full-time, he spoke of how pleased he was with the performance, saying, “The boys dominated the match from start to finish, and scored the goals that emphasised just how far ahead they were”.

He continued, “We were clinical, and spotted weaknesses in their line-up early on. Went on to exploit these, but to be honest, we had plenty left in the tank if we’d had to up the pace at any point”.

When asked why Arjen wasn’t in the dug-out, Marcus replied, “The gaffer was sitting up in the stand watching the match, simply to get a different perspective on it. If I’d messed things up, I’ve no doubt that he would have been down and back in the dug-out fast enough!”

Asked why the younger players had been omitted from the line-up, Marcus said, “We thought they would benefit from having a break, as we don’t want to burn them out. They’ll get their chance, you can be sure of that, but we also wanted to keep the first team fringe players ticking over in case they’re needed on Saturday”.

Andy Hautala’s third minute strike was enough to separate the teams at a full New Home Park this afternoon and with it, secured our second title in as many seasons.

This time however, there will be no lottery of a play-off, as Brook Street now have accrued enough points to ensure that Division III football will return to New Home Park next season.

“That was probably our worst display of the season, but to be honest, no-one will really care”, said a jubilant Arjen Bogaert at full-time. He continued, “We have retained our title and have also ensured our promotion, and that’s all that will be remembered”.

“The lads have worked their socks off this season, and have now got the reward that their efforts fully justify. They’re a terrific bunch of lads and deserve their place in Division III”.

Captain Kyle Fair paid tribute saying, “The boys have worked extremely hard for this moment, and thoroughly deserve it. Having endured the heartbreak of losing the play-off last season, we were desperate to make it up to the fans this season, and having now secured our promotion, I hope the fans have a good time tonight – they’re the best!”

Brook Street tonight parted company with two long-standing defenders in the shape of Fons Consheim and Laurent Étcheverry – Fons heading to Madrid in a £150,000 deal to play for JUANMITON in the Spanish Séptima División, while Laurent is off to southern Sweden to play for Totalt Avdankad in Division 5 in a deal worth £340,000.

During his career with Brook Street, Fons made a total of 105 appearances for the first team, scoring 17 goals in the process, while Laurent made 53 appearances and found the net 8 times.

Arjen paid tribute to the players saying, “Fons and Laurent have been great servants for the club and it was a real wrench to let them go. However, they were only being limited to back-up roles, so it was the obvious solution to let them go to pursue their careers elsewhere”.

He finished by saying, “I’m glad they’ve got fixed up so quickly, and we all wish them all the very best of luck for the future”.

Brook Street will play host to Indian League 4th Division side Danzig Marine in a friendly match next Wednesday, kick-off at 1030 BST.

The side from Tamil Nadu is currently in a three-team race for second place behind runaway winners VISHKIDZ FC and is on a four game unbeaten run.

Our only previous meeting with Indian opposition took place on 23 June 2010 against CR07 in Kolcatta. This resulted in a 7-1 win for us with our goals coming from Al MacHarold, Al Caird (2), Paul O’Healihy, Eskild Boghølm, Tom MacKenzie and Charlie Greusach.

For the record, our starting line-up that day was: Patrascu, Boghølm, Consheim, Lövman, MacKenzie, O’Healihy, MacHarold, Andrade, Leocadio, Caird and Greusach.

Goals from Igor Bulatov, Oleg Zhigalov (2) and Yann Schories eased Brook Street to a comfortable 4-0 win over WingSTK at New Home Park in this morning’s international friendly match.

The match also saw recent recruits from the Academy, Kevin Jenkinson and Kenny Corney make their home debuts for the senior side, Kevin playing the full ninety minutes and Kenny coming on as a second half substitute.

“Both lads acquitted themselves well, despite being flung in at the deep end”, said Arjen afterwards. “I think the pace of the game took them a bit by surprise, even although it was only a friendly, but it’s something they’ll get used to”.

He added, “That’s Kevin’s second game for the reserves now, and although he struggled with the pace of the game late on, he’ll come good for us. Kenny’s just joined the senior side in the last day or so, so he really hasn’t had long enough to get to know everyone. That’s why I brought him on to play alongside Kevin; they know how each other play, and it showed.

On the fact that two players have come through from the Academy in quick succession, Arjen commented, “It’s good to have players coming through the ranks, and we’ve got a really good crop at the moment. Kevin and Kenny certainly won’t be the last of the current Under-19 team who will be coming up into the senior set-up”.

He added, “This season is probably the swansong for a number of senior players at the club, and three are currently transfer listed. The younger players, such as Jake MacConnechy, are now starting to come through and establish themselves in the first team, however we’ve always got to look to the future, and the lads in the Academy are our future”.

He concluded by saying, “In the past, players have been brought in from overseas as our home-grown players simply weren’t good enough. With our new scouting network in place, real quality players are being found and brought into the Academy. This is clearly now paying dividends and will also considerably reduce the wage bill in the long run. It quite simply is win-win for the club”.

Onesimo Murube outwits the Bhoy keeper to fire in our fourth goal.

Brook Street slammed home nine goals without reply against Virtual Bhoys this afternoon, and with it moved to within a point of the league title.

Braces from Kyle Fair, Andy Hautala and Jake MacConnechy added to goals from Igor Bulatov, Onésimo Murube and Eldvinas Šumlinskas as Brook Street swept their hosts aside and officially relegated them in the process.

At full-time, Arjen Bogaert said, “We were thoroughly professional throughout and deserved the win. We dominated the match from start to finish and now find ourselves on the brink of the Championship”.

He continued, “We’ve put ourselves in an excellent position now, and find ourselves needing only a point from our last two matches to secure the title. However, that’s only half of the task. We know just how costly a bad play-off draw can be, so it’s in our interest to ensure that we secure direct promotion”.

He finished by saying, “The lads have put in a lot of hard work, and if they continue in this vein, they can look forward to playing in Division III next season”.

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