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We’ll maybe not be flying on Coconut Airways, but Brook Street are nonetheless delighted to announce that Bada Bing SC have accepted our challenge, and the reserves will be heading for Bridgetown, Barbados for our international friendly match next week.

“We’re all absolutely thrilled to have got this match fixed up”, said Media Manager Kyle Fair. “We’ve been trying to arrange a match against a Bajan side for some time, so to finally get one arranged gives us a sense of enormous satisfaction”.

The reserves will head for the Caribbean on Saturday night, and the match itself kicks-off at The Carlisie Bay on Wednesday evening at 17:10 AST (21:10 GMT).

Daniel Hasnaş fires home our equaliser to set the reserves on the road to victory.

Daniel Hasnaş fires home our equaliser to set the reserves on the road to victory.

The reserves fought back from a goal down to win 4-1 against Brigate Rosso Nere(1975), our visitors from Montenegro at New Home Park this morning.

Trailing from Bud Gassmann’s fourth minute strike, it took the home side over an hour to break down the stubborn visitors’ defence, Daniel Hasnaş making the breakthrough with only twenty-one minutes remaining.

However, it took until the final ten minutes before Brook Street turned their domination into goals.

Daniel hit his second of the game with nine minutes left and coach Marcus Lövman made it 3-1 a minute later. Jake MacConnechy wrapped up the scoring from the penalty spot six minutes from time after Andy Hunter had been up-ended in the box.

The coach was pleased with the performance, despite playing in an unusual 3-4-3 formation.

“We got ourselves a bit confused at times, but on the whole I think it was a worthwhile exercise playing in this formation”. He continued, “Its selection was borne out of necessity rather than choice as we had three defenders and three forwards needing trained, and it made sense to use this line-up”.

He later admitted that it was unlikely to be used in a competitive match however, saying, “It’s not the type of formation that tends to work well for us, and in our Division we would be absolutely crucified. I see no problem in using it in friendlies though”.

He continued, “It was good getting Jake [MacConnechy] back today. Hopefully he’ll have no adverse reaction and will be available for Saturday”.

Ville Yrjölä and Nemanja Janković remain sidelined, but it is hoped that at least one will be back for the weekend.

Brook Street will play host to our first ever visitors from Montenegro on Wednesday when we face Brigate_Rosso_Nere(1975) in an international friendly match.

The Montenegrin Fourth League side are currently on a four game unbeaten streak and currently sit in third place in their division.

Kick-off for the match on Wednesday is 10:30 GMT.

Substitute keeper Ezequiel Alexandrino gets his first touch of the ball.

Substitute keeper Ezequiel Alexandrino gets his first touch of the ball.

Brook Street steadied the ship with a 0-0 draw against sooside athletico at New Home Park this afternoon, but in a cruel twist of fate, kaos c.f’s shock win against Blue Order saw us lose ground at the foot of the table.

“The lads put in a tremendous effort today, and we justifiably earned our point”, said a clearly satisfied Marcus Lövman at full-time, but the coach was clearly gutted that kaos had produced a huge shock in defeating Blue Order to leave Brook Street five points adrift at the bottom end of the table.

“No-one could possibly have envisaged that. It was a real coupon-buster of a result”, he admitted. “I can’t deny I’m disappointed by their result, but we’ve got to concentrate on our own performances, and I feel we performed very well this afternoon, especially given we lost our keeper and captain”.

On the injuries to Ville Yrjölä and Nemanja Janković he said, “They’re not as bad as we first feared and hopefully they’ll both be available for next weekend”.

Andy Hunter drives home his third goal of the game against Cleverley Stars this morning.

Andy Hunter drives home his third goal of the game against Cleverley Stars this morning.

Brook Street’s reserves hit the goal trail again this morning with a 6-0 win over Ghanaian visitors Cleverley Stars at New Home Park.

Andy Hunter hit his second hat-trick in as many games and there was a debut goal for new signing Oscar MacVarish. Abel Soffia and Fraser Carragher hit our other goals.

“It was a good workout for the lads and we tried out a few new things”, claimed Marcus afterwards. He continued, “Everything worked well today, but I know there’s no substitute for competitive matches, and there’s no guarantee that they’d work as well in that scenario”.

The coach was also pleased with the performance of Andy Hunter who netted his second hat-trick in a row, saying, “Andy is proving to be quite prolific at the moment and it’s particularly pleasing that he has risen to the challenge”.

Marcus added, “He’s seized the opportunity with both hands, and has I feel all but earned his chance in the first team”.

On new signing Oscar MacVarish he said, “Oscar showed great composure with his finish today and his superior fitness certainly showed later in the game. He’s got great vision and will be a huge asset in our midfield”.

While Oscar may well be in line for a start on Saturday, it’s unclear when Andy Hunter will get his chance as the coach indicated that “plugging the holes at the back” was his main priority. That could indicate that more defensive displays could be in the offing although the coach naturally declined to comment.

Brook Street last night completed the signing of midfielder Oscar MacVarish from Swiss side Galgenen Hot Dogs, the 26 year-old from Dunfermline joining for a fee in the region of £820,000.

Oscar took time to speak to the Official Website and said, “It’s great to be back home. I’ve enjoyed my time in Portugal, Italy, and more recently Switzerland, but I’m really looking forward to playing back home”.

He continued, “Brook Street are going through the mill at the moment, but I had absolutely no hesitation in signing for the club. I hope I can have a long and successful time with the club”.

Coach Marcus Lövman said of the new man, “Oscar will be able to come straight into our midfield as we move to freshen things up and bring in younger players. It could be that we see players moving on, so it’s important that we increase the number of Scottish players in the side”.

This could be the clearest indication yet that either, or both, Paul O’Healihy and José Eransus will be heading out of the club in the near future.

However, the coach refused to be drawn saying only that both players still have a role to play at the club.

Meanwhile, the club announced that Darren Slayter has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

“We’re all hugely disappointed that Darren has not fulfilled the potential he showed at the Youth Academy”, said club spokesman Kyle Fair, “and consequently we have reached an agreement with him to rip up his contract”.

Another player leaving within the next twenty-four hours is Glen Cawdor who, having failed to secure a transfer, will likely be released today.

Man of the Match Onésimo Murube challenges for the ball against kaos c.f today.

Man of the Match Onésimo Murube challenges for the ball against kaos c.f today.

Pressure is now mounting on beleaguered Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman following his side’s 1-0 home defeat to kaos c.f this afternoon. The chorus of boo’s which greeted the full-time whistle were clearly audible in the town centre, as the fans were not slow to show their displeasure.

The coach however, while acknowledging that the defeat saw the club drop into the relegation places, remained bullish saying, “We didn’t play badly, but they scored the first goal, and spent the rest of the game camped behind the ball. Only one team went out to play attractive football today, and we’ve ended up losing the match”.

He added, “Perhaps we need to play ugly football to secure points but the fans won’t be happy with that either, so we’re caught between a rock and a hard place”.

The coach’s mastery of English idioms will not come as good news to the fans who stand to see a far more defensive Brook Street in the weeks to come as the New Home Park side strive to move out of the relegation places.

However, with a particularly tricky match coming up against sooside athletico at New Home Park next weekend, getting points on the board is imperative if the club are to avoid dropping back down to Division IV, as the coach admitted.

“Becoming detached from the pack is something we must avoid at all costs”, he claimed. “If we lose touch with the sides above us, then survival will be very difficult”.

He concluded by saying, “The fans have got used to finishing in the top four, so anything less than that is unacceptable to them. That goes for me too. This club is too good to be languishing in the relegation places, and I will work tirelessly to get us out of our current predicament”.

What remains to be seen is whether the board share the coach’s sentiments.

Hot on the heels of Cuban side F.C. Vila Clara visiting New Home Park comes news that Ghanaian Division Two side Cleverley Stars will visit next week.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the news”, said club spokesman Kyle Fair. “It’s the second week in a row that we’ve had a lottery win, and special thanks go to Om_lover in F&T Flags Community for arranging the match”.

The game will be played next Wednesday wit a 10:30 GMT kick-off.

Andy Hunter knocks in his third goal of the match to complete his hat-trick

Andy Hunter knocks in his third goal of the match to complete his hat-trick

Brook Street’s reserve side had a fine morale boosting 9-0 win over their F.C. Villa Clara counterparts in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park. The home side dominated the game from start to finish, with one of the highlights being a hat-trick for Andy Hunter.

At full-time, Marcus commented, “The lads knocked the ball about well, and scored some really good goals. It was a great team effort and I think our play certainly merited the result.”

He continued, “We’ve been through the wringer a bit recently, so it was good to get such a good performance under our belts”.

“Now we can look forward to our match here on Saturday against kaos c.f with renewed confidence”.

2012514After winning last night’s Flag Lottery Speedlottery, our first since re-joining the Federation, we are delighted to announce that Cuba Liga II.2 side F.C. Villa Clara will visit New Home Park on Wednesday for our first friendly of the season.

Kick-off on Wednesday is at 10:30 GMT, and we would like to send our thanks to Cokmen for arranging the match.

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