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With the score tied 2-2 at the break, a far superior second half display saw Brook Street’s reserves run out 6-2 winners against BackTeam2 in Bahrain this afternoon.

Kenny Corney had opened the scoring in the twelfth minute, but the lead lasted for only four minutes before Sofian Al Joder powered a header home to level the scores.

The home side took the lead through Shehzad Khan in the twenty-seventh minute, but Matt Cocker levelled four minutes later, which saw the sides go into the break at 2-2.

It’s unknown what Marcus said to the players at half-time, but whatever it was, it certainly fired them into life in the second half.

Abel Soffia fired Brook Street back into the lead three minutes after the break with a real thunderbolt of a shot, but with that the game became more physical and Emanuel Bohucký was on the receiving end of a fearsome challenge, which saw the Slovak substituted, and the home side’s Ivan Valenta booked.

With that, Brook Street really upped the pace and further goals from Kenny Corney, Garabed Palasyan and Oleg Zhigalov wrapped up the win.

“We were far more focussed in the second half, and it showed”, admitted Marcus at full-time.

He continued, “I was disappointed with our first half showing, but we took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break and totally bossed the game from then on. We simply didn’t give them a chance in the second half”.

Yann Schories fires us into a surprise lead against Blue Order at Penny Arcade

Yann Schories fires us into a surprise lead against Blue Order at Penny Arcade

Ten-man Brook Street crashed to a 5-1 defeat away to Blue Order this afternoon. Trailing 3-1 at half time, the visitors’ cause was not helped when in the sixty-fourth minute Andy Harte received his marching orders for kicking the ball away for the second time in the game.

“You can’t legislate for sheer stupidity”, fumed Marcus afterwards. He was stupid enough to pick up a booking in the first half for kicking the ball away, so to do exactly the same thing later in the match was asking for trouble”.

Marcus continued, “Andy Harte is no use to me sitting in the stands, and neither is he if he cannot be trusted not to do something idiotic like this. He sold the shirt today and that is unacceptable. Every match for us now is a cup final and we need everyone to be 100% committed to the cause”.

Ironically, it was Brook Street who opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Yann Schories, but the lead lasted only seven minutes before Ryan Emslay levelled.

Lance Ridel fired the home side into the lead in the nineteenth minute and Matthew Scotney increased the lead just after the half hour mark.

After Brook Street were reduced to ten men in the sixty-fourth minute, it took the home side just two minutes to press home their advantage, Scottnay firing in his second of the game.

Only a fine save from Ezequiel Alexandrino prevented Wyatt Egerton from increasing the lead further in the seventy-fifth, but the reprieve was only to last sixty seconds before Ryan Emslay hit his second of the match.

Elsewhere, despite winning 1-0 at home to Much Rucking, Hannoverscher Sportverein’s relegation was confirmed, while there were 2-1 home wins for both sooside athletico and Vines Cross.

The club are delighted to announce that Brook Street’s reserves will travel to the Middle East next week to face Bahrain Division IV side BackTeam2 in a friendly match.

Currently competing in their first season, the side from Gharbiyah sit in fourth place in their Division with fifteen points.

Kick-off at BackTeam2 Arena is at 1750 AST (1550 BST) on Wednesday.

A hat-trick by Paul O’Healihy, two of which came from the penalty spot, helped the reserves to a 4-0 win over their counterparts from Qatari side sprmada2 in our friendly match at New Home Park this morning.

Brook Street had survived an early scare before Germán Olmos Ribas fired us into the lead in the twenty-first minute. Paul hit the first of his penalties in the twenty-seventh minute, but Rab Henderson was denied the chance to increase our lead by some outstanding goalkeeping by Remy Verhoeven just after the half-hour mark.

The reprieve was short-lived however as Paul O’Healihy converted his second penalty a minute later to effectively kill the tie.

Paul completed his hat-trick eight minutes after the break and just two minutes later, Germán Olmos Ribas rattled the visitors’ crossbar with a fin effort as we looked to close out the game.

The visitors were still trying to hit on the break and Yaqoub Bin Syed Al-Mana almost reduced our lead in the seventy-third minute, but Ville Yrjölä was more than a match and produced an outstanding stop.

This proved to be the final goalmouth action, but Marcus was generally pleased with the result and performance.

“We put in a pretty good shift today and got the result I think our play merited”, he said.

Marcus admitted however that, “Although there were a couple of good performances, we’ve still got a lot of improving to do”.

Carbrain FC's Alexey Pivtorak fires home the only goal of the game.

Carbrain FC’s Alexey Pivtorak fires home the only goal of the game.

Brook Street have plummeted into the relegation zone following another lacklustre performance that resulted in a 1-0 defeat at home to Carbrain FC.

The players and coaching staff were locked in the dressing room for over an hour, with Marcus only emerging briefly to face the assembled press.

“That performance is totally unacceptable”, fumed Marcus. “Perhaps it’s time to review our long-term strategy”.

Firing a broadside at his squad he added, “We need players who give 110% in every game. Anyone who isn’t going to give everything for the team is of no use to us, and I would much rather play some of our younger players to give them the experience for the future rather than mercenaries who will be off as soon as they get a better offer any game time”.

With that the coach returned to the dressing room to take up where he left off.

Although there are still four games left to play, we must now look to take something from two very difficult away games against Blue Order and sooside athletico, in addition to maximum points from our home games in order to secure our Division III status.

The club are delighted to announce that Qatari 4th Division side sprmada2 will visit New Home Park next Wednesday for a friendly match.

The team from Al Wakrah are in their first season and currently sit in fifth place in their league with eleven points from nine games.

Kick-off on Wednesday is at the usual time of 1030 BST.

The reserves comprehensively saw off their counterparts from Palestinian side F.C. Albatros 8-0 at New Home Park this morning.

Kenny Corney opened the scoring with four minutes on the clock, and Attila Gyöngyösi doubled the lead seven minutes later.

Matt Cocker continued his excellent scoring form, calmly rounding the keeper and firing home just after the half hour mark, and Onésimo Murube hit the first of his two goals eight minutes before the break.

Fraser Carragher scored our fifth goal fourteen minutes into the second half, and Paul O’Healihy hit number six in the sixty-fifth minute.

Five minutes later, Onésimo Murube grabbed his second before Marcus Lövman, who had come on as a first half substitute for the injured Zsolt Baboss, back-heeled our final goal seventeen minutes before the end.

Marcus admitted that he hadn’t expected to be taking the field saying, “I was really there to make up the numbers. It was good to get on, but I’d certainly have preferred to watch the match from the technical area. Zsolt fortunately isn’t badly injured and should be fine for next week’s match”.

He continued, “I feel we knocked the ball about well, and the youngsters are really starting to show real progress. All in all it wasn’t a bad day for us, with the exception of Zsolt’s injury”.

The club are delighted to announce that F.C. Albatros will visit New Home Park for a friendly match on Wednesday, our first ever against a side from Palestine.

Kick-off is at the usual time of 1030 BST, and we would like to thank DoubleRR for making the match possible.

Sérgio Algarvio rises high to power home Vines' second goal of the game.

Sérgio Algarvio rises high to power home Vines’ second goal of the game.

Our 2-0 defeat at Vines Cross today saw us slip further from safety in the play-off places and with results elsewhere, places added importance on our tie with Carbrain at New Home Park next weekend.

The reversal means we are now four points adrift of automatic safety and more worryingly, only two points ahead of second bottom Carbrain.

“We came here thinking we could perhaps nick a point, but it wasn’t to pan out that way”, admitted a clearly disappointed Marcus Lövman at full-time.

“We created a couple of real chances but didn’t take them and that’s proved to be our downfall”.

He continued, “The bottom four all lost today so it’s no change there, however we’re only two points ahead of second bottom Carbrain. Our three remaining home games are against the bottom three sides, so it’s vital that we take maximum points from those starting with Carbrain next Saturday.

Three second-half goals from Matt Cocker (2) and Fraser Carragher saw the reserves run out 3-0 winners against their counterparts from Georgian Liga side GUDAUTA in Abkhazia this afternoon.

In a close first half it was the home side who created the only chance however despite the Brook Street defence making a meal of clearing the ball, they were unable to force the ball home.

Brook Street stepped up a gear in the second half and Fraser Carragher almost gave us the lead in the seventy-second minute with a delicate lob over the keeper, but to his clear dismay the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and out to safety.

Fraser’s disappointment didn’t last long though as it was from his free-kick a minute later that the deadlock was broken.

Knocking the ball into the near post in a well-rehearsed move, the ball was flicked on by Oleg Zhigalov straight into the path of the onrushing Matt Cocker who slammed the ball home.

Piling on the pressure Brook Street went two up a minute later and it was Fraser’s turn to get on the scoresheet, blasting a free-kick home which left the keeper rooted to the spot.

GUDAUTA almost pulled a goal back in eighty-three minutes, but the shot was week and ended up in the keeper’s arms.

Matt Cocker won’t have many easier chances to score than the one presented to him with three minutes left, when the home defence got themselves into an unholy mess leaving him one-on-one with the home keeper. He wasn’t about to pass that up, and proceeded to round the keeper and knock the ball into the empty net.

“The lads were very professional out there today”, admitted Marcus, “and they took their chances when they arose. I can’t ask more of them than that”.

Turning to Matt Cocker’s performance he said, “Matt’s in rich scoring form at the moment. That’s six goals in his last three games, and if he continues like that he’ll move up the ranks quickly”.

The coach also cautioned, “He’s only young though so dips in form are inevitable. We’ll be very patient with him though as he is showing great promise and I think he’s going to be a terrific player”.

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