The players celebate Germán Olmos Ribas's sixty-third minute goal.

The players celebate Germán Olmos Ribas’s sixty-third minute goal.

Brook Street crashed to their second league defeat in successive weeks yesterday as Vines Cross left New Home Park with a 3-2 win under their belts.

The home side had gone behind to a Román Álvarez strike in the twenty-third minute and although Maranaj Batusha fired home the equaliser less than a minute later, Álvarez put his side back in front with a real thunderbolt just after the half-hour mark.

Germán Olmos Ribas got Brook Street back on level terms in the sixty-third minute after a fine build-up, but Dutch striker Kevin Heintze scored what was to prove the decisive goal for Vines with twelve minutes remaining.

Coach Marcus Lövman was clearly unhappy about his side’s performance saying, “We had a huge amount of possession, but didn’t have the guile to make it count”. He continued, “While they pressed us all over the park we were able to retain possession. That’s all very well, but we lacked the cutting edge going forward a lot of the time. We showed what could be done with swift accurate passing in the build-up to Germán’s goal, but we failed to do that consistently and that is a huge disappointment”.

Of even more concern for the coach was the injury picked up by Ezequiel Alexandrino which will probably see the keeper miss the next two games.

“This is a huge blow for us”, admitted Marcus, who added, “It’s typical that this would happen today given that Aurel Bernhard has been transfer-listed following Jim Barnstaple’s promotion from the Academy”.

He continued, “Jim’s a great prospect, but it would be grossly unfair to throw him in at the deep end and straight into the first team. We’ll need someone with experience to step in, in the short-term at least. Whether that means extending Aurel’s contract or bringing someone else remains to be seen, but we’ll sit down tonight and work it out”.

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