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1961183_t1.jpgAfter a one week break, Brook Street’s reserves will be back on the road to Africa next week for a friendly against Ugandan Third League side Uganda Tuga.

“The match was confirmed this morning”, Kyle Fair announced, “and will see the reserves travel to Africa for the fourth time this season”.

“Once again, our sincere thanks go to Shotachau for making the match possible”, he added.

The side from Masaka currently sit in fifth place in their league, well off the pace in this their third season. Having made a good start to their league campaign with three wins and a draw, they now find themselves on a five-game win-less streak.

The game kicks off at 18:20 East African Time on Wednesday at the 17,000 capacity Uganda Tuga Arena.

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Andrew Cleary fires in our third goal to effectively kill the game before half-time.

Andrew Cleary fires in our third goal to effectively kill the game before half-time.

The reserves recorded a fine 4-0 win over Lebanese side Germania Ballklauer 2013 e.V. at New Home Park this morning.

Brook Street got off to a flying start, with Lloyd Stephen powering a header home to open the scoring in the second minute, and Abel Soffia doubled the lead with another header eighteen minutes later.

Andrew Cleary fired in our third goal with thirty-seven minutes played which all but killed the game before half-time, and Abel Soffia’s free kick wrapped up the scoring with twenty minutes remaining.

“We were solid without being spectacular”, admitted Marcus at full-time. “It was a real workmanlike performance and although it maybe lacked flair, we did what we had to do”.

The coach praised winger Soffia who set up one goal and got two himself, saying “Abel’s been a bit off form lately, but today’s performance shows he’s getting back to normal”.

He continued, “Abel’s not renowned for his heading ability and he takes some stick on the training pitch, but that was a great header he scored with today. He’ll take confidence from that performance, that’s for sure”.

Also meriting praise was Matt Cocker who put in another commanding performance in the middle of the park.

“Matt is a real unsung hero as a lot of his work goes unnoticed”, said the coach, “but I’ve certainly been noticing and I think a move up to the first team squad won’t be far off”.

Oscar MacVarish makes £300K switch.

Oscar MacVarish makes £300K switch.

Brook Street this evening parted company with midfielder Oscar MacVarish, who has joined France Ligue VII side Les Boiteuzes in a £300,000 deal.

In his four seasons at New Home Park, Oscar played a total of forty-five competitive matches for us, scoring sixteen goals in the process.

“It made sense to move Oscar on”, admitted Marcus this evening. “He’d gone off the boil and his was a big wage to be paying out to someone playing in the reserves”.

Marcus continued, “He was dropping down the pecking order, and it was clear that he needed a new challenge. We spoke on Saturday and agreed that he could move on”.

“I’m delighted for him that he’s secured his move, and wish him the very best of luck with his new side”.

Attila Gyöngyösi fires home our equalising goal against Kessler's Eleven this evening.

Attila Gyöngyösi fires home our equalising goal against Kessler’s Eleven this evening.

Lapses in concentration cost Brook Street dear this evening as they conceded two goals in as many minutes and ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils in their 2-2 draw with Kessler’s Eleven.

Another capacity crowd crammed into New Home Park, and it looked as if the home fans were going to have a happy afternoon when Attila Gyöngyösi slammed in the opening goal in the eighteenth minute.

However, the game was turned on its head in two minutes when first in the thirty-fourth minute Anselmo Del Mar fired in the equaliser then Leonel Gaivota put the visitors in front.

Brook Street wobbled, but managed to steady the ship before a half-time rollocking from coach Marcus Lövman focussed minds again.

The home side made the perfect start to the second half, Attila Gyöngyösi netting the equaliser from close in eight minutes after the re-start, but despite retaining the lion’s share of possession failed to add to the goals tally which left them ruing the two occasions that the defence switched off in the first half.

“We’ve only ourselves to blame fro dropping two points”, lamented Marcus at full-time. “We lost two sloppy goals and it just isn’t good enough”.

He continued, “That’s the kind of mistake I’d expect from the kids, and at least they would have an excuse for switching off. The first team have absolutely no excuse for that”.

He finished with a warning for his errant first team. “Perhaps this side has run it’s course and it is time to re-build. That’s something I’ll be looking at over the next few weeks”.

LebanonBrook Street Athletic are pleased to confirm that Lebanese Division IV side Germania Ballklauer 2013 will become the reserves’ first visitors of the season when they play a friendly match at New Home Park on Wednesday.

Currently sitting in second place in their league, Germania are taking part in their first full season of competition, having only been formed in November last year. However, they are currently on a five match unbeaten run, and with only a defeat to the league leaders, things are looking rosy for the new side from Beirut.

The match kicks off on Wednesday at 10:30 GMT and we are greatly indebted to Azzuris for making this match possible.

The reserves fought back from a goal down at the break to put Pyrathe Belge to the sword in the sword, running out 3-1 winners in this evening’s friendly match in Cameroon.

In a dull first half where defences were on top, it was the home side who made the breakthrough when Victor Sadiq fired home in the eighth minute.

That was as much excitement as the near 3,000 crowd witnessed in the first half, but the second half was only two minutes old when Brook Street got back on level terms, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Racing into the box, Andrew Cleary appeared to stumble and without hesitation the Belgian referee pointed straight to the spot. This seemed a very harsh decision as the culprit appeared to be a bump in the pitch and not one of the home defenders, but despite the vehement protests from the home players the referee refused to change his decision.

However despite the ongoing protests Fraser Carragher kept his cool and calmly slotted home the spot kick.

The second half seemed to be progressing in the same manner as the first until Brook Street won a corner in the sixty-eighth minute. Fraser Carragher swung the ball over, and Lloyd Stephen rose high to power the ball into the net.

Only a superb stop by the home keeper denied Lloyd a second goal five minutes later, but this was only a stay of execution, and with nine minutes left Phil Mullally finished off a sweeping move to make sure on the win.

“We recovered well from the early setback and I think we played with real composure”, said Marcus when he spoke to the Official Website afterwards.

He continued, “Defences were on top for much of the game which didn’t make it a great spectacle, but we’ve scored one from a set piece and another from a really good move, so I’m quite satisfied with that”.

When asked about the penalty incident he said, “Never a penalty in a million years. I asked Andrew what happened and he’s told me that he tripped in a hollow in the ground. Pyrathe were really hard done by with that decision and it clearly rattled them. Still, we’ve all been there and at least this wasn’t a league or cup game”.

Recent signing Eyüphan Toga fires home his first goal for the club. His second would follow six minutes later.

Recent signing Eyüphan Toga fires home his first goal for the club. His second would follow six minutes later.

With Airth Castle’s surprise goal-less draw at home to Vines Cross, Brook Street blasted themselves two points clear at the top of the league with a 6-0 demolition of Edinburgh-KSZO at New Home Park this afternoon.

Coach Marcus Lövman rang the changes following last Saturday’s lacklustre performance in Edinburgh, with Andy Harte dropping to the bench and being replaced by Zsolt Baboss. However both Germán Olmos Ribas and Abel Soffia dropped out altogether, being replaced by Oscar MacVarish and Garabed Palasyan respectively.

Brook Street made the perfect start, going ahead with only three minutes on the clock through Oleg Zhigalov. Continuing to press, the home side got their reward twenty minutes later when Oscar MacVarish rose unchallenged to power home a header to double our lead.

Despite dominating play, Brook Street failed to create any more chances in the first half, however in a devastating seven-minute spell after the break, they netted a further four goals to kill the match stone dead.

Recent signing Eyüphan Toga set the ball rolling three minutes after the restart, netting his first goal for the club, and Attila Gyöngyösi made it 4-0 a minute later.

Eyüphan fired in his second of the match in the fifty-fourth minute and Garabed Palasyan wrapped-up the scoring a minute later.

“I wanted a positive reaction to the criticism of last week’s performance, and that’s exactly what I got”, smiled Marcus at the post-match press conference.

“Last Saturday’s display was no-where near good enough and we let the players know that at training this week. I made three changes from last week, and the fact that two of the players scored proves I was right”.

He also paid credit to Eyüphan Toga who has taken time to settle, but who netted his first two goals for the club. “Eyüphan came here with a very impressive scoring rate, so he was disappointed to have failed to score in his first two games. That has totally changed now, and I know he will go on to score a lot of goals here”.

Two goals from Phil Mullally helped Brook Street’s reserves to a 5-0 win over Ryan’s Team in Kenya in yesterday morning’s international friendly. Our other goals came from Matt Cocker, Fraser Carragher and Andrew Cleary.

Speaking on the way home, Marcus said, “We got to grips with the game early, and from then on, didn’t look back”.

He continued, “We kept it high-tempo, and we got the win our play merited. The lads put in a lot of hard work, and deserved their win”.

As luck would have it, the reserves will be returning to Africa next week for a friendly in Cameroon against Troisième Division side Pyrathe Belge.

“It’s typical”, shrugged Marcus. “It would have been easy to go straight there from Kenya, but we’ve got the small matter of a league match on Saturday and I need the whole squad at home and available. That said, we’re all very excited to be playing in Cameroon next week.

The match next Wednesday kicks off at 18:55 WAT (17:55 GMT)

Nemanja Jankovic wheels away after opening the scoring five minutes before the break.

Nemanja Jankovic wheels away after opening the scoring five minutes before the break.

Brook Street made very heavy weather of it, but ultimately secured the points with a 3-1 win over Edinburgh-KSZO in the capital.

Nemanja Janković had opened the scoring five minutes before the break, but the league’s bottom club stunned their visitors with an equaliser just after the hour mark through Finnish winger Lauri Vähäkuopus.

Brook Street continued to press, but it wasn’t until twelve minutes before the end that they finally made the breakthrough, charging through the middle of the home defence and slamming the ball home.

The home side were still in the game but it was Brook Street who, in controversial circumstances, got the chance to close the game off when Leoš Loos was adjudged to have been brought down just inside the box.

The home defenders protested vociferously, and to be fair the challenge did seem to have taken place outside the area, but Emanuel Bohucký wasn’t distracted and stroked the penalty home to make the points safe.

“We won the points, but it was not a performance to be proud of”, admitted Marcus Lövman at full-time. “The game got bogged down in midfield, and we simply didn’t have the guile to break down KSZO’s defence”.

He continued, “If we’re to have any championship aspirations, we’re going to have to play a hell of a lot better than that”.

Having survived sub-zero Mongolia, the club announced this evening that the reserves will be off to much warmer climes next week with a friendly in Kenya against Ryan’s Team.

“We’ve just about thawed out”, laughed Marcus this evening after arriving back at New Home Park “so I’m certainly glad we’re heading somewhere warm next week!”

Ryan’s Team are currently in fourth place in Division IV.54 with an almost identical record to our own, albeit they are on a three-game unbeaten run.

The match kicks off next Wednesday at 13:15 EAT (10:15 GMT).