Abel Soffia runs to celebrate with the fans after his speculative chip finds the net.

Abel Soffia runs to celebrate with the fans after his speculative chip finds the net.

Brook Street’s rise up the league continued yesterday with an impressive 3-0 win over Kessler’s Eleven at New Home Park, the win taking us up to second.

“We rode our luck early on, but once we got into our stride there was only going to be one winner”, said Marcus Lövman afterwards. “We dominated midfield and took our chances when they arose”.

The coach singled out double scoring Abel Soffia for specific praise saying, “Abel put in an astonishing shift and thoroughly deserved his two goals. He doesn’t get nearly the number of goals we think he should, and prior to this season, he’d only scored eleven times in his whole career. He’s got three now this season, and his confidence is sky-high. Long may that continue”.

Brook Street had survived an early scare, but went on to dominate the goal-less first half and really should have been ahead at the break.

At the break, Marcus had told his players to “stick to the game-plan and the goals will come”. They did, and the opening goal duly arrived five minutes after the restart, Abel getting the first of his goals with an audacious chip from the edge of the box.

With chances at a premium, it took until the final eleven minutes for Brook Street to make the points safe. By this time however, Kessler’s were down to ten-men as, having used all their substitutes, there was no-one to replace the injured Andy Scott.

Leoš Loos doubled Brook Street’s lead with eleven minutes to go, and Abel Soffia, following a fantastic move, blasted home our third goal a minute later to make the points safe.

“We got a break when they went down to ten-men, but that’s the risk you take when you commit all your substitutes with so long to go”, said Marcus. “We’ve all been there; sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you don’t. Kessler’s were unlucky today, but I don’t think it would have made a difference to the outcome had they had eleven men on the park. We were bossing the game and I would say I think we were well on top at the time. Maybe we wouldn’t have scored again, but we’ll never know. Needless to say, I’m delighted with the three points”, he finished.

Elsewhere, Sparta Bragg went top on goal difference with a 4-0 win over Vodikavkaz, morning leaders EK Tuggers lost for the first time this season, going down 1-3 to Vines Cross, and the spoils were shared in the final game with Arenelle Sporting Club and Airth Castle Rovers drawing 1-1.