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Adam Humphrey meets the cross perfectly to power the ball into the net.

Brook Street romped to an impressive 9-0 win over German visitors Kuschelbärenbande at New Home Park this morning with braces for Lachlan MacKinnon, Sam Ferretto and Matt Cocker. Adam Humphrey, Lewis Espley and Conor Meldrum got the other Brook Street goals in a match where their steely determination was faced by a cuddly toy bear in comparison.

“We were far superior in every department”, said Eike Alanne after the match. “We imposed ourselves on the game and there was no way we were going to concede. We were absolutely determined that would not happen”.

The Brook Street players managed to get through the match without picking up any knocks, so Eike will have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s hugely important home match against C.D. Tetescoces.

Adam Humphrey celebrates as he completes his first senior hat-trick

Brook Street hit double figures this afternoon as they ran out 10-0 winners against Swiss Ranger at New Home Park. Seventeen year-old striker Adam Humphrey hit a career first hat-trick and top scorer Andrew Cleary a brace as Brook Street ran riot.

“I’m told it was like shooting fish in a barrel”, said Eike afterwards. “I have no idea what that means, but I guess it is something along the lines of we couldn’t fail to win, yes?”

He continued, “We never had to get out of second gear, and I think that speaks volumes. It’s the club’s biggest win in quite some time, and it keeps us ahead at the top of the league, so there is lots to be pleased about”.

“I’m particularly pleased for young Adam Humphrey”, he added. “He showed a real predator’s instinct and I’m delighted he scored his career first hat-trick today. It’s a real confidence boost for him, and I’ll be looking for him to kick on from here”.

“The team are starting to click and we’re getting used to playing the new style. We had a lot of upheaval during the close season, but it’s starting to pay dividends”, he concluded.

Eike opened the scoring from the penalty spot in six minutes and Krsto Grubić made it two with nineteen minutes on the clock.

Adam Humphrey netted the first of his three goals eleven minutes before the break, but it wasn’t until three minutes after the break that Andrew Cleary fired in number four.

At this point, Brook Street were raiding at will and Adam Humphrey hit his second with sixty-two minutes played, and Nicky Breaden made it 6-0 ten minutes later.

Teams have a tendency to sit back at this point, but not Brook Street who went for the jugular. The visitors managed to hold out until six minutes from time when the floodgates opened.

Andrew Cleary made it 7-0 in eighty-four minutes, before Adam Humphrey completed his hat-trick a minute later. Nicky Breaden struck to make it 9-0 four minutes from time and Conor Meldrum lobbed in Brook Street’s tenth to wrap up the scoring with three minutes to go.

The win keeps the New Home Park side a point ahead of MacAulays Saints and two ahead of fc scourie.

Sam Ferretto celebrates the second of his two goals against fox-blue this afternoon.

French side fox-blue were caught in the Brook Street juggernaut headlights this afternoon as the Scots romped to a 7-0 win in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Conor Meldrum fired the visitors into a seventh minute lead, which Sam Ferretto doubled with twenty-five minutes played. Just on for the injured Lewis Espley, Alex Clapperton fired in our third goal just after the half-hour mark before two goals in three minutes from Sam Ferretto and Nicky Breaden had Brook Street five-up at the break.

With the game well and truly won, Eike Alanne’s charges took the foot off the gas in the second half, but still managed to find the net twice through Krsto Grubić and Nicky Breaden to wrap up a very convincing win.

“We’re really starting to click”, said Eike afterwards. “We’re playing some outstanding football and the youngsters are all progressing very well. I’m very pleased how things are turning out”.

Turning to the injury sustained by Lewis Espley he said, “He’s got a thigh injury and it looks initially as if he could be missing for up to a fortnight. Obviously, we’re hopeful he’ll be back before that, but it’ll take as long as it takes; we’ll not be rushing him back”.

He continued, “Lewis’s injury aside, it’s been a very good trip for us, and sets us up nicely for our trip to the Highlands to face FC Scourie on Saturday”.

Richard Gabriel scores his first goal for the club he has supported since he was a boy.

Richard Gabriel scores his first goal for the club he has supported since he was a boy.

Eike Alanne picked a blend of youth and experience to face AFC Gooners 1886 at New Home Park this afternoon, and the move paid dividends as Brook Street romped to an excellent 9-0 win in front of a crowd of just under 35,000.

The win takes Brook Street up to fourth in the table, just three points off top spot, but the performance is more important than league position as far as Eike is concerned.

“We worked exceptionally hard, and playing the mix of older heads alongside the younger players certainly paid off”, he said.

“All our scorers took their goals very well, and it is particularly pleasing that they came from all areas of the pitch”, Eike added. “That takes the pressure off our strikers, although they hit four of the goals today between them. It’s always good to see different scorers, and I’m particularly pleased for Conor Meldrum and Richard Gabriel who both netted their first senior goals today”.

He continued, “This was a big, big team performance, and every single player out there this afternoon deserves the ovation that the fans gave them at full-time. It was a performance worthy of a big win, and 9-0 didn’t flatter us, I don’t think”.

“This was the kind of league game that we’ll be bringing the young players into”, he added.

“They’ll never be of use to us if they only gain experience from friendlies and cup games. These boys are good enough, and they’ll be given their chance”.

Andrew Cleary fires home the only goal of the game in this afternoon's match.

Andrew Cleary fires home the only goal of the game in this afternoon’s match.

An Andrew Cleary strike eleven minutes from time was all that separated the sides, but it proved to be enough to give Brook Street their first three points of the season. The visitors had the bulk of possession, but they found it difficult to break down a stuffy home side playing 4-5-1 and hitting on the break.

Indeed, it was to the home side that the two best chances fell; Imran Ammad’s twenty-third minute shot glanced off the top of the bar, and Ezequiel Alexandrino pulled off a superb stop to deny Ally Brown in the second half with the scores still tied.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Brook Street as Alex Clapperton picked up a foot injury which will see him out of action for around a week.

Eike Alanne was understandably delighted at the result, but admitted to being a little concerned as the clock ticked down.

“It’s a great way to bounce back after Wednesday’s disappointment. We were struggling to create any clear-cut chances and they were very fast to counter-attack when a move broke down. There was no question of changing our game plan though as we couldn’t go all-out attack. That would have left us open at the back, and although it looked like we were going to drop two points at the time, that would be better than all three. We persevered, and got our reward when Andrew created the chance out of nothing. He doesn’t miss those!”

Asked what the extent of Alex Clapperton’s injury is he replied, “Yes, he’s taken a knock to his right foot and it’s badly swollen. Nothing is broken as far as we can tell and we’ve got ice packs on it, so we’ll reassess it tomorrow once the swelling has gone down a bit. It’s safe to say he won’t be pulling his boots on this week”.

The coach was then asked how he rated Conor Meldrum’s performance to which he replied, “Conor did very well coming on. He’d played all of Wednesday’s Cup game, so he was understandably a bit fatigued towards the end. He put in a very good shift though when he wasn’t expecting to come on”.

He concluded by saying, “It was a great team performance though, and we’re off the mark. Now we can start building our points total”.

Nicky Breaden slides the ball home to tie the game at 3-3 and take it into extra-time.

Nicky Breaden slides the ball home to tie the game at 3-3 and take it into extra-time.

Brook Street this morning bowed out of the Scottish Cup after a 4-3 extra-time defeat at fellow Division IV side, NDW FC. However, far from being disappointed, Eike claimed that there were far more positives to take from the game than negatives.

“OK, we lost and we’re out of the Scottish Cup, but the players showed a terrific workrate, and but for the width of the crossbar we could have actually gone through in regulation time”.

He continued, “We showed real character and fight to get the score back to 3-3 after being 2-0 down early on, when it was looking like we could be facing a real hammering. Let’s also not forget that our side included four 17 year-olds and two were 18. That’s probably the youngest side ever fielded by the club, and I think they did very well”.

“We also had Conor Meldrum making his debut after signing late last night, so all in all I am very satisfied with our performance despite the final outcome”, he said.

NDW were fast out of the traps and within seventeen minutes found themselves two-up through an Asad Salman. Sam Ferretto slammed the ball home to get Brook Street back in the tie with twenty minutes played. Richard Gabriel had the chance to level the scores midway through the half but rushed his shot and rattled the woodwork instead of the rigging.

Despite all Brook Street’s good work, it was the home side who scored the next goal, Graeme Toney firing home after a fine solo run eleven minutes into the second half.

Sam Ferretto was left kicking himself after fluffing his lines with a quarter of an hour to go, but Brook Street finally got the goal their hard work deserved eleven minutes from time when Krsto Grubić lobbed the home keeper from the edge of the box.

Brook Street were in the ascendancy now, and after a chance for Lachlan MacKinnon had been cleared, the home side finally succumbed to the incessant pressure four minutes from time when Nicky Breaden hammered home the equaliser.

After such a spirited fightback, it was a huge blow to the Brook Street players that after only two minutes of extra-time, Graeme Toney hit his second goal of the game to make it 4-3 to the home team.

Sam Ferretto thought he had levelled the scoring a minute into the second period of extra-time, but a defender popped-up on the line to clear to safety. That was to be the last of the goalmouth action as fatigue played it’s part in the match petering out into a dour midfield slog.

So despite a very good effort, it’s the Tartan Cup for Brook Street next week, and a trip over to Fife to face Urban Gorillas.

It’s been a busy morning in the transfer market for Brook Street and has seen wingers Conor Meldrum and Lewis Espley signed.

First to arrive was 17 year-old Conor who moved to New Home Park from Portuguese side Deimão FC just after midnight in a deal worth around £122,000. Then, while his new side were facing NDW FC, 18 year-old Lewis headed east from Strathclyde side, ZelectronicA and signed on for £50,000.

“I’m delighted to get both lads onboard”, said Eike. “We were short of cover on the wings, so to plug that gap so quickly was excellent”.

He continued, “I think we’ve got two excellent players, and now it’s up to us to move them to the next level and beyond”.

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