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Ryman One North

Venue - The Arena, The Brentwood Centre


Brentwood Town: Moore, Cavalier, Foster, Owusu (Bakare), Alexander, Oseyemi, Milner (H. Georgiou), Hall (Ngandu), C. Georgiou, Reynolds, Freeman




A goal in each half earned The Blues their first points of the season against previously unbeaten Thamesmead.
Manager Tony Ievoli made a number of changes to the side that went out of the FA Cup the previous Saturday with centre back Joseph Oseyemi making his first start alongside the returning Janel Alexander. Skipper Sam Owusu was back with Marcus Milner, Luke Foster and Matt Hall all in the starting line-up.
The Mead started brightly, forcing a corner in the opening minute and Blues keeper Lewis Moore saving well from Bode Anidugbe, but Brentwood soon began to take the game to the visitors with Brendan Cavalier supporting Marcus Milner in a number of dangerous raids down the right wing.
The visitors looked a little jaded after their Tuesday night FA Cup replay when they knocked out Guernsey after extra time and penalties, and they struggled to contain a pacey Brentwood side who gradually took control of the game in the first half.
Cavalier got his head to a free kick but the effort went just over the bar and Lamar Reynolds created a great opening for himself but shot well over. Anidugbe had another chance for Thamesmead while Blues Andy Freeman had a free kick deflected over the top.
Brentwood took lead in the 43rd minute from the penalty spot after Thamesmead’s Nathan Simpson fouled Marcus Milner from behind following a fine run and low cross from the left by Andy Freeman. Reynolds drove the penalty kick firmly past the diving Andrew Walker in the Mead goal.
Brentwood continued to dominate in the second half and could have increased their lead through Hall.
Thamesmead made a triple substitution on the hour mark and Christian Nanetti had a shot pushed away by Moore but Mead were then unfortunate to suffer a couple of injuries, to former Brentwood defender Lewis Knight, and Bode who was hobbling for the rest of the match.
Blues sealed the win when centre back Joseph Oseyemi scored from close range following a melee after the Thamesmead defence failed to deal with a corner.

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