Ryman U21 Development League North: 28/11/16
Cray Wanderers 1
Brentwood Town 5
Wilson 43, 48, 54, Cole 55, 66
Cray Wanderers remain bottom of the Ryman U21 Development League North table as they went down to defeat against fifth placed Brentwood Town at Oakley Road.
This was the Wands first game since 7th November and were managed on this occasion by Tony Russell whilst a new management team is sought for the remainder of the season.
Cray’s first five home games had seen 35 goals scored, an average of seven a game and the prospect of another high scoring was on the cards as it took just 20 seconds for the first shot on goal when Brent Brojaj hit a shot which forced Brentwood keeper James Albrough to get down to save.
In the third minute, Cray had a let off when Louis Brown played Dan Wilson through down the left of the area and his shot was pushed away by Dillon Green and the follow up shot was blocked by Charlie Horbacki.
Cray were playing some good football and looked confident in the early stages and were unlucky when Ralique Lawrence’s ball into the box found Jeff Idemudia who got to the ball before Alborough but couldn’t direct the ball towards goal. Then Dave Dixon down the right found Idemudia who fired over the top from outside the area. This was followed by Charlie Foster firing wide of goal from Lawrence’s pass.
Still before the quarter of an hour mark, the game threatened goals with Brentwood having a very good spell and the impressive Wilson won the ball down the right and squared the ball to Ruben Duarte who turned and curled a shot over the crossbar. Then Tom Howe from twenty five yards tested Green with a low drive and then Wilson burst through but his strike was parried away well by Green. Then Duarte came close when he broke through but he too was denied by a good block by Green.
The game was very open and Idemudia saw a drive blocked for Cray whilst Brentwood had a good chance when Wilson broke away down the left, took the ball past Green but his cross shot was deflected across goal and out for a corner.
Brentwood were awarded a free kick twenty yards out from goal and Brown’s strike was pushed away well by Green and cleared before Wilson could pounce.
Cray though threatened and from a free kick out on the left, Foster’s ball into the box found Lawrence whose header came back off the post.
With five minutes to go to half time, Green who was rather overworked had to turn over a well struck shot from Howe. He then denied Howe again from Reagan Mead’s through ball.
In the 43rd minute, the deadlock was broken with Brentwood taking the lead after Tom Munn up from the back went through and his effort was blocked by Green. The ball was not sufficiently cleared and Duarte inside the area laid the ball across to Wilson who tapped in for a goal his performance deserved.
Half Time: 0-1
What was a close game first half quickly turned within ten minutes of the restart as the visitors added another three goals to really end the game.
Firstly, in the 48th minute, Brentwood scored a second with quite a soft goal when Max Wybrow and Howe combined to play in Wilson who struck a low shot into the net from close range.
Wilson looked destined to complete his hat trick when he ran on towards goal and his attempted chip was pushed behind by Green. From the corner, in the 54th minute he wouldn’t be denied as the ball came to Duarte who found Wilson to make it 3-0 from four yards.
A minute later it was 4-0 when Wilson again down the left played a ball into the box which was cleared out as far as Adam Cole who curled an unstoppable shot high into the net.
Wilson was once again foiled by Green before Cray pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when Brentwood got themselves into a terrible tangle at the back and Alborough was dispossessed by Idemudia down the left who tapped the ball across to Joel Massamba who prodded the ball into the net.
Any hopes of a Wands revival were dashed five minutes later when Brentwood scored their fifth of the night after the Cray goal lived a charmed life when Cole found Wilson who smashed a shot against the crossbar and Jake Wiggins saw a shot blocked. Cray couldn’t clear their lines and eventually Cole scored his second with a tap in.
Cray could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel at that stage but they kept plugging away as usual and Lawrence found Foster who hit a shot which went narrowly over the bar. Then from Foster’s corner the ball fell to Brojaj whose effort was deflected towards Alborough.
The Wands came close again before the end with Massamba testing the Brentwood keeper with a shot from Foster’s pass. The final chance of the evening fell to Brentwood when Howe’s shot was saved by replacement keeper, Sean Law.
The game finished in another defeat but Cray do work extremely hard but are perhaps just a bit behind some of the teams in this league in terms of development which is what this level of competition is about.
It won’t get much easier in Cray’s next game which is next Wednesday against last season’s champions and current league leaders, Billericay Town.
Cray: Dillon Green (Sean Law, 67), Charlie Foster (Capt.), Charlie Horbacki, Dave Dixon, Theo Whyte, Abdul Wahab, Brent Brojaj, Connor Phelps (Jayden Mitchell-Brown, 54), Jeff Idemudia, Joel Massamba, Edgar Morais (Ralique Lawrence, 9): Subs: Shane Pelou, Djimba Keita
Brentwood: James Alborough, George Dunn, Louis Brown (Capt.), Dan Heywood (Adam Cole, 23), Tom Munn, Regan Mead (Jake Wiggins, 62), Mitchell McAbe, Tom Howe, Dan Wilson, Max Wybrow (Jack Suters, 62), Ruben Duarte