Brading Town 2-3 Bournemouth Poppies

Our impressive form against the Romans continued in today`s game, making it nine from nine wins-although we were made to hang on a little at the end. Kicking uphill towards the clubhouse end in the opening half we took the game to our hosts and dominated the half. Our first attack in Brading on two minutes saw a curling shot from Saadi headed away by a defender with McCormack already having made a dive, however within a minute we had taken an early lead. The ball fell nicely to Sanderson some 25 yards out and he fired the ball goalwards, it took a slight defection to go past McCormack. Five minutes on, and Gary Langrish was sent on his way from a superbly weighted pass from Beckett. The cross in to Swann saw the defender get in a fine tackle to deny the opportunity. In the tenth minute we had an attack broken up for a free kick. Saadi took it, but Brading stepped up at just the right moment (for them) to catch us offside, and within a minute Saadi had another free kick from a similar position but on this occasion it was just too far ahead of our strikers.

First half

Roberts was able to go on a long unchallenged run just two minutes later but the final shot didn`t trouble McCormack. Bradings first real chance came on 15 minutes and a corner was awarded, Beckett was able to clear the danger from this by heading off the line. Almost immediately we broke away. Roberts run and cross won us another corner. Saadi`s deep corner was headed down by Blake to Stuart Langrish and the ball was played back across the home goalmouth and although well placed Swann was just unable to stretch enough to make contact. In the 23rd minute Greening made a quick break before passing to Williams, but we managed to get cover on and restricted our hosts to a tame shot. We continued to enjoy most of the possession, and but for the heavy pitch that gave an unpredictable bounce had two further chances from Gary Langrish and Roberts before on the half hour Brading were awarded a free kick after a somewhat dubious handball near the edge of the area, but the threat was well defended by the wall. Wrixton then showed off some fine tricks in his approach play to set up Swann who lobbed the keeper and was very unlucky to see the ball bounce to safety off the crossbar. Forty minutes in and Beckett was instrumental in our next attack, starting from inside his own half a run up the flank and a couple of one-twos that eventually succumbed to a good stopping tackle.


Brading Town`s Last match

Almost immediately again we did have the ball in the net again, but the Assistant on the dugout side had his flag raised for offside, but we were not to be denied a second moments before the break, Swann was impeded and Gary Langrish`s free kick was headed goalwards but not cleared properly and when the ball was played back into the mixer, Sanderson was on hand to stab the ball home. With Brading still in the dressing room we extended our lead to three on 50 minutes after Wrixton and Saadi had combined well to get the ball into the final third it was Wrixton who played the ball across the face of goal and Swann was on hand to literally walk the ball in from less than a yard. Despite the effort of a Brading defender. Brading almost got one back though on 57 minutes when Beckett and Crutcher both went for the same ball but the resulting corner was no real threat to our lead. We visibly began to tire as time progressed and it was no real surprise when Brading scored their opener. With 72 minutes gone, Brading were awarded a free kick around 22 yards from goal. Greening stepped up and smashed the ball home despite Vaughan`s best efforts. A great strike it has to be said. Despite this setback Poppies had further chances to extend the lead on 78 when an effort by Saadi was off target and with five minutes remaining Marks` surging run won a corner- from which Hall`s drive was charged down. Looking very tired, we conceded a second with a minute left when a stinging short range shot from Vale was tipped into the net by Vaughan. Brading huffed and puffed a bit for the dying minutes but failed to get a third- which would have been a great shame after all our hard work in the first hour.

Arguing on the pitchPLAYER OF THE MATCH: Dave WRIXTON

Kenny VAUGHAN (8)
Wayne CRUTCHER (8)
Stuart LANGRISH (8)
John BLAKE (9)
Dave WRIXTON (9)
Paul ROBERTS (8)
Fawzi SAADI (9)
Jack SWANN (8)