Brook take all 3 points at home to Abbey Rangers
A competitive performance from the Brook saw them gain 3 much needed points against a hard working Abbey Rangers side.
The match started well for the Brook as the new front pairing of Bradley Hand & Haluna Masembe both scored in the 1st 18 minutes & although Abbey pulled a goal back after 30 minutes the Brook defence held solid for the remainder of the match.
It was the Brook who came out of the blocks the faster & took the lead on12 mins when Bradley Hand met an excellent cross from Spencer Maw on the right wing to fire past Liam Stone in the visitors goal.
4 minutes later the Brook doubled their lead as Haluna Masembe pounced on a mix up between the Abbey defenders to shoot past the stranded Stone.2-0
The Brook could have had a 3rd goal when on 22 minutes Masembe met a free kick but his flicked attempt went over the crossbar.
Abbey Rangers showed how dangerous they could be as they put the Brook defence under strong pressure but under the influence of the excellent Michael Peacock they held firm until the 30th minute when Alex Hendrie reduced the arrears with a well taken goal.2-1
The score remained 2-1 until the half-time break although both keepers were called upon to make several fine savesH-T 2-1
The 2nd half started with the visitors pushing for the equalizer but found home keeper Kennedy in fine form as he made several fine saves to keep the Brook in front.
With Peacock & Kaczmarek holding firm at the back & Hand & Masembe continually causing the visitors defence problems the Brook held out for a deserved 2-1 win.
Team: Kennedy,Benincasa,Rennemo,Cahill,Peacock,Kaczmarek,Maw(Bishop),Dean McDonnell(Capt),Masembe(Fitzgerald),Hand(Ahenkorah),Mark
Unused Subs: Nugent & Ahmadi
Goalscorers: Hand 12th minute & Masembe 18th minute
Yellow Card: Mark
Man of Match: Peacock
Referee: Anthony Quinn
Assistants: Andy Mirza & Robert Redman