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Metropolitan Police
Brightlingsea Regent
O Robinson (11'), L Macklin (90' Sent Off)
Full time
A Condon (14')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 110

Regent Good For A Point At The Met

Brightlingsea Regent earn a well deserved point on the road at Metropolitan Police

The R's travelled to Imber Court looking to build on what was a solid performance the previous Saturday away at Lowestoft Town.

A hard fought 2-1 victory at the trawlermen had helped wipe away some of the memories of a disappointing Christmas and New Year period which saw Regent drop points albeit against some tough opposition.

Manager Tom Rothery and his staff would have been looking for a repeat performance which saw Regent dominate and outwork their Suffolk opposition. Met Police are certainly a different proposition from the one that Brightlingsea put to sword in FA Trophy last season and have play off aspirations this term.

Harry MacDonald was not passed fit to play having picked up a bug and this saw Phil Kelly drafted into the starting eleven making his own return from a niggling injury. James Love kept his place in midfield after an impressive performance at Lowestoft and the R's bench welcomed two new additions with Billy Clark previously of Needham Market and George Keys who joins for a month from Colchester United.

The Imber Court pitch had been doubtful before this fixture and the evidence of this was plain to see with lots of ruts and uneven patches. This would make a fluid passing game difficult for both sides and despite two early goals which promised a potential classic the game was not one for the purist.

Met Police started slightly the better looking a little sharper across the pitch putting pressure on a Brightlingsea team who were working hard but struggling to find any real rhythm to their play. The home side got their reward on 11 minutes when Regent failed to clear their lines and Ollie Robinson deflected a shot from Lloyd Macklin past Harry Palmer in the Regent goal.

The small but vocal R's fans upped their own efforts and this seemed to spur Brightlingsea on with the visitors starting to get some momentum and asking questions of the boys in blue. It wasn't long before Regent were level just three minutes after conceding a Josh Gould throw was flicked on at the near post by skipper Matt Cripps. The ball fell to Aaron Condon who made no mistake in calmly slotting the ball past the imposing figure of Thomas Williams in the Met Police goal.1-1.

The rest of the half was full of endeavour but little quality and it would be the visitors who would be more content with the half time score.
Half time 1-1

The second half saw a marked improvement with Regent adding some pace and quality to the hard work. The visitors were asking more questions of Met Police side that were looking a little more leggy than in the previous half . Chances were still at a premium with both sides struggling to create any clear openings.

The notable moments came from the goalkeepers with R's stopper Harry Palmer making a fantastic finger tip save from a free kick and the Met Police keeper Tom Williams saving at full stretch low to his left to deny Regent sub Billy Clark.

The game was beginning to fizzle out as a contest. Met Police were becoming more and more frustrated trying to break down a resolute and disciplined Brightlingsea team. This frustration was leading to some full blooded challenges and eventually saw Met Police number 11 Lloyd Macklin shown a red card for a reckless high challenge.

All in all another positive performance from a Regent side that seems to be growing in confidence at this level. Tom Rothery will surely be pleased with the work rate and commitment of his squad and will be looking forward to more of the same when Worthing visit the Taydal next Saturday in what is a massive game for Brightlingsea Regent.

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Jake Gould

Player of the Match

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Key moments

11:00
Goal Olli Robinson scores for Metropolitan Police
14:00
Goal Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00
Red Card Lloyd Macklin is sent off for Metropolitan Police

Highlights

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90:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Lloyd Macklin is sent off for Metropolitan Police
90:00 Yellow Card
Tom Bird is yellow carded for Metropolitan Police
90:00 Player of the Match
Jake Gould is awarded player of the match for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Yellow Card
Harry Palmer is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Sub Off
Phil Kelly is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
84:00 Sub On
Tom Hickey is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
84:00 Sub Off
Luke Robertson is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
81:00 Sub On
George Keys is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
81:00 Sub Off
Josh Gould is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
80:00 Sub On
Tom Dunningham is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
77:00 Sub On
Will Salmon is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
77:00 Sub Off
Rylan Myers is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
73:00 Sub On
Calum Kealy is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
73:00 Sub Off
Jonny Wright is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
67:00 Yellow Card
Louie Newland is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
63:00 Yellow Card
James Love is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
58:00 Sub Off
Rob Harvey is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
58:00 Sub On
Billy Clark is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
51:00 Yellow Card
Luke Robertson is yellow carded for Metropolitan Police
End of period 1
27:00 Yellow Card
Jonny Wright is yellow carded for Metropolitan Police
14:00 Goal 1 - 1
Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Olli Robinson scores for Metropolitan Police
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • 0
  • Olli Robinson Goal 11:00'
  • Aaron Condon Goal 14:00'
  • Jonny Wright Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Luke Robertson Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Billy Clark Sub On 58:00'
  • Rob Harvey Sub Off 58:00'
  • James Love Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Louie Newland Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Jonny Wright Sub Off 73:00'
  • Calum Kealy Sub On 73:00'
  • Rylan Myers Sub Off 77:00'
  • Will Salmon Sub On 77:00'
  • Tom Dunningham Sub On 80:00'
  • Josh Gould Sub Off 81:00'
  • George Keys Sub On 81:00'
  • Luke Robertson Sub Off 84:00'
  • Tom Hickey Sub On 84:00'
  • Phil Kelly Sub Off 90:00'
  • Harry Palmer Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Tom Bird Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Lloyd Macklin Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Palmer, Harry Palmer, Harry
Griggs, Ricky Griggs, Ricky
Cripps, Matt Cripps, Matt
Condon, Aaron Condon, Aaron
Gould, Josh Gould, Josh
Gould, Jake Gould, Jake
Harvey, Rob Harvey, Rob
Newland, Louie Newland, Louie
Kelly, Phil Kelly, Phil
Hunt, Billy Hunt, Billy
Love, James Love, James
Brightlingsea Regent
Metropolitan Police
  • 1. Thomas Williams
  • 2. Rylan Myers
  • 3. Tom Bird
  • 4. Jeremy Arthur
  • 5. Olli Robinson
  • 6. Jay Gasson
  • 7. Luke Robertson
  • 8. Sam Gallagher
  • 9. Jonny Wright
  • 10. Bayley Mummery
  • 11. Lloyd Macklin
  • 12. Aaon Goode
  • 13. Will Salmon
  • 14. Sam Williams
  • 15. Calum Kealy
  • 16. Tom Hickey

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Billericay Town
1
1
Margate
4
3
Folkestone Invicta
2
1
Tooting & Mitcham United
Staines Town
3
1
Burgess Hill Town
2
2
Lowestoft Town
Worthing
2
2

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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