Brook score 2 late goals to snatch a draw at home to Raynes Park Vale
Late goals from Montes & Ndovi see 10 man Brook recover from 2-0 down to draw 2-2
With both teams needing the points a draw was probably not going to suit either side but in the end it was the Brook who breathed a sigh of relief as they snatched a draw with 2 goals in the final 7 minutes.
It was the visitors who started the match looking the stronger team & they opened the scoring on 15 minutes.The goal was a bit of a disaster for the Brook as a ball over the top of the defence saw home keeper Josh Bramwell race out of his goal to clear.Unfortunately the ball didn't get into the goal area so Bramwell was forced to head away,his clearance fell for Jordan Holmes whos' lofted shot flew iunto an empty net.0-1
Considering how well the Brook played in their 2-0 victory over Balham the previous week this was a poor performance.Passes continually went astray,tackles missed & the whole tempo of the Brook's 1st half was slow.
A more positive point for the Brook was how well their back line played,restricting RPV to shooting from outside the box & not allowing their forwards a clear sight of goal.HT 0-1
Clearly whatever was said in the home dressing room at half-time had an effect as the Brook started the half much sharper & looking to get the ball on the ground & play football.
On 55 minutes a good run down the inside right channel saw Nathan Dennis put a cross to the far post where an unmarked Mourad Jarraz headed towards goal but his attempt was saved by Dan McKerracher.
Unfortunately for the Brook this was the last they saw of Jarraz as in the 58th minute he was forced to leave the field with a recurrence of a previous ankle injury to be replaced by George Ademiluyi..
The Brook continued their improved form but were unable to penetrate a well organized RPV defence.On 70 minutes the Brook replaced Nathan Dennis with defender Matt Kaczemarek & pushed Halunna Masembe up front.
However as happens many times in football it was the visitors who scored the next goal as on 72 minutes the Brook lost the ball in an attack down the left wing & the ball was quickly played down the wing & when the resultant cross found Jack Williamson unmarked at the far post who had the simplest of tasks to put the ball in the net.0-2
Things got worse for the Brook after 80 minutes when Charlie Howes was dismissed for his second yellow card.
This setback seemed to galvanise the Brook & they immediately started to push forward to try & salvage something from the game & on 84 minutes Victor Montes received the ball on the left hand corner of the area,stepped inside the defender & curled a superb ball round the keeper into the right han corner of the goal.1-2There was then a bizarre moment when the referee booked the Brook's Massembe as he collected the ball from the goal to speed up the restart of the game.When asked after the game why did he book him the response was he pushed the keeper whilst recovering the ball,completely ignoring the fact that the keeper was trying his hardest not to get the ball forward so the restart could take place.
The Brook quickly won the ball from the restart & continued to press for the equalizer.The game was into time added on when the ball was picked up by LUSUNGU NDOVI in almost the identical position where Montes scored his goal,and after cutting inside a defender shot past McKerracher.2-2
A remarkable come back from the Brook which showed great character particularly in the 2nd half but to be truthful Raynes Park Vale have every right to be disappointed in only taking a point from the game when they had all 3 for the taking.
As for the Brook.a much better 2nd half but if they are going to avoid relegation they need to show more commitment over the full 90 minutes & make sure every player works for each other.
Unused Subs: Bishop,White
Goalscorers: Montes 85th minute & Ndovi 91st minute
Red Card: Howes
Yellow Card: Masembe
Man of Match: Haluna Masembe
Referee: Tolga Inanc
Assistants: Nigel Hickes & Terry Pusey