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Match reports for season 2016-2017

Saturday December 3rd  2016- Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Brantham Athletic 3 Walsham-le-Willows 2
Brantham entertained old rivals Walsham-le-Willows with Brantham looking to pick up a good  result and get back to winning ways while our opponents were looking to win to pick up points and move up the table.
Walsham went at Brantham from  the first whistle and an early shot on target by Walsham's  Andrew Wood was well stopped by Brantham keeper Jack Spurling.
Brantham hit back straight  away  when a good move started deep in the Brantham half saw the ball played through to Sean Gunn whose first time strike at goal was well taken by Walsham keeper Craig Band to deny Brantham opening an early account.
Walsham, at this stage, seemed to have the better of the play going forward and the Brantham defence had to work hard to keep them at bay at times.
Brantham then lost influental midfield man Romario Dunne who had been having a good game and was pushing forward but this injury saw Romario call it a day with an injury and he was replaced with  James Crissell coming into the game.
It was Walsham in the 24th minute who finally opened the scoring  when Ryan Gibbs was in the right place at the right time to hit home to open his and Walsham's account leaving Brantham keeper, Spurling, not much chance of stopping the ball flying into the back of the net. 0-1.
Minutes later the ball was played towards the Walsham goal and Adam Bloss hit a good shot on the run that went just wide of the target.
Brantham drew level when a good move saw Milo Downey put a telling shot into the Walsham area and Ben Newson, who led the Brantham front men superbly,
 latched onto the loose ball and he hit it home from close range to bring it all square at 1-1.
Both sides had further chances prior to the interval but neither could make good chances count.
The second half started with Brantham  pushing more players forward when the chance arose and a good through ball from Simon Mann saw Sean Gunn make ground and hit a hard shot on the run that beat the Walsham keeper but the ball went just wide of the target!.
Brantham were playing some good  passing football and they were rewarded when they hit home the next goal when a ball was played into the Walsham area and  Sean Bartlett, who had earlier saw two good shots go just the wrong side of the post,but this time Sean made sure the ball ended up in the Walsham net. 2-1
Walsham were still pushing men forward and a good move  by Wood and Peters saw a crisp shot well taken by Brantham keeper Jack Spurling.
Walsham then saw two good efforts go just the wrong side of the Brantham post before they equalised when Matt Morton made sure from close range to bring it all level at 2-2.
With time running out both sides pushed more men forward in search of that vital winning goal and the points and that came when a good move started deep in the Brantham half saw the ball latched onto by Sean Gunn  and he played a good through ball which was hit home into the Walsham goal by  Milo Downey  from close range, with Milo being in the right place at the right time to make sure that Brantham picked up the points.  3-2.
The Brantham defence  and midfield had worked hard throughout the game to keep Walsham  out while Brantham's Simon Mann made some first class forays forward from the defence and his turn of speed and ability to play a telling ball to his front men caused the Walsham defence problems at times, while at the back Jack Sibbons,Ed Nobbs, Adam Reakes with Adam Bloss all  made telling tackles when it mattered to keep Walsham out.
A good match and credit to both sides for playing good football. 
Brantham - Jack Spurling. Simon Mann. Ed Nobbs. James Gregory. Adam Reakes. Jack Sibbons. Romario Dunne. Milo Downey. Ben Newson. Sean Bartlett. Sean Gunn.
subs-  James Crissell.  James Gregor and Joshua Moore.
League Tables
Top two clubs
Mildenhall Town- Played 19- Won 18- Drawn 0- Lost 1- Points 54
Stanway Rovers-Played  20- Won 12- Drawn 5 -Lost 3-Points 41
Brantham Athletic, after the 3-2 win against Walsham move up into 7th in the league table with the record of  Played 21- Won 9- Drawn 5- Lost 7.
Bottom two clubs- Swaffham Town- Played  20 -Won 1= Drawn 4- Lost 15- Points 7
FC Clacton- Played 22- Won 1- Drawn 2- Lost 19- Points 5
Brantham's next match is away on Saturday December 10th 2016 when Ely City host the Brantham team.  Ely's league record to date is - Played 17- Won 4- Drawn 3- Lost 10 Points  15


Brantham Athletic Football Club wish to thank the following sponsors for their continued support for the 2016-2017 season.

Long and Partners                                   Sparlings Solicitors
Kempton Smth                                          Hadleigh Tyres
PSP Asset Protection                                Pro Duct Cleaning
The Brantham Bull                                    Bells Controls
Brantham Auto                                          Global Equipment
Fujitsu                                                       Webb  Associates
ICloudFM                                                   Space Office
Turner Interiors                                        Stour Valley Freight
Bodyworx                                            Skyline Office Interiors
Taylor Wimpey                                     Baverstock Accountants
The Bike Doctor                                         Or Light Limited
Total Football                                             CVC Tax Specialists
3A Roofing                                             Bensons Driving School
Podium Cars                                               Pattern  Perfect
St Francis Group                                        Steph Fit
Brantham Bull  Public House
Anglia Sports Management             
Brantham Leisure Centre


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