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Match reports for season 2016-2017

Saturday October 22nd 2016
Long Melford FC 1 Brantham Athletic 2
Brantham travelled to Long Melford looking to keep their  mini-run going for their league match away to Long Melford and after a good match between two good teams it ended in the Blue Imps favour with a deserved 2-1 win.
The first period was shaded by Brantham but credit to a hard working Long Melford side who came back strong in the second half  but Brantham created a lot of chances and made goals count.
Brantham showed their attacking prowess and created the first chance after just 5 minutes when Ben Newson broke clear but his effort flashed past the post.
At the other end Melford's  Steve Adams put a header just wide and a shot from Wingfield was saved by Brantham keeper, Jack Spurling, with a top class one-handed stop low to his right to deny the Melford player.
Brantham were having the better of the first half amd Romario Dunne had a good chance picking the ball up 30 yards out and he went pass two defenders only to put his shot just  wide of the target.
Long Melford had chances and on the half hour mark a long straight free kick was put into the Brantham box and the Melford forward beat Jack  Spurling only to see his header drop past  the post-phew""
Brantham went back on the attack with Ben Newson  going  just wide with a cross shot and Sean Gunn working hard and playing some top class "old fashioned" wing play and was having a good game going forward. 
Long Melford came at Brantham again and a long strong straight free kick was put into the Brantham box and a forward beat Jack Spurling to the ball only to see his header drop past the post.
Brantham went back onto the attack  and took the lead with  Sean Gunn  doing well in midfield and his pass found Ben Newson  who finished in style to give Brantham the lead 1-0.
Five minutes later and the Blue Imps doubled their lead when from a quick break  Ben Newson played in Josce Syrett  and his first time pass picked out Romario Dunne whose shot was blocked and Josce Syrett put home the rebound.0-2
Just prior to half time Long Melford thought they might have got a penalty  as  Brantham  keeper Jack Spurling collided with Melford's  Smith but the referee deemed it an accidental collision and waved play on.
Second half and Long Melford made a good start although they were finding it hard to get past a hard working Brantham midfield and defence.
Brantham had the pace on the counter attack and Sean Gunn saw a 25 yard effort go just over the bar.
Another chance was created with a fine Romario Dunne pass only inches away from Ben Newson at the far post.
Long  Melford had a good chance  when Brantham keeper Spurling punched a cross out and the Melford number 9 was quickest to react and hit it at goal only to see his effort sail over the bar.
Long Melford were working like trojans to get back into the game when Blue Imps defender Ryan Yallop pulled back  Melford's Ashley Skeggs,they had tangled previously during the first half,and Yallop was given his second yellow card of the  game and his marching orders.  The spot kick was hit home by Will Wingfield to give Melford the chance to get something out of the game. 1-2
Long Melford  then gave everything  in a ten minute final push but the 10 men of Brantham  made some telling tackles when it mattered and they held out for an important three points.
Credit to Long  Melford who played some good football and had their chances but the Blue Imps worked hard in every area of the pitch and got the result the Brantham management were looking for.
Brantham - Jack  Spurling. Ryan Yallop. Ed Nobbs. Kieran Lawler. James Gregory. Adam Reakes. Romario Dunne. Milo Downey. Ben Newson.  Josce Syrett. Sean Gunn. subs - Sean Bartlett. Sam Hollis. Sam Cole
This result put the Blue Imps up to 8th place in the table and a good result from a hard working Brantham team who all ran and chased every ball.

Thanks to Nathan Burrell for his top class match report.
League table to date:
Top  two:  Mildenhall   Town-Played 13 matches- Points 33
Second in table- Stanway Rovers -Played 15- Points 33
Brantham are now 8th in the league table- Played 14- Won 6- Drawn 4- Lost 4-Points 22.
Bottom two:Swaffham Town  with 7 points from 13 games and FC Clacton with 16 games played- 1 point .
Upcoming  first team fixtures:
Tuesday October 25th -Thurlow Nunn Premier Division- Brantham Athletic versus Hadleigh United at Brantham Leisure  Centre-kick off 7.45pm
(Don't forget your Golden Goal tickets and it might, just might, be you the lucky winner of the first scored from either  side!!!)
Saturday 29th October - Thurlow Nunn Premier Divison-  Fakenham Town versus Brantham Athletic  at Fakenham- kick off 3.00pm


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


Upcoming Fixtures



Upcoming fixtures for season 2016-2017

Tuesday October 25th 2016
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Brantham Athletic FC versus Hadleigh United FC
at Brantham Leisure Centre-kick off 7.45pm
(Don't forget your Golden Goal tickets- it might just be you as the winner!!)

Wednesday October 26th 2016
Thurlow Nunn Under 18's -South
Brantham Athletic under 18's versus Halstead Town under 18's
at Brantham Leisure Centre- kick off 7.45pm

Saturday October 29th 2016
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Fakenham Town FC versus Brantham Athletic
at Fakenham- kick off 3.00pm

Essex & Suffolk Border League Cup fixture-Round 2
Brantham Athletic Reserves versus Bures United  Firsts
Venue and kick off time to be confirmed.

Suffolk County FA Primary Cup - 3rd round
Cockfield Utd Reserves versus Brantham Athletic "A"
Venue to be confirmed- kick off 14.50

Sunday October 30th 2016
Ipswich Sunday Football League - RM1B
Kesgrave Kestrels FC versus Brantham Athletic
Venue to be confirmed- kick off 10.30am

Ipswich Sunday Football League -  RM2A
Brantham Athletic Reserves versus Shotley Rose
at Brantham Leisure Centre- kick off 10.30am

Suffolk Womens Football League
Ipswich Phoenix Ladies versus Brantham Athletic Ladies
Venue  and kick off time to be confirmed

Tuesday November 1st 2016
Thurlow Nunn League Cup
Coggeshall Town FC versus Brantham Athletic (first team)
Venue to be confirmed -kick off 7.45pm

Thurlow Nunn South- under 18's
Witham Town under 18s versus Brantham Athletic under 18's
Venue to be confirmed- kick off 7.45pm

Friday November 4th 2016
Thurlow  Nunn   Premier Division
Brantham Athletic versus FC Clacton
at Brantham Leisure Centre-kick off 7.45pm



Saturday October 15th 2016
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Brantham Athletic 2 Ely City FC 0
(Brantham men on target- Sean Bartlett 1, Ben Newson 1)

Suffolk County Senior Cup
Debenham L.C FC 1 Brantham Athletic Reserves 3
(Brantham men on target to be confirmed)

Colchester & East Essex League- Cup
Colne Engain First  8- Brantham Athletic "A" 1 (a.e.t)

Sunday October 16th 2016
Ipswich Sunday Morning League - RM1B
Brantham Athletic 2 Holbrook Swan FC 3

Suffolk County FA Women's Cup
Walsham-le-Willows Ladies 2 - Brantham Athletic Ladies 1
(after extra rime)

Tuesday October 18th 2016
Suffolk County FA Premier Cup
Brantham Athletic 1 Leiston FC 5
(Brantham goalscorer- Ben Newson 1 )

Saturday October 22nd 2016
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Long Melford FC 1 Brantham Athletic 2
(Brantham goalscorers -Ben Newson 1, Josce Syrett 1)

Essex & Suffolk League-Premier Division
Arlesford  Colne FC 4 Brantham Athletic Reserves 2
(Brantham goalscorers to be confirmed)

Essex & Suffolk Border League -Div 2
Brantham Athletic "A" 1 Hatfield Reserves 3


 End of season evening- players who picked up awards for the 2015-2016 season at the top class end of season evening.

First team
Supporters player of the season-  Sean Gunn
Players player of the season - Ed Nobbs
Managers  player of the season- Sean Gunn
Reserve team
Supporters player of the season- Jack Wood
Players  player of the season- James Thompson
Managers player of the season- Reggie O'Brien
Ladies team
Managers joint player of the season- Monique Peters and
Kirsten Hutchings
Players player of the sason- Shanice Leeks
Team Brantham
Most improved player of the season- Chris Tanner
Players player of the season- Ben Allington
Most improved player ofthe season- Ben Allington
Brantham Athletic Colts team
Clubman of the season- Ross Gunn
Managers player  of the season- Ben Upton
Players player of the season- Sean Dale
Brantham Athletic (Sunday) Badgers team
Managers player of the season- Stuart Wright
Players player of the season-
Ryan Jacobs
Clubman of the season- Kevin Kemp
Brantham Athletic (Sunday) Bodgers team
Clubman of the season - Stuart Hunt
Players player of the season- Jack Woods
Managers player of the season- Scott Rodwell
Brantham Under 18's team
Most improved player- Sam Perry
Players player of the season- Hayden Eyers
Managers player of the season- Callum Griffiths
(I was not able to attend the evening and my thanks to Nathan Burrell for passing the info regarding the players who picked up awards on the evening)















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