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M Abnett (63')
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Sat 25 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 106

Merstham Grab the Points


Brightlingsea Regent travelled to Merstham in the first of the weekends double header

Regent travelled to the Specsavers stadium in a bid to get back to winning ways after 2 straight home defeats.

Wearing the white kit for the first time, Tom Rothery made a couple of notable changes, Terry Amass came in to the side and Matt Baxter made his first start for the club, with Taylor and Lewis taking their place on the bench.

The first half was not the most exciting for the spectators, although Regent started well in the First 20, popping the ball around nicely but they were unable to create a clear chance, which was very similar for the hosts.

The only notable chance for the R’s, came from Billy Hunt in the 26th minute, Hunt burst past a couple of Merstham defenders, but hit his effort straight at the Merstham Stopper Chris Haigh.

It took until the 37th minute for the host to carve out the only real opportunity for either side, when Kershaney Samuels took down a ball, drive into the box and then laid it back for the unmarked Fabio Saraiva ten yards from goal but he snatched at the chance and his shot went high and wide. The first half ended goalless.

The second half started with Merstham on the front foot. On the 50th minute there was a huge cry for a penalty when a quick corner released Tom Bird who drove into the box, it looked like Jake Gould had made contact, but Bird managed to stay on his feet and fortunately for the R’s he overhit his cross. The Merstham players chased the referee as he waved away the appeals.

Not too long later Merstham got the break through, which happened to decide the contest. A through ball was chipped forward for Dan Bennett just inside the Regent box, he then cleverly backheeled to the full back Michael Abnett who run in and slotted past James Bradbrook. 1-0

Brightlingsea tried for an equalizer, and in the 85th minute the whole ground thought they had. When a Regent free kick knocked into the box by Matt Cripps wasn't dealt with and the ball was scrambled over the goal line by Harvey Hodd. The Linesman then stuck his flag up and this was met by celebration from the Merstham Support. FT0-1

The R’s will be disappointed not to come away with a point from the game, as for a lot of the game this looked the case. We go again this Monday as we welcome our Essex Neighbours AFC Hornchuch to the Taydal Stadium where we will look to get our first home win!

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Matthew Cripps

Player of the Match

Matthew Cripps

Key moments

Goal Michael Abnett scores for Merstham


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84:00 Sub On
Alex Taylor is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
84:00 Sub Off
George Keys is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
75:00 Yellow Card
Jake Clowsley is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
63:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael Abnett scores for Merstham
56:00 Sub Off
Jake Turner is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
56:00 Sub On
Amar Lewis is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
51:00 Yellow Card
Harry Morgan is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
45:00 Sub On
Dean Ager is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
45:00 Sub Off
Matthew Baxter is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
End of period
Player of the Match
Matthew Cripps is awarded player of the match for Brightlingsea Regent
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Merstham
  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • 0
  • Dean Ager Sub On 45:00'
  • Matthew Baxter Sub Off 45:00'
  • Harry Morgan Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Jake Turner Sub Off 56:00'
  • Amar Lewis Sub On 56:00'
  • Michael Abnett Goal 63:00'
  • Jake Clowsley Yellow Card 75:00'
  • George Keys Sub Off 84:00'
  • Alex Taylor Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Bradbrook, James Bradbrook, James
Amass, Terry Amass, Terry
Keys, George Keys, George
Hunt, Billy Hunt, Billy
Morgan, Harry Morgan, Harry
Gould, Jake Gould, Jake
Cripps, Matthew Cripps, Matthew
Turner, Jake Turner, Jake
Clowsley, Jake Clowsley, Jake
Hodd, Harvey Hodd, Harvey
Baxter, Matthew Baxter, Matthew
Brightlingsea Regent
  • 1. Chris Haigh
  • 2. Michael Abnett
  • 3. Tom Bird
  • 4. Kenny Beaney
  • 5. Ollie Cook
  • 6. Simon Cooper
  • 7. Kershaney Samuels
  • 8. Tom Kavanagh
  • 9. Dan Bennett
  • 10. Fabio Camacho Saraiva
  • 11. Reece Hall
  • 12. Calum Davies
  • 13. Alberto Lubango
  • 14. Tutu Henriques
  • 15. Gus Sow
  • 16. Ben Harrison

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
11. Lewes 42 60
12. Margate 42 59
13. Brightlingsea Regent 42 59
14. Bognor Regis Town 42 56
15. AFC Hornchurch 42 50
16. Potters Bar Town 42 49
17. Corinthian-Casuals 42 47

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