Brightlingsea made the trip down to Surrey to face Corinthian-Casuals, a club with plenty of history and well known within non-league football.
Regent made two changes from Monday’s victory, with Pip Boyland and Ace Howell coming out of the starting 11, Billy Hunt and Amir Berkane returning. Adam Hampson returned to the squad after becoming a father last weekend, he took his place on the bench.
The match started, and it didn’t take the R’s too long to create an opening chance. Inside 5 minutes, a long throw was sent in by Josh Gould, the Casuals defence failed to completely clear. Charlie Lindoe kept the phase alive at the back post hooking across. The play finished with Josh Gould steaming in from the byline to shoot wide.
Moment later, a strong challenge from the hosts Muhaned Maan on Amir Berkane left the R’s midfielder requiring treatment. Berkane was thankfully able to continue and Maan saw yellow.
The game moved on for the next twenty or so minutes with little action as both teams sounded each other out. Casuals had their first real site at goal through Coskun Ekim who created space to shoot on the edge of the box but the R’s defence stood resolute and Matt Cripps blocked taking the sting out the effort with the ball trickling through to Turner to collect.
Moments later Regent worked a chance at the other end, some good creative possession got front man Billy Hunt able to turn his defender and cannon a strike on goal just inside the area. His effort was a nice height for the hosts stopper Daniel Bracken who was able to parry away.
The hosts then got higher up the pitch and forced some serious pressure on the Regent goal late in the half. A series of blocked efforts forced a couple of corners, which the R’s dealt with well with clearances from Ricky Griggs and a commanding punch from Charlie Turner between the sticks.
With time running out before the break, Kevat Serbonij got in-behind the Regent defence after a long ball was allowed to bounce. Serbonij run on as Regent attempted to recover but in last line of defence stood Charlie Turner who held a great starting position and was able to get low, stealing the ball off the attackers heavy touch. A let off for men in white. HALF-TIME 0-0
The second half got underway with James Bracken’s team showing more positivity after the break. Inside the first 5 minutes, a cross from the right was met by the head of Nathaniel Pinney which was comfortable for Turner.
Then a long searching ball got Muhaned Maan racing clear but for a fantastic recovering challenge from Matt Cripps stopped the striker in his tracks.
The R’s forward line were starting to get frustrated as not a lot was coming off, after Romario Dunne lost possession he then fouled Juevan Spencer after he was dispossessed resulting in a caution.
This prompted Rothery into making changes as Josh Gould made way for Adam Hampson. Then the next break in play saw Romario Dunne replaced with Ace Howell.
The match began to open up as we approached the last quarter. Regent kept coming forward in a search to break the deadlock, but at the same time Corinthian-Casuals looked dangerous on the counter.
In the 76th minute. The R’s finally got the goal which proved to be the winner! Regent piled forward as they dispossessed Casuals in midfield, working the ball left to right, great energy from Ricky Griggs making an overlapping run in behind, Hampson played him in and Griggs’s Cross was met by substitute Ace Howell who connected well enough for his strike to bounce in off the inside of the post. 0-1!
The hosts were then in search to level the scores, but this suited Regent who were able to break.
With 5 minutes remaining, Hunt worked a chance for a second. Hampson and Ace Howell had made a huge impact on the game, great work from both on the left got Billy Hunt in on goal from Hampson’s back heel. But his effort was well saved. Jake Turner turned in the rebound but he was deemed offside.
The game finished with Casuals winning a couple of corners as the defence stood firm. Neither came of anything and the Ref called a halt with Regent taking home the points! FULL-TIME! 0-1
Regent’s first away victory of the season saw them move up to 11th in the table.
The R’s have now kept 4 clean sheets from the opening 6 matches which will certainly please John Albon, our goalkeeping Coach.
Next up, we travel to Cheshunt on Saturday for our FA Cup tie.
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