Isthmian League North
Stowmarket Town 0
Brentwood Town 1
Match Report: Iain van der Ree
A Smash and grab at Greens Meadow as Brentwood gain home advantage for the play-offs.
Stowmarket Manager Paul Musgrove was pleased at his side’s performance on Saturday, despite conceding a late goal in a match that would ultimately determine which of the two sides would play Tuesday’s playoff match at home. The Old Gold and Blacks had James Bradbrook back in goal, who cast a ‘Petr Čech’ type figure in his protective headgear, as Stow pressed forward in the first half producing half a dozen chances on goal with Harry Girling much the busier of the two keepers.
The second half saw Stowmarket higher up the pitch looking to kick on from the first with the ever-industrious Ollie Brown working the right wing to good effect. Bermudian International Willy Clemons had arguably the best chance of the half when he fired a stinging shot on goal from a knock down pass from Jack Ainsley, only to see Girling parry the shot in the air and for the visitors to eventually clear their lines. However, Stow were undone from a rare penetrating Brentwood attack in the 86th minute when Ashley Nzala sent a cross from the left which substitute Andrew Freeman expertly collected and turned to strike the ball into the net in front of the delirious away fans.
Much to reflect for Musgrove, but a cutting edge in front of goal coupled with Saturday’s performance may reap a greater reward when the two sides meet again in the playoffs on Tuesday night at the Brentwood Arena. A win for either side will see them play either Canvey or Felixstowe in the promotion decider on Friday evening.
⚽️ Andrew Freeman (38’)
Ollie Brown puts another cross into the box against Brentwood
Ollie Brown collects his MOTM award from Match Sponsors KJS ARCHITECTURAL IRONMONGERY LTD