With the pre season programme now in full swing the annual John Brown Trophy match between Town and friends and neighbours Upper Beeding FC took place at the Shooting Field on Friday night.
In a match played mostly in torrential rain (we sure ain’t been too lucky with the elements so far!)a well taken hat trick from new signing Ben Bacon plus two goals by Charlie Romain and another from Rob Clark cemented an excellent performance against last season’s division two high flyers, Town running out 6-1 winners.
With the side mostly made up from the nucleus of last last season’s regular squad, with the addition of the returning Dan Gainsford at the back and vibrant newcomers Ben Bacon and Louis Clark feeding off the creativity of Romain, we were always in control of the match and indeed had the chances to win by an even greater margin. This has not always been the case in this match in recent seasons and to be fair we are further in to pre season than Beeding and a few extra weeks can make a big difference.
We looked very solid at the back, bolstered by the return of Gainsford and bolstered by the continually improving Levoi, and lively up front, playing a nice passing game throughout speedily switching defensive situations into attack and playing the attractive passing football that became a signature of the side last season.
There was also a decent sized (but soggy!)local-derby crowd in attendance, most of whom packed into the bar at the end of the match to see John Brown present the Trophy to victorious skipper Lewis Levoi.
Many thanks also go to the players, officials ans supporters of Upper Beeding FC who always make good company, look to play football in the right way and will no doubt perform much better than this in coming weeks as they look to emulate their top 6 finish from last season. This is a really great fixture to have in the calendar and is great for local football.
On the back of last Tuesday’s highly creditable 2-2 at home to Premier Division neighbours (and forthcoming FA Cup opponents) Worthing United we look to be gaining some momentum on the run up to the new campaign and there is every reason to be very optimistic about our prospects for the next nine months. The side has been very varied over the last 4 games, but the indications are we could well have more strength in depth than last season, and with more faces yet to return or hit full fitness, there is much to be optimistic about at this early stage.
We have two more ‘friendlies’ left at home to Premier Division Crawley Down Gatwick and Loxwood, this coming Tuesday and next Saturday respectively and then on Saturday 5 August we begin our regular season with an FA Cup tie (after a 12 year absence) just down the road at Worthing United (KO at Lyons Way 3pm). Be there!!
On Saturday 12 August we begin our League programme at home to Ringmer (KO on the day 3pm).
It’s nearly upon us again!
UP THE BARROWMEN!!