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Match reports for season 2016-2017

Tuesday October 18th 2016- Suffolk County FA Premier Cup 
Brantham Athletic 1 Leiston FC 5
Brantham Athletic welcomed Leiston to the Brantham ground for the SCFA Premier Cup.
Brantham took to the field with 4 regular first team players not available for this game through injury and not being available.
This included top scorer Ollie Mann getting over a bad ankle injury so it meant a headache for manager Paul Skingley  while our opponents, local foes of days gone by, were determined to get a good result after coming out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
A  good crowd made the journey from  Leiston and their team could not have wished for a better start when they took the  lead in the first minute as they went straight down from the kick off and Joe Francis made no mistake putting the ball into the back of the Brantham-goal. 0-1.
Brantham went straight back at them and Romario Dunne was put through and his first time shot at goal beat the Leiston keeper but went just wide of the post.  
Minutes later Brantham were back on equal terms when a very good through ball played through the Brantham midfield ended up with Ben Newson who made ground as the ball was played back to the Leiston keeper and Ben beat him to the loose ball and hit it home in style 1-1
Leiston were soon back on the attack  and Tom Winter  made ground towards the Brantham goal and his first time shot went across the goal and out of play.  
Leiston then took the lead for the second time this time through former Imps player, Patrick "Patch" Brothers to hit home at the back post leaving Brantham keeper  Jack Spurling no  chance of stopping the ball going into the net from close range. 1-2.
A good move down the flank by Brantham started deep in their own half saw the ball end up with Ben Newson  sending in a fierce shot that beat the keeper that went just wide of the post.
A mistake in the Brantham defence saw the ball bobble about and ended up in the back of the Brantham back of the net  with Joe Francis hitting home. 1-3.
Credit to the Brantham team who despite being behind still pushed men forward at every given chance with Simon Mann making some top class runs down the flanks and playing good balls through to his front men.
Brantham's Sean Gunn latched onto one well timed pass by Simon Mann  and Sean turned his man and shot at goal only to see Leiston  keeper Danny Potter make a good save to deny Sean the chance to open his account.
Leiston made it 1-4 when a free kick into the Brantham area was not cleared and a good, hard shot from Joe Jefford ended up in the Brantham net, despite the efforts of Brantham keeper, Jack Spurling, to keep it out of  his goal.
Despite being behind Brantham still pushed men forward to get another goal with James Crissell, Milo Downey, Sean Gunn and Romario Dunne all hitting shots at goal  only to see these cleared by a defenders or  well taken by the Leiston keeper.
Both sides went forward whenever the chance arose with Leiston looking the more dangerous when they had the ball.
A superb save by Brantham keeper, Jack Spurling,diving  to deny  Leistom's Tom Winter from adding another goal to their tally.
Brantham were never going to give up and  Imps Sam Hollis had the ball in the back of the Leiston net but only to see it disallowed as the referee had blown up for a previous foul..and that just about summed up Brantham's luck on the night!!
Leiston were to have the final say when Tom Winter was put through and hit home from close range to finish the score at 1-5.
Speaking to some supporters after the game they said that despite Brantham seeing goals past them they still played some good football but Leiston were in a higher league and it did show. I am sure that the Brantham team will know that a lot of other teams in the higher league have been beaten by a fast running, tackling Leiston side who top their league table, and we wish them well in the next round of the SCFA Premier Cup and their league fixtures.
Our thanks to all of our friends from Leiston who made the journey down to Brantham and to all of our great supporters, who despite the result, gave Brantham credit for still playing football and the  team never let their heads drop and played the final minute like it was just the start.
Brantham-Jack Spurling. Simon Mann. Ed Nobbs. James Gregory. Adam Reales. Kieran Lawler. Romario Dunne. Mile Downey. Ben Newson. James Crissell. Sean Gunn.   subs- Sean Bartlett. Sam Hollis. Sam Cole.
Next first team game at Brantham- Thurlow Nunn Premier Division- 25th October 2016- Brantham Athletic FC versus old rivals Hadleigh United- at Brantham Leisure Centre-kick off 7.45pm
The Golden goal for this match was won by Joel -1 minute-beers are on him!!!


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

Sunday October 23rd 2016
Ipswich Sunday Morning FootballLeague- RM1B
Brantham Athletic FC  versus Fat Cat FC
at Brantham Leisure Centre- kick off 10.30am

Suffolk Womens FootbalL League
Brantham Athletic Ladies versus East Bergholt  Ladies
at Brantham Leisure Centre- kick off to be confirmed.

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
Brantham Athletic Reserves versus Bures United  Firsts
Venue and kick off time to be confirmed.

Essex & Suffolk Border League- Div 2
Colchester Athletic versus Brantham Athletic "A"
Venue and kick off time to be confirmed.

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



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)

Saturday October 22nd 2016
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Long Melford FC 1 Brantham Athletic 2
(Brantham goalscorers to be confirmed)

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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