After Saturday’s seventh win in a row, the SeedGrowers named the same side for the second consecutive game, as they looked to close the gap on second placed, Maldon & Tiptree.
The Town started how they ended Saturday’s match, on the front foot creating chance after chance. After just six minutes, Coggeshall had appeals for a penalty waved away, after Tevan Allen was brought down inside the eighteen yard box, but the Referee waved play on with the Brentwood players looking revealed with thehis decision. The SeedGrowers however, did not have to wait long to open the scoring. After eight minutes, Nnamdi Nwachuku scored his first goal of the game – as the ball was spread from right to left, Nwachuku cut in on his right foot, beat the defender with his usual quick feet and bent a curling effort in to the bottom corner past Rob Budd who was unable to keep the ball out of his net.
Graeme Smith’s side appeared to be in the mood for goals and it should have been two-nil early on. As new signing Mekhi McLeod played a one-two with Ross Wall, before hitting his effort straight at Budd when he should have found the back of the net. With the visiting defence at sixes and sevens, Nwachuku had a chance for his second after good player from Brampton and Pollard down the right wing, however Nwachuku miss-hit his effort and Brentwood were able to clear the danger.
Ross Wall then had a chance of his own, but Budd was on hand to make another, important save. McLeod then went close again after a good dribbling run from Haynes-Brown, but McLeod sent his effort wide of goal. As the SeedGrowers continued to create a host of chances, Budd was keeping his side in the game as he made another vital save, this time to deny Nwachuku who was unable to turn home a cross from McLeod. As the game approached the interval, Coggeshall had further chances to extend their lead, with Nwachuku having a goal ruled out for offside before Wall headed over a corner from Conor Hubble. The last chance of the half fell to Haynes-Brown as he diverted a free header from a Hubble corner over the cross bar.
HALF TIME: Coggeshall Town 1-0 Brentwood Town
After an amazing first half, Brentwood were somehow only trailing by a goal to nil and came in to the second half looking like a completely different side. Their determination to stay in the game was rewarded in the fifty second minute, after a deflected free kick from Mitchell Hunter sneaked it’s way under the wall past Sambridge, who stood no chance of keeping the ball out of his goal. Ten minutes later and the visitors took what some would have called, a shock lead. As it often happens in football, the home side were punished for not being clinical enough. A corner from the left hand side was not dealt with by the home defence – Sambridge made the initial save to deny a Charlee Hughes header, however Connor Martin was on hand to tap in the rebound from a matter of yards as the defenders watched on. In what was a manic twelve minutes, the home side conceded their third goal – having only conceded two goals in their last 8 games. A cross from Ryan Mallett, missed everybody inside the penalty box and somehow, landed in the bottom corner of Sambridge’s net after hitting the frame of the goal.
As the SeedGrowers looked shell-shocked, they were gifted a lifeline just five minutes after Mallet’s goal. The referee awarded Coggeshall a penalty kick, which the Brentwood players could not disagree with. The in-form, Nwachuku stepped up to take the penalty, which was saved by Goalkeeper, Budd – who was having a fine evening. However, luckily for the Town, the ball fell nicely for Nwachuku who was able to smash home the rebound for his second goal of the game – with the scoreline now at three-two in the visitors favour, it was game on! Moments later and the home side almost found an immediate equaliser, after smart play from Nwachuku, he found Ross Wall but his effort rolled agonisingly wide of the post.
Manager, Graeme Smith made several changes in personal and formation as he looked to force his way back in to the game. Substitute, Ace Howell then had the best chance of finding an equaliser, courtesy of some good play from fellow substitute, Michael Gyasi. As Gyasi dribbled at the defence, his shot was saved by Budd who was only able to parry it straight to the feet of Howell. With defenders on the verge of closing him down, Howell attempted to take a touch rather than shooting with his initial touch which allowed the defenders to recover and clear the danger. With Brentwood looking to manage the game towards the final whistle, the SeedGrowers huffed and puffed without testing, man of the match Budd further as the boys in blue gave Coggeshall the blues and ended their eight match unbeaten run.
FULL TIME: Coggeshall Town 2-3 Brentwood Town
Danny Sambridge, Josh Pollard, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Conor Hubble, Dexter Peter, Tyler Corlett, Mekhi McLeod, Syrus Gordon, Nnamdi Nwachuku, Ross Wall, Tevan Allen.
Ace Howell, Tyler Brampton, Aryton Coley, Jamie Shaw, Michael Gyasi.
Rob Budd, Nathan Fox, Connor Martin, Albert Levett, Quba Gordon, John Easterford, Mitchell Hunter, Ryan Mallet, Charlee Hughes, Alfie Hilton, Tony Stokes.
Danny Hurford, Sam Carter, Kojo Apenteng, Ernest Okoh, James Pellin.