After the high drama of last Saturday, The Rooks head north of the river for another titanic clash at the bottom of the table. Brentwood Town are fighting for survival themselves and have the double advantage of more points on the board and games in the bank than us but a win on Saturday will narrow the gap to just five points. Brentwood will still fancy their chances of climbing out of the bottom four with four games in hand over 5th from bottom Needham Market with just five points the gap. However, games in hand are only of any use if you pick up points, and that hasn’t been easy for Brentwood in recent months.
In their last run out, away to Kingstonian on Monday night, they lost 4-0, although last Saturday they picked up a vital three points away at Staines Town thanks to Tom Richardson’s strike. They started off the season well, recording impressive victories over Staines Town (7-0), Leatherhead (4-1) and of course the 5-1 thumping we endured at The Pan in mid-September. The goals then dried up, scoring only five more after that win at The Dripping Pan until January 2nd. Their recent current form is a mixed bag of 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats in their last six. At the Brentwood Arena they’ve only won one of their last eight, with three defeats and four draws. Since we met back in September, manager Dean Holdsworth has moved up north to become Chief Executive Officer of Bolton Wanderers FC, with the manager’s jacket (sponsored by Sugar Hut) being worn by former Charlton Athletic striker Mike Flanagan. They’ve recently released last season’s leading scorer Sherwin Stanley but brought in Aveley’s Alex Teniola in his place.
The games between the two sides have always had goals. Before the six-goals back in September, where Alex Laing scored a late consolation, we’ve met once before in the FA Trophy in October 2012 where after a 3-3 draw at The Brentwood Arena, Lewes lost the replay 3-0.
Darren will be hoping for a reverse of fortunes on Saturday although there’s very little change to his squad, with both George Landais and Jimmy Muitt still long-term absentees up front. Of course Jonte Smith will be plying his silky skills in Cuba so there could be a return from injury for Miguel Baptista.
Kick off at the Brentwood Arena is 3pm and admission is £8 for Adults, £4 for Concessions and Kids enter for just £1.