Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Victory over Hammers good omen for Sunday

Brakes beat the Hammers (aka Cradley Town) 4-1 at the New Windmill Ground tonight in what is hopefully a good omen for Charlton's visit to Upton Park on Sunday. Cradley is better known for speedway than football as in 'Ommer 'em Craid - ley'. Taking up my position on the Burger side, I found myself next to a small knot of fanatical Cradley supporters. Meanwhile, following complaints from a nearby farm about noise from chanting, the North Bank had gone into a chorus of 'Shall we make a noise for you?'

Cradley played with a determination that outshone their second from bottom position with some no nonsense defending and no little skill from No.5 shirt Mark Smith, formerly with Bromsgrove Rovers. Somewhat against the run of play they went 1-0 ahead and the score remained that way until half time.

It wasn't long into the second half before student and FA Cup 3rd qualifying round Footballer of the Round Alex Rodman equalised for Brakes. James Husband then made it 2-1 and it stayed that way until 87 minutes which was then the lights went out the first time this fixture was played. Then removal man Josh Blake, brought on as a substitute, forged through to score a peach of a goal to make it 3-1.

Almost immediately youth team product Ryan Howell, also brought on a sub, made it 4-1. Neil Stacey, sent off on Saturday, was brought on as a late sub and was greeted with a chant of 'Neil Stacey's an ace, he'll slap you in the face.'


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