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John Brennan hails 'awesome' Britwell in win against Stoke Poges

BRITWELL manager John Brennan hailed his side as ‘awesome’ in a 4-0 win against Stoke Poges at Arbour Park on Friday night.

The game was billed as the latest Showcase Match in the East Berkshire League and a crowd of 169 watched on as football returned after the Christmas holidays.

Britwell took a narrow lead into the break thanks to a goal from Craig Cramman, who signed from Stoke Poges in the summer, before the returning Dan Molloy secured victory with a second-half hat-trick.

A young and spirited Stoke side played their part in entertaining the crowd, particularly with an early chance to break the deadlock that was put wide, but defeat ends their recent four game unbeaten run.

Brennan said: “On reflection, it was a success. We got a comprehensive win and a clean sheet.

“But, I was a little bit disappointed because it took us 60 or 70 minutes to get going and we were playing a bit out of sorts. We tended to rush things and force it forward too much when we had a lot more time than we thought we had.

“Once we settled down, for a 20-30 minute period in the second half we were very good, awesome I would go as far as saying.

“It’s making my life difficult with selection coming up for the next games. We had a few players that changed the game on Friday night and a few other good appearances, which are all good omens.”

On the returning hat-trick hero, Molloy, he added: “We’ve got Dan for the rest of the season now, he’s been out with injury or playing non-league football but, he’s in for the rest of the league campaign.”

The win means Britwell have extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division table to seven points but, key tittle opposition do have games in hand.

They include Old Windsor, who fresh off the back of a convincing 5-1 win against Procision in the last-16 of the County Cup last weekend, travel to Britwell this Saturday (2pm kick off).

Brennan commented: “Old Windsor are obviously difficult opposition. They won the league a few years back and run us very close last season. We had two draws with them but I felt we should have won both games.

“It’s up to us this weekend to put that right and give them a beating, or they may well beat us and blow the title race wide open. It’s going to be interesting to see and one that I can’t wait to be involved in.

“We had a 25-man squad to choose from last Friday. I don’t envisage that being the case this weekend, but I’m anticipating the squad to be strong still for this Saturday.”

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