Strollers keep up promotion push with important win

Wakehurst Strollers Jamie Speers collides with this Brantwood player during their match at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT47-258AC
Wakehurst Strollers Jamie Speers collides with this Brantwood player during their match at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT47-258AC

Wakehurst Strollers kept up their promotion push at the weekend in one of the few Ballymena & Provincial League matches to beat the inclement weather conditions.

Andy Erwin’s side defeated Brantwood Reserves at the Showgrounds 3G to stay in touch with leaders Krag Albion at the top of Junior Division Two.

In the same division, Clough Rangers Athleti’s home match with Sport and Leisure Swifts suffered an early abandonment due to the weather.

The entire intermediate division schedule was wiped out but in Junior Division One, Antrim Rovers extended their lead at the summit by beating Mallusk Athletic.

JUNIOR DIVISION ONE

Antrim Rovers 4, Mallusk Athletic 2: Antrim went in front after Darryl Brammeld scored on the 21st minute then a second goal scored by Anton Watson saw them two goals clear on the 30th minute.

As half-time was almost reached Darryl Brammeld scored his second goal in the game on the 45th minute to extend the Antrim advantage.

Mallusk got back into the game after Michael Frew scored on the 47th minute but Antrim came back with a fourth goal scored by Graham Carmichael on the 66th minute. Mallusk were not finished getting a second goal scored by Matt Fegan on the 69th minute but though they tried hard to get another goal Antrim held firm to the finish.

JUNIOR DIVISION TWO

CLough Rangers Athletic 0, Sport &Leisure Swifts Reserves 1 (match abandoned): The game at Clough kicked off then with a heavy downpour adding to the water already on the ground, referee Brendan Crawford called a halt to proceedings in the interests of player safety on the 17th minute with the Swifts leading 1-0. The league Committee will now decide on the outcome

Wakehurst Strollers 3, Brantwood Reserves 1: On the slick 3g surface the ball moved quickly and this led to a penalty for Wakehurst on the 10th minute which John Alexander converted.

Wakehurst extended their lead after Jamie Spiers scored on the 21st minute then scored his second goal on the 32nd minute putting Wakehurst three goals clear.

Brantwood got back into the game after Simon Stallard scored on the 45th minute but the big surprise was this being the last goal scored in a game of many chances.