|THE BEAUTY OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL WHERE OPPOSING PLAYERS AND FANS CAN HAVE A QUICK CHAT DURING A BREAK IN PLAY.|
Brighlingsea Regent made the trip over from Essex to Hertfordshire on Saturday 29th July to play Welwyn Garden City in a pre-season friendly. It was a game which matched up two step four sides as Regent had been relegated from the Isthmian Premier Division at the end of the 22/23 campaign. The Citizens finished in 8th place of the Southern League Central Division just seven points below the play-off places.
Regent's Manager Brett Munyard has the task of regrouping and reshaping the squad at North Road in their first season back in Step Four since the 16/17 season. The former White Ensign boss joined the club in November 2021 and did leave for a short period last season from February to April.
City have former Wingate & Finchley player and manager Mark Weatherstone as boss who has been in place since December 2022 when he replaced Max Mitchell who is now manager of Potters Bar Town.
This was an eventful game and arguably there could of been two red cards given. The first incident saw Regent's goalkeeper bring down City's centre forward Dernell Wynter inside the box with a bear hug - with two covering players rushing back the referee booked the keeper. Some may argue it should of been red but it was yellow and a penalty kick was given with Wynter missed.
Regent were already 1-0 up early in the game when a poor clearance from the City keeper landed at a regent player's feet who was able to finish easily.
Ethan Kessel's resultant low free kick landed in the corner of the net to make it 1-1.
A few minutes into the second half Regent scored from close range to make it 1-2 which was the final score of the game.
It was good to see Adam Pollock in midfield for Welwyn has moved up from Enfield Borough where he made 25 appearances for the Step Six Thurlow Nunn First Division South side.