BRANTHAM ATHLETIC 2 STANWAY ROVERS 2 Ross Crouch Trophy IPSWICH Town coach Steve Foley officially opened the new Ross Crouch Grandstand at Brantham’s ground, prior to Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stanway.

The game started with the hosts determined to take the game to their opponents.

They had a chance after ten minutes when Dean Dale did the hard work in midfield and sent Michael Brothers through, but his shot grazed the post.

Brantham continued to go forward and this paid off when a good through ball to wide man Brothers saw the Brantham man beat his marker, cut inside and send a great shot into the near side of the goal. Stanway certainly had chances, with Sam Newson being involved in most of them.

The Brantham defence were holding Stanway well but Ryan Bedingfield still had to make two top-class saves to deny them a goal.

Stanway had a chance prior to the break when they were awarded a penalty for handball.

Sam Newson struck the ball hard but Bedingfield made a top-class save.

The second half started with Brantham again prepared to go forward and they were unlucky when a great lofted pass from Patrick Brothers saw Kieran Lawler’s header beat the keeper – only to hit the bar.

Stanway drew level Sam Newson picked up a loose ball in the area and slotted home.

They went ahead when a mistake in the Brantham defence gave Sam Newson all the time he needed to tap into the open goal.

Brantham drew level when a break from the back saw a good ball from Kevin Mann for Kieran Lawler to run on to and lob over the keeper and into the goal.

Thanks to the three officials who not only did a superb job but donated their match fees to charity, Brantham club officials collected over £380 for charity.