The final game of a season that promised so much just failed to deliver for the Dragons against a team that had caused a few upsets already and had a cup final at the weekend. The game started positively with the Dragons bossing the opening exchanges and being rewarded when a half cleared set piece was latched onto with a half volley from 12 yards to open the scoring. The slick surface encouraged more two touch football from the Dragons as Brentham chased shadows. On fifteen minutes a Dragons counter attack was finished by the right-back who fired in a composed second Dragons goal. This game was then one way traffic until the referee became an influence. He first awarded the home side a free kick for a perfectly good tackle and the well worked set-piece was converted to reduce the deficit. Then he gave a penalty for what is still unexplainable and the conversion meant the sides went in level at half time. The Dragons came out for the second half still looking dazed and were punished as some sloppy play at the back was intercepted to give Brentham the lead for the first time. The referee’s lack of assertiveness lead to play which bordered on dangerous as exemplified in the build up to the Dragons equaliser seconds from full time. Brentham crudely body checked a Dragons run and a great challenge by another Dragon on the edge of the box allowed the ball to fall kindly for the striker to claim goal number 24 and bring some justice to the final result. The Firsts are a very difficult side to beat and will be strong contenders for silverware next season.
Match date Wednesday 9th May.