They think it’s all over… It is now!
Phoenix Sports were crowned Division G champions following their 3 – 2 victory
against Brentford Bees on Wednesday afternoon.
A crowd began to gather in Dartford eagerly awaiting a top
of the table clash between first and third place.
Phoenix went into the match knowing just a point against their divisional
rivals would clinch the National League title.
The league leaders began to settle their nerves early into
On five minutes, John Walpole intercepted a loose back pass,
he then rounded the goalkeeper and squared the ball to Matt Neary from a tight
angle, who bundled the ball into the back of the net.
The visitors equalised ten minutes later when they were
awarded a free-kick on edge of the penalty area. The Bee’s top goalscorer,
David Bramany, stepped up and curled it around the wall and into the bottom
The rest of the first-half was pretty eventless and the
score was all even going into the second period.
The hosts came out from the break the better team, dictating
the pace and tempo of the match.
Phoenix’ industrious efforts prevailed, and they deservedly
regained their lead, when Walpole’s goal-bound effort was deflected into the
back of the net by an unfortunate Bees defender.
Manny Oshinowd increased
his side’s lead once more and looked to seal the title for his side.
The midfielder received the ball in the penalty area, he calmly got the ball
out of his feet and dispatched his left-footed effort into the roof of the net.
Brentford poured forward in
the final minutes, in a desperate attempt to try and upset Phoenix’ party.
In the dying embers of the match Brentford pulled one back with a fabulous
free-kick, which found its way into the top corner. The goal acted as nothing
more than a consolation.
The referee blew his final whistle and Phoenix were declared National League
Division G champions!
Jack Parkinson, paid credit
to his players: “It was a fantastic way to finish the season against a
strong, well coached, Brentford
Headteacher at Erith school, Mr Bryce, also praised Phoenix Sports’ heroics
this season, on Twitter: “Well done to
manager Jack Parkinson, the coaching staff and the whole squad. Really proud of
you all, a fantastic achievement.”
A truly emphatic season for Phoenix from start to finish. Ending the season
with +79 goal difference, scoring 100 goals in 18 games and only conceding 21
in the process. Simply astonishing.
Some memorable moments along the way too.
From winning 9 – 0 against Charlton in September,
beating Millwall 17-0 in November and to finally clinching the title in April.
All the best to everybody associated with Phoenix Sports and
their future endeavors.
Highlights of the match can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfKNlOpuEbA