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Phoenix Sports clinch Division G title with narrow victory over Brentford Bees
By Joshua Nelson UCFB
Published: 05-04-2018 at 14:07

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 the match.

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 corner.

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 side.

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

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