The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Tony Os­borne

BRIGHTLINGSEA Re­gent started on the front foot and de­served the lead af­ter just two min­utes, when Aaron Con­don crossed for Louie New­land but his ef­fort was well saved.

De­spite their fast start, Brightlingsea’s elec­tric open­ing to the game started to un­ravel as they gave the vis­i­tors too much time and space to get back into the game.

They, how­ever, did take the lead af­ter 12 min­utes as a Jake Turner free-kick met the head of Billy Hunt to con­vert into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

Merstham equalised in the 24th minute, with good work down the right from Alex Ad­dai, whose cross found the un­marked Char­lie Penny to slot home.

The sec­ond half was a fairly equal af­fair un­til Merstham made the break­through with ten min­utes to play.

Alex Ad­dai again made good progress down the right, ad­vanc­ing into the box and smash­ing home.

The con­test was set­tled in the last minute with sub­sti­tute Dan Ben­nett find­ing space in the Re­gent box, af­ter a counter at­tack, to stroke home.

Re­gent will be kick­ing them­slves af­ter a poor show­ing, with their in­dis­ci­pline al­low­ing Merstham the chance to take the points.

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