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Pre-Season Friendly Match Report (04/09/2022): Brothers United vs. Hype Train FC

Hype Train FC will be playing across both Saturday and Sunday next season, with the team competing in the East Berkshire Football League and the Reading & District Sunday League. You can follow all of the team's season coverage right here as we provide match reports and photo galleries from our third season as a club! All aboard.

Match Report: Brothers United vs. Hype Train FC

Date: Sunday 4th September 2022

Competition: Pre-Season Friendly (10:30am KO)

Opposition: Brothers United

Location: Burghfield CSA, James Lane, Burghfield, Reading, RG30 6RS

Final Score: Brothers United 3-1 Hype Train FC

Photographer: Sam Austin (@HypeTrainSam)

Match Report:

The train's encounter against Brothers United was the team's 10th match in pre-season ahead of the 2022/23 season, with the team taking on fellow RDSL Division 3 opponents. This was the 3rd time we faced Brothers, with the team facing them twice RDSL Division 4 last season.

A game of 4 goals opened up in the 23rd minute and it was Brothers who opened up the scoring after a loose ball into midfield saw a Brothers player pick up the ball and play in their Number 17, who turned whilst his back was at goal, and lobbed Robert Austin in goal from 30-yards-out, catching the train completely off guard.

A second goal for Brothers took just 5 minutes to arrive and started when a counter attack saw Brothers freed down the left wing, with a cut back at goal seeing a simple tap-in from just a few yards out, as the team in black and white doubled their lead.

The lead was reduced in the 36th minute and started when Liam Bowbrick was fouled on the right wing after playing a quick ball down the line. Cleared out, the team reset for a set-piece, which was guided towards the centre of the penalty area by Tom Williams and converted via the head of Phil Newport, with the game going in 2-1 at half-time.

The lone goal in the second-half secured the win for Brothers and arrived during the 71st minute when the train's corner kick ultimately ended up in a counter attack which saw an attacker put through on goal, with the shot looping high and over an advancing keeper.

The result means that in our 10th pre-season outing, we completed our longest run of games before the start of a season, with the team having a mix and varity of results as we prepare for our first Sunday League outing in RDSL Division 3 in late September.

Liam Bowbrick (red) in possession against Brothers United. Photography by Sam Austin

Thoughts from Club Secretary, Robert Austin:

"Our pre-season outing against Brothers wasn't the day we had hoped for, it wasn't up to scratch and highlighted what the team needs to work on ahead of the season. Our opponents played a good match, moved the ball well and quickly with some good passing sequences, and were fully deserving of their win.

The game itself, we were on top during the opening 25-minutes of the game and created some good opportunities, did well to move the ball with our midfielders, which is why the first goal for Brothers was killer as it completely flipped the script of the game. We fell apart for a 10 minute period and it cost us the game, whilst in the second-half we applied a lot of pressure, though was just not our day, and hopefully a massive wakeup call after a back and forth pre-season with a largely new group of players.

I'd like to thank James and the team at Brothers for the game! We're looking forward to our league games next season in what looks like a strong Division 3!"

Tom Williams (red) helps up a Brothers United player. Photography by Sam Austin

Hype Train FC: Matchday Squad

Manager: George Champion

Starting 11:

GK: Robert Austin

DEF: Graham High

DEF: Joe Sawyer

DEF: Ryan Knott

DEF: Josh Watkins

MID: Owen Bowbrick

MID: Liam Bowbrick

MID: Tom Williams

MID: Cosmin Huhulea

MID: Ash Ali

FOR: Phil Newport


SUB: Walid Zaky

SUB: Owen Jones

SUB: Brad Matthews

SUB: Daniel MacDonald

Goals & Assists:

Goal 1: Newport (goal), Williams (assist)

Want to know more about The Hype Train?

The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in general football and Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.

We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.

In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles. We won both Goal of the Season Awards in the Berkshire and County FA regions, with Callum Parr-Jones winning the Berks & Bucks FA award, whilst Martin King won the PlaySport UK award.

In 2021, we formed the Reading Sunday Social League (RSSL), a competitive Sunday League involving 8 teams in its debut season. During the 2021/22 season, we won our first-ever trophy, lifting the East Berkshire Football League's Presidents Cup!

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.

You can follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, follow Hype Train FC on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive content, visit our club's dedicate website, or visit our website here at

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