Young Bracknell Terriers show their teethBy Libby Mound
October 29, 2009
Bracknell Terriers 3 West Hampstead 1
West Hampstead’s 100-per-cent record was left in tatters by a stunning performance from a young Bracknell development side that went from dogged to unctuous to dominant in MBBO Division 10 East.
West Hampstead started with confidence and tried to blow Bracknell away with their sheer physicality, but the youngsters stuck to their task with David Harris in goal in top form.
Tom Scott tormented his markers and went close twice and it was no surprise when he finally found the net, coolly slipping the ball under the tigerish advance of the Hampstead keeper.
Hampstead deservedly gained an equaliser, but Scott then conjured up a penalty flick from a tight angle for skipper Neil Badley to methodically restore the Bracknell lead for half time.
In the second half Bracknell finally found the measure of the bullish Hampstead side and put them to the sword.
Scott rounded of his tenacious performance with a second predatory goal and then the team combined to play 15 minutes of scintillating hockey to close out the game as West Hampstead barely had a touch.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 1 Yateley Ladies 2nd 1
Bracknell Ladies tried out a new formation in their friendly with local rivals Yateley, and the change in style produced some fabulous hockey from defence through midfield up to the forwards.
Caroline Apsey skillfully took the ball down the left wing passed several Yateley players before slipping the ball through to Kelly Lockyer who floored the goal keeper with some super stick work and finished with a lovely flick into the top corner of the net.
After half time Bracknell continued with fluent hockey, with strong performances from Emma Cox at the back and a well deserved player-of-the-match award for Rachel Whittle – mainly for her acrobatic efforts in the D.
Yateley scored a scrappy goal towards the end of the game resulting in a disappointing draw for Bracknell.
Bracknell can hold their heads up high for a great team effort and should take away some valuable lessons for next week’s league game.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 0 Staines 2nd 5
Bracknell faced Staines looking to bag another three points in South Division 3B.
Despite missing a number of key players, Bracknell were confident, but from the off the defence was put under pressure by some strong attacking Staines play.
Despite valiant hard work, Bracknell went behind within minutes after failing to defend a Staines short corner and it quickly became obvious that Bracknell were going to be in for a tough ride.
Staines capitalised for the second time from another short corner, but Bracknell composed themselves and started playing some composed hockey, creating several attacking chances and forming a strong defensive line with man-of-the-match Libby Mound leading by example.
Goalkeeper Jen Sawyer made an outstanding save from a dubious penalty flick to keep the away side in the game, and although both teams battled hard it clearly wasn’t going to be Bracknell’s day as Staines took the score to 3-0 before half time.
Staines continued to dominate in the second haf, and coupled with some questionable umpiring decisions, Bracknell dropped another two goals.
Some good defending on the line from Mound kept the score respectable, but Staines came out comfortable winners.