Two-goal Caroline clinches derby winBy Libby Mound
November 05, 2009
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 4 Wokingham Ladies 2nd 2
In the first half Wokingham came out fighting and scored first in this Trysports Division 2 derby through Hayley Buckland, adding to the frustration of the slow-starting home side.
However, Bracknell fought back and Caroline Apsey levelled by half time.
In the second half Bracknell came out with a different attitude and Apsey grabbed her second after a brilliant set up by Charlotte Clarke.
Bracknell’s concentration dipped for a few minutes after the goal and despite some solid tackling by Jane Theodolou, Wokingham capitalised and equalised through Clare Bennet.
However this did not last long as Suzy Hardingham battled her way into the circle and slap hit an awesome lifted shot to restore Bracknell’s lead.
This was added to with another amazing goal from Aimee Harkins.
Joint Players of the match were Apsey and Sarah Camish.
Bracknell Mens 1st 6 Eastcote Mens 2nd 4
Stand-in skipper Tony Heaver’s advice before the game was simply to go out and score more goals than the opposition.
And Bracknell did just that as they ran in 6-4 winners against league high-flyers Eastcote 2 in the latest encounter in MBBA Regional Division 2.
Bracknell made a fabulous start to the game with Dan Ray firing home in the first minute.
The home side quickly added a further two goals, both from top-scorer Paul Kaplanski as Bracknell went 3-0 up within five minutes.
Shell-shocked visitors Eastcote gathered themselves and pulled a goal back, and when Bracknell failed to convert numerous chances, Eastcote pulled another back and could have easily been level at half time.
After a stern half-time team talk, the home side restarted the match in the same vein as the first half, this time with veteran winger Duncan Wiggett notching two goals for himself as Bracknell went 5-2 ahead.
Eastcote tried to make a go of it, and grabbed another two goals before Dan Ray hammered the final nail into the coffin to make the final score 6-4.
The exciting victory put Bracknell, the divisions great entertainers into second with a game in hand having scored 22 goals in four games and conceding 13.
Eastcote 0 Bracknell Mens 2nd 10
Bracknell were looking to regain momentum with a potentially tricky visit to Eastcote in MBBO Division 7.
Bracknell set about their opponents with purposeful resolve and the perfomance was a world away from the previous week’s dirge at Newbury and the deadlock was soon broken with a goal from Dave Mackinder.
Steve Williams doubled the lead with a captain’s strike before some resolute defending from Adrian Plant and Ashley Holden kept a resugent Eastcote at bay and maintained Bracknell’s 2-0 half-time lead.
Two quick Bracknell goals doubled the lead in a short space of time, sparking a deluge of pressure on the host’s goal.
Bracknell’s strikers greedily took chance after chance with Mackinder netting two more, while Steve Williams grabbed another and Pete Bailey and Ashley Holden scored one apiece.
Sam Heaver claimed a deserved second-half hat-trick, while goalkeeper Tom Withey made a save late on to maintain Bracknell’s excellent defensive record.
Bracknell will now be bouyed as they go into their next two fixtures against their rivals in the top three of the league.
Bracknell Mens 3rd 2 Tring 3rd 0
From the start Bracknell commanded possession of the ball and played a strong game in MBBO Division 8.
Tring were not going down lightly and with many fast breaks caused problems for Bracknell who were saved by their solid defence.
The breakthrough came with a pass across the goal from Scott Elliot which was finished off gracefully by Pete Moon.
In the second half both teams started strongly, but Elliot stepped up to score from a penalty flick to secure the points for Bracknell.
Bracknell Terriers 0 Brunel University 2
This game really stretched Bracknell Terriers as Brunel University fielded a side brimming with pace and fitness in MBBO Division 10 East.
The old boys rolled back the years and met the challenge with all the grit and guile they possessed, David Scott and Ian Wilson were the rocks on which wave after wave of pressure foundered.
Alex Light made his debut in goal and was magnificent, while lone-striker Tom Scott caused problems.
Terriers kept their shape suuperbly to restrict the strong opposition to just two goals.