Wokingham HC Mens 1st 4 Bracknell HC Mens 1st 4By Libby Mound
November 26, 2009
Wokingham HC Mens 1st 4 Bracknell HC Mens 1st 4
Bracknell HC made the short trip to Cantley Park to face local rivals Wokingham in Regional MBBO Division 2.
Bracknell were able to field a near full-strength side, welcoming back several first-team regulars to the starting line-up.
Both sides started well and Bracknell held their shape defensively and also played some eye-catching attacking play.
So it was no surprise when Paul Kaplanski followed up on a save to give Bracknell the lead, but it was shortlived as Ali Dance, Dom Tallent and Barry Thomas all scored without reply.
The second half saw Bracknell push further up and press Wokingham, upping their game in every aspect and reaping the rewards.
Kaplanski scored a goal of the season contender with a fantastic volley fired into the roof of the net.
Wokingham pulled one back, only for Bracknell to score another two from Kaplanski and Danny Ray.
Bracknell continued to press for the win and had the chances, but it finished honours even.
West Witney 1st 4 Bracknell Ladies 1st 0
Bracknell sent two injury-hit ladies teams to Witney looking to build on their strong performances from the weekend before.
In the South Division 3B clash with Witney, the hosts came out hard, and after some intense pressure Witney netted twice.
Only some amazing saves by the Bracknell goalkeeper Jen Sawyer kept her side in the game at half-time.
Bracknell came back stronger in the second half, creating more attacking chances, with Holly Bentley and man-of-the-match Lyndsey Towse coming close with a couple of good efforts.
But it was not to be Bracknell’s day and Witney came out comfortable winners.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 3 West Witney 2nd 1
The undefeated Trysports Division 2 record for Bracknell Ladies 2nd remained intact on Saturday when they beat top-of-the-table West Witney 2nd.
West Witney caught Bracknell out with a quick break in the opening minutes of the match to take an early lead.
Aimee Harkins soon equalised with a deflected shot, before Rachel Whittle took advantage of a defensive slip up to make it 2-1.
Suzy Hardingham then set up Harkins to give Bracknell a two-goal lead by the break.
In the second half West Witney fought back and began to put Bracknell’s defence under pressure, but man-of-the-match Yellie Powley was in inspired form to ensure victory for the hosts.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 3 Maidenhead Boyne Hill 0
Bracknell’s past record against Boyne Hill has left something to be desired, so the Mens 2nd team were looking to turn the tide in MBBO Div 7.
Boyne Hill’s strengths have always been resolute defending and devastating counter attacks, but Bracknell’s experience against their old foe, and the confidence that comes from being top of the league, proved to be an irresistible combination on Saturday.
Bracknell were patient in their build up .and it eventually reaped dividends as Pete Bailey played a penetrating pass into the D and Dave Mackinder lapped up the chance for his 10th goal of the season.
Boyne Hill had their moments, creating one clear cut-chance that was put wide, but it was Bracknell that got the next goal with provider turning goalscorer as Bailey doubled the lead.
The second half began much as the first ended, with Bracknell searching for more goals.
Sam Heaver and Bailey both went close before Mackinder supplied a pin-point cross to Martyn Gessey who finished with aplomb and Bracknell held out for the win.
Bracknell Terriers 7 Ashford 0
Three goals from Tom Scott, two from Alex Light and one apiece for Peter Scott and Andy Bennett brought a well-deserved seven-goal victory against Ashford in MBBO Division 10 East.
Up by two at half time, coach Badley called for the side to dictate the pace of the game and raise the tempo.
The youngsters did this magnificently, keeping pace on the ball, passing accurately and maintaining shape.
Ashford had struggled to live with the Terriers first half and in the second they were blown away.