Bracknell HC 2nd give Oxford Rovers a shockBy Libby Mound
December 03, 2009
Rover Oxford 2 Bracknell Mens 2nd 4
Despite looking to re-affirm their promotion credentials with a trip to the MBBO Division 7’s in-form team Rover Oxford, Bracknell adopted somewhat of a cautious approach.
After settling into the game, confidence grew and a strike from Matt Wakefield saw Bracknell take the lead.
Oxford continued to threaten, but Bracknell soon added a second following an intricate short corner play which left Tom Mitchell with a simple tap in at the far post.
Oxford rallied to produce a couple of chances in response, but the game was put seemingly beyond Oxford when Bracknell won another short corner and Steve Williams was left with a gaping hole through which to score.
Oxford replied with a well-taken goal on the stroke of half time to keep the game interesting.
Having found his feet in the first half, debutant Lawrence Lewis was a colossal figure throughout the second half and Bracknell’s confidence grew from his tremendous effort.
Lewis almost made it 4-1, but it was Oxford who scored next when Bracknell were caught flat at the back and the Oxford forward made no mistake.
Bracknell’s response was immediate, however, as Ashley Holden drove forward with the ball to find Lewis, and this time he found the back of the net to all but guarantee the win.
Bracknell Mens 1st 1 Tring Mens 1st 2
Bracknell faced an in-form Tring side at Birch Hill in Regional MBBO Division 2 and it was the away side that started the better and were rewarded with two quick goals.
Bracknell soon found their feet and played their way back into the game, but couldn’t reduce the deficit by half-time.
The second half was an open and highly-paced affair and Carl Eatwell in goal played his part with a string of fine saves.
Mid-way through the second half Bracknell upped their game, but feeling the absence of injured strikers Danny Ray and Paul Kaplanski, they continued to struggle in front of goal.
However, with five minutes to go young debutant Sam Heaver opened his account with a sublime deft touch to beat the Tring Keeper.
Bracknell pushed for a second and had the opportunity with a number of short corners, but it was not to be.
Despite the result it was another good team performance from Bracknell.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0 Amersham & Chalfont 3rd 0
Third-placed Bracknell Ladies 2nd maintained their unbeaten run of form with a frustrating goalless draw at home to midtable Amersham & Chalfont 3rd Trysports Division 2.
The game started at a fast end-to-end pace, but as the half went on the home team gained the larger share of the possession and created the most chances, but did miss two open goals and had a penalty corner strike saved on the line by the Amersham captain.
In the second half Amersham set their stall out for a point and pulled 10 players behind the ball.
Bracknell enjoyed around 80 per cent of the possession for the remainder of the game, but were restricted to mainly penalty corners.
Towards the end of the match Bracknell won a string of eight, but again failed to find the net as Amersham broke down the play and even saved two shots on the goal line that had beaten the keeper.
A frustrated Bracknell had to be content with the point and will go back to practicing penalty corners at training in readiness for next week’s match against a young Reading Development team who lie only two places below them in the table.
Bracknell Terriers 4 Eastcote 1
Two goals from Tom Scott and one a piece for Richard Jones and Dave Murray were the meagre returns for Bracknell Terriers from a game in which, potentially, they could have won far more convincingly in MBBO Division 10 East.
Sam Fox-Harvey had an excellent game from right midfield showing great touch and composure, but overall the side made life difficult for themselves far too often.
However this was still a further three points on the board for the development side.