Great Scott fires five for Bracknell TerriersBy Libby Mound
December 10, 2009
Bracknell Terriers 9 Leighton Buzzard 0
Bracknell Terriers slowly and methodically dismantled Leighton Buzzard with a convincing victory in MBBO Division 10 East, scoring four goals in the first half and five in the second with no reply.
Tom Scott was on fire, scoring five, but what was most pleasing about his performance was his movement and his ability to find space in a congested circle.
His brother Peter Scott also had a fine game, scoring a goal, retaining possession simply and weaving magic where it hurts most.
Of the senior players, Roger Husband had a superb game, scoring one himself and providing numerous assists.
The other goals went to Rob Badley and Sam Fox-Harvey.
Reading 3A 3 Bracknell Ladies 2nd 2
Bracknell Ladies 2nd suffered their first Trysports Division 2 defeat of the season at Reading.
With top scorer Caroline Apsey, key central midfielder Rachel Whittle, Emma Williams and a number of others unavailable, Bracknell were always going to be up against it.
The young and fast Reading development team started the brighter and opened the scoring.
In true Bracknell form, the away team recovered well and regained their composure, levelling the scores through a goal from Aimee Harkins.
Harkins intercepted a poor defensive pass to drive into the attacking D and coolly beat the Reading keeper on her reverse stick.
The half continued at a very fast end-to-end pace, with both teams creating chances.
Bracknell began to gain a little more possession and following a goalmouth scramble, Helen Goodall was quick to pounce on the loose ball and put Bracknell 2-1 up at half time.
In the second half, Reading’s superior speed, fitness and youth proved influential as they slowly began to take the upper hand in what had been a very even match.
The whole Bracknell team worked doggedly in what was their toughest match so far this season.
Reading equalised following a penalty corner, then 10 minutes later they scored again from a quick break down the left.
Bracknell upped their game and re-gained a larger share of possession for the final 15 minutes, but failed to take their chances and level the scores.
Special mention goes to Steph Newton, who played in goal for only the second time this season.
Bracknell Mens 1st 3 High Wycombe 2nd 8
Injury-ravaged Bracknell faced league leaders High Wycombe 2nd at Cressex in Regional MBBO Division 2.
The home side came firing out of the blocks and literally hit Bracknell for six in the opening 25 minutes.
Bracknell needed to regroup and towards the end of the half caught High Wycombe on the break to pull one back with an excellent finish from Jonny Hall.
Half-time gave Bracknell time to recover and they came out all guns blazing.
Putting High Wycombe on the back foot, Tom Mitchell and Sean Hardingham scored further goals for Bracknell to bring them back into the game, only for High Wycombe to bag a further two for themselves, securing an 8-3 win.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 4 Amersham & Chalfont 0
Pete Bailey’s hat-trick lit up an otherwise dreary December afternoon as Bracknell put Amersham & Chalfont to the sword in this MBBO Open Division 7 encounter.
This was Bracknell’s seventh consecutive win, and the side played with the confidence that comes from winning, achieving victory in a seemingly effortless fashion.
As early as the fifth minute Bracknell had AC on the ropes with Pete Bailey applying the finish at the far post.
From that point on the win never looked in doubt.
Before long the lead was doubled as John Brayshaw bagged the goal which his recent tireless performances up front deserved. Brayshaw breezed past two defenders and flicked the ball over the diving goalkeeper to score.
Later in the half Bailey grabbed his second to put Bracknell 3-0 up at half-time.
As darkness fell over Birch Hill, Bracknell began the second half in determined manner and it wasn’t long before Bailey claimed his hat-trick, striking from around 10 yards out and then scoring the rebound after the initial shot was saved.
Bracknell will want to go into the new year with their unbeaten record still in tact as their last fixture before Christmas sees them travel to basement-side Oxford Hawks.
West Hampstead 3 Bracknell Ladies 1st 2
West Hampstead hit Bracknell hard for the first 15 minutes of their South Division 3B match.
However, solid defending from the Bracknell defence of Marcia Clapson, Libby Mound, Alison Eatwell and Katie Oliver meant West Hampstead were frustrated time after time.
Bracknell began to fight back, but with less than 10 minutes to go to half time West Hampstead were awarded a controversial penalty flick, leading to captain Holly Bentley being shown a yellow card for dissent.
Keeper Jen Sawyer got a touch on the penalty, but the ball still went in the net and the first half ended 1-0.
Bracknell had to start the second half with 10 players and soon found themselves under pressure again.
The West Hampstead forwards were able to punish Bracknell with a second goal, but once the Bracknell captain returned to the pitch they were determined to fight back.
Rachel Ackroyd deflected the ball into the top of the net for a superb confidence-building goal and Bracknell continued to battle as West Hampstead began to fall apart.
The pressure finally told as Lyndsey Towse struck the ball from the top of the D towards Ackroyd in front of the keeper, who again deflected the ball home.
With only a few minutes left Bracknell were now playing for the win, but West Hampstead managed to get into Bracknell’s defensive D and were contentiously awarded a penalty corner which resulted in the winning goal.
Bracknell felt very disappointed having fought back from 2-0 down and that poor umpiring decisions once again had a big influence on the result.