Bracknell HC sign off for Christmas in style
December 17, 2009
Bracknell Mens 1st 3 Sunbury1st 1
Bracknell put last week’s disappointment in Regional MBBO Division 2 behind them with a solid display at home against Sunbury.
After weeks of injury crisis, the Blues were able to field a near a full-strength side, welcoming back Gary Steeples and Paul Kaplanski.
Despite a bright start, Bracknell were unlucky to go a goal down after some impressive attacking play.
They soon levelled as Duncan Wiggett bagged his third of the season and the Blues should have finished the first half in front having dominated, but squandered a number of chances to take the lead.
The second half started in similar fashion as Bracknell continued to press for a second goal and defended stoutly.
Midway through the second half the deadlock was broken with two further strikes from Matty Humphrey and Wiggett.
The final whistle blew and it was a deserved 3-1 victory for Bracknell as everyone played their part, although Humphrey and Sam Heaver particularly impressed.
The only disappointment was an injury to Mark Burley.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 7 Oxford Hawks 1
Bracknell’s remaining pre-Christmas fixture marked the half-way point in the league season, and it was top versus bottom in MBBO Open Division 7.
Oxford’s meagre points tally of two was the same number of points that Bracknell had dropped, and the game certainly followed the form book.
Hawks, however, did create chances and after Pete Bailey had secured an early hat-trick to give Bracknell a 3-0 lead, they forced Bracknell keeper Withey into making a number of saves.
With Bracknell eager to add to their tally in the second half they were guilty of several lapses to their usually fluid game play.
As frustration began to affect their players, they finally managed to gain the initiative once again, swiftly doubling the lead to 6-0.
Hawks rallied again and struck a well-deserved consolation goal, but Bracknell netted their seventh to restore their six-goal lead.
Pete Bailey grabbed two of the second-half goals to take his tally to five, while Richard Jones and Lawrence Lewis added a goal apiece.
This was Bracknell’s eighth consecutive win, and they sit five-points clear at the top of the league with ten wins and one draw.
Bracknell Terriers 7 Aylesbury 0
Terriers passed the ball around with ease and could have been more than a meagre Tom Scott goal up at half time in their MBBO Division 10 East match.
And as soon as the Terriers put their plans into action Aylesbury had no response with Bracknell firing home six more unanswered goals.
Tom Scott got his obligatory hat-trick with brother Peter Scott, dad Dave Scott, Robert Badley and Ben Temple all getting their names on the scoresheet.
This concluded the first half of Terriers’ season in the open leagues and it sees them challenging for promotion with five others.
It is a credit to all the teenagers as to how competitive they have been in this senior team.