Bracknell HC Ladies fight back to earn a point in West LondonBy Libby Mound
February 11, 2010
Bracknell Ladies 1st 3 Hampstead and Westminster 3
After eight weeks without a game, Bracknell faced Hampstead and Westminister in South Division 3B looking to claw themselves out of the relegaton zone.
Bracknell started well with their new look defence holding firm led by star performer Marcia Clapson.
They wasted a number of good attacking chances and Hampstead and Westminster took the opportunity to score two quick goals.
Bracknell were not despondent and after a jinking run and great cross from Holly Bentley, they scored through the fearless Bianca Chalk.
After the break Bracknell took the game to H&W and started to play some impressive hockey with excellent work from Sam Hall and Dash Heaver.
However, H&W scored their third goal against the run of play, but this only worked to inspire Bracknell further.
Bentley reduced the deficit to one from a short corner and when Lyns Towse rattled the upright with a scorching 25-yard shot it seemed Bracknell were going to fall short of a draw.
But in the last minute, a cross from Doris Percy was met by Holly Bentley and despite challenges from the goalie she safely put the ball away as Bracknell earned a deserved draw with a 3-3 scoreline.
Bracknell Mens 1st 2 Ramgarhia 1st 4
Ramgarhia started the brighter of the two teams in this Regional MBBO Division 2 match, scoring two goals within the first 15 minutes, and if it wasn’t for some fine work from Carl Eatwell in the Bracknell goal, it would have been more.
Bracknell then found their feet and in a sweeping move Tony Heaver crossed perfectly for Dan Ray to smash into the roof of the net.
Bracknell were rewarded for some further slick passing play as Ray levelled the score by half-time.
In the second half, Bracknell continued to press, but failed to create as many chances and despite some dogged work in midfield by Ash Stratton and Jonny Hall, Ramgarhia managed to nick a third goal.
Bracknell failed to convert from a series of short corners and Ramgarhia scored a fourth to put the game out of Bracknell’s reach.
South Bucks 0 Bracknell Mens 2nd 12
On the day that the Six Nations rugby competition began, it was fitting that Bracknell won their MBBO Division 7 match by a rugby score.
Bracknell started the game with the kind of mediocre hockey that was reminiscent of the only game they have failed to win this season, away to Newbury.
Despite Bracknell’s lethargic approach to the first half, they still managed to score four goals against a far inferior opposition.
Even though, Bracknell added to their tally with eight goals after the break, it was an otherwise dreary game.
The goals went to Steve Williams (2), Pete Bailey (2), Dave Mackinder (2), Lawrence Lewis (2), Richard Jones, Tom Mitchell, Ian Ellaway and Ashley Holden.
The last time Bracknell scored eight goals in a single period of hockey was earlier this season when they faced Eastcote, the very same opponents who will be visiting Birch Hill next week.
Bracknell Terriers 1 West Hampstead 6
The demands of trying to run five sides through a period of injuries and holidays finally took its toll on the Terriers in MBBO Division 10 East.
With four players delayed in leaving the club as the driver was umpiring a late-starting third team game, they were left with seven men to start the match, not including a goalkeeper.
By the time the late arrivals got on the pitch the result was already beyond doubt as they trailed 5-0.
With a full team, Bracknell were more than a match for West Hampstead and the scoreline for remainder of the game was 1-1.
Alex Light got the consolation goal for the Terriers, finishing off a great move from deep in the Bracknell half.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 3 City of Oxford 3rd 2
Bracknell Ladies 2nd recorded an invaluable win to lapfrog City of Oxford and move up to third place in Trysports Division 2.
The team started with a more attacking formation than normal and it paid off in the first half, with Bracknell dominating the possession for around 20 minutes.
The first goal was scored by Caroline Apsey who was waiting on the post to knock in a well timed cross from the midfield.
City of Oxford worked back into the game and relied on counter attacking but the Bracknell defence and midfield worked hard and retained their 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half was more even and Bracknell began to tire as City attacked at pace.
However, it was Bracknell who scored again following a counter attack of their own which ended in a penalty corner.
After missing the first, Bracknell were awarded another and Bev Randall scored from the rebound after the initial shot was saved.
City fought back to reduce the arrears, but resilient Bracknell battled on and from another penalty corner man-of-the-match Randall again found herself in the right place to deflect in a strike by Rachel Whittle and earn her side the three points.