Doris at the double for in-form Bracknell HCBy Libby Mound
February 18, 2010
Bracknell Ladies 1st 4 Staines 3
Bracknell HC Ladies went into their home South Division 3B fixture against Staines determined to avenge their 5-0 thrashing from earlier in the year.
With an untried formation, Bracknell started well and were rewarded 15 minutes in with a Doris Percy goal from a well-rehearsed corner routine.
Man-of-the-match Percy posed a continuous threat to the Staines defence and she latched onto a pass from Libby Mound to double Bracknell’s score by half time.
Staines, though, came out strongly and seized an early opportunity to get back in the game.
Brack were determined not to allow this one to slip away and restored the two-goal cushion when Percy expertly set up Holly Bentley to slot the ball through the keeper’s legs.
A slight misunderstanding in the Bracknell defence shortly after saw Staines close the gap again, but Jessie Towse played in Bentley who in turn found Yellie Powley at the top of the D to hammer home and put Bracknell 4-2 up.
Staines were not finished, though, and added another goal to their own tally, but Bracknell showed great composure and held firm to come out deserved winners.
Their second very promising performance in as many weeks has given the team great confidence to carry forward.
Bracknell Mens 1st 1 Eastcote 2nd 6
With six members of their squad out of action, Bracknell were always going to be up against it in London as they faced Eastcote in MBBO Regional 2.
Eastcote started stronger and soon took the lead through a penalty corner.
Bracknell tried to apply their own pressure, but found it difficult to pick out their team mates, and Eastcote took advantage to go 3-0 up by half time.
After a rallying half-time talk from captain Ash Stratton, Bracknell started the second half with dogged determination to salvage some points.
Though Bracknell worked hard, Eastcote had the upper hand and it was only through a huge effort from the whole team that stopped Eastcote from extending their lead to more than five.
The one uplifting moment came from Mark Burley who grabbed a consolation goal after Dan Ray had filtered through the defence.
Man of the match and team captain Stratton looks forward to seeing his squad strengthened for Saturday’s home fixture against Mill Hill.
Bracknell Terriers 1 Brunel University 2
With players missing, a much changed Terriers team struggled to penetrate against an equally short Brunel University side in MBBO Division 10 East.
Bracknell did take the lead from one of their few fluent moves with Martin Gessey scoring from close range, but Brunel’s response was clinical with two virtually unstoppable shots on goal that, despite keeper Paul Lawrence’s best efforts, ripped into the roof of the netting.
A much-deflated Terriers side left the field at the end of the game with nothing to show for an enormous physical effort.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 1 Eastcote 1
With first-team call ups depriving Bracknell of four key players, it was no surprise that it was a flawed, disjointed performance against Eastcote in MBBO Division 7.
The game opened with Bracknell mis-placing several passes, before putting together a very good move to create the first goal as Steve Williams, playing in an unfamiliar right wing-role, cut in to the D on the byline and found Pete Bailey to tap in from two yards out.
That goal was just about the only passage of fluid play Bracknell created throughout the entire game and it was no surprise then that Eastcote forced their way back level by half-time.
Eastcote squandered a great chance early in the second half before Bracknell rediscovered their form and began throwing men forward in search of a winner.
However, Eastcote showed great character and resilience to deny Bracknell every time, and as frustration got the better of the home side all their attacks were blunted.
Bracknell’s strong lead in the division means that one poor result should not end their promotion ambitions, but their next two fixtures see them come up against their two main rivals for the title.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 3 Reading 3rd 4
Bracknell Ladies 2nd gave top-of-the-table Reading 3rd a good run for their money on Saturday in their Trysports Division 2 encounter.
They surprised Reading with an early goal courtesy of captain Kelly Lockyer, but Reading, who had only conceded seven goals and had not dropped a single point all season, recovered and immediately put the pressure on.
The defence and midfield held firm, but not long before half time, Reading managed to score from one of several penalty corners to make it 1-1 at the interval.
The second half began at a fast pace with end-to-end play from both teams.
Bracknell scored next from a quick break by the midfield and Kerry Deans drew the keeper and defender before passing the ball to Caroline Apsey who slotted the ball home.
Reading came back hard and physical and it was not long before they equalised, this time from open play.
As Reading gained the edge in possession, they pushed forward in numbers and successfully won a string of penalty corners.
Stand-in goalie and player-of-the-match Yellie Powley made several brilliant saves, but the pressure eventually told and Reading scored twice more from penalty corners.
Bracknell did not give up and continued to push forward and catch out the experienced but slow Reading defence before Apsey passed to Kerry Deans who knocked the ball in on the left post.
Bracknell continued to push for the equalising goal but were beaten by the clock, who can still be pleased with their performance.