Eleven’s heaven for Bracknell HC at Mill Hill
February 25, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 11 Mill Hill Mens 1st 0
The Birch Hill faithful were treated to a real show when Bracknell welcomed back their usual squad for their Regional MBBO 2 encounter.
Dan Ray opened the scoring within the first few minutes with a reverse stick goal and this set the tone for the game.
Despite not performing to their full ability in the first half, they ran in three more as Ray completed his hat-trick and skipper Ash Stratton also got in on the act.
When Ray rounded the keeper after an excellent through ball from Jonny Hall to make it 5-0 early in the second half, Bracknell really started to play to their full potential all over the pitch.
Playing some excellent passing hockey the game turned into a rout with Ray scoring five more to take his tally to an incredible nine, while Jonny Hall grabbed the other one.
Not only was this Bracknell’s first clean sheet of the season, but it also saw Ray overtake Paul Kaplanski’s record for goals in one game, so needless to say it was Ray who bought the beers aftewards.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 2 Teddington 0
Bracknell’s difficult weekend double-header began with a meeting with the third-placed side in South Division 3B on Saturday.
With a full-strength side, Bracknell went about putting an end to Teddington’s long unbeaten run, and they made the breakthrough after just four minutes when Doris Percy finished off a brilliantly choreographed short-corner routine.
Bracknell continued to attack and were reward with a second corner in the sixth minute which once again Percy converted.
The second half was more evenly matched with some good chances for both sides, but thanks to a superb diving save from Bracknell’s keeper and man-of-the-match, Jen Sawyer, as well as an incredible goalline save from Deb Jackson, Bracknell held on for a 2-0 victory.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 0 City of Oxford 3
Warming up for the second game of the weekend, Bracknell could feel the effects of Saturday’s tremendous workrate.
And to make matters worse, Bracknell were heading into a game against one of the toughest opponents in the league in second-placed Oxford.
The start of the match went well for Bracknell as they took the game straight to the visitors, putting them under immediate pressure, while the defence put in a spectacular performance.
Unfortunately a quick break against the run of play saw City take the lead minutes before half-time.
Soon after the break, City’s good luck and skilful play continued and a free hit from just outside the D was slipped right and struck cleanly into the Bracknell goal for 2-0.
Still determined, Bracknell continued to fight hard, creating many more good chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The game finished 3-0 when a pin-point shot just made it’s way in, sealing a disappointing score considering Bracknell had put in such a solid defending game, with Ali Eatwell the star performer for an outstanding display at the back.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 2 Henley 1
Following the disappointment of last week’s draw with Eastcote, Bracknell were looking for an immediate return to winning ways in MBBO Division 7.
Their task was helped immeasurably by the return of key players Jonathon Dye, Ashley Holden and Lawrence Lewis, for this crunch game away to promotion-rivals Henley.
Henley started the brighter team with their direct style causing problems, but as Bracknell found their feet the two sides produced an end-to-end tussle with bags of excitement.
It was Henley who struck first when their powerful striker found space in the D and made no mistake.
Despite the setback, Bracknell continued to play patient hockey, but the scoreline remained 1-0 at half-time.
As the slet began to fall in the second half, the game continued to ebb and flow, with both goalkeepers tested.
After a number of short corners for both sides, Henley created a shooting chance from one of theirs, but Bracknell keeper Tom Withey’s save deflected away and released Dave Mackinder who ran into the D before crossing to an unmarked John Brayshaw to score.
Both sides continued to create chances with excellent play in a game that was quickly becoming a classic.
Withey made a stunning save to keep the score level before Bracknell secured the win late in the game when Dave Mackinder converted from a yard following a goalmouth melee.
Bracknell’s win moves them closer to promotion and just four more wins from the remaining seven matches will guarantee Division 6 hockey next season.
Bracknell Terriers 3 Amersham & Chalfont 0
Robert Badley shone in this disciplined performance by Bracknell Terriers in MBBO Division 10 East, scoring one goal and assisting in the other two.
The opening goal came after a period of stiff resistance by Amersham as Andrew Badley found his younger brother, Robert and the young left midfielder hit a first-time slap-shot which left the Amersham goalkeeper with no chance.
Badley senior, dad Neil, then coolly converted a penalty stroke to make it 2-0 before Roger Husband muscled in on the Badley family affair to net the third from close in following a short corner.