Bracknell HC's wondershow sinks sorry Aylesbury HCBy Libby Mound
March 04, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 5 Aylesbury Mens 1st 1
Bracknell moved to sixth spot in the MBBO Regional 2 table with a hard-fought away victory over a youthful Aylesbury side.
The Blues were able to field a near full strength side including talismanic Paul Kaplanski.
Bracknell were quickly out of the blocks and it only took Kaplanski 30 seconds to get his name back on the scoresheet, finishing off a well-worked move from the Bracknell push back.
Aylesbury rallied, but another goal by Kaplanski doubled Bracknell’s lead and Blues went on to dominate proceedings and should have been more than two up at half-time.
The third goal came soon after he restart as in-form Danny Ray finished off a sublime Bracknell move.
Despite the lead, Bracknell continued to press and further goals from Kaplanski and Gary Steeples made it a day to remember.
A rare lapse in concentration lead to a late consolation for Aylesbury, but Bracknell ran out deserved 5-1 winners having played some excellent hockey.
Following back-to-back wins the Blues head into Saturday’s local derby full of confidence.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 2 West Hampstead Mens 2nd 2
It was a top-of-the-table clash in MBBO Division 7 as unbeaten leaders Bracknell hosted second-placed West Hampstead.
The game began at a furious pace, with neither side playing for a draw.
In spells, Bracknell produced some of their best hockey of the season, but they were more than matched by West Hampstead, whose goalkeeper was in outstanding form.
In an absorbing contest, the deadlock was finally broken as Richard Jones received the ball from a short corner, played a tidy one-two with Martin Gessey, then flicked the ball home to give Bracknell the lead.
West Hampstead, though, replied almost immediately as the advancing Tom Withey could only deflect a shot in.
The remainder of the half saw green cards dished out following several cynical stick tackles from both sides, while the second half followed a similar pattern to the first.
Bracknell took the lead through Pete Bailey’s swept shot before Martin Gessey had a third goal harshly dis-allowed for dangerous play.
Further stick tackles culminated in a yellow card for West Hampstead, but Bracknell couldn’t capitalise and inevitably, when they returned to full strength they found an equaliser from close range to finish a pulsating game all square.
Bracknell Terriers 3 Milton Keynes 4
Despite an electric performance by Tom Scott, who on current form must be the sharpest shooter in the league, Bracknell Terriers lost to fellow promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes in MBBO Division 10 East.
Scott scored all three of Bracknell’s goals in true predatory style, but the Terriers never really gained control of the game and the MK forward line gave Bracknell’s defence problems throughout.
Robert Badley moved into centre midfield 10 minutes into the second half and helped gain some control of the match after Bracknell had struggled to retain possession.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 0 Oxford Hawks Ladies 2
Bracknell Ladies suffered an awful defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Oxford Hawks in South Division 3B.
Bracknell wanted to build on their strong work rate from the weekend before, but with three key players missing, it was always going ot be a tough task.
Hawks started strongly and were well organised to go 2-0 up at half-time.
After the break, Bracknell re-grouped and came out stronger and sharper, battling hard against a determined and physical opposition, but without reward.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 7 Bicester Ladies 2nd 0
Bracknell had their second match of the weekend in Trysports Division 2 on Sunday, a re-arranged match that had been postponed in January due to snow.
Heading off to Bicester with a slightly stronger team than for the previous day’s 1-0 defeat at local rivals Wokingham, Bracknell were determined to come away with a win.
They took the game to Bicester from the whistle and soon began to dominate.
Kelly Lockyer opened the scoring on five minutes with a deflected shot.
Bracknell made it 3-0 courtesy of two well-struck shots from Rachel Whittle and Suzy Hardingham following penalty corners.
Lockyer then completed her hat-trick with two more well-taken goals from open play, putting Bracknell 5-0 up at half-time.
After the break, their second game in two days began to take its toll and Bracknell stepped off the gas.
However, the defence held firm and Bracknell continued to outclass Bicester, scoring a further two goals, both from Caroline Apsey.
Credit must go to Bicester for never giving up and continuing to play hard until the final whistle, despite the scoreline.