Late derby despair as Bracknell HC are sunk at homeBy Libby Mound
March 11, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 3 Wokingham Mens 1st 4
Games between Bracknell and their closest rivals, Wokingham are often very close – the 4-4 draw earlier in the season a fine example, and this MBBO Regional 2 encounter was no different.
Bracknell started the stronger of the two sides, but only managed to find the target once in the first half thanks to a lucky deflection off a Sam Heaver pass inside the D.
After half-time Wokingham came out stronger and took a 3-1 lead early after the restart.
Bracknell, however, fought back and pulled it back to 3-3 thanks to two sweet strikes by Matt Humphrey.
Bracknell held it until the dying minutes when Wokingham scored from a short corner to give them the win.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 0 West Witney Ladies 0
The first game of another double header for Bracknell Ladies saw them face West Witney on home soil in Trysports Division 3A.
A 4-0 defeat to West Witney earlier in the season, and a poor result last week against Oxford Hawks, should have been incentive enough for the home side to go hard from the first whistle.
However it took 20 minutes for them to find their rhythm and during that first period they had to defend solidly to keep out the visitors.
Towards half-time, Bracknell created more opportunities, and won several short corners, but West Witney defended them well, and at half-time the scored remained 0-0.
The second half saw Bracknell advance further and hold possession for most of the period, but they failed to capitalise.
In the end Bracknell were unlucky not to take all three points from a difficult opposition.
A solid performance from man-of-the-match and captain Holly Bentley, and her team, saw them make a good start to the weekend.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 Southgate Ladies 2nd 1
The marathon week of fixtures finally came to an end with a home match against Southgate.
With only one league position between them it was always going to be a close encounter and both teams set their stalls out very early.
With relatively few chances for either side, Southgate finally took the lead, but in the second half Bracknell came out fighting and with only two minutes to go Holly Bentley found the back of the net while under immense pressure.
Dash Heaver was voted man of the match, but it was a brilliant team performance all round.
With four games left there is still all to play for as Bracknell are fighting to stay above the relegation zone.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 2 Banbury Ladies 3rd 1
Bracknell Ladies 2s beat Banbury 2-1 to remain in third place in Trysports Division 2.
The team started with some good passing play against an improved bottom-of-the-table Banbury side.
Keelee Chalk’s first-time cross found the sprinting Joy Westlake to calmly slot the ball beneath the approaching keeper to score her first goal in Bracknell colours.
It was 2-0 soon after as Sarah Camish unleashed a powerful strike that went through the Banbury keeper’s legs and into the goal.
Banbury’s youthful speed and exuberance kept the Bracknell team under pressure, but the defence played well to stifle their attacks and keep the score at 2-0 at half-time.
The second half for Bracknell can only be described as lacklustre as the team didn’t show their usual fighting spirit.
Banbury made a quick break to score a comeback goal and instead of pushing harder, Bracknell seemed deflated and failed to capitalise on a number of short corners.
When Banbury missed a penalty flick, Bracknell finally came back to life and they played the remainder of the game with more composure.
This was a game the team will be glad to put behind them and they will look to perform better against mid-table opposition next this weekend.
Maidenhead Boyne Hill 1 Bracknell Mens 2nd 4
Bracknell laboured to victory in Saturday’s MBBO Division 7 game away to Maidenhead Boyne Hill.
As is typical of matches between these two sides, Bracknell spent large periods of the match camped in their opponents’ half, but struggled to score.
And after a barrage of possession and territory, the scoreline could have been much heavier in Bracknell’s favour.
Bracknell opened the scoring midway through the first half when Adrian Plant converted a high ball at the near post.
They had to wait until the second half before adding to the score as Plant converted in a similar style to his first.
Boyne Hill’s response was swift, scoring with a well-rehearsed short corner routine.
Any concerns of a fightback were eased as Bracknell won a penalty flick for a foul on the goalline and Steve Williams calmly converted for 3-1.
Late into the game, a fracas between Bracknell’s Ashley Holden and his opposite number saw both players sent to the sin-bin, but Bracknell powered forward and Pete Bailey found space to convert the fourth goal and seal the win.
Bracknell Terriers 7 Ashford 0
Having struggled to find their rhythm recently, it was important for the Terriers to hit the high notes again in their MBBO Division 10 East campaign.
Tom Scott slipped in the first goal early on, but the momentum started to build culminating in a blinding spell in the second half where three goals were scored in five minutes.
It was old masters Dave Scott and Neil Badley who grasped the game in central midfield and conducted play, allowing the young quartet of Max Heaver, Peter Scott, Sam Fox-Harvey and Robert Badley to play with freedom and run rings round the opposition.
Tom Scott went on to complete his hat-trick, with Dave and Peter Scott, Fox-Harvey and Badley scoring the others.
Out of these goals Dave Scott’s and Badley’s were the pick of the bunch.