Steeples on a high after two-goal haul for Bracknell HCBy Libby Mound
March 18, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 4 Tring Mens 1st 1
Bracknell travelled to RAF Halton and collected the three points with a good performance against Tring in MBBO Regional 2.
Bracknell dominated possession, but were almost left to rue missed chances as Tring scored against the run of play.
Bracknell kept their heads and the equaliser soon came as the Blues were awarded a flick which was converted by Gary Steeples to make it all square at half-time.
In the second half Tring continued to try and counter as Bracknell forced numbers forward, but keeper Carl Eatwell played his part with a string of fine saves.
Midway through the second half the deadlock broke and further goals from Paul Kaplanski and Duncan Wiggett put the game beyond Tring’s reach.
A fourth from a short corner just before the final whistle saw Steeples grab his second of the game and Bracknell run out 4-1 winners in an encouraging team performance.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 Sonning 4
Bracknell started their South Division 3B game well and their determination was rewarded with an early penalty flick, although they failed to convert it.
Sonning soon had a penalty flick of their own, but like Bracknell, also failed to convert.
There were opportunities at both ends, with Lyndsey Towse hitting the post, and as the half drew to an end she broke the deadlock with a powerful drive from a near-impossible angle.
Unfortunately, Sonning proved stronger in the second half as they took advantage of a tiring Bracknell defence.
Despite great effort in midfield from Dash Heaver, Holly Bentley and man-of-the-match Libby Mound, Sonning were not to be denied, scoring three goals to all but seal the win.
Another goal made it a disappointing result for Bracknell and they need to put it behind them as they look to avoid relegation.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 3 Rover Oxford 0
Saturday’s MBBO Division 7 fixture at Birch Hill was expected to be Bracknell’s toughest game in their title run in.
The game started with plenty of hustle and bustle and a series of hefty challenges culminated in a green card for a Rover midfielder.
This, however, did little dampen the fire in both sides’ bellies.
Bracknell had the better of the early chances, and soon took the lead when Pete Bailey beat two Rover defenders, drew the keeper out of goal and squared to new-boy Callum Bulch, who converted from close range.
Bracknell added two more goals in the second half without their own keeper being seriously challenged.
Bailey swept the ball up and over a sprawling goalkeeper for 2-0, and then created the third when another piercing run into the D was finished with a neat pass to Bulch, who made no mistake.
Ian Ellaway was particularly impressive at keeping the Rover forwards at bay and help record a clean sheet, outshining even Bailey’s attacking exploits.
Next week sees Bracknell travel to Amersham & Chalfont, and with their two closest rivals playing each other, a win will guarantee promotion.
Bracknell Terriers 4 Leighton Buzzard 2
After a sleepy start, the Terriers eventually woke up to put this MBBO Division 10 East game to bed.
Early on it looked like what promised to be a routine win could become a nightmare as chances were spurned and Eastcote took the lead from virtually their first attack.
This was followed by injuries to key-man Roger Husband, followed by skipper Neil Badley, who was forced to limp around upfront to keep 11 men on the pitch.
The Terriers finally levelled when Peter Scott calmly slotted home from Bracknell’s seventh set piece of the first half.
However the second half proved far more rewarding with a reshuffled but determined side gaining their just rewards.
Badley got the decisive second goal, deflecting in a pacey through ball from young Robert Badley.
Tom Scott then slotted home off a neat one-two with the limping Badley, before the Terriers final goal came from man-of-the-match Max Heaver, who showed great spirit to lift the weary team, scoring with a stunning goal from the top of the D.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 3 Gerrards Cross Ladies 2nd 2
A depleted Bracknell Ladies 2nd team produced a fine display to beat Gerrards Cross 3-2 in Trysports Division 2.
Bracknell took the game to the home side from the whistle and soon began to dominate possession, so it was not long before some good passing work from the midfield led to a well-made goal for captain Kelly Lockyer.
The away team continued with determination and Helen Goodall made it 2-0 as she slotted home beneath the advancing keeper.
At the back, stand-in keeper Hayley Oliver denied Gerrards Cross whenever they threatened.
Bracknell lost their way somewhat after the break, and after winning a number of penalty corners in quick succession, Gerrards Cross finally converted to set up a tense finish.
Bracknell, though, stepped up their game, but it was the home side who equalised following a quick break.
This spurred the away side into action and Suzy Hardingham found Caroline Apsey inside the D, but after her initial shot was saved, Kerry Deans followed up to score the winner.
Bracknell face second-placed West Witney this weekend at home.