Bracknell 2nds seal promotion with uncharacteristic displayBy Libby Mound
March 25, 2010
Amersham & Chalfont 1 Bracknell Mens 2nd 2
Bracknell went into Saturday’s game away to Amersham & Chalfont knowing that a win would secure their promotion from MBBO Division 7.
To help them in this task, Bracknell were aided by the addition of Rob Badley and Tom Scott, two youngsters from the Terriers.
Bracknell started well, but were more than matched by their opponents and as the game remained deadlocked, Bracknell looked increasingly ragged.
That seemed to have changed when Pete Bailey received the ball, beat his marker and lifted his shot over the diving keeper to give Bracknell the lead.
Bracknell’s play, however, did not improve although AC could not take advantage.
The sloppy play continued into the second half, but Bracknell still increased their lead as Rob Badley drew the goalkeeper and cut the ball back to an unmarked Bailey to make it 2-0.
Amersham & Chalfont finally made the breakthrough with a simple tap in at the near post and then continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser.
With AC piling on the pressure they won a short corner and, in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, goalkeeper Tom Withey made a fine save to deny the equaliser and guarantee MBBO Division 6 hockey next year.
Bracknell Terriers 8 Leighton Buzzard 1
Despite the scoreline, the Terriers made difficult work of this MBBO Division 10 East win and the outstanding performance was from goalkeeper, Jan Jalovy, who made string of fine saves to keep the Buzzard total down.
Goals from Robert Badley (2), Peter Scott (2), David Murray, Tom Scott and Max Heaver were all surpassed by an unforgettable strike from Matt Wakefield.
It is a sign of how far this development side has come that there was actually a tinge of disappointment about an 8-1 victory and they will look for a more fluent team performance next time.
Bracknell Mens 1st 3 Wycombe Mens 2nd 9
Bracknell welcomed MBBO Regional 2 league leaders Wycombe 2nd to Birch Hill in what turned out to be a cracker of a match.
Wycombe were to run out heavy victors, but Bracknell played their part in this entertaining game.
Bracknell gave as a good as they got for the majority of the game and played some of their best hockey of the season and in an end-to-end match the difference on the day was that Wycombe took their chances.
Well-taken goals from Paul Kaplanski (2) and a well-placed shot from Duncan Wiggett kept the home side within touching distance until the last 20 minutes of the game, when the floodgates opened.
The final score did not reflect the game and the Blues should not be disappointed, this was a valiant effort against a very talented young side.
Rover Oxford Mens 2nd 2 Bracknell Mens 1st 3
Bracknell 1st XI were faced with their second game of the weekend and, after a bitter defeat the day before, they had to raise their game for Rover Oxford in MBBO Regional 2.
Bracknell started slowly and were punished, but new father Dan Ray provided the inspiration – scoring from a good move down the right and slotting in the rebound off the post to make it
Bracknell continued to push forward, but a lack of composure and clinical finishing in the D, prevented them adding to the score.
Bracknell scored early in the second half with Gary Steeples earning and converting a penalty flick, although Rover replied from a short corner.
High work rate from Sam Heaver helped Ray score his second with a cheeky deflection to make it 3-2 and Bracknell saw out the game to take all three points.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 West Hampstead 2
A crucial game for the Ladies proved bitterly disappointing when they lost 2-1 to visitors West Hampstead.
Bracknell desperately needed three points from this game to keep them out of the South Division 3 relegation zone, but now with only two games left their chances of staying up are dwindling, although not gone.
Much may depend on the results of others, but the team will not relinquish their Southern League status without a fight.
After allowing Hampstead a 2-0 lead, Bracknell stepped up a gear in the second half and began to cause a few problems for the visitors.
Solid tackling from man-of-the-match Suzy Hardingham on the left and tight marking in defence denied Hampstead any real chances in the second half.
Bracknell left it too late to stage a comeback, however, despite a spectacular deflected goal from top-scorer Doris Percy.