Kaplanski double makes it two in two for Bracknell HCBy Libby Mound
October 14, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 4 City Of Oxford 1st 1
Bracknell took to the pitch high in confidence following their derby win the week before in MBBO Regional 2.
And how it showed as they ran away with victory against City of Oxford, despite fielding the bare 11 players.
However, after making a bright start, Bracknell fell behind midway through the first half and they needed a stern half-time talk from captain Ashley Stratton to spark a little fire into their play.
Within five minutes of the restart a very well-worked goal from Paul Kaplanski drew Bracknell level, and with the team in resurgent mood, Gary Steeples put them ahead soon after.
Kaplanski then took the game by the scruff of the neck, and after a surging run down the right, he cut inside before deftly sweeping the ball home for 3-1.
But there was more to come and after a clinical series of passing, the ball was laid on to Jonny Hall to put the final nail in the coffin and make it two wins from two for the Blues.
Marlow 0 Bracknell Mens 2nd 1
As hockey matches go this MBBO Division 6 encounter was no classic, but Bracknell showed the tenacity and spirit to claim a hard-earned win at Marlow.
The attritional nature of the game was evident right from the start with chances few and far between.
With no score at half-time it was apparent that a single goal would probably be enough to claim victory.
And so it proved.
With Matt Wakefield and Sean MacInnes dominating the midfield, the match-winning chance evntually fell to Pete Bailey 15 minutes from time, and he scored the goal that saw Bracknell claim their first league win of the season.
Bracknell Terriers 3 West Hampstead 3
The unseasonal oppressive humidity seemed to dampen Bracknell’s energy and they were made to pay in a lacklustre first period in their MBBO Open East Division 10 match.
Only debutant keeper Lee Fox-Harvey emerged with any credit as Hampstead took a three-goal advantage.
A well-taken goal by young central midfielder Robert Badley, however, started to turn what seemed an unstoppable tide and when Peter Scott made it 3-2 with a reverse stick shot soon after, Bracknell were now back in the contest.
Bracknell found the rhythm after the break, but could only force one goal to level the game following a right wing surge into the circle by David Scott before feeding David Murray who finished with aplomb.
Despite their best efforts Bracknell could not force a winner, but can be pleased with their recovery from an appalling start.
Bracknell Mens 3rd 2 West Hampstead 7th 2
The Mens thirds shared a 2-2 draw with a good West Hampstead side in MBBO Open Division 8 thanks to a resolute defensive performance and two counter-attack goals from Richard Jones.
With only 11 fit players this was always going to be a tough game, and so it proved as West Hampstead enjoyed the better of the game.
After a good start from Bracknell, West Hampstead soon began to dominate and scored two seemingly decisive goals by half-time.
Bracknell’s back four of Paul Broome, Barney Longden, Kevin Cushenan and Ben Temple had to work extremely hard to prevent West Hampstead from extending their lead in the second half.
But this year’s team is nothing if not resilient and were rewarded for their hard work when Richard Jones capped a quick break-away move to pull one back.
Sensing a comeback, Bracknell enjoyed a spell of pressure and levelled the score with 15 minutes to go as Jones grabbed his second.
West Hampstead piled on the pressure again, but some heroic defending and a crucial last-gasp save from keeper and man-of-the-match Dave Harris saw Bracknell cling on.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 3 Reading 2A 0
Bracknell Ladies faced a Reading side for the second week in succession, hoping to double their points tally in South Clubs Division 3A.
Both teams started slowly, but Bracknell managed to produce a couple of efforts with Yellie Powley and Lucy Hollely going close.
After seeing more chances go begging, Bracknell finally broke the deadlock as half-time approached when Katie Oliver played in Hollely at the top of the D and she superbly swept the ball into the top corner.
The second half started as the first half finished with Bracknell looking to press home their advantage.
They eventually doubled their lead when Katie Oliver crossed from the right for Alison Eatwell to convert.
With skipper Marcia Clapson and Gemma McLean preventing Reading from making a breakthrough, Bracknell broke away late in the game to add a third as Kelly Lockyer slotted home the rebound after a save from the keeper.
Henley 3rd 5 Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0
After starting the season with a great 1-0 win at Birch Hill last weekend, Bracknell’s luck ran out on Saturday against Henley in Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
After an evenly-matched opening, Henley soon started to dominate, scoring two goals in quick succession to take a half-time lead.
They continued to have the upper hand in the second half, going on to score another three goals.
However, the 5-0 defeat did not leave Bracknell feeling disheartened and there were some solid performances to note throughout.
Joint girls-of-the-game Bonnie Butler and Chloe Shah were strong in the midfield, while Alice Randall played some high quality passes up front.
The new additions Janine Moorby, Archana Venkatesh and Darcy Kaye grew in confidence, while captain Becca Yeomans showed her leadership by playing in goal and remained resilient throughout the 70 minutes.