Star man Wakefield gets Bracknell HC 2s firingBy Libby Mound
October 21, 2010
Bracknell Men’s 2nd 5 Brunel University 1st 3
Having scored only two goals from their first two MBBO Division 6 games, Bracknell captain Steve Williams opted to increase his side’s attacking options by playing an additional striker at the expense of a defender.
It was a tactic that was to prove disastrous for Bracknell as their opponents, Brunel University, gleefully exposed their host’s weakness at the back and raced into a two-goal lead with barely 10 minutes on the clock.
Brunel went in for the kill and after narrowly escaping several attempts on their goal, Bracknell reverted back to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation.
With an additional defender, Bracknell easily soaked up the pressure, and Dave Mackinder scored on the counter attack to pull a goal back for the home side.
It was now Bracknell’s turn to expose the opposition’s defensive frailties and man-of-the-match Matt Wakefield made it 2-2 with a beautifully crafted goal, before Pete Bailey put Bracknell in the lead just before half-time.
The second half went the same way, with Mackinder grabbing his second before young Tom Scott scored on his debut and although Brunel did hit back with a well-taken reverse stick towards the end of the game, but by that stage it was little more than a consolation.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 Rover Oxford Ladies 2nd 2
After back-to-back wins in South Clubs Division 3A, a more attack minded Bracknell Ladies 1s went into a tough match against Rover Oxford high in confidence.
Bracknell kept possession well in the opening stages, creating several scoring opportunities as they dominated the first half.
And they made the pressure count as man-of-the-match Dash Heaver scored a great goal from a well-worked short corner.
Rover Oxford, however, recovered before half-time and levelled the score from a short corner of their own.
Bracknell dominated possession again after the break, but failed to capitalise and forwards Kelly Lockyer, Doris Percy, Katja Challen and Alison Eatwell all squandered opportunities to put their side ahead.
And Rover Oxford took adavantage to steal the three points with a goal on the break less than one minute from time, spoiling what was otherwise a strong performance from Bracknell, whose dominance of the game was not reflected in the scoreline.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0 Milton Keynes 0
After a 5-0 defeat at Henley last week, Bracknell were determined to get a better result on home turf against Milton Keynes in Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
Bracknell dominated for the first 15 minutes, with the ball barely leaving the Milton Keynes half.
Even the loss of Bev Randall to a knee injury didn’t disrupt Bracknell and they were unlucky not to capitalise on a great ball from the left that fizzed across the goalmouth.
Bracknell mantained their pace in the second half, heaping the pressure on Milton Keynes, but they failed to score the goal they deserved and the game finished 0-0.
Overall, though, Bracknell can be pleased with their efforts, especially against a side who boasted a 100-per-cent record going into the game.
Katie Oliver, Jane Theodolou and goalie Bonnie Butler wre every impressive, but it was Liadh Troy who was girl-of-the-game with an excellent and confident game at right midfield.
Bracknell Men’s 1st 1 Newbury and Thatcham 1st 3
Bracknell travelled to Newbury high in confidence after two wins in MBBO Regional 2.
Bracknell knew that this would not be an easy test against a recently-relegated team and the game started at an intense pace with both midfields battling hard to keep possession.
Good saves from Bracknell keeper Carl Eatwell and his Newbury counterpart kept the score goalless as both teams searched for the early breakthrough.
And it was the hosts who scored first through a penalty flick that was finished with clinical accuracy.
Bracknell continued to play attractive hockey, but seemed to lack conviction when attacking the opposition goal and only strong performances from sweeper Gary Steeples, midfielder Dan Ray and keeper Eatwell kept the score to 1-0 at half-time.
A rallying team talk from captain Ash Stratton and coach Sean Hardingham lifted the team spirit and Bracknell started the second half strongly.
However, it was Newbury and Thatcham who scored next to double their lead.
This forced Bracknell to up their game and a quick counter attack saw Duncan Wiggett provide the perfect pass to Paul Kaplanski who slammed the ball into the roof of the net.
A spectacular save from man-of-the-match Eatwell kept the score at 2-1, but with Bracknell unable to convert any more goals, Newbury and Thatcham took advantage to make it 3-1 from a well-worked penalty corner.
Bracknell Terriers 4 Gerrards Cross 1
Bracknell comfortably came out on top in this encounter between two of the development sides in MBBO Open East Division 10.
Although Bracknell led at half-time thanks a finely-taken goal by Peter Scott, they were fortunate to turn around in front as Gerrards Cross played much the better hockey.
The second half was a different story with Bracknell moving the ball much quicker and putting far greater pressure on the ball when not in possession.
The reward was scoring three more goals – two from debutant Jonathan Wilson and a second for top-scorer Scott.
Cross eventually gained a consolation goal for their efforts, but this could not take the gloss off a much-improved second-half performance from Bracknell.