Bracknell HC smash seven past their league rivalsBy Libby Mound
October 28, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 7 Amersham & Chalfont Mens 1st 3
There was an early season top-of-the-table encounter as Bracknell welcomed Amersham and Chalfont to Birch Hill in MBBO Regional 2.
Traditionally a game that produces plenty of drama and goals, this was to be no different and the tone was set when the visitors scored inside two minutes.
This kicked Bracknell into life and before long they were 2-1 ahead thanks to goals from Johnny Hall and Paul Kaplanski.
Now in full stride, Bracknell set about increasing their tally with captain Ashley Stratton and Hall dominating the midfield, creating opportunites for strikers Duncan Wiggett, Dan Ray and Sam Heaver.
With half-time approaching, Bracknell increased their lead as Kaplanski showed exceptional skill to set up Ray.
As Amersham contested the goal, the home side took advantage of their indiscipline and Kaplanski added his second of the afternoon to make it 4-1 at the break.
Bracknell goalkeeper Carl Eatwell had to be alert as Amersham flew out of the blocks after half-time, but there was nothing he could do to prevent the visitors from making it 4-2.
In the last quarter of the game, man-of-the-match Kaplanski completed his hat-trick, before Wiggett followed up a Ray shot to make it 6-2.
With the game already won, a late penalty corner allowed Bracknell sweeper Gary Steeples to chalk up his third goal of the season, and although Amersham added one more late on, it didn’t detract from what was a thoroughly professional performance from Bracknell.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 0 Oxford Hawks 2nd 0
Determined not to have a repeat of last week’s disappointing loss, Bracknell came out ready for a tough game in South Clubs Division 3A.
Bracknell soaked up a lot of pressure in the first half, with great defending from the back line marshalled by captain Marcia Clapson.
And they held out well, managing to go in at half-time level at 0-0.
Bracknell created some great opportunities in the second half, but failed to find a way past the impressive Oxford keeper.
As the game reached its climax, Hawks won a succession of short corners of their own, but some tenacious work once again from Bracknell’s defence, led brilliantly by man-of-the-match Jen Sawyer in goal, kept the visitors out, and secured a much-needed point.
West Hampstead 6th 3 Bracknell Mens 2nd 5
With Pete Bailey and Matt Wakefield both absent, Bracknell were forced to reshuffle for their visit to West Hampstead in MBBO Division 6.
But the changes to the side didn’t show as Bracknell took the initiative from the start.
Ian Ellaway gave Bracknell the lead, but they sat back and allowed West Hampstead back into the game, and after some sustained pressure, the hosts drew level by half-time.
Bracknell came out rejuvenated after the break and brushed aside their opponents with three unanswered goals from Dave Mackinder, Ellaway and Tom Scott.
West Hampstead did respond, reducing the deficit to two goals, but any hopes of a fightback were dashed as Martyn Gessey made it 5-2.
A late goal from West Hampstead did give them renewed hope, but Bracknell closed out the match with a creditable win following a tireless performance from an improving side.
Andy Bennett was the unanimous choice for man of the match.
Bracknell Mens 3rd 8 Aylesbury 4th 2
It was another goal fest for the Mens 3s in MBBO Open Division 8, with Phil Grindley in particular finding his form, returning a five-goal haul.
These were followed by efforts from team-mates Robin Stent, Steve Collarbone and Richard Jones.
Aylesbury could only reply with two of their own as the points deservedly went to Bracknell.
Bracknell Terriers 5 Ashford 0
Bracknell’s development side dispatched Ashford with little fuss in MBBO Open East Division 10.
Keeper Lee Fox Harvey only touched the ball once in 70 minutes as Ashford were left chasing shadows against a Bracknell side that was camped in their half for almost the entire second period.
Two goals from Robert Badley, one from David Scott and a brace from star performer and top-scorer Peter Scott made sure it was a comfortable win for Bracknell.
Harlow 1 Bracknell Ladies 2nd 1
With a near-full-strength squad, Bracknell 2s were raring to go in their Trysports Three Counties Division 2 encounter with Harlow.
A fantastic goal from Jane Theodolou gave Bracknell the perfect start, but Harlow struck back soon after to level.
Both sides created opportunites in the remainder of the game, but with the Harlow goalkeeper in top form, they had to settle for just a point.
One of the positives that Bracknell took from the game, however, was the way that the players making their debuts instantly gelled, and this bodes well for the remainder of the season.