Dan’s double has Bracknell HC riding highBy Libby Mound
November 04, 2010
British Airways 1st 1 Bracknell 1st 2
After their fantastic start to the 2010/11 MBBO Regional 2 season, Bracknell faced a tough test against a recently relegated British Airways side.
The Heathrow based team are languishing at the opposite end of the table from high-flying Bracknell, who went into the game without five regulars, including inspirational skipper Ash Stratton, and the division’s top scorer, Paul Kaplanski.
BA started brightly and took the lead with a well-taken penalty corner, but Bracknell kept their cool and pushed for the equaliser which eventually came via their other talismanic forward Danny Ray.
Ray then sealed the points for the visitors with a wonderful solo effort that moved Bracknell up to second in the table behind Marlow, who Bracknell meet in two week’s time.
Tring 3rd 3 Bracknell Mens 3rd 3
Skipper Paul Broome gave a rousing pre-match team talk to raise his side’s spirits after disovering they would only have 10 men for this MBBO Open Division 8 game.
The omens didn’t look good, however, as Bracknell were two down within five minutes.
Bracknell, though, grew in confidence after Richard Jones reduced the deficit to 2-1 and then Alex Light completed a good move with a reverse stick shot to leave it all square at half-time.
Despite being a man down and the opponents having subs available, Bracknell took the fight to Tring.
As Bracknell tired, Tring upped their game, and only a goalline clearance from Ben Temple kept the score level.
Tring, however, finally broke through with five minutes to go to lead 3-2, but this sparked Bracknell back into life and with their last reserves of energy Jones capped a good all-round display with his second goal in the dying minutes to earn his side an outstanding point.
Bracknell Terriers 9 Staines 1
The Terriers produced yet another fine display to comfortably dispatch a Staines Development side in MBBO Open East Division 10 at the weekend.
Staines competed hard, but Bracknell dominated the game for long periods thanks to their good defensive shape and quick simple passing and took a 3-0 half-time lead.
The flood gates opened after the break with Peter Scott scoring at will.
Top-scorer Scott bagged another six goals, bringing his season’s tally to 16 from five games, with the othe goals coming from Sam Fox-Harvey (2) and Alex Fox-Harvey.
Despite this performance, the real measure of the team’s standing will come in next week’s top-of-the-table clash with Wycombe.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 7 Leighton Buzzard 2nd 0
If ever a scoreline failed to reflect the true nature of the game, this was it.
On face value, Bracknell hammered their MBBO Division 6 visitors from Leighton Buzzard, but in actuality, this was a very tight game for all but the last 10 minutes.
Bracknell suffered without influential captain Steve Williams and frustration soon set in, with Sean McInnes rightly sin binned for an inappropriate show of aggression.
As the visitors failed to capatlise, Bracknell went ahead through Matt Wakefield before Tom Scott added a second by half-time.
With Tom Withey in the Bracknell goal keeping the visitors at bay, the home side improved in the second half and they were rewarded with another goal as McInnes turned from villain to hero to make it 3-0.
With Withey continuing to deny Leighton Buzzard, Scott claimed his second of the game to put the result beyond any doubt.
Bracknell then added three more in the dying minutes through Pete Bailey, Dave Mackinder and Scott, completitng his hat-trick.
While Bracknell were good value for the win, they were flattered by the scoreline, and the game could easily have been much closer.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 Aylesbury Ladies 1st 2
Despite the strong defensive work from Libby Mound, Marcia Clapson, Samantha Hall, Becky Peatfield and goalkeeper Jen Sawyer, Bracknell were unable to withstand the pressure from Aylesbury in their South Clubs Division 3A encounter.
Aylesbury made the pressure count midway through the first half.
Some great work in midfield presented Caroline Apsey with half a chance to level things up in the second half, and she finished clinically.
However, after a series of questionable umpiring decisions, Bracknell lost their concentration and after pressing forward looking for the winner, they were caught by a swift counter attack and Aylesbury scored the winning goal.