Plant is the Magician as Bracknell HC 2s cruiseBy Libby Mound
November 11, 2010
Maidenhead Magicians 0 Bracknell Mens 2nd 5
With Bracknell on a four-game winning run, and hosts Maidenhead Magicians without a point having scored only three goals in their first five MBBO Open Division 6 games, you could be forgiven for thinking the result was a foregone conclusion.
But as Bracknell scored two quick goals through Adrian Plant, over-confidence and complacency set in as Bracknell became lethargic, with Maidenhead resolute.
The visitors did add a third goal before the break, thanks to Lawrence Lewis, but had Bracknell really set about their opposition, it could have been many more.
Bracknell’s lethargy continued into the second half and they only added two more, both from Plant.
The fifth goal, however, was the pick of the bunch as defender Ian Ellaway powered down the right wing, cut in and passed to Plant, who, with little ceremony, lashed the ball home.
Apart from that moment of brilliance, it was turgid second half, and a distinctly average performance overall.
Wokingham Ladies 1st 1 Bracknell Ladies 1st 0
In a frustrating local derby, Bracknell Ladies 1s lost out by a single goal to Wokingham in the Trysports Three Counties Premier on Saturday.
Wokingham started stronger, but Bracknell gradually worked their way into the game, with Jen Sawyer in the home goal dealing comfortably with any shots sent her way.
The best chance of the half fell to Bracknell’s Gemma McLean, but her shot went narrowly wide of the left-hand post as the teams went in at the break level.
Dash Heaver on Bracknell’s right wing was ahving a field day in the opening stages of the second half, sending some pin-point crosses into the danger zone.
But Wokingham rode their luck and began to dominate the midfield and eventually took the lead when a shot was deflected into McLean’s face and fell into the path of forward Pip Tanner who pounced to score.
Meanwhile McLean was out of the game holding her split lip together and despite the facial injury the goal was deemed legal and Bracknell had to play the rest of the game without their fastest defender who was rushed to A&E.
Bracknell, though, pulled together, but with further injuries hitting the team, they could not find the equaliser.
Captain and man-of-the-match Marcia Clapson, having led by example, praised her team for not giving up and for working at full pace for the entire 70 minutes.
Bracknell Mens 3rd 5 Windsor 2nd 2
Bracknell could field a full team as well as three subs for this MBBO Open Division 8 game, and it certainly showed.
They were off to a good start as Richard Jones opened the scoring early on before Alex Light doubled Bracknell’s lead.
Windsor pulled one back shortly after, but the two-goal advantage was soon restored courtesy of Shaun McInnes.
Although Windsor did reduce the deficit right at the end of the half, Bracknell came out for the second period full of enthusiasm.
While some spectacular goalkeeping kept Windsor at bay, at the other end of the pitch, Phil Grindley twice set up Richard Jones to take Bracknell to three games undefeated.
Bracknell Terriers 0 Wycombe 4
Terriers combination of veterans’ experience and teenage exuberence were pitted against Wycombe’s 16-man squad of players aged from late teens and early 20s who sit top of MBBO Open Division 10 East with a 100-per-cent record.
The Bracknell side stuck to their game plan and challenged Wycombe in every department and after the 70 minutes were up, every player knew they had been involved in a fast and furious contest.
In the end, Wycombe’s extra pace proved the difference, although every member of the Terriers side deserves a mention for their attitude and application in a game where the scoreline did not reflect the balance of play.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0 Reading 3rd 4
Bracknell 2s faced top-of-the-table Reading 3s on Saturday at Birch Hill, apprehensive but ready to take on the challenge.
Although both sides started off fairly evenly, Reading went on to dominate allowing Bracknell very few goal opportunities and no short corners as they aimed to find an edge in the game.
There were some positional changes, with all the players adapting well to their new roles, but it was Rach Whittle, stepping up to become goalkeeper, who was the girl of the game.
Bracknell were understandably left feeling disappointed after their defeat, but will hope to claw it back in the games still to come.
Bracknell Men’s 1st 2 Rover Oxford 2nd 4
Bracknell suffered only their second defeat of the season as they went down to Rover Oxford 2s in MBBO Regional 2.
After a battling win last week and with the return of key players Ash Stratton and Paul Kaplanski, Bracknell went into the game full of confidence.
It was Rover Oxford, though, who started stronger, and went ahead after only five minutes following some sloppy defending.
The Blues began to gain a foothold in the game and after some neat passing Paul Kaplanski deflected a superb Jonny Hall pass into the net.
This saw the start of some sustained Bracknell pressure and Kaplanski grabbed his second goal of the game to put his side 2-1 up.
Bracknell pressed for more goals to try and put the game to bed before half-time, but a combination of great goalkeeping and poor finishing saw the score remain the same.
This was to prove costly as Rover Oxford were gifted two goals before the break to take an unexpected 3-2 lead.
Bracknell started the second half with gusto, but this was to prove a false dawn as Rover Oxford added a fourth goal.
Bracknell tried valiantly to get back into the game and poured forward, but Rover Oxford withstood the onslaught and held on for the win.
With league leaders Marlow visiting next week, the Blues face another stern test and will look to put this result behind them and bounce straight back.