Under-performing Bracknell HC 2s maintain title challengeBy Libby Mound
January 27, 2011
Bracknell Mens 2nd 3 Marlow 3rd 0
Bracknell’s MBBO Division 6 title challenge continued with a fine home win against Marlow.
Bracknell were far from their best, producing a stuttering performance, but their lack of fluency with the ball did not prevent them from taking an early lead when a lucky bounce fell to Tom Scott to score.
Bracknell’s second goal, coming mid-way through the second half, was equally fortuitous, when Scott’s shot deflected off both a defender and the goalkeeper before trickling in.
Marlow caused problems of their own, however, as between the two goals Bracknell endured a frantic goal-line scramble with goalkeeper Withey called upon to make a number of outstanding saves.
The game was eventually put beyond doubt thanks to a rare moment of fluid play, with Shaun MacInnes driving into the D, playing a one-two with Scott and tapping home.
Bracknell will not be able to put in such a mediocre performance when they face championship rivals Brunel University this week.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 2 Milton Keynes Ladies 1st 3
Bracknell Ladies went into this Trysports Three Counties Premier game determined to improve on recent showings.
However, they were up against an MK side with similar determination who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes.
Bracknell upped their game, but despite their pressure, couldn’t pull level by half-time.
Bracknell started the second half well and drew level from a short corner that was well worked by Yellie Powley and Gemma McLean, with McLean firing the ball home.
As Bracknell dominated, MK broke downfield, won a short corner and scored to make it 2-1.
Bracknell soon gained another short corner opportunity and with another perfectly timed pass from Powley, Kelly Lockyer beautifully deflected the ball into the top corner.
Despite Bracknell’s best efforts, however, MK scored in the closing minutes of the game to sneak a 3-2 win.
Marlow Ladies 3rd 2 Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0
Bracknell Ladies started their Trysports Three Counties Division 2 match slowly and conceded a quick goal.
Bracknell had their chances, but Marlow dominated for most of the first half and scored a second.
Bracknell were indebted to goalkeeper Bobbie Oxley as she performed miracles to keep the scoreline down before half-time.
Bracknell were a changed side in the second half.
They took control of the game and were desperately unlucky not to score a well-deserved goal, with several attempts from girl-of-the-game Liadh Troy (pictured bottom right) as well as Joy Westlake.
Bracknell Ladies can hold their heads high after a quality all-round team performance that was only lacking that cutting edge in front of goal.
Bracknell Mens 3rd 2 West Hampstead 7th 6
Bracknell 3s were looking to climb into the top half of the MBBO Division 8 table this week against struggling West Hampstead 7s.
After beating the league leaders the previous week there were only two changes made to the starting line up and Bracknell started well, taking the lead through a wonderful solo effort from centre-back Ian Ellaway.
However, this was as good as it was going to get for Bracknell as the team seemed all at sea.
They conceded three quick goals to go in at half-time 3-1 down, although after a rousing team-talk, an Ash Holden goal reduced the deficit.
The crucial next goal, however, went to West Hampstead and as Bracknell pushed to try and find a way back into the contest, they were caught on the break twice more.
Bracknell Terriers 5 West Hampstead 8th 0
West Hampstead arrived at Bracknell having smashed Wycombe’s 100-per-cent MBBO Divison 10 East record last week.
Despite a contrast in ages – Bracknell fielding a mixture of teens and experienced veterans while the visitors were mainly in their 20s – the home side started with confidence.
West Hampstead barely touched the ball in the opening 10 minutes and Bracknell deservedly took the lead with a sweet reverse stick shot by sharp shooter Peter Scott.
Scott then grabbed his second before half-time as Bracknell dominated proceedings.
West Hampstead were far more competitive in the second half and Bracknell lost some of the rhythm.
However, the defence held strong with Max Heaver following up his man-of-the-match performance last week with another fine display from right back.
Despite the game being far more competitive in the second half, Bracknell scored more goals with Scott completing his hat-trick, Ernest Munro scoring with a screamer along the ground and Dave Scott roofing the ball viciously from just inside the circle to seal a fine victory.