Bracknell HC Ladies 1s edge closer to safetyBy Libby Mound
February 10, 2011
Bracknell Ladies 1st 3 Reading 2A 0
Bracknell Ladies put some distance between themselves and the Trysports Three Counties Premier 1 relegation zone with a deserved victory.
A goal in the first half by Gemma McLean after a well worked penalty corner settled the team, although a saved penalty flick from Becky Peatfield was the closest they came to adding to the score.
After the break Bracknell continued to press and Alison Eatwell converted a penalty flick after Kelly Lockyer’s shot had been blocked on the line by a Reading foot.
The defence, with man-of-the-match Katie Oliver in inspired form, continued to deny Reading opportunities and the win was capped with a goal from Caz Apsey in the last 10 minutes, after skilful play from captain Marcia Clapson.
Bracknell Mens 1st 4 Amersham & Chalfont 1st 3
Second-place Bracknell faced a tough away test against MBBO Regional 2 rivals Amersham & Chalfont.
It was Amersham who broke the deadlock after an exciting start, but Bracknell, energised after going a goal down, came straight back at their opposition.
Veteran Duncan Wiggett levelled, but Amersham responded with a fine goal of their own to regain the lead.
Bracknell, though, continued to push and were awarded a penalty flick in the closing stages of the first half which Gary Steeples coolly despatched to make it 2-2.
There were some excellent performances across the board for Bracknell in the second half, but it was Amersham who restored their advantage through a penalty flick.
From there Bracknell pulled together and a sweeping move was finished by Dan Ray.
Bracknell soaked up the Amersham pressure and were reduced to 10 men when Paul Kaplanski was shown a yellow card.
But, in the final few minutes, an inch-perfect pass from Sean Hardingham found Ray at the top of the Amersham’s D, and his early shot proved too powerful for the keeper as Bracknell sealed their second victory in as many games.
Bracknell Men’s 2nd 3 West Hampstead 6th 0
Bracknell’s promotion hunt in MBBO division six continued with a match against their old foes, West Hampstead.
Knowing they could ill afford another defeat, Bracknell won at a canter and, after a nervy opening 10 minutes, the result never looked in doubt.
After a positive start from West Hampstead, Bracknell’s play eventually wore them down and Adrian Plant opened the scoring with a powerful shot.
Bracknell continued to control the game in the second half and Plant added his second with another cracker from the edge of the D.
Dave Mackinder then made sure of victory when he scored from 10 yards after good work by Tom Scott, securing a 3-0 win that really could have been much more.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0 Milton Keynes 3rd 4
On the back of last week’s confident performance, Bracknell made the trip to Milton Keynes in hope of a Trysports Three Counties Division 2 win.
However, with the bare 11 Bracknell were on the back foot from the off with a Milton Keynes goal in the first five minutes.
With some strong play in the middle by Bonnie Butler and girl-of-the-game Kali Kilmartin on her debut, Bracknell made some threatening crosses into the D, but failed to score.
Milton Keynes took advantage of Bracknell’s depleted squad, though, and scored a further two goals before half time.
Bracknell’s defence fought hard after the break, allowing Milton Keynes only one more goal thanks to some spectacular saves by goalkeeper Joy Westlake.
Bracknell Terriers 4 Ashford 5th
The Terriers cemented their position at the top of MBBO Division 10 East with a fine performance against Ashford.
Robert Badley opened the scoring from a well-worked short corner and then a similar set play provided a deserved score for Max Heaver, who has strung together some impressive performances in the second half of the season.
All the goals were scored in the first half with the diminutive strike partnership of Alex Fox-Harvey and Peter Scott wading in with a goal each.
Although Bracknell dominated almost as much in the second half, they failed to add to the scoreline, although had they been a little more clinical with the short corners, that would have surely been different.
Aylesbury 4th 6 Bracknell 3rd 4
Bracknell found themselves two goals down inside a few minutes as they visited blustery Aylesbury in the MBBO Open Division 8.
After waking up, a passage of excellent attacking play by Bracknell resulted in a short corner, which Steve Collarbone finished off.
Aylesbury then went on to dominate and deservedly restored their two-goal advantage, only for Phil Grindley to do what he does best and score an amazing goal to boost the confidence of his troubled side.
After the break Bracknell had lost their shape and conceded three quick goals to effectively end their hopes of getting something from the game.
However, as Aylesbury tired Bracknell turned the tables and began to exert pressure on the Aylesbury defence clawing back two goals through the industry of Ian Ellaway.
Although Bracknell did have further chances, the damage was already done and Aylesbury held on for victory.