Jones’ treble sends Bracknell HC Terriers top
February 24, 2011
Bracknell Terriers 3 High Wycombe 7th 0
Bracknell’s development team produced an awesome performance in their top-of-the-table clash against MBBO Divison 10 East leaders Wycombe 7s.
With the spine of the Terriers’ team absent due to half term, two old stalwarts were drafted in as Dave Stockland slotted into the centre of midfield and Richard Jones deputised for the Terriers 35-goal sensation Peter Scott.
The was a real battle played at a ferocious pace and Wycombe dominated possession for significant periods.
But Bracknell’s defence held strong, while at the other end Jones presented a real goal threat.
Assists from Sam Fox-Harvey, Roger Husband and Max Heaver presented Jones with the opportunitites as he netted a hat-trick, but the most pleasing thing was the way the younger team members coped with the intensity of the game.
But as the game became white hot, the Terriers kept their cool and replace Wycombe at the top of the table.
Bracknell Mens 2nd 5 Maidenhead Magicians 1
Needing a win to maintain their MBBO Division 6 promotion push, Bracknell received an early shock at home against basement-side Maidenhead Magicians.
Bracknell looked disjointed and struggled to produce any fluency in their passing and this wasn’t helped as a number of players were forced of through injury.
It was therefore little surprise when Maidenhead took the lead, although, Bracknell equalised when Steve Williams’ deflected strike found its way into the top corner.
The second half appeared to offer little hope of a Bracknell breakthrough, but the difference in the two sides eventually told, with Adrian Plant scoring to give Bracknell the lead.
Plant went on to add another two goals, and Dave Mackinder tapped in Bracknell’s fifth with the last touch of the game, although the scoreline didn’t reflect the pattern of play.
They will surely have to improve in time for next week’s game against OMT.
Windsor 2nd 0 Bracknell Men’s 3rd 0
Bracknell arrived at Windsor with only the bare 11, so they were a little disheartened to come up against a strong team with a full quota of subs.
The visitors were on the back foot from the off, but the defence of skipper Paul Broome, Ian Ellaway, Barney Longden and Ywain Martin soaked up the intense pressure.
Meanwhile Pete Bailey worked tirelessly up front, holding the ball up well.
It soon became clear that one goal would decide the game, and Bracknell were indebted to goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Dave Harris who pulled off some spectacular saves to keep the sides level.
The best chance Bracknell had was when Bailey was upended by the Windsor keeper, but incredibly no flick was awarded.
Braknell defended a string of short corners as the game neared its end, and held out heroically to secure a well-earned point and their second clean sheet in a row.