Bracknell HC Terriers seal the Division 10 East titleBy Libby Mound
March 24, 2011
Bracknell Terriers 5 Leighton Buzzard 3rd 1
Development side Bracknell Terriers secured the MBBO Open Division 10 East title as they fought from behind with a five-goal second-half haul.
Terriers wilted under the weight of expectation in the first half, going behind to a Leighton Buzzard goal.
But as soon as Peter Scott bagged the equaliser in the second half, the balance of play shifted.
Skipper Neil Badley scored the second from a penalty flick, then Scott grabbed his second with the goal of the game, before he bagged his hat-trick and 39th goal of the season following a flowing team move.
Sam Fox-Harvey rounded off the scoring with a penalty flick.
Winning the title and gaining promotion has been a bonus to a team whose sole purpose is to develop young players against teams perceived to be better than themselves.
The search has already begun for new talent, 13 years or older, to replace the young players who will progress up the ranks next season.
Anyone interested in trialling can make contact with the club at www.pitchero.com/clubs/bracknellhockeyclub/
Oxford University 2nd 0 Bracknell Ladies 1st 1
Bracknell travelled to Oxford University seeking revenge for defeat at the hands of the students in the first half of the Trysports Three Counties Premier 1 season.
The visitors soon found themselves on the back foot, though, and were forced to play a tight game.
Oxford still created chances with man-of-the-match Jenny Sawyer managing to tip one shot around the post while another hit the crossbar.
This seemed to energise Bracknell and a smooth passing move set up Caz Apsey to coolly beat the keeper to make it 1-0.
Bracknell suffered a blow when the influential Kelly Lockyer was forced off with a knee injury before half-time.
Although Bracknell started the second half well, Oxford Uni soon regained the upper hand.
Bracknell, however, were resolute in defence and closed down their opponents at every opportunity earning a hard-fought victory.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 2 Bicester Ladies 2nd 0
On the back of last week’s win, Bracknell 2s were keen to climb away from the Trysports Three Counties Division 2 relegation zone.
They stuck to their game plan and fought hard in the first half, dominating play and taking a 1-0 lead through Yellie Powley.
Girl of the game, goalkeeper Joy Westlake was in unbeatable form after the break and with grit and determination from the equally impressive Kalico Kilmartin, Bracknell battled for the points.
As the pressure mounted Bracknell countered and sealed victory with a scorcher of a set piece from Holly Bentley.
Bracknell Mens 1st 0 Aylesbury Men’s 1st 1
Bracknell 1’s MBBO Regional 2 promotion bid came to end this weekend with defeat to Aylesbury.
A seriously depleted Bracknell side battled hard, but failed to get a hold of the game and after Aylesbury took a 1-0 lead, Bracknell couldn’t find a way back.
It was gut-wrenchingly painful for the injured players on the sidelines to watch as promotion slipped through the team’s fingers.
However, with third place already in the bag, this season has been a proud one for the Blues, and they will come back for the next campaign even stronger for the experience.
Milton Keynes 4th 2 Bracknell 2nd 2
It was make or break for Bracknell on Saturday as they travelled to the MBBO Open Division 6’s top side.
Anything less than a win would leave Bracknell relying on other results, and the importance of the fixture showed as both sides played with high aggression and intensity.
With goalscoring opportunities few and far between, Bracknell made the most of theirs as Lawrence Lewis ghosted in to open the scoring.
The second half was equally as intense and both sides received green cards as the game threatened to boil over.
MK soon levelled the score, but Bracknell replied by doubling their attacking efforts, and were rewarded with a goal. from Dave Mackinder.
Bracknell came close to extending their lead, seeing two goals disallowed, before Richard Jones was sent to the sin bin as tempers flared.
Losing a defender cost Bracknell dearly as MK equalised again to seal a 2-2 draw – a disappointing result for Bracknell, despite one of their best performances of the season.
Bracknell Men’s 3rd 3 South Bucks Men’s 3rd 1
Bracknell had to fight back from a goal behind before claiming victory in this MBBO Open Division 8 encounter.
After slack defending at a short corner let in South Bucks, Bracknell levelled matters two minutes into the second half after Pete Bailey took possession and neatly finished.
Bracknell started to dominate the game and Steve Collarbone put them ahead with a crashing finish after good work from Bailey and Ian Ellaway.
The game was put to bed in the last 10 minutes when Bailey coolly slotted home when one-on-one with the keeper.