Bracknell HC 2s rally to win for injured EllawayBy Libby Mound
March 22, 2012
Abingdon Men’s 2nd 2 Bracknell Men’s 2nd 5
Bracknell claimed a win in very difficult circumstances away to Abingdon in MBBO Division 5.
The game was marred by a serious injury to Bracknell winger Ian Ellaway, who suffered a suspected rupture of his cruciate ligament in an innocuous tumble.
Following a 20-minute delay, Ellaway was eventually taken to hospital in an ambulance.
With their minds elsewhere, it was understandable that Bracknell failed to perform in the first half, but after regrouping at half time, they produced an admirable performance in the second, despite only having 10 men.
Tom and Peter Scott toiled alone up front and were exemplary in holding the ball up for the rest of their team-mates, while also helping out in defence where needed.
The opening goal came from Alex Page, but Abingdon were quick to reply from a short corner.
However, 10-man Bracknell were undaunted, and the Scott brothers almost single-handedly tore Abingdon to shreds with two goals apiece.
Abingdon did pull one back courtesy of a large deflection off Andy Bennett, but Bracknell had done enough to earn a win which all but guarantees them third place in the table.
Bracknell Ladies 1st 12 Abingdon Pilgrims Ladies 1st 3
Bracknell Ladies moved into top spot in Trysports Premier 1 with a stunning victory over basement side Abingdon.
Kelly Lockyer and Becky Peatfield scored early on to get the ball rolling, and Bracknell maintained their composure allowing Marcia Clapson to make it 3-0 with a straight strike from a short corner.
The floodgates opened after that, and Peatfield, Caroline Apsey and Gemma McLean all added to the scoreline to make it 6-0.
Abingdon showed brief glimpses of fighting back, but Bracknell’s defence held strong and some excellent play from Dash Heaver and McLean allowed Apsey to complete her first half hat-trick.
But they weren’t finished there, and a goal from a short corner courtesy of Sam Hall took the score to an incredible 9-0 at half-time.
Bracknell maintained momentum after the break, but Abingdon found a new lease of life and scored two quick goals.
Kath Coveney responded with a penetrating run from deep, passing Abingdon’s defence and midfield before finishing off inside the D.
Abingdon caught Bracknell on a lucky break and slotted another past keeper Jen Sawyer, but Bracknell pushed on and Coveney set up Lockyer to score her second.
She then completed her hat-trick with one of the last pieces of action from the game, capping a stunning win which keeps their promotion hopes alive.
Aylesbury Ladies 1st 2 Bracknell Ladies 1st 3
Bracknell Ladies made it a perfect weekend as they beat Aylesbury in their second match in as many days.
Having moved top of the division the day before, Bracknell needed a focused performance to maintain their position.
After a sluggish start, they were punished as Aylesbury took the lead, but Bracknell found their rhythm, applying more and more pressure until Dash Heaver drove the ball into the D with precision and Becky Peatfield deflected home the equaliser.
Aylesbury, though, regained the lead by half-time, but soon after the restart Bracknell shifted through the gears and spent much of the game camped in the Aylesbury half.
Once again Heaver played an important role in the equaliser, smashing the ball into the D for Caroline Apsey who deflected it in.
Bracknell’s pin-point passing and movement off of the ball had Aylesbury chasing shadows and with 10 minutes to go they scored the winner.
Gemma McLean cooly converted from a short corner and some stout defending in the final few minutes secured another three vital points.
Bicester Men’s 4th 4 Bracknell Terriers 1
The Bracknell development side learned a harsh lesson in this MBBO Division 9 game – if you don’t take your chances then you will not get what you deserve.
The Terriers struggled to reproduce the intensity of last weekend’s victory over table-topping Wycombe, but still created three good chances before Biscester opened the scoring to lead at half-time.
Throwing an extra man up front, Bracknell completely dominated the early stages of the second, but again the fledgling side were punished as Bicester extended the lead against the run of play.
With their backs against the wall, Bracknell struggled on, but when Iain Wilson was shown a yellow card, they crumbed and Bicester scored twice more to effectively seal the win.
Skipper Neil Badley crisply finishing a well-rehearsed set piece to give Terriers a consolation.
Credit, though, to Dan White who played much of the game hindered by a painful Achilles tendon injury.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0 Amersham & Chalfont Ladies 3rd 4
Trysports Division 2 basement-side Bracknell failed to build on last week’s outstanding team performance against Wycombe as they fell to defeat at fellow strugglers Amersham.
Injury-ravaged Bracknell knew it would be a tough game, but they produced a high-tempo performace and only some underhand tactics from Amersham soured their penultimate game of the season.
Forced to start with just 10 players after captain, Joy Westlake, suffered an injury during the pre-match warm up, it took Bracknell a while to get into the game.
A solid performance from Bracknell’s back four, however, meant that the home side were kept at bay in the opening stages until the pressure finally told.
Bracknell responded well, but it soon became clear that the decisions weren’t going their way, with numerous incidents of Amersham players using feet being overlooked and the hosts scored again to lead 2-0 at the break.
Tempers began to flare in the second half, and with 10 minutes gone Kate Lee went down injured after an overly high Amersham stick hit the side of her face.
With Bracknell down to nine players, it seemed inevitable that Amersham would take control of the match, but they held out until the final five minutes, when two quick goals gave the scoreline an unfairly one-sided feel.
Courtney Eatock was named girl of the game for her first appearance as sweeper.