Scott strike sets up Bracknell Men's 1s for big away day success.By Caroline Apsey
November 15, 2012
Ramgarhia 1st 2 Bracknell Men’s 1st 5
Bracknell Men's 1st returned to winning ways in MBBO Regional Division 2 in some style with a thumping win at Ramgarhia.
A change of tactics and formation from the 5-5 draw with Witney the previous weekend allowed Bracknell greater freedom to attack their opponents and enjoy better ball retention.
Several early chances were missed, however, the visitors did not have to wait long to open the scoring, which came courtesy of youngster Peter Scott.
With just the keeper to beat, Scott audaciously reversed flicked the ball over his opponent and into the back of the net.
Bracknell continued to press as they looked to double their advantage. Ramgarhia, meanwhile, had other ideas and were level – much to the surprise of the visitors – when they equalised through a penalty stroke.
Bracknell, though, never let their heads drop following the goal and regained the lead when Paul Kaplanski fired home the last short corner of the half.
It was soon 3-1 shortly after the restart when Danny Ray added his name to the scoresheet with a neat finish.
But the hosts refused to be beaten and reduced the deficit to one for a second time when a deflected shot got the better of Bracknell keeper Dave Harris.
The goal appeared to wake the away side up from a mid-half slump, and the three goal cushion was soon restored when Tom Pullen bundled the ball past the Ramgarhia keeper for his first goal of the season, before Ash Stretton completed the scoring.
Bracknell welcome West Hampstead 2 to Birch Hill this weekend (1.30pm).
Bracknell Ladies 1st 1 Maidenhead Ladies 2s 5
A wonderful solo effort from Yellie Powley proved to be nothing more than consolation as Bracknell slipped to a heavy Trysports Premier Division 1 defeat to Maidenhead at Birch Hill.
Maidenhead opened the scoring from a penalty corner, but a moment of individual brilliance from Powley had Bracknell level.
But that was as good as it was to get for the hosts, who conceded a further three penalty corner goals before the break.
Some stern words during the interval appeared to inject a sense of belief into Bracknell, but an attacking approach failed to yield the goals needed to start a comeback, as the closest the hosts came was when a Katie Oliver flick struck a post.
Blues were then reduced to 10 players following a kit malfunction, however, it was to have no affect on the side's determination, as they continued to pepper the Maidenhead goal, but to no further success.
The visitors, though, were to have the final say on proceedings, and put the result beyond any doubt with a fifth goal.
Bracknell Men's 2s 1 Sonning Men's 4s 0
A solitary strike from Tom Scott was enough for Bracknell to secure their third win in four MBBO Division 4 matches with a narrow victory over Sonning.
Bracknell dominated from the first whistle, with Sean McInnes and Rob Badley pulling the strings in the midfield, while the defensive duo of Matt Molyneux and Ywain Martin kept things tight at the back.
Sonning also showed resolve, but their resistance was broken when Badley threaded a pass through to Tom Scott who, with just one had on his stick, applied the deftest of touches to guide the ball past the visiting goalkeeper.
Sonning, with just one shot on target to their name, then had hearts racing as they threatened to equalised from a number of late short corners.
However, the back line held firm and Bracknell secured the points which move them up to seventh in the table.