Bracknell Town 4 Headington Amateurs 6By Darrell Freeland
January 17, 2013
Sam Barratt netted four times for Bracknell Town on Tuesday night, but still ended up on the losing side as the Robins were dumped out of the Bluefin Sports Insurance Supplementary Cup by Division 1 East rivals Headington Amateurs.
The game also saw Town hand a second debut to 47-year-old Mick Havermans, who is considered to be a cult hero at Larges Lane following his exploits with the club back in the late 1990s, after his return to the playing fold.
Three years shy of hitting 50, Havermans is understood to be oldest player to represent Bracknell in a competitive fixture, however, he used his experience and nous wisely during the 10 goal thriller.
He was also heavily involved in Barratt's fourth goal during a memorable night for the youngster, as his pressure allowed the attacker to rob an opponent of the ball before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 35 yards.
Barratt opened his account in the 17th minute when he dusted himself down after being fouled in the area to find the bottom right hand corner from the penalty spot.
He then doubled the lead 10 minutes later – albeit by a deflection – when his free-kick ended up wrong-footing Harry Jenkins in the Headington goal.
The advantage was reduced when Ben Cuff fired home for Headington moments later.
Amateurs then turned the context of the game on its head within the space of three second half minutes, as an excellent team move resulted in Tom Payne sending the ball beyond Chris Adams to level the scores on the hour mark.
A poor clearance from Adams then allowed Yannick Mkwanuo to steal in and slot the ball home from an acute angle to put the visitors in front.
Bracknell, though, were level minutes later when Barratt completed his hat-trick when he gave Jenkins no chance with another free-kick, sending the ball through the wall – much to the fury of the shot-stopper.
He then looked to have turned the tie in the hosts favour when he coolly lobbed the ball over Jenkins from some 35-yards to put Bracknell 4-3 ahead.
Arguably the goal of the game, however, was cancelled out seconds later when another Adams error was punished.
The No.1 was penalised for bringing down Payne in the box, who then stepped up to dispatch the resulting spot kick.
A highly exciting and entertaining fixture was then settled when Headington's player/manager and top scorer, Luke Cuff, netted a brace following his arrival from the bench .
His first strike was something special, firing home from 20 yards after getting the better of Dan Sleet.
The second was more of a clinical effort, slamming the ball home in stoppage time after being set up be Mkwanuo.
Robins will be keen to avenge the defeat when the two sides meet again at Barton Recreation Ground in the league this Saturday.
Bracknell Town: Adams, Brown, Clarke, James, Roake, Sleet, Bradshaw, Elliott-Money (Murphy 80), White, Havermans (Cooper-Clark 80), S Barratt.
Subs not used: Newson, Delander, T Barratt.