Bracknell RFC 44 Marlow RFC 29By Adam Lee
October 03, 2012
Bracknell maintained their 100-per-cent start to the South West 1 East season with another bonus-point win – their fourth in succession – this time against Marlow at Lily Hill.
Bracknell kicked off down the slope, and any misconceptions they may have harboured that it was to be a routine afternoon were soon dispelled by the visitors’ aggression.
Bracknell, though, took the lead when Marlow were penalised for offside following a scrum, with Ben Nowak kicking his side in front after three minutes.
Marlow recovered well, and after surviving a bit of a Bracknell battering, flanker Chris Ellis stole the ball at a Bracknell lineout and fed Harry Rodger to break for the line and make it 5-3.
Bracknell’s response, though, was both swift and decisive.
After a strong maul the ball was fed to fly-half Dan Antonelli to break through on the right and touch down, before a try in the right-hand corner from skipper Matt Brambley extended the lead to 13-5.
When Marlow’s Chris Ellis was shown a yellow card after 35 minutes, Bracknell took full advantage of the extra man as Stuart Mackay went over in the left hand corner, with Nowak’s conversion taking the score to 20-5.
Marlow refused to give in and reduced the deficit to eight points by half-time as Mike Rauchwerger scored under the posts, with Will Fulton’s conversion being the last act of the half.
Marlow started the second half as they had finished the first with Rodger helping himself to his second try of the afternoon.
And when Mackay took 10 minutes to cool off following a yellow card, the visitors secured their bonus point with their fourth try of the afternoon, courtesy of hooker Conor Mitchell.
The lead, however, was short-lived as a Ben Nowak penalty from 20m put Bracknell 23-22 in front – a lead they were not going to relinquish for the rest of the game.
Assistant head coach Stuart Silvester continued his good try-scoring form to secure Bracknell’s bonus point, with Nowak adding the extras.
However, another Rauchwerger try, converted by Fulton, reduced the arrears to 30-29, only for two converted tries in the final 12 minutes to give Bracknell some breathing space.
Tom Saunders finished off a fine Bracknell move, before Jack Petelo made the game safe with his try only minutes from the end.
Although Marlow can be proud of a never-say-die performance, both in attack and defence, Bracknell’s size, strength, power and skill told in the end.
The Lily Hill men will be aiming for their sixth successive win when they make the short journey to face Newbury Blues on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Bracknell: Nowak, Burch, Higgins, Saunders, Mackay (Brember), Antonelli, Ap Dafydd, Mirza, Silvester, Petelo, Barry, Bailey, Brambley, Milligan (Fillier), Maybury. Replacements: Clapson.