Bracknell Manics began their season with a win as they attempt to bounce back to the Premier League straightaway. It was a thrilling encounter worthy of any Bond film. Villains, crazy stunts and plenty of heroes made up for the lack of girls, of which there were some but they were busy calling people all kinds of obscenities in the presence of their pre-school aged children. Dr No!
The first 15 minutes gave no indication of the thrill about to unfold. Tentative passing from both sides saw neither keeper seriously tested in the opening passages of play. Manics welcomed four débutantes who looked to play their way into the game with ease, Spencer Blay in particular having a half to remember as S&W reshuffled their midfield in attempt to quash his dominance.
From a powerful headed clearance from his more intelligent brother, Simon, Blay jr flicked the ball along to Jamie for the first goal of the game. It was a Thunderball, leaving the keeper with no chance. A real beauty from about 30 yards. But for the Manics the world was not enough as Stuart Clapson showed Jamie that when it comes to 30 yard volleys, nobody does it better than him, as he looped another gem over the hapless goalie.
Half time came and S&Ws manager was fuming and had a view to kill all of them. Captain Blay warned his men that they would come out fighting and they did! Within minutes of the restart, the arrears had been reduced after a bundled effort from a corner. Manics had the living daylights scared out of them, but found resolve and fought again.
Not only did they find stability, they also had the man with golden gun. Jamie spun and turned about 15 yards out and hit a sweet volley that came from his right boot … with love! 3-1 and the opposition felt like the sky would fall. But again they rallied and showed the real quality they have by pressing the Manics deep in their own half. Patsalides made some wise changes that broke up play and alleviated the pressure. Pressure told, and a penalty was awarded to S&W which their no.9 duly dispatched. Robinson unlucky. Would S&W snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?
An offside goal caused despair amongst the opposition subs, one of whom ran at the assistant like he was on her majesty’s secret service. How dare he question the linesmans golden eye with such aggression? The melee subsided and play resumed. Only for matters to boil over again as an S&W player didn’t mind his Ps and Qs and was red carded by the ref. Manics still faced pressure but with resolute defending from Calvin, Luke, Lawrence and Mitchell, they held on for a fantastic victory that proved that tomorrow never dies and Manics are forever.
Manics Starting XI: Robinson, Munns, Blay Snr, Judge, Evans, Mitchell, Blay Jnr, Soady, Davies, Clapson, Gaff.
Bench: Hedges, Stratford, Goddard, Axton-Hall, Darby
Subs not used: Darby
Refs MoM: The Team