Tuesday 11th February 2003
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Leisurely Win for the Manics

This week, the Manics faced another tough team, and with many injured, could the Manics get those vital 3 points?

James Robinson took the net, with Brian judge stepping into David Fenton's normal slot at the back. David Fenton would be further up the pitch playing a defensive role in midfield. Andrew Morten started on the left wing, which meant David Comper would be up front with Darren Dean. The bench had Glenn Evans, Elliott Fairs, and Phillip Pratt.

After 12 minutes, Darren Dean put in the first Manics cross of the day, only to see it go out for a corner. David Comper would take the kick, which came close as it went past the goal mouth untouched by the players in the box. A minute later and the Corporate defence faced more pressure. Darren Dean had his first chance on goal, after a David Comper chipped through ball. The keeper made a fine save though, denying the Manics the first goal.

That lasted a minute, more pressure from an Eveleigh delivery, as David Fenton drilled the ball hard and low from far out, the keeper wasn’t so fortunate this time making the save, but spilling it right into the path of Darren Dean who at a tight angle tucked the ball away, making it 1-0.

5 minutes later and the Manics got the second. David Fenton made a great tackle in the Manics half; Gary Sarney picked up the loose ball and played a long ball to Darren Dean for his second goal of the game.

Corporate Leisure kept their heads, and fought back for the next 10, and despite another attempt by James Blackman, the Manics looked like they were beginning to let Leisure back into the game. A 50/50 challenge saw David Fenton take a knock on the 22nd minute and receive treatment on the line. That’s when Leisure's pressure paid off, as they got a goal back. James Robinson slipped on the wet pitch and after claiming the ball his, the anxious forward claimed the goal his knocking the ball into the net and make it 2-1.

Fenton came on again soon after, but after 10 minutes he couldn’t continue any longer, which meant Elliott Fairs would come on in his place as the first substitute of the game. The Manics had another chance, Tony Hemley won the ball deep in the Manics half, and passed to Comper who ran down the wing and put in a sweet near post cross, met by Dean on the volley, but sadly went wide of the post.

On the 31st minute Leisure had a break, but lucky for the Manics, the low cross was left untouched in front of goal. That was the first warning sign from Corporate Leisure that this was still anyone's game.

5 minutes later, the Manics had yet another chance. This time Andrew Morten cleared a ball to David Comper, who took a couple of nice touches before releasing Darren for another chance for a hatrick on goal. Leisure’s keeper did well again though to come off his line quick and close the angle down. Dean tried a chip, but the shot went wide.

Just when the Manics looked like they would kill the game, Leisure’s equalizer came on the 39th minute. Luke Phillips was caught on the back foot, and when Brian Judge failed to muscle the quick forward out of the game, all the Leisure forward had to beat was one more defender, and then the keeper. He did just that and put the ball through poor young Robinson's legs too.

The Manics heads dropped, but hope was still there, and with 2 minutes of play left remaining of the first half, the luck went the Manics way. A defensive header by Brian Judge came to Andrew Morten, who laid off a neat pass to David Comper. David switched the play over to Darren Dean, who then laid the ball back off to Comper on the left to put the ball into the net off the post. The first half ended 3-2 to the Manics.

The Manics kicked off the second half and went straight to work. A chance in the first minute came to Gary Sarney after David Comper laid the ball off to him. The first shot was blocked and the keeper saved the second. The pressure was again too much, and soon enough a goal was scored by the Manics side. Andrew Morten played a simple ball to Comper, and a 1-2 with Darren Dean sent Comper flying down the wing on goal to score.

More goals came for Leisure just two minutes later. Leisure played the ball around well, then on goal, the forward beat Hemley, and as Judge went to tackle him the unselfish forward knocked the ball to his team-mate unmarked, to keep Leisure in the game and have the score 4-3 to the Manics.

After 10 minutes, Hemley went on his furthest run of the season so far. Like the gorgeous Fishead would have, Tony seemed to see no end to his run up the pitch and pushed the Manics on for another attack on goal. The pressure paid off, and the Manics made another goal. Mark Eveleigh passed to Dean, who laid the ball through to Sarney for a gorgeous lob of the keeper.

At 5-3 you'd think the game was over, but there were still more goals to come. Two more goals came from Corporate Leisure, and two more substitutions were made for the Manics. Glenn Evans came on up front, Andrew Morten came off after a good display, and David Comper dropped back to the left wing. Then James Blackman came off injured, and Phil Pratt made his debut in a league game as left back.

Poodle made the impact getting the ball to Comper, and then willing on the Manics. Some nice one-touch passes lead to the winner for the game. Comper laid the ball to Fairs, whose pass was cut out by the defence, but then only cleared straight into the path of Comper. David ran with the ball, turned a defender and cut in on the wing. With one look up, David seized the chance, and struck the ball on his right foot towards the goal. The Leisure defence could only stand and watch as the ball floated, curling though the air towards the goal. It was planted firmly into the top right corner - a fine goal, and another contender for goal of the season.

The Manics had a chance right at the end, but Glenn Evans attempt, which was on target, was saved by Leisure's keeper. The final score was 6-5 to the Manics and another 3 vital points in their league campaign.

Well done to the Manics who fought hard, and who got the result they deserved.

Thanks to all the fans who came to watch the match.

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 6 Corporate Leisure 5

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