Tuesday 18th February 2003
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Beast Drives Six Past Avis

Manics faced bottom of the league Avis Europe this weekend, in a local derby. This game would always be a tough game - but who would come out with the points at the end of the 90 minutes?

A full squad would be out for this week's exciting game. James Robinson would be in goal, and the back four stayed the same after last weeks victory against Corporate Leisure. The Midfield saw Glenn Evans take the Right Wing spot, with Gary Sarney inside, Elliott Fairs, and then David Comper on the left. Paul Milner made a return, alongside Darren Dean, recently on form. The bench saw Andy Impey, Mark Eveleigh, David Fenton, Phil Pratt, and Aaron Goddard back from injury.

Avis went for the kill from the kick-off, whilst the Manics were deemed helpless to the charge from Avis. Within the first minute, a cross from the Avis winger slipped through James Robinson's gloves and dropped down in front of goal. A scramble followed and Tony Hemley was at hand to pick up the loose ball and clear it from danger.

Bracknell Manics calmed down the football and quickly went on to attack. 4 minutes later, Glenn Evans set up the first goal. A through-ball set Paul Milner up to score a goal on his left foot from far out that rolled under the keeper and into the net.

After that, the Manics midfield began to frustrate Avis, keeping possession and picking at their defence. Glenn Evans had a dig from far out after a flick on from Darren Dean, but saw it go wide of goal. Then another chance came soon after with a goal scramble at the opposite end, David Comper, Dean, and Milner all coming close to scoring the second.

Milner had a great opportunity to score another goal 8 minutes into play. A long ball from Brian Judge, fell into the path of Paul Milner, who shrugged off the Avis defender and charged the goal. The shot went high and wide though, on what was such a good chance on goal.

Milner didn't miss the next chance though... Evans knocked a long cross into the box, which saw it go untouched. At the other side of the box, Comper put the ball back into Milner who drilled the second goal into the net to make it 2-0.

3 minutes later and Milner scored his hatrick. Brian Judge made the goal, with good tracking on the Avis midfielder, pushing him back up the pitch before tackling him. Dean picked up the ball and passed to Milner who calmly tucked it into the net.

Comper kept the pressure on, a nice run and pass to Dean followed who turned, and had a chance to score. Stephen Fazakerley, (an ex-manic player) was determined Dean wouldn't score and blatantly handballed in the area. The referee didn't need to look at the replay of this one to award a penalty; Gary Sarney took and put it away making the score 4-0 after 30 minutes.

Sarney got the next too. A crafty back-heel from Dean gave Gary a chance to shoot from far out, and the fans were happy to see this attempt go in after the Avis keeper slipped over, or went the wrong way to give the Manics side a comfortable lead before the end of the half. Both Milner and Elliott Fairs had chances before the end but were unlucky in front of goal. Elliott Fairs was furthermore unlucky to receive a sloppy challenge from an Avis midfielder, resulting in both players having to be substituted. Aaron Goddard made his first appearance onto the pitch since being out, with Mark Eveleigh still on the bench 'itching' to get on and play.

Play continued, and both teams played the remaining injury time before the half time whistle blew. The half ended 5-0, but the Manics were hungry for more. Mark Eveleigh was told to warm up and Evans was told 10 more minutes before the substitution would be made.

3 minutes had been played and the Manics rubbed salt into the wounded Avis Europe. Luke Phillips played a lovely through-ball to Evans, who ran the line, and crossed a great ball into the box. The keeper flapped and Dean was at hand to score his first of the game.

2 minutes later the Manics came close again, this time Tony Hemley had another chance to score. He'd left his shooting boots at home this week though, as his volley was 1st miss-kicked and then saved by the Avis keeper. 10 minutes had gone by, and Eveleigh was on for Evans. 15 minutes into the second half and another goal for the Manics. Some nice passing play, and a switch of play by Sarney to Dean. Dean threaded the ball to Eveleigh who out-ran the defender and crossed the ball to Milner to make it 7-0.

Avis had a break on goal 7 minutes later but Judge brought the player down and received a yellow for his actions. When the free kick was taken, Robinson did well to claim the ball his, and keep Avis at bay.

Milner couldn't believe it when his next chance would first be saved, then hit the bar, and then be saved the second time, 3 minutes after Avis looked like they may get one goal back. But Eveleigh would be the next to get a goal. A switch of play again, and a great run by Eveleigh to create an 8-0 lead on Avis.

A defensive header from Luke created the next chance. It was an easy goal as Eveleigh flicked a ball over the defence to Dean, who set up another goal for Milner who hammered it home on the half-volley for the 9th.

Hemley kept winning the balls at the back. On the 30th minute, Hemley went for a trademark run through the midfield, and passed a through-ball to Dean who turned and put the cross back into Milner, beating the defender, then the keeper to get his 6th goal.

That wasn't it though, the eleventh made Sarney's hatrick. Darren Dean setting up for the fifth time in the game, with a nice chip for Sarney to tuck away into the bottom corner.

More crosses followed from the Manics, and despite a spell of pressure from Avis at the end, this week saw the Manics gain 3 more comfortable league points in Division 3.

A great game for the fans this week, and well done to Avis for keeping their heads.

Thanks to all the fans who came to watch the match. This week two Manics deserved the MOM award!

 Final Result: Avis Europe 0 Bracknell Manics 11

 Man of the Match
 "Feed the Beast!!!"

"..Tony was amazing at the back.."
Darren Dean  

 Paul Milner

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