Tuesday 05th March 2003
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Manics Beat Dog & Duck Six Wins In Seven

The Manics faced the mighty Dog & Duck this weekend, one of the teams tipped to win the league this season.

A good line up would start the Manics 11, The defence remained untouched from last week, the midfield would be changed with the loss of Darren Dean form this weeks lineup, so Marke Eveleigh would start the right wing, and Glenn Evans would be up front with Paul Milner. The Manics had three substitutions, Andy Impey, Aaron Goddard and Ryan Millward back from injury.

Manics soaked up the pressure at the kick off. A good spell nearly led to an early lead for Dog & Duck who won a corner after moving the ball up the Manic half. Gary Sarney cleared the ball upfield into the path of another Dog & Duck player, who switched play back to the right wing. Dog & Duck crossed the ball, which fell into the path of their striker but a great save by jimbo kept the Manics level at the start.

Two minutes later and the Manics earnet their first corner of the game. David Comper took and Luke Phillips had a free header on goal, unluckily was put wide of goal.

Soon after, a free kick was awarded for a foul on Glenn Evans on the edge of box. David Fenton took, and struck the bar. The ball was cleared for a break for Dog & Duck, but Tony Hemley was on hand to put the ball out of danger for a throw.

After 5 minutes of play Gary Sarney scored a his first header in his career at BMFC. A free kick awarded just inside the Dog & Duck half for a foul on Elliott Fairs. James Blackman put a dangerous ball into the box to Mark Eveleigh unmarked who put a high ball to Sarney, the Dog & Duck keeper slipped and Sarney beat the keeper to head the ball into the net and make it 1-0 to the Manics.

On the 15th Minutes, Fenton went in for a 50/50 challenge on a Dog & Duck attack on goal and did well to win the ball. But Fenton had taken a nasty knock and seeked medical attention. Dog & Duck sportingly put the ball out. David Fenton was pulled off the pitch and Elliott Fairs took the role at the back which meant Glenn Evans would drop back into centre midfield.

One minute later and still a player down, Comper stole the ball from the Dog & Duck defender, before beating him, cutting inside on the wing. Comper closed down on goal and knocked the ball under the keeper into the net to make it 2-0 to the Manics.

That didn’t stop Dog & Duck though who went on the attack straight from the kick off, a good turn of pace saw the Dog & Duck forward run through the Manic defence, and shoot across the face of goal.

Dog & Duck were nearly rewarded for their hard work again when Fairs’s back header was charged down and Robinson did well to get to the ball before it was robbed from him on a dubious handball decision. The Referee played the game on, and the Manics were lucky to see the shot go wide.

30 minutes had gone by before the Manics had another good chance. A sweet chip from Sarney sent Comper off on a run down the wing. A nice ball was threaded to Evans who was unlucky to make contact with the ball and see it cleared for a throw.

Evans had another chance soon after. A header won on a goal kick by Comper pushed on the defence of Dog & Duck back, and Evans was there again hassling for the ball. The defender tried to turn but Evans tackled, won the ball and was unlucky not to score again, this time his shot went wide.

Just before the end, Mark Eveleigh drilled a shot from far out, after some nice passing play upfield by Evans, Fairs, Comper and Milner. Unlucky for Mark though, his shotwas saved by the Dog & Duck keeper.

The score at half time would be 2-0 to the Manics, but the hard work wasnt over yet.

A rather shaky start followed. The referee kicked off with still 5 minutes of time which should have been available. Confusion followed, as the linesman was out of position, as well as the Manics too, and with only 10 men on the pitch too. Gary's determination showed, and the Manics followed too, fighting on whilst Fenton could be seen too by Stephen Pierce at the sideline. In the meantime, Nikos Pataslides made his feelings heard from the sideline to the referee for his poor consideration for the injured Manics player and the bad time keeping skills as well.

Dog & Duck piled the pressure on and eventually received a free kick in front of goal. Robinson pulled off a fine save though, pushingthe ball over the bar.

A minute later and Manics got their third. Tony Hemley won a ball from a goal kick and Sarney played a ball to Milner. The keeper got to the ball first, but miss-kicked, and Milner was there to hit the ball home. Now the score was 3-0 with still 30 minutes to play.

Blackman would be the first substitution, Ryan Millward came on and Fenton swapped to the left back position, but then, just 2 minutes later Fenton couldnt carry on any more and would also have to be replaced. Luckily, Aaron Goddard was at hand, and came on to play the left back role.

Another foul meant the Manics had another free kick. Philips took, and looped a dangerous cross into the box in front of goal. It took a deflection off of Milner, and fell to Evans who worked hard beating the defender. His shot was good, and on target but the keeper pulled a great save, the ball came back out to Comper who found a gap and put it into the back of the net to make it 4-0.

A collison between Comper and Goddard came just 2 minutes later. Comper was winded and the Manics were down to 10 men again for the third time in the game. Comper was back on again 5 minutes later.

Five minutes before the end, Dog & Duck got their consolation goal for their hard workin the game.Some nice passing play, and then a long ball met the striker who beat Philips in the air and head the ball past Robinson to make it 4-1.

Just before the end, Milner was fouled dep in the Dog & Duck half. Gary Sarney took and the cross took a deflection off of Milner and fell to Eveleigh who again was unlucky on goal, with his shot off target. The final score was 4-1 to the Manics and their 4th win on the bounce.

A great win for the Manics this week, and an amazing game for the fans.

An even better performance this week from the fans of BMFC - see you next week at the Crem for the next Round of the Gowrings Cup against the Finch Reserves!

 Final Result: Dog & Duck 1 Bracknell Manics 4

 Man of the Match
   "Must be my new boots!"
David Comper  

 Next Week's Match: Finchampstead Res vs Bracknell Manics
 Ground: The Crem, pitch 2

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