thursday 09th April 2003
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Robinson earns BMFC 3 points

Bracknell Manics looked to earn 3 more vital league points against the Birch Wanderers in the first of their midweek games.

The line-up saw the return of Luke Phillips as right back and Glenn Evans was once again up front with Paul Milner. Also, Brian Judge made a return after Ryan Millward was announced injured. The remainder of the team remained untouched with Andy Impey, Mark Eveleigh, James Blackman, Andrew Morten and Alan Morris on the bench.

A slightly shaky start for the Manics this week, as Birch Wanderers went on the attack from kick off. Further problems came when Joel Curran had to come off in the first 5 minutes of play due to injury. James Blackman came on in his place, and then on the 10th minute, Tony Hemley would be the one to put the Manics in the lead.

A corner kick was won and James Blackman stepped up tp take the kick. Glenn Evans did well to pull the markers away in the box and Hemley unmarked volleyed the ball home to make it 1-0.

The remainder of the half was hard fought, with the Birch making the most of their long throws. Minutes before the end, Birch hit the bar, but the ball was cleared from danger.

The Manics felt hard done when a penalty was given the brush-off by referee Rob Fenton. The Birch player handballed in the area, and despite appeals from the Manics side, Mr Fenton played on, when surely a penalty should have been awarded in this situation.

Just before the end though, Glenn Evans had even more bad luck when a birch player accidentally stamped on Evan's face which would take him out of the game for the second half.

Mark Eveleigh would come on in his position, and the Manics went out for another goal in the second half. Elliott Fairs made a good run through the midfield on the 65th minute of the game and managed a shot off on goal, the keeper made a great save denying the Manics a lead.

10 minutes before the end and Birch hit the post again after the fast paced winger for Birch beat the Manics defence. James Robinson was quick on his toes to clear the ball from danger.

The Manics held together as a strong unit and won the game 1-0 by full time.

Three more all-important points and the Manics are on target!

Thanks to the fans for their support and Rob Fenton for his help to make sure the game could be played!

 Final Result: Birch Wanderers 0 Bracknell Manics 1

 Man of the Match
   "One more clean sheet for my tally this season... nice..."
James Robinson  

 Tonight's Match: Finchampstead A vs Bracknell Manics
 Ground: AWAY at Finchampstead

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