sunday 21st September 2003
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Sweet Victory for Manics

Bracknell Manics went up against old rivals Dog & Duck this weekend to win their second game of the season..

James Robinson


Glenn Evans

Neil Tagg

Simon Blay

David Fenton

David Comper

Elliott Fairs

Aaron Goddard

Joel Curran

Paul Milner

Mark Robertson

BENCH: Sarney, Phillips, Judge, Patsalides

With the history between the two clubs, this promised to be a well-fought game crammed full of good football and sportmanly play.

The game kicked off with both teams up for the game. The first real chance came to Dog & Duck, from a free header in front of goal from a throw. Luckily for the Manics, Dog & Duck were off target on this occasion...

The Manics fought back though, and it wasn't long before the first goal came. In the 18th minute, pressure from the Manics in the Dog & Duck area forced mistakes. Aaron Goddard's outside of the foot pass to Milner was flicked onto Joel Curran who in a one on one with the keeper, slotted the ball home.

10 minutes later and the second goal came. The Manics were awarded a free kick inside the Dog & Ducks half after a foul on Mark Robertson. David Fenton stepped up to take the free kick and delivered a sweet ball into the box towards Milner to head it past the keeper and into the net.

Just before the end, Dog & Duck had a great chance to get a goal back. After soaking up the pressure from the Manics, Dog & Duck broke loose. A throw down the wing, and a crafty run by their striker fooled the Manics defence, then some nice passing play followed a poor shot over the bar. Dog and Duck fans cried out in despair, as an easy chance for a goal was blasted high and wide of goal.

Minutes later and the pressure was back on Dog & Duck. This time, another long throw by Milner, saw a scrappy clearance from Dog & Duck and David Comper hit a fine volley, clipping the bar, and soon after the ball was cleared from danger.

At the break, Manics led the Dog & Duck two goals to nil, but it wouldn't stop there...

After 10 minutes of play Glenn Evans nearly had goal of the season, when his 35-yard shot went just over the bar.

Just two minutes later James Robinson made an excellent save to keep the Manics in the game. A goal kick was met by a flick on, and the pacy forward edged just in front of Blay. James Robinson was quick off his line and Blay did just enough to keep the forward off the ball for Robinson to save.

But it would be fifteen minutes into play before Milner grabbed his second. This time David Fenton again setting Milner up for a header off another free kick. The keeper spilled the ball soon after and Milner slid in to make it 3-0.

Then a substitution was made, Elliott Fairs would come on and be replaced by Gary Sarney.

With twenty minutes of play a corner was conceded by the Dog & Duck, and Joel Curran launched the ball into the 6-yard box. Simon Blay pulled a player away from Milner, and Dog & Duck met the ball, but a poor header was picked out by Milner to head low into the net. The score was now 4-0 to the Manics, but Dog and Duck had a trick up their sleeve.

On the 75th minute, Dog & Duck got a consolation goal, a piece of great football and an even more superb finish by their young forward on the volley leaving Robinson no chance.

5 minutes to the end the Manics made a final substitution, when Neil Tagg came off after a good performance for Brian Judge. Curran (1), Milner (3).

Manics come away with another 3 points, thanks again to the fans who came to watch the game.

The Manics Man of the Match went to Joel Curran.

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 4 Dog & Duck 1

 Man of the Match
   "Our midfield was awsome, we got in their faces and won it from there. Well done lads, you did it!"
Joel Curran  

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