sunday 16th November 2003
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Business As Usual as Manics Hit 7 Past 3M

Could BMFC continue their good form from last week? Both stikers were injured, giving new signings Bary O'Connell and Graham McDonald something to prove. Not only that, but David Fenton and Glenn Evans were also missing from the line up too for this important game.

James Robinson


Luke Phillips

Tony Hemley

Brian Judge

Simon Blay

David Comper

Aaron Goddard

Elliott Fairs

Joel Curran

Barry O'Connell

Graham McDonald

BENCH: Sarney, Impey, Blackman, Tagg

It was all Manics from the start. Manics took the game to 3M and pinned them into their own half, causing problems down the wings and with dangerous balls over the defence.

It was on the 20th minute when Bracknell Manics opened up the game with a superb free kick from Simon Blay. Joel Curran was quick on his feet, and caused too many problems for the 3M defence, being brought down outside the box. Simon Blay went to take, which could have seen David Beckham cringe. The ball dipped over the ball and curled into the goal at the near post. It was 1-0 to the Manics...

But the hard work had seemed to go to waste, when just 3 minutes later, 3M equalised. The 3M forward beat the off-side trap, and spotting James Robinson only a few yards off his line, tried a crafty chip from far. Robinson was on his back feet, and could do nothing to stop the strike, as he was lobbed from distance.

But Manics fought back and Barry O'Connell was at hand to raise the game for the Manics. Barry O'Connell scored his first goal for the club after Curran's run down the wing and the ball was layed off to O'Connell to tuck away and put the Manics ahead.

A minute later and O'Connell must have thought it was Christmas early when David Comper's back post cross was headed in Barry O'Connell for the third Manics goal, making the score 3-1 at the end of the first half.

In the second half the Manics went out to do more damage, this time Graham McDonald stepped up the pace of the game, scoring his first in the game. McDonald and Curran linked well and McDonald had an easy tap in after Curran's hard work to lay off the ball.

The first Manics substitute was then made, Joel Curran came off to an applause from the fans, and Gary Sarney came on with an even warmer welcome from the players. David Comper was switched to the left in Curran's place and Sarney was played on the right wing.

On the 60th minute McDonald made it 5-1, with another through ball from Goddard. McDonald out paced the 3M defender and picked out the corner of the net to leave the keeper no chance.

Then the second substitution was made, Tony Hemley went off, to be replaced by Neil Tagg.

3M didn't get the hint, and just ten minutes later, McDonald got his hatrick. This time Elliott Fairs laying off the ball to McDonald, in the right place, at the right time to make it 6-0.

Minutes after that, the Manics third substitution was made. Simon Blay would come off to give James Blackman a run out on pitch as left back.

But if that wasn't enough, substitute Gary Sarney had a point to prove when he made it 7-1. A corner was won by the Manics, and despite a headed clearance, Sarney got to the ball first, outside the box, before controlling it on his chest. Sarney then flicked the ball over a defender with his right foot, and then volleyed it on his left, drilling the ball into the top right corner of the net - and sealing a firm contender for a goal of the season too!

An Manic time for 3M this Sunday, thanks to all the fans who came to watch this weekend!

The Manics Man of the Match went to Elliott Fairs.

 Full Time: Bracknell Manics 7 3M 1

 Man of the Match
   "Its nice to be back to winning ways"
Elliott Fairs  

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