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AFC Have Their Dukes Up Against Manics
had a chance of redemption this week against AFC Dukes, currently
top of the table...
Judge, Phillips, Blackman
Bracknell Manics had an unexpected bad start to this game. From
the whistle, Manics had no goalie and Paul Milner was the manager's
choice to step up and wear the gloves in goal.
Dukes pushed on hard and with reward to their hard work in the
first half, and some bad football played on the account of the
Manics, Dukes were up by two goals at the break.
The swap was made at half time to bring off Robertson, who despite
playing well, an ongoing injury problem forced him to come off.
This brought Milner back out onto pitch alongside McDonald and
Robinson into the game in goal.
But Robinson must have still been half asleep as within a minute
of play in the second half, Dukes striker had broken through
the Manics defence and Robinson was lobbed, caught off his line.
It was a disaster for the Manics, but all was not lost when Paul
Milner was brought down in the box just 10 minutes later. Gary
Sarney stepped up to take, and as usual, converted it for the
Manics in true style, making the score 3-1.
Minutes later and Milner had a chance to make it 3-2 when a through
ball came his way. 1-on-1 with the keeper, Milner drilled it
hard and low, but the keeper saved the shot, and kept Dukes in
Then further disaster on the 75th minute, when Barry O'Connell
made his second slip up in the game to score his first own goal
for the club.
If that wasn't enough Elliott Fairs gave away his first penalty
in almost 3 season's of football, the team contested against
what could have only be seen as a very harsh decision by the
referee, but the decision stood. Robinson couldn't save the penalty
though, and Dukes made it 5-1.
Neil Tagg's injury problem was looming and with 15 minutes of
play left Brian Judge came on to fill his slot.
Another sub was made soon after; Luke Phillips was given a run
out to replace O'Connell at right back.
Manics were still pushing on, and soon Fenton was pushed up front
too. A corner was awarded on the 85th minute, and Brian Judge
scored his first goal for the club in three seasons of football.
Simon Blay provided the goal with a well-taken corner delivered
to Judge at the back post.
turn of events for the Manics this week, with everything that
could have gone wrong, going wrong!
The Manics Man of the Match went to Brian Judge.
Manics 2 AFC Dukes 5
for Bracknell Manics FC