Sunday 05th December 2004
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Gates And Hemley Provide Manics With New Hope

James Robinson


Simon Blay

Mark Gates

Tony Hemley

Joel Curran

Gareth Jones

Elliott Fairs

Aaron Goddard

David Comper

Barry O'Connell

John Hayward

Bench: Sarney, Blackman, Fenton, Patsalides

Bracknell Manics missed their clubs current top scorer this weekend, Dennaford was also missing with a rib injury, leaving John Hayward to start up front alongside fellow striker and good friend, Barry O'Connell.

For the first 10 minutes Manics were on the back foot as the manics pair up front struggled to get the ball under control.

But Manics came back into the game after a wake up call, when the Dukes forward's overhead kick went just wide of goal. John Hayward was working tirelessly up front, but needed medical treatment when he received an elbow in the face.

Just before the break Gareth Jones had a chance to take Manics 1-0 up after turning his marker - but shot just wide of goal.

Manics came out hungry for the win in the second half making one change, Hayward for Gary Sarney. Aaron Goddard, and Elliott Fairs spurred the team on and everyone in the Manics side switched into second gear.

Dukes now found themselves on the back foot, and Tony Hemley and Mark Gates were both pushing up for corners and set pieces to cause further problems.

20 minutes into the second half, Mark Gates opened up his goal account with the club, drilling it home from a corner after a goal mouth scramble, Aaron Goddard doing well to release it in time to make it 1-0.

5 minutes later and Hemley scored a powerful header from a Joel Curran corner to make it 2-0.

Manics made two substitutes with 15 minutes remaining, straight swaps David Comper and Barry O'Connell for James Blackman and David Fenton.

Minutes later, and Manics centre back Mark Gates gave away a penalty after a dubious hand ball in the box to make it 2-1. Just before the end Dukes returned the pressure in Manics direction, Blackman cleared the ball of the line to keep Manics ahead 2-1 and win the three valuable points.

Thanks to the fans who came to watch the game!

The Manics Man of the Match went to Aaron Goddard & the Referee's Man of the Match went to Elliott Fairs.

 Final Result: AFC Dukes 1 Bracknell Manics 2

 Man of the Match
   "What happened on Sunday night lads..? I dont remember nuffin!"
Aaron Goddard  

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