Sunday 09th January 2005
back to news section

Manics Looking Sweet After O'Connell's Double Delight

James Robinson


Simon Blay

Tony Hemley

Mark Gates

Joel Curran

Gareth Jones

Elliott Fairs

Aaron Goddard

David Comper

Mark Robertson

Barry O'Connell

Bench: Sarney, Roake, Blackman, Dennaford

The Manics started the New Year off in style this weekend with an important win over Crown Royals.

A bright start for the Manics, as in the first ten minutes, Royals were pinned down, and could only swing the pressure with a long ball attack. 15 minutes in, and Barry O'Connell found the net with his head after a free kick was given away, deliverered into the box by David Comper.

Just five minutes later, Elliott Fairs would be swapped for Gary Sarney, after a dead leg meant Fairs couldn't take part any longer.

Both sides were starting to play some good football, and there were chances had by both sides before the break, and it has to be said that Crown Royals were looking dangerous as the half time whistle blew.

In the second though, Manics extended their lead when Mark Robertson laid the ball through to O'Connell for him to slot home with his left foot, showing great composure in front of goal.

But yet again, Manics would make it difficult for themselves when James Robinson missed the ball and kicking the ground, set up Royals sweetly for their consolation goal for their efforts.

Royals and Manics both made changes to their squads for the remainder of the game, and Tim Roake made his first appearance out on pitch when Robertson could continue no more, but by the end it would be Manics who would come out with all three points scoreline ending 2-1 to the Manics.

Happy New Year to all, and thanks to the fans who came to watch the game!

The Manics Man of the Match and the Referee's Man of the Match went to Simon Blay.

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 2 Crown Royals 1

 Man of the Match
   "Happy birthday Pierce. It's a yard of two halves"
Simon Blay  

Official Sponsor for Bracknell Manics FC