sunday 4th September 2005
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Friendly vs Downshire Arms - Result: Won 7-2

Bracknell Manics 1st team had their final pre-season match this weekend against Downshire Arms. Playing excellent football in the first half, Bracknell Manics went ahead through Paul Milner, Gareth Jones with the assist.

Next more pressure from the Manics; this time Ryan Warman tearing through players before hitting his goal with his right foot.

After another 15 minutes of play, Joel Curran was in typical scoring fashion tapping in a goal from a John Neale assist.

Then, before the break the fourth followed, a bad piece of marking left Gareth Jones to belt home the ball hard and low in front of goal, Milner providing an assist.

Into the second half, Manics made a swap of position, Tony Hemley moved to right back and newcomer Gavin Baker was moved into the middle. Curran soon scored his second of the match connecting with another Jones cross.

But some dilly dallying defending caused some bother, and Manics soon found themselves trailing by two rather quick goals, from Downshire's striker and ex-manic Alan Tyrell.

With 20 minutes remaining, Gavin Baker made a retreat, and a hungry, yet it appears still not 100% fit Simon Blay flew into the frame. Hemley was pushed back into centre midfield alongside skipper Glenn Evans, with Blay taking his old familiar right back role.

John Neale, found his shooting boots and first lobbed the Downshire keeper, Milner creating the opening showing good composure over the ball.

Next the best move for the Manics in the game, subsequently 10 or more clean sharp passes and excellent running from the midfield, Glenn Evans cut the ball back to Neale hitting the ball hard and low first time leaving the keeper no chance.

Scorers: Curran (2) Neale (2) Milner (1) Warman (1) Jones (1).
Assists: Jones (3) Milner (2) Evans (1) Neale (1).

The Manics Man of the Match went to Gavin Baker and the Referee's player of the match both went to Glenn Evans

Thanks to the fans who came to watch the game!

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 7 Downshire Arms 2

 Man of the Match
   "Its all about peaking for the start of the season…Premier Division here we come!"
Gavin Baker  

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