sunday 30th October 2005
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O'Connell Firing Again

Bracknell Manics had to play their Preliminary Cup match against Sunninghill Comrades of Division 1this weekend. Gary Sarney made his 100th appearance for the club today, and proudly led the team onto pitch as captain.

Barry O'Connell was the first player to score, a header from a Jones cross after 10 minutes.

Glenn Evans was next to receive a yellow card. Again the fiery tempered right back was, caught in the middle of another argument with his opposition, swiftly receiveing a booking and a 'naughty boy' telling off from the referee.

Mark Robertson scored moments later to make it 2-0, this time O'Connell assisting as the duo teamed up well upfront.

A minute later, some nice passing play and another chance for Bracknell Manics as Garth Jones burst down the wing and shot over the bar.

Manics kept up the pressure, and more goals followed. O'Connell would score the next two to earn his hatrick, and later Glenn Evans delivered a corner onto Mark Gates head to tuck away.

Finally, Elliott Fairs scored a possible nominee for goal of the season, charging down on goal and volleying the ball into the net leaving the score 6-0 at the end of the half.

Manics seemed to have lost their composure in front of goal in the second half, with over 25 chances on goal, Manics scored... none!

15 minutes into the second Manics made changes, Gavin Baker, Elliott Fairs, and Mark Robertson came off to be replaced by Aaron Goddard, Paul Milner and Alan Matthias.

A minute later Glenn Evans hit the crossbar with a stunning strike from outside the box.

Paul Milner had a real chance to score, although making good contact with the ball, Milner's shot rocketed into the keepers hands.

On the 75th minute, Ryan Warman pushed on but his shot was wide, as was Alan Matthias left foot shot over the bar.

David Fenton was awol but nearly scored a goal in a 50/50 with the Comrades keeper, the ball hurriedly cleared off the line.

Gareth Jones was causing problems on the right side 2 minutes later, weaving in and out of players before striking over the bar from outside the box. Even Gary Sarney on his 100th game for the club, couldn't seem to it the target either as his two efforts in the second half flew over the bar, leaving the final score 6-0.

Scorers: O'Connell (3) Robertson (1) Gates (1) Fairs (1).
Assists: O'Connell (2) Jones (2) Robertson (1) Evans (1).

The Manics Man of the Match went to Gary Sarney and the Referee's player of the match went to Glenn Evans.

Well done to the fans for the support this week & Special thanks to Ellen for her amazing notes - Well done Ellen you did it!
 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 6 Sunninghill Comrades 0

 Man of the Match
   "Stitched up - Thats the worse I've played in a 100 games!!!"
Gary Sarney  

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