sunday 27th November 2005
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Manic Men Flying in Cup

Manics took on tough opposition this weekend in the first round of the Senior Cup against old favourites Downshire Arms. Missing Gareth Jones and Ryan Warman, not to mention Gary Sarney too, Manics were running on empty this weekend, Steve Dennaford and Nikos Patsalides were the only subs on the Manics bench.

Manics were asleep in the first fifteen minutes. Downshire missed two golden chances early on to take the lead, as the Manics laid back approach to the game caused a great many problems to begin.

Manics finally had their first chance a minute later, Gavin Baker shooting over the bar after receiving the ball from a poor clearance. Baker then had another two chances as he found himself in acres of space down the let wing, but could not take the Manics ahead.

Downshire’s long ball looked dangerous; still the Manics on the back foot from Downshire’s counter attacks.

On the 20th minute Tim Roake connected well with an Evans cross, but headed over the bar.

It would be the 30th minute when Manics would take the lead, Tim Roake with an amazing diving left foot volley out of the keepers reach and into the goal from Mark Robertson’s well delivered cross to make it 1-0.

In the second half, Downshire equalised after 20 minutes of play, Mark Gates was caught playing with the ball at the back, and when Downshire’s pacy forward won the ball, he charged down on Robinson and scored to maker it level.

Manics had to dig deep after, lacking quality on the pitch after last weeks stunning performance, Manics look lackluster. Good chances were missed on goal; Mark Robertson’s left foot shot just wide of goal, Tim Roake’s effort saved, and O’Connell hitting the bar.

All the time Downshire fought back, after scoring Neil Tagg was drilling away, spurring his team with every effort to win the ball.

But after some relentless pressure and a bit of luck for the Manics, Glenn Evans’ cross was met by David Fenton who surprisingly took the Manics ahead to win with his left foot shot luckily beating the keeper and finding the net to make it 2-1.

Scorers: Roake (1) Fenton (1).
Assists: Robertson (1) Evans (1).

The Manics Man of the Match went to Tim Roake and the Referee's player of the match went to... Mark Gates!

Thanks to the fans who came to watch!

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 2 Downshire Arms 1

 Man of the Match
   "First full game, first goal and first man of the match this season. Three out of three aint bad"
Tim Roake  

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