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Clowse Is Spot-On To Thwart FC Priestwood
many games called off in Bracknell due to the weather, Manics Reserves
were fortunate to be playing in Wokingham away to title rivals FC Priestwood.
Manics Reserves were in confident mood and determined to play their best
against Priestwood after losing to them in the cup earlier in the season.
Manics Reserves started brightly and showed Priestwood how much they had
improved since the last match up. The game itself didn't open many chances,
but the Manics did look likely to score from a Joel Curran corner, Ben
Westwood unfortunate not to score with the first skimming over his head.
Priestwood rose to the pressure and nearly scored through an effort from
outside the box that goalkeeper Chris Adams did amazingly well to save
pushing around the post.
Minutes later Manics had their first goal disallowed, Curran’s corner
went straight in, but the Ref ruled the goal out due to apparent pushing
in the area by Harry Clowse. Soon the Priestwood goalkeeper was to come
off after pulling a thigh muscle after kicking a clearance and FC Priestwood
replaced their injured goalie.
The first goal was to come after half an hour, Manics applying pressure
and crossing in for the Priestwood defence to clear, the ball fell to
Alan Matthias who struck the ball goal bound.
Whether or not the goal stood is debatable; as the ball went in, the Priestwood
keeper was still on the floor clutching his hip. Priestwood players protested
to the referee for not blowing his whistle before the goal, due to a head
This forced a second change for the Priestwood goalie. Manics and Priestwood
players were in disarray at the events but understood the goal was to
be given as play didn't stop. Some Priestwood players and their manager
were displeased, causing the Priestwood boys to step up a gear to get
back into the match.
After half-time, an even match continued with both sides strong in the
tackle and both defences being tight. Ex-Manic and now FC Priestwood midfielder,
Mike Keys, enjoyed a great battle in the middle of the park with this
seasons Manics newcomer Ben Westwood.
After 65 minutes, Barry Herman was to come on for Lee Blackman for a straight
swap up-front. Minutes later, Herman was to be involved in a challenge
with the ball falling for David Comper to
shoot and scoring on his second effort after the first shot was blocked
to make it 2-0 to the Manics Reserves.
Ten minutes later Harry Clowse made it 3-0
scoring direct from a free-kick, a certain contender for goal of the season.
The third Priestwood keeper, a hapless Matt Watkins, had no chance.
Steve Dennaford came for Chris Wilson and soon had a chance after a cross
from the right. Unfortunately though, Dennaford failed to connect with
the ball, after the keeper flapped at the cross.
At 3-0, Manics knew the game was won and was determined to finish the
game with a clean-sheet. With blocked challenges and strong clearances,
the defence got what they wanted and deserved.
Scorers: Mathias (1) Clowse
(1) Comper (1).
The Manics Man
of the Match went to Brian Judge and the Referee's Player of the Match
went to Joel Curran.
Thanks to the fans who came to watch!
Priestwood 0 Bracknell Manics 3
for Bracknell Manics FC