sunday 11th December 2005
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Manics Enjoy The Bragging Rights After Howler Hands Them Victory

Bracknell Manics took on Whitley Tavern FC this weekend at home, to be one of their toughest games yet. Manics though looked on fire, scoring in the first 54 seconds of the match from a David Fenton free kick.

Manics continued to hassle the Whitley side, battling hard but soon Whitley got a well deserved goal back to make it 1-1 at half time. At the break, Manics were happy to be equal, for which Whitley Tavern had seemed the better side.

Manics knew they had to retain the ball more up front, to stay in control of the game, but the Manics quickly lost their grasp on the game from some poor closing down, Whitley beating James Robinson to make it 2-1.

Manics decided to up the ante, and pressure more in midfield and up front, not to mention cut out the possession at the back.

And minutes later the hard work paid off; Simon Blay won a corner after a darting run, and soon Mark Robertson connected with Gavin Bakers cross, taking a deflection of Aaron Goddard, Manics were again level within minutes.

Passion was re-ignited into the side again, and Manics chased every ball down in a hope to grasp the lead.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Manics took the lead when Goddard’s cross was dummied by Mark Robertson, and the defenders couldn’t clear the ball instead, kicking it into their own net; 3-2 Manics.

In the final minutes, Whitley made a final substitution, but it wasn’t enough, Manics progressing to the next round.

Although a happy event for the club, advancing to the next round, the more sorry affair would be that it would be Elliott Fairs final game for the club. After 5 years service in the Manics ranks, and one of the few remaining Manics from its early days in 1996, Elliott Fairs announced he would be hanging his boots up - A player the Manics will dearly miss in seasons to come... Everyone associated with the club would like to wish Elliott the best for his new found future, but the big question is, who will wear the number 6 shirt now he has gone???

Scorers: Fenton (1) Robertson (1) OG (1).
Assists: Baker (1).

The Manics Man of the Match went to James Robinson and the Referee's player of the match went to Glenn Evans!

Thanks to the fans who came to watch this week!

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 3 Whitley Tavern 2

 Man of the Match
   "Sorry to see you go Woods - you'll be missed, 102 games..."
James Robinson  

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