Sunday 05th March 2006
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G-Force Blows FInch Away

Manics missed more key players again this week, but came the closest they have so far this season to a similar squad from the week before. This week, new signing Brent Marais would partner Mark Robertson up front, with the rest of the squad remaining the same to last Sunday. Patsalides joined Gary Sarney and a 'on the mend' Aaron Goddard for this important game against Finchampstead. Up until now, Manics have failed to beat any team higher than them in the division, but the stats were due to change very soon...

Manics attacked early on, and it was clear that the Finch side were not the same organised outfit they had played last season. Manics begin to string passes together, and created their first chance after 10 minutes with Glenn Evans shot just off target.

Finally the first goal came to the Manics after 25 minutes of play. And who better to score other than Gareth Evans, who had come so close in previous weeks, finally scoring his first for the club. Evans linked onto a great lofted ball from Gareth Jones, before beating the keeper to make it 1-0.

Four minutes later Mark Robertson won a free kick in outside the finch box. Gareth Jones took it striking the bar and the ball bounced back out. Turning into a frantic goal mouth scramble, Robertson's frantic swing missed the ball, which fell to Gavin Baker who sliced it high and wide over the goal.

Soon after, Manics continued to play good football on the right, Simon Blay overlapped and whipped the low cross in towards Robertson but his shot was saved well by the Finch keeper.

With fifteen minutes left of the first half, an own goal made it 2-0 to the Manics after a cross from Gareth Evans ball was deflected off a Finch defender and into his own net.

A minute later Gareth Jones half volley 15 yards out made it 3-0 as it was struck beautifully after a Glenn Evans ball - the finch keeper had no chance.

Just before the break, Gavin Baker volleyed the fourth goal and made it look easy. Mark Robertson was working hard up front, and dribbling past a Finch defender, crossed the ball back to Baker to score with ease.

Manics made a change at the break; Brent Marais would come off in a straight swap for Gary Sarney. Manics started the second half positively and after some good pressure, Gareth Evans found himself in a good position to score. A square ball to Gareth Evans from Sarney, but his shot was off target.

Finchampstead kept fighting nevertheless and the hard work paid off. Always looking dangerous up front, Finch avoided a diving challenge from Mark Gates, and wide through on goal, easily poked the ball past Robinson into the net.

Manics made another straight swap, Mark Robertson, came off to applause from the sidelines for his hard work and Aaron Goddard would fill his place up front.

After their goal, Finchampstead began to raise their game and play some good football; it was clear Manics needed to kill the game soon to avoid a Finch comeback.

On the 70th minute Ryan Warman made another Ashley Cole run from left back, weaving in and out of players before rocketing the ball high over the net.

Manics then created their 5th of the match. More great football, this time on the left wing. Gavin Baker got the ball to Gareth Jones, whose shot hit the post. The ball was hurriedly cleared and Gareth Evans launched the ball back towards goal only for it to deflect off a finch player for another own goal to stretch the lead.

But Finchampstead scored a second goal just 2 minutes later. Simon Blays unfortunate luck enabled the Finch forward to steal the ball in a tangle, and keeping good composure in front of goal made it 5-2.

Manics made a final substitution with 5 minutes remaining, Gareth Evans would be replaced by Nikos Patsalides, but with the clock ticking it was certain that Manics would be walking away with a well deserved 3 points this week.

Scorers: Ga. Evans (1) Jones (1) Baker (1) OG (2).
Assists: Ga. Evans (2) Jones (1) Gl. Evans (1) Robertson (1).

The Manics Man of the Match went to Gareth Jones and the Referee's player of the match went to Mark Robertson.

Thanks to the fans who came to watch.

 Final Result: Finchampstead 2 Bracknell Manics 5

 Man of the Match
   "Need another display like that one next week. Well done all the lads!"
Gareth Jones  

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