19th March 2006
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Bracknell Manics missed 7 1st team players this weekend as the team continued
to have a mixture of new faces for another week; with the Manics welcoming
back Barry O'Connell into the side after 4 weeks out. Also new into the
side James Kirwin-Williams would fill in.
The game started brightly for both sides; however it was soon obvious
that it was going to be a hard fought game - both Finchampstead &
Manics missing some good chances to take the lead in the first half.
Manics made changes in the second half. A half-injured Mark Robertson
was the only player on the bench to bring on after Simon Graves would
have to come off, also injured. Robertson joined Aaron Goddard in the
centre of midfield (it became clear that Goddard and Gareth Evans were'nt
a happy couple in the middle of the park with a squabble over 'who should
mark who' midway through the first half).
They made up their differences at the break though; Robertson came off
the bench, and Gareth Evans move back out to the right.
Still both teams had chances; Manics seemed to be lacking a final ball,
whereas Finch just couldn’t seem to hit the target at the other
Finally Manics took the lead to make it 1-0. Mark Robertson played a great
ball to Brent Marais to slide and bobble
the ball past the keeper. In doing so, Marais pulled his hamstring, so
with only one final sub Nikos Patsalides came on for the last 20 minutes
in his place up front.
The back four remained strong soon after. Mark Gates made an amazing diving
header and, soon after a goal line clearance to keep the Manics ahead,
whilst Jason Graaff who was having a fantastic game at the back cut out
any Finch long ball.
Finally, Manics got their second goal on the 80th minute. Simon Blay assisted
Barry O'Connell to lob in his particular
old style of finishing.
With 10 minutes remaining, Manics carried on their attacks hoping for
more, but further chances were squandered, James Kirwin-Williams, Aaron
Goddard and Gareth Evans missing chances to score finishing 2-0 to the
Scorers: Marais (1) O'Connell
Assists: Robertson (1) Blay (1).
The Manics Man
of the Match and the Referee's player of the match went to Jason Graaff.
to the fans who came to watch.
Manics 2 Finchampstead 0
flu hit by a double dose of Manics medicine"
for Bracknell Manics FC