Sunday 14th January 2007
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Rustiness costs Manics
dear as Manor hold firm
Mark Robertson (C)
Lee Brown, Brian Rooney
Drowned by Peacocks
Bracknell Manics hadn't played a competitive game of football
since the 12th November 2006, so it was little surprise they
got off to a tentative start. Winkfield were struggling to settle
too, but carved out the better openings. There were the inevitable
late challenges, but the referee handled them sensibly, and
also dished out a yellow card to Gates.
Getting Shot By a Spider
After about 18 minutes, sleeping at the back-post cost Manics
dear as the stocky, but lively no 9 controlled the ball perfectly
then drilled in a low finish past Robinson. Manics, although
not clicking at all as a team, were bitterly disappointed to
be one down.
Midgets Spying on You
On the half hour mark, Manics really began to play as a unit.
Some clever triangles down the left hand side involving Goddard,
Evans, Blay and Barnard released Warman on two blistering runs
that deserved to bring the sides level. Evans and Robertson
both squandered great crossing opportunities as the misfortune
mounted for the blues. Ryan Warman had a chance to level as
the pressure mounted, but his shot was drilled directly at the
keeper who saved well.
Half time came just as the Manics were reaching a crescendo.
They were positive that with the slope they could come away
with two or even three goals from tired Winkfield defence. However
disaster struck early on. An out of sorts Mark Gates was caught
out by the jinking run of the Winkfield winger and conceded
a 47 minute penalty. The same player who was felled took the
spot kick but blasted it over.
Sun Blows Up, Creates a Black Hole and
We All Get Sucked Into It
The remainder of the 2nd half became an awful spectacle. Despite
the best intentions of the Manics to get the ball down and play,
they could not get past the resolute Winkfield back-line. A
number of corners and free-kicks came to nothing. The referee
got himself muddled up on occasions which contributed to the
stop-start nature of a dour second half. Goddard missed a chance
and got booked later in frustration. Barnard tried his luck
once or twice from long range, but the Winkfield keeper was
rarely tested as the ball rarely ventured into Manics territory.
Small Dogs with Big Eyes
Despite dominating possession and playing fine football at times,
the Manics will rue their slow start. A real battle begins now
as the Blues look to win their first game all over again. This
season so far as been utterly forgettable.
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Manics Man of the Match and
the Referee's Player of the Match
went to Adam Barnard.
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& Manor 1 Bracknell Manics 0
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