Sunday 18th February 2007
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Manor Fenced In By Resurgent
Simon Blay (+)
David Fenton (C)
Chris Wilson, Jason Worthy
Bracknell Manics finally got the win their recent performances
deserved with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a tough Winkfield/Manor
side on Sunday. However, their win was soured by a nasty injury
to Gareth Evans who broke his ankle in a challenge midway through
the second half. A local resident's fence also needs mending
after a clumsy Chris Wilson broke it after climbing it without
the owners’ permission.
Balustrades, railings, ramparts and stockades
Manics began with a high tempo, determined to exploit their
youth advantage. However in the early stages Manor were equal
to everything the Manics threw at them, whilst occasionally
threatening themselves. However, the first half an hour was
a dour opening; both defences rarely tested seriously. It took
a bit of quick thinking from Simon Blay and captain David Fenton
at the back to release Ryan Warman who drilled in a perfect
left foot cross for Barry O'Connell
to sweetly strike home.
Wire mesh fence & a bit of decking
The boys in navy blue then pressed further, David Comper, Evans
and O'Connell continuously causing the Manor defenders to work
far more than they wanted to. This period of dominance was ended
in the most surreal ways ever witnessed at the Birch Hill pitch.
With half time fast approaching, a member of the public, an
unwilling and reluctant spectator if you will, marched on to
the field of play with great purpose. His face, drained entirely
of all colour, began a tirade at the referee for reasons unknown
to the 22 players
involved in the game. It soon became evident that he was the
owner of a fence damaged badly by mischievous substitute Wilson;
who with a glint in his eye and all the charm we know he possesses
in bundles, swiftly appeased the grumpy intruder, and the players
went off for a half time chat. Job half done. But not for Wilson
who must now fix the fence he so despicably ruined.
The second half began with the Manics pressing once more. However,
they were nervy in front of goal, sticking good chances right
down the throat of the gleeful Manor keeper. The nearest they
came was not one of the one-on-one's they squandered, but a
powerful left foot Fenton free-kick tipped excellently
over the bar by the keeper. On the hour mark the game took a
worrying turn for the Manics as speedy forward Evans was challenged
deep in the Manor half. It seemed straight away that something
was amiss, so Nikos Patsalides wasted no time in getting fence-destroyer
Wilson onto the pitch.
needs is a fresh coat of paint
legs up front were exactly what the Manics needed and Manor
was at bassets all sorts!! Some superb work on the left gave
Gavin Baker time to pick out a pass to Wilson
who with all the time and coolness of a stoned Baywatch-era
David Hasselhoff administered the ball into the bottom left
corner. A post match interview with the Wilson himself, describes
his goal and the celebrations that followed in the realisation
that the Manics season had begun!
“The ball ended up with Baker on the left. I was lurking
on the edge of the area, he knocked a simple pass inside to
me, I took a touch and before anyone had time to react gently
placed it into the bottom left corner. The keeper was left rooted
to the spot and I wheeled away with incredible amounts of glee
to the joy of the Bracknell Manics. Everyone got involved in
the celebrations! There was a warm embrace in the centre circle
between myself and Blay which carried on later in the showers”.
should, wood, or could have been
completely dominated this game from start to finish with some
very calm defending and passing. However it was still a game
that we could have walked away as heavy winners maybe even double
figures however not today finishing still seems our biggest
problem but this is a good start.
on the cake came when Jason Worthy, on a sub sealed a very satisfying
victory over Manor who insisted on chanting “come on lads
they haven’t got any points” for the whole game
including once 3-0 down. Not far from a carbon copy of Wilson’s
goal, good work again down the left found back with a pass to
the edge of the box and quick zip zap turn from Worthy
and shot in to the top right corner and the parties in Bracknell
began as Manics are underway!
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A joint effort - S.Oakbutter & Gevans.
Manics Man of the Match went to Chris Mitchell and the
Referees Man of the Match went to Adam Barnard.
to the fans who came to watch the game!
Manics 3 Manor & Winkfield 0
of the Match
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