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Sunday 1st April 2007

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Abrahamian Revelling In The Manic Experience

Steve Dennaford


Bradley Gibson

Brian Judge

Chris Adams (C)

Henry Abrahamian

Harry Clowse

Ben Westwood

Joel Curran

David Comper

Simon Blay

Lee Blackman

Bench: Cedric Robinson, Vishall Gunnoo, Ben Taylor, Andy Robinson

Bracknell Manics were missing key trio Sarney, Wilson and Pike for today's game versus the chemical farmers of Syngenta. However, cover was on hand in the shape of experienced Manic, Simon Blay and science teacher Vishall Gunnoo. Blay went straight into the starting XI up front alongside Lee Blackman, whilst Gunnoo had to be content with a place on the bench.

Manics began brightly, Ben Westwood making one terrific run that concerned the Syngenta backline greatly, but he couldn't get a decent shot away. After this initial outburst of energy and good football, Syngenta then started to put the Manics under pressure with long balls that swirled about in the wind. The Manics defence, especially keeper Steve Dennaford, stood up well to this onslaught, despite living dangerously on a couple of occasions. Joel Curran was not caught staring into space as he launched himself bravely to clear one goal bound effort off the line. This "Curran Clearance" was a catalyst for a period of ruthlessness that harked back to Manic days of yore.

A large hoof upfield by Dennaford was flicked on by Blay into the path of speed merchant Blackman who drilled an unstoppable drive into the corner of the net with the outside of his right boot. Before the Manics could feel the glee, they were 2 up. Penetrating down the right hand side, Harry Clowse squirmed the ball to the red-haired maestro Blay who lofted the ball over the advancing keeper. By this point Westwood and Curran were dominant, Blay was pulling the strings behind the lethal Blackman and David Comper and Clowse were constant outlets down the wings. It was Blay and Comper that were architects of the third and decisive goal. Blay controlled a Dennaford goal kick perfectly with his right foot, swivelled and played in the marauding Comper who beat the full back to the by-line and drilled in a perfect cross for Westwood to stab home from close range. It was a deadly 5 minute period where the game was won.

Things evened out for the remainder of the half with Manics happily taking a back seat and soaking up the pressure offered by their hosts. They were still dominant and did break forward menacingly at times, Blay threading through Comper once more, only to see the wiry winger felled by the keeper. Remarkably the referee signalled only a corner and no penalty to the astonishment of the Manics and supporters. So, the boys in blue had to be content with just the 3 at half-time.

After the restart Syngenta seemed to put that extra 10-20% in, which reminded the Manics that they were still in a game. Despite this, they still carved open the better chances, with Blackman and Clowse both coming close.

However, the Manics were given a massive wake-up call in the 2nd half when Syngenta broke clear and scored, only to see the flag up on the far side. Relief was clear to see.

Blay was not having as much affect in 'the hole' in the second half and began to tire, so it was no surprise that it was him and David Comper, still feeling the affects of the keeper's first half foul, that were replaced by Cedric Robinson and Vish Gunnoo with half an hour remaining. Curran moved up front and it was only moments before he had his first chance, a left foot effort parried by the keeper. Blackman continued to threaten and he saw a number of strikes flash wide. The carpenter was hammering in shots from all angles and was unlucky to have only nailed one by the end of the game. However an industrious run by the leading scorer led to a goal at the back post for Gunnoo. The scientist using all the laws of physics he could to get something on the ball and steer it home.

Next to be removed from the field of play was the veteran Curran, who had an excellent game both in midfield and in attack. At this point, the game was all but settled. The back four were now looking extremely comfortable; Judge had stopped his fouling antics, Chris Adams was looking assured, whilst Bradley Gibson at right-back was full of pace and purpose. It was left back Henry Abrahamian that looked the most comfortable. Winning every ball in the air and never losing possession, the big Armenian was showing the likes of Curran how easy playing left back really was.

Manics made it five with seconds of play remaining. 5-0 for the Manics on a beautiful spring day gave joy to us all. Prince and Royal Oak drawing served only to stoke the embers of glee that raged around the club further as the players supped sunshine pints in the Farmer garden.

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The Manics Man of the Match went to Henry Abrahamian and Referee's Man of the Match went to Chris Adams.

Thanks to the fans who came to watch the game!

 Final Result: Syngenta 0 Bracknell Manics Res 5

 Man of the Match

 "Great game by everyone, I am honoured to be chosen by the lads as the player of the match, go manics"

Henry Abrahamian  

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