Football is a game of two halfs and the game between Uxbridge and Bracknell served to illustrate this. Two of the teams predicted to finish in the top 5 come the end of the season, met in blustery conditions at The honeypot. Bracknell came into the game on the back of a 2-0 win against Chipstead the week before and Uxbridge lost 1-0 to Chertsey.
Bracknell started the game with breakneck speed dominating the Uxbridge defence in the opening minutes and going close when Perry Coles header The early exchanges were dominated by Bracknell and it seemed it was going to be when, not if they were going to score. Uxbridge were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and Marlondo Marlin stepped up to take the free kick only for the Bracknell keeper to save easily. Bracknell went close again on the 20 minute mark when Seb Bowerman cut in on the edge of the box sliding past the Uxbridge defenders and slid the ball to the side of the Uxbridge keeper Tyler Tobin. Only a few minutes later Bowerman cut through the Uxbridge defence again before being fouled on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was saved by the goalkeeper. It wasn’t long before Bracknell had another chance as a long ball from defence for Louise Soures who connected with the ball with the Uxbridge goalkeeper off his line but could only lift the ball over the keeper and wide of the goal. With 30 minutes of the game gone, Bracknell would go close again as Louise Soures delivered a ball across the box but no one in Bracknell red could connect with the ball and would go out for a goal kick. Seb Bowerman who had scored earlier in the game, was proving to be a nuisance for Uxbridge as he went close again moments later. Just before half time, Bracknell would increase their lead, when defender Caden Genovesi was played in on the edge of the box before cutting back inside and slotting the ball home to make it 0-2.
Half time Uxbridge 0-2 Bracknell Town
As the second half got underway, Perry Coles for Bracknell had an early chance when he took control of a missed ball by the uxbridge defence who broke through on goal before playing the ball across the box, with no one able to connect and the ball was cleared by Uxbiridge. As the second half developed Uxbridge would grow in confidence and create more chances with Ryan Haugh going close. Seb Bowerman would go close again in the 67th minute, running with the ball just inside the Uxbridge half all the way into the box, but cutting the ball and unleashing a shot that was saved by Uxbridge goalkeeper. With less than 15 minutes to go, Uxbridge forced their way back into the game when Marlondon Martin slotted the ball past Mark Scott. Bracknell looked to restore there 2 goal lead on 81 minute when from a corner Daniel Bayliss connected with the ball but his header landed wide of the post. All this would be in vain as only moments later Uxbridge attacked Bracknell’s defence before the ball dropped to Mark Bitmead inside of the box to equalise. After the restart Bracknell pressed for a goal to lead the game again with a variety of chances but were finding it increasingly hard to break down the Uxbridge defence again. Seb Bowerman would go close once again in the closing minutes of the game as he dribbled through the Uxbridge defence and took a shot that was easily saved by the Uxbridge goalkeeper. Bracknell were on the attack again as the referee signalled for the end of the match.
The final score was disappointing for Bracknell who could have been 4 or 5 up in the first half as they dominated the game, but in the second half Uxbridge established themselves more in the game and could have won the game also. Bracknell will need to improve more if they want to win this league and hope to bring in reinforcements for the squad in the coming weeks. Speaking to Danny Edwards after the game he was impressed with how his team got back into the game also saying how they played much better than the week before when they lost and believes they could have won the game later. Danny commented that Bracknell were a very good team. Bobby Wilkinson, manager of Bracknell on the other hand was disappointed, commenting that they need to be more clinical in front of goal and take their chances. The squad was also a little thin with 2 U18 players and will be looking to address this as we get in the coming weeks.
Full time Uxbridge 2-2 Bracknell Town.
Man of the match: Seb Bowerman
Tobin (GK), Goodman,Haugh,Harper,Poley,Hedley,Paine, Mulley,Martin,Bitmead,Little
Subs: Bunting (68 for Harper), Bignall (46 replacing Mulley), Bates,Talla,Otuyo
Subs: Knight (84 for Coles), Rodgers,Ishamae (64 for Coles)l,Dupray,Wright