Weekend local football round-upBy Tom Canning
September 22, 2008
Bracknell Town’s horror week came to a tense end at Larges Lane on Saturday with a barely-earned 1-1 draw with Winchester City in the British Gas League Division 1 South & West.
Twenty four hours earlier, Robins learned they had been booted out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player against Oxford City last week.
Byron Walton’s side fielded striker Chris Geary, who was without international clearance, having signed for Welsh side Rhydymwyn, though Geary did not play a game for them.
The Robins struggled to get going, despite debutant Nathan Jack giving them the lead after just nine minutes.
Makeshift midfielder Michael Buck went close minutes later but his shot was cleared off the line, and winger Ryan McIntosh saw his 25-yard effort tipped over the bar by Clint Davies, before the second-half saw a dramatic shift in the flow of the game.
City laid siege to the Bracknell goal, who had giant goalkeeper Max Aneke to thank on a number of occasions for keeping the scores level, but even he could do nothing when Kyle Joryeff’s looping header left him stranded with five minutes remaining.
One consolation for Robins was that Oxford City have offered them half the £3,000 prize money from their FA Cup tie.
City chairman Brian Cox said: “I feel really sorry for Bracknell. They won the game fair and square. I was very surprised the FA awarded us the money as well, and we are going to split it with Bracknell because I know how I would feel if it was us.”
Binfield’s historic first foray into the Vase ended in a confidence-boosting 2-1 win for the Moles against Wantage Town, despite going behind on 32 minutes.
Justin McClurg and Scott Williams struck to earn the Moles a trip to Wessex Premier side Fareham Town.
Holyport’s debut in the competition was ended by a 2-0 defeat at home to Sandhurst Town.
Ascot United moved a point clear at the top of the Hellenic Division 1 East table with a 2-1 win at Chinnor thanks to a goal apiece from Jon Bennett and Ben Dunk.
Finchampstead held Bisley Sports to a 1-1 draw, Danny Isaiew scoring for Finch, while Wokingham & Emmbrook returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win a Launton Sports.