Nowak upbeat for Patesians clashBy Adam Lee
November 13, 2008
Bracknell captain Ben Nowak is a confident man ahead of Saturday’s game with Old Patesians.
Mid-table Patesians pulled off one of the shocks of the season when they defeated former division leaders Redingensians at home last week.
However, Nowak wasn’t so particularly surprised to see the Cheltenham side do Bracknell a favour on their home patch, but insists it will be a different proposition when they come to Lily Hill this Saturday (kick off 2.30pm).
“We’ll be ready for them,” said Nowak.
“They know how to play on their sloping pitch so beating Redingensians wasn’t a surprise, but I know we can beat them, whether at Bracknell or there. “
The gap between Bracknell and new leaders Clifton was increased to four points last week when Bracknell’s game at Coney Hill was abandoned due to poor light.
Bracknell were leading 10-3 after 55 minutes when Coney Hill winger Navaro Codlin suffered a nasty injury, and after the game was stopped for half our so he could receive treatment, referee Claire Daniels decided conditions were too poor to finish the game.
Bracknell went into a 7-0 lead after a couple of minutes when Nowak converted Nick Shears’ try.
Nowak scored a penalty to increase the lead to 10-0, and although Rory Baker kicked a penalty in reply for Coney Hill, that was how it ended.
The main talking point was the referee’s decision to give yellow cards to both Joe Shelton (following a spat with Coney Hills Adam Petigrew) and Andy Van Zyl, a decision that upset Bracknell player/coach Chris Sheasby.
“How can the referee give that one to Joe (Shelton) when they threw the first punch,” said Sheasby.
“But, he must learn how to deal with situations like that.
“All he needs to do is cling onto the person until the ref breaks them up then he should just walk away.”