First away win for RobinsBy Tom Canning
October 30, 2008
Bishops Cleeve 1 Bracknell Town 2
Bracknell Town made hard work of struggling Bishops Cleeve in windswept Gloucestershire, but the patched-up Robins edged the game to earn their first away win of the season, despite the hosts being reduced to 10 men after just quarter of an hour.
The win was thanks largely to the impressive Bradley Edmunds at centre-back and forward Errol Telemaque, who earned his side two penalties and struck the winner.
But manager Byron Walton believes the game should have been sewn up long before it was.
“I thought we started well, had a couple of chances, and got goal up from the penalty, but we stopped playing when their man was sent off,” said Walton.
“I felt we had enough chances to kill the game off, they managed one decent chance in the second half and scored.
“Tom Baddeley (on loan from Maidenhead) had his best game for us today, we had a young defence out there with (Luke) Dexter and (Bradley) Edmunds, but we look defensively tight.”
Bishops started stronger as Bracknell struggled to adjust to the absence of suspended centre-back Michael Buck and winger Ian Harvey who injured his shoulder in training during the week.
Despite a strong start from the home side, they lacked a cutting edge up front, with the exception of Lee Davies who was to cause the Robins defence problems all afternoon without reward.
Bracknell’s first chance came from a trademark Max Aneke throw, which travelled the length of the pitch and to the feet of Nathan Jack, but the striker’s touch was poor and easily gathered by goalkeeper Jamie Moore.
With 15 minutes gone Bracknell found their breakthrough, Errol Telemaque found himself clean through, and with the trigger set, was tripped by defender Dan Avery, who was duly sent-off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Captain Keith Newby stepped up and struck his fifth goal of the season, and it should have been six soon after when Telemaque was shoved in the box by Sam Avery, this time, though, Newby’s penalty sailed over the bar.
Aneke spared team-mate Joel Havermans’ blushes on the hour, the imposing midfielder played a poor back-pass that was latched onto by Davies, but the striker could only fire the ball at the outstretched leg of the Bracknell goalkeeper and Bracknell went in 1-0 ahead at the break.
The home side rallied early in the second half, and Avery made amends for his earlier infringement with a rocket of a strike from wide on the right that left both defender Tom Baddeley and Aneke with no chance.
It was game on again, and with both sides sensing victory, it was Bracknell who went close on 55 minutes when Jack raced away from Luke Butterey, unselfishly laid the ball across to Telemaque, who dummied for Ben Edwards, but the winger’s strike was tame and easily saved by Moore.
Moments later an almost identical move led to the winner, as Edwards, who had switched wings, laid the ball in to Havermans who dummied to Telemaque who made no mistake, calmly side-footing home from close range to the delight of the travelling support.
Despite their numerical disadvantage the home side piled on the pressure, with Davies looking particularly dangerous as Bracknell looked to hold on to their lead.
A late substitution saw youngster Zak Spencer replace Jack, and the youth team striker almost capped his debut with a goal when he picked up on a poor back-pass.
A little more composure from the youngster could have seen him round Moore who raced from his box, but the goalkeeper was able to clear the ball to safety after fumbling his initial save.
The final whistle saw celebrations from Bracknell who lifted their away day curse, while the home side are still looking for a win at Kayte Lane.
Bracknell: Aneke, Dexter, Edmunds, Baddeley, Woodruffe (Kennedy), McIntosh (Grant), Newby, Havermans, Edwards, Telemaque, Jack (Spencer).