North Leigh 2 Bracknell Town 0By Darrell Freeland
November 27, 2008
Bracknell Town fell to another away defeat as Byron Walton’s misfiring side failed to find the back of the net once again.
The Robins missed opportunities in the first half and in a recurring theme this season, North Leigh hit back after the break to seal the win.
Manager Walton elected to play four strikers with Errol Telemaque and Ian Harvey in wide positions supporting Nathan Jack and Gavin James, but Walton had to watch his side play as individuals as everyone tried to win the game on their own.
Harvey had the first chance, lashing over early on before his cross teed up Ben Edwards who fired over the bar.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, and Liam Hope’s cross was turned onto his own post by Bradley Edmunds while Paul Cooper sent his effort for the hosts over the bar.
James and Telemaque both shot straight at goalkeeper Lee Farrow, while Keith Newby’s free-kick was over on the half hour mark.
The Robins continued to press on and Michael Buck headed over following Telemaque’s corner, before Chris Allen denied Telemaque when he looked destined to score just before half time.
Whatever was said at half time did the trick as the home side stepped up a gear after the interval to take the win.
They moved ahead in the 56th minute as poor defending allowed Ben Reardon a free shot from only six yards out and he made no mistake.
Hope wasted a few chances for North Leigh as he headed wide to the right, shot straight at Max Aneke and failed to hit the target in the 61st minute.
Jack’s cross/shot in the 66th minute clipped the near post and rolled to safety and James shot at Farrow with Telemaque better placed, but Walton’s side couldn’t bring themselves back on level terms.
The game was made safe in the 78th minute as Hope made amends for his earlier misses by scoring from the penalty spot after Edmunds’ push on Reardon in front of the referee.
The visitors, to their credit, kept searching for goals, but Farrow tipped Edwards powerful effort around his post and in injury time, Telemaque’s drive was blocked by Chris Weedon to ensure the poor run away from home continues.
Bracknell now have a difficult run of games, travelling to Oxfordshire once again to face Abingdon United next weekend before top-of-the-table Truro City and third-placed Cinderford Town visit Larges Lane.
If the goal-shy side do not rediscover their scoring touch, then Walton's side will in all probability find themselves in the relegation zone as they were this time last season.
Bracknell Town: Aneke, Gill, Woodruffe (Dexter), Edmunds (McIntosh), Buck, Newby, Telemaque, Edwards, James, Jack, Harvey. Subs not used: Havermans, Grant