Change in formation works wonders for Bracknell Town FCBy Adam Lee
February 17, 2011
Bracknell Town joint-manager Richard Whitty hailed his players after they pulled off one of the shocks of the season in the Hellenic Premier Division by beating leaders Ardley United 4-1 at Larges Lane last Saturday.
A brace from Harry Swabey plus further strikes from wingers Adam Crittendon and Dean Thomas sealed a huge win for the Robins in their bid to avoid relegation for a second successive season.
That win increased the gap between Bracknell and the drop zone to 10 points, and Whitty believes they are in a good position to consolidate in order to build for the next campaign.
And Whitty also hinted that he and fellow co-boss Steve McClurg would be willing to stay on for a second season, if the Bracknell committee ask them.
“We played really well on Saturday – our best performance of the season.
“We played a 5-4-1 formation, shutting them down when they broke into our half and then hitting them on the counter attack.
“We’ve been trying different formations recently, but this one really seemed to suit us.
“We’re a good counter-attacking team with a lot of pace – we used the ball well when we broke and scored four really good goals.
“The thing that makes it a success is the workrate of the players – they all worked their socks off for 90 minutes and it was the first time we had done that all season.
“Everything went right for us and that is great for the lads.
“I think Ardley thought they only had to turn up and they would beat us, but when you don’t have the right attitude you will get caught napping.
“That’s put us 10 points clear of the fourth from bottom but I think we need 40 points to be safe – that’s another 11 points from 14 games.
“It will be a good achievement for the lads who haven’t played at this level before and it will set us up well for next season.
“If they want us to stay then we would definitely like to stay.
“The players will be that bit better for the year’s experience and there’ll be more players floating around next season as well.”
Bracknell have no game this Saturday, but travel to Abingdon Town on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) where new signing James Rogers, the former Binfield winger, is expected to make his debut.