Reading Town FC 2 Bracknell Town FC 2By Darrell Freeland
March 09, 2011
A tremendous first-half showing saw Bracknell Town lead hosts Reading Town 2-0 before a second-half slump ensured the teams left Scours Lane with a point apiece in the Hellenic Premier Division.
With Dean Thomas leaving for Wokingham & Emmbrook, new signing James Rogers was handed his first start.
And Bracknell started well, with Harry Swabey and Tom Nugent both going close early on.
Swabey earned his side a penalty in the 12th minute, drawing a foul from keeper Chris Rackley, and Rogers stepped up to coolly roll the ball home.
After Chris Adams denied former Robin Danny Seaward with a fantastic save, the lead was doubled in the 30th minute as Rogers picked out Swabey to score.
The game, however, turned on 55 minute mark after Rogers and Adam Crittenden had both gone close to adding to Bracknell’s lead.
Captain Marcus Richardson beat the offisde trap to fire home, and from then it was all one-way traffic.
Some fine saves from Adams kept Town at bay until Aaron Baker slammed home a deserved equaliser in stoppage time.
There was still time for a double sending off as Crittenden and Baker given their marching orders, but in the end it was a battling point for the Robins.
However, co-manager Steve McClurg believes his side should have had all three in the bag by half-time.
“We missed some very good chances to win the game and I’m a bit disappointed with that,” he said.
“At 2-0 you really want to hold out and win it, but we didn’t play badly and put in a pretty good performance.
“We should have been at least three in front, though, and we have to be more clinical.”
Bracknell Town: Adams, Archer, Campbell, Hanson (Smith 70), Hancock, Nugent, Rogers, Ryan (Lawlor 70), Whitty (Barratt 79), Crittenden, Swabey.
— In Hellenic Division 1 East Finchampstead were moments away from pulling off a shock against leaders Holyport.
They led 1-0 thanks to a Matt Wright strike only for a controversial stoppage-time own goal from Ben Winship to make the final score 1-1.