Blow for Bracknell Town FC as Swabey is ruled outBy Adam Lee
October 27, 2011
Bracknell have been dealt a massive blow with the news that striker Harry Swabey will be out for a year.
Although neither Bracknell Town or Swabey have so far wished to disclose the nature of the injury, the Bracknell Standard understands that it is potentially career threatening.
After making a real impact in his first season at Larges Lane, scoring 12 goals in the last seven months of the campaign.
He has struggled to make as much of an impact this term, bagging two goals so far.
But considering former Binfield forward Swabey has been carrying this injury for some time, that figure is soon put into perspective.
And, following doctor’s orders, Swabey has been told that he must now rest for at least a year and assess the situation after that.
We wish him the best for a speedy recovery.
The news is a major blow not only for Swabey, but for his club, who have struggled through what has been the most difficult two weeks since the Robins dropped down to the Hellenic Premier Division.
Bracknell have not only lost 3-0 twice to mid-table Shrivenham, but have also been on the receiving end of an 8-1 battering by leaders Flackwell Heath, and a 10-0 drubbing by Oxford City Nomads.
And after beating Holyport 3-1 in the game before that run of defeats began, Robins joint boss Andy Keen admits he is scratching his head as to where things have gone wrong.
“We have gone from beating one of the in-form teams in the division comprehensively to then having a nightmare 10 days,” he said.
“No-one can really understand why, but that’s football.
“Yes we are lacking experienced players at times, but the players that we do have here now have to step up.
“We are looking for an experienced central midfielder and I’ve spoken to numerous players who have said they would come, but we haven’t got the money they want.
“Most of the teams in the league realise that we have a group of good young players who are more than capable, but the problem is you never know what’s going to turn up on match days.
“We can play reallly well for 60 minutes and dominate a game, but if you don’t score goals that is a huge problem.
“I think we’ve only had three or four games where we have actually put away the chances that we have created
“I think we are two or three experienced players away – not necessarily the best players, but the ones with wiser heads who know where and when to do the simpler things.”
Keen admitted he will now be looking to attract players on long-term loans in a bid to turn the season around.
He and fellow manager Steve McClurg have added two players to the squad for Saturday’s league cup game at Hellenic Division 1 West strugglers Lydney Town.
They have signed Tyrone May, a left-sided midfielder, from Abingdon Town, as well as Barry Ahmed, a right-sided midfidler, from Tadley Calleva.
They have also signed 16-year-old Sam Barratt, a left winger who is the younger brother of Robins midfielder Tom.