Reading Town FC 5 Bracknell Town FC 3By David Wright
April 18, 2012
The Robins face an anxious few weeks before knowing if they are to be relegated.
Their defeat by Reading on Saturday and Fairford’s shock 2-1 win at third-placed Ardley means Bracknell will finish rock bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division.
"It doesn’t look good for us and we know have to wait to see what happens," said manager Steve McClurg.
"I’ve heard that a couple of clubs (Abingdon Town and Henley) may go out of the league, which may keep is in, but I don’t know."
Bracknell’s hopes of ending a bitterly disappointing season with a win looked reasonable when they led 2-1 at half-time.
They had fallen behind when their defence allowed young Jordan Lovelock to wriggle his way through to poke the ball past keeper Chris Adams.
But Robins’ response was immediate with Ben Knight striking twice in the next five minutes to put his side into an expected lead.
The second half started in much the same way as the first with two quick goals, but both were in the Bracknell net.
On 50 minutes Michael Bartley brought the scores level and within a minute Ben Gladwin fired past Adams to make it 3-2.
Bartley extended his side’s lead in the 71st minute, but Bracknell refused to throw in the towel as they fought for their Premier Division lives.
Tom Nugent turned in Sam Barrett’s free-kick in the first minute of stoppage time.
Robins were pressed for an equaliser and forced two corners in quick succession.
They put 10 men in the area, including keeper Adams.
But home keeper Oneal Garnes, despite being under pressure, plucked the ball out of the air, and immediately punted it downfield into an empty Bracknell half.
It was bang down the middle and heading for the net, but former Bracknell striker Graham Lewis,
who had ran from his own half, made sure by hammering the ball the last yard into the net.
McClurg added: "We played well in the first half, but for the first 15 minutes of the second half we didn’t play.
"We made mistakes in defence and they cost us. us. But we did well to get back in the game and it looked we might get something out of it.
"We pulled one back with five minutes to go and we went looking for another goal, but we got caught."