Bracknell Town FC hold little hope for reprieveBy Adam Lee
April 19, 2012
Bracknell Town secretary Darrell Freeland is not expecting a miracle reprieve from relegation after the Robins finished rock bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division.
Having lost 5-3 at Reading Town last Saturday, couple with Fairford’s win at Ardley United, Bracknell were consigned to foot of the table, and can only pray that they survive on a technicality.
The yearly reshuffle of clubs means that it is likely that only one team will be relegated from the Premier, and at the moment Bracknell’s fate looks sealed.
“To be honest we’re not holding out much of a hope for a reprieve,” said Freeland.
“We tried to work out who would go up and who would go down and it’s almost certain that the bottom team will be relegated.
“If a reprieve should be offered then we will gladly accept it as we want to be playing at as high a level as possible, but over the course of the season we have deserved to finish bottom and if we are relegated then so be it.”
Last week, joint manager Andy Keen told the Standard that relegation would not necessarily be the worst thing for Bracknell Town, as it may allow the young players at the club to discover the winning habit in senior football.
However, from a financial point of view, Freeland insists that relegation would only serve to further strain an already difficult situation.
“We haven’t had a chance to play around with any figures, but it certainly would be more of a challenge going down,” he said.
“The football costs aren’t that different from the Premier to Division 1, but with fewer people coming through the turnstiles, and spending money in the bar and tea bar, it will certainly be tougher financially.
“We are struggling fininacially, but people need to realise that it is us not having a playing budget that keeps the club going.
“We are doing everything we can to keep the club going, and that is the most important thing for everyone.
“There are some positives, though.
“Our last home game we had an official crowd of 133, although I think it was actually higher, while at Scours Lane on Saturday there was more than 100 again, and I would say that 80 or 90 of those were people supporting Bracknell.
“The support has been fantastic once again and I would ask that whatever level we play next season then people continue to come and support us.”
Bracknell’s results improved dramatically from early January, as the Robins won five and drew two of their final 14 games – certainly not relegation form.
However, the damage was already done in a dreadful opening to the campaign.
But whatever the outcome for the club, Freeland is adamant that they will come back stronger as long as they can keep the current crop of young players together.
“The team that finished the season is comfortably a mid-table Premier Division team,” he said.
“If we can stick with those players then if we get a repreive I certainly don’t think we’ll have any relegation issues next season, but if we do get relegated then we have a very good chance of bouncing back.
“I’d love to see all those players that finished the season return again next year.”