First win is just round the corner for Bracknell Town FCBy Adam Lee
October 01, 2009
Bracknell Town manager Dave Tuttle has placed his faith in his young squad of players, believing the team’s first win of the season is just around the corner.
The last week has been the best of Robins season so far, and although their two games still failed to produce any points, the performances have seen a marked improvement.
On Saturday, Bracknell were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Yate Town, while on Tuesday night, Robins only narrowly missed out on a point against high-flying AFC Totton at Larges Lane.
And Tuttle is certain that the team will soon turn things around on the pitch.
“The last two games the boys have really put in some good performances,” said the former Millwall boss.
“On Saturday I thought we deserved to win the game and tonight we’ve lost to the top side in the division, but I feel like we should have got a draw out of it.
“We have got a board here who are trying their best and putting a lot of hours into the club, but it’s about progressing on the pitch as well.
“If we can do that as a group and get the supporters back in as well this club can move forward.
“I was happy with the supporters coming in on Tuesday and I think they appreciated what the players did and the players certainly appreciate the support.
“It will happen, nobody’s panicking. I couldn’t ask for any more than the boys put in.
“For the club to progres everyone has to be behind the first team and although the youth team and reserves are doing well, we need to get a first team out there that the town can be
proud of. It’s about players believing in themselves and when your losing every game, people don’t believe in you and the players don’t believe in themselves.
“But I can guarantee that I believe in them and I believe that we can go forward.
“They want to play and it’s hard when you’re at the bottom of the table.
“You can’t keep losing and say ‘well we’re doing alright.’ We have to get results, but if they put in performances like that we’ll do okay.”
A glancing header from Ross Bottomley gave Totton the lead against the run of play after 11 minutes on Tuesday night.
Bracknell continued to show spirit and had a number of excellent chances to pull the game level.
However, with 30 minutes gone, goalkeeper Tom McNeil, on-loan from Windsor, suffered concussion during a clash with the striker and had to be taken to hospital.
Tuttle will now be working hard to try and find a replacement in time for Saturday.
Substitute left-back Mansell Way took over in goal, and did a fine job.
However, one of his first tasks was to pick the ball out of the net when Brett Williams latched onto a hopeful long ball, outmuscled captain Dave Stevens, and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Bracknell, though, came back into the game and were given a golden opportunity on 56 minutes when Garry Sargeant was felled by Aidan Lewis in the box, and the left-back was given his marching orders.
Although Sargeant’s scuffed penalty was saved by keeper Gareth Barfoot, the striker followed up to score his first goal since returning to Larges Lane.
Bracknell showed plenty of willing against 10-man Totton, but the visitors sat back and soaked up the Robins pressure and held out to collect the three points.
Bracknell will be looking for their first points at home to Taunton Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).