Bracknell Town FC 3 Pegasus Juniors FC 1By Darrell Freeland
April 04, 2011
Bracknell Town were made to work very hard, but eventually defeated basement-side Pegasus Juniors as late strikes from Liam Woozley and substitute Nick Matthews sealed a vital three points in their battle to avoid Hellenic Premier Division relegation.
The game was high on endeavour, but low on quality and chances were at a premium in the first half.
Steve Ryan’s right-wing cross was headed at goalkeeper Nick Iles by Louis Wilson, while for the visitors, Keith Holmans headed wide before Chris Adams made a point-blank save to deny Tom Watkins.
Tom Barratt opened the scoring in the 33rd minute following the first real injection of pace in the match.
Jamie Lawlor surged forward from midfield and after some neat interplay between Ryan, Harry Swabey and Wilson, Woozley was able to cross for Barratt who smashed in his first Bracknell goal from the edge of the area.
Pegasus, though equalised two minutes before half-time when Joel Skyers’ right-wing cross was headed in by Tom Boyle.
Juniors had the first real chances in the second half with Skyers and Derek Craddock both firing over.
But with the clock running down, the hosts upped the tempo as they searched for a winner.
After Swabey lobbed over the crossbar, the Robins made a final push and moved ahead in the 84th minute.
Barratt’s long throw was powerfully headed in by Woozley who dedicated the effort to the fans behind the goal.
Sub Nick Matthews then made the game safe in stoppage time, latching on to a Lawlor ball over the top and chipping Iles with a sublime finish.
Although not the best quality game, it was three important points for Bracknell who now sit seven points above the relegation zone.
Fellow strugglers Witney United visit Larges Lane this coming Thursday (7.45pm kick-off).
Next Saturday sees the Robins make the journey to Wiltshire as they tackle Shrivenham who could be relegated if they fail to win.
Bracknell Town: Adams, L Woozley (Asare Addai 89), Archer, Hancock, Smith, Nugent, Ryan (Engeron 55), Lawlor, Swabey, Wilson (Matthews 72), Barratt. Subs not used: C Arnett.