Bracknell Town FC 2 Thame United FC 0By Darrell Freeland
March 08, 2012
Bracknell Town overcame a second half siege to defeat Thame on Tuesday night thanks to a Sam Barratt brace in the opening 12 minutes.
A recent upturn had seen The Robins put in improved performances but still come away with nothing to show for their troubles.
However, their efforts on Tuesday were rewarded with three valuable points.
Bracknell were quickest out of the blocks and had the Barratt brothers to thank for the opening goal after only seventy seconds.
Tom's trademark long throw was launched into the danger zone and Barratt timed his run to climb high and head home.
The lead was then doubled through the winger’s own making, as he dribbled and weaved his way past Ian Pykett and Sam Cowan, but saw his attempted past to Adam McNamara rebound back into his path and he lashed the ball in at the near post from an acute angle.
Thame's one shot of note in the first half was Dan West's effort on the turn at Chris Adams.
After the interval, the visitors poured forward and they almost pulled a goal back in the 55th minute. Dapo Abitogun cleared off the line, while Adams was in superb form to deny James Faulkner's rebounded effort.
West caused problems from midfield and he was denied again by Adams with the home goalkeeper having to dive at full stretch to his left and make another splendid save.
Jake White was kept at bay by Michael Higgs late on as the home side had a chance to put a further gloss on the victory.
But it did not matter not as they held on for a hard earned and well deserved win.
The 5-1 defeat away at Slimbridge was clearly a distant memory as the Robins responded in some style.
Several players, such as Matt Higham, belyed their youth to put in strong performances.
Whilst it is highly unlikely that the Robins will get out of the relegation zone, they have the chance of climbing off the bottom of the table this Saturday when mid-table Holyport visit Larges Lane (3pm)
Bracknell Town: Adams, Muddyman, Kennedy, T Barratt (Carter 64), Sleet, Higham, McNamara (White 40), Gibson, Knight, Abitogun, S Barratt. Subs not used: Morrison, Davidson, Martin.
—Wokingham & Emmbrook made it two wins in as many matches when they won 3-1 away at mid-table rivals Abingdon Town.
The Satsumas have all but guaranteed Hellenic Premier Division football for another season following the win and a 2-0 victory against Kidlington on Saturday.