Bracknell Town FC U18s win Allied Counties South DivisionBy Adam Lee
May 03, 2012
After what has been a season of disappointment at Larges Lane, Bracknell Town’s U18 team showed that every cloud has a silver lining as they clinched the Allied Counties South Division title on Tuesday night.
The young Robins beat Alton Town 4-1 courtesy of goals from James King, Harrison Wilks and a brace from top scorer Louis Wilson, who took his tally to 14 for the season.
And the win saw Steve Jenner’s side top the table, giving them the opportunity to become the only local side in the Allied Counties Premier Division next season.
The team have been dominant throughout this season, losing just once in the league, a 3-2 defeat to Ascot United in February, while also enjoying a good FA Youth Cup run for the second succesive year.
And Jenner, who has previously coached Bisley, Binfield and Farnborough’s youth teams, knew from an early stage that he had a very talented group of players at his disposal.
“I always knew that we had a good team and from the moment we had the trials I thought we had a special bunch of boys – it is the best squad I have worked with for a long time,” he said.
“We had fantastic team spirit and all 22 players in the squad have done a great job for me when I’ve needed them to.
“We had two boys up front (Wilson and Wilks) who were the best strike force in the league, but otherwise it was all about the team and their spirit.
“It’s great for the club, especially with the hard times they have been having so it was nice to win it for all the people behind the scenes.”
Jenner, who is now in his third year in charge at Bracknell, admitted that it was an FA Cup game away at Didcot Town earlier this season that gave the team the belief that they could achieve great things.
Having been reduced to nine men due to sendings off, the Robins fought back strongly and went on to win 4-2.
And although they were eventually knocked out by Kingstonians, Jenner believes the cup run was instrumental in
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their league success.
"I think it was that game that set us on the way for the season," he said.
"Everything was going against us in that one and I thought we were out of the cup, but the boys battled on to win and they just got strionger and stronger as the season went on."
Jenner will lose eight of the current squad next season as they progress into senior football.
However, he revealed that he already has some players lined up to replace them and will also hold trials later this summer.
However, if anyone would like to get in contact regarding playing for Bracknell's under-18s, then call the manager on 07717 763681.