We’ve documented it quite well so far that Bracknell Town are yet to secure a win in 2015 with a tough local derby at Binfield coming up on Saturday afternoon.
Taking a step back though, life at Larges Lane is a lot rosier than the current record suggests. If we compare the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League season so far with 2013/14 – a season I am sure most supporters would regard as successful, the situation is not as ominous as it sounds.
For a start, comparing the season’s side by side. Bracknell have already won FIVE more games than at the same stage last season. They have 13 wins so far from 27 games including superb run of four in a row against some tough opposition in Oxford City Nomads, Thatcham Town and Ardley United.
We are sitting 9th in the table and last year we finished 13th. If we can finish anywhere above that then it is progression. we have got a young team and a local team that all want to play for Bracknell Town Football Club.” – Keith Penicott-Bowen
Robins had played 27 games at the same stage last year, and recorded eight wins while the run of five in a row included three wins against struggling sides Wootton Bassett Town, Reading Town and Shrivenham.
This is not to belittle the achievements of Steve Nebbett and Danny Oliphant. You still have to beat teams, can only beat what is put in front of you (repeat footballing cliché’s ad infinitum) and they certainly dragged the club out of the doldrums following relegation to Division 1 East, got the best out of players like Sam Barratt and captain Eddie Gray and reached a final and semi-final of cup competitions.
Current boss Keith Penicott-Bowen has enjoyed some excellent results since taking over from Ed Carpenter mid-season – notably the wins at Ardley and at home to Thatcham Town – a team we couldn’t buy a result against in the Southern League.
We know from the Abingdon post match interview that Bowes see’s anything above last season’s 13th place finish as the bear minimum and his record since officially taking charge against Abingdon United reads: Played 17, Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 8 in all competitions which is a pretty steady effort.
Binfield is a tough trip considering our last visit was a 5-0 defeat in January’s Reading Senior Cup second round tie. But Binfield haven’t had it all their own way over the years and with local pride at stake, you wouldn’t bet against KPB in the B3018 derby.