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harrison gilkes hellenic league footballJoy and Despair - 12 October

There was joy and despair when Harrison Gilkes made his debut for Bracknell Town in their 3-2 Uhlsport Hellenic League defeat at Wantage on Saturday.

The 23-year-old son of Reading FC coach Michael Gilkes scored an excellent goal, but minutes later pulled up with pain with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Town have signed the Slough and former Basingstoke player on a dual registration as he needs match time following a long lay-off with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Gilkes (pictured), playing mainly wide on the left, looked impressive and caused the Wantage defence plenty of problems.
And his sad departure from the field certainly contributed to the Robins' third Hellenic League defeat in their last five games as they suddenly became a less of a threat to the Wantage defence.

Town, who previously had beaten Oxford City Nomads 5-0 and 5-1 in the space of four days, were forced to make changes with keeper Chris Grant and midfielder Jamie McClurg both at team official Liam Day's stag party, and central-defender Joe Grant suspended. As all three have vital roles, they were badly missed and their absences also contributed to their defeat.

Bracknell have a quick chance to gain revenge as the return fixture with Wantage is next Tuesday.


jeff lamb bracknell town  hellenic league Lamb Takes On Robins - 28 September

Jeff Lamb has been appointed the new manager of Bracknell Town. The former Ascot United team boss replaces Mark Tallentire, who left the Robins earlier this week.

His first two Uhlsport Hellenic League games in charge will both be against Oxford City Nomads with the home fixture on Saturday and the return next Tuesday.

Town chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse is expecting Lamb (pictured) to strengthen the team following successive defeats in the past week - 3-0 at Thatcham last Saturday and 2-0 at Ascot on Tuesday. Previously, Town had gone eight Hellenic League games without defeat and, so to the outside world, Tallentire's sudden departure came as a surprise. Last season, he led the Robins to a second-place finish in the Premier Division and to three cup-final victories, making him the most successful manager in the club's modern history. However, this season there have been rumblings of discontent between Tallentire and Steinborn-Busse, mainly concerning team matters, and the chairman decided the manager's time was up when the lack-lustre Robins were outplayed by Thatcham.

Speaking to Dave Wright after the game, Tallentire said he would be looking for a reaction from the players at Ascot, but he left on Monday and, though there was a big improvement in their performance at The Racecourse Ground, Town were unable to stop the Yellamen securing only their second league win of the season. It just wasn't Bracknell's night, with the usually-reliable Seb Bowerman having a first-half penalty saved by keeper Lee Allen, Joe Gater being sent off on 40 minutes and then losing the game in the final 15 minutes. This was the centre-back's second red card of the season and he now faces a three-match ban. Even with 10 men, Bracknell had chances of winning, but they were unable to break through a defence that included new signing George Lock, who has been with both Bracknell and Binfield
It was another new boy, Cameron Gyeabour, who won the game for the Yellamen with goals in the 78th and 84th minutes. In between those goals, Ascot were reduced to 10 men with skipper Rob Lazarczuk being sent off for a challenge on Bowerman.

In the meantime, Tallentire had had this to say about his sudden exit from Larges Lane: "It's with a heavy heart that my time as manager of Bracknell Town has ended. I am so proud of my squad of players and how far we've come together over the past couple of years. My gratitude goes to all the staff at the club and to our amazing supporters. It really is a great place to be and a club to be very proud of. I hope my record there speaks for itself and feel that I can leave the club with my head held high. I wish the boys every success for the rest of the season. I believe we have a great squad at Bracknell and can go on to achieve great things."

Steinborn-Busse said Tallentire's departure was by "mutual agreement", adding: "The club would like to thank Tally for all his work and effort over the past two years. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage."

The highly ambitious Steinborn-Busse, the powerful driving force behind the Berkshire club, recently commented: "When you make bold changes and invest in the infrastructure like we have, it puts a massive target of expectation on everyone associated with the club on and off the field. The expectation and the responsibility on all our shoulders now are massive."

mark tallentire hellenic league Tallentire Departs Bracknell - 25 September

Bracknell Town Manager, Mark Tallentire, has left the Uhlsport Hellenic League club by mutual agreement.

The club website ststes. “The club would like to thank Tally for all his work and effort over the past two years including saving the club from relegation when he took over, winning three cups last season and taking the club to the brink of promotion to the Southern League last season where they were only denied in the last game of the season.”

“The club wish him all the best for the future, in the meantime Geoff Warner will take charge of team affairs on a caretaker basis for the game against Ascot United on Tuesday evening.”


Heart & Desire - 7 September

Bracknell Town manager Mark Tallentire has praised his players for showing “heart and desire” after seeing them come from behind three games in a row.

They came from 1-0 down to beat Binfield 6-1 on Bank Holiday Monday, then last Saturday a one-goal deficit was turned into a 3-2 win over Abingdon United. Last Monday, Bracknell went 2-0 down in the opening 20 minutes away to Highmoor Ibis before netting twice late on to force a draw, so ending a run of five straight Hellenic League victories.

“I'm trying to work out why we start so poorly,” admitted a puzzled Tallentire. “We have to start making sure we don't give our opponents a leg up, it's making our job a whole lot harder. We spoke about this (to the players) after the Abingdon game, but it happened again against Highmoor. But that said:I am proud about the way we set about getting back into the game.”
The Robins twice trailed a stubborn Abingdon side before sealing victory with goals from Joe Grant, George Short and substitute Jon philip john hellenic league Bennett. “It was a tough afternoon for us, but we showed so much heart and desire to get us across the line in the end, we have that about us,” commented Tallentire.

During the second half at Highmoor, Tallentire introduced his latest signing, the experienced Philip John (pictured left), against one of his former clubs. “I thought he made a bit of a difference when he came on. He showed good vision, switched the ball really well, looked lively and was unlucky not to score. We are pleased to have him on board.”

This Saturday, Bracknell host fellow unbeaten side Flackwell Heath, who went top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League table with a 1-0 win at Abingdon on Tuesday. They have 19 points from seven games, while third-placed Town have 16 points from six.


Club House Interior Ruined - 17 August

Bracknell Town chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse has been left devastated after seeing his new clubhouse flooded by 6,000 gallons of water.

Damage will run into tens of thousands of pounds and it will take several weeks before the place is fully operational again. The cause of the problem, which was quickly identified, has also created similar instances worldwide.

The Larges Lane clubhouse, under a year old, was engulfed by water when a faulty valve blew in the plant room, situated behind the bar last Wednesday. The luxurious club room with its leather sofas and deep-pile carpet, along with all electrics, were totally ruined, as were the fridge area and store room, while some damage was caused to the home team's dressing room. Water also gushed out of the door and formed a mini river down the car park towards the main entrance.

"Thank goodness everything was insured," said Steinborn-Busse. "It is too early to say how much damage was caused, but it will be very substantial. "There may be some structural damage, hopefully, there won't be, but it will need to be thoroughly inspected."

Steinborn-Busse revealed the manufacturer of the faulty valve, Joule, has accepted liability, adding: "They have recalled 80,000 valves around the world ​ ​ although had not notified the wholesaler that supplied our valve. "

M.R. Flynn Plumbers of Bracknell raced to the club's rescue, while representatives of Insurance companies Aon and Belfor Fire and Flood Restoration soon arrived at Larges Lane to assess the damage. "I can't praise these people enough," said Steinborn-Busse. "It was heartbreaking when I discovered the extent of the damage, so it was reassuring to have these professional people on hand quickly offering their advice and support."

This week the Uhlsport Hellenic League club are planning to instal temporary facilities ahead of their Emirates FA Cup Preliminary round tie against Winchester City this Saturday. "We plan to instal a large marquee with full bar facilities and a TV screen," commented Steinborn-Busse. "We are expecting a large crowd for this cup tie and despite all the problems and inconvenience , we will do everything possible to make it a great experience for supporters from both sides."


Never In Real Trouble - 10 August

Manager Mark Tallentire commented on last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup win : "Defensively, we looked quite tight and I don't think we ever looked in real trouble."

Dave Wright adds regarding the Robins 4-3 home success. “At half-time, however, he must have been more concerned with the number of times his men gave the ball away. Ever what was said during the break, Town looked much sharper in the second half and soon had chances to double their lead. Bowerman fired just wide, while Dave Hancock missed a golden opportunity when the ball fell to him to the right of the goal. Adam Cornell shot over the bar and was denied by Hatt after the keeper had sent an attempted clearance into his path. Hatt then tipped Gater's effort over the bar. The pressure finally paid off in the 64th minute. Joe Grant, receiving from Carl Davies, put Ferdinand through on the right and he drew Hatt off his line before firing low into the far corner. And within 10 minutes it was 3-0 when centre-back Gater moved into an unmarked position to nonchalantly head home Bowerman's cross from the left for his first goal for the club since his transfer from Basingstoke.”

The scoreline did not flatter the Robins and their fans left the ground knowing there are even better things to come from their team.

Town midfielder Kensley Maloney underwent a knee operation last weekend and is likely to be sidelined for up to a couple of months.

But there is better news concerning Khalid Senussi, who was carried off in the pre-season friendly against Chalfont St Peter with an ankle injury. He expects to be back in training within the next week.

tj bohane hellenic league footballBohane Signs For Supermarine - 23 June

TJ Bohane, who scored 47 goals in 44 games in the Uhlsport Hellenic League last season, has decided to move from Bracknell to Evo-Stik Southern League Swindon Supermarine.

The Swindon Advertiser reports Marine manager Dave Webb believes the time is right for TJ Bohane to prove himself in the Southern League. The 29-year-old has been a prolific goalscorer in the Hellenic League over the last few years and has reunited with Dave Webb after following him to the Webbswood Stadium five years ago. Following the retirement of John Fisher, Bohane joined Bracknell Town last term and netted 44 goals.

“When we first got the job here five years ago we brought TJ with us, he has matured a lot since then,” Webb said. “We started speaking a couple of weeks ago and he was really keen to join us. He is a proven goalscorer and the time is right for him to give this league another go. He scored 44 goals with Bracknell last year and he scored a lot for Highworth before that. I think we have been missing a player like TJ since Luke Hopper left us (in December 2015).”

Tallentire Looks To Strengthen Squad - 1 June

Joe Gater, a 20 year old central defender from Basingstoke, has agreed to sign for Bracknell, when the first registrations are made on July 1.

He had previously played for Barnet and Chesham United. Manager Mark Tallentire is also looking to make further aquisitions as he strengthens his squad that won three cup finals and finished runners-up in the Hellenic League.

The Robins will be back in training on Tuesday, June 27 and have arranged an attractive selection of pre-season games, starting a week later by taking on Hungerford at Larges Lane. Pre-season games continue with a trip to Holyport on Thursday, July 20 and three more home matches - against Basingstoke on July 22, Chalfont St Peter the following Tuesday and Uxbridge on Saturday, July 29.

Bracknell are also hosting a four-team tournament on successive weekends - July 8-9 and 15-16. Windsor were scheduled to compete, but the Uhlsport Hellenic League newcomers have now decided to opt out. Their place will be taken by Eversley & California from the Combined Counties League Division 1. Binfield, beaten six times by Bracknell last season including two cup finals, and Wokingham & Emmbrook complete the quartet.

Their opening Uhlsport Hellenic League game is likely to be on Tuesday, August 1.

Bracknell, in conjunction with Soccersixes, have launched a weekly league for older players which will be held each Friday, starting at 7.30pm. This is in addition to the all-age Monday and Sunday evening six-a-side leagues at Larges Lane. The new competition will feature regular games for the over-35s and over-55s, while there is also be a walking football session.

Matt Scoffham, the development director for Soccersixes, said: “This is a great way for players to get together on a Friday night for a game of football and a social drink in the bar afterwards. There will be a host of specials on in the clubhouse afterwards including some free food for players.” Teams can join online at www.soccersixes.net or more information is available from Matt on 07796696837.

Bracknell are also to host a regular nine-versus-nine competition for under-21 teams on Sunday afternoons from July 23 to August 27, with a separate event for ladies teams. Town chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse said: “We’re looking to turn Larges Lane into a hotbed for local football and working with Soccersixes will ensure that we can concentrate on the running of the club. We are very keen to see our Vets Friday night and our Sunday afternoon sessions take off. We are sure they’ll be a success."


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