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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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