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Bracknell Town
Woodley United
J Bennett (9'), J Hennah (30'), A Cornell (50'), J Grant (77'), S Bowerman (83', 86')
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Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE - Premier Division

United suffer heavy defeat at Bracknell

At the ground that saw them lift a trophy last season Woodley well beaten

United's run of tough fixtures continued on a warm late August afternoon when they made the short trip to Larges Lane to face a Bracknell side that came agonisingly close to promotion last season.

On today's performance they will be in the mix to go up to Step Four come April as they comfortably beat a Woodley side still searching for their first league goal of the season.

The first shot of the match fell to Town's Joe Grant who blazed over after United only half cleared a left wing corner. At the other end, a low Josh Drew cross was cut out at the near post by Bracknell keeper Chris Grace.

Town then took a firm grip on the match nearly going ahead after a crazy goal mouth scramble that saw several last-ditch tackles and the right post being struck.

Most of the early pressure was coming from the left flank with winger Seb Bowerman and full back Josh Hennah looking impressive. The former's cross found Adam Cornell who tested Woodley keeper Alex Reed with a close-range shot.

John Bennet was then denied by Reed before the deadlock was broken when Bennett fired in a powerful shot from fifteen yards.

Looking for a response, debutant James Tennant missed the target whilst Reed was again called into action to beat out a Bennett effort.

Bracknell doubled their lead on the half hour with a sublime individual goal by Hennah. Picking up the ball just inside the United half he ghosted past several challenges before arrowing a low shot into the right corner from twenty yards.

Woodley's best chance of the half fell to Drew who saw his well-hit strike saved by Grace after picking up a Danny Horscroft pass. The hosts Joe Gater then did really well to cut out a Drew pass that would have seen Tennant in on goal.

The half ended with a nice Bracknell move; a Hennah cutback found Cornell who just missed to the right.

HT Bracknell Town 2-0 Woodley United

Both sides traded shots in the opening minutes after the restart. Horscroft found Greg Beckett who shot over whilst Reed once again bailed out his team with a fine stop from George Short.

Town made it 3-0 on fifty minutes when Cornell turned home a Grant cross.

United made a double change on fifty-nine minutes when Drew and new signing James Suarez made way for Marvin Hinds and Ashley Ledger.

The substitutions worked well with Woodley having more of the ball and some nice passing between the midfield three of Ledger, Horscroft and Jake Nicholls. However, chances were rare.

Bracknell on the other hand continued to create scoring opportunities. Hennah saw a shot saved before Grant headed over.

With sixteen minutes left United made their final change when Carl Prestidge replaced Beckett.

The final stages saw Bracknell rub salt into the wounds as they turned on the style netting three times in the final thirteen minutes. Some brilliant wing play from Bowerman ended with him picking out Grant who beat Reed.

Looking for a consolation, Horscroft had a shot blocked before Bowerman completed the rout with a brace. His first was a well-placed shot into the right corner; he then beat Reed from the penalty spot after a foul on substitute Dan Roberts.

FT Bracknell Town 6-0 Woodley United

Key moments

Goal John Bennett scores for Bracknell Town
Goal Josh Hennah scores for Bracknell Town
Goal Adam Cornell scores for Bracknell Town
Goal Joe Grant scores for Bracknell Town
Goal Seb Bowerman scores for Bracknell Town
Goal Seb Bowerman scores for Bracknell Town


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86:00 Goal 6 - 0
Seb Bowerman scores for Bracknell Town
83:00 Goal 5 - 0
Seb Bowerman scores for Bracknell Town
77:00 Goal 4 - 0
Joe Grant scores for Bracknell Town
74:00 Sub On
Carl Prestidge is substituted on for Woodley United
74:00 Sub Off
Greg Beckett is substituted off for Woodley United
59:00 Sub Off
Josh Drew is substituted off for Woodley United
59:00 Sub On
Marvin Hinds is substituted on for Woodley United
59:00 Sub Off
James Suarez is substituted off for Woodley United
59:00 Sub On
Ashley Ledger is substituted on for Woodley United
50:00 Goal 3 - 0
Adam Cornell scores for Bracknell Town
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Josh Hennah scores for Bracknell Town
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
John Bennett scores for Bracknell Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bracknell Town
  • Woodley United
  • 0
  • John Bennett Goal 9:00'
  • Josh Hennah Goal 30:00'
  • Adam Cornell Goal 50:00'
  • Josh Drew Sub Off 59:00'
  • Marvin Hinds Sub On 59:00'
  • James Suarez Sub Off 59:00'
  • Ashley Ledger Sub On 59:00'
  • Greg Beckett Sub Off 74:00'
  • Carl Prestidge Sub On 74:00'
  • Joe Grant Goal 77:00'
  • Seb Bowerman Goal 83:00'
  • Seb Bowerman Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Reed, Alex Reed, Alex
Barley, Joe Barley, Joe
Greenwood, Danny Greenwood, Danny
Drew, Josh Drew, Josh
Kamara, Idris Kamara, Idris
Porter, Michael Porter, Michael
Nicholls, Jake Nicholls, Jake
Horscroft, Danny Horscroft, Danny
Beckett, Greg Beckett, Greg
Suarez, James Suarez, James
Tennant, James Tennant, James
Bracknell Town
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3. Josh Hennah
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7. Joe Grant
  • 8.
  • 9. Adam Cornell
  • 10. John Bennett
  • 11. Seb Bowerman

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Ascot United
Brackley Town Saints
Tuffley Rovers
Royal Wootton Bassett
Thatcham Town
Fairford Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Ascot United 38 40
15. Royal Wootton Bassett 38 39
16. Lydney Town 38 33
17. Highmoor Ibis 38 29
18. Fairford Town 38 28
19. Woodley United 38 26
20. Burnham 38 24

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