Roberts runs riot as Bracknell ease past Longlevens

Winger Dan Roberts scored two and put in an impressive display as his Bracknell Town side brushed past Longlevens 5-2 and in doing so advanced into the semi-finals of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup.

Longlevens took the lead when Brad Martin opened the scoring within the first two minutes. Martin finished off a break away move after sustained Bracknell pressure.

The visitors would only be behind for a matter of seconds as Dan Roberts worked his way through the Longlevens back line to level almost immediately.

Within 10 minutes Bracknell had turned the game around and went in front after Jon Bennett fizzed a ball in from the right hand side, with Dan Read on hand to slide the ball beyond Ash Wintle in the Longlevens goal.

The first half was petering out big time. Both sides were cancelling each other out in midfield. Dan Roberts for Bracknell was a constant thorn in the Longlevens defender’s side and between him, Bennett & Read the hosts were stretched.

Longlevens levelled a few minutes before half time when Jay Kennedy twisted and turned to create space 25 yards from goal. His left footed shot hit a Bracknell defender, looped up into the air and nestled in the back of the visitors’ net.

Disappointingly for the hosts they still went in at half time a goal down. After a challenge from Dave Rich, Bracknell floated a free kick into the box that was met by Joe Gater. The centre back was left unmarked no more than 8 yards from goal and he calmly slide the ball beyond Wintle.

As Longlevens pressed for an equaliser, Jon Bennett extended Bracknell’s lead 20 minutes into the second half. After a melee in the Levens penalty area he swung his boot at the loose ball and managed to squeeze it past Wintle.

Dan Roberts finished off the scoring when he finished off a rebound that fell to him following another Wintle save.

Wintle denied Roberts a deserved hattrick with an outstanding double save late on. As Roberts tried to squeeze the ball in at Wintle’s near post, the keeper was able to block the initial effort before sticking out a glove to deny Roberts from the rebound.

In a poor display from Longlevens there was a bright moment to remember. Third team forward Isaac Johns made his first team debut and looked lively as Levens pressed to reduce the deficit. In the end Bracknell deservedly go through.

Longlevens host Binfield at Saw Mills on Saturday whilst Bracknell Town find themselves back in Gloucestershire, when they travel to Glevum Park to take on Tuffley Rovers.

Longlevens: Wintle, Kavanagh, Sausman (Beaton 77′), Kennedy, Turner, Welch, C Martin (Johns 77′), Rich (Phillips 46′), O’Connor, B Martin, Dunn

Bracknell Town: Steinborne-Busse, Legg (Jones 83′), Senussi, Cole (Hall 73′), Smith, Gater, Maloney, Herbert, Bennett, Read (Delander 79′), Roberts

Severn Sport Team of The Month: Brad Martin