Longlevens made to pay for bad start as Bracknell win with ease

Two sloppy goals in a disastrous opening 10 minute spell for Longlevens put them on the back foot as they were defeated away to Bracknell Town this afternoon.

Levens nearly went behind inside the opening 60 seconds when Seb Bowerman found himself in one on one with Ash Wintle only for the keeper to deny Bracknell the perfect start.

Wintle could do nothing a couple of minutes later when a clearance rebounded off Myron Turner before falling to Bracknell forward Joe Grant. Grant leapt onto the ball just outside the box and calmly lifted it over the on-rushing Wintle to break the deadlock.

The 138 strong crowd at Larges Lane had barely settled before the hosts were celebrating again. After a deep cross from the left hand side was poorly headed away by Jonty Welch the ball was powered into the bottom corner by the impressive Jamie McClurg.

In reality the visitors, the majority of which were out celebrating the Cheltenham Festival yesterday were simply not at the races in the opening twenty minutes with their best effort coming from a Luke Kavanagh cross that had to be palmed over.

Longlevens struggled to get the ball up to Craig Martin and young forward Isaac Johns. Johns, who was making his full debut for the first team, was very impressive though showing an exceptional work rate and good touches throughout.

Any hopes of a Longlevens comeback would be diminished in a 90 second spell that sums up the gulf of class in the Hellenic Premier. After Jonty Welch’s ambitious 30+ yard effort swerved only just over, Bracknell went down the other end and scored a third through Joe Grant.

Grant’s second came from a deep cross from the right that was kept alive by Bowerman. His cut back fell to Grant inside the penalty box and Grant couldn’t miss.

A moment for all of the fans in attendance to enjoy in the second half though. The linesman on the far side’s flag broke and the loudest cheer of the afternoon was when he finally re-entered the field of play after a cold 2 minute delay.

Longlevens defended a lot better in the second half and put up more resistance to the Bracknell pressure without really threatening too much themselves.

Levens keeper Ash Wintle pulled off a string of saves to keep the score respectable, denying Adam Cornell, Seb Bowerman and Dave Hancock on multiple occasions. He could do nothing though when substitute TJ Bohane thundered in a fourth from nearly 30 yards out inside the final 5 minutes.

It was a disappointing result for Longlevens but they remain comfortably in the mid-table in the Hellenic Premier with a very winnable double header against Woodley United to come to end March.

Bracknell Town: Grace, Hancock, Parsons, Maloney, Gater, Davies (Legg 69′), Senussi, (Herbert 75′) McClurg, Cornell, Grant (Bohane 60′), Bowerman

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Smith

Longlevens: Wintle, Kavanagh, Sausman, Turner, Smyllie, Welch, C Martin (Phillips 67′), Kennedy (Rich 83′), O’Connor, Johns, Dunn

Subs Not Used: B Martin

Severn Sport Man Of The Match: Ash Wintle (Longlevens)

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