Robins’ Cup Runneth Over!

Bracknell Town's form in league and cup could not be starker in contrast, and The Robins will be hoping that continues as they travel into Gloucestershire on Saturday, hoping for an FA Cup upset.

It's a funny old game isn't it? Bracknell Town can't buy even a point at the moment in the Hellenic Premier Division, and yet can't put a foot wrong in knockout competitions.

Keith Penicott-Bowen's Robins have lost all five league matches so far this season, including a 6-2 reverse at Thatcham, and yet in the FA Cup, Vase and other competitions they are progressing nicely. Tuesday night saw them play their fifth cup match of the season, and they kept their fourth clean sheet in the process – not bad for a team that has conceded sixteen goals in the league – as they saw off Rayners Lane 4-0 in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup.

This Saturday, they travel to Shortwood United in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, having already seen off two fellow Hellenic Premier clubs en route. A Shane Cooper-Clark brace was enough to see off Royal Wootton Bassett Town, while the prolific striker netted one of the comeback goals at Brimscombe & Thrupp, as Town secured a replay after being 0-2 down in the first half. Youngster Ebeneezer Opoku-Ware scored the other, and Cooper-Clark scored the only goal of the replay.

In the Vase, the Robins broke a four year hoodoo to progress past the first round for the first time since 2010-11 by beating Hook Norton 1-0. Shane Cooper-Clark was again the hero, scoring ten minutes from time in a game of few chances. Their reward is a trip to Hampshire to face Alton Town in October.

Saturday's trip to Shortwood will be a tough one, against a team from the level above, although Town can be optimistic of at least forcing a replay against a team who have three wins and three defeats so far this season.

And with Shane Cooper-Clark in top form once more, especially in the cups, who knows what could happen?


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