'Larges Lane faithful can pull us through'
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BRACKNELL Town joint-boss Steve McClurg wants to see Larges Lane packed to the rafters for Saturday's crunch relegation battle with Cheltenham Saracens (3pm ko).
The Larges Lane public relations department has been in overdrive this week in a bid to drum up support for the weekend's clash.
The club even sent an open letter to the News urging local residents to flock to the turnstiles.
Robins have been walking a relegation tightrope all season, but their results in the past few weeks have given them hope of pulling off a great escape.
They clinched a 4-3 win at Ascot United on the weekend to complete the double over the Yellamen then returned from Highworth Town with an excellent point on Monday after a goalless draw.
While McClurg's men remain bottom of the table, they are now level on points with Witney Town and only one point behind Fairford Town, though Robins have played more games.
Now a win over Cheltenham Saracens could see Robins climb off the bottom, and McClurg declared: "It would be great to get another three points on Saturday.
"I've been saying it for ages, but we've got two more cup finals now and all we can do it try and win them.
"We've had a tough time this season but the response from the players has been fantastic. They are giving us everything and we can't ask for more than that.
"It would be great to see a big crowd on Saturday because the support always helps."
Robins could be thrown another lifeline as cash-strapped Henley Town have already accepted relegation from Hellenic Premier. And if only one team goes down, that could already be enough to save Bracknell from the drop.
But McClurg stressed: "We don't know how many teams will go gown, though we've heard Henley Town could be one.
"But if two teams are relegated we've got to try and make sure we're off the bottom when the season ends.
"All we can do is try and pick up points from these last two games and hope for the best."
Bracknell's other remaining game is against Reading Town on the last day of the season. Whether they will have enough points on the board to stay up remains to be seen, but McClurg has seen encouraging signs.
"If we had this squad about six or seven weeks ago we wouldn't be in the position we are now in," he argued.
"For weeks we struggled to get a full team out and we were always chopping and changing. But now our squad is much stronger to cope with these things.
"It's been a great week. It's only the second time this season we have gone two games unbeaten and it gives us something to build on."