BRACKNELL Town are determined to keep Larges Lane as a fortress as they hot up their bid for the Hellenic League title, writes Dave Wright.

The Premier Division leaders have won every game since returning to the new-look Larges Lane ground in early December.

And the home run was extended to seven league and cup games last Saturday when they defeated Lydney 3-0 in front of a crowd of nearly 300, their second highest of the season.

Seb Bowerman, from the penalty spot, and Johnny Gray, with a rocket from just outside the area, scored in the first half with TJ Bohane going on to add the third.

Lydney had central defender Peter Macklin sent off for bringing down Bohane in the 31st minute, while Bracknell also ended the game a player short when skipper Carl Davies was shown a second yellow in the 88th minute.

The game was one of only two in the Premier Division to survive the frost and the Robins took full advantage to move four points clear at the top of the table.

“We are making a habit of winning which is a great habit to have,” said manager Mark Tallentire, whose side have now won 15 league and cup ties is a row.

“Before the game we spoke about keeping the run going and making sure we put pressure on the teams below us in the table in particular.

“Thanks also to the weather, we have now opened up a gap of four points and that has given us a little bit of breathing space.

“We have played a game more than Thame (in second place) but we still have one in hand of the third (Flackwell Heath) and fourth placed (Thatcham) clubs.

“So all in all it has been a good afternoon’s work from the lads and we are obviously pleased with that. We were also pleased to see another good crowd here, though again that was helped by the weather.”

More and more fans are flocking to Larges Lane confident they are going to see a home win.

Tallentire commented: “When we came back here one of the things we spoke about was to make this ground a fortress.

“It has taken us a little while to get used to it, but now we have found our feet we are churning out results and good performances – we can’t ask for any more from the lads.

“We know we have got some tough games to come, but then so do the other teams up around us in the table.

“So it is important we must continue to apply ourselves, keep our feet on the ground and don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

“We are now just concentrating on the next game and that is Longlevens away on Saturday.”

Midfielder George Short could return to the squad after being sidelined with a hairline fracture in his foot. But Lee Boon remains out of action after aggravating his knee injury.