MANAGER Mark Tallentire praised his Bracknell Town players after seeing them come from a goal down at half-time to beat Ardley United 2-1 to stay in pole position in the Hellenic League title race, writes Dave Wright.

“They showed good character,” he said. “I am pleased to say there is plenty of that in the locker.”

The Robins boss admitted: “We were not at our best in the first half. In fact, we haven’t been that disappointing since we moved back home. We didn’t have our usual flow to the game.

“But give Ardley some credit, they are a really good side and gave us a stern examination. They were decent in the first half, we were poor.

“We had a constructive chat at half-time as I felt we needed to move up two gears.

“It was a matter of getting the lads to realise the enormity of us trying to get the result and I think we just edged it in the second half. Both our goals were very well worked.”

Gavin Smith brought the scores level after 52 minutes with TJ Bohane netting the winner a little over 10 minutes later.

Tallentire added: “I was proud of the way we reacted in the second half. We upped our game. Sometimes you have got to grind results out. We did that.

“We always looked a bit dangerous for getting that third goal as well, so we deserved all three points at the end of the 90 minutes.

“We just now need to keep going.”

Tallentire continued: “I said to the lads, it’s not how you look or what you do, it’s just about accruing the points.”