BRACKNELL Town roared into the start of their season on the back of a sensational 10-0 win over Southern League Division One side Uxbridge at Larges Lane on Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

“I don’t read too much into results pre-season, but to get 10 goals in one game is quite a feat,” beamed manager Mark Tallentire.

“The fact it was against a team of a higher level than us shows we are on the right lines of where are going as a club and what we’re doing.

“I think we can feel very confident going into the season.”

Robins narrowly missed out on being promoted to the Southern League last season, and this unbelievable result must make them hot favourites to go one better next time around.

“We were really impressive in front of goal, our final ball could not have been better,” said Tallentire.

Due to him being suspended for last night’s (Tuesday) opening Hellenic League derby with Ascot United, Liam Ferdinand was left out of this final pre-season game with Joe Grant switching to a more central role alongside Adam Cornell.

And the move paid handsome dividends, as Grant scored four goals, including the last three of the game.

“It’s brilliant for us to have that option with Joe, he caused them all sorts of problems,” said Tallentire.

There were also hat-tricks for Cornell and Seb Bowerman, both in an incredible first half which ended with an 8-0 scoreline, leaving Uxbridge shell-shocked and forcing them to make sweeping changes for the second half.

“We did exceptionally well in both halves,” added Tallentire.

“It was a real good workout for us, we got loads out the game.

“We’ve played nine pre-season games and you can start to see the benefits of that now.

“I could not have asked for any more from the lads.

“In the first half everybody had loads of the ball, they all wanted it and knocked it about really well, that was key to me.”

The Town manager continued: “I am pleased pre-season is over and we can now get down to the serious business.

“It is a really exciting time now for the whole club.

“After last season, there is going to be a bit of expectation on us, but we have broad shoulders and we can handle that, we are certainly ready.”

Robins go straight into FA Cup action this Saturday when they take on Wessex League side Cowes Sports in an extra preliminary round tie at Larges Lane (3pm ko).

“I don’t know anything about them, but I may make a couple of phone calls to see if I can find out a little bit more information,” revealed Tallentire.

“But, for me, it’s all about what we do on the day, and at the moment we are looking good and sharp.”

Ferdinand is set to return, as is skipper Carl Davies, who missed the Uxbridge game after cutting his arm.

But Khalid Senussi is likely to be sidelined for at least four weeks after damaging ankle ligaments just before the end of last Tuesday’s 4-2 friendly-match win over Chalfont St Peter, another side from the Southern League.