A SUPERB final-quarter performance helped Bracknell come from behind and record a vital 29-25 home South West Premier victory against Brixham on Saturday.

Things began badly for the Lily Hill men as the visitors opened the scoring in the sixth minute, full back Connor Bedwell touching down in the corner before captain Tom Putt added the extras.

However, the Bracknell response was almost immediate, Ken Dowding going over following a darting break from Ally Walton. Vic Hardwicke converted to level matters and then added a penalty to put his side in front.

Brixham re-took the lead with only their second venture into the Bracknell half, though, as a break through the centre of the defence allowed wing Jean–Pierre Simonetti to dot down. Putt’s conversion was enough to give his side a 12-10 lead at the interval.

Brixham began the second half well and extended their lead to 15 points courtesy of a converted Tom McLean try and two further penalties from Putt.

Yet with 15 minutes remaining, Bracknell turned things round.

A strong break by Chris Hala’ufia and a pop-pass to Simon Haddad allowed him to score, and when replacement Chris Laidler converted Walton’s effort, the gap had been cut to three.

And Daniel Ap Dafydd’s men completed the comeback with a crucial bonus-point try from Chris Wilson, Laidler again on target to push his side four points clear and ultimately victorious.

The result sees Bracknell climb to eighth in the league on 64 points, but still does not confirm they are safe from relegation, as wins for both Ivybridge and Newbury mean 66 points are required to be mathematically safe.

Bracknell’s end their campaign at third-placed Newton Abbot this coming Saturday (2.30pm).