TEN-MAN Bracknell Town reached the quarter-finals of the Bostik League's Velocity Trophy with a 3-1 win over Felixstowe & Whitton United at Larges Lane on Tuesday, writes Dave Wright.

The Robins came from behind with two of their goals arriving after left-back Ryan Parsons had been sent off.

After the visitors had taken a 29th-minute lead from the penalty spot, Carl Davies brought the scores level on 57 minutes before Liam Ferdinand and Sean Moore sealed victory with two goals in the last 20 minutes.

It was a bad foul on Moore, who was left with stud marks down his leg, which sparked off an ugly flare-up close to the Bracknell bench.

Home players were incensed Felixstowe defender Jack Ainsley was not sent off and it led to a lot of pushing and shoving.

During the melee, the actions of at least one visiting player infuriated Town even further, prompting Parsons to pull an opponent down to the ground.

He was sent off and now faces a three-man ban.

Town's new assistant manager Michael Butcher commented: "The tackle was a bad one – it was over the top.

"If the ref had dealt with it straight away I don't think anything else would have happened."

It took close to seven minutes to restore order and almost immediately from the restart the hosts took the lead through substitute Ferdinand in the 72nd minute.

Despite being a man down, the Robins then enjoyed their best spell of the match and in the 89th minute Ferdinand teed up an easy goal for Moore.

Town will now host Premier Division side Folkestone Invicta on a date to be confirmed.

The win was their first since defeating Egham 1-0 in the second round of the Trophy a month ago when Davies was also on target.

Since then, Town have drawn four league games, the latest coming last Saturday when they shared six goals with Hayes & Yeading, Seb Bowerman scoring twice before Harrison Bayley headed a late equaliser.

Despite dropping points, Bracknell remain second in the table ahead of their home game with leaders Marlow this Saturday.

A win would see them leapfrog Mark Bartley's side on goal difference.

Butcher added: "It's going to be tough against Marlow and we will have to play as well as we did in the second half tonight (Tuesday) or even better if we are to get something out of the game."

Davies is ruled out by a one-match ban following five bookings.