JORDAN Brown made a memorable debut for Bracknell Town, having a hand in all their goals as they won 3-1 at Hertford – and he was also involved in the home side's goal as well, writes Dave Wright.

He joined them last week from play-offs rivals Marlow, having won an FA Vase winners medal with Thatcham last season.

And it was another ex-Thatcham player, Liam Ferdinand, who scored twice last Saturday, taking his season's tally to 23, making him the current top scorer in the Bostik League's South Central Division.

The Robins welcomed back midfielder dynamo Jamie McClurg, who had missed two games due to a family bereavement, while Ryan Parsons insisted on playing despite having 18 stitches in his left elbow following the injury he sustained against Molesey the previous week when a sliding tackle took him into the fence surrounding the pitch.

The surface at Hertingfordbury Park was not fully conducive to Town's style of play, while they were also up against a Hertford side who in recent weeks have brought in a new manager and strengthened their squad.

"They had some dangerous players and were a decent side," commented Town manager Geoff Warner.

"So to go there and win was very pleasing and we could have had a few more goals."

After Ferdinand had twice gone close, the early pressure paid off when Brown was brought down just inside the area, wide out on the left, and Ferdinand sent keeper Charlie Mann the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 with 14 minutes gone.

Bracknell doubled their advantage on 36 minutes with Ferdinand and Brown combining to set up Adam Cornell, who slotted the ball past the advancing Mann.

But by half-time they had seen their lead halved as in the 42nd minute Dara Dada curled a well-placed left-footed shot from 20 yards past keeper Chris Grace and into the top left-hand corner, although the Hertford man clearly pushed Brown over in order to get to the ball.

Ferdinand went close again early in the second half, but the in-form striker wasn't to be denied, making it 3-1 after 63 minutes.

Brown, having been fouled, played a quick free-kick to Dave Hancock, whose first-time ball from the right into the area saw Ferdinand run across goal to meet the low cross and neatly flick it back past Mann.

It was the Robins' 75th league goal of the season, a record only bettered by leaders Hayes & Yeading, who reached their century with a 1-0 win over Ware.

In extending their unbeaten league run to nine games, Bracknell trail the table-toppers by 14 points, while remaining strongly placed to qualify for the play-offs.

This coming Saturday, they are home to 15th-placed Chalfont St Peter and next Tuesday evening (7.45pm) they host Uxbridge, who are currently 14th.