MANAGER Geoff Warner says Bracknell Town face two of their toughest matches of the season as the race hots up for next month's Bostik League play-offs, writes Dave Wright.

They travel to runaway leaders Hayes & Yeading this Saturday, followed a week later by an even more important clash at Marlow.

Currently, the Robins lie second in South Central Division with 62 points, one better off than Marlow in third, while hot on their heels are Cheshunt with 59 points and Westfield on 57, both having played a game more.

Following their 3-1 home win over Tooting & Mitcham last Saturday, Warner is confident his men will be involved in the promotion play-offs, but added: "It is important we finish second or third as you get home advantage in your first game.

"We need to keep on winning and it's not going to be easy over the next two weeks. They are going to be two very tough matches, probably the toughest we've had this season."

Warner will be hoping his side will repeat their second-half form from last Saturday rather than how they played in the opening half, which left them trailing at the interval.

"Tooting caused us a lot of problems," stated the manager. "They were good on the ball, moved it well and it was difficult to get near them. They had two or three very players.

"Everything we did was wrong, but once we got going in the second half we were okay."

Warner revealed with his side trailing going into the final 30 minutes he was about to make a substitution and alter their formation.

However, that was put on ice as a foul on Joe Grant enabled Liam Ferdinand to equalise from the penalty spot. Shortly afterwards an own goal gifted them the lead and Grant went on to put the issue beyond doubt with a late third.

"We got better as the game went on and the boys deserve credit for showing a bit of character for coming back in the way they did," Warner told the News after the game.

"We had to win as the other sides around us have also won, and it's important we keep on winning to make sure we make the play-offs.

"Hayes look to have the title sewn up, so it's all about finishing second or third to them. Our next two games are going to be really interesting and we will see how things are in a fortnight's time."

Even though they hold a 14-point advantage over Bracknell, table-topping Hayes have been adding to their squad in recent weeks.

"With their resources, they can just go out and get another player or two in, but that can only happen for another two weeks," said Warner.

He has also added to his squad by re-signing giant centre-back Justin Clayton, who hasn't played for Town since last season.

"He has only been playing with his mates on a Sunday, so we will have to see where his fitness and match-play levels are after training this week," stated the Robins manager.

"We have three centre backs who are playing well and Ryan Parsons can also play there, but if lose one or two to injury or suspension, we have now got Justin to come in. He will be a good option for us."