A FANTASTIC second-half performance saw Bracknell come-from-behind to secure their South West Premier safety with a 26-9 home win against fourth-placed Ivybridge.

A Charlie Braint penalty gave the visitors a 10th-minute lead, and two further successful kicks ensured Ivybridge led 9-0 at the interval.

The Lily Hill men hit back after the break though, and got some points on the board when Bradley Walters crashed over at the back of a rolling maul. With Vic Hardwicke landing a testing conversion from out wide, the gap was cut to two.

The hosts now had their tails up and off another attacking line-out, a catch-and-drive saw Lorenzo Palacio score Bracknell’s second try of the afternoon.

Again Hardwicke converted, giving Bracknell the lead with 20 minutes of the half gone.

Daniel Ad Dafydd's men maintained their momentum and with five minutes to go scored their third try of the afternoon, Lewis Franklin finding space with a smart show-and-go off the base of a maul before sprinting under the Ivybridge posts.

Hardwicke's third successful conversion extended the lead to 21-9.

With the final play of the game Bracknell scored their fourth and bonus-point try, Gabe Hills on the end of some smart hands to crash over the line.

Hardwicke’s conversion missed after striking the post before the whistle of referee Neil Sweeny brought the game to an end, sealing Bracknell's first-ever win against Ivybrdge at Lily Hill Park.

Bracknell Head of Rugby, ap Dafydd, was measured after the game, stating: "I was not happy with our first-half performance. We knew at half-time we could do better and we showed that in the second half.”

This coming Saturday Bracknell travel to third-placed Maidenhead for a Berkshire derby.