SEB Bowerman marked his return from injury with two goals as Bracknell Town won 3-1 at Westfield in the Isthmian League's Velocity Trophy to book their place in the 32-team knock-out stage, writes Dave Wright.

With four wins out of four, they move on to 12 points, four ahead of Westfield with one round of matches remaining in Group Five.

Following the sacking of manager Sam Lock, Bracknell's director of football Mark Tallentire and head coach Aaron Steadman took charge at Woking Park on Tuesday last week.

Predictably, their team did not include any of the three new signings who had played in the 2-1 defeat by Chertsey the previous Saturday.

Bowerman and Nathan Minhas returned from injury and sickness respectively, Dan Carr was in the starting line-up and Sonny Wheeler back in goal.

And the first two took very little time to make their mark. With 10 minutes gone, good work by Max Herbert saw Minhas open the scoring and seven minutes Bowerman made it 2-0 when from a tight angle outside the left post he turned home Carr's right-wing cross.

Bowerman added the third in the 27th minute after a superb run down the left flank by full-back Caden Genovesi.

Town looked dangerous virtually every time they attacked, and their chasing and harassing made it a very difficult 45 minutes for Westfield, who had gone into the game unbeaten with two wins and a draw.

This was the Robins at their best and the hosts simply could not cope with them.

They were not able to sustain the pressure in the second half with the hosts coming more into the game, and it was Bracknell's turn to defend.

Carl Davies, back as skipper, kept the back-line together, but they twice had to clear the ball away from just short of their line before Elijah Simpson fired a low shot through a crowded goalmouth to make it 3-1 in the 56th minute.

Bracknell, however, never looked in danger of losing their grip on the game and in the 70th minute, Bowerman was a whisker away from completing his hat-trick, hitting the outside of the post from nearly 30 yards.

Town will be aiming to go through the group stage unbeaten when they meet Chalfont St Peter at Larges Lane on Wednesday next week (7.45pm).

Before that, however, they are away to Staines in the league this coming Saturday and it is a game they should be capable of winning, as their hosts are rock bottom of the South Central Division with a meagre two points from seven games. Bracknell sit ninth with 14 points from nine games.