FA Vase winner Chris Rackley has become the latest goalkeeper to join Bracknell Town, writes Dave Wright.

And the 27-year-old, who joins from Basingstoke, is set to make his Isthmian League debut against Ware at Larges Lane on Saturday.

Rackley had five seasons at Thatcham, helping them to secure promotion from the Hellenic League and lifting the FA Vase at Wembley in 2018.

He will be joining up again with former Kingfishers teammates Harrison Bayley and Shane Cooper-Clark.

Rackley left Thatcham last March and looked set to join Bracknell's South Central Division rivals Marlow at the start of the season, only to switch to Basingstoke in the Southern League.

He becomes Town's seventh goalkeeper this season, the changes having been triggered by a neck injury to first-choice Mark Scott, who is now taking a break from the game.

The need to bring in an experienced keeper was exposed last Saturday when Town youngster Sonny Wheeler conceded four goals in a 4-3 defeat at Barking.

But manager Mark Tallentire said:"It would be wrong to put all the blame on him as he had done exceptionally well for us at Harlow the previous week.

"He should have been better protected on Saturday, but we felt the time was right to bring in an experienced keeper and obviously Chris Rackley fits the bill."

Tallentire was left very disappointed by the defeat at Barking, his first since taking over the reins following the axing of Sam Lock.

"It was a kick in the teeth for us and I didn't expect it," he added.

"We had gone to Harlow the week before and kept a clean sheet against a free-scoring team, so Saturday's performance is a bit hard to explain.

"At 1-1, I felt we would go on to win, but we had a crazy six minutes, where two quick goals took the game away from us. At least we didn't throw the towel in and kept going right to the end.

"I can't fault the players as they showed spirit and determination to come back from 4-1 down. I thought we deserved to take at least a point."

Tallentire continued: "While there were a few negatives, there were many positives to take out of the game.

"We know what we have to tidy up on. Once we address those issues we will be fine."

The Robins, who are eighth in the table with 21 points, face no easy task this Saturday as Ware are in second place on goal difference with 26 points, four less than leaders Hanwell.

They no longer have the services of Owen James as his loan spell has ended and they were unable to agree with Oxford United to an extension.

United are now looking to send the winger out to another club, probably at a higher level than Bracknell.