BRACKNELL Town skipper Carl Davies issued an apology to supporters following their shock 6-1 defeat by Ware on Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

And fellow defender Joe Gater announced after the game he had left the club.

With chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse revealing he was also taking a break from his duties, it was quite an extraordinary day at Larges Lane.

It was an afternoon, too, when the Robins gave debuts to goalkeeper Chris Rackley and defender Matt Berry-Hargreaves, while coach Geoff Warner, who lost the job at the end of last season, was back assisting manager Mark Tallentire.

It was a day, however, they will all want to forget with Town being on the end of a hammering from Ware for the second season running, having lost 7-2 at their place a year ago.

Shortly after the game, Davies tweeted: "I’d like to apologise to those who came and witnessed today’s display. Unacceptable performance both personally and collectively. No hiding and no excuses. Re-group and get things right, it’ll come good again. The club deserves better than what has been served up recently."

Gater, who was left on the substitute's bench, also took to social media to say he had "made the decision tonight to leave Bracknell."

The defender thanked his teammates and club staff, while he described Town's fans as "easily the best I've had in football."

Some supporters must have wished Gater had been in the starting line-up as they watched their side's defence sliced opened by Ware, who were on a high after hitting six goals past Chipstead the previous week.

Bracknell conceded three goals in the opening 25 minutes with Harry Watkins netting twice either side of a goal from Louis Rose.

Nathan Minhas pulled one back just after the half-hour mark following Seb Bowerman's corner, only for Josh Williams to add a fourth for Ware.

As one could only expect, there was a marked improvement in the second half with Town working extremely hard in a bid to haul themselves back in the game, but their finishing failed to match their approach work.

Shots flew wide or over the top and, when they were on target, Ware keeper Calum Kitscha was seen at his best.

Just when it was beginning to look like they would keep a clean sheet in the second half, they were dealt a double blow by substitute Kyle Roberts. His overhead kick made it 5-1 in the 83rd minute and the same player was on target again in stoppage time, ending a run of seven defeats for Ware at Larges Lane.

In days gone by, a manager would probably have feared for his job after a performance and result like this one.

However, Tallentire and Warner are probably the best two suited to turning things around at Larges Lane. The season is not even half over, leaving Bracknell with plenty of time to haul themselves up the South Central Division table.

This latest defeat left them 11th in the standings ahead of next Saturday's trip to Reigate to face 14th-placed South Park, a side who have drawn half of their 14 games.

Then next Tuesday (7.45pm), Robins are in Velocity Trophy action when they host Hornchurch, who are currently fourth in the Premier Division and the side who defeated Town in the semi-finals last season.

Bracknell can also look forward to a second-round tie in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after beating league rivals Chalfont St Peter on Tuesday of last week. They won 4-2 on penalties after the tie had ended 2-2, with Town squandering the two-goal lead that Minhas and Dan Bayliss had give them.