MAX Herbert has been Bracknell Town's most improved player this season – and there was further proof of that last Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

The recently-appointed skipper scored the only goal as the Robins ground out a 1-0 win over Chalfont St Peter at a blustery Larges Lane.

And it came as early as the first half-minute before most players had even touched the ball.

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The Robins flew out of the blocks and immediate pressure on the visitors' goal ended with midfielder Herbert lashing the ball home to give his side a dream start.

The fact Town failed to add to their tally for the rest of the game was down to a combination of poor finishing and excellent saves from keeper Sam Freeman.

Had they possessed a sharp-shooting striker, Bobby Wilkinson's men would have won a lot more easily.

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Yet, despite their slender lead, they never looked in any serious trouble of losing the game or even dropping a point.

Their back four of Geoff Kibaki, Joy Mukena, Dan Bayliss, who was particularly outstanding, and Caden Genovesi always looked solid as Town made it four clean sheets in a row in league games.

Although he had played in a friendly against Tonbridge Angels, keeper Mark Scott made a welcome return to competitive action after four months on the sidelines with his neck injury.

He was never put under any serious pressure, although one smart first-half save would have boosted his confidence

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Freeman was always the busier of the two goalies, making some excellent saves throughout the game, a couple with his legs, and he would have seen even more of the ball had the Robins shown better control with their finishing.

Wilkinson believes his side are more than capable of handing out a thrashing to some team, but that day is unlikely to come until after leading scorer Nathan Minhas returns from injury.

Wasteful finishing had also been their downfall on Tuesday of last week when they lost 2-1 at National League club Hungerford in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

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After a poor first half had seen them concede two goals, the Robins totally dominated the second half going down the slope and missed several gilt-edged chances, with only Nebay Haile managing to find the net just after the half-hour mark.

Their win over Chalfont left Town eighth in the Isthmian League South Central Division table.

This Saturday they are home again with South Park, who are 15th, the visitors.

Town will be seeking revenge for the 4-2 defeat they suffered at Reigate two months ago, although their current side is vastly different to the one they fielded on that occasion.

Next Tuesday, Town host Maldon & Tiptree in the quarter-finals of the Velocity Trophy (7.45pm).

The Essex side, who reached the second round of this season's FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Newport County, started this week third in the North Division following 15 wins and a draw from 17 games.

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