BRACKNELL Town manager Mark Tallentire says he must find a way to stop his team giving their opponents a head start, writes Dave Wright.

In the space of eight days, his Robins trailed in three games without even managing to score a first-half goal.

They bounced back to beat Binfield 6-1 on Bank Holiday Monday and Abingdon United 3-2 last Saturday, but last Monday were held to a 2-2 draw at Highmoor Ibis, so dropping their first league points of the season.

“We are certainly giving ourselves a mountain to climb,” admitted Tallentire.

“To their credit, the boys are showing bags of endeavour to get back in the game, but we can’t keep giving teams the leg up.

“I spoke to the players about it on Saturday, but we’ve done it again. We need to switch on a little bit better and be better mentally prepared for games. Hopefully it will be lessons learnt.”

While Town trailed only by a single goal to Binfield and Abingdon, they found themselves trailing by two goals after just 15 minutes against Highmoor.

And, as Tallentire agreed, it could have been worse, with his keeper, Chris Grace, pulling off two smart saves in the first half.

However, the Robins came back fighting with goals from George Short and Liam Ferdinand, and would have won the game but for the brilliance of Highmoor keeper Aaron Watkins and, probably, a floodlight failure.

Bracknell were attacking incessantly as the game reached its final stages, only to be stopped when the Rivermoor ground was plunged into darkness.

Tallentire commented: “We were on such a momentum when the lights went out I was confident we were going to score again.”