BRACKNELL Town have been doing their homework on FA Vase rivals Coleshill ahead of this Saturday’s fifth-round trip to Pack Meadow (3pm), writes Dave Wright.

And the Robins are hoping their thorough preparation will enable them to reach the quarter finals and leave them three ties – the semi finals are two-legged – from a Wembley final in May.

“We know what to expect from Coleshill,” said joint-manager Jeff Lamb.

“We have had them watched and have gathered other bits about them.

“They are a good side and will be lively going forward, but we will sit down and work out ways to beat them.”

A boost for Bracknell is that Coleshill possess a similar 3G surface to their own Larges Lane pitch.

But their opponents at the last-16 stage are in tremendous form – currently on an 18-match unbeaten run in league and cup games – and are top of the Midland League.

However, they have drawn seven of their last 13 games which will give Bracknell hope of at least sharing the spoils and securing a home replay.

Last season Coleshill reached the semi finals of the Vase before losing 6-1 on aggregate to South Shields, who went on to lift the trophy at Wembley.

In this season’s competition, the Colemen have beaten Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 8-1 with Jordan Nadat scoring six times, Highgate United 2-1 and Newcastle Benfield 4-2 on penalties in a home replay, with keeper Paul Hathaway scoring from the spot while saving two kicks as his side triumphed in a dramatic shoot-out.

The winners on Saturday will collect £2,500 from the FA Vase prize fund to add to the £4,725 they picked up from the previous four rounds.

Bracknell have had more time to prepare for their visit to north Warwickshire as their Hellenic League Premier Division game at Lydney last Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. It is now likely to be played late in the season, with Saturday, April 28 a possible date.

The Robins were also originally scheduled to visit Didcot Town Reserves in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup last night (Tuesday), but the third-round tie was put back to next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Last week, Bracknell were knocked out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, losing 3-2 at home to Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Slough in front of a crowd of 436, the highest at Larges Lane this season.

The Robins gave an excellent account of themselves and took the lead through TJ Bohane, only to concede three goals before Seb Bowerman pulled one back late on in an entertaining tie.

Bracknell have also signed former Ascot United player Lee Boon on dual registration forms from Combined Counties Leagues club Godalming.