BRACKNELL Town are through to the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after beating Hungerford 2-1 at Bulpit Lane on Tuesday, writes Dave Wright.

It was yet another excellent performance by the Robins as they followed up their 8-0 defeat of Cricklewood Wanderers in the FA Vase last Saturday to earn a third-round tie away to Chatham-based Lordswood on December 2.

Last season’s B&B Senior Trophy winners rocked their National League South opponents by scoring twice in the opening 30 minutes.

Seb Bowerman hammered the first goal after 11 minutes, delivering a well-placed shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

It needed a goal-line clearance by skipper Carl Davies to deny the Crusaders an equaliser before the Robins doubled their advantage in the 28th minute when for the second game running Jamie McClurg struck a superbly-placed free-kick into the top corner.

But within three minutes their lead had been halved with Louie Soares scoring for Hungerford.

Bracknell had the ball into the net again just before half-time when Adam Cornell got on the end of Bowerman’s cross, but he was ruled offside.

Then Cornell was only inches away from connecting with a centre from Dave Hancock and Bowerman struck the bar as the visitors continued to threaten the home goal.

Bracknell always looked capable of hanging onto their lead although it did require a timely clearance by Hancock to deny Gabriel Silva when he broke through late in the game.

Town’s visitors in the quarter-finals will be either Slough or Wantage, who play their second-round tie on December 19.

Having beaten Cricklewood and Hungerford, Bracknell will be seeking to make progress in their third successive competition when they face Cheltenham Saracens in the second round of the Bluefin Sport Hellenic League Cup at Larges Lane on Saturday (3pm ko).

With their opponents mid-table in Division 1 West, the Robins should be capable of adding to their impressive tally of 24 goals in their last four games.

Binfield are another side celebrating two cup wins, having defeated Chinnor 2-1 in the Bluefin Sport League Cup last Saturday and Ascot United 2-0 in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Monday with Josh Howell netting the opening goal in both games.

The Moles, beaten only once in the last 10 league and cup games, will be hoping for six points when they host Lydney Town on Saturday (3pm) and Burnham on Monday (7.45pm).

In addition to being knocked out of the Floodlit Cup, Ascot exited the League Cup when they lost 1-0 at Division 2 West side Bishops Cleeve Development, who netted a late winner after seeing two players sent off in separate incidents.

The Yellamen also now find themselves at the bottom of the Premier Division table as they prepare to face Tuffley Rovers at home this Saturday (3pm).

The Racecourse Ground hosts an attractive game next Wednesday (7.45pm ko) when Milton Keynes Dons are the visitors in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

Wokingham & Emmbrook will be looking to follow up their 2-0 win at AFC Wallingford when they take on Hellenic Division 1 East rivals Henley in the Reading Senior Cup at Lowther Road on Saturday (2pm ko).