Bryan winner keeps Ardley run going

Troy Bryan hit Ardley United's late winner at Bracknell Town
Troy Bryan hit Ardley United's late winner at Bracknell Town

A late strike from Troy Bryan saw Ardley United register their ninth successive victory with a 1-0 win at Bracknell Town in Tuesday’s UHLSport Hellenic League clash.

Having to overcome the usual handicap of player unavailability, manager Kevin Brock had to once more shuffle his pack to field a team and had the services of only one substitute once again.

Bracknell flattered to deceive for the first ten minutes or so as they threatened to take an early lead but the premier division’s leading scorer Shane Cooper-Clark could only shoot wide after some good interplay with Kennie Chamberlain while Dan Money headed wide of the far post.

Ardley took control of the half and had a string of good chances to take the lead but they all went begging as shots were either off target or blocked at the last minute.

The visitors were forced to use their sole substitute mid-way through the half as Jon Gardner suffered an injury to be replaced by Andy Prescott making his return debut after nine years away from the club. Although Bracknell came back into the game, Ardley continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock.

Bracknell had the first opportunity to take the lead in the second half but following some good inter-play between Cooper-Clark and Khalid Senussi, skipper Sam Whiting’s shot was blocked by keeper Jack Harding.

Prescott headed home but the effort was ruled out for a foul by Bryan while Cooper-Clark again fired wide when put clear and Chris Jackson saw his free-kick just clear the bar at the other end.

The only goal of the game came ten minutes from time. Prescott’s ball to Bryan found the striker with his back to goal and, despite the attentions of three defenders, he managed to turn and make enough room for himself to force the ball past keeper Garry Aulsberry and into the net.