It is now five straight losses for Harlow Town in the Isthmian League South Central Division after a 5-1 thrashing away at Bracknell Town on Saturday.

The Hawks found themselves four behind at the break after Bracknell ran riot in the first half, scoring through Nathan Minhas, Daniel Bayliss, Joy Mukena and Michael Atkinson.

Christian Adu Gyamfi pulled one back for Harlow on 59 minutes but Bracknell rounded things off in stoppage time through Nebay Haile.

Harlow now find themselves well into the bottom half of the table, although they are 21 points clear of the only relegation spot so dropping down for a second successive season appears highly unlikely.

Their form, though, certainly matches where they are in the table, and they fell behind after just four minutes against play-off chasing Bracknell when Minhas smashed into the roof of the net from a cutback.

The home side doubled their advantage on 18 minutes when a cross to the far post met the unmarked Bayliss and his finish was too good for Arthur Janata to keep out.

By half an hour, Bracknell were out of sight when more shoddy defending left Mukena unmarked at the back and he nodded home a delivery.

Harlow's misery was compounded before the break when a low cross into the area found its way to Atkinson and he poked home.

There was something to cheer about for the Hawks in the second half when Adu Gyamfi got his name on the scoresheet to pull one back.

Late in the day though, Bracknell's four-goal cushion was restored when Bowerman cut back for Haile to convert the fifth.

Defeat for Harlow drops them down to 14th, but there is a significant seven-point gap between them and 15th-placed South Park.

Next up for the Hawks is the visit of Bedfont Sports this Saturday at 3pm.