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Alfreton Town 2-4 Brackley Town 14 March 2020
Superb Saints on top form
With most sporting events across the country off under lockdown, Brackley’s National League North game survived a mid-morning pitch inspection and was one of a very few matches that went ahead. Saints put in a superb performance to collect a win that takes them into 3rd place ahead of what looks likely to be an extended break for the emerging health emergency. Lee Ndlovu’s 20th goal of the season and another from Matt Lowe added to first half goals from Wes York and Jimmy Armson to give Saints an unassailable lead despite Alfreton scoring two very late goals.
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Brackley Town 5-2 Blyth Spartans 7 March 2020
Turn-around sees Saints triumph
A disappointing first half when neither side really tested the opposition keeper, gave way to a much livelier second half as Brackley recorded a convincing home win to remain in 4th place and Blyth suffered a first defeat under new manager Michael Nelson.
“We weren’t great in the first half offensively,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We got them in at half-time and we were all a little bit frustrated. But they’ve taken that on board and it has obviously paid dividends in the end. Our players understood what to do to break them down and in fairness in the end we probably should have scored a couple more.”
Shane Byrne’s free-kick brought a fine save from Blyth keeper Zack Hemmings in Saints’ best chance of the first half but it was the visitors who went ahead as Leighton McIntosh was let in by defensive hesitancy and the ball somehow squirmed off the post and over the line to give Blyth a half-time lead.
But Brackley were ahead within seven minutes of the re-start as Lee Ndlovu headed in from Matt Lowe’s cross and Lowe fired in a superb effort giving Hemmings no chance.
Blyth levelled through Adam Wrightson’s deflected shot from 20 yards just before the hour before Saints pulled away as Lowe notched his second goal after 68 minutes beating three defenders before shooting low to find the corner and Ndlovu bagged his second also bundling in from Byrne’s delivery after 77 minutes.
Byrne got in on the act two minutes later to score a fifth as Wes York’s shot could only be parried by Hemmings and Saints could have added more goals in a second half that was a complete turn-around from the opening 45 minutes.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi (Maye 82), Ndlovu, Holman (Armson 67), York (Daire 87). Subs unused: Langmead, Smith.
Blyth Spartans: Hemmings, Evans, Thackray, Hunter, Cunningham, Hawkins, Wrightson (Dale 65), Waddington, Harmison (McKeown 79), McIntosh, Scott (Callaghan 83). Subs unused: Mullen, Summerly.
Referee: Dale Baines Assistants: Rob Hathaway and Luis Martin
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Darlington 1-1 Brackley Town 29 Feb 2020
Saints earn hard-fought away point
Neither side fully got into their stride in a well contested game in which the strong wind was a factor. Simeon Maye's first Brackley goal earned the draw after Saints fell behind to a late first half penalty.