Academy Match Reports
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Today Brackley travelled to Rugby Town to hopefully kick on from another good performance earlier in the week in the FA Youth Cup.
Rugby quickly dictated the early pace and took control of the game, but after inviting a lot of pressure Brackley put together a couple of good passes, opened up the Rugby defensive line allowing a great strike from Luke on 7 minutes from just outside their 18 yard box.
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Brackley Town v Tantany Lions
Brackley Town laid host to our opponents Tantany Lions today in our 2nd home league game of the season. On arrival at 9.30 both goals & all corner flags were in position & ready for our 10.30 kick off. A big thank you to Paul for doing this for the team it is such a massive help. With our opposition running slightly late this gave us the upper hand in getting ready & focused for the start of the game. The lads didn't let us down dominating from the outset pressing the young lions deeper & deeper into their half. Brackley got their
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Brackley won their second FA Youth Cup match on Monday night at St James Park against Godmanchester 8 - 1, but the score doesn't tell the full story of a rather eventful match.
Brackley never looked comfortable during the opening stages of the match and didn’t seem to settle, looking rushed and harried by Godmanchester who started with a determined attitude.
However, when things felt like they weren’t going that well Brackley got themselves 4 goals in the first half and although at times it felt like both teams were slugging it out on the pitch, Brackley always look most threatening in front of goal.
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Brackley played their first home game of the season at Hethe on Saturday hoping to bounce back with a home win against local rivals Banbury after taking only a point last week in their season opener.
Both teams started well and although Banbury had a very high tempo in the early stages it was the home team that controlled early play and took the lead on 11 minutes.
OJ had to work hard to hold the ball just outside the 18 yard box feeding through to Alex who beat the keeper to it and finished well.
Brackley 1 Banbury 0
Banbury showed their pace and quality as the half wore on but rarely tested the home keeper and whilst they looked threatening Brackley showed signs of their clear ability, getting a second goal on 27 minutes.
From a quality throw in deep in Banburys half, OJ headed back and onto a well positioned Crawford who sent the ball in off his left foot nestling nicely in the top corner of the visitors net.
Brackley 2 Banbury 0
Banbury worked hard to disrupt the rest of the half often making Brackley look second best for the last 15 minutes but couldn't get a clear shot to trouble Owen in goal thanks to some great last ditch defending from the home teams defensive unit.
Banbury won numerous corners late in the half as they found themselves on top and after Brackley fail to clear a corner Banbury get a goal back.
First half ended
Brackley 2 Banbury 1
The second half started with a lot more purpose and pressure from Banbury and looked likely to get an equaliser at any time, but little separated both teams and Banbury were rather frustrated to keep falling short.
Brackley showed some good signs when they got the ball back on the floor and put together some nice passes but were too often drawn into long balls and rushed clearances as Banbury continued to press.
Brackley had to concentrate to keep the visitors out, but Banburys finishing let them down as chances came and went, again not really testing the home keeper.
Brackley however created a few chances of their own with most efforts on target but with the visiting keeper pulling off some good saves.
After a frantic last 15 minutes Brackley must have been glad to hear the final whistle as Banbury just didn’t stop trying to break through but whilst neither team had their best second half a 2 – 1 home win for Brackley rewarded their efforts throughout the match.