Reports

 

5th February 2019

Hillier Senior Cup – Semi Final

Brackley Town Saints (0) Brackley Town FC (1)

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Fairlamb, Byrne, G.Walker, Dean, Sterling-James (Lowe 74), Nti, Jeffers, Baker (Armson 83), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Ndlovu, Noon, Staff. 

BT Saints:  Worby, Middleton, Brock, Carter (Godfrey 45), Goddard, Ward (Green 83), Bowden (Jordan 71), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille. Subs unused: Baldwin, Ball 

What a fantastic evening for football in Brackley. On a cold, wet and windy night 305 fans thoroughly enjoyed watching Town and Saints serve up an entertaining Hillier Senior Cup Semi Final on a cracking pitch. 

As expected Town dominated possession for much of the game and the quality and experience of their players was clear to see. However Saints battled, defended and competed admirably and were always in the game right up to the very end. 

Saints started well and had the first chance, catching Town cold, after only two minutes when James Hammond picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran at pace directly at the heart of the Town defence which backed off allowing Hammond to feed the ball to Ryan Knight in the left channel of the penalty box. His shot was agonisingly the wrong side of the post. 

For 15 minutes there was little in the game, however Town gradually began to dominate possession and were finding plenty of space out wide. Saints were defending stoutly and although Town had 10 shots on target in the first half many of these were from distance. At times it was all hands to the pump but the back four coped very well and when they were breached Ali Worby was in great form making 3/4 excellent saves and making others look routine because of his solid positioning. 

The best chance of the half for Town was probably a Glenn Walker header which he would have been disappointed to flash past the post. 

Saints were struggling to retain possession, although there was a 30 pass move just before half time which was top drawer, and although the final pass went awry the crowd showed their appreciation of the difficult task that the Saints were facing with the loudest round of applause of the evening. 

The second half started in much the same vain. Carl Baker immediately tested Worby who tipped over and on 50 minutes Shaun Jeffers opened the scoring for Town with a deflected shot that wrong footed Worby, and which had a sniff of offside about it. Unfortunately the ref and linesman did not smell it. 

Town continued to pile on the pressure but despite this they were unable to find the second goal that might have opened the floodgates. Instead Saints enjoyed a final 20 minutes where they began to break intelligently, and created 2/3 half chances. On 72 minutes Knight broke down the left wing and fired across the goal just a touch too far ahead of the onrushing Chris Jordan who stretched and slid but could not quite reach to touch the ball into the unguarded net.  

With 4 minutes to go Dan Middleton and Curtis Green combined with Hammond who cut inside skilfully and exchanged passes with Knight and shot on target only to be denied by Danny Lewis down to his left. 

In added time Saints created one more clear cut chance. A corner was only partially cleared and the scramble on the edge of the box saw the ball rebound to Charlie Kille unmarked just outside of the six yard box. Again Danny Lewis was on hand to somehow keep out Kille's shot. 

All in all Town fully deserved their victory but Saints can hold their heads high after a strong team performance in which everybody gave their all. Particular praise for the back four of Dan Middleton, Ollie Goddard, Joe Ward and Harry Brock, backed up by Worby. Clearly that is likely to be the toughest examination that they will face this season and although it was hard at times they acquitted themselves brilliantly.

 

 

19th January 2019

UHL Hellenic League Premier Division

Brackley Town Saints (0) Flackwell Heath (0) 

SAINTS – Worby, Green (Woods 48), Brock, Godfrey, Goddard, Baldwin, Middleton, Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille (Ward 75) – Sub not used Middleton L, Ireland, Jordan 

Only the third time that Saints have failed to register a goal in a league game this season. Despite the lack of goals this was an enjoyable game with plenty of chances, but good defending and great goalkeeping won the day in the end.

Flackwell started like a train. They were full of confidence and enthusiasm and after only 4 minutes Ali Worby was needed to make a fine save from a free kick. Immediately Taylor found space in the Saints box but his shot was deflected for a corner. Saints were digging in and on 12 minutes a Flackwell corner was met powerfully by centre half Bailey but luckily for Saints James Watts was on hand to head off line. On 17 minutes Olly Goddard was forced to concede a free kick in a dangerous position which was fizzed across the face of the Saints goal. 

 

16th January 2019

Perpetual Press Floodlit Cup

Brackley Town Saints (4) Reading City (1) 

Saints : Worby, Green, Brock, Godfrey, Baldwin (Middleton 57) Goddard, James, Whitmore E ( Watts 74),Bowden, (Hammond 68), Jordan, 

Chukwuemeka

Subs not used: Ward 

A much changed Saints side with 4 players aged 17 faced an equally youthful City side on a cracking pitch at St James Park and provided a very entertaining game in which Saints proved too strong in the end.  

As has been the way of late Saints started slowly and City took the lead on 8 minutes when Goddard misjudged a long ball from left back Baar and Medford nipped in behind slotting neatly past Worby. 

 

12th January 2019

UHL Hellenic League- Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup

Brackley Town Saints (4) Tuffley Rovers (1) 

Saints: Worby, Green, Middleton D, Goddard, Whitmore C (Carter 45), Baldwin, Watts (Godfrey), Jordan (Bowden 45), Ball, Hammond, Knight.

Subs not used James, Whitmore E. 

The first match for Saints since Boxing day, and it showed in a first half where Saints were sluggish and repeatedly surrendered possession to a Tuffley side that started brightly and enjoyed the upper hand for the first 30 minutes after taking the lead on 5 minutes when Bradley flicked on a long ball for Warren Mann who broke into the box and calmly slid the ball under Worby. 

Tuffley continued to boss things and created further chances on 21 minutes when Brett James pulled his shot wide when well positioned and on 24 minutes when Worby saved well with his legs from Dom Kent. 

Saints began to pull themselves back into the game and on 25 minutes a half chance was created for James Watts whose shot cleared the bar, and soon after George Ball played a nice one two with James Hammond and burst free in the box but was thwarted by a well-timed last ditch challenge from the defender. 

On 39 minute Tuffley’s Dom Kent cut in from the left wing and sent a powerful shot just wide. Saints responded with Ball again showing good feet to get into a shooting position, but he curled his shot just wide 

HALF TIME: Saints (0) Tuffley (1) 

Manager Gordon Kille made a couple of tactical changes at half time with Bowden replacing Jordan and Carter replacing Whitmore. The initial exchanges of the second half saw Saints more assertive and moving the ball more quickly and Carter was immediately involved setting Hammond free down the left on 47 minutes. Hammond set up James Watts on the edge of the box but his shot fizzed over the bar. Watts then won a good header in midfield which Hammond controlled deftly but his left foot shot also cleared the bar. However the tide had turned and Saints were growing in confidence. Lewis Baldwin was finding the midfield players between the lines and Ryan Knight and Ball were beginning to find space out wide with Curtis Green and Dan Middleton both able to get further forward in support. What was needed was a little more composure in front of goal. 

On 60 minutes Watts was forced to leave the field and replaced by Jordan Godfrey. 

Tuffley were struggling to retain possession and Saints were camped in their half. On 70 minutes Hammond dribbled skilfully into the box and his cross cum shot was cleared off the line by Luke Payne. A minute later Saints finally found an equaliser breaking from deep the ball found its way out to Knight on the left wing and his delicious cross was met by Bowden. His header was well saved by Winman in the Tuffley goal but the rebound was scrambled home with Bowden getting the final touch. 

It took only 4 minutes for Saints to take the lead. Tuffley had initially defended a corner well but Saints recovered the ball just outside the box and when it was played to Baldwin he speared a right foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards giving Winman no chance at all. Tuffley dug deep but were visibly tiring and Saints are a young and fit side and were now knocking the ball around confidently. On 78 minutes Knight again found space left of centre and struck an absolute belter that whizzed past Winman before he could react. Saints purple patch was complete 3 minutes later when Godfrey picked up a pass from Goddard just outside his own penalty area. He turned on a sixpence, wrong-footing 3 Tuffley players, and sent a 60 yard cross field ball to Knight who quickly fed Bowden who shot, and although Winman made a great save George Ball was on hand to guide in the rebound to seal the game. 

To their credit Tuffley did come close to reducing the arrears when a header from a corner flashed just past the post and in the last minute when Worby made a marvellous point blank save with his legs. 

Fair to say that for long periods of this game Saints were not at their best, and Tuffley must be applauded for making things very hard, particularly in the first half. However a sign of a good team is being able to turn a potential “bad day at the office” round and Saints did this. Onwards and upwards…….