Brackley Town  4-0  Cinderford Town   FA Cup Q2    21 Sept 2019

Second half goal rush sees Saints through

A determined Cinderford side held out until half-time as Brackley were unable to take advantage of near total domination.  The closest they came to a goal was Jimmy Armson’s shot that brought a full length save by keeper Andrew Hannah just before the break. 

Two missed opportunities at the start of the second half, both headers from Lee Ndlovu and then Glenn Walker, did not augur well but the stale-mate was broken by Walker, finishing smartly after good work by Ndlovu on the right after 52 minutes.  An own goal by Cinderford captain Nick Rhodes doubled the lead on the hour to settle the result.

Saints continued to enjoy all of the possession creating chances at will and two fine goals by Matt Lowe added to the score.  Lowe’s first on 78 minutes was a decisive finish from Ndlovu’s pass and the second was the pick of the goals, a superb shot picking his spot beyond Hannah’s despairing leap.

“Credit to Cinderford, they made us work hard,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “In the first half we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough but we got there in the end and we are through to the next round.  The first half performance was disappointing to be honest but in the second half we made better decisions, got into more promising areas to give ourselves a chance and had that sharpness and better edge in front of goal.”

 

Brackley Town:  Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Armson (Daire 69), Ndlovu (Holman 79), Fairlamb (Baker 63), Walker.     Subs unused:  Langmead, Worby, Murombedzi.

Cinderford Town:  Hannah, Turl, Waugh, Turley, Rhodes, Lewis, Watkins (Alder 78), Norman, Moore (Harding 66), Hunt, MacDonald (Thomas 69).   Subs unused:  Dibble.

Referee:   Aaron Bannister     Assistants:  Martyn Fryer and Tewson

Attendance:  397