Brackley Town 3-2 Royston Town 16 Dec 2020
Saints through in exciting cup tie
Brackley progressed to the 3rd round of the FA Trophy with a midweek win over Step 3 Royston Town in an exciting game of goals and attacking play at both ends.
“We knew it would be a tough game,” Kevin Wilkin said. “They have good players in their team and play open and expansive football. Credit to them because they made a real game of it. Overall I felt we deserved the win. We had the better chances and the better moments and we are delighted to be through.”
Ashley Chambers put his side into a first minute lead heading in smartly from Shane Byrne’s near post corner and it was Byrne who doubled the lead on 17 minutes through a deflected shot.
Royston hit back to reduce the deficit on 22 minutes as Brandon Adams produced a sharp finish after Taylor Parr’s long through ball.
Chances at both ends failed to alter the score-line at the break but The Crows were level on 47 minutes as Spyros Mentis made no mistake in punishing lax defending.
Within five minutes Saints were ahead again as Chambers got his second goal of the game scrambling the ball over the line after good work by Wes York. Keeper Joe Welch saved brilliantly from Shep Murombedzi’s fierce effort and the ever willing Tre Mitford stung the hands of Welch late on as Saints saw out the final moments to set up a trip to National League Chesterfield on Saturday.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Hinds, Byrne, Coleman, Dean, York, Murombedzi, Chambers (Ndlovu 82), Mitford, Roberts (Armson 74). Subs unused: Noon, Worby.
Royston Town: Welch, Asafu-Adjaye, Braithwaite, Bridges, Murray, Parr, Newton (Williams 58), Mentis (Jalloh 69), Brighton, Adams, Culley (Galliford 53). Subs unused: Newman, Towner, Rotimi, Yates.
Referee: Simeon Lucas Assistants: Joe Woolmer and Aaron Ford