Chesterfield 0-0 Brackley Town 19 Dec 2020
(Chesterfield won 4-3 on penalties)
Saints fall in dramatic shoot-out
Brackley’s involvement in the FA Trophy ended in a penalty shoot-out at National League Chesterfield after a spirited and battling performance.
“With the results they have had lately we knew it would be tough, but we grew into the game second half and I think we had the best chance of the game with Ndlovu, “Kevin Wilkin said. “It could have swung our way but the belief that the players showed to keep going after they’ve been a little bit under the cosh. We could have gotten ourselves into a better position in the penalties but we just didn’t quite see it through.”
Penned in during a first half dominated by The Spireites, Saints grew in confidence through the second period and enjoyed good moments with Lee Ndlovu’s header from Jimmy Armson’s cross in the 90th minute an opportunity to have edged through.
Danny Lewis was called into action as the home side peppered his goal with shots from distance but the defence stood firm and as the second half wore on Chesterfield rather ran out of ideas. Lewis made a fine stop from Liam Mandeville when through one on one and it was the Brackley keeper who was so nearly the hero of the sudden death shoot-out after 90 minutes plus 5 added minutes of stale-mate.
Lewis saved two of the first three penalties, Jimmy Armson putting Saints ahead after three spot-kicks before Chesterfield converted three successive penalties as Saints missed with two to send The Spireites through to the fourth round.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Roberts, Byrne, Coleman, Dean, York, Murombedzi, Chambers, Ndlovu, Chambers (Mitford 67), Armson. Subs unused: Hinds, Noon, Worby.
Chesterfield: Letheren, Carline, Yarney (Taylor 60), Evans, Maguire, Mandeville (Asante 56), McCourt, Boden, Whelan, Smith (Weston 73), Hollis. Subs unused: Buchanan, Rowley, Cropper, Tyler Denton.
Referee: Garreth Rhodes Assistants: Daniel Jarvis and Martin Chester 4th Official: Wayne Cooper