Brackley Town  2-0  Darlington    5 Jan 2021

Saints’ run of form continues

Saints recorded a fifth win in six games with a goal in each half.  Darlington enjoyed a greater share of possession but rarely produced a goal threat on a cold but still, clear evening at a deserted, floodlit St James Park.

“We had a terrific start that gave us a platform to build on,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “It wasn’t easy as Darlington made it really tough for us and they will feel a bit disappointed because you can make a case that they maybe deserved to take something away from the game.  They have asked questions of us but it’s a win we are pleased about and a strong performance.  It’s a bonus to get the clean-sheet.”

Brackley were ahead after only 47 seconds.  A surging run by Tre Mitford brought a goalmouth scramble from which Wes York hooked the ball into the top corner for his second goal of the season to give the home side a very early lead.

Despite spells when they dominated possession, the visitors failed to strike a shot on target.  Saints started the second period strongly, Mitford creating space for a shot but firing over and York’s mazy dribble ending in another shot too high.

The result was sealed on 84 minutes however when Jimmy Armson picked up a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area, jinked and darted past three defenders and picked his spot to double Saints’ lead and send his side into a top five spot.


Brackley Town:  Lewis; Myles, Coleman, Byrne, Cullinane-Liburd, Dean (Franklin 77), York, Murombedzi, Mitford (Tee 88), Armson, Chambers (Lowe 63).    Subs unused:  Noon, Worby.

Darlington:  Saltmer, Watson, Wheatley, Hunt, Hatfield, Campbell (Maguire 70), Rivers, Sousa, O’Neill (Charman 78), McMahon, Reid.    Subs unused:  Hudson, Storey.

Referee:  Dean Watson          Assistants:  Josh Hackett and Sam Wesson

Attendance:  BCD

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