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