Brackley Town 2-1 Chorley 6 Feb 2021
Scruffy goals earn big win
After a month long spell without a game Brackley came from behind to move into 4th place in the National League North table with a deserved win over 9th placed Chorley. A heavy pitch made the game hard work for both sets of players who produced an entertaining and hard fought encounter.
“It was a fairly even game and inevitably I am disappointed to come away with nothing,” said Magpies manager Jamie Vermiglio, “I thought we played quite well at times and did well against a Brackley team I greatly respect. When you do take the lead away from home and the way we set up you are fairly confident you will get at least a point.”
Chorley went ahead on 12 minutes as poor defending presented Elliot Newby with time and space to pick his spot which the midfielder did superbly from 20 yards after Saints had started brightly. Connor Franklin cleared off his line as Connor Hall nipped in to almost double the lead before The Magpies had a golden chance to do just that as Ethan Coleman was adjudged to have impeded Will Tomlinson earning a penalty. But Danny Lewis saved Connor Hall’s firmly struck spot-kick.
Saints started the second half on top, Shep Murombedzi striking his shot with venom to bring out a one handed save from Matt Urwin to deny the equaliser. It came on the hour as Jimmy armson wrestled for the ball at close range before Lee Ndlovu’s shot was deflected off Armson into the goal as Urwin was left wrong-footed.
Within three minutes Brackley had the lead. Wes York picked up the loose ball after Armson’s corner-kick was only half cleared and drilled his shot through a crowd of players taking a deflection on its way beyond Urwin with 62 minutes on the clock.
The visitors hit back and Harry Cardwell’s header looked to be a certain leveller only for Danny Lewis to grow a telescopic arm to save brilliantly at the foot of the post. Moments later Lewis was again in action bravely saving in a goalmouth scramble.
Glenn Walker came off the bench for a first appearance since November after injury and was thwarted only by last ditch defending when through on goal and Lee Ndlovu’s well judged lob was cleared off the line in spectacular fashion by Magpies captain Scott Leather.
“It’s a fantastic win for us against an excellent Chorley side and I am really pleased and proud of my players to bounce back after a long enforced lay-off,” was Kevin Wilkin’s verdict. “There was a period in the first half when the game could have moved away from us but Danny made the save from the penalty to keep us in the game. We scored a couple of scruffy goals and worked really hard to go on and claim the three points. We can’t make the four week lay-off an excuse. Physically we are strong and overall we have some great athletes in that side. Both sides were really competitive today so we are pleased to come out with the win.”
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles (McNally 90+2), Franklin, Coleman, Cullinane-Liburd, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu (Mitford 90), Armson (Walker 78), York. Subs unused: Chambers, Tee.
Chorley: Urwin, Birch, Halls, Leather, Baines (Owens 73), Tomlinson, Shenton (Garratt 46), Calveley (Miller 81), Newby, Cardwell, Hall. Subs unused: Ustabasi, Smith.
Referee: Aaron Bannister Assistants: Kurt Bartlett and Liam Corbett