Boston United   1-3   Brackley Town    30/10/18

Saints up to 5th after midweek win at Boston

A dominant first half performance followed by a battling second half earned a vital away win for Kevin Wilkin’s side against close rivals Boston United.  Brackley’s three-man midfield proved too much for the home side as Saints took a two goal lead into the break before two half-time substitutions by Boston made for a more even second period.

“It was a really strong performance from start to finish,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “We looked dangerous and managed the game well and the win is no less than the boys deserve.”

Saints were on top from the start as Lee Ndlovu and Shane Byrne tested keeper Seb Malkowski who endured a torrid night.  Connor Hall was close to heading his side into the lead before Byrne got the crucial opening goal direct from a corner as Malkowski failed to gather at the near post with 26 minutes played.

Hall doubled the lead seven minutes later in strange circumstances as Byrne’s deflected free-kick was struck onto the cross-bar by Hall who had time to follow up and finish neatly for the defender’s third goal in seven games.

James Jones cleared off the line from Ndlovu’s back heel with Malkowski beaten and Hall spurned another good chance at the far post just before the break.  Danny Lewis tipped Ashley Jackson’s fierce effort round the post in a warning to Brackley in the final action of an excellent 45 minutes for the visitors with James Armson, Adam Walker and Shane Byrne dictating the game from midfield.

Matt Lowe’s fine volley was well saved left-handed by Malkowski before Boston pulled a goal back to set up a tantalising final half hour.  Substitute Jordan Slew picked up a loose ball after the referee had played the advantage, homed in on goal and fired past the out-rushing Lewis.  Saints were up to the challenge however holding off sustained late pressure from a revitalised Boston before Byrne got his second goal of the night and Saints’ third in added time cutting in and finishing smartly into the bottom corner.

“I am delighted for Shane to get two goals,” Wilkin added.  “He is a terrific player and a pivotal player for us.  It is nice for some of our younger players to come to places like this.  We conceded the second half goal and it rocked us back a bit but we were strong and came back from that.  It is an important experience for them.  The performance tonight was strong as they have been most of the season so far but results have not always mirrored the level of our performances.  We have to learn from that and we need now to continue to show the effort levels and the quality about our play.”


Brackley Town:   Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker (Fairlamb 86), Armson (Nti 90+2), Ndlovu, Lowe, A.Walker.    Subs unused:  Jeffers, Myles, Noon.

Boston United:   Malkowski, Davies, Jackson, Thanoj, Jones, Qualter, Hine (Wright 46), Abbott, Allott, Smith (Slew 46), Walker (Parkhouse 81).     Subs unused:  Norris, Harris.


Referee:    James Bell           Assistants:   Kevin Saunby and Reece Davies

Attendance:   922