Brackley Town  4-1  Spennymoor Town  20/10/18

Saints up to fifth with fine win

Brackley overcame an early set-back to win comfortably against Spennymoor who were reduced to ten men with the sending off of captain James Curtis just after the half hour, the three points lifting Saints into 5th place as Spennymoor slipped to 4th.

The visitors went ahead exposing defensive frailty as Mark Anderson finished from close range on 11 minutes, Spennymoor’s first goal against Brackley in three attempts.  Saints were level within minutes however, Connor Hall slamming the ball into the net from Daniel Nti’s header.

Shane Henry brought an outstanding reaction save from Brackley keeper Danny Lewis to keep the sides level before Matthew Gould saved Jimmy Armson’s 28th minute penalty.  Curtis then received his marching orders after a series of infringements leaving the referee no choice.

The second half was dominated by the home side with the visitors unable to muster a goal attempt.  Gould saved spectacularly from Armson and Jacob Hibbs cleared off the line before Armson made it onto the score-sheet finishing smartly from Glenn Walker’s cross after 52 minutes.

The home side spurned numerous chances to extend the lead.  Armson set up Walker but his shot found only the post before Nti gave his side some breathing space with his first Brackley goal finishing sharply after good work by Shaun Jeffers.  Armson bagged his second of the game and 8th league goal of the season in the closing minutes set up by substitute Matt Lowe.

“It is a pleasing win.  We started with a different pairing up front today and they worked hard and did well for us,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “We came back after falling behind and scored four goals against a strong Spennymoor side.  It can be difficult mentally against ten men because they have nothing to lose.  Jimmy missed the penalty in the first half but responded in fine fashion to go on and score two good goals.  Daniel Nti has been unfortunate not to get starts but today he did and he did well.  He got a crucial goal for us finishing really well and I feel delighted for him and for Shaun [Jeffers] who worked really hard.  We created lots of chances and worked the goalkeeper who had to pull off some really good saves.  It was important today after the cup defeat and last Saturday’s narrow defeat at Guiseley.  We re-grouped in the week and I thought set about our business well today.  It’s a nice response and we can take a bit of confidence from it.”


Brackley Town:   Lewis, Murombedzi (Myles 76), Franklin (Fairlamb 69), Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson, Nti, Jeffers (Lowe 84), A.Walker.    Subs unused:  Ndlovu, Noon.

Spennymoor Town:   Gould, Hibbs, Brogan (Hall 54), Chandler, Thackray, Curtis, Tuton (Atkinson 35), Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, Anderson (Johnson 77).    Subs unused:  Elliott, Boyes.

Referee:  Chris O’Donnell            Assistants:  Tim Walker and Gareth Davis 

Attendance:   447