Brackley Town 2-0 Southport 29/9/18
Win takes Saints into 6th spot
Two goals in eight first half minutes won the game for Brackley who worked hard to earn another clean-sheet and extend the unbeaten run to nine games.
Ellis Myles cut in from the right and hit a fine shot to find the bottom corner after 24 minutes before a battling run by Lee Ndlovu set up a chance for Jimmy Armson who finished sharply to double Saints’ lead.
It might have been different had Southport gone ahead in only the second minute when David Morgan.s shot came back off the cross-bar and was headed in by Dion Charles only to be ruled out for a tight off-side decision. That aside the visitors rarely threatened Danny Lewis in the Brackley goal.
Matt Lowe struck the bar, Adam Walker’s shot was blocked, Ndlovu’s touch from Walker’s deflected cross went just wide and Armson’s glancing header was close from Shane Byrne’s free-kick as Brackley threatened to add to the score before the break.
The second half was an altogether closer affair but Southport were unable to impose themselves on the game as Saints fought hard to secure the win that moves them into sixth place while the Sandgrounders remain in the bottom three.
“I am pleased with the win, the clean-sheet and the performance,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We moved the ball well on a good playing surface in the first half and managed the game well in the second period when they had a better spell. We are improving all the time and there is more improvement needed but it is another big win that keeps us at the right end of the table ahead of next week’s FA Cup match.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb, Armson (Murombedzi 83), Ndlovu (Jeffers 78), Lowe (Nti 88), A.Walker. Subs unused: Staff, Noon.
Southport: Hanford, Richards, Ogle, Morgan, Astles, Winnard, Green, Lynch, Charles (Gilchrist 86), Sampson (Phenix 65), Bauress (Bosma 60). Subs unused: Mueller, Langley.
Referee: Dean Watson Assistants: Mark Billingham and Oliver Noonan