Nuneaton Borough  1-1  Brackley Town   FA Cup 2Q   22/9/18

Saints and Borough to try again

When the sides met in the league at the end of August Saints ran out comfortable winners.  The first half of this FA Cup tie saw the visitors again shaping for a likely victory dominating the game and taking a goal lead into the break.  The second half however was more even and

having equalised early Borough grew in confidence and looked the more threatening in the closing stages.

“We were pretty well in control through the first half and had good moments and you might look at it and think we should have been more than a goal to the good,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “In the second half it evened out and that has been the story of our season so far really, getting our noses in front but not seeing the game out.  But we have the replay to look forward to when hopefully we will move the ball and give a better account of ourselves.”

Brackley’s goal came on the half hour from Shane Byrne’s corner.  It was scrambled over the line with Lee Ndlovu in the thick of things.  Only a superb save by keeper Cam Belford denied Saints a second goal, a spectacular diving save keeping out Connor Hall’s fine header from an excellent right-wing cross by Glenn Walker.

On 55 minutes Nuneaton were level as Kairo Mitchell poked in after another scramble from a corner kick.

As in the August game, it was a niggly and feisty affair and again Nuneaton finished the match with ten men following the dismissal of captain Miles Addison late on for a foul on Matt Lowe.


Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Fairlamb (Franklin 68), Nti (Lowe 57), Ndlovu, Jeffers (Armson 57), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Noon.

Nuneaton Borough:   Belford, Obeng, Freestone, Wesolowski (Andoh 75), Addison, Burns, Baker, Richards, McGurk (Benjamin 65), Mitchell, Kelly-Evans.    Subs unused:  Wharton, Basso, Blackham, Corcoran.


Referee:  James Bell           Assistants:  Luis Griffiths and Tom Elliott

Attendance:  491