Brackley Town 3-1 Nuneaton Borough 29/12/18
Home win relief for Saints
Brackley won a first home game since mid-October in a match of forgettable quality but nevertheless plenty of incident and goal chances.
After a scrappy start, bottom of the table Nuneaton went ahead after 28 minutes as Saints’ defence failed to clear allowing Ryan Edmunds to finish with ease. This galvanised Brackley who responded with two quick goals to take a lead into the interval.
Matt Lowe drove down the right and found a fine finish between keeper Cam Belford and near post. Four minutes later loan striker Liam McAlinden headed in the simplest of chances from close range after Lee Ndlovu had lobbed Belford, the ball falling kindly for McAlinden.
The second half was very open with chances at both ends. Dior Angus saw Danny Lewis tip his fine effort onto the cross-bar while the home side went close to extending the lead as Gaz Dean could not connect with a corner at the far post and further opportunities were spurned.
The crucial third goal came in the 73rd minute. Top scorer Jimmy Armson was on hand to apply the finishing touch to Shane Byrne’s deep corner and this proved to be the telling moment. Nuneaton stuck at their task bringing a late close range save by Lewis from Angus and Saints could not capitalise on good chances to extend the lead.
“It was obviously good to get over the line for the win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We did not start well but came back strongly having gone behind. It was a really open game with lots of goal chances and it is an important three points. Losing Connor Hall to injury was a blow and we will have to assess the situation.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Morgan (Murombedzi 65), Byrne, Dean, Hall (Fairlamb 27), G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu, McAlinden (Nti 79), A.Walker. Subs unused: Myles, Jeffers.
Nuneaton Borough: Belford, Obeng, Lyne, Calveley, Addison, Hildreth, Baker, Kelly-Evans, Angus, Edmunds (Jennings 77), Leek (Morrison 74). Subs unused: Panayiotoyu, Basso.
Referee: Dean Watson Assistants: Jack Shepherd and Mark Pearson