Brackley Town  1-0  BT Saints   5/2/19 

Saints win through 

A wet and windy St James Park hosted a first Hillier Senior Cup meeting between the teams, something that is likely to become a regular event in future seasons. 

Senior Cup semi-final attendances usually count two dozen hardy folk and a dog, the record beaten out of sight on this evening by the 305 spectators, all wearing red and white, braving the conditions.  They were served up an open game of plentiful goal chances, Shaun Jeffers’ 50th minute effort the only strike to count and booking Kevin Wilkin’s side a place in April’s final against the winners of the other semi-final in which AFC Rushden & Diamonds take on Cogenhoe United. 

As the away team Wilkin’s side wore all yellow and dominated the final 20 minutes of the first half camped in the red and white half.  Carl Baker’s effort was well saved by Ali Worby touching it onto the cross-bar and to safety in the closest either side came to the break-through. 

Jeffers struck after the second half re-start, his deflected shot finding the net over a prostrate Worby before Baker was again thwarted by the wood-work.  Twice Gordon Kille’s side came close to finding an equaliser, Chris Jordan unable to turn in a low cross and Charlie Kille denied by Danny Lewis in the 89th minute being the closest his side came to forcing a penalty shoot-out. 

The drama of penalties avoided, both sets of players and supporters can look forward to the coming months of National League North and Hellenic League action not to mention further cup excitement all of which hold rich promise for both teams. 

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Fairlamb, Byrne, G.Walker, Dean, Sterling-James (Lowe 74), Nti, Jeffers, Baker (Armson 83), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Ndlovu, Noon, Staff. 

BT Saints:  Worby, Middleton, Brock, Carter (Godfrey 45), Goddard, Ward (Green 83), Bowden (Jordan 71), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille.

Attendance:   305